Guest Designer Stephanie Howell | Re-Discovering the Freedom to Create
I started scrapbooking about 12 years ago. I was pregnant with my firstborn, Harper, and I attended a Close to My Heart party. Around the same time I picked up a Creating Keepsakes magazine and fell in love. From that moment on I lovingly documented every single memory on 12×12 layouts.
Then I had my second child, Sadie. And I added in some 8 ½ by 11 layouts. Around this time I got REALLY involved in the blogging and scrapbooking industry. Specifically with publishing layouts and being on design teams.
Somewhere along the way, between my first and fifth daughters, I became paralyzed by what was “in” and “trendy” and what everyone else was doing.
I convinced myself that I had to try things I didn’t like doing. Stamping, painting, inking, sewing. I convinced myself that doilies and simple photos, lots of journaling and labels were boring and that I needed to evolve and experiment. And documenting stopped being FUN. I started thinking too much about the stuff and not at all about the memories.
Looking back at that time period, it was really ridiculous. They are MY memories. Who cares how I documented them? The fact is that many memories did NOT get documented because I simply STOPPED memory keeping. Cold turkey. Through five children and eight deployments and countless moves and states and countries…I stopped. There are so many lost memories.
All of that changed when I found the Storyline collection. I was walking through Michael’s one day when I saw the display of Heidi’s Storyline products. They were on sale so I figured that there was nothing to lose if the system didn’t work for me. Honestly, I wasn’t hopeful. I’d tried to get back into traditional scrapbooking. I’d tried pocket scrapbooking and digital memory keeping and journaling and mini albums. And none of those things stuck.
I’m happy to report that it was love at first documentation with the Storyline collection. For the first time in a really long time…I’m back to regularly documenting my life.
Here’s the reason it works for me. It’s SIMPLE. Everything I need comes in the kit. It works because I’m not inundated by choices and products and embellishments. I put the photos on the paper and add stickers from the kit. That’s it.
I can’t thank Heidi enough for teaching me that it IS possible to memory keep with five little girls and two part time jobs. She has given me the gift of getting those special memories down again by using Storyline.