TravelScrap HQ Launched!

If you were not around last Friday morning, I spent almost 3 hours live online setting up a new little mini site:

TravelScrap HQ

Travel Scrapbooking

My goal is to build a lot of content and let it be a source of leveraged income (affiliate links, ebook sales and non-live courses). I think the site will really start rolling once there’s a ton of content, but that is (of course) immensely time consuming. But, since both travel and memory keeping are subjects I truly love, I’m not that worried about the time spent. I would be making these books and albums anyway, so why not have a focused place to show them off?

I used essentially a big chunk of the info and strategy I have included in the BUILD ecourse. You can visit this page and watch the (long) video and check out my full to do list.

You can follow TravelScrap HQ on Instagram and Pinterest

Those are the only social media I’m using for now, because they are image-centric. I have grabbed TravelScrapHQ on Twitter and FB as well, but don’t have plans to use them very soon.

I am also accepting guest post and you can read guidelines for submission here.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for the site, let me know!

If you are thinking about creating your own tiny niche site, watch how I did it here and register for the BUILD ecourse

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Join us in September for another round of 30 Days of Lists. Another quick journaling challenge. Another opportunity to record YOUR STORY.

Not everyone can make a mini scrapbook every week or an art journal page every night.

30 Days of Lists is our encouragement and challenge to you that you CAN journal just something every day- even something as small as a list.

Every day through the month of September 2014 we will be posting a list prompt – anything from weekend goals to celebrity crushes. At the end of the 30 days you’ll have a collection of entries creating a small snapshot of your life right now.

Only 5-10 minutes per day are really needed. While you’re waiting for someone, or when you’re the passenger in the car. You can even download the list topics ahead of time to get a jump start!

That’s all.

Just write.

There’s no wrong way to do this and if you don’t like a prompt on a certain day, just change it.

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incudeOnce you register you will receive an automatically downloadable file giving you access to the private blog for September 2014’s 30 Days of Lists as well as exclusive discounts from our sponsors and ambassadors.

The #30Lists challenge blog is open immediately (and will remain available for at least a year).

Upon logging in, you’ll have immediate access to:

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ARD-30Lists-0914-Kit PreviewWe have been running 30 Days of Lists now for 10 rounds! 10! We never imagined we would have so many crafters and writers and other creatives clamoring for more listing this long!

So, to celebrate we have something super special for Listers joining us in September 2014.

Created by Alexandra Rae Design, exclusively for 30 Days of Lists, we are so so so very excited to release this exclusive digital kit!!!

BEST PART: Everyone who registers before September 1 will get this 200+MB digital kit.

There ARE Listing prompts included, but you can easily use this kit and elements for any kind of digital memory keeping. Read more details including a list of elements here.

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more

Throughout August, we’ll introduce:

  • tutorial on adding images to the Flickr group
  • tutorial on using the #30Lists hashtag for Instagram
  • tutorial on joining the community
  • introductions to our sponsors
  • introductions to our ambassadors
  • Kam and Amy’s individual 30Lists books
  • ‘your take’ on the #30Lists book covers
  • giveaways from sponsors and ambassadors

Starting September 1st:

  • 1 new list topic will be posted each morning
  • exclusive tutorials
  • additional giveaways
  • list topics hosted by some of our sponsors
  • ‘your take’ posts high-lighting the lists all of you are making

Start stocking up on your sticky-notes, ordering notebooks from your favorite online sellers, or creating a journal of your own to house your lists, September 1st will be here before we know it.

The daily list prompts won’t start until September 1st, but you can trust us when we say that it’s an excellent idea to check the private blog regularly between now and then for tutorials, updates, and maybe a giveaway or two.

Also, it isn’t too early to get to know your fellow Listers!

Speaking of the list prompts, they will be available on a daily basis shortly after 2:00 a.m. Pacific time. If you would rather have all of the lists at once, feel free to print them out in the ‘Printables Section’ of the private blog.

