For something different today, I wanted to share my January Project Life spread. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, so I thought I would show what I’m doing differently this year.
I have mentioned before that every year I’ve done Project Life, I have simplified my approach. Not in the way I create my spreads — I am a scrapbooker and I do prefer to add embellishments and stickers and labels, etc… to my pages — but more in the way of frequency and what I’m documenting. The photo-a-day thing never worked for me. I’ve tried (and do like) the weekly approach but do not always have enough to fill 2 pages a week.
This year I’m going with one spread per month and will also include extra page protectors when needed. If it’s a big event month, I’ll plan extra spreads. But if it’s a slow month, one spread is enough.
This month does include extras, but is also typical of the stuff I love to document every month. I love the print screen feature on my iPhone so I can capture the weather and text threads. I always try to add book covers for whatever I’m reading at the moment. Movie tickets and posters or DVD covers of favorite TV shows are another thing I like to document. I also try to add in news stories and will sometimes find photos on Google to support them.
I also included my word for 2013 on a 4×6 flip pocket protector. I am not taking the BPC class this year, but I have taken it in the past so I used artwork from a prior class to create the 4×6 card you see here.
January is my birthday month so there are extra page protectors for cards and notes and messages from family and friends.
I added one of Becky Higgins Photo Pocket Pages – Design I specialty sized page protectors here to add some instagram photos from my birthday night. (And yes, I’ve already scrapbooked some of these photos but I don’t mind printing and including them again.)
This year I am not using a Project Life core kit (though I may buy one when the newest collections come out in May). I still have quite a bit left over from the two kits I used last year, but I am trying to just use my own stash this year. On this spread, I used the 6×6 collection of Indigo Bleu collection from Pink Paislee.
Another thing I wanted to try this year was to print my journaling. I have always hand written my journaling in these albums and while I like to have my writing there too, I can say more by adjusting the font size. My hand writing is big and I make mistakes. I was tired of wasting cards. I like that I can say so much more by typing and printing the journaling directly onto the paper or cards.
I already like the frequency of just once a month. I can prep the page through the month and then it’s easy enough to finish in a couple of hours when I have the photos. It does take a little more time now to print the journaling but I like the result so I’ll stick with it.
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