Tuesday, July 16, 2019

So You Want To Be A Better Memory Keeper?

Have you been itching to start memory keeping but don't know where to start? Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the documenting you haven't done? Don't know how you'll ever catch up? I'm here to help! And I'm LOLing bc this sounds like the beginning of an infomercial.

While I personally love physical scrapbooking like I shared here, I know that this isn't always the easiest method of memory keeping. Especially if you have small kiddos running around. The thought of pulling out a bunch of scrapping supplies only to have it be taken over by curious little hands sounds stressful if you ask me. And I know it's not always plausible to have the time to create beautiful albums when little humans are demanding so much of your time and energy. So here's where the digital world of scrapbooking comes in.

Introducing the Project Life App. The method of scrapbooking with pocket pages that I have been using for years is called Project Life by Becky Higgins. It started as a physical product, then a digital option was created to be done on the computer, and there is now an amazing app to help make your documenting dreams come true in the palm of your hand.

The app itself is free! Wahoo! There are a few core kits and value kits that come with downloading the app so you'll have your choice of filler cards and journaling cards to compliment your photos but you can also purchase more kits within the app (and there are some DARLING ones) for less than $3.

Here's how it works:

Download the app and create an account. From there you can follow the prompts to create pages by adding photos from your camera roll, WhatsApp, iCloud, Dropbox, etc, and filler cards. Add some quick journaling either by typing it out or you can use the microphone button on your keyboard to speak and it'll type your words out for you (genius). Save the pages and then you can order them from the app individually to put in page protectors & into a 3 ring binder orrrrr you can order complete photobooks straight from the app. While I haven't ordered any books myself from the app because I use the physical products, I have seen the books and pages and the quality is unreal!

It's literally the fastest scrapbook-esque memory keeping and its all in the palm of your hand. You can do a page or two while you lay in bed at night, waiting at the doctor's office, in the carpool lane, etc. So quick, so easy, so cute, and SO WORTHWHILE!

Becky shares a blog post HERE all about how she creates family yearbooks every year using the app and how it takes her only 10-15 minutes per week to put it together. That's only a few minutes per day, you guys. Totally doable! Her post also shows some photos of the photobooks you can order via the app.

I know that not only will you love these albums but your family and friends will adore them, too! Documenting life creates connection, fosters gratitude, and helps us live our lives with more intention!

If I can help you with your memory keeping goals at all, don't hesitate to reach out to me! I would be thrilled to help in any way I can!

xoxo, Chelan

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Our Love Story: Part 16 | The Proposal

"Here's the thing about this love story of ours. It's long. And drawn out. And mushy-gushy. And even a bit cheesy. But it's true. And I've decided to take my time writing it, capturing all the special details of those moments I never want to forget. So if mushy-gushy, cheesy love stories aren't your thing, I totally get that. Just know that I'm writing this as a gift - to my family, and my children, and their future children - and also, for [Parker] and me - so that on those days when the kids are screaming, the laundry is overflowing and the bills are rolling in...on those days when it all just seems so hard, we'll have this to remind us of those first moments when we fell in love. And if sappy, detail ridden love stories are your thing, well then you've come to the right place." -Ashley Stock

To read the beginning of Our Love Story, click here.
We'd been back togetehr for about two months when American Thanksgiving rolled around and we decided to head up north to spend it with my family. I had absolutely NO IDEA what was to come from that trip and it turned out more perfectly than I could have ever imagined!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

How I Did 2 Years Worth of Documenting in 2 Days

There is nothing like flipping through an album I've made and reliving the special memories that I have created with my family and friends. As we've been traveling around the past year, I've felt an overwhelming need to record everything. But it's kind of hard to pack up scrapbooking supplies and take it all with you when you are traveling for a year. I did take lots of video footage and tons of photos (check out my recent travel posts here) because I had big plans to get caught up once we were settled.

Once we finally got moved into our new place, operation "Get Caught Up" began in full force! I was about 4 years behind and it was overwhelming, to say the least, but this project was and is important to me so I made up my mind that it was going to happen no matter how long it took/takes. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

North Carolina

Parker's next rotation was in North Carolina and we had quite the adventure that month. To get there, we first drove from Oregon to Bear Lake in Utah/Idaho for a week with Parker's family. It was such a fun week and I was terrible at taking photos. Oops! After Bear Lake, we went to Provo and we bought a car from Parker's brother and drove that to North Carolina with a little pit stop in Ohio to stay the night with family. So. Much. Driving. But it was actually really fun! We filmed this little diddy while driving in West Virginia, naturally, and it makes me laugh every time.

North Carolina was nuts. If you didn't follow along with our Airbnb saga and the hurricane drama I've linked to those posts for you. We did get in one amazing Labor Day weekend at our favorite place on earth - Bald Head Island.

On our way to BHI, we stopped for some exploring in Wilmington. If you know me, you know I love Nicholas Sparks novels and movies and most of his books take place in NC but a lot of them specifically in the lovely city of Wilmington. One Tree Hill is filmed there as well and seeing all of these places from stories I love was SO FUN!

Also, be sure to check out the video (and the special surprise in the middle of the vid) at the bottom of this post to see just how magical BHI truly is!!