How I’m Scrapbooking My Year

Cathy ZielskeProject Life, Scrapbooking14 Comments

A look at how I'm documenting my year, one month, 4 pages and about 30 photos or less at a time. Click through to see how.

A look at how I'm documenting my year, one month, 4 pages and about 30 photos or less at a time. Click through to see how.
I’m launching a new self-paced e-course this coming Friday, Scrapbook Your Year, designed to help memory keepers take a simplified approach to a year-long scrapbooking project. And maybe you’ve noticed (or rather, NOT noticed) any sharing of Project Life-style pages by yours truly in 2016. That wasn’t necessarily on purpose.

After finishing my book in 2015, I was fully planning on diving in and doing the exact same type of album for 2016. I really was. As January and February came and went with no completed pages, I thought, “No big deal! I have a system in place and I’ll come back to them and knock ’em out!” Then March came and went. Then April. And in May I said to myself, “You know what to do, so let’s put your system to the test and see if it really works.”

I sat down and designed a whole new series of templates (based on the same design as my Minimal Basics series, but with customizable month titles and journal cards dropped in.) And then I got an idea: I’m going to show people how I do this in real time and turn it into a workshop to truly demonstrate that you can be anywhere in your year and still get started in creating a timeless, elegant record of your life.

This process is the new workshop, Scrapbook Your Year, and in the course, you’ll get the materials and the inspiration to get started documenting this year, or any year. Whether you are a traditional pocket page scrapbooker or if you are creating a digital book like I am, this new class hopes to inspire you to worry less about saving it all and realize that a book like I am suggesting will truly serve as a highlight reel of your life.

I wanted to share my January pages today, in advance of the class launch, and I’ll continue sharing my pages in the coming weeks. The full course description will be live on Friday and the class will launch for 10% off.

For now, here’s a look at the first month from my album.

A look at how I'm documenting my year, one month, 4 pages and about 30 photos or less at a time. Click through to see how.
The class templates are set up to customize your month titles with whatever font you like, either in an outline style or solid style. These cards are included as printables for traditional pocket page scrapbookers.

A look at how I'm documenting my year, one month, 4 pages and about 30 photos or less at a time. Click through to see how.
In the workshop, after we learn all about organizing and getting set up for a year-long project, I show you in real time how I start with a month’s worth of photos and boil it down to the pages you see here.

A look at how I'm documenting my year, one month, 4 pages and about 30 photos or less at a time. Click through to see how.
This class is not about saving every last detail of life and yet the end result is something that I am so excited to see. I took this approach for my 2015 book and truly love the finished product.

A look at how I'm documenting my year, one month, 4 pages and about 30 photos or less at a time. Click through to see how.
Again, the full course description plus a course Q&A will be posted here on Friday.

This is how I am scrapbooking my year. I still will make stand-alone pages. I still will make other album projects. But these pages represent the beginning of my year-long, monthly document of life. It makes me geeky about scrapbooking again and that, my friends, is called sustainable memory keeping.

If you missed the promo video, here it is for your viewing pleasure:

More details on Friday!

 

Cathy ZielskeHow I’m Scrapbooking My Year

14 Comments on “How I’m Scrapbooking My Year”

  1. #2
    Sara

    I’m looking forward to this. Over the Christmas break last year, I did all of 2015 using your Minimal Basic templates. I also finally printed my 2010 album that I did using your “Monthly” template.
    My plan for 2016 was to choose the photos at the end of each month and then at the end of a quarter work on my pages. And, of course, I’ve done nothing yet! So this is a good motivation!
    (I have however completed 2011 and 2014 since then, so I guess it’s not too bad).

      1. #2.1.1
        Sara

        I’ve printed 2010, 2014 and 2015. I haven’t printed 2011 yet – going to wait until I have another book to print (to save on shipping) and until there is a sale.
        I think my plan at the moment is to get working on 2016 (and the course will help) and then take a break from the annual albums and work on some travel books.

  2. #5
    Linda

    Excited to learn more. Love the “letting go of a need to save it all”. I NEED to learn this! Thanks Cathy, love your style!

  3. #6
    Kary

    Perfect timing! I just printed my 2015 book, using your Monthly pages & add-ons (with lots of flips and other edits…) I know how to make digital templates, but it’s nice to have someplace to start, and I always start with CZ templates. This is the first time I’ve done my yearbook completely digitally, and with four kids now young adults and two sets of grandparents, all of whom want a book, this is the only logical way forward. I need to go back and do 2014 & 2013 (a child’s difficult divorce in there–had to wait for some time to pass before documenting), so I’m waiting for Friday with excitement!

    1. #6.1
      Cathy Zielske

      That is one nice thing about the digital books. You can easily order them for other family members. I gave my daughter a copy of my 2014 book so she could have it. πŸ™‚ It was a lot about her senior year of high school.

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