Where the heck is Amy? A PSA

I surrender. I give up. I can’t do all of this.

Have you noticed that my blog posts have been few and far between lately?

As of right now I’m going to stop pretending I can keep up with these posts for the time being.

I’ve got some personal stuff going on which is taking up a lot of time, but ALSO I am 100% committed to completing my novel — a George Washington historical fiction — by June 30.

And it’s got quite a bit of ways to go.

So I hereby declare that I am putting L&R on hold for a few weeks.

I’m still posting a little on Instagram, but otherwise I’m burrowing down to get this work done.

I can’t wait for you to read the book!


Giveaway: BUILD ecourse

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Maybe you want to be a thought-leader and become a regular guest on daytime talk shows. Maybe you want to be a reality TV star. Maybe you want to launch a business selling handmade children’s aprons. Maybe you just want a second income to be able to quit your day job soon.

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I built a blog that has helped me quit my day job – with fewer than 1000 readers and ZERO advertisers.

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My personal goals have been somewhat smaller, but my blog still has been the driving force behind reaching those goals and quitting my day job.

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GIVEAWAY: 30 Days of Lists archive bundle!

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We’d love for you to take part in a self-paced 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.

March 2011 is still available for free here.

There’s no wrong way to make a list – so even if you missed participating with the community the first time around, you can still grab the list prompts now and make your lists anyway you want!

ENTER BELOW to win the current 30 Days of Lists self-paced bundle (Septmber 2011 through September 2014)!

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Giveaway: January Reset digital kit

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GAH, you guys! I hope you can tell how excited I am about this new January RESET project!

I hope you are joining me, and I doubly hope you are investing in the digital kit to give yourself a little break on having to create everything from scratch.

Be sure to grab it soon — it’s on sale for a couple days!

or you can enter below to win one!

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Giveaway: Pocket Your Year (from The Nerd Nest)


Pocket Your Year from Megan at The Nerd Nest is a year long e-course that will keep you motivated with your pocket scrapbooking all year long!

You’ve already heard Megan’s top five reasons you should pocket scrapbook in 2015. Now you can pocket your year with her from January 2015 to December 2015.

Pocket scrapbooking is a simple documentation solution, but a year long project of memory keeping can be overwhelming. There are many places to get held up in the process.

Throughout the year, Megan will be sharing multiple solutions to common trouble spots so you can decide what’s best for you. You’ll work on improving photography, journaling, process, and design.

All pocket scrapbookers are welcome: whether you use your stash, stick with a simple Project Life system, use a small format, or go digi, there will be something for you!

Learn more about what Pocket Your Year includes here.

Still on the fence? Check out the free-for-everyone pre-class content for a sample of what the course will include and join the Pocket Your Year Facebook Group, which also open to all!

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Lemon and Raspberry readers can receive $5.00 off of the already discounted early-bird price with the coupon code LEMONANDRASPBERRY.

Coupon expires January 31, 2015.

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4 Reasons to try digital scrapbooking

This is a guest post from Allie of Alexandra Rae Design, co-creator of the RESET digital kit.


Hi L&R friends! Allie of Alexandra Rae Design here! With the release of the Reset kit from Amy and myself, many of you may be wondering about this “digital scrapbooking” concept… or taking it even a step further and asking how we can possibly do digital art journaling, or why you might want to trade in your paper, glue, and paints in for digital supplies!

You may be asking, “Why should I try digital scrapbooking and art journaling?”

I’m a big fan of digital scrapbooking, obviously. But why do I try to convince others to “convert” to learning digital scrapbooking?

