Today I’m going to share my approach to documenting 2015. I know, we’re almost halfway through 2015 and it’s pretty funny that I’m only talking about it today. Trust me when I say that I only just figured out what I wanted to do a few weeks ago!
Let me explain.
After 3 years of weekly digital documenting our family story (even through two moves and a baby), I was pretty burned out. As part of my word for 2015, I decided to give myself a bit of a breathing room and a break.
At the start of this year I planned to do everything digitally with the app on my iPhone. After I played with it a bit, I didn’t want to continue. There is nothing wrong with the app. It works fabulously. Instead, I found myself craving something a bit more tangible that would give me break from staring at a screen.
I’ve gone to keeping it simple and using physical product for Project Life. I’m using the Notes and Things Core Kit mixed with the Maggie Holmes Core Kit. I love the colors and they mix well together. I’ve also included a few embellishments from my very small scrapbook stash.
The goal for me is to keep this project as simple as possible to keep it fun.
I hand write most of my journaling, and wow, has my penmanship gotten sloppy! 🙂 I’m also using Design A page protectors (a few of Design H are in there, but it’s basically Design A, cut in half).
I haven’t given up digital completely though! I decided to go with the Collect photo app where I can include a little bit of journaling. This works great for photos I share on Instagram. I type out the journaling and then I just transfer it into the Collect app and save it there. When I’m ready to print, I export everything and get it printed. It’s fun to mix it into my book.
One of the fun additions to this project has been these Simple Stories Photo Flip Pockets. I love it because it makes the pages a little more interactive, and also great for when I get wordy and need more space to journal a story.
I love our digital books and how little space they take up. But, I also love how my kids love flipping through albums and they really stop and admire it. I’ll be revisiting formats on a year to year basis, but right now, I’m enjoying my process for 2015.
How are you documenting your 2015? I’m thinking about including stories I write on the blog or elsewhere and printing it out and slipping it in an 8.5×11 page protector to stick in the binder. My only “fear” is that it’ll be too full and require multiple binders!