Project Life 2011 | Week 5

I’m back with another week of Project Life 2011 in 2012.

I’m using the Project Life format to document last year. The documentation is all ready and waiting to be put into albums, so I’m taking my time with this project. It will be an ebb and flow sort of project for sure. Get ready for a flow, though, because I now have photos printed up through Week 8! I have a bunch of these posts planned for this week, then it’s back to Project Life 2012.

Project Life 2011 | Week 5

Week 5 covers January 29 to February 4. The documentation is a combination of our 365 2011: Weeks 5 & 6 post and stuff from Jake’s and my Facebook timelines (which can be really useful for memory keeping, as you can look at your Facebook wall for a specific year and month).

I kept it SUPER simple for this week, and used some editing. I left out some photos, letting the little snippets of journaling tell the story. I could have included the food photos from our date, pretty pictures of typewriters, or included an insert about the cupcake cones we made, but simple won.

Project Life 2011 | Week 5

Cupcake cones and a snow fort! I made sure to choose subtly patterned papers for the empty pockets so my journaling would show up well. It’s all in list format with bullet points, but I didn’t start a new line for every list item to save space.

Because the photos in this spread don’t have a lot of color (snow!), I chose mostly muted colors for the papers. I went with pink, a color that is represented in all of the photos of Eliza and a grayish blue that reminds me of the sky on a snowy day. The pink dotted ribbon is in diagonal corners of the layout to draw your eye across the page.

Project Life 2011 | Week 5

Lots of blizzard photos here. Also the set-up for a typewriter update we were working on for our shop and the temporary office set up for Jake, who had to work from home because of the snow. It’s crazy how much we’ve changed the layout of our house in a year and a half! Almost none of the furniture that was in that room is in there anymore.

Project Life 2011 | Week 5

The “Blizzard” title and the ribbon are on the outside of the page protector on this side. It’s a good idea to get thicker stuff on the outsides of your layouts if you use as many inserts as I do to balance things out in the book. Otherwise the center gets thick and the outside is really thin feeling. Which isn’t a big problem, it just keps the pages from laying completely flat. They sort of slope.

I am really loving using the Project Life format for my 2011 photos and journaling. Because of the 365 project we did last year, the amount of photos and words we recorded was overwhelming. I did less scrapping last year than any year since I started scrapping seriously in 2006 because I was so overwhelmed. I tried to document each day’s photo in seasonal minis, but it didn’t really work. Because I felt I was missing some of the stories and was limited to how much I could fit in. And some days, we took more than one photo. And some days, we took photos that don’t really need to be printed off.

I am so excited to have found something that works for this massive amount of documentation.


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