My top 4 reasons I think you should digi scrap and art journal:

  • You learn valuable skills. I knew how to use Photoshop before I *really* started digital scrapbooking, but playing around and attempting to get the results I wanted on my pages allowed me to explore Photoshop in ways I never would have learned in typical college classes. I truly believe that any computer program you learn will be valuable to you in the future– even if you just build upon the knowledge later. You learn new programs, you learn more about your computer– you become a lot more familiar with technology, and with the way the world is going very, very tech heavy, no digital skills will go to waste!
  • It’s super easy to clean up! I don’t know about you, but when I create with paper, paints, and glue, I get EVERYTHING out, and I make a HUGE mess. Which usually takes FOREVER for me to clean up. With digital, it’s just “File, Save” and turn off my computer. Easy. Peasy.
  • It’s super portable. I’ve witnessed other paper scrappers unload entire mini-vans worth of supplies when they go to group crops. That’s a little crazy to think about. When I want to scrapbook on the go, I just bring my computer. Easy.
  • It’s affordable. I’ll be the first to admit, I go too crazy buying digital kits (“It’s less than $5!) but overall, it’s less expensive than paper scrapbooking– all the “tools” you need are on your computer! No buying 4 different die cut machines or 8 bottles of glue and mists– and you don’t have to print the pictures! And, best of all….
  • You can reuse the supplies! Unlike paper scrapbooking and physical art journaling, you can use the same piece of paper AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT!

So, what do you need to get started digital scrapbooking and art journaling?

Most importantly, you need a computer. (I use a Macbook Pro and an iMac, because I’m an Apple girl, but any computer will work!). I also recommend digital editing software– especially ones that let you use .pngs. Personally, I think the best programs are Photoshop CS or Photoshop Elements. I use the full Creative Suite ($$!) but you can do everything you need to do with Photoshop Elements. There’s a little bit of a learning curve with these programs, but once you get the basics down, they are such fun and versatile programs!

On top of the software and “hardware” that you’ll need, you’ll want some digital photos and digital “elements” to make your pages gorgeous!

Some of my favorite resources for digital art journaling supplies are:

Are you ready to get started with digital scrapbooking and digital art journaling? Have more questions? Be sure to check out my (long!) post on Getting Started Digital Scrapbooking!
Allie Trumpower of Alexandra Rae Design is a crafty designer, a photographer, and is marketing obsessed. She loves great design, memory keeping, pinterest, twitter, and instagram – and loves meeting new people via social media! She is on the creative teams for One Little Bird Designs and Simple Scrapper and loves the excuse to create! Follow along with her creative projects and everyday life & sarcasm on twitter and instgram at @abandy.

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This is a guest post from Megan of The Nerd Nest

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Over the past few years, I’ve been OBSESSED with pocket scrapbooking. (You may have also heard to it referred to by the brand name Project Life.)

Pocket scrapbooking is a form of memory keeping that involves sliding photos, journaling cards, and (optionally) cute products into plastic pocketed page protectors. It has become my primary form of documenting my life and is my very favorite for so many reasons. I thought I’d share a few of the main reasons I love pocket scrapbooking with you and invite you to try out documenting your year in pockets too!

Here are my top 5 reasons you should document 2015 with pocket scrapbooking:

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1. Memory is fragile.

When I try to think back on years past, I can barely remember even just a few details about any given year. But when I’m memory keeping with pocket scrapbooking, I’m consistently recording details of my everyday life. I love that, when I’m older and my memory is even less reliable, I’ll be able to look back at the life I’ve lived. I think there’s something magical about that.

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2. It is so very easy.

Pocket scrapbooking can be very simple or very elaborate, if you’re a person who loves to get fancy with embellishments or mixed media. You can make it your own. But at its core, it’s easy: put photos into pockets, pick cards to write on / fill space, add journaling. And that means it is FAST. I can get 10 things recorded in the time it takes me to record 1 thing with traditional scrapbooking. And that means I don’t have to play favorites with memories: I have time to record everything I want to remember.


3. You capture the small things.

This is especially true for me because I use photo collages, but you can squeeze A LOT of photos and words into a 12×12 spread. I love that pocketing my photos allows me to document little bitty moments in my life without feeling silly. I might feel weird about making 12 full pages about latte art (though there’s nothing wrong with doing just that, of course). But by slipping a little photo into a pocket every few weeks, I’m celebrating one of the small things that make me happy.

Pocket scrapbooking also gives you a big picture as a whole: having those coffee photos every few weeks documents how big a part of my life coffee is over time with the frequency it shows up.

Because I don’t feel like I’m should just capturing things that are big and important, I document more of the little bits that make up my life, and this gives a much better picture of what my life is “really” like. The small things are a big deal.


