Project Life | January 2013

by Tammy on February 5, 2013

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.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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1 mary pat February 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

i so totally love your project life! it is just awesome!!

2 Lisa Swift February 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

This type of Project Life seems so much more manageable. I love the interactive elements.

3 Mary Jo February 5, 2013 at 7:53 am

Sounds like the perfect Project Life to me! I think one spread a month would be the way I would do it. I love the Instagram protectors, too. Great pages, Tammy!

4 MargieH February 5, 2013 at 8:31 am

I LOVE your idea of monthly – makes perfect sense :) Hey, happy belated birthday! Keep the great ideas and pages coming! Have a great day, Tammy <3

5 Becky G February 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

This is what I love about this project, it’s so adaptable to anyone and everyone! You can make it as involved as you want too. I know that as the girls get older I’ll switch to a monthly approach too. This looks fantastic :)

6 Laurab February 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

This is great. I documented our crazy weather too. 63 and then 1 a few nights later

7 Fleur Smith February 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Great PL pages, love the added protector for cards :)

8 Debbie February 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Great layout! I love the idea of just doing the month layout.

9 Tracy :) February 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Great pages Tammy!!!
I started on mine, but haven’t completed a page yet, lol.

10 Erica February 6, 2013 at 4:09 am

I’m switching to a monthly spread as well this year. Weekly was just too much for me last year and I got overwhelmed.

11 Melissa February 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Great January pages Tammy! It looks like it was a good birthday month.

12 Nirupama February 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Love your pages! It seems like a good plan to work on it in chunks of time. I find it so hard to put everything away after I’m done with one spread, it really makes sense to do more than one at a time.

13 soapHOUSEmama February 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm

this looks awesome! Love that flip pocket!

14 Sue Althouse February 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I like the one month approach! Great adaptation.

15 TracieClaiborne February 23, 2013 at 12:44 am

I loved this post and your PL! I’m just starting a monthly format myself. Gonna post it next week on my blog. This post was very inspiring – thanks! Would love to see your upcoming months!