Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

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While I use the Project Life system to document my everyday weekly, I’ve I decided to document my whole childhood with Project Life. That was a darn good decision, because I got all of my childhood photos from birth to age 9 or so documented in two albums over a weekend. I’ve already shared the first album. This one is from the end of age 4 to age 8 or 9.

Like with the first album, I took a very simple approach with this album and using Project Life in its most basic form. I’ve just organized the photos and selected pretty cards for now, the journaling is going to come later. (I’m going to have my mom help!)

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

I started this album, as I did with the first one, by using the Kraft Core Kit (perfect for my late ’80s-early 90′s childhood). I mixed Project Life pages with the traditional pages I already had documenting my childhood.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

I kept up with my first album method. These albums were so easy to put together because I made it so easy on myself: If I didn’t have the photos of the “correct” orientation to fill the back of a page protector, I just filled them with cards. I’ll have more stories to tell with words than photos, anyway. I used the Big Variety Pack 2 page protectors so I’d have protectors with both orientations.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Though I still had enough 3×4 cards at the end of my first album to fill probably two more albums, I ran myself out of Kraft 4×6 cards by using them to mat my old smaller-than-4×6 photos. As a solution, I just started mixing in 4×6 cards from other random kits. I’ve found that the kits can cross-coordinate pretty darn well with each other, though Kraft uses a cream base and my other kits use a white base, so that might drive the perfectionists of you nuts.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Another thing that I did was slip duplicates / close photos in behind other photos in the pockets. That way they’re still safe and together, but I don’t have four pages of the same Halloween party in there.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

I loved making layouts look cohesive and balanced with cards. My typical system is to run with two colors and alternate them, making sure to include a good mix of cards with solid backgrounds and cards with lots of white space / writing room. I also repeated shapes across pages.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

When I had bigger professional photos, like class photos, I just put them into a 8.5 x 11 page protector.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Not sure what I’m doing on the back yet. I might make a big journaling spot, or I might just throw some cool patterned paper back there.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

I mostly tried to group photos by event moving roughly by age, but I gathered photos by theme for some of the pages, like I did with these photos of my dog Sami taken over a span of time.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

School photos really helped me to sort out ages, so did missing teeth!

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

The photos with my little sister are my favorite.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Partway through the album, I switched to using the Jade Core Kit. Kraft still would have worked, but there were a TON of Christmas photos, and I love Jade’s greens, reds, and neutrals for Christmas. I was just going to get it out for the Christmas spreads, but my brain started connecting Jade colors to colors in my remaining photos and I just rolled with it.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Man, I had a bad haircut. This is post my I-cut-my-own hair experience.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

I used Design G page protectors so I could combine horizontal and vertical orientation photos onto one page. So helpful if you have one event with photos going both ways and you don’t want to mess with resizing them!

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

I love that this is the age where I really remember a lot of stuff, and can start filling in stories without my mom’s help. I’m also going to use the List It! Childhood Edition ebook (which you’ll be familiar with if you were in this year’s Big Picture Classes Big Idea Festival) to help me remember.

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

I’m antsy to start writing!

Documenting a Childhood Album in a Weekend with Project Life | by Megan Anderson

Have you done anything to document your childhood? Do you switch to a simpler style sometimes for big projects?

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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.