A couple of years ago I happened upon Kerri Bradford's site, I can't remember why, but we have a mutual friend Loni so it was probably because of her. I had met Kerri many years ago when I was heavily involved in the scrapbooking industry and it was fun to see that she had become a silhouette master. I immediately purchased her History Project class because it's something I have always been interested in. However as my life moved from day to day and month to month it became 2 years and I had still not done anything, but occasionally read the weekly prompts.
Fast forward to last month and I was planning my blogging calendar and the RootsTech giveaway (see here to enter). I want to have another big week of giveaways this year and suddenly remembered Kerri's class, but when I went to the site to buy the classes it was gone. My brilliant idea gone, but I decided to email her and just see if she would be offering it again so that I could purchase 4 classes for the giveaway. Kerri replied that she was adding it back to her site at the beginning of the year and.... wait for it.....
Kerri offered to donate 4 class spots!
It was such a surprise and so kind of her. Thank you again Kerri. I'm excite to share your wonderful class.
One of the reasons I had not started the project was because I couldn't decide on a format, size, and how I wanted everything to come together. I was doing exactly what she tells you not to do in the beginning of class. So I grabbed one of the many moleskine cashier notebooks I had lying around and started.
The paper is a little thin so I went through my scrap paper and chose a neutral of each spread, quickly cut them, because remember I'm not really thinking just doing. Most of the papers have a vintage feel and it's not necessarily where I was planning on going so I'm hoping in the end it will be a little shabby chic with a bunch of doodles here and there.
I also decided on a few other things:
- As I printed the photos they would all be black and white.
- I would use the same labels (my own design: you can download here) and alphabet stamp set (a very, very old set from Brenda Walton)throughout for some continuity.
- Incorporate the silhouette elements Kerri provides. (On side note: I burrowed my mom's silhouette machine a couple of years ago and it now has a place in my office cupboard... She knows it, but still, sorry mom.)
- Don't worry about keeping up. Just write and create as things come.
For example, the first weeks prompt is a quick page about who you are. I choose to do a page using a small stamp set (can't remember who it's from) and do an updated currently page.
However as I was writing I thought I can't write about me without including my family so I quickly did a page with all of them. Then as I was writing I decided to make one about my parents and siblings and perhaps one about my grandparents. This is family/personal history of course. This project is not about rules. It's about recording your life. One week at a time. Once I started, just started and didn't think I was able to get quite a bit done in an couple of hours and I'm excited to fill up this little album with memories and photos. Loaf has already told me how much she loves my book as I caught her looking at the pages.
So for a chance to win today's History Project class giveaway leave a comment with one thing that you would include about yourself in your history project.Contest ends Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11:59 mountain standard time. Winner will be announced Monday, January 18, 2016.
Don't forget to enter the RootsTech 3-day pass giveaway.