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March 30, 2010

Guest Post : Just A Moment That Changed My Life by Steph from The Daily Digi


Paper Supplies: acrylic cover and binding by Zutter and Bazzil cardstock. Digital supplies: free template download for cover, Everyday Hand Drawn Brushes (capture the moment – altered to moment) by Ali, font by Fontologie.

Have you ever stopped to think about the moments that have had a huge impact on your life? What about those moments that might seem insignificant to those that were around you at the time, but really changed how you think, feel, or act…maybe even changed your course in life? It was thinking about those kinds of moments that evolved into this album.
For me, a lot of those life-changing moments happened when I heard something said. It might be something I said, it could have been something that was said to me by a friend or perfect stranger. It could have even been something from pop-culture. I want to share with you the process I went through in identifying these moments and then creating this album about them. At the end of this post, you can download a tool-box to help you create an album of your own!

  1. Think about the quotes that you often say: maybe you only repeat them to yourself, maybe you repeat them to others.
  2. What experiences do you think about or remind yourself of often?
  3. Can you think of some moments that changed your life, but people around you wouldn't have known what was going on?

You can download a printable pdf in the links below that will help you expand on all of these ideas.
Let me share some examples from my album to help get your creativity flowing:


This is the story of a moment that really changed my life, but I know that nobody around me knew how big of an impact it had on me. Here’s the story, hidden by the photo:


This is an example of something a complete stranger said to me that I think of often. It was only took a moment for him to say this to me and I know he had no idea of the lifelong impact it would have on me:


Here’s the rest of the story hidden behind the photo:


Here’s a moment that really had a huge impact on me, something a friend said to me a few years ago. It really changed my thinking and continues to change me today:


The last moment I want to share is one that happened not too long ago. I think of it a lot as I try to incorporate it into my life more fully:


If you would like to create an album along these lines, you can download some tools to help get you started here. In your download for this album, you will find:

  1. A layered Photoshop template to create the album cover. If you aren’t sure how to use a layered template, please see Ali’s tutorial.
  2. A png file of the bracket shape for the title of the album that you can use in Word, PowerPoint, or Photoshop (there is a layered psd file for Photoshop users included as well). Just add your own text, position the text inside the bracket shape, print, and cut.
  3. Printable pdf with a photo and matte cutting templates for paper or hybrid scrappers as well as a layered psd file for digital scrappers.
  4. Text boxes and paths in psd form to use in Photoshop.

Have fun looking for and documenting those hidden life-changing moments! If you create something, we would love to see it in our Flickr group with the tag "Moment".

ABOUT STEPH : Steph is owner of The Daily Digi and has been scrapbooking most of her life.  She learned all about archival scrapbooking in 1994 and became a hybrid scrapper at that time, although it wasn't called hybrid back then, it was just scrapbooking.  Since she had always used her computer in scrapbooking, she naturally started using it more and more.  In 2003 she started creating scrapbook pages exclusively on her computer and has been doing so since.  She still likes to create hybrid projects and albums every once in a while, but most importantly loves preserving her family's memories no matter the method!


  • 1.
    Scwaring said…

    Very true. The moments that change our lives come only every so often, but for a few children, unknowing to them, its an everyday occurrence thanks to loving and caring mothers like you.
    My wife is right now beside the piano helping my 5 year old son practice, but I can count on her yelling 1-3 times during the next 30-40 minutes and him crying at least one time, but both of them know its to push him to excel, to be better than his own parents. I very soft on him and play with him every day, but he still loves his mom the most. He knows he yells sometimes because she loves him so much. :) Love ur blog.
    Scott Waring-Taiwan

  • 2.
    Susan Bowers said…

    What a great idea. I have so many moments that changed my life. Those stories need to be recorded too – and displayed (as I see you have done). You never know how those moments may impact someone else’s life. Blessings.

  • 3.
    sue said…

    You’ve made me think about the moments that have impacted my life. Your little album is awesome.

  • 4.
    Molly Irwin said…

    Steph, I really like your project. Ever since last week when Stacy made the declaration about the “emotional work” I’ve been thinking about what we do from that perspective. It’s obvious that you’ve given this project such thoughtful (emotional) preparation — it really shows. It’s a keeper!

