Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Welcome to Project Life 2012 Week 1!

Now that we have our new lens, I can share my Project Life! I’m very excited to be tackling this project. The first three weeks have gone swimmingly; I hope to be posting weekly after I finish up this bit of catch up.

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

I chose to do Project Life after struggling with what to do with our 2011 365 Project. I tried to scrap the photos and stories in seasonal minis like seasonal minis like this one, but it didn’t really work out. I loved the format at first, but I was really limited on the stories I could fit into the book. I also didn’t like that the format forced me to choose one photo a day even if there was a lot going on.

Additionally, I didn’t like that focusing so much on the seasonal minis meant that I was hardly doing anything in the 12×12 format. I didn’t like the gap that this left in my scrapbooks, which I switched to chronological after Jonas was born. I think that Project Life is a perfect fit. I’m going to do it not only this year, but retroactively for last year. I’m going to wait until I get settled into the process with 2012 before attempting 2011, however.

Also, I’m not buying a ton of Project Life brand stuff. I’m using an American Crafts album, stuff that’s already in my stash, and collected page protectors from three companies: American Crafts, We Are Memory Keepers, and Becky Higgins Project Life (links at the bottom of the post). I’m switching up the page protectors to fit the orientation of the week’s photos and my particular whims. I’ll be throwing in a few regular layouts too.

Click on the photos to get a bigger picture ;)

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Week 1 focused on little bits of life, New Year’s, and the kid’s birthday party. I included a 6×12 insert (which I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot).

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

The first page focuses on our New Year’s (including apple and blueberry sparkling juice), my mom coming to teach me put binding on the quilt I’ve been working on since 2009, and an epic five day long Monopoly game. Here are some close ups:

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

The first side of the insert is just everyday photos. I love the one of Eliza – she fell asleep with a book open in Jake’s and my bed.

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

The back of the insert has my favorite birthday party picture of Jonas (he’s got cake in one hand and ice cream in the other).

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

The second page is all about the birthday party – Eliza’s birthday photo, the Brobee cake my Mom made for Jonas, the Spiderman cupcake for Eliza, the kids blowing out the candles and opening presents, and the Brobbe picture E drew for J.

Close ups of that:

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

Project Life 2012 | Week 1

That’s Week 1! I’m so excited about this project. I’ll be sharing Week 2 and Week 3 over the next few days.

Project Life 2012 | Week 1 Supplies

Click on the images to link to the products used this week.

Find out more about Project Life here.

P.S. I said I’d share photos of the kids’ birthday party. I’m totally counting this.