It’s been a while… Brief Project Life update


Well, keeping up a blog is work, plain and simple and it’s not just work, it’s creatively inspired work.  Thus, when the creative mojo is sparse or non-existent, it’s damn near impossible to get the fingers to the keyboard.  It’s been about two and a  half months since I have taken the time or have been inspired to sit down and write something here, which is ok, I don’t have a hyped up following that is chomping at the bit to read what I will type next, so I am safe for now.  There are however; a number of bloggers whose pages I have become accustomed to reading every day, those bloggers are not allowed to go on hiatus for months at a time! But I am a “baby blogger” so I am not going to feel too guilty about my absence. For those of you that do read when I write I am thankful for you and hope that my sporadic nature doesn’t take away from your enjoyment of my posts!

Project Life:

Well, it’s going.  It’s going really well at times and then slow and then swell and back again.  Which, with a project like this is to be expected.  One thing is for sure, I still love it and I have no intentions of abandoning it or not completing it.  I have visions of beautiful book shelves filled with Project Life Albums.  My kids will love them someday (my future kids that is) and I know that it will bring my husband and I joy to look back through them as we get older.  All of that being said, it is a time commitment and I would say that it is probably wise for any and all “Rookie Project Lifers” like myself to approach the first year as a complete and total experiment.  I am STILL, almost 5 months in, figuring out what does and doesn’t work for me and what exactly Project Life means to me.

Things like:

Do I want to include memorabilia within my pages? or do I want to save those things for Smashbooks? Or has the streamlined method and look of Project Life changed my mentality all together and now I just want to focus on pictures and journaling?

What is my style? will my style keep changing or will I eventually fall into a rhythm? is falling into a rhythm the same as being lazy and will I be happy with my pages if/when I do find a rhythm?

Do I really like core kits? or do I just like to make my own cards or subscribe to the kits from Studio Calico? or just print the digital kits?

Do I want to stay committed to majority handwritten journaling or do I want to start incorporating more typed/printed text?

Do I like “brushes” on my photos or no?

Will I ever learn how to use the Silhouette Cameo? and if I do, what kinds of things will I use it for for Project Life?

Inserts and embellishments or no?  Right now they seem necessary but, at this rate there will be at least two if not three albums PER YEAR… That’s a REALLY BIG BOOKSHELF we’re talkin’ about in only a few years LOL!

Things I do know:

I do seriously LOVE, having this record of our lives.  I find myself wishing I had been doing it all along and Becky Higgins posts success stories of people going back and documenting their lives on a regular basis, so, maybe that will happen some day.

I like randomness.  Matchy matchy throughout a whole album is probably never going to be my style, but I will say that I like the idea for albums that are based on a theme such as a baby album or wedding album, I can see the cohesiveness making more sense in those situations.  I am contemplating using a blend of core kits to put together a wedding album for Don and I.  So I guess I still do desire some variety lol.

I am not committed to always using the 12×12 format, I have seen a number of examples of people using different sizes such as 8×10 and 8×11 and I think I am more attracted to rectangles than squares, but we shall see how that goes.

I just recently stumbled upon annmarielovespaper and LOVE her style, this is a great example of what is generally more aesthetically pleasing to me:

Love this!

One issue that would arise for me if I switched to this kind of format would be photo selection as it is already very difficult for me to whittle my photos down for each week and I don’t think re-sizing them will be solution enough. For now I am happy and committed to sticking with the 12×12 albums for the first full year.

I am not nearly as obsessed about rounding corners as I thought I would be.  Now this could be because I have let myself get behind so my priorities have shifted towards completion rather than “perfection”.  I’m not ruling out the possibility that I may eventually crack and go back and round every single corner, but for now, my corners are random and that’s just fine by me.

More on getting behind.

At first, around the time of my “Deep Thoughts of a Rookie Project Lifer Part 1” post, I was up to date, working at the end of each week on the week that came before and while that was working, it was also a bit… frustrating.  I found myself wanting more to work on and also wishing that my Studio Calico kits were already there for me to use, so I decided to intentionally let myself get 2-3 weeks behind so that I could use the SC kits when I wanted to and also so that there would be more to work on at once.  It was good in theory for about two weeks and then…. LIFE HAPPENED!  One event, sickness, new car purchase, maternity shoot, Netflix marathon led to another and before I knew it I was 6 weeks behind RAPIDLY approaching 7.  That was NOT a good feeling.  I started to panic and flail around in the quicksand of my craft room and quickly had visions of writing my “I Failed at Project Life” post.  But, after I let myself have a breakdown I pulled myself together, organized my photos, all in one night, printed them two nights later and then WENT TO WORK for a day and a half.  I would guesstimate that I spent probably about 16-20 hours that week catching up on Project Life.  Now that’s A LOT of time BUT, that averages out to a little under three hours a week for the 6-7 weeks that I was behind which is about how much time I was spending when I was doing it week to week.  Plus, all of those hours were enjoyable for me, I love working on Project Life and working with photos on the computer, it’s stress relief in and of itself even though not having kept up with it was what was really stressing  me out.

A couple of months ago Don and I went to a baby shower for some very sweet friends of ours who were expecting their first (and only) child, baby Ty.  I decided that I was going to give them what I wanted them to have and not so much what they picked out at Buy Buy Baby, I mean, that’s what friends are for right?  So, I ordered them the Project Life Core Kit Baby for Him edition, a 50 pack of Project Life pages, a We R Memory Keepers Album and a Canon Selphy printer.  They seemed pretty excited about it and the handsome little man has since arrived (he was born last Friday) which just happened to be the day that I assembled her album for her, perfect timing!  So I am hopeful that she will keep up with it, at least for the first year and honestly if she does, how could she not fall in love with the concept and want to keep on going? Right?… We shall see.  I will be dedicating an entire post to the baby album putting together process and when I do I will link it up here.  For now, here is a sneak peek at what that whole process entails:

Project Life Baby Album

I will just say that before you offer your services in this particular area, make sure you truly do love the person you are doing it for because it is quite a bit of work and also that you have a VERY large space to work in!

That’s all for now on the Project Life front, I will continue to work on part 2 of my “Deep Thoughts of a Rookie Project Lifer” post and hope to post it in May sometime.



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