Okay: Project Life. If you poke around the crafty parts of the internet at all, you've probably heard of this quite a bit in the last year. It's a scrapbooking system created by Becky Higgins. From what I can tell, there are a lot of "rules" about how you're "supposed" to do Project LIfe, but if you know me, you know. . . I hate when people tell me what to do. So, my Project Life is kinda different.
First off, I've chosen to focus on a few months: May, September, December, and March (2013). I'm going to try to keep up and take notes on those months. And other months? Well, if I work on it, fine, if not, that's okay too. I've noticed a lot of scrapbookers losing speed with the project, and I think this will help me to not feel overwhelmed by it. Plus those months cover a lot of important holidays and events in our family.
Second, I'm using a smaller format. I'm super grateful to Jamaica for posting her pages and especially this post about how she uses the page dividers. 12x12 is a size that has never felt right to me and it was when I first saw her smaller pages that I thought I could attempt this whole shebang. The pages are approximately 8x8 and I'm keeping them in a Kolo album (pricey, but worth it). I'll admit it's kind of a pain to have to cut the dividers down and repunch the holes, but I love the way this looks so I'm making it work.
I started in late April and have a lot of May finished already. Here's the first part of what I have so far.
I LOVE how the Crafternoon spread turned out.
The brown envelope holds some extra photos from the Crafternoon weekend.
I'm also really excited about how the instagram pages turned out. I used slide protector pages (cut down to size) and I just adore the way it looks.
More instagrams, and then a few pages about a church retreat I went on.
I kind of just cut page protectors down randomly sometimes. The May month divider is one of those. Once again, with the rules following issue...:)
I've been trying to take some self portrait photos here and there. Because normally I'm the one behind the camera and wouldn't make many appearances otherwise.
Another spread I'm really happy with. The colors came together beautifully.
As you can see, I'm not into a lot of embellishments or stickers or special paper. (Part of this is graphic design OCD, I never feel 100% satisfied with most scrapbooking products because I secretly think I could design them better myself. Probably not true, but you know. ) I did buy a few sheets of Hambly overlays, a set of Project Life cards by Jamaica, and most of the text is written on Paper Source label paper which I cut to size, or x-acto as silhouette text myself. Oh, and Target washi tape. Other than that, it's just photos and my handwriting. I love it that way. Simple and personal.
I do need to work a little harder on adding more text. I've kept track of funny things David says or sweet family moments. I'm not sure how I'm going to add those in though. It might just end up being all stuck in an A9 envelope I punch holes in and fill up at random intervals.
So that's my Project Life! I know a few of you wondered how it was going so I hope you enjoy the update. I'll be sure to keep posting as sets of pages are finished.