Back in 2009, I tackled Project 365. I was lucky to snag a kit created by Becky Higgins – the first one she designed. I had a photo that represented every day, but I didn’t exactly take a photo every day. I remembered most days, but during a busy week, Saturday would come along and I’d go around the house snapping photos. I figured that as long as it was close, it was close enough.
2009 was a big year for me. Big stuff happened. I’m so thankful that I documented so many every day moments through the year. And when the calendar turned to January 1, 2010 I was all too happy to put the camera away. I was so burnt out and ready to give it a rest. Other than a well documented trip to Europe and a week spent with my nephews, I didn’t take many photos the rest of the year.
Since we don’t get do-over’s in life, I can’t really do much about my lost 2010. But in the beauty that is scrapbooking, I can pick it back up at any time. I’ve been really inspired by how Ali Edwards is showing her progress with Becky’s 2011 Project Life Turquoise Edition. (You can see the other version, the Amber Edition here.) In the year since I did mine, Project 365/Project Life has evolved a bit.
It doesn’t just have to be a photo a day – which is the approach I took in 2009. It can be anything you want it to be. It doesn’t have to be just a photo + words. It can be memorabilia and post cards and concert tickets and inserted scrapbook pages and various divided page protectors and photos in different sizes. The idea is to just capture a bit of everyday life in smaller doses. Making memory keeping a little bit easier.
I recently joined the Project Life Community over at Big Picture Classes (if you have any interest this type of project, I highly recommend you peruse the message boards and gallery over there. The Project Life Community is FREE!) and I have really enjoyed reading and seeing what others are doing. So many people fit this project into their every day.
I decided right around my birthday that it was time to embark on the Project 365/Project Life journey again. But I’m going to do mine differently this time. I started on January 19th, 2011 (my birthday!) and this project will go on until January 19, 2013. My 40th birthday. What better way to mark that huge milestone than to document my life right up to the point?
Here’s a look at My Everyday Life Project (which is what I will call my 2-year project):
There is no official plan. I did not buy a kit, though I did pick up a package of Becky Higgins page protectors and one pack of the 3×4 journaling cards. I’m going to use a variety of products. Although I’m a big fan of cohesiveness in a project, I don’t think this one has to be consistent all the way through. I’ve pulled a bunch of old KI memories papers for right now and I’m starting there.
One of my favorite parts of my 2009 Project 365 was that on the 19th of each month, I took a photo of myself in the mirror. So fun to see the hair get longer and shorter, different outfits, and for me noticeable slimming as I keep losing weight.
I’m not going to worry about taking a photo every day (you can see above that two days were skipped), but I will have photos every week. The journaling cards will be dated but I don’t know if I’m going to put a span of dates on the pattern paper that starts the 2-page spread or not. I love having the punch of color from that pattern paper so for now it stays. I’ll worry about what I’m going to do about it as I go along.
Right now, my album has a mix of the 12×12 pages with (6) 4×6 slots and the 12×12 page protectors from Becky Higgins with (4) 4×6 slots and (4) 3×4 slots. But, I plan to add a variety of page protectors throughout the album. We R Memory Keepers has a great supply of different types. I love to mix page protectors of all sizes in one album.
These page protectors are already loaded at the front of my album, so I just have to grab one when I’m ready to use one of them. I will also include 8×8 pages and 8.5×11 pages and 6×12 pages. Bottom line? I’m really excited about documenting life again. I’ll be working in this project while still scrapbooking all my regular pages just like always. For me, this isn’t a scrapbooking replacement. I still scrapbook pages and mini albums. This is just one more way to incorporate scrapbooking into the every day.
I will show some updates of My Everyday Life Project as the year goes on.
If you are still on the fence, here’s a list of resources that will give you information and show you different ways this project can work:
- Becky Higgins Project Life
- Ali Edward 2011 Project Life index
- Cool video from Mary Ann that shows part 2 of her Project Life for 2010. Check out parts 1 and 3 too! She made a fantastic album.
- Project Life Community at Big Picture Classes
- Tracy’s video on her version of Project 365 for 2011
- Simple Stories Life Documented collection works with We R Memory Keepers divided page protector set.
I hope that gives you a few ideas, just in case you want to give it a try yourself.
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