creative inspiration | shari

i am so excited to share a brand new blog series called creative inspiration. i will be featuring some talented ladies who are sharing how they use my digital products to document life in their own unique way. creative inspiration ==>  tracy-larsen.com/blog

please say hello to...  shari barnes

tell us a little bit about you...  Hi there!  My name is Shari Barnes.  I am a wife to my amazing husband, Eric. I am also the mother to three children who I adore more than words. We have Logan (17), Noah (14) and Kendall (11).  I am a "retired" photographer who now proudly stays home to raise our children.  However, I am not one to just sit around so I am constantly working on different projects all the time.  I currently run a food blog called Shari Blogs.  We currently live in Tennessee, but have lived in several different places so far in our 21 years of marriage.

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3 things you cannot live without everyday?  Love from my three kiddos and husband, my phone, and something yummy to eat!

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what is your approach to project life?  One day I finally decided to give it a try at the insistence of my friend Shawn.  I fell in love with it.  I liked how it made all of my random images throughout the week come together so beautifully into one layout. (Before, I had been more a traditional scrapbooker where I felt like I had to have the same theme photos on every layout.)  I was now motivated more than ever to capture those little everyday things that I wanted documented in our life stories.  Scrapbooking has been a part of my life since my oldest son was born 17 years ago. However, Project Life is so much faster and just fits my lifestyle so much better.  I can easily find time to do it each week.  It feeds my need to be creative too.  Most of all, it lets me document this life that I share with the people who I love and adore most.

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what is your project life process? First off, I do digital project life.  It just works best for me.  I love being able to change colors of journaling cards, etc to match my photos.  I definitely love the no mess part of it too!  I try to stay current on my layouts although sometimes life can get in the way of that always happening.  I use weekly pages in my albums, but I have no problem with combining a couple weeks into one spread if need be.  There are some weeks that I just don't have enough pictures for two complete pages so combining them works great. I use Photoshop CC to create all of my layouts.  I will be sending my page files over to Shutterfly (or other book publisher) to have a book printed/created once the year is done. I just love bound photo books much more than the binder/page protector concept.  It's all personal preference though.  The downside, I have to wait a whole year to see my layouts in print!  As for my photos, I don't set out to take a picture everyday.  I just capture what I feel I want documented in our books from that week.  I work much better without the pressure of feeling like I need to take a photograph every single day.

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what is important for you to include in your pages?  Definitely every day life of my family.  While I love big events, it's the everyday smaller moments that really make up our lives.  I want to document all of those so we don't forget them

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do you have any “must have” tools for project life?   For my phone pictures, I couldn't live without the PicTapGo app.  EVERY phone picture gets processed through it.  All of my pictures are taken with either my Samsung Note 3 phone or my Nikon D800 camera.  I can't imagine living without either of these!! Almost all of my layouts include Tracy's Simply White Photo Templates and the Week in Review templates.  I absolutely LOVE them! Of course, I have to say Photoshop CC too!  creative inspiration  |  shari  ==>  tracy-larsen.com/blogcreative inspiration  |  shari  ==>  tracy-larsen.com/blog

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shari's pages were created with these supplies: simply white photo collage template collection week in review basics journaling set