Project Life 2011 | Week 2

I’m working on Project Life 2011, in 2012. It’s no secret that I’m a little Project Life obsessed, and it’s the only documentation process I can think of that can keep up with the photo-a-day challenge we did last year. Because we don’t only have a photo a day, we really ended up with pretty much a photo shoot a day. And we’ve got tons of stories documented too. Project Life is the only thing BIG enough to capture all of that great everyday stuff.

Project Life 2011 | Week 2

Working on this project is going to be slow going, because I have so many projects going at once, but it’s okay. The documentation is already there. I’ve only got to put it into an accessible format.

With that in mind, I kept it super simple for week 2, which covers January 8, 2011 to January 14, 2011.

Project Life 2011 | Week 2

Eliza’s birthday is on the 8th, so I used the first page to document her special day. Love her in that cowboy hat. I miss her funky style; she’s in uniforms most of the time now for school.

There were better photos of her opening presents, but this one really captured the joy. For me, that’s better than a not-blurry perfect photo.

I also made sure to add a few pops of yellow and orange, so that this page would flow well with the colors in the photos on the other side of the spread.

Project Life 2011 | Week 2

I used the archives and pulled the text from the post about Eliza’s 5th birthday. I shortened the text a little bit so it would fit in a 4 x 6 space and changed a few words here and there, but it’s so nice to have the story ready and waiting. We should write more everyday posts.

Project Life 2011 | Week 2

The journaling for the everyday stuff from the insert was lifted from our 365 2011 | Week 2 post and from Facebook. Timeline makes browsing a certain point in history on Facebook so easy! Love it. I need to send more of my tweets that way (there are issues with keeping tweets, but you can read our 7 Ways to Document Your Tweets post to learn how to use Twitter for documentation).

To make extra room, I used washi to tape two 4 x 6 pages together. The bottom one, with extra birthday dinner photos, slips into the pocketed page protector, and the top lifts to reveal it.

Project Life 2011 | Week 2

The rest is so super simple. Literally nothing but a bit of washi tape, background paper, and photos + words.

Project Life 2011 | Week 2

Love the photos of Eliza and Jake playing in the snow. She’s so cute all bundled up.

Project Life 2011 | Week 2

The photos and journaling for this page are taken directly from our 2011 Jonas’s First Bath post. Was he ever REALLY that tiny? It’s hard to believe.

*Design-wise, this week was all about keeping it simple, ignoring embellishments, pulling colors from photos, and choosing patterned papers I could write on. That’s it. Simple, simple.


Read about my process for using PL to document the past in the Project Life 2011 | Week 1 post. Or you can read all posts tagged Project Life 2011.

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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.