 

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CLICK TO TWEET: Just registered for #30Lists!! http://30daysoflists.com/register  Join in for Listing in September!! So excited!

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5 easy ways to record your summer

Over the weekend, Andrew and I hung out in our backyard hammock. Iced coffee. Ice cream. Shorts and under the shade of a tree. Heaven.

SUMMER IS HERE, my friends!*

I am …. shall we say? Behind? Totally 100% behind on what I wanted to do with Project Life this year. But I still want to record our summer memories this year. Photos and stories of our adventures, whether they ever make it to a scrapbook or not.

This summer is going to be pretty great (once Andrew is off work) so I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately …

record your summer

Keep your camera with you

Channel your inner boyscout and always be prepared. How are you going to get your new favorite image without your camera? Either your cell phone or a small digital or your dSLR. I don’t care which.

Or a sketchbook. I don’t care. Whatever works for you. Just make sure you always have the tools you need to record your summer.

Make it a team effort

Hand over your camera. My husband, bless his heart, is always willing to take photos of me. When I ask. Or, just hang out with other people you know will have cameras and share the load. (pro tip: Don’t assume your friend will take all your photos for you. That’s just rude. If you know you want photos bring your own camera).

Commit to self-portraits

Use a self-timer, or your long arms. It’s your summer too! Make sure you are in the photos. I always find that I look happiest in our vacation (mostly summer) photos.

I love this post from Pink Ronnie about self portraiture.

Grab my Summer Lovin journaling resource

An easy collection of journaling ideas for your summer stories. This is a great resource for a summer minibook or just to practice your storytelling.

Let it go

It’s not going to be perfect. You’re not going to get every photo you want. You’re going to enjoy your evening at the bonfire instead of trying to get perfect images. You’re going to have to cancel or rearrange plans and not do everything you wanted to do.

Just let it go. Enjoy what you do have, instead of wishing for something you can’t.

P.S. From last year, 5 easy ways to make the most of your summer

*In North America, at least.

Happy summer!

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My currently story

studio

date: May 25, 2014

eating: I have been eating a lot of egg drop soup for breakfast this week. I think I have finally perfected my chicken broth recipe, so I can just heat up a serving, add a bit of salt, ginger and sesame oil, and then once it is about to boil drop in 1 raw scrambled egg while stirring. Then I’ve been pouring it over some chopped green onion. I love that it’s light and warm and a great source of protein. New favorite.

drinking: Water. Almost exclusively water and coffee. I have a 32oz water bottle and can drink almost 2 full each day.

reading: I’m currently reading a history book about William Henry Harrison that I am not in love with. I WANT to read it for my U.S. History class (so I’m going to power through) but it is slow going for sure. Mostly, I’m just looking forward to being done with this book specifically and the historical period 1840 – 1859 in general.

enjoying: having guests in the house this weekend. Brews Willis flew out from Toronto to make a record with my (amazing) husband and they’re actually staying with us! We have the space and it saves them several hundred dollars to not get a hotel and it’s kind of fun. Fang is loving it.

listening: Obsessed with podcasts. Obsessed. I like to binge listen to 1 podcast until I knock out all the archives and then switch and binge listen to another. Currently in the middle of The Moth.

trying: to keep my garden alive. The banana pepper and strawberry plants haven’t had any new blooms in a week or so (but they’re still alive, at least). My lettuce though is only barely hanging on. I moved them to the front yard where there is less direct sun and I *think* they’re doing better there but it’s hard to tell.

thinking: about story. I’ve been learning a lot about story telling and book writing recently, and that combined with my Moth listening has got me thinking about the stories in my life that I can adapt and retell. I also got The Hero with A Thousand Faces recently and I want to spend some quality time in that book. I first heard about in my senior year of college from the GREAT professor and have wanted to read it ever since.

writing: I am just over halfway done with my first draft of my current novel (original working title was George Washington: Serial Killer). I had originally pegged May 31 as the finish date, but then life happened and then I committed to a project in June (next paragraph) so I’m giving myself some space and moving the self-imposed due date. But even though it is fewer words every day, I love writing every day. Highly recommended.

