Everyday Life Project Update

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.

During this particular week, I had been updating my resume, so I included it in this album in an 8.5×11 page protector.

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.

April is still a work in progress.

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!

25 Comments

  1. I love this very interactive take on Project Life. Still can’t bring myself to commit to anything so “big” but I love seeing what others are doing!

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    • It is kind of a daunting project. Before I did Project 365 in 2009, I tried it for a week. When that turned out OK, I went on for two weeks, and then a month. If you look at it that way, it might be easier to get started. 🙂

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  2. ooh cute album; i love all the little seperate bits!!! gorgeous.

    thank you so much for your amazing comment on my blog 😀 i like that my layout is cool!!!

    have an awesome scrappy week xxx

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    • You’re welcome and thanks for stopping by here! 🙂

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  3. I love your album! It’s pretty but still practical. I probably wouldn’t have the discipline to take on such a big project. You’re doing great!

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    • Thanks! I’m trying not to think of it like a big project though. Just one day at a time. And a few skipped along the way. 🙂

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  4. Great project! This is something I have always wanted to try but I am so bad about taking photos. Maybe this would force me to document better.

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    • I thought I would be too, Steph. But it does get easier. Early on, when I did this in 2009, I made a pretty comprehensive list of random things to take photos of. If I forgot to pick up the camera one day, I turned to that list and just picked something to take a photo of. And as I went along, more and more ideas just came and it got easier. 🙂

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  5. This is coming along so well and I love your unique take on it. I really enjoy when people tweak and do what’s right for them. I’m especially amused by your including random everyday things like receipts! You’re really making me think about what I collect!

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    • Thank you Nat. I have always kept this stuff but I’m not always good at working it into layouts. I do, just not as often as I want to. These page protectors solve that big problem and this way, I don’t have to figure out how to make it look pretty on a 12×12 layout. I love that! 🙂

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  6. Hey, I went to Universal for spring break, too! Didn’t you love the Harry Potter “world”?!!?

    I really want to do something similar to document daily life. I think it’s a cool project. I just need a new camera before I can get started! I was thinking about starting in August when I become an empty nester. Might be interesting to see how different my life is without kids!

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    • Oh, I loved every second we where there. My Mom and I were more excited than my nephews. I just read the books last year (what took me so long?) so it’s all still fresh in my mind. We had a blast! The beauty of this project is that you start it whenever you want! When I did this in 2009, I went from employed to unemployed and my photos told the story. It’s very powerful and I’m so glad I documented it all. You won’t be sorry if you give it a try!

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  7. great project-i think i really want to try this next year. i love all your pages!

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    • Thank youl. You’ll be great with it! You already take so many photos – I bet you’ll have a hard time picking just one for the day! LOL. 🙂

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  8. I just love seeing your Project Life updates! I really like the way your are including those bits and pieces of life too. Really cool….I’m still plugging away at mine! You’ve inspired me to get caught up.

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    • Thank you! I love how this is keeping me motivated to think about what detail of my life to include every day. It is special! 🙂

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  9. Tammy, this looks great! Love seeing your progress through the months 🙂 I’m not doing Project Life but I have taken a HUGE step for me and incorporated the divided page protectors into my albums. You are so right, they are such a huge time saver, even with added scrapbook embellishments to them. You can scrap such a large span of time with the divided pages, LOVE IT!

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    • Yeah! Aren’t they great? I love them too. You can be as creative (or not) with them as you want. Sometimes, I just like printing or cropping photos into a different size. I love the variety they add. 😀

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  10. I am also doing it My Way 🙂
    But with have fallen behind….story of my life.
    I really like how you have different sizes of page protectors and other memorbilia

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    • I love that…..My Way. 🙂 That’s why I hesitate to even say Project Life for what I’m doing because for me it’s not THAT project, it’s based on it, but with my spin. Well, at least you are keeping track of everything on your blog so some weekend when you find the time, you’ll be able to catch up pretty quickly.

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  11. I’m not doing project life, but I love the way yours is turning out. And what fun – you got to go to Harry Potter world – I really need a trip to Olivanders myself some day. :>)

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    • I thought about getting Hermione’s wand (in exchange for my $30) to see if any of her wisdom would rub off. But alas, it was too crowded, so I passed. But it was very cool to go and be there and have lunch at the 3 broomsticks and drink butterbeer. Fun! 🙂

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  12. I love your album Tammy; I am certainly doing a Project Life version, but no way a photo a day. I am still adding in memorabilia, which I collect and never seem to know what to do with. Glad you enjoyed Harry Potter World, it was amazing wasn’t it. I would have loved to have tried 3 broomsticks, but it was my only chance to have lunch at Margaritaville, and that won out, LOL!

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  13. What are you using for the monthly dividers? Great job 🙂 I still need to do some work on mine. I am up to March. I love that it is easy to collect the stuff from everyday. I also like how you made it more YOU than commercial.

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  14. This is great! I am intrigued by Project Life, but did not want to have to buy the whole kit when I already have so many supplies. Seeing yours makes me realize that all I really want are those page protectors – I like the albums and supplies I already have. Thanks!

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