Hi, everyone! Sarah here (you may know me as sarahbhb in the forums). This is my first post for Nicole and I’m excited to be sharing some Project Life pages with you.
If you are anything like me, you are “behind” on your Project Life pages (I put behind in quotes because we really shouldn’t look at it as being behind… I love every moment that I have captured in these pockets, and even if I don’t get everything done that I want, I’m still collecting amazing memories).
I know some of you are great about making the time at the end of each week to get everything in the pocket pages, but, unfortunately, I have not made that a priority in my life lately.
I started Project Life in January of 2012. I’m only about 1/3 done with that album. My 2013 album is only completed through January with a couple of other one page layouts completed here and there. Thankfully, I’ve been really good at taking photos and fairly decent at keeping notes (with a few exceptions). So even though I don’t have everything in the pockets, I’ve still got the memories.
From the beginning I’ve always planned on my album being a continuous overview of our lives with no constraints such as a week at a glance or a month at a glance layout. The only thing I make sure of is that when I start on a new month that it starts on a new page (I have to find a way for my OCD tendencies to come through even with my laid back approach). Right now my plan is to focus on the prior month’s pages (where my memory is freshest) and then fill in earlier in 2013 and 2012 when I get the chance.
I began 2013 already feeling behind so I knew I wanted to keep it simple, which is why all of my page protectors in this album are the We R Memory Keepers 6 up 4″x6″ design. My 2012 album is a mishmash of different page sizes and shapes. Artistically, I love it so much more, but practically I love how easy it is to not worry about what protector I need for what set of photos.
Another thing I’ve started doing to make catching up easier is to pick a kit or two and use it on multiple pages.
My jumping off point was Nicole’s Heart Art: Ultraviolet and using the colors in that kit as inspiration, I decided to also include her Everyday of the Year collection and That’s Life: Office Essentials. By limiting what I used I was able to figure out how to put together each card easily.
These kits worked so well for my April 5-9 page. I was able to use only these items and tell my story with the perfect papers and embellishments. All of my journaling is handwritten, but I found that I had issues with my pens not wanting to work very well after writing on the heavily printed cards (I’ve had good luck in the past on less saturated cards), so I’ll have to make a note to remember to compete my journaling on the computer with these more colorful cards in the future.
I am lucky that I have two fonts of my handwriting (print and cursive), but I do like to include my actual handwriting on some of these cards throughout the year.
For my June 14-21 page, I ended up adding Nicole’s Heart and Home kit for the sweet little houses and label on the Moving Day card, plus her Stamp Box Alpha for the title. These added just the perfect little touch to this story so I knew I had to use them. The only other item that I used on this page was Heather Joyce’s The Wood font. I used this for journaling on the Connected card and for creating the Huddle House title.
Since I already had such awesome coordinating items picked out, I decided to go ahead and make up a few cards for my 2012 album. I love the month stamps included in the Every Day of the Year Extras, so I knew I wanted to use one of those on a monthly header card. I also love the artsy feel of Nicole’s designs being used to talk about my daughter’s own work of art.
So yes, I’m “behind” and I’m still working on trying to remedy that. Every little thing I can do to make it easier on myself to complete that task certainly helps.
Like everything else in my life, my Project Life album is a work in progress. I always find it so much fun to switch things up when I find something that helps me finish my pages. Plus, I’m having so much fun capturing these meaningful snippets of our lives, even if I never get totally caught up.