feeling: Excited about Fiction Unboxed starting Sunday. Andrew and I talked it over and I decided to jump in at the participation level so I will be helping shape the story these guys are writing in 30 days. Plus they’re opening up the world to other writers so I’ll be brainstorming my own story to write and work on. It’s going to make my month BUSY, but kind of awesome.

loving: That I make my own schedule and so was able to go to the studio with Andrew on Friday. The photo above is from the tracking room on the 2nd day of working on the new Brews Willis record. A year ago there is NO way I would have been able to take off work the Friday before a holiday. This year I answer emails in the morning, just let Maggie know that I won’t have internet in the afternoon and I’m good to go.

This list (borrowed and adapted from Danielle of Sometimes Sweet) is much more detailed and in depth than rukristin papercraft’s Currently List cards. Necessarily so, since those cards are only 3×4. But either way, recording my everyday story is SUCH a priority for me. Especially since we don’t have any vacations or milestones or otherwise bigger stories to tell.

I have been *loving* having these cards to jumpstart my memory keeping so far in 2014. I’ve been filling them out every other Friday, and they are *literally* all the memory keeping I have done so far this year. So far. They are currently acting as placeholders in my (otherwise empty) Project Life album.

The Currently List is just a great, simple exercise you can use to take 5 minutes and refocus.

Here are the last few of mine:

currently

I have original black, special L&R green, January’s Rocket Gray and February’s fuschia. There’s also this month’s Dandelion Yellow (but I haven’t printed any out yet) Can’t wait for new colors the rest of the year!

I plan on doing these every other Friday, and you can follow me on Instagram or join the Facebook group to see any new ones.

How to get started:

What’s new with you currently?

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New for self-publishing: Blurb’s new tools

I’m pretty excited. I think I may have just figured out what I want to do with my Tell Its Story ebook.

The poor thing needs a serious redesign, and I would love to also do a rewrite while I’m at it. But I have been going back and forth regarding the format I wanted to republish it in.

Should I stick with just a fancified pdf? Maybe format it as a print coffee-table-book and ship them out myself? Or send it over to Amazon and re-edit it to be kindle-friendly? Some combination?

Choices. I just don’t know.

Until, of course, Blurb announced a new resourceBlurb to Amazon.
Blurb to AmazonNow you can design your book using Blurb’s book-design options (like Bookwright), have it sold on Amazon and fulfilled by Blurb.

Which means you don’t have to *only* self-publish text-only books to kindle. Which means that you don’t have to fill your garage with printed books that you hopefully can sell someday. Which means that you can finally put together that travel photo book you have been thinking about.

Read Blurb’s official announcement here.

I think this is a *brilliant* move on Blurb’s part, and I only wonder it has taken them so long to do it! I’m terribly excited about the opportunities now!

Especially since Amazon itself is such a *huge* search engine market place. You might sell 20 copies of your lovely pdf ebook on your website, but putting the same content on Amazon will put you in front of so many more readers with the potential to sell so many more.

Just remember, you will need to price your book to cover both the cost of the book to Blurb AND the 30% cut that Amazon will take. Also, I’m not positive on all the details, but I *believe* you would want to purchase your ISBN separately to use for this. That way YOU are the publisher of record (and thus have the necessary control and authority long-term), not Blurb.

I still have not 100% decided what I want to do with Tell Its Story (probably won’t til it’s rewritten) but I love that I have this option now!

Have you tried Blurb?

 Click over to get 15% off your Blurb book through the end of May. Use discount code : MAY15%SAVINGS

P.S. Did you see these book writing resources I put together last week?

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Scrapbooking and memory keeping resources

My workspace – summer 2006

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What have I signed myself up for?

I will be starting TWO online creative workshops today!* Which is WAY WAY more commitment to creative projects that I have made in awhile.

I keep telling myself I can totally do this and stay caught up – I’m not sure if I believe it.

