Earlier this week, I shared my Project Life Game Plan for 2014 along with a few spreads for the end of January. A big part of my method this year is simplifying weekly spreads and adding extra info in between months in the album. So instead of doing a bunch of inserts, I’m doing more 12×12 pocketed pages and layouts, which spreads the “extra stuff” bulk of the album out a little better. These are stories that don’t necessarily have to be in a weekly spread for context, stories that look over a bigger time picture, and pages for classes and workshops I’m taking for the year. Here are my “in-between” pages for January:
This page, which is on the back of the last weekly spread for January, is a home for three separate stories. I treated each row on the page as its own story space, which is a nice way to save space (all three of these rows could have easily been a traditional layout had the mood struck to create that way).
The top is a funny story about something Jonas said to Jake. He said he wanted to grow up so he could have lots of flashlights, then went on to list everyone he’ll give a flashlight to when he’s big. I want to make an effort to record more of these stories this year.
Tip: Stories like these that don’t have an accompanying picture are a great place to use portraits of people without a story behind them. Alternatively, skip pictures all together.
Each Sunday, I’ve been recording what I’m up to with Rukristin’s Currently Cards. (The black ones are free, and there are other fancy physical and digital versions too for purchase.) At first I thought I’d include them in each weekly spread, but decided I liked the repetition of them all together instead. Bonus: I can use whatever colors I want without worrying if they’ll match the colors I decide to use for any given week. It’s also fun to look back on these because I change my mind about things (most of the “planning” things for January didn’t pan out or have been pushed off!), so these cards help me remember the things that I’d otherwise rewrite in my brain or forget about.
Tip: Recording what you’re doing currently is a great way to remember the things that don’t typically get into photos and are an easy way to make sure you’re documenting about YOU!
The last story on this page is all about how Eliza became very interested in Pompeii. She asked how we know things about pre-history (before the written word) one night at the dinner table, so I busted out my college Anthropology textbook to show her different ways that information about the ancient world is gathered. An example of Pompeii was given in the textbook and she found it super interesting, so Jake pulled up Smithsonian videos about it. On a later night, we watched the Doctor Who episode about Pompeii and she fact checked it.
I love that this story really captures how Eliza operates (she just keeps asking questions until we’re talking about things I’d never have thought to talk about with a child), how we tackle parenting (if we can’t explain something thoroughly, we all learn about it together using reputable sources), and also the technology we use in our daily lives. Also the nerdiness. Can’t forget that.
Tip: Don’t forget to document how you teach or learn about things!
I browsed through the blog archives before I finished up these monthly pages to make sure I wasn’t missing anything I wanted to include, and I remembered my Today is for… post. I didn’t want to include a whole insert for it, so I adhered the photo from the post to a 4×6 Project Life card and used Basic Grey Attach-Me Stickers to add it in the album. I didn’t like the way it swung around with just one Attach-Me sticker, so I added on another card with washi tape so it would be tall enough for two attachers. I could have always just punched two holes in the paper, but I like that this is less likely to tear over time and the stickers allowed me to scoot the cards out to line up with where the pockets start.
Tip: Don’t give up if your original plan or design for something doesn’t work out! Think about how you can solve the problem (in my case, the photo / card swinging around thing)–you might just end up with something you like even more than your original plan!
I’ve always intended to document my monthly reads posts / photos, but I never really do. I think it’s because I’m usually taking the photos several weeks after the month ends and I don’t really know where to put them. Problem solved! I decided to keep it simple and not include the full text of my January Reads post, but just put a sentence about each book. I’m excited to do this each month (and to go back and make stuff for the several years of back reads posts I have waiting for me).
I’ve already shown you my January One Little Word pages, so I’m just including this to show you the context of where it’s hanging out in the album.
Last but not least, January is Eliza’s birthday month, so I made a page with the At 8 You… post I did to celebrate all of the little Eliza things right now. I forgot to mention in the post that Jake contributed too! I love doing these lists about the kids near their birthdays, and if I only could choose one thing to document about them each year, this would be it.
Tip: (This one is going to keep popping up, so I apologize in advance if you’re sick of hearing about it). If you have filler cards that you think will work really well with your spread, but they don’t have room for journaling, just add a trimmed down grid card to the filler card! I did this with the stripped card in the middle on the bottom, and sort of did it on the card in the middle row on the right by layering a journaling card and a filler card (both from the Midnight Kit together.
Tip: This is the last January in-between page, which means that the first February spread is on the next page. I thought about what type of page protector would work best for both before choosing so I wasn’t put in a tricky situation for the following week!
I really love how these in-between pages turned out, and I love how flexible it will allow me to be within the organization of my album. Some in-between months will have A LOT, some will just have a tiny bit extra, and all of it will be good for me.
How do you fit in extra stuff in your albums?
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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.