Today marks the start of the Labour Day long weekend. With three days off, I am hoping to get some much needed rest as well as some time to hang out with my kids before they head back to school next week. I hope you all get some time to rejuvenate and spend time with friends and family as well.
A few weeks ago, I attended the Scrapbook Expo in Schaumburg, IL. It was wonderful to get a chance to visit with the Scrapbook Expo team as well as the exhibitors and many consumers. On Thursday of next week, I will be sharing a blog post that will take you behind the scenes at the show.
While at the show, I also had the privilege of meeting the amazing team that supports Becky Higgins and the Project Life brand. If you have ever had a chance to see any of their video clips or photos, this team looks like a lot of fun. The reality is that this team is not only extremely fun but they are a bunch of sweet, amazing people who clearly have a deep love for the Project Life concept and helping scrapbookers to enjoy their craft. From set up, through the line ups at their booth on the show floor, to teaching the Project Life workshops, and to winding down and taking their booth apart, Team Becky was happy and full of energy. To see additional photos from Team Becky as well as their own behind the scenes video, click here.
As a traditional scrapbooker, I have heard all about pocket pages and have dabbled in creating them. At this point, my style is a combination of full size 12×12 layouts combined with pocket pages in the same album. I have found that this combination works best for me as it allows me to create and embellish pages as I have in the past while also taking advantage of the simplicity of using pocket pages to incorporate more photos on each page as well as to complete my pages much faster and for less money.
While in Schaumburg, I sat in on Becky Higgins Project Life: Fast & Easy Scrapbooking workshop. It was wonderful to get a chance to listen to Becky explain how Project Life came to life and to hear how passionate she is about helping scrapbookers record their memories. In Becky’s words, “Project Life is back to basics scrapbooking …. Keep It Simple. Simple equals Done!” It is so true that when you change your focus and remove the pressure of creating a perfectly designed layout, you really can get more memories into your albums.
During the class, Becky shared a video called I Am Project Life. It can be found on the BeckyHiggins.com website as well as on their YouTube channel. This video is worth the watch. It makes you think about why you scrapbook. There are so many reasons and they are all very important.
While in class, I had the privilege of sitting beside a lovely lady who had brought a copy of Creating Keepsakes from many years ago that had Becky Higgins on the cover. Becky had an article in the issue about simplifying scrapbooking. It was amazing to read through the high level bullets of the article as the premise was exactly Project Life. Years before Project Life came to be, Becky Higgins had all these wonderful ideas in her head and she was applying them to her full page scrapbook layouts. It is amazing to see how far the concept has come and yet very little of her philosophy has changed!
For this week’s project, I used the Project Life Fine & Dandy Core Kit. The kit is gorgeous. I love all the wonderful glitter cards and fun filler cards. Given that I am a very clean line, linear scrapbooker, I chose to not add additional embellishments to the cards. I simply chose photos and cards and placed them in pockets. The journaling cards even got me writing more about the memories in the photos versus skipping that part of the page.
I created three pages using select photos from my daughter’s second birthday party.
The first card on the left with the balloons and the last card on the right with the stripes are glitter and they sure POP!
I really like being able to quickly create a page with four photos on it without having to figure out how to fit them all on the page together.
This pocket page is different from the first and allowed me to include a few vertical photos from the party and lots of fun 3×4 horizontal filler cards.
Now that you have seen a few of my pocket pages, can you guess what this week’s giveaway is? You guessed it! Our friends at Becky Higgins would like to give one Value Kit and a 6×8 album to one lucky Scrapbook Expo friend. The winner will get to choose both the kit and the album of their choice.
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For your chance to win an amazing prize pack from our friends at Becky Higgins, leave a comment on this blog post. The giveaway runs until midnight on Thursday, September 10th.
The winner is Laura Turcotte!
Congratulations, Laura! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘Mystery Box Winner’ in the subject line.
Don’t forget … If you want a chance to win a Value Kit and 6×8 Album from Becky Higgins, leave a comment on this post.
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Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend and upcoming week. See you back here on Thursday for my behind the scenes look at the Scrapbook Expo in Schaumburg.