Week 35: August 21-September 1
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I don’t worry about being “caught up” with Project Life, because I have my photos and notes to refer back to–it doesn’t really matter when I put the pages together. And because I’ve been ordering big batches of photos from Persnickety Prints every month or two this year, I stay at least four weeks “behind” on purpose.
Usually, after my photo order comes, I slip in the photos right away according to the sketches I made before ordering and work chronologically from there. For this last batch order, I worked a little differently. I still slipped in all of the photos right away, but I decided to slip in cards to all of those weeks all at once, too. So now I have a whole bunch of weeks of Project Life just waiting for me to add words and embellishments. Instead of doing those weeks in any sort of order, I’m just flipping through and working on them as I get ideas or excited about a particular spread.
There’s no one way to do Project Life, and there’s not even just one way that’s right for you. Do what works for you right now and whatever makes you happy!
Left Side: For this page, I mixed and matched different kits and brands to come up with a color scheme pulled from my photos that would also work with the colors going on in the insert that went with the page, which was made before the photos were printed. I combined cards from We R Memory Keepers pads I picked up at Target, a card and bits of embellishments from many different Studio Calico kits, a card from the September Cocoa Daisy kit, and a card from the Jade Project Life Kit. Mixing and matching kits is a little more time consuming and is not a necessity, but it’s a great way to come out with a color scheme that really supports the photos and also helps you to use up last bits from mostly-gone kits.
I want to capture not just the new “exciting” things I do or my family does, but also the routine everyday moments. You can often find Jake at our whiteboard explaining some awesome or complicated coding project to me, even though I don’t understand most of what he’s talking about. It helps him process through problems and get better at articulating his ideas, and it helps me understand more and more of what he’s doing at work so I can genuinely understand bigger chunks of his day over time.
Tip: Layer a horizontal 3×4 journaling card under a small photo to get more use out of a busy 4×6 card.
Eliza’s teacher had us fill out a student questionnaire at the beginning of the year, and I snapped a quick photo of it. Having her school strengths and weaknesses and things about her personality captured is so cool. There were some great questions on there that would be great journaling jumping off points: “What kinds of things upset your child?” “What motivates your child?” “List five words that best describe your child’s character / personality.” “My child’s areas of strength are:” “My child struggles with:”
Tip: Transparencies are awesome for allowing you a peek through to the next thing in an album, but sometimes you lose the pattern or things look too busy if you use transparencies alone. In this case: white cardstock to the rescue! I backed the 3×4 green transparency and the transparent embellishment on top of it in white to make sure that they were fully visible.
Jonas loved gardening over the summer. He’d eat all of our peas before I could get them inside!
Tip: Write your journaling around a circular element on the page to add visual interest.
My standard Instagram college includes: Jake reading Fox in Sox, Jonas is into his car ramp things, Charcoal and his camouflage blanket, guest posting for the Big Picture Classes Instagram, picking up new shoes for the kids at The Bunker, and doing more canning.
Tip: Use an embellishments to tie a journaling card to the photo(s) it describes.
Insert 1, Front: This is an insert I made for the September #30Lists Blog Hop. The original page was actually smaller, but I expanded it so I could include more photos and journaling without crowding the other pages.
Tip: Trim off some of the pockets from a 12×12 page protector to create a large insert page.
In addition to the hop journaling, I included Jake and Eliza working with the Spelling program he made her and a photo of me taking photos of a Project Life spread.
Insert 1, Back: I decided to include my 30 Days of Lists in project life this year, and because September 1 was a Sunday and I end my Project Life weeks on Sundays, September #30Lists Week 1 was all by its lonesome. It doesn’t look all alone, though, because I included prompt takes from Jake and Eliza and a Currently card.
This page mixes the rukristin #30Lists kit with the Midnight Edition. I love that I can change the color scheme with the flip of a page: I don’t try to keep the same colors going through the whole spread, I just make sure that whatever is visible at any given time through the inserts all feels cohesive. I love that this particular spread moves from complicated to more simple.
Insert 2: I used Ali Edwards’s Day in the Life template as well as an extra photo collage to document my August Day in the Life. This is probably my favorite project of the year, by the way.
Right Side: This documents a big Anderson get-together for Jake’s brother’s diaper party. I tried to represent as many family members as possible.
Tip: You don’t have to be consistent in your style. The first page in the spread has a lot of embellishing, but this page is just photos and a single journaling card. Do whatever feels right!
How are you finishing out the year with Project Life? How do you tackle past weeks if you start getting “behind”? Do you ever change your process?
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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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