{12 Days} Day 2 with Mari

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Mari has an awesome giveaway on her blog for Day 2!

 

don’t forget about my Lilla Rose giveaway!

{memory keeping} I have a story to tell…

…lots of them actually.  Everyone does.  But I haven’t been very good at getting them down.  I once was.  About ten years ago, when my first baby was born, I was a scrapbooking maniac.  Pretty paper, stickers, decorative-edge scissors and all!  I cut the heck out of all those photos.  He has two whole books.  Twenty or so months later, I had little girl.  I did good for a while…bless her heart, she almost has a whole book.  Then it got busy around here.  I lost steam.  Our house seemed to shrink and there were always little fingers that wanted to ‘help’ with the pages.  I soon discovered digital scrapbooking.  I love it.  I recommend it.  But I got so wrapped up in making the pages pretty that I lost a little priority.  Then I was obsessed with making my own little elements and papers, because I couldn’t find just the right ones for my pages.  I still enjoy that, don’t get me wrong.  That’s how all these little printables really started.  But it still left me (and my family) without something to look at, show my grandchildren, to live on after we’re gone.

So I’m changing my attitude this year.  I will get some books made this year.  Books that can be browsed through, loved, and shared.

Let me share a personal story.  My husband’s mother passed away the summer after he graduated from high school.  It was very sudden.  I never knew her…but have gotten to know a little bit about her through the pictures she had kept for her boys.  Each album (there are several), had pictures, in chronological order, of birthdays, Christmases, trips, and sports.  Each had a hand written note on the back of dates, places, and sometimes even a quote from one of the boys.  They have been a way for my husband to share his Mom with me and the kids.

We are an Army family.  We move around a lot.  We get to see and experience places that we would not have under other circumstances.  I realized recently (just the other day) that my children do not remember as much as I thought they would about where we have lived, the people we have met, and the places we’ve seen.  It was startling.  I didn’t realize that all those memories I was storing would not necessarily stick in a 4-, 5-, 6-year old brain.  Just another reason I’ve got to do this.

Because of these, and more, I’ve decided I’m going to be joining in on Project Life by Becky Higgins.

cultivate a good life by Becky Higgins

It’s really a simple way to document your year.  I’m not calling it scrapbooking.  It really isn’t.  It’s taking everyday photos of your life, jotting down a bit or two about it, and sticking it in a book.  Take a look at Becky’s video…


I will be using some of Becky’s products like this and these, but I’m also going to be using things I already have, the digital version of Project Life over at Jessica Sprague, and some printables that I’m working on now {wink!}.  I’m even planning on integrating this approach to the piles of school work of the kids’ that I’ve been keeping.  I’m a little late in getting my supplies, they should arrive this week from Amazon, but I have been taking pictures.  And I’ve decided that my kids are plenty old enough in helping me take some pictures (they are always taking pics on my phone anyway!).  I decided to use Instagram in conjunction with my phone, since it’s pretty much always with me.  You can follow my Instagrams by finding me…domesticatedlady.

Here are some posts to get you all revved up…

on Becky Higgin’s blog

and Mari Koegelenberg from My Digital Art Studio…love her take on it.

Will you do it with me?  It doesn’t have to be fancy.  Heck, it can be whatever you want it to be.

12 Days Blog Hop: Day 10

You know I love Mari!  She’s made the cutest little reindeer for today’s project!  Run over to her blog and check it out!

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12 Days Blog Hop: Day 6

I can’t believe we’re halfway through the blog hop!  Hopefully, we are giving you lots of great ideas and, since we’re doing it a little early this year, lots of time to get these projects done!  Today we are back to Mari, who has made the cutest keepsakes.  I absolutely love Mari’s designs…always have.  And I’m especially fond of her because she gave me my first shot at designing!  Check out her Day 6 keepsake project

12days-header-day6 Hop back here tomorrow for my next project…it’s kid friendly!

12 Days Blog Hop: Day 2

Day 2 of the Blog Hop…

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Are you sitting?  Of course you are, you’re at the computer :)  This project from Mari is about to knock your socks off.  Seriously.  And she makes it look so easy by showing you exactly how to do it.  Check this out…

DSC_9990 Isn’t it gorgeous??  And Mari’s done all the hard work by making it a PRINTABLE!  It’s one of the many goodies included in the 12 Days Grab Bag available at The Digi Chick.

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