Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Project Life 2013; recap on 2012

Wow, seriously?  Where does the time go?  I don't know if anyone else is reading this blog but it is a good way for me to collect my thoughts anyway.
I am in the process of finalizing my Project Life album from 2012.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this method of scrapbooking/memory keeping.  It can be whatever you want it to be.  You can do as much or as little as you want with it - from pre-made cards and your photos, to making your own cards and playing with your photos (adding text, overlays, etc).  Heck, you could even do a totally digital version.
For 2012 I kept it as a week to a spread with a few weeks that were photo heavy (mostly from travel) that had an extra {smaller} insert within the spread.  I like this method.  Some weeks I had very few photos (one week I had total 3) but you can always get around it.  Enlarge the photos and crop them to fit into multiple sleeves.  Use receipts, notes, quotes, patterned paper - anything really to fill up the extra spaces.  I think this is truly reflective of the project - some weeks there is a bunch of stuff happening, and others there is not much worth documenting.  
Yes, I did get behind... but I kept taking photos and now I am only a couple of hours away from a complete album.  I don't print my photos at home, so suddenly getting 200 photos (some of which were 2 3x4s that needed to get halved so it was probably more like 250 photos) is a task to sort and place and journal for.  I did get behind from week 33 onwards... but it is surprising the stuff you do remember - looking at some of the photos brought back memories of the little things which I jotted down because I know 12 months from now that memory will be gone.
When I had the album out the other night my husband (who is not the least bit interested in scrapbooking) was looking through the first 33 weeks and commented that is was really good because you forget so much of what happened.  That was pretty good praise in my opinion.  Job Done.
I will be continuing Project Life.  I have created my own journalling cards (using digital elements) and will use some commercial products too and largely I am sticking to the colour theme from last year (I still love it) - blue, orange, yellow, brown.  I have ordered my We R Memory Keepers 12x12 Aqua album and the Project Life Design A sleeves (pk 60), with the addition of a 12pk Design G which I will use as my inserts the weeks I have too many photos. 
I have also downloaded an app to my phone called Memoires which allows you to type a short description and you can add audio and photos too - perfect to keep track of what is going on.

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