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!

12 comments:

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
Jazz
alittledabofglue.blogspot

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!

Christine Cieri 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!!

senoritaml said...

Great job. I love your cards.

Crystal said...

I really like how you did this it looks great.

LauraB 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.
http://www.blackinkpaperie.blogspot.com
thanks
new follower bev