4. There’s something for everyone.

I go a little overboard with documenting (I include weekly spreads, extra thematic spreads in-between monthly breaks, and traditional pages just for fun). Because of my pocket scrapbooker overachiever status, I end up with 4 albums per year, but the same amount of documenting for me would take up 40 albums with traditional scrapbooking (no joke). I’d be able to fit more into fewer albums if I was willing to part with chunky embellishments (I’m not).

But there are so many other approaches. You can just stick with basic supplies and add only the photos and the cards: you don’t need to be “creative” or a “scrapbooker” to capture your life in this way! If 12×12 spreads seem overwhelming, there are smaller sizes you can work with like 6×8, 8.5×11, and 9×12. (I use the 6×8 size to document vacations.) You can go the digital pocket scrapbooking route and have your pages printed in a digital photo book–thousands of memories in an inch of spine space. You even can use the Project Life app on your phone and create pages in the palm of your hand.

With so many formats to choose and so many styles to pick from, there’s really a format of pocket scrapbooking that will work for everyone.

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5. Documenting becomes part of your routine.

The most important part of pocket scrapbooking for me? How much it has influenced me to document over the past three years. I’ve taken so many more photos, written so many more stories, and captured it all in these awesome albums. Knowing I’m going to be doing something with those captured memories influences me to look at my life in a new way.

Before, my everyday life seemed boring, now I look back on all of these little moments that were special to me and am just so very grateful to have lived them. There’s no better reason than that.

Thanks so much Amy for inviting me to share my love of pocket scrapbooking today!


Want to pocket scrapbook this year with me? Join Pocket Your Year, a year long pocket scrapbooking course that will help you improve photography, journaling, process, and design January through December!

Lemon and Raspberry readers can receive $5.00 off of the already discounted early-bird price with the coupon code LEMONANDRASPBERRY.

Coupon expires January 31, 2015.

Megan is a crafty nerd from The Nerd Nest. She spends her time filling up Project Life albums, reading big stacks of books, going on nerdy adventures with her family, and making stuff. Follow her on Instagram for daily memory keeping tips!



I am SO excited to offer Elise Blaha Cripe’s Big Things Happen printable to one of you lucky people.

The short version is: This giveaway is for the printable pdf file, enter below.

The long version is: I’m using this myself this year (goes perfectly with my One Little W0rd), and as soon as I downloaded it and printed myself a copy, I decided I wanted to give one away to you lovelies. So I emailed Elise to ask what she would prefer (should I buy another and just forward the email, or did she want to invoice me separately). And she responded that she’d like to sponsor the giveaway. Because she’s RAD. Obviously.

So I am so proud to giveaway a pdf printable today!

From Elise’s product description:

A few years ago, I had a similar calendar to this one where each day of the year was numbered and the idea was each day that you did something (I chose exercise) you got to check off the day. The goal was to “fill it in.” But the lesson I learned was to “keep going.” Who cared if I missed a day, or even a week? When stepped back a bit and could see the whole year in front of me and how far I had already come, any day checked off looked like progress. I just wanted to fill in what I could, celebrate what had been done and keep looking forward.

I really wanted “goal-setting” to be a part of MAKE29 somehow because it’s such a huge part of what I do, both in real life and online. I am so happy with this edition and what it will hopefully represent for you.

Also, obviously, think about just grabbing your own copy here. I am *definitely* using mine for at least 2 habits in 2015. And I am considering starting a 3rd/4th/more habits part-way through the year.

It’s a printable so you can start right away!

(lord above I love January 1 and new starts)

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5 Memory Keeping Myths You Can Ignore

This is a guest post from Meg of Marmalade Mementos

New to Memory Keeping? 5 Myths You Can Ignore | Marmalade Mementos

Stop me when any of this starts to sound familiar:

You’ve casually browsed the scrapbook aisles at a local craft store and thought “I’d love to create a beautiful record of our lives, but _______ [fill in excuse here].” Or maybe you’ve caught a glimpse of some expert art journalers’ works of art on Pinterest and thought “I could never do that, I don’t have enough ______ [insert resource or personality trait here].” Maybe when you hear the word scrapbooking, an image of a certain kind of person comes to your mind… and that person is the complete opposite of who you think you are or want to be. So you’ve come to the conclusion that memory keeping is probably just not for you. If any of this sounds like you, allow me a few minutes of your time to try to change your perception!

