Becky Higgins lit a fire to this little spark-of-an-idea when I had a chat with her at the Creative Connection Event.
Becky is the creator of a little something you may have heard of called... The Project Life kit.
A hands on and/or digital experience that gives you all the tools you need to archive your photos into an easy, back-to-basics approach that solely focuses on the pictures and stories of your everyday life.
Literally EVERYTHING is provided for you to create something amazing. You can go as simple or as 'bananas' as you want with project life, and that's what I love about it.
I'm not sure about how all of you other creative women feel, but having an easy, think-free way to journal my stories/memories is something that I honestly feel so grateful to Becky for... especially after a long day.
A lot of the time I would find myself getting completely overwhelmed by scrapbooking... wondering which pretty paper to choose, how to layer it, what to cut it with, should I add a brad, a button, a flower, some glitter.... AHHH!
It was all too much, so I would quit.
The Project Life kit gives me a no excuse, sure-fire way to make certain that no matter HOW I assemble my albums pages, it will turn out stunning every time. Literally an answer to my prayers. And because Becky is a trend-setting designer, blogger, Mother and entrepreneur, you can bet your bottom dollar that all of the products included are high quality, timeless in style... but right on trend.
You can view and purchase all of Becky's products on the Project Life site, get inspired through daily posts on Becky's Blog and even follower her on Facebook and twitter, to receive inspirational quotes and photo ideas for unique ways to capture all of those special moments you won't want to miss.
The reason I wanted to share this with you is (mainly because I love it, and knew you would too) but also, because I've had a bunch of readers wondering what is going on with all of my Instagram feed and Facebook updates lately. More specifically, the "photo-a-day" challenge images.
So here's the low-down...
I know that not everyone has phones compatible to take part in this little venture, but nonetheless, I wanted to share with you what I've been up to and how I've been documenting MY daily photos "on-the-go", so far. Just recently I did a post on the Instagram and Picframe apps so you can check that out as a resource, as to how I get the specific look to my images.
However, I've only touched on this a bit... but you can now print your Instagram'd photos into magnets,
canvases, cards, posters, and even mini books.
I've also recently discovered a great new app (to me) called 'My365'.
So are you overwhelmed yet? ha! Don't be... because here's the thing, once you have everything downloaded and ready to go on your phone, you're basically done. All you need to do now is take pictures of those cute kids, love-able pets, amazing projects and funny moments. Stylize them to your liking... and then post them for friends,
I got started by playing along in a little Instagram photo-a-day in January challenge made by Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim. Here is the list I've been using that she created...
Currently I'm on day 3!...and a little worried about tomorrows day 4 topic.
Is 'letterbox' a fancy-shamncy way to say mail box???
Basically it's just a fun way to have some direction, photograph things you maybe hadn't thought of and really... just a great way to GET STARTED!
You can follow our 365 photo-a-day journey on Instagram at username 'houseofsmiths'.
I will also be updating images on the House of Smiths Facebook page as well.
Again, you don't have to have a phone to play along, you can use ANY camera to document daily life, and then just post it to your Facebook page, blog or twitter feed to share! Or if 'sharing' isn't your thing... then just simply start a folder on your desktop and drop your "photo-a-day" picture in there every night.
All this being said, I do still VERY STRONGLY believe in the amazing-once-in-a-while-beautifully-staged photograph. Whether it's with a professional or just with your own SLR camera. There's just a magic that happens within those types of high-quality stunning images, during the really memorable moments in life that make my heart sing.
Even if it feels impossible, make it a goal to remember the BEST parts of your life this year, cherishing the sweet and simple moments, through photography... however you can. I promise that if you do, you will be blown away by the happiness that comes from reflecting upon those precious images in the future.