Well I am patting myself of the back this week because I finished my second year of weekly documentation of Project Life:
I’ve sent the book off to be printed and it should be in my hands late next week. I’ll share more once I have it.
By choosing to document weekly, it was challenging and inspiring. 2013 was not an easy year to do it either, since we welcomed a second child and then made a cross-country move.
My four simple tips to doing weekly Project Life:
- Keep it simple. I love browsing online and seeing inspiring embellishments on other people’s Project Life. But, I also realized that in order for me to get things done, less is more. I stuck with one core kit (Seafoam), used some journaling templates, and did it all digitally. This was the only way I could keep up with it. If I was going to do physical Project Life, I would have made sure I was printing photos every single week and journaling directly onto the cards as things happened. (In fact, that’s how I am working on Nagini’s baby album).
- Record your stories. By the end of the day, my brain is fried from running around with two littles. I don’t want to forget all the wonderful details about life, so I email myself things as they happen. Well, what I initially did at the start of the year was put it all down on a planner. I also experimented with a couple of apps. But I found the easiest way for me to do it all was to just email myself. (Note to self: Declutter email for 2014.) Again, keep it simple.
- Make time to do it. I always tell Brian that there is no such thing as “no time.” We are all given the same amount of time in a day. If you have drag your butt out of bed at 5AM, or stay up for an extra hour at night, work on the album. Yes, it will be a chore, yes there are days when you will wonder why the heck you are doing this. But trust me there is nothing more awesome than seeing this (and this is my 2008 album, Bunny wasn’t around yet, and she loves looking at it over and over and over again):
- Do NOT fall behind. Does this make me sound like a drill sergeant? The most I fell behind was 2 weeks (as we were “living” in our third). This happened a couple of times in the year like having Nagini and then being without our computer for the move. Seriously, it is really demotivating and then it’ll be like, “Eh, what’s another week to fall back on?” Don’t do it!
That’s all I have. But it’s worked for me for two years in a row and I am moving on to 2014. While I used Seafoam last year, I ended up adding colors from the Honey Kit for a little more variety. This year I am going with the two Dear Lizzy lines (Neapolitan and Polk Dot Party) for more colors/options.
Here is the title page for this year:
When I was trying to figure out a way to put the year on the title page, I spotted the number 14 on the scooter…perfect, right? 🙂 I added the quote on the bottom (“I think I’m quite ready for another adventure!”) as a nod to Brian and our love for The Lord of the Rings movies. Also the P to the fourth power…since he is a chemical engineer and geeky!