I’ve been working on my neglected 2010 album by backtracking and doing an event approach to Project Life 2010 (rather than a weekly or monthly approach). Documenting Jonas’s birth has been a big focus lately. I have so many things from my past I want to document, so my solution is to put together a bunch of fast, easy pages using only Project Life cards with my photos and words (and a few stickers here and there).
I say this over and over, but I love that this project can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. And it looks great and gets the story told either way.
Pulling from my birth story blog post and the letter I wrote Jonas in the hospital, I documented labor and how scared we were when there were complications before Jonas was born via emergency C-section.
For this spread, I used a combination of the Kelly Purkey August / September kit (the “Everything is going to be OK” card was the jumping off point for the page), the Studio Calico Marks & Co kit (the lined card and “+” card combo gave me my color scheme), the Studio Calico Double Scoop kit, and a card from the Project Life baby core kit. That might sound more complicated than it needs to be, but finding the cards was a snap once I had a color scheme in my head.
Note that this is not the most attractive photo of me ever taken, but you have to get over wanting to look good all of the time if you are going to document your life. Just sayin’. I’ve missed out on a lot of great photos of family members because someone doesn’t want a record of them without perfect hair. And, if you don’t get the feeling in the room from the words, that look on my face says everything.
I ran out of journaling room, so I added a trio of Kelly Purkey stickers to spice things up and get more journaling in. I love adding labels to photos and patterned cards to fit in a few more words. (Adding in another lined journaling card would have worked just as well, but I was really attached to the color scheme I had going on.)
Also, even though this page is VERY simple, I still used symbols to help tell the story. The plus in a circle is a symbol for health care, the lines on the title card reminded me of the graph measuring contractions, and the journaling focuses on listening to Jonas’s heart beat, so these things are both decorative and subtly adding to the story.
This whole page had my letter to Jonas. Rather than using a bi-fold card, I spread the story over three cards so I could fit all of the words in.
When I wrote the letter originally, it was mostly to calm myself down, but I’m so glad to have this record now. The next time you are scared or overwhelmed, try writing it out. You might decided to burn it afterwards or you might cherish it as a memory keeping source, but purging your thoughts on paper can be very helpful either way.
I also whipped up a quick page about Jonas’s birth to go along with the Hello, Jonas layout I shared a while ago.
I wanted the photos to really stand out, so I went with a neutral color scheme of grays and white. This page combines the same Studio Calico kits and Project Life baby kit mentioned above. Also, Kelly Purkey letter stickers, because they are my favorite product.
I made sure to get in Jake’s side of the story too. Also, how much of a sign of the times is it that he used the 15 minutes he couldn’t be with me during surgery prep to watch C-section videos on You Tube to prepare himself? I love it.
I’m so glad that I’m taking the time to document this milestone, and I’ve got more to share soon!
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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.
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