I finally found my Project Life groove and in doing so have come to LOVE this project.
I’ve been keeping the layouts really simple in the interest of catching up, doing little more than varying the page protectors depending on the orientation/number of pictures and ephemera I have for the week. I’ve also kept the journaling pretty basic. In doing so, I shocked myself and was able to get three weeks done in one week (and two weeks have extra inserts)!
Because my pictures didn’t fit in chronological order, I used yellow circle stickers to label each photo with the date. On the left side, I included some ephemera: in the second row, a thank-you card I received from the person whose neighborhood is pictured in that day’s photo and an invitation for the event that is captured in the photo in the last row.
I also included a divided 6×12 page protector that holds three 4×6 photos. In it, I included a picture of some supplies I bought at Michaels that week (I just really liked the picture), an email I had written for work, one of Hubby’s Facebook statuses, and an overview of the weather.
I think one great benefit of this project will be putting fewer photos in my Library of Memories storage binders. There are definitely pictures I want to duplicate and use on layouts in my LOM albums, but I think the vast majority will wind up in my Project Life album and never get reprinted for LOM triage.
As with any new project, there’s a learning curve to this. After completing layouts for these weeks, I realize that I really need to put some sort of simple filing system in place for any ephemera I might use in my Project Life album. I want to get a bit more organized with the supplies I’m frequently pulling from my stash for this project. And finally, if I’m going to continue blogging this project (which I hope you all will indulge me in doing) I need to learn patience in taking photos of my finished pages. I get SO excited when I finish a page that I just HAVE to take a picture of it then and there. Often, this is when the light is coming through the windows in my scrapping area directly onto my work space, causing that obnoxious glare, for which I apologize. It would probably also be a good idea to take a few close-ups of journaling and the like.
It feels so good to be documenting our memories more consistently (doing so has even gotten me putting together some digital scrapbook pages again!). I’m not sure this is the type of album that our friends will necessarily want to spend time looking at when they come over, but I know that we will enjoy it for years – and hopefully generations – to come.