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Posted 2/11/2013 by aobanion in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 475,224
July 2010
Posts: 179
Layouts: 40
Loc: Monroe, Ohio

Posted: 2/11/2013 4:00:49 PM
I was just wondered if anyone else is doing it monthly like I am. I'd love to see some videos or blog posts on this method instead of just weekly ones!


PeaNut 81,992
April 2003
Posts: 1,218
Layouts: 23
Loc: Jersey

Posted: 2/11/2013 4:05:11 PM
This is the way I am going but I haven't done a layout yet, still organizing


PeaNut 196,791
March 2005
Posts: 824
Layouts: 127
Loc: Roseville, CA

Posted: 2/11/2013 4:06:49 PM
I'm hoping to this year but I am not sure I took enough photos in January to even cover one two page spread! I just finished all of 2012 where I was doing weekly, so I think I was a little burned out. But I am hoping to pick it back up for monthly layouts this year.


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PeaNut 58,996
December 2002
Posts: 801
Layouts: 12
Loc: The City That Never Sleeps

Posted: 2/11/2013 4:51:07 PM
I'm doing it monthly. I'll PM you a link to an article I wrote about it for another website.

ETA: I'm having a hard time sending a PM, so I'll try later. If you can, try PMing me, and then I'll reply with the link.


PeaNut 70,488
February 2003
Posts: 3,259
Layouts: 187
Loc: Orlando, FL

Posted: 2/11/2013 6:22:32 PM
I am doing my PL spreads monthly now. I just did a blog post about it. Feel free to check it out!

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PeaNut 26,836
January 2002
Posts: 19,090
Layouts: 86

Posted: 2/11/2013 7:12:07 PM
I am. But unfortunately, my page protectors are still out in the postal delivery neverland waiting to make their way to me.

I have my photos, my album, and some kits made up to use with them, so I am just waiting for my package to arrive to start January.

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PeaNut 559,779
July 2012
Posts: 750
Layouts: 8
Loc: Seattle, WA, USA

Posted: 2/11/2013 10:05:31 PM
I do a two page spread for every 2 week period. That's about perfect for me to capture enough of the "everyday" but not so much that it's boring For us, a month would probably not be frequent enough and I'd only get the special occasion stuff that way.


PeaNut 84,507
May 2003
Posts: 196
Layouts: 3

Posted: 2/11/2013 10:15:30 PM
I am doing PL monthly and loving it. I don't mind looking at all the weekly stuff, I just modify it to meet my needs and I don't date everything.
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PeaNut 268,590
July 2006
Posts: 2,006
Layouts: 177
Loc: middle of a 3-boy circus

Posted: 2/11/2013 10:40:04 PM
I'm just starting out, but plan on letting PL expand and contract depending on how busy we are and how good I am at documenting the everyday that month. January is looking to be one page. So far, I'm thinking February might by more. We'll see.


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PeaNut 23,809
October 2001
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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:29:06 PM
I'm doing it monthly! Just starting PL. I haven't done January yet. I've been sick for almost 3 weeks but I plan to order my pictures this weekend and get started. I have an older kit I've never used and I'm going to just pull from my stash and the journaling cards from the kit I have. I am definitely going to blog about it when I get going on it but it will be next week. (


PeaNut 433,506
August 2009
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Posted: 2/12/2013 8:10:08 AM
Unfortunately, I don't have any pics/videos to share, but I am on year 4 of PL. The first two years, I did a picture-a-day. The last two years, I have switched over to a monthly format. At the end of each month, I typically do one layout, including inserts if I have extra pictures to include. If we have a special event/vacation/etc, I just add in another layout after my monthly layout. For example, we had a busy month in October, so I have several PL layouts:

- Oct 2012 (for random pics/stories from the month)
- close friend's wedding
- trip to visit family
- baby shower I hosted for best friend

I am finding that this method really allows me to highlight the bigger events during the month, instead of just choosing a few pictures. This style works for me, because it is how I tend to take pictures. I stick with BH Design A page protectors as the "base" of my album. Then, I add in other sizes as inserts, whenever needed.

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PeaNut 26,836
January 2002
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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:44:53 AM
I should clarify, that while I am scrapping one month at a time, I am doing more than one layout per month. I just don't want to keep weeks together. That's not the way I want to see the photos and stories.

Basically, I am grouping photos together the same way I did when scrapping traditional 12x12 or 8.5x11 pages, but with PL style pages.

So, one page might be of a few days, and the next just one afternoon.

But I am doing all of January's photos together, then February's etc..

So if I have 4 pics of my kids playing over the course of a month, they can all go together on one page. And if we took a walk one day and I took 6-8 photos, I can still put every one of them into a page if I want.

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PeaNut 108,542
September 2003
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Layouts: 0
Loc: ND

Posted: 2/12/2013 10:56:02 AM
I've been doing weekly spreads and 2 week spreads. It just depends on the week and what's going on. I don't take a photo a day unless there really is something worthwhile to take a picture of and document.

I make my PL album the family album for the year so I'll add in extra layouts, etc.


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PeaNut 521,220
September 2011
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Loc: Woodstock, GA

Posted: 2/12/2013 2:59:48 PM

I do a two page spread for every 2 week period. That's about perfect for me to capture enough of the "everyday" but not so much that it's boring For us, a month would probably not be frequent enough and I'd only get the special occasion stuff that way.

This is me, exactly. I have to say I have really enjoyed doing it this way, versus weekly. Last year I always felt a bit rushed, and now I have been able to take my time, be a bit more choosy about photos and to play around with some fun stamping and embellishing on journal cards.


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PeaNut 243,916
January 2006
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Layouts: 37
Loc: Texas!

Posted: 2/12/2013 5:18:45 PM
I'm actually going to mix monthly and weekly. Jan and Feb have been slow, so those are monthly, but March has a two week trip to Argentina, and my garden coming to life (I'm ridiculously plant loving), April and May will probably be monthly but from June to August will probably be weekly because so much happens in our summers. I don't know if it's "okay" or not to go back and forth between monthly and weekly, but I keep hearing that Project Life is about telling your story your own way, so that's what I'm doing.

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PeaNut 515,180
July 2011
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Layouts: 2

Posted: 2/12/2013 5:59:01 PM
I am still working on my 2012 . I used a monthly format. I think it was just too much stuff to pack into a 2 page layout. I often ran out of pockets or filled them all with photos and had no room for journaling. I just don't think it gave me enough room to capture a well rounded view of our year + the ever day.
I might try 2 pages per month for this year! I'm all ready getting behind! yikes.

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PeaNut 530,601
November 2011
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Posted: 2/12/2013 8:25:10 PM
I'm dividing my pages into months, but I'm adding pages as I take pictures. No stress, no pressure. So far I've done 18 pages(including 2 8x11 full page LOs for my DHs bday). I am in LOVE with doing it this way!

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