Monday, March 17, 2014

Project Life: Weeks 1 - 9

Project life
My supplies - stickers, date stamp, stamp pad, Midnight Edition Core Kit, journaling cards, scissors, pen, corner rounder and Heritage Edition cloth album.

Week 1
1 - 5 January 2014

Week 2
6 - 12 January 2014
Week 3
13 - 19 January 2014

Week 4
20 - 26 January 2014

Week 5
27 January - 2 February 2014

Week 6
 27 January 2014 / 3 - 9 January 2014

Week 7
10 - 16 February 2014

Week 8
17 - 23 February 2014

Week 9
24 February - 2 March 2014

I've been meaning to share my Project Life album with you since I first began it at the start of the year, but until yesterday, I still didn't have an actual album to put my pages in. My local craft shop has finally restocked their albums, and now my pages have a home.

I have gotten in to a rhythm each Sunday evening of going over the photos from the week, editing them and uploading them to an online printing site (I use Harvey Norman because it is convenient to me). I pick them up from the shop on our way to the weekly family dinner, to save on postage, and eagerly cut them up and slip them in their places once we get home again. 

To make the smaller images, I use and this tutorial to print two 3 x 4 images on a normal 4 x 6 print. I also use collage to put the white bars beside the instagram images. I draw a little map of where the images will go and tuck them in to an empty page while I wait for the photos to be printed, and often write the journaling cards and stamp the dates on one of the printed cards at the same time. I keep a note in my diary of what has happened each day, or funny things the kids have said, that I want to record in the album.

When I started I decided on a week to an opening, which has been working well for all but one spread of the nine. This worked out anyway, as I had enough photos for three pages for week 5, but only enough photos for one page for week 6. 

Already I am enjoying being able to flick back over the year and see all these little, wonderful snippets from our everyday life. I was a bit worried about whether I could make the commitment, but I'm less worried now, as I am enjoying how simple it is. I've realised I just like to keep the pages simple and not use many embellishments, but include things like the Valentine's card and paper flower Cohen made us. I wanted it to be less 'scrapbooky', more photo album with notes, where the layout of the photos helps tell the story. 

I love how it reminds me to document our everyday, to stop and take notice of all that happened in the week past.


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