what’s in your bag?
A hundred years ago when I was a part of the Creating Keepsakes staff (okay, so maybe it wasn’t that long ago!) … there was a little period of time where Stacy Julian was also a part of that team. This was before she started the sister publication Simple Scrapbooks. Some of you will remember that. Sadly, both magazines are no longer published. But Stacy has always remained a friend to the magazine – and to me.
I’d like to share an experience (and a few old scrapbook pages) with you from that time – 13 years ago. Might as well use the words I used back at that time, as seen on the far left page (but I’ll type it out below for easier reading).
In January 2001 Stacy Julian gave our editorial team an assignment to take out items from our purse and examine why they were in our purse & what they REALLY said about us. I took this challenge to heart, only I don’t carry a purse. My Franklin day planner goes everywhere with me and what’s in it really does say a lot about me and the life I lead. Here is a closer look at some of the items in my planner, what they “mean” and why they’re in my planner.
Yep. I was a Franklin day planner type of girl (that’s what I wanted for my 16th birthday).
Who doesn’t love a little then & now, right? This is me at age 24 with my best organizational tool – complete with handles that pulled out! I’m now 37 and I can safely say that my iPhone has become my best organizational tool over the past recent years. Whenever I wonder what we ever did before the iPhone … I remember my Franklin planner. That’s how I organized my life, planned my schedule, remembered birthdays, and wrote notes about big dreams.
So going back to the whole concept of this creative story-telling challenge that Stacy shared with us, I would like to pass along the encouragement to take a picture of your everyday bag, purse, or whatever it is that you carry around. For me, my go-to right now is the Hobo Mara “crossbody” bag. I don’t usually spend much on bags or purses, but this one was a bit of a splurge last year and I’m really pleased with it – the color (love me some Kelly Green – or Peacock as they call it), the quality, and the functionality.
NOTE: In case you’re planning to search for it, HERE is the link to this specific bag on the Hobo site (although I don’t see it in Peacock). HERE is a link to the Mara bag that I found with a quick search on Amazon. And one more link HERE that I found to the Mara bag on eBags.com (but no Peacock to be found there either). I’m sure you could also do further research if you were interested. But keep reading … because maybe you don’t need to buy a new purse at all! (wink)
I encourage you to not only take a picture of your current favorite go-to bag or purse (it will likely be different next year or in 5-10 years so this is a little time capsule!) … but I challenge you, just as Stacy challenged our staff years ago … to open up your bag, empty the contents, and document what’s in there right now.
I am playing along with you guys. Okay – so inside my little Hobo purse is my wristlet-style wallet. It’s called Jess and this was my other Hobo splurge. I’m seeing this one in lots of fun colors on Amazon and I’m sure you can find it other places, too. I really, really like this wallet. Best part is my phone fits right in there, too, in case I’m not taking my purse with me.
So what else is in my bag right now? Besides my iPhone and wallet, I have my sunglasses, a hair tie, lip gloss, Aquaphor (best ever for chapped lips), and really … not much else. I like to keep it cleaned out and not too cluttered.
Take a picture of your bag. Take a picture of the contents inside your bag. And then document a few stories, captions, anecdotes about why each item is in your bag and why it’s in there … and what it says about you and your life right now. Every gum wrapper, crumpled up receipt, ticket stub, and bandaid has a story.
Since we’re talking about bags and purses … and because I love you guys … guess what? I have a few purses that I personally handpicked for you while David and I were in Italy in October. That one in the middle? I got that same one for each of the girls on our team as part of their Christmas gift, and each was a different color. I picked up an extra matching style, so whoever gets that one is an honorary BH team member. ; )
Okay – seriously. Three bags. Three winners. Each is adorable and fun and loaded with character … and carried home from Italy by yours truly. I’ll be personally shipping the prizes out to the winners, so I’m pretty sure a few Project Life® products will have to end up inside each of these bags before I package them up, too.
Leave your name, city, state/country and that’s it. We’ll add the winners’ names at the bottom of this post sometime this weekend, so be sure to check back.
At Home with Becky
This post is part of a weekly blog series called At Home with Becky. Each Wednesday, I share a little something from home – routines, organization, traditions, decor, etc. Coming up … a meaningful way I document the little details about our kids (outside of a scrapbook), a DIY project I’ve been working on, and a tour of the home office. If ever you are interested in seeing all of these posts in one place, just click on that turquoise button at the top of my blog that says At Home with Becky.
Congratulations to the following 3 winners. Please email email@example.com to claim your prize. Enjoy your new bags!
Shannon in Klamath Falls, Oregon
Kiley S. in Waukesha, Wisconsin
JoAnne in Queensland, Australia