This week I solved a giant dilemma that I perceived with Project Life: what to do with non PL layouts. I don’t know about the rest of the people choosing to do Project Life, but I’m going to want to make normal scrapbook pages once and awhile. And I’ve organized our scrapbooks chronologically(ish) by year. I don’t want a 2012 scrapbook AND a (few) 2012 Project Life scrapbooks. That’s excessive, no? So here’s what I’m doing: Every month is going to have a “cover page” that breaks up the week where the month splits. For January/ February, this is Week 5. So there’s a full 12×12 February page right in the middle of Week 5 with the January part of the week to the left and the February part of the week to the right. And if there were to be any extra layouts from January, for instance, they’d slip in between the January part of Week 5 and the February cover page.
I’m doing each monthly cover page at the end of the month, using my favorite photos of the four of us for the month. Here’s January’s:
(On the back of January’s cover page, Week 1 starts.)
You’ll notice that there’s a bunch of white undesigned page protector spots behind the 8.5 x 11 insert on the right. That’s because that will be February’s cover, which I won’t do until the end of the month. Any extra January pages will slip in between that 8.5 x 11 insert and the February cover page.
Some of you are probably thinking I’m crazy right now. You’re thinking, “Megan, you’re documenting every friggin’ week of your life. Do you really need a monthly page too? And room for MORE?”
The answer is yes. The reason is perspective.
As a scrapbooker, the things that I choose to document depend very greatly on the perspective I have on a story. Many things effect perspective: who’s telling the story (usually me, but sometimes I do things from Jake or Eliza’s POV), starting with photos vs. stories vs. words vs. products, relationship changes, or current emotional state, to name a few. However, I find that the thing that affects my perspective the most is time. A photo I took today might evoke me to tell an entirely different story if I scrap it tomorrow vs. a year from now. Time is important.
Imagine your home. Your home looks completely different depending on the point of perspective. If you’re in your home, it looks one way. If you’re standing outside of it, it looks quite different. The view from a helicopter would be yet again different. Now think about the view from an airplane, or even from space! The story you can tell changes based on your perspective. When there’s a spacial perspective shift as in the example above, what you can see literally changes. One family, a street, a neighborhood, a city, a state, a country, a planet, a universe. The same principle can be applied to time perspective: How you see your life can depend very greatly on how “close” you are in time to the events taking place.
I love looking at life from a weekly point of view. It’s a manageable chunk. But I’ve noticed I focus on what we’re doing when I use this perspective. I’d like to use monthly perspective to think about how we’ve grown or changed, longer term projects we’ve been working on, and life trends. I’d like to use “extra” layouts slipped in at the end of some months to focus on relationships. And I’d like to do some layouts that look at things from even longer terms. I often forget to document the things that go on long term. I don’t really have any layouts about college, what classes we took, or jobs that we’ve had. Those things seem mundane, and they go on for a really long time. It’s harder to see a “story” there. But I find myself forgetting what classes I took or answering Eliza’s questions about jobs we’ve had. Hopefully having multiple time perspectives available in Project Life will help me do a better job of telling these stories.
Monologe over. Back to the pages.
Week 5 starts with some great everyday stuff: Jonas and Eliza playing after Eliza gets home from school (Lalaloopsies are a big deal around here right now), Jonas’s prescription from a doctor’s visit, and photos of my sister Taylor’s friend Walter, who we fell in love with while he was in town for a few weeks.
The insert for week 5 includes the program for the funeral of a dear family friend, Nannette. Nannette was my great-grandmother’s best friend and is in some of my earliest memories from childhood. This is something I would have avoided scrapbooking, so I’m thankful that Project Life made it seem like there was less weight on this page for me. I printed some journaling on the patterned paper about my memories of Nannette and what an amazing woman she was. I also included a story I loved that her son told at the funeral:
When her family moved to the neighborhood, racism in America was at a height. Nannette noticed a Presbyterian church in the neighborhood and began going because she liked the services. It was a white church. One day a lady said to her, “Why don’t you go be with your own people?”
Nannette said, “Are you a Presbyterian?”
“Yes,” the lady said.
“Then you are my people.”
Nannette believed the church was a driving force for racial integration.
“And now look around you today,” Nannette’s son said as he motioned around the room at the very mixed audience of people Nannette’s life touched.
I love that story and I’m so glad that I have a platform in which I feel comfortable recording it.
I also included the funeral program into the page protector because it tells the story of Nannette’s life and includes a poem that her daughter wrote.
The second half of Week 5 (which begins on the back of the February cover page) is action packed. I kept it super simple with the patterned papers and embellishments and filled ‘er up with photos and words.
The left documents our new office, Groundhog Day art Eliza made in English class at school, a meeting at Tea Drops with our new friend John (he started a non-profit urban tutoring company and we’re re-designing the website pro bon–more on that later), Jake helping my sister Taylor with her homework/ giving her a college lecture, and a long long list of all the things we did over our crazy weekend.
The right page covers my great-grandpa’s estate sale and ice skating. I pulled the journaling from the blog posts, edited it a bit to shorten it/ make it more personal, and printed it directly on the photos.
For the estate sale journaling, I faded a close-up photo of my grandmother’s lace get-away coat and pasted the journaling textbox on. I played with the font size until it looked right.
For the ice skating journaling, I tabbed and entered around Eliza and Taylor so the journaling only takes up the negative space. I know there’s a way to get journaling to follow a path, but I’m frankly too lazy to do that unless I want actual shaped journaling. I threw a drop shadow on the words to make them stand out, which (for the record) Jake thinks is tacky. He puts it up there with using Comic Sans (nerd joke). Dually noted, Jacob.
So ends the longest Project Life post ever! Are you on the bandwagon? How are things going?
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Project Life 2012 | Week 5 Supplies
Click on the images to link to the products used this week. Some products are not included, as they are discontinued.
Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.