Curious or skeptical about whether you could make memory keeping work for you? Here’s a quick little quiz to determine if you’re the type of person that could become a memory keeper:

  1. Are you a human?
  2. Do you have people, places, objects, or activities you love?
  3. Do you have any positive or negative memories of anything that’s happened in your life, ever?

If you answered yes to all of the above, then surprise! Memory keeping is perfect for you! Still not convinced? Here are 5 memory keeping myths that may still be holding you back… and ideas to help you bust them!

Myth #1: Memory keeping is only for certain kinds of people.

Maybe you have the perception that memory keepers are all mothers with young children. Or that all scrapbookers are “crazy cat-ladies” or empty-nest grandmothers. Or that only people with extensive travel histories under their belts have stories worth documenting. Maybe you’re a single person without children who has only been on one vacation since you were a child, and you think you don’t have much going on in your life that’s worth documenting. As someone who has been following memory keeping bloggers for years, I can assure you there are people from all walks of life who are documenting their stories for many different reasons. (Keep in mind, there’s more to memory keeping than just scrapbooking! More on that in just a bit!) See if one of these awesome memory keepers might spark your interest based on your specific life situation:

  • Single woman, no children? Check out Tracy’s blog, The Single Girl’s Scrapbook.
  • Committed relationship, but no children (or only fur-babies)? Caylee’s and Olya‘s blogs may provide some idea (*cough* and hopefully mine! *cough*).
  • Into social justice issues and activism for causes you believe in? Kristin’s and Megan’s blogs might be up your alley.
  • Raising a family? Andrea, Rachel, and Aaron might spark your interest.
  • Spend lots of time with your grandbabies? Donna’s pages are sure to inspire!
  • Love traveling or going on local adventures? Kelly and Kam are a great resource!
  • Voracious reader? Kristin is too!

Myth #2: Memory keeping is reserved for big events and happy memories only.

Think of your life as if it were a newspaper. A whole newspaper, not just the front page. Sure, there are the big headlines, the most important things, the things the reader should be drawn to first (what is referred to in the publication world as “above-the-fold” content). By all means, document those big memories (the holiday gatherings, the anniversary trip to Italy, the birth of your sister’s first child). But remember that a newspaper tells a whole lot more than just the headline stories that fit on the top half of the first page. There are also sections for:

  • Letters to the editor (try including that letter you got from Grandma on your birthday last year or documenting a screenshot of a memorable text conversation with a loved one).
  • Movie reviews (include a list of the last 5 movies you’ve gone to see in the theater; interview the friends and family you went with about their thoughts on each movie!)
  • Local events (did you take a trip to your community’s newly-opened farmer’s market? Could you share a story about how this new resource will affect your family’s eating habits in the future?)
  • Obituaries (yes, it can be painful, but documenting the loss of a loved one or even a popular public figure can be a part of the healing process, and the sad moments are every bit as much a part of your story as the celebrations).
  • And many more…

Think of your life in an overall-big-picture kind of way, imagining the things you’d like future generations to know about you, your family, or what life in this century was like. Some of the details you might consider mundane now (your favorite musicians, where you buy your groceries, what method of travel you use to get to work) might someday be fascinating to someone from a different era, when things will no longer be the way they are now. What are some things you would love to have been able to learn about your great-great-grandfather? Document some of those same things about your own life. You may be grateful as you get older to have these details to reminisce over (or to help you retain or regain your memories in the unfortunate event that you may someday suffer from Alzheimer’s, amnesia, or other neurological difficulties), as well as to pass these stories on to your children, nieces and nephews, or community.

Myth #3: You have to be crafty or artistic to be a memory keeper.

