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!

12 Comments

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

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  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.

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  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!

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

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

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  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™‚

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  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!

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  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!

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

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

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

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  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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