Year Long Projects- Share yours here!
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Dancingfish
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Posted: 1/1/2013 4:29:17 PM
For the past two years I have done PL as my year long project. Last year I also took part in Karen Grunbergs "Reclaiming my Time" I am not sure what I want to do for 2013. There seems to be alot of fun projects out there.

I just got reminded about Documented. And then I saw on a blog FIVE (taking 5 pictures on the 5th of each month), and A MONTH IN REVIEW. Of course there is OLW.

Do you have a year long project that you are doing? or one that you just finished?



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Posted: 1/1/2013 4:38:43 PM
vicki - what's documented

i'm doing plife and my own version of olw.



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Posted: 1/1/2013 4:48:08 PM
natlhol just posted about Documented on an earlier thread. Here is it from Shimelles blog


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Posted: 1/1/2013 4:55:42 PM
I think Documented is the year-long project Shimelle did in 2010 that there's a thread about. I know I've heard Shimelle herself say she doesn't like PL style projects--that she finds that she ends up telling the stories she wants to tell doing her regular LOs...and she's so prolific, I can easily see how that's the case for her!

I'm going to do PL again, but scale it back. I've always done it as a month-in-review type album as opposed to pic-a-day, but this is year 4 doing PL for me and I don't like having to take up two albums per year.I already have a full shelf just for PL albums! I think the trick to doing this for me will be to do more collage type prints to put more pictures in so I can use fewer page protectors. We'll see how that works out.

I also "binge scrap" when I work on my PL....I work full time and have 3 kids, so I take tons of pictures and have tons of ephemera to include, but things pile up until I have time to work on it. For instance, I'm picking up my pictures for October-December tomorrow and will finish up that album this weekend. I'll take pics and collect stuff for Jan-Feb, but realistically it will be Presidents' Day until I get that done, then spring break, then summer. So I don't even worry about being "behind"....it's a year long project but I work on it in 4 to 6 big batches of time.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 4:59:49 PM
Meridon- I know what you mean about having too many albums. I incorporated my layouts into PL last year and I have two albums already and haven't scrapped half the year. I refuse to have a separate album for PL and a separate album for "family" so whatever I end up doing it will have to be all inclusive.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 5:23:21 PM

I know I've heard Shimelle herself say she doesn't like PL style projects

I basically found it's not ideal for me for two reasons...

The first is the easy part that I just enjoy making lots of 12x12 pages and as long as that's what I enjoy, I don't think it's good for me to completely change that just 'because'. I make lots of 12x12 pages, I like that design format, I like how my albums come together and how I can bounce from year to year to topic to topic without ever feeling like I have a deadline. That just works well for me - obviously everyone's process is different!

The second part is what I learnt through document:2010. I started the project with lots of energy and hope and everything was going so well and then that year kicked me in the teeth. Nothing like committing to scrapbooking twelve months of real life and posting it to the internet then trying to figure out how to scrapbook a year I truly remember as four things: my husband and I both losing our jobs, and two of the most important people in my entire life losing battles with horrible, horrible diseases. There's a reason why we ended up locking the door and backpacking for four months starting at the end of 2010: we'd had enough and didn't know what to do. We can talk all we want about keeping it real, but I had no desire to keep working on that project when my personal feeling was that it just forced me to stare at the blank page bargaining with the universe for it being unfair. Essentially, it is not the most uplifting album I have ever created, and it was the hardest to just sit down and paste together.

HOWEVER!!! If I hadn't had the pressure to share all those pages with the world (because Document:2010 was a year-long commitment I had made to the website that was sponsoring the project), I would have just taken the pages for the months I did want to complete, moved them into my more standard album for that year and not a soul would have known that I had abandoned the project when things got too dark for happy documenting. What we can all take away from this: don't promise to the internet that you are going to have the happiest year of all time!!!!

I hope that gives a little context. You know I *love* documenting through scrapbooking!!! Sometimes it's just important to know you can change a project as you go along. That makes it a lot less intimidating. It is TOTALLY GOOD AND FINE AND WELL to skip a week or a month or just do some months or whatever works for you. No apologies - just keep to the stuff you enjoy and if it starts to feel like work or stress, then let. it. go.

BTW - one that was less-intense I did a year or two earlier was 'scrap your day'. On the 25th of every month (pick whatever day you want - but I wanted December to be Christmas) take pictures all day and print them small so you can put them all on one page or two page spread. At the end of the year, handy little snapshot of real life! (And you don't have to take a zillion pictures. The 12 on the 12th idea is a bit more popular now and a dozen photos of everyday life covers quite a lot over the course of the year!)

Good luck with all your year-long projects!!


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Posted: 1/1/2013 6:38:49 PM
I have done the 12 of 12 challenge the last few years. You take 12 pictures on the 12th day of every month. I'm actually looking for a new challenge myself besides PL. I don't seem to ever follow through with OLW.

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Posted: 1/1/2013 6:43:30 PM
Shimelle- Good advice! I think we all need to remember why we scrap and when its not working for us we need to make changes--


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Posted: 1/1/2013 8:21:52 PM
Vicki, I did the 12 on the 12th. this year and I loved it. but am going to be doing my own OLW with the group of Peas. Good luck deciding






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Posted: 1/1/2013 9:10:57 PM
I did Second Saturday (a twist on 12 on the 12th) and I'll do it again this year.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 10:55:31 PM
I did 12 on 12 last year. I don't think I will do that again. I did PL when it was called Project 365 in 2009. I got through October and missed scrapbooking regular 12x12 pages.

I am contemplating taking 52 self portraits this year. photos of me are few and far between (I'm the family photographer). Not sure how I will scrapbook them or if I will. One of my resolutions for this year is to do more self-care/love. I think this will fit in nicely...especially since I don't usually like the way I look in photographs.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 11:25:37 PM
I just signed up for Kerri Bradford's History Project, and I'm doing some sort of PL.


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Dancingfish
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Posted: 1/2/2013 2:01:22 PM
Christi- Second Saturday sounds fun... knowing me I would start planning fun things for that date just to get good photos.

I am actually thinking that I might do a play on 2013 and showcase 13 things that happened each month. Doing a monthly review.


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