Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.

Dec

10th

announcing our new 2014 creative team!

Today is a very exciting day around here – and most definitely for 15 very special women as well. We announced in yesterday’s post that the 2013 Creative Team is now ending their chapter of regular sharing on my blog, but they are forever a part of the Project Life family – and now they are a part of the Project Life Creative Team alumni, joining with our beloved 2012 team.

It is with great joy and total excitement that we introduce you to the 2014 Creative Team (eeeeek!!!) They will each have this special graphic to add to their respective blogs (and to display wherever they want).

2014_creative_team-badge

I want to emphasize that this is not a “status” thing or a “contest” thing or a “competitive” thing. That’s not how we do things around here. I can’t even begin to explain how difficult it is to narrow down. Thank you to everyone who submitted their pages to us. So much amazingness out there.

We simply wanted to search out a handful of scrapbookers who we felt would be truly inspiring in helping to motivate others to cultivate a good life and record it. There is a ton of inspiration out there on the internet and via social media … but this year we put a special emphasis on simplicity. We hand-picked our new Creative Team with these 3 things in mind (among others): strong photography, inspiring life documentation skills, and simple use of product. We feel that these 3 elements are key in helping many who feel overwhelmed and frustrated in their efforts to document life.

Obviously these 15 women are using Project Life to document their life … and they’re doing it in such a way that inspires us on many levels. So we are thrilled to be able to share their Project Life inspiration on a regular basis right here on BeckyHiggins.com – throughout the coming year. In fact, you’ll be seeing more than just a once-a-month blog post from the team. We have so much inspiration in store for you!

Please visit our About page (“Meet the Team”) – and scroll down to see the new Creative Team. Click around. Get to know a little about each one. And please — join me in saying Hooray! Welcome! We’re so excited to see what they’re planning to share with us in 2014!

COMMENTS

80 Responses

  1. Amanda says:

    Congratulations to all the new team members.
    It is disappointing to see no international representation outside North America though.

    • Becky Higgins Becky Higgins says:

      We all have so much in common in trying to cultivate a good life and record it … regardless where we live. Instead of focusing on where people are geographically located, we aimed for type of inspiration we think will truly motivate others. It just so happened that our 15 gals are all in U.S. and Canada. I assure you no one was “ruled out” because of where they lived. In fact … we were really hoping for more of a worldwide variety (just for the sake of variety). We were hoping for other varieties as well – those in their teenage years, those in their retired years … Heck, we were hoping to get a GUY on the team this year. But like I said … we focused on pure inspiration and not life situation. We truly think you will be inspired by these 15 ladies. : )

    • Amanda says:

      I understand that you chose these ladies because they were the best but unfortunately a lot of things that are relevant to USA/Canada are not relevant to the Southern Hemisphere at the same time. While many of the ladies on the team will be having a “white” christmas Australia, New Zealand, SE Asia, S.Africa and S.America and all having summer christmas. Most parts of the world have pumpkins year round so they are not documented constantly for a whole month (if we even bother to document them at all LOL). These may be tiny things but for a person who is looking for inspiration relative to their background/part of the world this team will not really provide it. I know if doesn’t matter where people live and but the truth is a persons location does have some impact of the way they “cultivate a good life”.

    • Amber Valenzuela says:

      Hi Amanda, as I was reading your comments I completely understand the culture differences relative to where you live. My husbands family is from Chile. So they as well have no snow, no thanksgiving, and Halloween is not a big thing down there etc. I am from the Utah but when I project life I include many of those aspects into mine because its an important part of our life. We visit there as often as we can and his mom even sends pictures to my girls which to me is part of my week and life. I guess what I am trying to say is perhaps even though they are not outside north America or Canada just like me they may have some type of connection. One of my favorites to follow this year and most inspiring to me was Petra Corcoran. We can be inspired by people in places anywhere.

