Because it felt right to wait 406 days before blogging again…

Hello 2022… now that it’s almost MARCH here in New England, of course we are having a snowstorm. But it’s comforting to know that we still have snow here even though the planet is warming to alarming degrees. Hello friends, how did 2021 treat you? As we head into YEAR 3 of a global pandemic I have to say that 2021 was on the whole far better than 2020 but still not fabulous. Anyone else feel like they are the very definition of “languishing”? And who ever thought that would actually be a thing?! Well onward and upward for 2022. Fingers crossed we all survive pandemic and war to ring in 2023.

2021 had girls back at college, a tiny bit of travel, Homecoming at SU after missing a year, a big trip to Ireland, client work, more getting together with friends, and not as much crafting as I would have liked but more than I thought I had done at the end of the day.

The one constant in 2021??? Dogs and Sticks…

photo of black lab walking down sidewalk with big stick in her mouth

More posts to come on various projects and goings-ons…who says wrap up posts can only be posted in the first week of January! Off to go shovel snow… stay cozy my friends !

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.

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!

*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!

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?

Paper Crafting : Year long projects – mid-year check in

As part of the 20 in 20 class where we are making 20 projects in 2020… I have several projects that are going to span the entire year… some of these honestly, keep falling through the cracks… others I have been more successful in keeping up with!

-Book about me: This is a project that Stacy introduced the class to early in the year (January?) to make an album all about me… well I found a small book to use and printed some photos … but I have not yet gone in and written anything… we’ll see this is one project that continually stays on the “in process” list.

-LightRoom Catalog Cleanup: Rocked Days 1-58 in the 100 day project to clean up the 2000+ photos in my downloads folder in Lr. Suuuuper happy about that… now I’m working on consolidating the misc. photos scattered around the desktop of my computer, they are now all in Lightroom, just need to get them to their folder-homes. Then… tackling the big big photo projects from 2019 The girls last Sports Banquet / Sr Prom / HS Graduation / Grad Party and our GradPresent trip to Alaska. Yeah, lots of photos… good thing I have a business as a Professional Photo Organizer.

-One Little Word: AE project I have been super good this year about keeping up with the monthly prompt and I am very happy about that! Most months it takes less than 2-3 hours to watch the video/read the handout and complete the prompt…usually not on the same day! I don’t know if I’m going to officially participate in 2021 but glad about the project this year. I have posts from January and March up on the blog here.

-Storykit Project: I have been working this idea I have about how to work through the backlog of Ali Edwards StoryKits, you can see more info on them HERE. In addition to the content/themed prompts, the subscription included a small kit of supplies and I also opted to purchase the accompanying stamp set, in the hopes I’d stamp more (cue uproarious laughter). I thought I had written about the whole approach so maybe that should be a separate post… needless to say with 31 kits staring me in the face, there is a lot of content to work on… slow going.

-18/19/20 Project: I have to say with some chagrin that my documenting of 2018, 2019 and 2020 has been not as extensive as I would have liked. I have a framework set now for each year but honestly, it’s been a bit overwhelming of a project. My initial plan was to go monthly and complete a month in each year at a go… but even breaking it down that much seems super overwhelming so I am going back to the drawing board and I’m going to project manage this one out to 15 minute increments…we’ll see how it goes.

I summation…I’m hopeful I can finish out with OneLittleWord and probably get some writing done in the Book About Me, we’ll see how far I get with the other projects! I’ll keep you posted.

Are you working on any year-long projects? As we pass the mid-point of 2020, how are yours going?

2019 Reads

Oh poor neglected blog…let’s see if I can blog more than twice in a year for 2020? That would be a good goal….

I have discovered over the course of the last year that I am really not good at tracking…I think I start out strong and quickly lose interest because it’s usually too annoying or time consuming or frustrating. There are a few things however I do manage to keep a bit of a handle on because they are easy. Keeping track of my reading has been made infinitely easier with the Goodreads app on my phone and iPad. My preferred way to read is with an actual paper book in my hands but I have been reading on my iPad more and more especially when I travel and it’s so easy to pop over to the Goodreads app and update when I’ve read a book. I’ve also participated in their Reading Challenge for the last few years and this year is the most books yet at 44 when my goal was 30. I will also add that while I am a huge podcast listener, I do not listen to audio books so all of my books are read not listened to.

I think stats like this are kind of fun (yes, channeling inner geek)…

So many good books this year! I had several favorites… Stories for my Sister by my friend Elizabeth DuVivier is a must read!! I’ve linked her website so you can go and buy the book directly from the author (gasp! imagine that not buying a book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble!)

My other fiction faves for the year were: The End we Start from (haunting but good) Verity (thriller!) Daisy Jones and the Six (rock and roll) Where the Crawdads Sing (such beautiful imagery) The Testaments (Love Love anything by M. Atwood) and rounded out the year with Christmas Shopaholic (because..who does not love Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood?)

As far as Non-Fiction I’d say my faves were Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin (you should definitely check out her podcast with her sister) and Slow by Brooke McAlary (who also has the Slow Home podcast also very good).

So there you have it! 44 books in 52 weeks… Come and follow me on Goodreads to see how 2020 progresses. I’ve made the same goal of 30 books this year and hoping to read even more than that!

What were your favorite reads of 2019?