Take 12 Challenge in 2012: January Edition

I decided to do Project Life as a more monthly project, but my goal is to do it throughout the month, and not just wait at the end of the month to do an overview. That may or may not happen, but for now it is working. As part of that, I wanted to take part in Ella Publishing's Take 12 project. It seemed like fun and would make a great addition to my Project Life.

The challenge: take 12 photos on the 12th and document it. (or somewhere near the 12th, or sometime in the month). The goal is just to have fun with it. The prompt this month was taking inventory. Also did some of the collections and just a mix of our day. Even my husband helped with taking some photos! Turned out pretty fun.

I used the 3x4 divided page protector on the left and the 6x6 divided page protector on the right from Becky Higgins. And on the right I am counting those as one photo (he took the bottom left one in an iPhone app called Grid Lens, and the top right one I did with Diptic. I used mostly Instagrams.

This is a journaling block that I adapted from One Little Word class 2011. Once I printed on matte photo paper, I stamped the date using a date stamp. 

Thanks for stopping by! See ya next time on or about the 12th for more Take 12 goodness!


The smaller 12 Memories is from her 2011-2013 Date Stamps Value Pack from Designer Digitals

Project Life by Becky Higgins. It's an awesome product, one that is easily customizable to your own needs, stories, photos. 


One Little Word Progress

Have some ideas for a post. But to honor my word, I am going to try to be getting in bed earlier so as to awake earlier. Thus, bedtime. More to come but just now this is a definite work in progress. However, something about just doing this January prompt from Ali Edwards's One Little Word class is helping me focus on my goals. I've been fighting it but I really do feel better when I get enough rest. Take care! Will post more soon.


Project Life 2012: The Journey Begins

Jumped on the bandwagon. Giving Project Life another go round and hoping it will work this year. I will have to post what my 2011 looks like. Pretty much a memorabilia album at this point, but I did just order some pics from Postal Pix and have decided make it a monthly highlights album.

Like many, I take a lot of photos. Probably at least a photo a day. Usually quite a bit more. I tried Project 365 back in 2009. Kept up for about three weeks with digital layouts. Ended up going with a random year of tags, which was quite fun. I had my baby girl in 2010 and had a hard time documenting much. I may go back and use Project Life for her first year. We will see. Enter 2011: I thought I could do it weekly, like a lot of people are doing. Got it set up and added lots of memorabilia, but the pictures just haven't found their way from my hard drive to the project yet!

Actually I did use the page protectors (about 5 spreads) to document our vacation this year. I ended up just adding that to my Places We Go album in my Library of Memories. I also loved using the "spreads" to scrap some older photos that I haven't scanned yet. No glue involved, so I can always scan them later when I get the time.

So 2012 is here and I am seeing all the wonderful pages floating around on Twitter and Instagram and blogs. There is so much inspiration and excitement; I just love that community aspect of it. The awesome thing about Project Life is that it can be whatever you want it to be. Here is my plan:

  • Do what inspires me
  • Capture everyday moments 
  • Add memorabilia, the "stuff" of life
  • Capture big moments
  • 12 on the 12th: I am going to take 12 photos on the 12th of every month (or round about that day--I am very loose with the "rules"). This will probably take up one spread and be a great way to capture life. Check out Ella Publishing's Take Twelve Project to find out more and join in the fun.
  • Keep it in reach. Got a little container to house my Clementine kit and have started a 12x12 plastic envelope sleeve (from Michael's or Hobby Lobby). Keeping the supplies I use most frequently close at hand really helps.
  • I may try playing with themes like "Day in the Life" or "week in the life" or "everyday you" for some of the spreads. 
  • Can also do monthly overviews and highlights like I am planning for 2011. I signed up for Katie Nelson's Roundup class at BPC to help with rounding up the monthly highlights.
  • Mixing up the page protectors. Am excited about playing around with different sizes and layouts.
  • Overall will be "Here and There" glimpses of life. No stressing that it has to be done in a certain way or time. Just capture life when I can and have a place for some of these photos!
  • I may more may not post on the blog. If I have time I will, but will probably be taking Instagrams of them and posting on Twitter at the least. 
  • Mostly I want to have fun with it and be able to share it with my family. No stress, just do what works.

So here we go! I finished my title page this weekend and am thrilled at how it came out. Fun fun stuff.

Project Life by Becky Higgins is a set of cool divided page protectors, kits and more to help capture our photos and stories in an easy to use format. It can be whatever you want it to be. Check out her site to learn more. I also recommend checking out the Design Team. They totally rock. And also there is a free Project Life Community at Big Picture Classes. 


Hello 2012

A new year, a fresh start. Love that. Just wanted to say Hello 2012!

My One Little Word for the year is Awake.

Awake my soul. Awake and alive. Awake.

I want to become the woman I have always wanted to be. I know I need to make some changes.

One thing at a time. One step at a time.

My goal is to embrace change with a positive perspective and lots of self kindness.

Balance will be a key. Being well rested will make a difference.

Breathe. Inhale. Exhale.

Here we go.

Photo credit: doctor_bob from morguefile.com