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Strategies to Stay Motivated

Becky Higgins

Scrapbooking with Project Life

Becky Higgins

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36. Strategies to Stay Motivated

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Strategies to Stay Motivated

Great okay, so now that we've got all this information and inspiration now what's going to keep me motivated how am I going to now take all this information, go home, not be overwhelmed and do it and actually put it into action and whenever I share thoughts whether it's through sharing a lesson in church or a teaching to a class or chatting with a girlfriend or whatever it is my big thing that I like to always dio is not get so wrapped up in the details on and forget about what's happening up here at thirty thousand feet likewise I don't get so caught up here at thirty thousand feet looking down in the situation that we forget about the details and what I mean for this is that we talk so much about what project like means and we feel it and we know no and we understand the benefits but when it comes down to it you eight ladies are going home to your own homes and I'm going home to my home and what are we going to actually do now what we can do to put into action okay, so that's what I ...

would talk about for a few minutes first of all I'm gonna read I'm gonna recommend that you refer to the content I spent a lot of time putting together aa lot of thoughts and pictures and images and samples and gathering and gathering and gathering of content and putting it in an order to help make sense of all of this that can be overwhelming so that it could be solid content that people could refer tio so that's my first thought is creative life right here this class is happening live right now but it's being rebroadcast it's available for people to stick in their libraries and refer to it and if there are if you're feeling overwhelmed by so much stuff and you weren't able to take notes or you're just timing it's a little bit late or whatever the situation may be just refer back and pick that segment that you want to think more about maybe you want to think more about how to take better pictures and you want to watch that segment with with keira and I bantering back and forth maybe you wantto go back because you couldn't follow the digital stuff it seemed fast for you go back and watch that on dh then obviously there are ten other segments that we're talking about so referred to the content and remember all the resource is that we discussed a cz well begin with a plan in the very earlier part of this course I challenged you guys to do an assessment to go through your homes and maybe some of you and that not maybe I've heard of a lot of our friends in the internet during this course who have already been like doing their challenges and I received a few e mails and I've seen some comments on social media saying I've already fill in the blank some of backed up their pictures, their archives kevin guilt tripped them into it and he doesn't apologize for that some have already organized somebody e mailed me a picture and showed me that all of their stuff was sorted by not dates by categories of her childhood because that's what she felt motivated to do and we just covered that so she did it fast break down your plan, figure out where your goals are your priorities and go back to that list that I challenge you guys to write and just go okay all these things I want to do because remember I'm with you guys I have my list, I have a list of things that I want to d'oh and I and you should not feel like we have to do it all it's just a reminder we don't have to do it all okay? We have time and in this in some cases maybe for some watching don't feel like they have a lot of time because of their age or illness or whatever then you need to prioritize and figure out what's the most important thing for you to do right now based on your life circumstances so that's what I mean begin with a plan, break it down from there break it down because they want you break it down and you know, okay, all these things I want to do, but this is the one I'm going to focus on that just that the other stuff to the side clear the desk, clear out the clutter, focus on that one thing and do it and the way you do it, I recommend keeping it simple and I said for riel for riel, I don't think beyond photos in pockets because that's what this is right here in front of me, this layout that I showed you at the beginning and I'm wrapping it back around and show you at the end. This is a scuffle page example that is photos and pockets, journaling cars and pockets that's all that's going on here I personal decision she was not to go beyond that because if I complicate things, it doesn't happen and that's how I work personal strategy figure out what makes sense for you your personal strategy for how you're going to stay motivated and keep going with this is going to be different than mine and it's going to be different than that of the woman sitting next to you and the person that the next town over what is going to work for you think back to everything that we've talked about some things that will keep you motivated might be going online and searching the internet and getting inspiration one thing that might motivate you is setting up a monthly scrapbook night where you get together with friends whether it's virtually online or in person and doing that I must stop there and ask what things do you guys feel like or our friends on the internet feel like are going to keep you motivated based on your personal strategy not your advice to someone else I'm going to go home now this is my personal strategy because it works for me what's it going to be does anybody want to share that's a problem batch processing if anybody missed that remember it's that whole idea of if I'm creating this layout I really should probably remind people in case some are just tiny in batch processing means not just putting this layout together and then moving on to the next lay out in the moving on to the next lay out but all in one sitting I'll go through my pictures I'll choose them all and the next time I have an hour chunk of time I'll go through or I'll print them and then I will the next city slip all of my photos in and maybe the next time I have a little time gossip all of my cards in and then the next time I'm going to journal and the reason for that is because we get in that mindset of that one action journaling for example we do all of our journaling all the same time because we're not that state of writing. Thinking, pondering, writing. So batch process. Thank you. Who out? Somebody else had a hand of what's gonna be your strategy ahead. I still keeping it simple for me. That's what? I I can't wait to go home and just keep it simple. I do not been so simple up to this point. Is that why you're emphasizing extra everything? Yes. Ok. So you like to be elaborate and in your embellishing and you like to put lots of things on your pages? Is that which I always stop that it had to be creative. I thought I had to put my heart and soul into every single thing that I did. Yeah, I didn't. I started forgetting about documenting and, you know, being in the moment, so keeping