Project Life Lessons

Project Life Lessons is a workshop from Elise Blaha Cripe, Annette Haring, and Megan Anderson with their tried-and-true tips in the areas of photo management, storytelling, organization, assembly, and more. Whether your Project Life approach involves weekly spreads, monthly highlights, or something more custom, you can establish an effective working process that will help you make your albums a better reflection of who you really are and what matters most to you.

I am super behind on my 2014 Project Life spreads, so I’m thrilled to maybe get some new ideas and inspiration.

CLICK HERE to register and join me!

My Details Class

My Details is a 2 week online workshop full of 10 journaling prompts to help record your details. Use the 10 prompts to document about your present details or use them to document about the you from the past, or do BOTH as Megan and Kristin have! They will inspire you with 40+ takes on the prompts between the two of them in the form of mini-book pages, pocket page spreads, traditional layouts, and more! You can return to these prompts again and again to document your details and can even return to them later to translate them into documenting the details of others!

I am excited about having the excuse just to write. I think I’ve decided to just journal in a Word doc so I don’t have to worry about running out of room – and THEN deciding what to do with my journaling.

CLICK HERE to get your spot – use discount codes LEMONDETAILS for $2 off

Let me know if you are interested in my blogging my progress! 

Both workshops have some great pre-class bonuses that I have had so much fun going through!

*Please note: Because I am friends with one of the teachers and have helped promote,
my seats in these classes were gifted to me

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Giveaway: MyDetails online workshop

Ready to record some of those little memories that slip through the cracks?

At least once a week I think of a totally random story from my past that I don’t have any scrapbook pages for because there are no associated photos. I grew up as an ‘event’ scrapbooker, not really recording all the little stories.

Here’s a fun solution!

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I am so excited to let you know about this new online workshop from my friends Kristin and Megan!

CLICK HERE to grab your spot AND use discount code LEMONDETAILS for $2 off!

Use the 10 prompts to document about your present details or use them to document about the you from the past, or do BOTH as Megan and Kristin have! They will inspire you with 40+ takes on the prompts between the two of them in the form of mini-book pages, pocket page spreads, traditional layouts, and more! You can return to these prompts again and again to document your details and can even return to them later to translate them into documenting the details of others!

Whether you’re a blogger, a mini book maker, a journaler, a pocket scrapbooker, or a traditional scrapbooker, we’ve got ideas for you to make sure you are telling YOUR story and YOUR details in your memory keeping! Join us–the pre-classroom is accessible NOW and prompts begin April 14!

xMy-Details-Sneak-PeeksThere is a TON of content already in the workshop private blog to go through between now and the workshop beginning April 14.

Beginning April 14, you’ll have access to:

  • A new prompt each weekday over the duration of the class–10 in all
  • Detailed suggestions for interpretations of each prompt, making each prompt something you can return to for inspiration again and again
  • Two interpretations of each prompt from each instructor
  • 40+ exclusive takes on the prompts from instructors Megan and Kristin
  • Design and documentation tips with each project
  • Saturday Share days in which inspiration from the community members is shared
  • Supply lists with links to resources used in the workshop examples
  • E-mail access to instructors
  • Access to classroom indefinitely

I am taking part in the class – brainstorming how I’ll collect my work this week!

CLICK HERE to grab your spot AND use discount code LEMONDETAILS for $2 off!

or enter the giveaway below….

P.S. There is a giveaway for a 3-MONTH OHDEERME KIT SUBSCRIPTION on the MyDetails private blog. This giveaway will be open through April 7th! Register today for your chance at this SOLD OUT kit. You *cannot* wait to see if you win a spot to enter this giveaway.

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Project Life 2014 (a little late)

It is now almost April, and I have yet to really begin my Project Life 2014 book.

