Hello and happy Monday!
Today, I wanted to give a quick update on my Everyday Life project. My latest Shutterfly order arrived with photos through March, so I spent some time this weekend filling my album with photos. I’m sorry for the bad photo quality though. There was no sunshine this weekend so I had to take these with overhead lights and weird angles to avoid glare on the page protectors.
I started this project back in January and at that point, I didn’t really know what direction I would be taking. I have been so inspired by Ali’s progress with her Project Life this year. I love her words + photos approach. I know she’s been using one of Becky’s kits along with her own digital products. I thought about doing just words + photos, but since I have a craft room full of products, I decided to use all the products and tools at my disposal.
Instead of buying a kit, I’m using supplies on hand. And you’ll notice right off that I’m including more “scrapbooking” in my album. After seeing how scrapbookers like Lisa Truesdell and Michelle Wooderson are doing their Project Life this year, I decided to add in all of the seasonal products that I rarely use on my layouts. I’m not much of a seasonal scrapper, but I still have the products. I’m digging it all out and using it in this album.
Adding more scrapbooking elements takes longer. This may not be the right option for everyone. Becky created Project Life as a quick and easy replacement for scrapbooking. I love the everyday details you can capture in Project Life, but I could never give up scrapbooking. Adding in scrapbooking touches makes this project much more interesting and engaging for me.
I am not taking a photo a day. Some days are more interesting than others. If I skip a day or two, I don’t worry about it. If I forget the camera but have something else to share, great. Following Ali Edwards’ example, I’ll be adding receipts, tickets, junk mail, postcards and all the ephemera I keep throughout the year.
Just a quick note about page protectors — I did purchase some of Becky’s Divided Photo Pocket Pages – Design A. But I am also using We R Memory Keepers 4×6 inch photo sleeves and will use other divided page protectors.
Do you see that Frame Ups embellishment from My Mind’s Eye? I’m so excited that I found a way to use some older products! Also, this was the first chance I’ve had to add a different divided page protector. I took a ton of photos at Islands of Adventure when I was in Florida for my nephew’s spring break. This divided page protector has 9 4×4 slots. I love these square shaped photos. I was able to slice the park map in half and just place it in two of the slots, along with my park ticket.
I hope this gives you some ideas for using your stash as an alternative to buying a kit. Is anyone else out there working on a project life style project this year? I’d love to hear how you are making this kind of project work for you.
Thanks for stopping by today!