For the past few days, I have worked on my Project Life album for 2012. I haven’t talked much about my album this year because I struggled with it a bit. Moving could have had a little a lot to do with it. That my life for the past few months has been all about finding a job and nothing fun is part of it too. It’s hard to have fun and find joy when things are so unsettled.
But even through my struggles and challenges, I still love this way of documenting my life. I was really inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s recent project life post. I love so many of the things she said, especially that it’s worth the trouble. I couldn’t agree more!
It made me reflect on my own reasons why I want to keep documenting my life this way:
- I save stuff. I like to incorporate ephemera and memorabilia on my pages, but it’s not easy to do and I often forget. I have no desire to create a 12×12 page about every movie and every concert I go to. But I keep all my movie stubs and concert tickets and I want to do SOMETHING with them. The divided page protectors in Project Life give me a PLACE to put that stuff when it happens. That adds another dimension to the story of my life and it makes me so happy.
- I am not a chronological scrapbooker. I do not keep my pages in chronological order. Yet, there is a part of me that wants to see the progression on the time line. Project Life gives me that opportunity. I love looking back through my book to see what I have done, what I am doing, and to remind myself of the things I still need to do.
- Project Life is filled with little details I would forget and probably never scrapbook normally. When I want to capture a small detail about my life, I take a photo and it goes into Project Life with a little journaling. My other scrapbooks are more focused on the bigger stories I want to tell. Project Life is not a scrapbooking replacement for me, I still scrapbook just as I always have.
- It’s a great stash buster. I have several Project Life core kits, but I am constantly adding in bits and pieces from my stash. Old ribbon, stickers, rubons, old embellishments, flowers. I love adding in details and using up older products.
I know that Project Life is not for everyone. Most people still think that it’s a photo-a-day approach and that they must document something about every single day. That does not work for me. This past year I approached my album one week at a time. And when things got crazy, I just did one spread per month and switched back and forth as needed.
It doesn’t bother me one bit that sometimes I cover weeks and sometimes I cover months. The moments I document are far more important than keeping the way I do it rigid and consistent. I just change it up to suit my needs from week to week.
So what’s going to be different for me in 2013?
I am going to try to simplify this album even more. Lately I have been struggling with gathering enough content to document every week. I am going to set up my 2013 album for one full spread per month. If it’s a slow month, I’ll just do one full page spread. When there’s more going on, I’ll add in a divided page protector with more slots.
Simple, right? Well, nothing is ever that simple…
One of the reasons I had a hard time staying focused is that I didn’t keep my album out. I don’t have a dedicated scrapbook room anymore and I don’t have much space to keep things out. So I didn’t. That was a mistake. I am re-configuring some things so that I can keep this album out all the time. When I see it, it reminds me to take photos and to capture little details so I don’t forget to add them.
I gathered up my some favorite products I like to use in my Project Life album and will keep them all in a centralized place. (More on the storage containers I use for this purpose here.):
And I’m prepping certain things that I know I like to include in my albums.
I’m pre-cutting labels in colors that coordinate.
It’s so easy to get caught up in how hard it is to stay devoted to a year long process. And there is no doubt — it is hard. But I know how much I adore my album at the end of the year so I’m going to keep plugging right on along. I’d rather not focus on how daunting it seems, I choose to enjoy the process and make it work for me.
Thanks for stopping by today. Happy New Year!