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