Emerson Lane Mini Album | How to Make Today Count

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Emerson Lane Mini Album | How to Make Today Count

Make today count.
Sort of a catch phrase, isn’t it?
It’s an expression that has been top of mind for me for a bit now.
So much so I even just bought a book of the same name.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Wondering why such an introspection may be occurring?
Well. For one. If you know how I roll, there is always a lot of introspection at play in my mind.
For two: it’s my birthday.
And my birthday, especially in this fifth decade of my life, is bringing with it it’s share of introspection.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

And where do these thoughts very often work themselves out?
In a creative task, of course.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

In this year’s memory keeping theme of mine: telling better stories, my attempt is to slow down just a bit more, dig down just a little deeper, and write my thoughts just a little more meaningfully.

This mini album here is my answer to all that on a very personal level. It’s me taking a sort of inventory of what makes up my days. I started with a bit of a prompt. A list of questions asking me about me.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

These questions were part of a challenge from the book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. This is a book written by John Maxwell that I read yearly.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

It was so rewarding to take this list of questions and turn them into a mini album. It was an intersection of what fuels me intellectually and what fuels me creatively. And not just that. It was also full of desire to hopefully inspire you, dear creative, to take your thoughts and answer them in a creative manner too.

So what does that look like?

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Using the Emery paper from Emerson Lane I made a cut file with my intended title. This was to be my cover.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

I gathered photos that, honestly, just spoke to my heart when I saw them. These pictures ignited an emotional response. They may not perfectly answer the prompt. But that did not matter to me. This was not about perfection. It was about getting my thoughts documented. And talking about lacking in perfection, I had to add a selfie in the album too.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Then I took one of the prompt as listed above. And answered it. Again. This did not take a lot of time. I wanted my words to be organic and easily written. Each of the pages in this mini album are of a photo, and the response to the prompt.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Each page is just a little different. Because I just wanted to play creatively. I also wanted this mini album to be a little whimsical and fun. There were no fast rules, except for the color scheme I stayed with.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Emery Pattern Paper from Emerson Lane was the paper I chose to really set the vibe. On the opposite side of that pattern paper is a yellow floral pattern. Perfect for fussy cutting. So I went with that.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

The yellow from the florals, with some touches of pink, played out in the rest of the book. I like to keep my papers fairly limited. Because while I love to get creative and make pretty stuff, I also want my story to be first and foremost and not lost among all the pretty stuff.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Each page features a photo. And somewhere with that page is the journal card. It could be tucked in a pocket. Or simply attached to an interactive page. The style is the same through the whole mini. Photo + journaling. Telling my story, as always, was the most important aspect of this mini album.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Extra photos are stored in this back envelope. I will tend to these another day. Or add additional photos right here as my future pictures move me.

How To Make Today Count Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane Mini Album by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

So here’s what I want to communicate to you:
Take time to dig in a little deeper. Discover who and where you are right now. Play that out with some photos that represent how your days count. And then create all that in one place. Craft a Make Today Count mini album just for you.

Supplies | Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane: Pattern paper: Sweet Nothings, Peasy, Details, Emery, Please; Stickers, Photo Corners, Washi Alpha Stickers, Alphabet Stencils, Clear Stamps.

 

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