it simple. Amazing. Thank you. What were you going to shave? My scanning? I mean, just taking the time. Tio, get rid of a lot of I think I just feel so overwhelmed with all the stuff. But if I can, you know, scan it and get it in a more reasonable, reasonable. Then you can let go all that clutter to absolutely make sure that since you have so much to scan that you're not just getting a flatbed scanner I don't know if you already have one or not but you want to get one of those that you can literally feed a whole stack and it just it's going to run him through absolutely was there another hand my missing anyone say sticky notes I think you know that about what he's what about picking out for anybody who might have missed just putting him on places where it's it's blank right now but also writing your idea down what's going to go there so absolutely hopeful yeah yeah definitely one thing that is really going to keep everybody motivated I feel is keeping perspective you guys know what I mean by that keep perspective on dh thank you, katia you you actually brought up a really good example because you said that you used to decorate and embellish everything and you kind of you didn't use this term but you kind of lost perspective of and it wasn't a bad thing it's a hobby it's fun it's good and you have all these memories preserved? I've done the same thing I've gotten caught up in this idea of just decorating my pages and how's my layout designed going to be and I've lost perspective of what's really important, which is my photos and my stories and getting all together and making sure that that act is really strengthening the relationship with my family. And so I understand that I think everybody watching probably understands that if they're already a scrapbook for sure two things that will keep you motive motivated also on this topic of keeping perspective first of all, I think about the past think about who came before you and think about what you would want to see for many years ago think about your parents think about your grandparent's and beyond that and think about what you think would be interesting from their life that's a perspective that I come back to constantly and I actually feel like that's a gift that I have to actually think that way because that perspective really makes me a better document er I think I thinking about what I would love to see from my past, I also know what I can't appreciate from what I do have from them, whether it's, my parents who are still here or beyond that who are no longer here so really like whether you have the stuff or not, what would you want to see from them? Well, that's the stuff that you want oh, you want to tap into that idea because that will keep you motivated for what you document the second thing is that you want to think about the future why are you doing this? Who are you doing this for? Doing it for you in the blank. I'm not gonna answer that for you. You're doing it for someone sometimes. It's yourself sometimes it's for your children, your spouse, your loved ones, your descendants in the future. Doing it for with a purpose keeping perspective is exactly what's going to keep you motivated both the future that I just talked about in the past. This is an example of a past experience that our path, a collection of past items that someone has collected. I might have an email. I d'oh. I mean, let me read this email to you that accompanies this picture. Um, this comes from sabrina and she lives in missouri. Dear becky, I just had to take a moment to share a fantastic discovery I made today. I would have more enthusiasm of my voice if I had a voice. I just had to take a moment to share a fantastic discovery I made today. This afternoon I began sorting through some of the items from my maternal grand parents. It has been a maid, has been an amazing experience. Apparently they both believed and documenting life, and they saved every postcard letter, diary and so on that they have ever written or received going through some of their items today has been a trip back in time I know how important the idea of documenting our life story is and I just wanted to share that I apparently came from a law a long line of project lifers even if they didn't have the materials back then to archive stuff properly how wonderful it is how wonderful it has been today to share all this rich history with my own children how much more poignant? Because I never met my maternal grandfather he died many years before I was born but in his mementos today I have felt him very near to me I wanted to share a few of the things I came across today I have attached a photo collage that includes clockwise from top left all the bills and receipts for the building of my grandparent's farm house. Two tickets to a nineteen twenty dance a receipt for a twenty dollars payment of the doctor's fee for delivering my mother at home on the farm a giant wallet containing all of my grandfather's crop locations for each year he meticulously drew each year's crops out on paper and listed how many bushels he got of each my grandfather's driver's license from nineteen forty one ah grocery list and my mother's and grandmother's war ration books from world war two I also found postcards and valentine's my grandmother received from nineteen o nine to nineteen thirty my grandfather's war registration cards for world war one and two and even the straight razor he used to shave with still in its original case all in all this has been an unbelievable adventure today as I look through all of this priceless documentation I'm almost transported back in time to the early nineteen hundreds and I am once again mindful of just how important project life is documenting everything including the monday in everything everyday things that we don't think are important like grocery list will one day paint a picture of us for the generations to come how awesome so thanks for being such a big supporter of all of us who believe in documenting our life story she says you rock I'll take that she said all in all this has been an unbelievable adventure today what would it be like for the people who come after us, our children, grandchildren so on to have an unbelievable experience because they came across something that we did that is motivating that inspires me to want to keep up for sure for the future not just the past that we talked about but the future of why we're doing this this is why I want to remember I want I want to remember being with my children and not spending all of my time scrapbooking about it that motivates me that's why I make a put personal choice to keep it simple hoping things in pockets and getting it done and feeling really good about it is what works for me, because then I'm doing more of that, and I'm being with my children and engaging with him a little more. So I want to do better is a mother, yes, do we want to do better as a wife and it's, a family member, and is a friend and a person in the community community and a volunteer and all these things, yes, and so, in order to do that, I need to enjoy my hobby, but I need to do it. Not so time singly, that's, what project life is, we want to call debate a good life, we want to record it, they go hand in hand. I've overwhelmed everybody, I'm sure.

