I thought it was time to share a little bit about my approach to Project Life. I've received quite a few questions from friends and readers about what exactly Project Life is and how I make it work for me. To read all about the Project Life concept, check out Becky Higgins' website here. Becky is the brilliant mastermind behind the whole Project Life phenomena. For my approach to the project, keep reading!
CAPTURING LIFE | For me, the most important part of the process is keeping it simple. No pressure, no stress. In order to do so, I've made a few decisions about how I'm going to make Project Life work for me.
I'm not setting unrealistic expectations to record something each day or even every other day, for that matter. Instead, I'm choosing to capture life as I see fit. If that means I have no images from one day and five from the next - I'm totally OK with that.
I'm also choosing to not force myself to fill a page (or two or any set number) for each week. If one week only takes up half a page and the next fills up two, so be it. Life is unpredictable; therefore, I should never expect the pieces of it to fit into some sort of project "mold" that I dream up.
THE ALBUM & PAGES | Another choice I made to keep the album simple was to select just one page protector design and stick with it. If left with unlimited possibilites, my brain will run unlimited miles deciding just what do do with all the options. In order to give my poor brain the rest it deserves, I chose to use just the 10x12 Design G page protectors.
I like the unique size, which is slightly easier to handle than a standard 12x12. I also like the variety in the pocket size and pocket orientations (3x4, 4x6, portrait and landscape). No matter what photos or memorabilia I choose to incorporate each week, I know there will a pocket for it. I find irony in the fact that I enjoy using varying page sizes in my normal scrapbooks, but for this project opted to go with just one size and pocket design. But, like I said, it's all about simplicity.
GATHERING & ORGANIZING PHOTOS | Because much of our everyday life is captured in the moment, most of my Project Life photos come from my iPhone, as opposed to the DSLR. Each time I capture a photo on my phone that I think I may want to inclue in Project Life, I quickly email the image to myself and inclue a few notes about the photo and the memory surrounding it. This way, I can remember all the details while they're fresh on my mind.
I've created a folder within my Gmail where all the photos and notes are automatically filtered and stored until it's time to incorporate them into my album. So far, this process is working really well for me. It helps me record the details as they happen and ensures the memory, and the photo, will not be forgotten.
SKETCHING IT OUT | To keep myself organized, I designed template in Illustrator to mimic the design of the Design G page protectors. I print out blank copies of the template and, throughout the week, I jot down the photos and moments I want to include in the "Notes" section.
Before I start creating, I sketch out the layout, and sometimes the design, of each pocket. This method is working well so far in both keeping me organized and also ensuring that Project Life comes together quickly and efficiently each week. Here's a sample of what one looks like while in progress:
GOING WITH A THEME | Another decision I made to create cohesiveness in my album is selecting a paper line (or combination of papers) and sticking with the same theme throughout an entire month. This way, there is a natural "break" that can be seen from month-to-month and everything from a particular month all goes together. For March I chose the origninal Amy Tangerine line from American Crafts, for April, I chose the Sidewalks Collection by October Afternoon. May is yet to be determined :)
As this post is getting a little long and wordy, I'll save the other pieces of my process for another day. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments! Happy Monday :)
PS. .For even more insight on different approaches, check Project Life week at Write.Click.Scrapbook.