Happy 2021 🎉🥂😱

Wow

It’s halfway through January and in some very awful ways, it still feels like 2020. Happy New Year friends and let’s hope 2021 is a whole lot better than 2020 was…we have passed the 7 day return window so no sending it back

Everything and nothing going on at the same time but my triumph for today is finishing my December Daily 2020 album. This time I used a Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters book and Elle’s Studio Christmas kit plus some stash thrown in for good measure. When the glue on the binding finishes drying 😂 I’ll film an incredibly amateur video. Until then, I’m working on some wrap up posts and plans for this year.

Be careful, stay safe, wear a mask and wash your hands

I’m coaching for Stacy Julian’s 2021 Photo Freedom Class!!!!

Yep, you read that right. I am completely over the moon thrilled to have been asked to be a Coach for the new updated version of Stacy’s Class Photo Freedom!! Stacy has completely updated her ground breaking class for 2021. Her original class and book “Photo Freedom” revolutionized the way tens of thousands of scrapbookers and memory keepers told their stories, including me! I also have a special offer for all of my blog readers and fellow scrapbookers below!

Here’s a quick overview of the class from Stacy herself:

You don’t need more time or more ideas or another way to back up your photos. What you need is a system—a living, breathing, comprehensive approach to organizing, finding, and using your photos. Photo Freedom is a comprehensive and highly interactive 12-week opportunity for YOU to (finally) get on top of the boxes of prints and disarray of digital files.  I will teach and help you adapt an ongoing and effective workflow—on your smart phone and computer—so that you can celebrate your memories and your life. But a course alone won’t cut it. You also need a dedicated coach, a strategic game plan, and a supportive team cheering you on. This is exactly what you get in Photo Freedom.

https://www.stacyjulian.com/photo-freedom-course-info

I have been using the concepts in Photo Freedom and Library of Memories ever since I took Stacy’s original class. I have adapted her concepts multiple times to fit how I tell my stories over the years – and the concepts work no matter what kind of a memory keeper you are. I am THRILLED to have been asked, along with 5 other women to be a Coach for this class to help YOU get your Photos and your memories in order!

Would you like to join us? As a COACH Stacy has provided me with a discount code for you to save $50 off the cost of the class! * Stacy always over-delivers on her classes, so your money is well spent. The class runs from January 15 to April 15 2021… BUT the engagement and support will be running ALL YEAR LONG! Yep, you heard me !

Use my discount code: SUETR50 to join us on a year long journey to Photo Freedom!

What’s included in the class?? I’m glad you asked:

  • Welcome and inspirational emails from Stacy each week Friday, Monday & Wednesday
  • New updated instructional videos, at least one from Stacy each week
  • Printable handouts, worksheets and project guides ( I love a good worksheet!)
  • A Private Facebook group where you can interact with Stacy, the Coaches (me!) and other students in the class. Stacy will be hosting weekly 60 minute Facebook Live sessions so you can chat with her in real time and talk with her directly about her concepts and the class
  • Monthly zoom meeting with Stacy and the community from January through December in 2021 so even after the instructional part of the class is complete, you will have YEAR LONG SUPPORT working on your Library of Memories.
  • Expert Coaches !! That would be me… ha! The six of us coaches have personally used and adapted the LOM system to our photos and our stories. We are a very diverse group and we’re all excited to help you on your journey!

Ready now?

I really hope you’ll join us on January 15th in 2021!! I am looking forward to working on my Library of Memories and it would be so. much. fun. if you came along!

https://www.stacyjulian.com/checkout?cartToken=-YFXa73fEkKk91mDf6_L5KhIES2nkBTwC_5e1xw2

*As a Coach with Photo Freedom, one of the ways I’m compensated is a small amount of each registration using my unique code… which will go right back into the scrappy hobby!

Documenting 2018 with “52 Stories”

I will be the first to admit that the last little while I’ve been getting bored with how I document the goings on around here. I used the weekly or monthly pocket scrapping documenting from 2011 until 2017 and, not gonna lie, it was a lot. Am I happy that I documented every little thing? Yes. Was it time for something different ? Heck yes.

Times change, things change and it was time to move on. I had picked up a Heidi Swapp Storyline album awhile back at Michaels and ordered extra pages. I was intrigued because it seemed like it was getting back to what documenting/storytelling had been when it was simpler. (you can check out what it’s about HERE on Heidi’s website) I organized my photos using smart albums in my Lightroom catalog to pull together photos per month that used the keyword “pl” which designates images I want to use in my weekly documenting.

After coming off a stretch of really intensive documenting, I have to say I felt super energized and a little bit freed by picking just one story a week to focus on. There were some extra stories and goodies thrown in for good measure but that was pretty much it! So without further ado, I present a little video overview of my completed 2018 album!

I’m extremely happy with the results and it was so. much. easier. to manage one story a week. Also… if anyone has suggestions for working with the arkon iPhone stand I’m all ears. Learning new stuff over here everyday. This project was one of my 20in20 projects from a class I’m taking with Stacy Julian and boy was it nice to tick off a project!

Thanks for taking a look, here’s to getting projects done!

“Complete” One Little Word update April – October 2020

Hello fellow crafty friends!

I thought I was more up to date on sharing my OLW album, but as I sit down to write this post, I discovered I’ve not posted about this project since March …which, was pretty much when the world fell apart. Because I don’t want to play catch-up completely in December… and since I’ve already made a little video for August – October…I’m going to go back make a quick video of April – July and tuck that right above August and October and I’ll be caught up with myself! Go me.

I have to say I am quite pleased that I have kept up with this project every month in 2020. Most years they’ve been abandoned by April. Last year I think I did several months in quick succession at the end of the year… so considering all that has gone on this year I’m calling this a big win even though we have two months left to go!

One Little Word is a year-long project, spearheaded by Ali Edwards to choose a guiding word for the year and, through a series of monthly prompts, explore how that word can integrate into your life and you can welcome in and also let go. Learn more about the project HERE

What’s your word this year? How’s your project going?

Wherein we have moved sewing operations…

In the time honored tradition of Sewists the world over…I have taken over the dining room. I’m sure many of you can sympathize. The move was initially born out of the purchase of an oversized scanner for my photo organizing business …which meant that the task of digitizing images could not co-exist with a hobby that produces lint, lots of lint.

Add to this the pandemic necessity of making several hundred masks and my compact sewing space upstairs was no longer up to the task. It is nice to be in the main part of the house within shouting distance of the hubs who is WFH in the living room and really nice light during the day. There is also far more room to spread out.

This past season has not seen a great deal of sewing happening but there has been pattern prep and toiles constructed and looking forward to more sewing now that the weather has turned here in New England.

But first…the mending pile…

Hoping to share more soon! What are your fall crafty plans?