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Make it Blissful recently collaborated with Life Documented Manila, on a Beginners’ Memory-Keeping Workshop. It was held last September 27th at Slate Creative Studio.

Limited Edition #MakeitBlissful Filler Cards

I was very excited to have a “Make it Blissful” edition as well for this workshop. The Life Documented team laid out and designed filler cards with sayings and quotes akin to the “blissmaking” way of thinking and doing that we have here on the blog. I was thrilled with the outcome! Here they are:

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Each participant got to take home this beautiful set of filler cards, made especially for the workshop. The blank #makeitblissful filler card is blank, ready for journal entries, while the other two cards — “Today, I will choose JOY” and Joseph Campbell’s famous quote, “Follow your Bliss,” are all reminders for us to make the most of our days, and to find joy, peace, happiness no matter where life takes us.

The Workshop

The workshop was very organized in the flow, as with any Project Life workshop in Manila. We began with introductions on why we collaborated, as Make it Blissful and Life Documented (represented by our hashtag #LDMxMakeitBlissful). Personally, I felt that the LDM team was doing such a great job of taking people offline and back to the “analog” way of keeping memories. Taking the time and effort to unplug, print those photos from our phones and digicams (do people still call them that?!) and creating scrapbook pages easily with the Project Life – Becky Higgins system: All this is “blissmaking” to me, because it puts the meaning back into why we take photos, why we upload those albums to Facebook or Instagram, and why unplugging from technology is good for the soul.

The LDM girls began with a lecture on how to use the system.

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Teachers for the day: Pinky Nepomuceno and Yam Enriquez of Life Documented Manila

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We had a sold out class of 20!

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Team LDM showing us the ease and simplicity of the Project Life – Becky Higgins system of scrapbooking

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Life Documented branded “Hello, Weekend” filler cards, available on their Etsy shop as printables and their digital shop

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Collaborators in specs: Me (makeitblissful.com), Pinky & Yam from Life Documented Manila

After a brief demo of the system, everyone was given their workshop kit: A Starter Kit of the participants’ choice, comprising one share of a Project Life edition, and one 6×8″ album/binder with 10 plastic pocket page protectors, 3 chipboard dividers, 8 cardstock pages. Each participant also got the limited edition #MakeitBlissful filler cards.

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Everyone got right on with planning their scrapbook pages. First line of business, of course, was getting some photos printed! Since many people didn’t have printers at home nor time to go to the print shop to have their photos developed, Canon Philippines provided two Canon PIXMA printers for everyone who needed their photos printed:

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The Canon Pixma printers! They speedily provided each participant with ten photos each for their scrapbooks.

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After ensuring everyone had photos (thanks, Canon!), the next step was to make sure everyone had the right tools of the craft to make their scrapbook pages. Of course, one can simply just use their Project Life filler cards to fill up the card pockets in the binder and slip in some photos. But most of the time, we want to add a bit more texture and character to our pages! This is where the “icing” on the cake — the Life Documented scrapbook central — comes in: a “buffet” of every kind of scrapbooking tool you’ll need. From washi tapes, alpha letter stickers, labels and tabs, to hundreds of acrylic stamps, patterned papers and 3D embellishments, this table is what participants look forward to the most during Life Documented Workshops!

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The Life Documented Team is always very hands-on during their workshops. Yam and Pinky made sure they had time with each participant, so that each one could ask for pointers, ideas and suggestions on how to plan their pages. Underscored by equally fun music (thanks to One Direction playing in the background — signature LDM soundtrack, haha!), the workshop was just chilled-out and super relaxing.

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At the end of the workshop, everyone went home with full tummies (thanks to our yummy lasagne lunch!) and with class photos, courtesy of Canon Pixma. As per Life Documented Manila “tradition,” each participant also went home with a filler card stamped with “I attended Life Documented” and the date of the day’s workshop. We also got to keep a photo of our memorable workshop, thanks again to Canon!

Yummy workshop partners

Aside from Canon being our official sponsor and photo-printer partner for this workshop, two of my favorite brands also generously provided snacks and refreshments for the participants. Cookie Bar Manila sent over their signature cookie cups — a handy snack for busy workshops like this! My fave iced tea brand, Bayani Brew, also provided their pink-colored kamote tops & lemongrass iced tea (best iced tea ever!).Life Documented Manila 4

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Slowing down and scrappin’ up!

I am personally grateful to Life Documented Manila for bringing this simple scrapbooking system to the Philippines and making it available to many beginners, like myself and those who joined the workshop. It’s not everyday I come across an inspired business that is driven by heart, passion, and meaningful living. This is why Life Documented Manila is, for me, a true “blissmaking” business, because they don’t just want to sell scrapbooks and downloads: They want people to remember and cherish memories, for life. And they make it simple, easy, and beautiful.

I’m glad I had the privilege of collaborating with them. (Here’s my entry to remember the LDMxMakeitblissful Workshop)

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If you are interested in attending Project Life Workshops with Life Documented Manila, visit them at lifedocumentedmanila.com, read their blog for updates and scrapbooking tips, and bookmark the Life Documented Facebook page, so that you stay in the loop about the latest events. Don’t forget to also follow them on Instagram @lifedocumentedmanila and tag photos of your own Project Life efforts when you do!