Class Description

Preserving your best memories doesn’t need to keep you from making new ones! Join memory keeping maven Becky Higgins for a class on her famous Project Life® scrapbooking system.

Chronicling a good life doesn’t require endless weekend hours glued to your glue stick. Becky will show you how to efficiently create one-of-a-kind scrapbooks using a simple method that preserves your memories and reflects your personal style. In this class, Becky will teach you her back-to-basics approach to memory keeping. She’ll cover organizing your photos, designing a timeless scrapbook and everything in between. You will learn how to select and compile your photos so your scrapbooks tell the story you want future generations to remember.

Whether you want to commemorate a major life event, document a trip, or start an ongoing scrapbooking project, this class will show you how to turn your big moments - as well as your everyday, seemingly mundane but equally important moments - into beautiful memories.

Class Materials

bonus material with enrollment

Everyday Life Photo Ideas.pdf

Kari Holt Digital Project Life.pdf

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I have been involved with scrapbooking for many years and have made numerous purchases for supplies, a room full and then became so overwhelmed by all of it that I have done very little. The reason being, that I was so conscious of what everyone else was doing and mine never quite measured up to what I saw that others were doing with all the embellishments, and techniques. I then turned to card making because it was a much quicker gratification than studying and laboring over the perfect layout with the perfect paper and etc. I had gotten an earlier Project Life kit of Becky's a few years ago and because of a very busy life had never fully gotten the concept, but thanks to Creative Live and Becky I am on the right track now. I am so very motivated and have recently taken all of my photos out of old albums, boxes, etc. and have them at least in order by years so that now I can begin to document this life of mine. By the way, I just turned 70 and boy does that mean a lot of photos. I am equally excited to get an album started for each of my grandchildren that they can document their own lives. My three youngest are 9,11 and 13 and are so heavily involved in sports, community, church and life itself that they need to document this now, for sure they will forget when they are 70 and trying to play catch-up. I have been a fan and follower of all things Becky Higgins since the beginning of Creating Keepsakes and have always felt she was so very authentic in her aspect of documenting, living life and celebrating everyday living. She is awesome and thank you Creative Live for having her on and allowing so many of us to share in this 3 day event. I know I am catching this in the summer 2014 when In fact this was done in 2013, but better late than not at all. A very special thanks to Becky!!!

a Creativelive Student

I am very excited to document my families life. I have 5 kids and a wonderful husband and life goes so fast. I feel like I do everything on the express train! However, this course was not for someone with the ADD brain. This 3 day course could have easily been consolidated down to one day.... maybe two. I think Becky is adorable, however, think she said the same thing over and over again just a different way. I am excited to start project life and review the videos as I need to.

Kathy Laflen

I need help with organization and this class really helped. I also love the simplicity of Project Life. One of my favorite things was how pictures are taken of kids projects to preserve them rather than keeping the originals. Photos of hands has also become a new interest thanks to one of the guest presenters. This class was worth every penny!