    • MiaPetra says:

      Hi, my life is quite diverse, I am from Mexico, my husband is from the USA, my daughter was born in Brunei, my son in Singapore, 4 chihuahuas (all from Houston) and we live in the middle of nowhere Southeast Asia, Borneo.
      Having said that my inspiration comes from wherever I want, diversity is great, but I don’t expect to have someone on the CT represent ME to a t, with a tropical Christmas and monkeys in their front yard (yes, monkeys ransack my trash can every other day). On Instagram, Pinterest, etc., I’ve chosen who to follow to suit my creative needs, and yes I got me some Aussies, also, who said you have to stop following your favorites from the 2013 CT?
      More than the “Nationality/Cultural” diversity, I am glad that a “normal” person made the team, JULI JONES, someone without a website and/or blog! Now, that represents the majority of us.
      Thanks and congratulations to the 2014 Creative Team!
      Cheers

  2. Roni says:

    Congrats to the winners and I am sure they all deserve it, but in this day and age you would think one of the criteria would be including some diversity. From a forward thinking business woman such as yourself, it is a shame to see that was not a consideration.

  3. Jennifer D says:

    Congrats to all the new creative team gals! Looking forward to seeing all their inspiration! Thank you for the difficult job of selecting only 15 Becky, I am sure it was very difficult.

  4. Ebony says:

    Sad to see the 2013 team go, but I am excited for new inspiration from the new 2014 team! Congrats ladies!

  5. Congratulations to the new team members! Can’t wait to see even “more” inspiration throughout the month! I am sad my time is over, but happy to “pass the torch” on to you lovely ladies!

  6. A big congratulations to all the new members!

  7. Christine says:

    Any digital Project Lifers? Also, as the mom of a freshman college student I find it difficult to relate to so many moms of such young children. I was hoping for another Donna Gibson! I will forever follow her! :) thank you for introducing her to us!!

    • Jess says:

      Digital Project Life has its on creative team on digitalprojectlife.com

    • Donna Gibson says:

      Christine! You made my day! In fact, you are my new best friend! =) Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I was hoping the 2014 team would include another elderly person (as the kid I tutor called me [smart-mouthed kid]), but I understand Becky and her team can only choose from those who apply.

  8. Paula O says:

    Yeah for inspiration in any form! Thanks Becky and team!

  9. Jane says:

    I have to agree with Amanda very disappointed to see only American and Canadians on your Creative Team, no International or coloured or men or teenagers. I thought Project Life was about LIFE SITUATION and not about how it looks once in the album. Wouldn’t a wide range of people from all walks of life offer not only inspiration but also showcasing different ways people CULTIVATE LIFE. Going to miss the 2013 Team the selection there was truly inspriational

  10. Petra says:

    I would like to congratulate the new Creative Team and look forward to all their inspiration through 2014. I have really enjoyed my tenure and being a part of Becky’s team as I am sure the new team will do too. Well done to you all. How exciting!

  11. Donna Gibson says:

    Congrats to you all! You’re going to LOVE being on Becky’s team and working with Kari! Have a great time. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and being inspired by you!

    XO!
    Donna Gibson, 2013 Project Life Creative Team

  12. Deirdre says:

    Congratulations to the new creative team! I’m sure the selection was difficult and so look forward to their pages of inspiration.

  13. Micki says:

    Becky, I am thrilled you have chosen a team with emphasis on simplicity. That is how I work and am looking forward to their inspiration. I’m sure it is very difficult to choose only a few when there were so many talented entries. Thank you for inspiring each and every one of us cultivate a good life!

    Congratulations to the newest members. Hooray! Welcome!

  14. Chrisy says:

    C’mon….not one Australian on the Creative Team?
    I have to agree with the others above, it’s an oversight to not have a range of countries represented….especially since you did so last year. After North America, Australia is PL’s biggest market.
    I understand the justification, but don’t agree with it. Perhaps from the USA it doesn’t look like it, but life in other countries is very different. I for one don’t find Thanksgiving and Fourth of July layouts very relevant. Give me someone who can provide ideas on how to document ANZAC day and Christmas in Summer please.
    Next year l would suggest you aim to have more geographic diversity on your team, its’ really important to us not located in North America and as an international company, that should be important to you.

  15. Marlishia says:

    Congratulations!
    I look forward to seeing the new designs of 2014.

  16. Chris C says:

    Anybody can put photos and cards into pockets. I like a creative team to inspire me to try new things. Disappointing. Being a non- American, I find this selection to be very narrow and short sighted.

  17. Brenda says:

    Congrats on the new team! I really appreciate that you focused on simplicity. As a novice in picture taking, I only have my phone to take pics I need simplicity. Thank you Becky and team I’m sure it wasn’t an easy task. Will keep following 2013 on social media and the new team.

