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. 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 the 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. 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!