7 Steps to be a Rock- Star Mom!
Forever's own Executive Sales Director, Shelley Murray, shares some great tips to working smart with Forever:
My most recent project was a book for my son, Sam. His 10th Birthday is this week and all he wants is a photo book of his first 10 years. Sam has HIGH expectations for Volume 1 of his life. He sees all of the incredible things I get to work on and he loves the books that we have at home. So, the bar has been set high for his gift.
Well, I am happy to say Sam's book is complete! It includes each birthday, each 1st day of school, artwork, journaling and several pages of photos for each year. And... a letter from me at the end with some advice and hope for his future.
I am here to say that it didn’t take too long and it wasn’t overwhelming at all!
What made is so easy for me? It was Forever…it was the solution to a quick and easy scrapbook with my own personal style and flair! This was my step by step process:
I gathered and organized the photos for this project in my Forever account.
- I simply created albums for each year of Sam’s life. (2007, 2008, 2009…)
- I went through his tag and sorted the photos into the albums by year.
- I searched for specific photos, like birthday parties and first day of school pictures, by using the month and year drop downs in the library. So, I searched for June of each year to be sure I didn’t miss any birthday photos.
- I visited a few of my family members' Forever accounts so I could grab photos of Sam that they had taken and I didn’t have.
- I snapped some photos with my phone of his artwork and some special things from his box of memories and added those to the yearly albums as well.
I added some Digital Art from the Forever Store.
I searched for “boy” digital art in the store and downloaded 4 kits that I thought he would like.
In Artisan, I created a 12x12 book using the Click Collage Templates.
That got me started and when I needed to add more pages, I grabbed either simple Blueprints or Click Collage templates.
I brought my photos into my Artisan Project, from my Forever account, in an organized and systematic way….one year at a time.
Since I had already prepared all the photos needed in my Forever account, I simply grabbed each album as I was ready to work on them.
Then I simply dropped in photos.
I put each photo in place and then cropped it appropriately so the photo looked great on the page.
I then added some sparkle...or not.
Sometimes I added a piece of digital art or swapped a background paper or added a journal box. Other times, I just let the photos speak for themselves and the page was complete with just photos.
And I made it personal!
At the beginning of each year I made it special by creating a template with the Star Student Digital Art kit. I added in Sam’s first day of school photo and artwork from each year.
I also included a page for each year that included a large journal box where I wrote from my heart and described the milestone events that took place within that year.
So, what is the hardest part for you? Finding the time? Gathering pictures? Creating the pages? Remembering journaling details?
Forever offers you a solution to all of these roadblocks.
Start with your Forever ambassador and ask her where you can go to learn more about using Forever’s Memory Keeping Products. And if you want to be inspired and learn more about using more of the features in Forever Artisan, be sure to join pixels2Pages for premium training.