Tuesday, February 26, 2013

project life monthly

It seems like the entire scrapbook industry has been bitten by the Project Life bug.
Everywhere I look online, there are people talking about Project Life....they are sharing their version.
Most of my favorite companies are now making products that fit into the 3x4 pockets - it's just everywhere.

When Project Life (PL) was first introduced - I have to admit - I was kind of irritated at Becky Higgins.
For years, she had promoted traditional scrapbooking and kind of been the head cheerleader for our team.
I felt like she was abandoning our wonderful craft and trying to go in a completely different direction.
The photo-every-day concept never interested me.
Not because my life is boring (it's certainly not) or because I don't like everyday photos (I do).
For ME - a photo a day just turns something I love into a chore.
For instance, I love my annual December Daily photo a day project but when it's done - whew, I'm glad!

I still kept an eye on Project Life and watched as it took a turn into a weekly format and as my favorite designers started doing it.
It became more interesting with everyone's unique interpretation. Some simple, some complex but all fun.
It really took on a life of its own and opened up new possibilities for documenting memories.
Still....I was not interested in the standard weekly format.
Then, I saw it. Several people shared their monthly version of Project Life!

Monthly? Two pages a month? Hmmm, I thought....maybe I could do this. Maybe I don't have any more excuses.
Maybe I should use that Project 365 kit I bought in 2009 instead of letting it and all my photos collect dust.

So I did! Thankfully I saw the monthly version just in time for the new year so I printed my January photos and I HAVE HAD THE BEST TIME EVER!!

So without further adieu - here it is!
I have a lot to say about the process, my plans for continuity and more but I've said enough today so I'll share my spread and a few thoughts and be back tomorrow to talk more about my process.....

I decided that my Project Life would be very photo centric since this is the entire month of January at a glance.
If I were going to scrap these pictures in a more traditional way - I would probably have done a layout about my husband's band debut.
The rest of the photos were just fun pictures that I probably wouldn't have ended up printing for a specific purpose.
I'm realizing what has kept me from scrapbooking for so many years.
I got tired of doing all the big events over and over (like birthdays) and there are so many everyday photos, it's almost hard to know where to start.
I take A LOT of pictures now that I have my iPhone with me everywhere so trying to scrap every picture I take would just not be doable.
This process forced me to make some good decisions about which photos truly told the story of our month.

Here's a close up of each side and some of the sections because as I looked online for inspiration, I wanted to see things closer and usually couldn't....
Title was cut on my Silhouette Cameo using Lavenderia, my favorite font.
Someone was in the photo behind my head so I used a really old Heidi Swapp piece to cover them.
That's my beautiful sister with me (on the left).
I can already see the dust inside each pocket - that concerns me. I will wipe it out and hope it stays out!
I stamped the left chipboard piece with an Ali Edwards stamp and StazOn.
The journaling above goes with these photos....


My favorite thing about the spread is how colorful it is.
I really want this project to be happy and fun and cheerful.

Well hey, thanks for checking it out! I'll be back tomorrow with some thoughts on the process!


Jasmine said...

Great look - fantastic that you are doing 'every day life' ...I have yet to pick up the PL thing, but it does keep presenting itself...lol

emily said...

I really like how you did this. A month is do-able for me. Daily or even weekly feels like a chore. I did a week-in-the-life once...and never finished that! I just found it too tedious for how i work. But this will be such a great thing for you to look back on in years to come!

Unknown said...

Looks great! I love that little picture of the mini.

Tammy said...

Your layout turned out great! Monthly is so very doable. Love that you'd fully embraced the process! :)

Julia said...

You did a spectacular job!!! I love all the bits you used to make the pages your own!!

Anonymous said...

Great job. I love your cards.

Crystal Schneider said...

I really like how you did this it looks great.

LB whosthischick said...

I think it is a great idea to do monthly...as an empty nester I have a hard time coming up with events each week. Great pages.

Fleursbydesign said...

Love the monthly PL spread, something I think most people could manage :)

Briana Johnson said...

This is truly awesome, Tracie. I love so much of what you've done and said here! I adore your January card. Everything is so balanced and colorful and the perfect amount of details visually. That is the best picture of the service at your church - I love how happy everyone is. I must agree with you about looking at pics of our daughters - funny how it can almost hurt to see them growing up. I can't wait to see what you'll share next!

Briana Johnson said...

PS - I like that you have pictures of you in here. Sounds funny, I but I'm serious. I am a little camera shy and I must change that.

Bev said...

hi, i found your blog though doris' meandering. your project is lovely. i am in the midsts of reorganizing my craft room. i would love for you to stop by my blog sometime.
new follower bev