Monthly Archives: January 2014

Looking Back to Find Your Voice

Looking Back to Find Your Voice

One of the things people say when they claim to have trouble journaling, is “I don’t know what to write about,” or “My life is boring.”

Facebook and Twitter heartily disagree with you.

What do you post to Facebook and Twitter? If you post anything, you can use it as journaling on a scrapbook page.

A quote you love? A recipe you want to try? A ridiculous news story? Those are all things you can use to illustrate your interests on your scrapbook pages.

And your tweets and status updates? Those are journaling goldmines!

They’re pretty easy to find after the fact, too.

For Facebook, go to your wall, and then click Activity Log. That will bring up a much easier to read list of your activity on Facebook, without all the clutter you normally see on your wall. You can even narrow the search down to a particular year or month by clicking the one you want in the list on the upper right hand side of the page.

FB screen grab

On Twitter, just click your name so your personal twitter feed comes up. To narrow down what you see in the future, star/favorite the posts that you really like. Then you’ll be able to pull up just those particular tweets at a later date, when you go looking for journaling material again. You can even request an archive of all your old tweets that you can download and search. (To do that, just click on the gear on the Twitter menu bar and choose settings. The last option on the settings screen is to request your Twitter archive.)

Here’s a challenge for you:

Go through some of your old social media posts, and find something that makes you laugh or smile, and document it. You may think that you’ll always be able to find old info on the internet, but you and I have been through enough technological changes to realize that EVERYTHING changes. What’s new and amazing quickly becomes old and obsolete. Document your stories in multiple ways, so that the things that matter to you have a greater chance of surviving, and being remembered.

If you make a page based on this challenge, feel free to share a link to it in the comments below, or over on Flickr in the No Excuse Scrapbooking group. I’d love to see what inspires you!

Daily Documenting Resources!

Daily Documenting Resources!

I bet many of you have been bitten by the Project Life/Pocket Page/Daily Life Documenting bug. You love all those pages you see online, and you want to make your own, but you have no idea where to start.

Or maybe you have no idea what all these pocket pages are all about.

Well, there are a few things that can help you get started.

If the idea of taking a photo everyday scares you, check out Katrina Kennedy’s class. She’s got some great ideas that take the intimidation out of the whole daily photography challenge.

If you have time today, you should also check out Traci Reed’s PL planning class. You can participate live today, or watch the replays later. Traci will be sure to have lots of ways to help keep yourself organized in order to be successful with the whole daily documenting project. Traci’s also got a planner you can purchase  to get your daily documenting organized so you can tell deeper and more meaningful stories.

If you’ve already got a ton of pocket page supplies, and want to learn some new ways to decorate them for your  daily documenting, or to use them in other projects, you will want to check out True Scrap: Pocket Pages. That is a full day of classes with live instructors, pre-recorded video, and tons of inspiration. I’m really looking forward to taking those classes at the end of the month.

Last but not least, if you’re running out of ideas, or are painting yourself into the “My life in uninteresting” corner, I have a list of topics to document for you.

Microsoft Word - Photos to take.docx

Photos to take & stories to tell

I originally published this when I did my Week in the Life album last May, but the topics are useful for any kind of daily documenting. You can even print off the PDF if you want: Downloadable Photos to Take Printable

After you get these classes under your belt, you should be more than ready to tackle a daily documenting challenge. You can do it. Really you can.

Birthday and Christmas Winners!

Birthday and Christmas Winners!

I hope your New Year is starting off well. I’ve got some winners for you:

Winners of the mini kit:

Country Chicken

Jodie M

Gee Zee

TrailmixyMel C

Jennifer Loftfield

Elizabeth Berzas Kratzer

Winner of the Origami Owl Scrapbook themed necklace:

Jodie M

Please email me at heather at noexcusescrapbooking dot com with the subject line mini kit or OO winner, and your complete address, and I’ll get your presents out to you, as soon as I dig myself out from underneath all this snow.

Thanks so much for celebrating my birthday with me!