This is a double favorite things post, because not only am I going to share my favorite photos from Instagram this year, I also want to take a minute to tell you why Instagram itself is also one of my favorite things.
For one thing, my favorite photos from the year were taken on my camera phone. The wise saying, "your best camera is the one you have with you," is proven true for a lot of us with all the moments we capture because we carry our phones around all the time. For me, it's not even about the size, since our "good" camera is about the same size as my phone. What really makes all the difference to me is the automatic syncing and sharing. I can take a photo, edit it, share it and have it synced to my computer all in a couple minutes. With my camera this takes 10 minutes, 15 minutes, who knows.
A lot of that (editing) ease comes from Instagram. But also, I love sharing photos there too. Facebook for me these days is crazy and confusing and overwhelming. I rarely look at it. It's so much simpler to just share a moment from the day and to enjoy other people's moments. It helps that I have fewer friends on Instagram than on Facebook, so my stream is more manageable. (Let's be friends! Find me here.)
Looking back through my favorite Instagrams from the year, all the little moments and details captured, is a gift. While they may be lacking in quality and pixels, the photos my phone captures are much more substantial and raw. The grain and other imperfections add to the character and appeal of these quick snapshots. I feel blessed by the moment I took to record and save a small detail from my day, and inspired to look for those moments of beauty that pass us by every day without our noticing. Here's to another year of snapshots.
Exciting news today! I'm pleased to welcome a new designer to the Pixel Scrapper team. If you've followed along with our blog trains in the past, I'm sure you've seen Violet's lovely designs, and I'm really happy to have her here at Pixel Scrapper. Violet herself is a pocket scrapper, so her designs are focused on documenting daily life.
I'll let her introduce herself:
Hi everyone, I'm Violet Irisovna (design name: Scrumptiously) and I am thrilled to be joining the incredible Pixel Scrapper design team! I'm a California girl, currently balancing graduate school, work as a disability and youth advocate, designing, and of course my own memory keeping wherever I can squeeze in the time.
I came to Pixel Scrapper and digital scrapbooking through a somewhat unusual route. For the past decade I've been dealing with a serious chronic illness. Back in 2010, after a year of being bed-ridden, I heard about something called "Project Life," where you took a picture every day and put it in an album with some journaling. I decided to try it out to prove to myself that I still existed, still interacted with and had impact on the world around me. It was an incredible, transformative experience, and led to a new identity as a "Documentarian" - I'm now the person among my family and friends who has her camera phone always at the ready, documenting the moments of our lives, large and small. I'm sure a lot of you can identify with that!
The next year I wanted to ditch the bulky Project Life album so I decided to try documenting my year digitally and printing it as a photo book instead. Of course, that's also the year I started graduate school, so while I did manage to finish and print my book for 2011, I have now joined the ranks of those with an ever-growing backlog of photos and stories to choose from whenever I have time to make a page. I'm sure a lot of you can identify with that as well!
Since that first foray I have come to love digital scrapbooking, not only the beauty and ease (and nonexistent "clean up") of the craft, but also the incredible talent, generosity, and caring spirit of the community. I was already a fan of Marisa and Pixel Scrapper when she and Jordan started up their new site and as soon as I engaged with the community here I knew I had found my digiscrap home. I made my first designs to share with others for the February 2013 Retro Kitchen blog train, and fell instantly and passionately in love with digital design. Through lots of practice and exploration, and after a ton of awesome support, tutorials, and motivating challenges from Marisa, Pixel Scrapper and the generous internet at large, I now find myself with this exciting opportunity to keep making wonderful things for the community I adore.
Project Life, pocket scrapping, photo-a-day and daily life projects are still my dearest love when it comes to digital scrapbooking. Like many of you, I'm a journal-card junkie (I just can't resist 'em!), and I just keep on making more. My design focus at Pixel Scrapper is going to be Pocket Scrapping, and with that in mind I'm launching an overall design project called Documentarian. Documentarian is all about supporting and connecting people with tools they can use to document their lives, from the everyday to the extraordinary. If you're a pocket scrapper, curious about trying out a pocket project, or perhaps a journal card hoarder like me, you'll find plenty here to fill your pockets. If you're a traditional scrapbooker, Documentarian collections will have a ton of fun stuff for you to play with as well. So keep your eyes peeled for monthly Documentarian releases - the first is this month's collection Bright Days - and I look forward to much more documenting together, here at our most wonderful online home!
I'm so excited to have Violet here, both for her lovely designs and all the great ideas she has for helping all of us with our memory projects. Be sure to check out her blog for a freebie and also stay tuned for other fun and exciting announcements coming soon!
Without more ado, here's Violet's first bundle and some lovely layouts from her creative team to get you thinking!
Welcome aboard Violet!
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Hi There! I’m Marisa Lerin and you’ll see me around at Pixel Scrapper a lot. I started this site in 2010 soon after I discovered a new love in digital scrapbooking. Pixel Scrapper has gone through some significant changes since that time and it’s grown into this lovely community site you are seeing now. I am daily surprised by the turn of life’s events that has led me down this path. If you're new to the site, welcome! Here are a few tidbits about me that I hope will help you get to know me better!
I’m originally from Minnesota, USA, but spent a good chunk of my childhood living abroad (in Bolivia and Hong Kong). I returned to Minnesota to attend university, got married and then moved overseas again (Korea, then Jordan and 1 year of traveling). My designs are heavily influenced by these many nomadic years. I am currently back in the USA, now living in the great state of Oregon!
I have no official training for what I’m doing, since I decided very wisely (haha) to study physics in university. I am always learning new things about digital scrapbooking, and this community has been immensely helpful for that!
If I manage to stop digital scrapbooking you will probably find me watching TV, reading or baking. I also enjoy writing for the blog here at Pixel Scrapper where I talk about whatever happens to be catching my fancy at the moment.
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