I’m so in love with my Project Life 2012 so far, I decided to start doing one for 2011, which has been my least documented year since I started scrapbooking in 2006. I say least documented, but what I should really say is least scrapbooked year. 2011 was actually very very well documented through our blogging. Last year we did a 365, or photo-a-day, project. Project 365: 2011 was more than just photos, it was also a weekly collection of posts with little descriptions of what we did each day. If you ever wonder how we manage to take so many photos, this project is the reason. Because January 1, 2011 was the day we brought Jonas home from the hospital, the beginning of the 365 was very easy for us (who doesn’t want to take hundreds of photos of a newborn and his newly crowned big sister?). It got harder to take photos as the month progressed on (is anything in my life really photo-worthy today?), but then it became natural. We became bonafide life documenters. And while we’re not officially doing a 365 this year, our camera has become a deep part of our lives. Between our SLR and our phones, I’m pretty sure that at least one of us has taken a photo every day this year. Though usually it’s more like twenty. Or sometimes one hundred.
We get that it’s weird, and a little crazy, and that most people don’t “get” it. That’s fine. Someday maybe there will be a post on that. But for now, trust that it makes us happy, and Jake and I are stoked that our documentation work last year is enabling me to tackle Project Life 2011.
For each spread that follows (and there are a lot of them– I included four inserts for Week 1) I’m going to tell you how I tracked down the documentation on each page, so you’ll pick up some tips on how to use Project Life as a format to document the past, even if you don’t have a crazy amount of photos and organized blog posts at the ready.
I started out with the 365 2011: Week 1 post and scrolled to January 2011 in iPhoto (we have our older photos backed up in an older iPhoto library on an external hard drive). I also started by browsing the January 2011 blog archives. The journaling on the left page is purely from memory, the words on the right are lifted from this post. I’m so thankful to have this blog as a placeholder for memories.
I love that big photo of tiny Jonas in his seemingly huge car seat for the first time. New Year’s Day was defiantly time to celebrate: the vintage metallic stars help to convey that. Some of the stars are stapled inside, some are floating freely in the pocket, and one is attached to the outside of the pocket with a brad. I love that you’ll be able to see into Week 1 from the title page.
The “You’re Home” fabric is sewn to the outside of the pocket. If you do this, make sure that you’re finished with your inside paper/embellishments/photos before you fire up your machine!
We rang in the new year at North Kansas City Hospital . Jake and I watched the ball drop. It was a hard night because Jonas was having trouble nursing. We toasted with apple juice. E spent the night w/ Tim and Rita. On New Year’s Day, we got to bring Jonas Home for the First Time.
I printed the journaling directly onto the 6×12 patterned paper with my printer by entering a custom paper size for the paper. I made sure to print on test paper first, to ensure the correct placement below the words that were already on the paper (“The Daily News”).
The memories on the left (on the back of the first insert) were all collected from Facebook. A lot of people are knocking the new Facebook timeline, but if you are a life documenter: timeline is your friend. I just searched Jake’s feed and mine for January 2011 and voila.
I went into Jonas’s closet to smell his stored newborn clothes (man, nothing beats that newborn smell) because I know that smell triggers memories well. I brought one of his tiny onesies down to the worktable with me (did he really ever fit in that?!?!)
I chose the photos to go on this page because they match the onsie, I confess.
I love that lifting posts off of Facebook gave me great journaling of things I had completely forgotten:
Eliza is such a good big sister! So so much snuggling. She learned about babies in a book and bosses us on how to care for J.
From Facebook Jan 2, 2011 | “I’d like to nominate Jake Anderson for Dad of the year. I know, it’s only the second, but I think that after this morning he should win. He has a cut-in-half wife whom can barely move, a 4 day old poop monster, a post-Chirstmas messy house, and a four-year-old whom woke up in dried vomit. And then the cat puked. Someone bring him a present.”
From Facebook Jan 7, 2011 | Eliza, that is your pelvis. “My pelvis? Like the singer?” lol… That’s Elvis!” -Jake
Those are gems right there.
The idea to include a onsie is 100% scraplifted from Ali Edwards down to the background transparency. (See hers in Anna’s baby album here.) The onsie is just floating in there.
Documenting Eliza’s style at the time (I miss the days before the uniforms) and Jonas’s first check-up. He weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces.
This insert includes some bad quality but cute and funny Photobooth photos we took. We spent a lot of time in Jake and I’s bed the first week Jonas was home, so it was natural to goof off on the laptops. The journaling here is memories sprouted from the photos.
We’ve all been spending a lot of time snuggling in bed, so there are a bunch of silly photobooth photos this week. Jake’s been taking over while I recover from my C-section; he burned popcorn really bad and the whole house smelled. Our awesome family members cam to visit and brought us food!
We kept track of Jonas’s feedings and diapers to make sure he was getting enough nourishment.
I tore a few pages from a notebook that I have on my nightstand for random ideas. These pages are just simply hand drawn tables of when Jonas nursed, how long he ate, which side he was on, and what kind of diapers he was having. This is the best portrayal of life with a newborn I could have ever recorded: feeding, feeding, diapers, diapers, (and snuggling) all of the time, around the clock. This was completely utilitarian and not meant to be used for memory keeping, but I’m so happy I didn’t throw it away!
Feeding a growing little baby is a lot of hard work! I love that J.bird is all mine when he’s eating.
I attached the jounaling for these inserts to the page protector rather than to the paper inside, using a brad on one side and a staple on the other. I don’t like to attach things directly to memorabilia.
The last page feels more like Project Life than the rest. The journaling here was all written from memory. (You can read it by clicking on the photo to enlarge it.)
I’m so happy that I was able to document this special week in such great depth a year and a half after the fact! Yes! Win! Wahoo!
A note: you’ll notice that I refreshed memories using Facebook, blog posts, memories brought up by photos and smells, and scribbles to myself. You might be wondering where Twitter is in all of this. After all, I Tweet all the live long day as @Megan_NerdNest. The sad news is that Tweets disappear into the eather. Expect a post later this week on documenting your Tweets.
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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.