Recently I have been documenting again. Inspired by Rediscovering Cathy Z's Blog and the constant aching feeling for the good old days of scrapbooking. I miss the creativity and community of it. It truly was a life changer for me in my early 30's discovering a hobby that encompassed all my passions. Writing, taking photos and design. I loved the evolution of my creativity and being able to pursue it on such a everyday level. It allowed me for the first time since childhood to be present in the moment and find like minded creative friends that I still am in contact with to this day. A beautiful thing to say the least.
Now 10 years later, I am back at it with a whole new perspective. I still am drawn to the simple aspects of design that originally attracted me to this hobby, but with a No Comparison Clause intact now. One of the main reasons I stopped Scrapbooking...I found myself caught up in the comparison trap. It really robbed me of my creative joy, trying to always keep up with the latest and greatest. I finally had enough and stepped back. Now I realize that I might of 'missed' out on some pretty good storytelling. But, in reality those stories are still waiting to be told and it is never too late to give them voice:)
Now Enter Documenter and a Collect App.
Recently checking out one of my favorite on-line purveyor of scrapbooking supplies and Inspiration, Studio Calico. I came across a new terminology, Documenter. I instantly loved it and felt akin to it:) I am guessing now it sounds far better then 'Project Lifer' or 'Pocket Page Designer' all referencing Becky Higgins revolutionary concept of simplify scrapbooking with Project Life®. So, I have no problem taking on that Title:) It makes sense to me. If I could make up my own definition, it would be this...
Documenter: Someone who actively observes life through the lens of their camera, writes commentary on what is seen, thought and felt. Creates and designs auto-biographical content to be kept in Albums to be shared currently or for future reference.
Sounds pretty good right?!:) And that is what I have been doing with the Collect App. I rediscovered it via Pinterest (below in my StoryboardC. Notes, I 'll share the links that intrigued me) and downloaded it again. I love the not so new, but new to me journaling format. The ease has gotten me to take note of this little life of mine again:) Despite how mundane it seems at times. But, at the end of the day it is my life and I claim it. Boring and all:)
Speaking of boring... Collect has also inspired me to spice things up a bit. Making a running to-do list of things I do want to bring into my life story. Some new little adventures to document living here in Austin, Texas. Do, read and see. Maybe I will share that list soon:)
It has felt lovely to write a scrapbooking post again:)
Love|Day|Seed, Tip|Collect. A great introduction to the Collect App and even greater inspiration from Aussie Designer of simple and sleek Project Life Designs. Worth the check out indeed.
Stephanie Makes, Project Life & Collect App: Using the Collect App in your Project Life Album. A Wonderful in-depth post about design, downloading from the Collect App. *Make sure to scroll the post comments as well.