Nope. False. Remember when I said above that there’s more to memory keeping than just scrapbooking? It’s true! If you’re doing something that you’ll be able to look back on at some point in the future that will help you remember a moment, a thought, a special person, or a feeling, you’re memory keeping! Writing in a journal, making lists of your favorite things, participating in various photo prompt challenges, even posting on social media… all of these are forms of memory keeping. You don’t need to have an eye for design to jot down a special memory you’d like to preserve for yourself or your family in the future. Likewise, if you feel like you don’t really have a way with words, a photograph with a short-and-sweet caption might be more your style. If you’d love to start documenting your life but aren’t sure where to start, you’re in luck because the internet has countless resources to give you a starting point.

If you think you’d prefer to use words to tell your story, head over and download Kristin’s free Currently list card, which you can fill out as often or as infrequently as you’d like in order to capture what is happening in your life at a given moment. Want to go into more detail with your storytelling, but can’t think of any specific stories to tell? My journal prompt collection has over 400 prompts to get you started, with fill in the blank questions like “When I hear the word adventure, I feel…” as well as list prompts like “Last 5 people I’ve hugged.” You can also check out the 30 Days of Lists challenge, which typically runs in March and September (sometimes also in December), where you can share your responses to 30 different list prompts with a community of other life-documentors. Prefer to focus on the photos rather than the words? Check out Capture Your 365 for a daily idea of something to photograph. Fat Mum Slim’s photo-a-day challenge provides a similar resource. Check out the hashtags #cy365 or #fmsphotoaday on Instagram to see how others are participating in these challenges!

Myth #4: You have to have a good camera or there’s no point in memory keeping.

Friends? There are SO. MANY. MEMORY KEEPERS. who use only their phone to capture photos. Personally, my camera is at least 8 years old, is far from fancy, and rarely sees the light of day. I use my iPhone for everything. That being said, even if you don’t have a phone with a camera, there are no rules about the level of photography quality required in order to be a memory keeper. Repeat after me: There are no memory keeping police. There’s a quote (that I believe is attributed to this iPhone photography book by Chase Jarvis, though I’m not sure if he was the first to actually say it) that says “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” Take this to heart, folks. Sure, good pictures are better than bad pictures, but bad pictures are better than no pictures. And even if you have no access to a camera at all, you can still be a memory keeper without ever taking a single photograph. (See myth #3 again in case you’ve forgotten!) Even scrapbookers sometimes create photo-less pages. Check out this great post from SuzyQScraps for some examples!

Myth #5: Memory keeping is expensive.

There is some truth behind this myth. Memory keeping CAN be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. If you have access to a piece of paper and a writing utensil, you have all you technically need to document your memories. From there, it can be as affordable or as expensive as you choose to let it become. It can be easy to fall down the rabbit hole in a scrapbook aisle and walk away having spent enough money to empty your bank account. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead, fall down a different rabbit hole on Pinterest, search for “free scrapbook printables,” and come away with more freebies than you could ever know what to do with!

Print them at home, save them on a flash drive and take them to your local print shop, or even just use them to document your memories digitally using an image editing software program. If you have a little bit of spending money to spare, by all means, have some fun buying a new art journal, some letter stickers, some pretty paper, or a new camera. But know that all of this is optional. You don’t have to keep up with the Joneses in the memory keeping world, because you’re documenting YOUR life, not theirs! When Anne Frank was writing in her diary, I highly doubt she was worried that the events she was recording on paper weren’t surrounded by enough glittery stickers and flower embellishments. Remember, it’s the stories and the memories that matter most, not the way you choose to record them.

So, what do you think? Have you been convinced that maybe memory keeping is a better fit for you than you originally thought? Do you still have some skepticism, or questions about how to tackle a roadblock that’s keeping you from documenting your stories? Let’s talk about it in the comments! Want to check out how I document the everyday moments that make up life as a whole? Take a look at my Project Life page gallery!


Meg Woolston is a memory keeper, wanna-be world traveler, and pint-sized semi-nerd who blogs at Marmalade Mementos. Although a Michigander at heart, she currently lives in Washington D.C. with her husband where she works a day job in the nonprofit industry, but her true passion is helping others preserve their sweetest memories. Follow Meg on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, or check out her digital and printable scrapbook shop.



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Giveaway: One Year of Journaling

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