Last year I was so excited to start project life - I did one double page layout in November.
Then I stopped.
I started my December Daily.
Then I stopped.
Then I did six weeks of project life from January - MINUS the journalling - just printed photos and put them in and left notes on what I wanted to say.
I KNOW I have plenty of reasons not to beat myself up on the why I didn't get on and do it. I really didn't feel creative at all during that time.
That being said I did keep up my blog and taking photos on my phone. I documented my whole cancer journey and the story of our lives as we struggled to keep things as normal as we could.
This year is different. I really want to do PL. I love the concept it's like 'old day' scrapbooking. You can't help but be inspired by the creative team. Their pages are really lovely.
But more than any of that my girls are growing way way way too fast. As much as it bothers me and we truly do not dwell, also flitting through my mind is the unknown of how many more years I'll have to take these photos and tell these stories. Life has a way of throwing me curve balls.
I had a few people nagging at me and my own head saying do it you have everything you need and more. I am realistic enough to know that weeks get busy when I'm back at work and there is still surgery and recovery to come - I also have a marathon to prepare for :) I still waivered.
I googled and pinned and read blogs and procrastinated.1 2
Then I thought it out.
What have I done that has worked? Dec Daily - failed so many times - but this year - Photos on my phone - to my icloud and digital template.
Chemo cancer blah - photos on my phone - documented either on my blog or more recently on facebook, through instagram.
So there is my magic formula - this is what works for me. Phone photos automatically saved so no mucking around with uploading. I did however want to play with paper and pretty things so digi wasn't the answer.
Who has pages that I love to look at?
I am inspired by Cathy Zielske ( neat simple everyday stories ) I love the colours of Liz Tamanaha ( cute kids! simple great templates ) But I'm more Marcy Penner in the shabby chic style than Cathy and Liz ( can't cut straight so save my life ) with the exception that I hate my handwriting and I dont have one of those amazing cutters to cut out words etc.
SO I came up with the following process
Iphone pictures saved automatically ( no I'm not ruling out getting out my camera occasionally but mostly it will be phone because I already do that all the time)
Design done digitally - so I can slowly add to it as I do photos
Simple embellishments - shop my stash pop it all in a box and make it work don't go searching for just one more thingy.
Journalling done digitally.
Print it out
If you follow me on instagram or facebook you'll know I'm finished my first week and title page YAY.
I won't gloss - first double page took me hours but that's because I was mucking around with journalling boxes trying to work out sizes and creating templates and then half way through I changed my mind and started again.
It's hard to get a decent photo of pages when they are in the albums - I'll need to work on that so for now here is my digital mock up.
I printed my title page photos on my little Canon selphy - best printer so tiny but the main pages I took my photos to Camera House today and had them printed matte for 19c each. My journalling I printed onto white cardstock from officeworks A4 size on my Canon pixma which I have had for years. As you can see I added no embellishments to my main pages as I had plenty just from photos and stories. Title journalling cards are from Cathy Zielske freebies which I just edited to suit a colour I liked.
Now I am all good I have my formula worked out. Bring on next week I say!
Are you still on the fence - are you thinking you may want to do this but you don't know where to start ?
Like all projects.
JUST START - Don't over think it. Do your title page - print some photos of everyone.
Don't have any you really like ? Do what I did - line them all up (at 9.00pm no light !) no make up no pretty matching clothes and take them one at a time.
Ignore the grumbling.Take your own. Swap them to black and white. Don't forget your furbabies :)
Make sure you put something like 2013 Project Life telling our story or some such somewhere on it. Done.
Other things I have had people say to me are that they are doing
- One page a week (instead of two)
- One page a month
- Only using instagram photos
- Just doing it on their blog/facebook
- Setting a time frame - like Sunday night (Cathy Zielske does this - she sets a certain time each week to work on it
- Setting a certain amount of time and then what's done is done
- Miss a week? Skip it do the next week don't worry about catching up.
- Making this their only creative thing - this is their "hour or two a week me time"
All I can suggest is make it work for you because it's your life your story your memories. I look back at my attempt last year and I'm genuinely really sad that I didn't get it done. I don't want 2013 to be the same.
I'd love to know if you are joining in :)
I am aware that quite a few of my readers these days don't come from my scrapping days so if that is you and you are thinking what the ?
Here are a few links
- What is project life ?
- Where can I see Cathy Zielske's Project life ?
- Where do I buy the kits everyone talks about from?
- Here is a link to pinterest - just click it you'll get the idea of how it works straight away