This Is Me Project

As scrapbookers and memory keepers we are usually our family's historian of sorts.  We document all the important moments and take pictures at every event and holiday. But the one thing we don't do often enough, is tell our own story.  We are part of our family's story, yes ... and our friends' stories... but sometimes we leave out the details about the person behind the camera.  It feels strange to some of us to scrapbook about ourselves, especially when we barely have enough time to get everyone else's pages done. But the phrase I built my company around rings true ... someday, someone may want, or need, to know!

I lost my mom to breast cancer when I was 19 yrs old.  There have been so many times in my life when I wish I knew how my mom felt about things.... things that as a teenager, I never thought to ask her because I thought she'd always be there to tell me.  
You will probably be around to tell your stories for many years to come.  I hope and pray we all will.  But if it's important to us to document the memories of our family and friends, might it also be important to someone else one day that our story be told too?
And who better to tell our story than us?  Our lives might be fun, complicated, happy, messy, painful, motivating or silly.  We might not like our handwriting, or how we look in photos ... but I can promise you this, my sister and I don't care what our mom's handwriting looks like, or whether her shoes matched her dress in a photo ... because all of those things are part of her story that we wish we knew. 

So,  This Is Me is a project that is part a community of women who want to tell their stories.  Here are the details:

  • Theme:  YOUR story, your life today, in 2024
  • Last year we used our own supplies to create our album, but many people told me that they never got around to completing the year long project. 
  • This year I’m making a physical kit that is optional to purchase and we will complete the project Live in the Hive community Facebook page.

Frequently asked questions:

1.  Do I have to be a member of the Hive to do the project? If you want to create an album like this on your own, no, but if you want to be part of a community of like-minded creatives, have access to the instructions and downloads, and participate in the Live sessions, yes you do.  I'd love to have you join!  

Learn More About the Hive Membership here!

3.  When will the kit be available?  the 2024 This Is Me Project Kit will be available for pre-order in mid January.  The Live class will be held in early February. 

4.  Can I work on the project at my leisure?  Sure! Instructions will be emailed if you purchase the kit, and the Live class will be recorded to watch anytime! 

6. What tools will I need to complete the project? 

  • Scissors and/or a paper trimmer
  • Journaling pen 
  • Adhesive (wet, dry, foam, thin glue pen, and strong red line or score tape for pockets)
  • Craft knife
  • Standard 1/4" hole punch
  • pencil
  • ruler

    7.  What should I hope to come away with at project completion?  An album that tells your story in this moment in time.  A keepsake that those who love you will cherish, love reading, and passing down to future generations.  A more thoughtful way of thinking about our scrapbooking hobby, telling our stories, and leaving a legacy so that those who come after us will know who we were. OR ... maybe none of those things.  It may just be a fun craft project for you and that's all good too!  Remember, you can make this whatever you want to make it! 

    8. How do I access the private facebook group?  Once you join the Hive membership, you can locate the Artsy Albums Hive via facebook and request to join the group.

    Examples of past This Is Me projects