Loc: Twin Cities, MN
|Posted: 1/30/2013 1:21:25 PM|
Since November I have been stressing about my PL plans for this year. Last year was my first year of doing PL, and I went with the WRMK 12x12 album and various page protectors. I did manage to keep up through November and then December was so busy I just slapped it all together quickly.
ANYWAY, it's just DH and myself (no kids). I felt like it was really a stretch to fill the 12x12 pages every week. I've been following the threads here trying to come up with the perfect album for 2013. The Snap album is too small, and I am not thrilled with the page protector options for the WRMK 8.5 x 11 album. Stress, stress, and more stress.
Finally last night I had a light bulb moment. I am going to keep the 12 x 12 size and use it as both PL and a scrapbooking/art journal. I love making my own cards for the page protectors, using my embellishments and washi tape...so why not use the extra spaces to make fun scrappy pieces and leave it be?
I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders! Looking back it seems like that was the obvious solution, but honestly it wasn't. I was stressing myself out because I'm trying to be like everyone else and fill my pages with tons of photos. Sure, some weeks I do have more than enough photos, but most of the time not so much.
So anyway, I just wanted to share in case anyone is feeling the same was as I have been.
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
Loc: New York
|Posted: 1/30/2013 1:28:42 PM|I'm in the same boat. This is my first year doing project life and I really do enjoy it. It's funny though because like you I think I tend to enjoy embellishing the little pockets on my own rather than filling them all with pictures. I can only do so many pictures of my little kitty since I have no kids and we don't live near our family and friends. I think you can make project life your own, it's what you want to document. This layout is one that inspires me when it comes to decorating a pocket on it's own. I had so much fun with this year in review layout embellishing each "pocket" month.
365-Year in review
Loc: Chicago, IL
|Posted: 1/30/2013 1:31:14 PM|
Not sure how PL works, is it one week per 2 page spread? If so, couldn't you do a week on just one 12x12 page instead of two? Then you get 2 years in one album, no?
Sugar Snap Pea
|Posted: 1/30/2013 1:48:21 PM|
You might want to check out Karen Grunberg's blog (I think that is how you spell her name)---karenika --because she includes her own artwork in some of the pockets.
|"Some people should exercise their compassion a little more and their mouth a little less."-- Burning Feather|
Loc: The Granite State
|Posted: 1/30/2013 1:57:15 PM|That's the beauty of Project Life. I can be anything YOU want it to be
Both my daughters 12 & 16 are doing PL albums this year and they are having a great time, adding their artwork and favorite quotes as well as photos they take on their phones.
|Posted: 1/30/2013 7:13:30 PM|
I just did 2 12 x 12 pages per month, and that was about the right amount for me. This year I am thinking about switching up formats but haven't decided yet. PL does encourage me to get more day to day pictures - and that's the most important thing.
I really like the idea of playing around with some of the spaces to try new techniques or just for fun.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 1/30/2013 7:51:57 PM|
I am doing the PL style album, but I am not doing weekly layouts.
I am going to scrap all of January's photos at once, since it is a slow month for me. I will arrange the photos any way I want so long as all of January's pictures land in the "January" section.
I have my layouts planned. I have no layout at all for the first week. Then I have a 2 page spread all for one day.
Then I have misc. pics of kids playing all on one layout. The common factor is simply the month of January.
And this is how I plan to continue. Most months I will have more than 4 two-page spreads, but as it turns out, I do have only 4 for January, despite doing things in a non-tradition PL way.
Feb. will likely be the same.
March & April I will guess will more likely have 6 two-page spreads each.
Basically I want to use this approach for all of our photos this year.
Loc: Colorado, but a Texan at heart
|Posted: 1/30/2013 10:03:18 PM|
Brickle - I love your year-in-review page!
And I totally agree with having fun with PL and making it your own.
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Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
|Posted: 1/30/2013 11:22:28 PM|
That is an awesome idea! I honestly feel that the smaller pockets make it so easy to try out new artsy ideas. I do use a lot of photos, but that just saves time for me.
Loc: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
|Posted: 1/31/2013 12:21:23 AM|I love a good epiphany.
I am loving hearing all the different ideas for PL. So many things to try out this year! I'm sure I won't have any trouble thinking of ideas, more like I won't have enough life to document
|Posted: 1/31/2013 6:44:44 AM|I think that's a great idea! I'm in the same boat as you - my sons are grown, and there's just not much going on around here day-to-day, so the 2-page spread for one week is just way too much for me to do.
Last year I thought I'd do the monthly roundup thing, but as soon as the new year rolled around, promptly forgot about it. I think I'll revisit that idea and do something similar to what you suggest. Great epiphany!
|Posted: 1/31/2013 7:03:43 AM|
I love your year in review layout!!! It is so cute!!
Wishing I was in Ireland
Loc: Minneapolis, MN
|Posted: 1/31/2013 10:12:17 AM|
I'm an empty -nester myself, and my only child lives in another state. I'm in a new city where I don't know a lot of people yet, and I'm currently not working. So my life is fairly dull day to day. But I still take lots of photos. Of food, my cat, places I go, my first winter in Minnesota...Project Life is more a catch-all for all my photos than anything else. If I have a few weeks where I don't take many photos and not much was going on, I just combine those weeks into one layout. There's not a lot of journaling in my PL--just enough to identify what's going on in the photos or why I took them.
I'm doing PL digitally because its just so much easier to keep up that way! There's no printing! At the end of the year, it all goes into a Blurb book.
"All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke
|Posted: 1/31/2013 10:31:40 AM|
I decided to do one 12x12 page for each week...with 52 weeks in a year that means 26 page protectors. By doing one page there isn't too much to fill in if I only take a couple of pics per week and can accomodate many depending on size I print at. I will probably a a couple filler pages at the end for any miscellaneous that I want to include for events/holidays/travel that I don't have enough room for in that particular week...whatever works for whatever position the creator of the album is in in their life I guess lol.
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Running the Marathon, Not the Sprint
|Posted: 1/31/2013 10:41:04 AM|
That's what I've been doing this year - Project Life on a weekly basis with scrapbooking and mixed media art cards are combined. It rocks!