  18. Sarah says:

    Good for those ladiez. but what about those of us who don’t have any kids or aren’t married? Memory keeping isn’t just for moms! I think single crafters feel that their lives are boring and that they can’t do “Project Life” but we can cultivate good lives too.

    • Annie says:

      I am married and have kids, but I totally agree with you. I wish there was more diversity in this list.

    • Jill says:

      I’m single and have a very sweet dog. I’d love to do Project Life. I’d like to see Project Lifers doing their pets. Also, I am moving to the new country life and to change a lot of lifestyles.
      Agree with you that those Project Life isn’t just for mothers…

    • Tracy says:

      Sarah, Jill, I know how you feel! I started PL in 2013 and it’s just me and my dog Sophie. So she’s in my spreads a lot! I don’t have a boyfriend, I don’t have many friends, but I managed to fill three full 12×12 albums! So believe me when I say you can totally do PL! If you’re on Instagram, you should look me up! My username is tracyxo_ – everyone is capable of memory keeping, I promise!

    • Monique says:

      That was something I noticed too. In the call for creative team submissions, they called for people who were single, married, men, woman, teenagers…. and I’m disappointed that all of the woman are married.

  19. Karen says:

    Congratulations to the new team but sorry Becky, like others, really disappointed that all members are from North America. We do need diversity and doesn’t appear to be a lot here.

  20. Sian says:

    Congrats to the new ladies!!! But like others not wanting to take away from your moment nor rain on your parade, I too am disappointed in the lack of cultural and creative diversity represented…. I was attracted to last years team and monthly inspiration first and foremost because of your acknowledgement of the Aussie talent of Petra and Rhonda, and then by the diversity of approaches. I have always thought and upheld the beauty of PL being that it could be whatever you made it to be, telling your story in your way – whether it be simply, digitally, hybrid or embellished – and I believe that you should showcase this variety and multifaceted nature that PL offers….. Congrats again to the new recruits and I hope you have an awesome year!!!!!

  21. Angela O'Connor says:

    I am sure it is a difficult job to choose but disappointed like everyone else on lack of representation outside of US/Canada. We are getting into PL in the UK but it is very hard to find it or inspiration/classes in the UK

  22. kathy f says:

    For the people who are disappointed that other countries are not represented. I wonder how many entrants there were from those countries. If there were some, perhaps it is not too late for Becky and the PL team to add some more people to the team to represent the southern hemisphere. My husband and I honeymooned in New Zealand and Australia so I am always happy to see pages from these countries as it brings back many great memories!

  23. A huge congratulations to all of the new Creative Team members. Selecting a creative team is a difficult process. I am going through this process right now. As an Australian who lives, breathes and sells Project Life yes I’m disappointed that there are no members from Australia however I also respect the decision that has been made. And I’m sure it isn’t a direct reflection on our level creativity down here. It’s just the way the cards have fallen. Again, congratulations girls! Looking forward to seeing your work in 2014. xxx

  24. Emily says:

    White? Check. Married with kids? Check. Straight? Check. American? Check. Simple style? Check. Boring? CHECK! Way to keep up the stereotype that scrapbookers are Mormon, White, and upper middle class! Disappointed and ashamed.

    • Sue says:

      Well, now that’s uncalled for.

    • Donna says:

      Sue I agree completely uncalled for…

    • Annie says:

      Sorry, I agree with her. Maybe not the boring part. I would not call the individual designers boring, but as a group, it is pretty boring. They are a completely homogeneous group. What’s the fun in that???

    • Wow, as a member of the CT this year I’m really shocked at this comment. You are judging us all by a few pages we share of our lives? Come on. You’re being very narrow minded.

      And for the record I am not Mormon, nor am I in the upper middle class.

      Thanks.

  25. Jess says:

    I know there are several people who are disappointed in this year’s creative team, but did you apply? If you don’t fit the “stereotypical” Project-Lifer and didn’t apply to be on the creative team, or encourage people like you to apply then honestly I don’t see why you think you need to complain.

    • A lot of people with other styles DID apply. I think Becky’s going for the traditional, simple PLer, which is fine. However, a lot of people who use PL go for a more creative approach. I don’t see why the CT has to be ALL simple, no frills. It’s fun to look at a variety of styles. I wouldn’t call the layouts I saw on their blogs boring–they’re very beautiful. I think most people were interested in seeing a variety, not just 15 of what is essentially the same style.

