|Posted: 12/4/2012 11:04:00 AM|I spent this weekend working on another Project Life spread. They are fun to do, but very time consuming. And, I'm two weeks behind already! Then, of course, Saturday started the 25 Days of Christmas project, although the only thing I've done for that is my intro page.
Those of you who keep up with it all, how do you do it?
My project links to my blog are above if you want more details or to see my little video, but I'll share the two Project Life pages here.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 12/4/2012 11:15:24 AM|I keep my PL pages simple, by mainly sticking to the kit. I also don't do other albums like December Daily. Everything goes into 1 album. If I need to add in extra pages for a particular event then I do. Life is busy with 3 kids and I needed to simplify my scrapbooking.
You pages are great btw.
"When was the last time you did something for the 1st time?"
Loc: Orlando, FL
|Posted: 12/4/2012 11:49:32 AM|Your pages are great!
How do I keep up? I don't. I haven't touched my PL album since August, but I do take the photos, I keep a weekly plan of things I'm doing that will go into my album and I save internet photos or screen captures from my iPhone. I will catch up my album when I print a big pile of photos.
I find that it doesn't take that long to catch up a couple of months when I do it all at the same time. I know that doesn't work for some people - they want it done ASAP or feel it will never get done. But for me personally, if I spend time every week doing it, I spend way more time on each spread. I don't know why that is. I may tinker with something for 20 minutes when I'm just working on that week's spread. But when I work on 6-8 weeks at a time, I'm a machine. Putting things where they go, adding this bit or that, and pushing to get it done.
Loc: Colorado, but a Texan at heart
|Posted: 12/4/2012 12:12:29 PM|
Ditto what Tammy said!
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Loc: Halifax, NS, Canada
|Posted: 12/4/2012 1:40:40 PM|
I don't have any great advice for keeping up other than what's already been said, but I wanted to just say that after taking a look at your blog and your video, your PL is awesome! I love all the attention to detail you gave every little pocket. It looks like you're having fun with it, but that probably explains why you're having trouble keeping up with it all. I feel that way all the time and my PL is much plainer than yours. It was cool to hear you talk about doing PL for your last year in your forties. I turned 39 in December 2011 (you know what THAT means for me this year....) and that is exactly why I decided to do PL in 2012. Now I'm almost done i'm so glad I documented the last year of my 30s! I did have to sacrifice a few other projects (no Mini albums most of the year and no DD for me, but I still did 12 x12 layouts most weeks). Next year will be a less intense PL for me, only documenting a few things here and there, but you've totally inspired me to focus more on the details for PL next year. I bet it will feel like less of a chore when I'm able to really get creative with it like you have here. Thanks for sharing, and good luck finding your balance for PL this year!
Loc: Halifax, NS, Canada
|Posted: 12/4/2012 1:43:59 PM|
Oh, and PS, I did find that the PL spreads got quicker as I got used to doing them, so you might just need to find your groove!
|Posted: 12/4/2012 11:55:09 PM|
I love all the attention to detail you gave every little pocket. It looks like you're having fun with it, but that probably explains why you're having trouble keeping up with it all.
You hit the nail on the head! I am having fun with it, for sure, but it's gobbling up my time. And, like your last post...yes, I do need to find my groove. Maybe it will get easier.
Loc: La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Posted: 12/5/2012 1:44:04 AM|I am crazy far behind -- I just went through my vol. 2 album (not that vol. 1 is totally finished), and I only have THREE weeks where I've finished everything, ie. all photos, embellishing, and journaling, between July 1 and now. Yikes. I'm going to use my daughter's naptime (during which I am praying she actually has a nap!) tomorrow to finish several weeks' worth of journaling. My plan for next year -- and this may help you too -- is to set myself a personal deadline (thinking maybe Tuesday night the following week) to get the previous week's pages done. If I have minimal time, the pages will be simple. If I have more time to play with the embellishing, that is what I will do. But I don't want to be sweating months later, trying to remember what happened, while trips and other events go unrecorded. (A lot of the weeks that are blank in my albums are the weeks when our family was traveling.) I will also endeavour to clean up after myself after each "bout" of crafting. When I have a mess in my space, I stay away, and then no Project Life gets done!
|"Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past." - James Joyce|
|Posted: 12/5/2012 2:30:48 AM|
I'm going to use my daughter's naptime (during which I am praying she actually has a nap!)
This made me laugh because I have the same thing with my boy...but he's a cat! He is so spoiled (my Chinchilla Persian you will see in many of my layouts). Well, he's like a little baby human always trying to get my attention and "talk" to me. He follows me around constantly. I even have to hand feed him (health issues in the past and special foods he didn't like and wouldn't eat, so now I've been doing this for at least 8 years several times/day...but that's a whole other story).
Anyway, my point is, there are times when he comes and bugs me in my craft room (it's a loft, so I can't shut a door to keep him out). He literally follows me around meowing and complaining until I go feed him or play with him or whatever he wants. And, later at night, if he wants to go into bed for the night, he'll start bugging me until I go... that cuts my crafting short! So when he's sleeping (naptime!) I feel like every other mother who can take time for herself and not be bothered. It can be so bad sometimes that I literally will not do something that might wake him up! It's crazy, I know. But he's my boy and I love him and I can't be locking him in a bedroom all day. What kind of a life would that be for him? So I adjust.!
|Posted: 12/5/2012 6:41:14 AM|
When I did it a photo a day in 2011 I only used the kit and it was super easy to do. 2012 I went to a monthly approach and using the simple stories year.o.graphy line and still fairly easy to do. I try to really keep it simple.
Stuck In The 80's!
|Posted: 12/5/2012 7:12:25 AM|I am WAY behind on my PL right now (like August behind!), but I'm determined not to give it up! Like you, I love to embellish my pictures & journaling cards, but mine isn't nearly as fancy as yours I will catch up, I will catch up, I WILL catch up! Even if it takes me 1/2 of next year to do it, lol
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