My Everyday Life Project

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):

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

I hope that gives you a few ideas, just in case you want to give it a try yourself.

Thanks for stopping by today!

17 Comments

  1. tammy,
    you have some great links here and some great ideas. i have stayed away from these projects because it is just a bit overwhelming with work, kids etc. but maybe i would like to try some of you ideas. tfs!

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    • You’re welcome! It is a big project and a big commitment. That’s why I was so happy when it was over. But if you look at it one day at a time, one week at a time, it’s easier. 🙂

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  2. I’m really curious to see how this turns out! I like the idea of not being wedding to an every. single. day. type of activity. A friend of mine does something similar with her way of scrapbooking. I scrapbook events and milestones. She scrapbooks a couple of pages for every month of the year. I love my method, but I think she does a better job of capturing her everyday life than I do. I’m going to have her guest post about it when I go on vacation next month!

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    • Every single day is hard. And what I learned in 2009 was it wasn’t always fun either. You really feel the pressure. But when it was over and I had 365 photos from a year in my life that big things happened…..that’s where you see the magic. 🙂

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  3. I meant “wedded,” darn it.

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    • 😉

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  4. Love what you have so far and can’t wait to see your progress! Thanks for all the links, I love the idea of this, just a matter of biting the bullet 🙂

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    • You are welcome. It is a big project if you really commit to it. And even though I was glad it was over the year I did do it, I’m enthusiastically back at it, so it’s worth it.

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  5. I need to take more of the everyday photos. I just focus on the highlights. Maybe set the camera timer and see what it gets from time to time. When looking at old photos the best one are of the gadgets and everyday life.
    Love the idea of using different styles of page protectors 🙂

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    • The camera timer is a great idea. I love the photos of my grandmother in front of their old cars. So fun to see. When I’m taking the everyday shots, I try not to take out the distracting background stuff because you’re right, it is fun to see the gadgets in the background. That reminds me I need to get a photo of me reading my Kindle…… 🙂

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  6. What a great post! I look forward to seeing more of your unique approach.

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    • Thank you! 🙂

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  7. Tammy….can I just say DITTO to what you wrote!! I just purchased the turquoise edition and will start March 1, 2010. I am getting married on March 5th (after being divorced for 9 years!) I plan on not really having a plan, but using all different size page protectors……like you are doing. I can’t feel pressure or stress to do something or it gets ignored altogether! Oh, and I also just joined the Project Life Community too….I really want to see how others are going to use their albums! I look forward to seeing what you do with yours! 😀

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    • Yeah, I’m so glad! There are lots of great ideas on the boards in the community. People are doing different theme weeks and adding all kinds of different things. I really felt the pressure last time and I wasn’t about to abandon it once I started. But that’s not conducive to a fun activity! It’s a chore. So when you go in with a free attitude, it makes such a difference. How cool that you will be documenting your first year of the new marriage. Awesome! 🙂

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  8. thanks for commenting on my blog! love your post…

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    • Thank you for stopping by here! 🙂

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  9. This is inspiring! I’m looking forward to your updates. Love divided page protectors, I think I have every style of WRMK, so I need to use them more often!

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