    • Donna says:

      UMMM Meredith isn’t that what PL is all about SIMPLICITY. I think they are looking for team members that can utilize their product in a way that it was intended. Like someone else on here commented Pinterest is a great place for more inspiration….Donna

    • Donna, I was replying to Jess’ original post saying that people shouldn’t complain if they didn’t apply. I agree with her about not complaining if you didn’t try or didn’t encourage others with similar styles to try. I was simply saying that people with a more creative bent DID apply (including myself), so we should be able to speak up about this. I think most (not all) of the comments have been respectful and not nasty and that’s fine. Pinterest is a great source for inspiration, both in the creative styles AND the simple/traditional PL style, so anyone can go there.

      I think disagreement is being misconstrued as disrespect. I in no way intend to show disrespect toward Becky, her employees, the 2014 creative team, or any of her fans. I still love her and her products. I still respect her. However, I think we should all have the freedom to agree or disagree with her.

  26. Donna says:

    Good grief everyone quit your complaining Becky and David and their crew are the ones that know their company inside and out they have done and continue to do everything within their power to provide us with the best product, service and inspiration. Cant you trust a little in their judgment. Becky, I cant tell you how I appreciate all your company has done to simplify my scrapbooking and keep me up to date (oops ok so a little behind here) but it doesn’t take long when you just take a little time to sit down and do it..To the new creative team I am so excited for you and look foreward to what you have in store for us. Thanks again Becky and crew….Donna

  27. Jolene says:

    I am so disappointed in some of these comments. Really, why are so many commenters so negative and quick to be offended? None of us were there during the choosing of these people. Did any of you who are so upset submit your pages? Why does it matter who is on the team and where they are from? If you don’t like their work, feel free to NOT look. I will admit that I don’t read those posts. My Project Life is mine and I don’t want or need to see a stranger’s pages to inspire me. If you do, go for it. I think it’s great that people are willing to share them and that others gain ideas and inspiration from them. Why can’t we just congratulate those chosen and be happy for them? I’m sure all it will take is a google search and you will find tons of inspiration from others, not just on here. Pinterest, anyone? Life is short, be happy!!

    • Annie says:

      Because people want to see others that are going through what they are going through, that look like them or that share their experiences. If all of the creative team members were Black men that were from England, I’m sure you would be upset that you couldn’t relate to their creativity or pages.

    • Jolene says:

      I would not be upset at all. Seriously, this is a non issue for me and I truly do not understand how so many of you can be offended at this. Please do not put words in my mouth. You know nothing about me. This is Becky Higgins company! It is her website and blog. She has every right to choose whomever she wants to be on her creative team. If you don’t like it, no one is forcing you to read her blog or buy her products. For some reason, comment sections seem to bring out the nasty meanness in a lot of people. I really do not care one way or the other who she chooses, because, as I said before, I generally do not read those posts.

      We each choose how we react to things, and I choose to try to be positive and not be offended by someone I’ve never met. She did what she thought was best for what she wanted to accomplish. Congratulations to the new team!! I hope they enjoy sharing their pages and I hope people are kind to them.

    • Annie says:

      Yeah, I don’t really see people being nasty. If by nasty you mean they are expressing an opinion that is different from yours or doesn’t completely fall in line with BH 100%, then I guess we are being nasty. Sorry, you can’t expect people not to have an opinion when the ENTIRE team are parents, from North America and all white women. And I really have a hard believing if the team was nothing but Black men from one country that you wouldn’t have a hard time relating to them. Nice try. And no, I don’t actually buy her products any longer. There are tons of other pocket scrapbooking lines out there and I choose to purchase from them instead.

    • Jolene says:

      Annie,

      Obviously we will agree to disagree. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  28. Caylee says:

    Congrats to the 2014 team. I’m disappointed I didn’t make the cut, but I’m so happy to see Heather and Rachel up there. Looking forward to being inspired by you.

  29. Lori says:

    Congrats to the new Creative Team! I am thrilled with the return to simplicity and focus on the core of what PL is all about. I realize this is just a personal preference, but I am completely inspired by beautiful layouts that use very little beyond what comes in the kit. I am not personally drawn to the look of each pocket being decorated like an individual, traditional scrapbook page. I was already following many of these ladies on IG for exactly those reasons. Thank you!

  30. Dúnia says:

    Congrats to all the girls, I’m excited about the emphasis on simplicity, I can’t wait to see your inspiration!!!!!