Why? I have no idea. I cannot believe it’s already the end of March. I’ve spent a lot of my weekends out of town so far this year, which means more photos taken and fewer time to process them. It’s a totally acceptable problem to have :)

project life 2014

So I’m hunkering down this week (see tomorrow’s post for a clue why!) and here’s my plan for this year:

12×12 binder

I love the American Crafts 12×12 3-ring binders. Last year I used a red-spine; this year I grabbed a black-spine. I kinda want to just go through their entire collection. Blue next year?

Design A Page Protectors

Why mess with what is working? I have used Design A EXCLUSIVELY since I started this 2 years ago – and I still love it. I like that all my pages look consistent. I like that it is 1 fewer decision I have to make every week.

Date card

I haven’t totally decided how I want to tackle labeling each week. I hate the idea of a whole card with just the date and nothing else – waste of space if you ask me. I love Kelly Purkey’s plan of self-portraits for every week with the date, but it’s too late for me to do that the whole year.

What I will likely do is use Photoshop to insert the dates (not week numbered) on top of a photo from that week – self-portrait if possible. I also downloaded these free date cards that I might throw in now and again. We’ll see.

Multiple Project Life Core kits

My focus is ALWAYS on the photos and stories, and NEVER on the product. I get a little twitchy when I think about using “filler” cards. That said, I currently own 3 core kits and 1 partial mini kit: Seafoam (that I used in 2013); Midnight (that I used a tiny bit for December Daily 2013); Sunshine (that I kinda regret buying) and an Amy Tangerine mini kit that I split with Kam. I’m also trying to talk myself out of getting Strawberry. But I just *love* the colors, so we’ll see. Lord knows I don’t need it.

I plan on using a combination of all of these (depending on the colors in each week’s images).

Currently List

I’ve been doing rukrisitin papercraft’s Currently List every other week so far this year, and of course I plan to continue. It’s similar to the Read/Watched cards I did the first year+, but more story and fewer details.

Get yours here

Embellishments

I am NOT an embellishment kind of girl. I just like to tell the story with photo/words/paper. That said, I have a *ton* of washi tape that needs to be used, and I am getting mildly obsessed with stamps. I bought these and haven’t used them yet!

I’ve also purchased a couple (mostly travel related) digital products that I’d like to start incorporating. I need to practice Photoshop some more.

So …. I think I’m ready. Other than the ACTUAL photos (I print through Costco and get them shipped to me) I think I have everything I need.

Now to pour over more Project Life inspiration … Check out Kam’s plans for her new Project Life book. I love how well she incorporates ephemera into her book.

If you have questions about HOW I put these together, you can check out my recent posts on the process with supplies, the process with journaling, the process with photos and the process with design.

ALSO: I have recently contributed to a Big Picture Classes ebook about Project Life! It’s all about using the Project Life structure to dig a little deeper into your stories. Check out more details including a preview here!

Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a flexible, easy-to-use, highly customizable way to preserve your memories and record your stories in an easy way. Check out all my Project Life posts.

If you’re ready to start your own, check out How to get started with Project Life!

Are you doing Project Life this year?

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#30Lists Blog Hop! Free prompt and ideas

30 Days of Lists Blog Hop

Thanks so much for joining us on the #30Lists blog hop!

Kam and I and our #30Lists Ambassadors are hosting a blog hop today – we’re each sharing a bonus list prompt on our blogs and hope to motivate more Listers to join us this March AND inspire current Listers with examples of what we will be sharing with you throughout the month.

We’re revisiting list prompts from the (100% free) March 2011 30 Days of Lists challenge.

Are you ready to get started?

I decided to re-list books I want to read this year. Here is where I originally posted this list back in March 2011

#30Lists free prompt

Confession: I still haven’t read a good chunk of these books. I read about 400 million books, just not all of these.

So here is my new list for 2014 ….

Books I’d Like to Read This Year:

And (obviously) dozens more…. Obviously.

What books are you going to read this year?

Make sure you check out the rest of the Blog Hop….

Simply click on one of the links below and get started – all of our posts are linked, so you will be able to click through to each blogger’s list.

CLICK HERE to register for March 2014 and get 30 more list prompts!

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