Can someone please explain Project Life to me?

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Posted 1/8/2013 by lizzlecat in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:17:27 AM
I may have been hiding for the past year or so, but Project Life has totally passed me by. Can someone please explain this to me and how it differs, if indeed it does, to general scrapping of day to day events.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:23:20 AM
My version of Project Life, or Project 365 as I first heard it called, is to take a photo each day and then scrapbook it. Many people use a system of page protectors with pockets for the photos and journaling cards.

Personally I prefer to scrap my photos on traditional pages. Then I mix in my regular pages in the same album. Here is a link to what I did in 2010 for Project Life. I'm doing it again this year and will have a page and video every week or two using different page formats. (I should have the first video up tomorrow or Thurs.)

A Photo a Day scrapped the traditional way

Even if you don't do a formal Project Life album, taking the photos really gives you a stash of pictures for your scrapbooking.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:29:59 AM
Hi Lisa

Thanks for replying, I think it confirms my thoughts that it is the same as 'normal' scrapping, but that it picks up everything and not just the 'special' stuff in your life.

Any more thoughts on this would be great!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:33:30 AM
This blog post by Becky Higgins is one of the best explanations that I've seen:

blog post for PL newbies

It is what YOU want it to be. It doesn't have to be a photo a day, or weekly spreads. It's an easier (if you WANT it to be) to scrapbook. Some people combine it with traditional 12x12 spreads. Some people don't care about keeping movie ticket stubs or coffee cup wraps or whatever. Again, it's whatever makes sense to YOU!

Personally, I've implemented divided page protectors into my scrapbooks for the past year, but only this past week actually "did" Project Life. I think it will be one of my family's favorite albums, even though it's uber-simple, because it's CURRENT and about the things they care about right now. I've always scrapped everyday things, but it's nice to be able to put just a picture or two of something with a small notation when it's something that doesn't really need its own layout.

I don't do a picture a day. Some days I might not have any pictures, and some days I might include 5 or more. For me, it's more about capturing the feel of the week, and sometimes more happens on one day than another. This past week we celebrated my son's birthday, so I actually had four pages instead of two. That will be an exception rather than the norm, but I'm not stressing about it. I'm just happy at the thought of staying CURRENT while the memories are fresh while I'm still slogging through my old photos and "catching up."

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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:17:40 PM
Hi Tinkgumby

Thank you for your very informative reply. I think you have confirmed my thoughts that this is scrapping the norm as well as the special, which is pretty much what I do anyway, just not with such regularity. Maybe now is when I should make a start. I generally take photos of everything and a hing, so I have lots to use.

If anyone has any more to add, ease feel free.



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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:37:19 PM
I have been doing Project Life in the picture-a-day format since 2010 and you're right, it's like normal scrapbooking without all the pressure some people feel about the frills. That said, I love scrapbooking and I still scrapbook traditionally, but what Project Life has allowed me to do is capture the stories, quotes, small happenings that just aren't quite enough for a full layout.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 1:40:30 PM
it helps me by being able to catch a photo or just a story in a small 3x4 area which gives me the freedom to capture alot of those "little things" that probably wouldn't have seemed important enough to devote a whole layout too. It's changed my thinking in catching just simple everyday things



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Posted: 1/8/2013 4:21:52 PM
It really is whatever you want it to be. I did the traditional photo a day in 2009 and it wasn't for me - I didn't enjoy taking photos of "stuff" just to have a photo down. Since then, I have been using it as a catch-all for all those little life moments that really don't warrant an entire scrapbook page - my youngest falling asleep during bedtime stories, the dog chewed up a package, my oldest with his face covered in scotch tape (don't ask). I would never do an entire page with these events - which all happened in the same week - but one picture and a quick journal is easy to document. Some weeks may have 1 page, others may have 4, depending on what goes on. It's really cut down on the number of layouts I do now, and I'm thinking of working retroactively now for the years prior to help "catch up" on all those unscrapped photos! I still document the bigger events - birthdays, etc - with traditional layouts tho.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 4:24:48 PM
Hi IAmMikki and nikka27

Thank you for your thoughts in this, it is good to know that I have grasped the basics. I am certainly looking to give this a go this year and think it will also be a way for me to use some of the stash that has been hanging around for too long (which, of course, means that I will then be able to buy more.)


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Posted: 1/9/2013 2:32:45 AM
Hi wookiemouse

Thank you for your help with this. I think I am all set now and will start a regular album for the general 'stuff'. First thing seems to be to get some divided page protectors and then cut up some of my existing stash to use.

Thank you everyone for your help.



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Posted: 1/9/2013 7:23:30 AM
I think I like Wookiemouse's idea. I don't like the whole photo a day thing. I don't want to take a photo each day. I think I would if I still had toddlers. I take tons of photos of gatherings, holidays, vacations, events, pretty or funny things I see, and its all I can do to keep up scrapping those (I'm 2 years behind!).


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