  31. Maureen says:

    Congratulations to the 2014 creative team!! I look forward to the return of simplicity!

  32. Wendy says:

    Disappointed to not see any digital PL users on the creative team for 2014. I know someone commented above that the creative team is separately listed on the digital PL website but I only see the creators of the versions, not someone showing their own personal layouts. Am I missing something?

    • Jess says:

      Here is the link to the About Us page on the Digital Project Life page. http://www.digitalprojectlife.com/pages/about-us
      There are pictures of the creative team and when you click on them it shows you examples of layouts they’ve completed digitally. There are also samples in most of the new products blogs at the beginning of each week. That being said I would love to see DigitalProjectLife.com have a monthly inspiration post too!!

    • Sue says:

      I think that the digital creative team prepares layouts for the new kits when they are announced. If you read through the blog posts, you’ll see layouts that say underneath “by creative team member X”, etc.

    • Chrystal says:

      I agree. I’d really love to see at least one digital CT member. Even if it’s just more accessible on the digital website. :)

  33. Rufina Soelistyo says:

    Hi! I am new to PL and am so excited to start! I live in Indonesia and it’s bloody hard to get Becky Higgins products here. I buy whatever is offered in a small scrapbook store. i was beyond thrill to finally find a green PL faux leather album (one color only so there is no option), Sunshine and Cinnamon Kits (those are all they have and one box of each only so I snapped them both), and the pack of 3 black journaling pens. Ordering things on-line is an option but price more than triples by the time they get here, if they get here at all– it takes months and at times lost in the mail. SO! The great news is I can get started and probably do well with what meagre stock of PL stuff I have. I bought Becky’s course at Creative Live, and I am signed up for her course at Big Picture. I AM READY! Thank you for the simplicity of Project Life, Becky! Congratulations design team 2014. I hope I can also be part of design team one day!

    • MiaPetra says:

      I feel your pain, I live in Borneo and what they have at the store is $60 USD for a kit, so I order from the USA.
      Have you tried Digital Project Life? I just print to my heart’s content.

  34. Robbie says:

    I, for one, am a bit disappointed about all the complaining in the Comments. Kudo’s to Becky and her team for creating such a fantastic product and for all they do. No one can please everyone. She’s keeping it simple and doing her best to provide a service that makes it easy for us to record memories. I am thankful for that.

  35. MiaPetra says:

    Hi, my life is quite diverse, I am from Mexico, my husband is from the USA, my daughter was born in Brunei, my son in Singapore, 4 chihuahuas (all from Houston) and we live in the middle of nowhere Southeast Asia, Borneo.
    Having said that my inspiration comes from wherever I want, diversity is great, but I don’t expect to have someone on the CT represent ME to a t, with a tropical Christmas and monkeys in their front yard (yes, monkeys ransack my trash can every other day). On Instagram, Pinterest, etc., I’ve chosen who to follow to suit my creative needs, and yes I got me some Aussies, also, who said you have to stop following your favorites from the 2013 CT?
    More than the “Nationality/Cultural” diversity, I am glad that a “normal” person made the team, JULI JONES, someone without a website and/or blog! Now, that represents the majority of us.
    Thanks and congratulations to the 2014 Creative Team!
    Cheers

    • Rufina Soelistyo says:

      Hi Mia! I am so glad there is someone who can relate. hahaha. If you are ever in Indonesia, specifically Surabaya, be sure to contact me. You can find me on Facebook: Rufina Soelistyo or +6281235899373 (whatsapp). Maybe we can have a PL gathering. ;)

  36. Shanna says:

    I have to say I am quite pleased with your choice in Creative Team members! I am a traditional scrapbooker that recently started Project Life and I was very overwhelmed after I saw how elaborate people were making it after it was advertised as a simple solution! I am so far behind on my family album that I was hoping to get caught up with Project Life and now I feel like the inspiration will be there in my style! Thanks again for having such a great product and company!

  37. Foxy L says:

    Thank you for such a great selection of inpsiration Becky! Truly appreciate from this “first timer”. I am looking forward to 2014!!

  38. Yuzz Yusof says:

    I have to agree with Amanda, sadly no representative from South East Asia. All are from US and Canada – guess shipping will be more cheaper for BH to post their kits rather than to the rest of the countries. Come on, please select your Designer from different continents/countries. Instead of focusing only US and Canada.

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