New Ideas For Project Life

So… this post was supposed to go live yesterday but I forgot. I had a busy weekend running around, getting myself prepared for my adventures this week on the new job. Sunday night at 11:30 PM is not a good time to realize that my half finished blog post still needs attention. I guess I will have to keep the posting calendar more flexible as I get used to my new schedule and responsibilities.

Anyway… I have a bit of a confession.

I haven’t created a Project Life layout since March.

It’s not that I’ve abandoned my album or don’t like it any more. I still love creating my monthly spreads. But right now, it’s more about where my life has been in the past few months. The retail management job I worked since March served it’s purpose (i.e. income) but man, did it take a toll on me.ย When I’m unhappy, I tend to take far fewer photos and stop looking for and capturing the everyday magical moments. I have some photos, I will document the experience in all of it’s stark reality, but it will be brief and I will quickly move on.

And so, because I have been neglecting my Project Life album this year, I started thinking of different types of layouts — that document something different than a week or a month of everyday life — that I could add to the album using the divided page protectors. I’ve completed a few layouts so far and am loving the variety. I can’t wait to share them and hopefully some creative ideas along the way.

First up? Documenting an experience for a set number of days. You could think about it as documenting along a timeline, though I didn’t add dates on my cards. Here, I documented theย process of landing my new job. From the day the recruiter called to the day I accepted the offer, the divided page protectors were perfect for documenting this journey.

I used a combination of the Project Life – Honey core kit from Becky Higgins and the new Beautiful Life collection from Echo Park. The colors in these two collections coordinate perfectly.ย After I realized this opportunity was the real deal, things started looking up. I started to pick up the camera more often and I wanted to document this experience no matter what happened. Thank goodness it has a happy ending!

I printed a few screen shots from my computer onto photo paper. When I got my first job out of college (the one that lasted 12 long, successful years before I was laid off), there was no such thing as internet applications or accepting job offers online. I wanted to preserve that part of the process, which was on one hand a frustrating black hole and on the other actually expedited the process.

It was a nerve wracking 43 days but somehow the experience made it easier to face that druge of a retail job. Every day I went in knowing that soon…soon…things might be turning around. I’m happy to report that things are going great so far! I have been hired for a new division in Orlando and the area in the office where I will be isn’t ready yet, so I have been training elsewhere. It feels so good to dig back into the world of real estate transactions and leasing deals. (Yes, I really do mean that!)

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Your pages look great, Tammy! Congratulations on your new job!

  2. Congratulations Tammy! So glad you are enjoying your new job. What a great way to use the PL format. Looking forward to seeing your other ideas as well. Love the idea of printing photos of screen shots for things like that.

  3. So excited for you Tammy! It’s funny – when Robbie was looking for a job a couple of years ago, he put in many applications, made calls, networked, etc . . . and the job he got wasn’t one of the ones he had applied for at all – they found him! Isn’t God good!

  4. This is an awesome way to document those moments.

  5. Congrats on the new job. I’m done with PL up to February! You have me beat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I am so happy for you that everything has worked out.
    Nothing worse then having to go to a job everyday that isn’t something that you at least enjoy…even a little bit.
    Great pages and good for you for documenting it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy to see you picking up your camera again ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. So glad things are going well for you now. Looks like you include lots of journaling on your PL pages, nice 2-page spread!

  8. Congrats on the job! What an AWESOME way to document it! I wish I had done that when I was younger. I was a court reporter who traveled all around the county and did depositions at some interesting places – jail, a boat on the water, neat buildings. You did great!

  9. Love the layout! I know its hard to document the craziness but look how it turned out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Love the layout. So colorful, your photos work so well with Honey. Glad to hear things ate getting better at work too!

  11. love these tips and a huge congrats!!!!

  12. That’s the great thing about Project Life, you can make it fit any time period you choose. Your pages look good, even if you were out of practice.



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