  • 5.
    Michelle VO said…

    I love this idea. I was also starting to think of “moments” even as I read your post. It’s funny how I take that audio tape inside my head for granted but it can be so telling about who we are and how we get there. I’m really going to try and do this. Thanks for another great post, Steph!

  • 6.
    Peaceliving said…

    This is such a great idea and not too overwhelming. I will definitely be using this idea soon. Thank you!

  • 7.
    yin said…

    Wonderful moments recorded – what a fantastic album you have there! Love the idea, thanks for sharing!

  • 8.
    JillT said…

    Taking time to be thoughtful about our lives is one of the most important, but often most neglected things we do. I LOVE the ‘everyone has the same 24 hrs’

  • 9.
    Crissie said…

    What a great album! This is the kind of thing that becomes a treasure to our loved ones in later years. Thank you for sharing it.

  • 10.
    Laura said…

    Thank you for sharing your album, your stories, the psd files, and most important, this food for thought with us.

  • 11.
    Debbie P said…

    Thank you for this wonderful idea and the psd files Steph. This is great. Thanks Ali for having Steph as a guest blogger!

  • 12.
    grammyscraps said…

    This is such a wonderful idea for exploring the moments in your life and documenting them. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • 13.
    Karen said…

    Great post! I’ll be thinking about this one for a while. Thanks for the downloads as well.

  • 14.
    Benessi said…

    Steph, thank you for sharing this. Likewise, I feel inspired. Have a great day!

  • 15.
    Carolyn HP said…

    Wow, love the idea of this; definitely something to think about. I have a few sayings that I am known for that would fit this as well as the moments of wisdom & change that have impacted my life. Thanks for being a guest host, great post and lovely album, can`t wait to work on mine!

  • 16.
    Cynthia H said…

    these are great journaling prompts – thank you!

  • 17.
    Amy said…

    Great tips! Especially thought provoking one was the page on saying “NO!”
    It’s Spring Break here, and I am getting annoyed on Day 2 by the neighbor kids wanting to come in and play on such a beautiful day. I feel like I am saying “NO!” continuously.
    “Can Drayden come in the house?” “It’s too hot outside.” How do I answer my child with the fact that every time Drayden comes over he hits someone, calls someone a name, or breaks something important to someone else?
    “Can I go inside Drayden’s house then?” “NO!” How do I explain that although Drayden lives 2 houses down, we know that his parents smoke (and not cigarettes) so we don’t want you there?
    How do I say that I wish Drayden would move, and go back to school? Am I being hateful?
    I in not in the game of making enemy’s out of neighbors, and making my children anti-social, but where do I draw the line?

  • 18.
    Susan said…

    What a great idea! I have many of these moments and never thought about making them into a scrapbook. Can’t wait to get to work on this one.

  • 19.

    Thank you for this amazing idea! I am always forgetting to scrapbook about me! What a great way to do that! I am going to have do this one!!!

  • 20.
    Sandy_in_MD said…

    I love this idea for an album – thank you so much for sharing it, and the tools to make it easier to complete it!

  • 21.

    I’m so excited to make my own version of this wonderful album! Thanks for the inspiration Steph :) and thanks to Ali for having this on her blog!

  • 22.
    Melanie said…

    This is fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing. I am tweeting this:)

  • 23.
    Barb M. said…

    Great idea for an album. Thanks for sharing. Very thought provoking.

  • 24.
    caro said…

    This is a GREAT idea. What a tangible way to “say” what’s inside of us. Thank you!

  • 25.
    jakki said…

    what an amazing idea! Perfect because I love quotes, and capturing snippets of conversation…never thought of doing something geared just for that!

  • 26.

    Love this design! Thanks so much for sharing! I just love that calendar page – SO TRUE!!!

  • 27.
    Mary Ann said…

    In the last six years, I’ve had a lot of trauma. (TMI for your blog. Just trust me.) So bad that I’ve not really been able to journal. I think this approach would help me deal with my snowballing life events, give me some perspective, and one day help to show my daughter what we’ve all come through.

  • 28.
    Kathleen D said…

    Thank you for this post. It is really thought provoking. I downloaded your “tools” for the project and hope that some ideas get stirred within me.

  • 29.
    Marygail said…

    I really love this idea! That last page makes me think about how I handle stress as well. I definately have to do a my own mini album like yours. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 30.
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