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Catherine Furlin

I was born + raised in the midwest. I moved from Wisconsin to Bellevue, Iowa partway through elementary school. Bellevue is a beautiful little town right on the Mississippi River. I’ve lived there ever since.

My family now consists of my husband Tony, our dog Belle (named after the princess of course), and our three kids. My daughter Alexandria (Alex) is 12, my son Blake is 4, and my son Cole is 2.

The way I use Project Life is to document our lives as they are right now. Project Life has completely replaced traditional scrapbooking for me, and I love it. When I started Project Life in 2011, I did one photo each day, with one 3×4 journaling card to go with it. I decided to switch to weekly spreads, which gives me more flexibility in my storytelling. I often add inserts as well. I love adding tangible items from our everyday lives to our albums. I’m the one to save every movie ticket stub. I love to include more unexpected bits as well, such as confetti from the ground after a Disney parade during our vacation or tags from my children’s baby clothes. I love that the pocket pages allow me to slip things like this in with my photos and everything can retain a clean aesthetic. A year of my Project Life typically spans over two 12×12 albums. Although I’ve gotten close, I’ve never completed a full year. My goal for 2018 is to simplify my process enough to accomplish this goal. I have also started albums for each of my three children. I’m mapping out exactly what these albums will look like, so I have parameters to work in. I’m looking forward to making lots of progress on these in 2018 as well.

To me, documenting life is an important part of how I experience it. I’m a wedding & lifestyle family photographer, and the reason I’m so passionate about my work is the same reason I’m passionate about memory keeping. I truly believe that our lives are worth remembering. I believe life is worth documenting everyday; the little things are the big things. What is mundane today is a treasured memory tomorrow. Especially as a parent I’ve learned that time waits for no one — it can sometimes feel like sand slipping through my fingers. Documenting life through photos and journaling helps me ensure that I can revisit this moment in the future. Looking back through photos I’ve taken and stories I’ve written down is a true gift. I believe that it will be a gift to my children and my children’s children as well. What I wouldn’t give to see a Project Life album my mom had done when we were children!

Three things on my bucket list are:

1. Traveling to Ireland.

2. Having a “day in the life” photo session done with my family.

3. Building our own home. I love our current home, but choosing each and every detail & finish from beginning to end is something I’d love to experience someday.

Cultivating a good life means taking time to acknowledge and give thanks for the small moments in life that bring us joy and comfort, while knowing that we may not grasp the magnitude of these little things until much later.

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