project life 2014 :: an update

project life 2014 :: an update

I’ve changed up a bit how I do Project Life this year. Last year I would often find myself struggling to cut down the number of photos from a week enough to fit one spread, or alternately (and much more rarely!) trying to find enough to fill a spread. While my weekly method was good at keeping me up to date, I decided to change it up a bit this year.

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I am working on a roughly monthly basis, but trying to get my photos printed weekly or fortnightly. I fill spreads based on the story of the photos, not based on dates. So while my album has dividers seperating the months, within that month I have a mix of dates depending on how the photos flow.

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I’ll confess I am behind – July is still not yet done as I was waiting on some professional photos from an event we attended. I have a CF card in my wallet full of photos to be printed -127, to be exact, that I edited yesterday, covering from mid September to mid October. Those four weeks shouldn’t take too long to pull into place. When I don’t have time, I keep it simple – cards, a bit of washi, maybe an embellishment or two (I’m still in love with wood veneers), but when I feel on top of it, I let myself play a bit more.LWD-7267-005

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Also new in the last couple of months is a Studio Calico* kit subscription. Up until this point, I have been quite OCD about only having the core kit and coordinating supplies in my album, but I am slowly loosening up! Thankfully so far, a lot of the SC kit supplies have coordinated nicely with my Honey edition kit.

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I will be talking more about the kits and how I use them later in the month, as well as how I plan to PL in 2015, once I have those thoughts together.
I have also started adding inserts this year – mainly 6×12″ where there is something I want to feature but doesn’t require a full spread, or to insert some longer journalling (such as in Beetle’s birth spread, where I printed the text from my Facebook announcement to include). This year, I am also including a 12×12 insert for each child with their birthday portraits as well as a letter from me that they can read when they are older (or not, if they are embarrassed by their sappy old mama).

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I’m still enjoying this style of memory keeping, even on the weeks when it is plain and I feel my spreads are uninspired, it is still prompting me to get my photos off the computer & into and album, and creating something for us to look back on.

 

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