Thursday, February 18, 2016

2016 Photo Journal

In early January, Mandy over at Turquoise Avenue resumed her weekly memory keeping prompts, with the topic beginnings. From that I was inspired to take a self portrait every Sunday in 2016. I felt that the word beginnings was appropriate on so many levels for me. I have a milestone birthday coming up quite soon, there are big plans for the shop, which means a lot of fun working with people like Brandi and Jana, and of course beginnings can even mean (for me) to begin again. Reading more, creating often, and keeping up with my weight loss, are a few things that sometimes need an extra boost.

I finally decided on using a Simple Stories 6x8 album to hold not just my selfies, but also journaling, quotes, art journaling, and anything else creative that comes my way. I've purchased just about everything from the Pink Paislee's {C'est La Vie} collection and am going to be using that along with a items from my stash as I work on my album over the course of the year.

I made all of the monthly dividers in one sitting so that they would be consistent, following the same format for each. In January I took a little time to write some journaling, but haven't been keeping up with that and want to get back to that.

I've uploaded a video walk through of my album so far and you can also see the remainder of the monthly dividers. Each month I'll be sharing the progress made on my blog and hopefully on YouTube as well. If you have any questions about anything you see, don't hesitate to ask!

album - Simple Stories Sn@p! binder
inserts - Simple Stories {Life Documented}
patterned papers, embellishments - Pink Paislee {C'est La Vie}
gold chipboard numbers, 3x4 cards - ABM Messy Boxes from 2015
3x4 Pep Talk doodle card - Brandi Kincaid
alphabet stamps - Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Mercer - Kelly Purkey, Felicity Jane, Studio Calico
dot roller stamp - American Crafts
dies - Clearly Kelly To-Do List - Hero Arts, File Folder Edges, Notebook Edge - Die-Namics from MFT, Pinked Circles - Paper Smooches
inks - Inky Black, Glass Slipper - Studio Calico, Cotton Candy, Coral Reef - Simon Says Stamp, Wet Cement - Hero Arts
black ink - Dylusions Ink Spray


  1. Oh Elise, this is brilliant and so inspiring!
    I wish I had thought of this at the beginning of the year.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Elise this is such a great idea. You're going to love looking back at this and remembering this milestone year. I love the supplies you're using and monthly title pages are so good! Keep taking those beautiful selfies friend. xo

  3. Loved the video! Thanks for sharing. Love the project, too, super inspiring. Michelle t

  4. Brill idea....go you with the journaling ;)!!! Love the month pages & the whole idea for a Special Year, is fabulous :)

  5. I love seeing all of the different albums and topics you fill them with, Elise! This looks fabulous and is so inspirational. Such a wonderful idea for a milestone year. :)

  6. What an exciting new project to venture into. Looking forward to all the wonderful things you have planned.

  7. This is an awesome idea! Can't wait to see your progress with it. I will have to go check out your YouTube!

  8. Love that C'est La Vie collection and this is going to be an awesome album!

  9. So much to love in this new project! The concept and goals but also the design and the selfies.... I love the selfies idea... I can't wait to see this project evolve through the year!


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