This post is part of the #MySelfieScrapbook collaborative project, co-sponsored by Jen Lake of Sunlight and Air Blog and four talented memory keeping product designers: Kellie Stamps, Record Life Blog, Color Cast Designs, and Polka Dot Creative. For more on this project, check out the initial post here, the list of suggested supplies, and the first prompt. Blog hops take place on Fridays here and on the other blogs through May 15th. If you want to join in, tag your post #myselfiescrapbook photos on Instagram. You can find all of my posts here.
I love every opportunity I get to improve myself. And my favorite self-improvement moments tend to involve actively working through my own insecurities. It’s hard work, but the payoff is absolutely worth it.
When I first discovered Project Life and pocket scrapbooking in 2011, it didn’t take long for me to notice that many of my favorite layouts by my favorite designers included pictures of themselves (selfies). I remember simultaneously admiring them and thinking “That’s amazing. I could never do that.”
I thought about it. A lot.
Truly, more than I care to admit.
There were so many moments, so many favorite outfits, and so many favorite memories that I wanted to capture of myself – and I didn’t. And the reason I didn’t capture them was because I was self-conscious about how other people would perceive me.
I think most people know at least one person that sees self-portraits as something negative. And as much as I love my friends and family, the selfie trend hasn’t exactly caught on in my social circles. So when I want to take a picture of myself, I know what they’re thinking. And that’s why, for a long time, I didn’t take them. Even when I was alone, I carried that fear and judgement with me.
But as I looked through my own albums, and admired pictures of my favorite coffee shop, my best friends, my husband, my dogs, my garden, and my family – it was obvious that there was only one thing missing from my album: me.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized how important it was for me to be in my own albums. And I realized that I really like selfies. And that I didn’t care what other people thought. And, five years from now, I know that my future self I would want to see me in the album too.
Everyone, I’m telling you now, just being connected to this group of talented memory keepers and designers for this FREE project is such an outstanding opportunity. And it’s inspired me to push myself. And I’m in love with what I’m creating for this project.
After literally YEARS of debate, I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase Photoshop. It’s been 2 days and after a few quick tutorials, I’m completely in love with this program. I still feel very strongly that it’s not necessary to make beautiful scrapbooks, but in terms of what I want to do with design, it’s a necessity. And I’m very VERY happy with my work already (if you don’t have photoshop, but want to make a digital album, check out this post).
But let me add this: the layouts, the photographs, the prompts, the class – it’s all part of this wonderfully inspired moment I’m having right now. And it’s in part because I’m working with, and connected to, a lot of talented ladies that have helped me reign in my style and, unknown to them, absolutely pushed me to be better at what I love. And I’m happy to be where I am.
So here are my layouts. For more on the story behind these photos, and to create your own, check out Sunlight and Air today.
Just in case you aren’t totally convinced yet, all of those cards (and the frame) that you see above is provided, free, as part of the free class. How cool is that?!
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