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. 

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