Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Project Life 2015 Plans

I have seen a lot of the blogs that I follow (religiously!) posting lately about their 2015 Project Life plans, which has got me thinking about my own plans of how I want to tackle my Project Life album this year. So here goes:

Weekly vs. Monthly

I did a weekly album in 2012 for my first year. Since David was born in December of 2011, it was a great way to document his first year and I really, really, REALLY appreciate having details of watching him grow week by week. It is also what really made me fall in love the Project Life documenting process. But I have no idea how I actually finished that album, especially with a newborn in tow! I also missed having some traditional layouts and did not feel the PL album was the place to house these, like a lot of others do. 

So in 2013, I switched to a monthly format and loved it! It is not overwhelming trying to complete, and I still get some of those details documented in at least a snapshot format. I am getting photos of our life in an album that I never would have scrapped before, or even if I wanted to do a traditional layout for, may have never found the time to. I continued this in 2014, though I am still working on getting that year together. What I find missing from this format is that I go back and try and complete these later. I can remember some of the who, what, when, where, why details, but what I can’t remember is the cute things David said, or what he is currently learning, or what struggles and joys we went through during that month. I know when I look back on these, I will appreciate the photos but will miss the little details. 

So my plan for 2015 is to continue with the monthly format, adding inserts as needed, and make sure to journal stories as soon as they pop in my head. My phone is pretty much always with me, so I am still trying to find a good app that encompasses what I need. Right now, I am using Momento, but the jury is still out on what will work best for me. 


Along the documenting lines, I want to get not only more David stories, but more extended family stories, and more current events. I feel like I miss a lot of what is going on outside our home as well as what is currently happening inside our home if I don’t have it in photos. I made a playlist on my new iPhone a couple of weeks ago of my top 50 all-time favorite songs and I thought how cool would this be to include that list in this month’s layout? I bet if I look back in 10 years, my tip 50 might change. I remember those lists my sister and I used to make as kids about who we had a crush on, who our favorite bad was, our favorite food, etc. We would hide them in our closet with a “Don’t Open for 20 Years” warning on the envelope. Of course, we always opened them a year after we wrote them and laughed at how much had changed in that time. I want more of that kind of nostalgia in my album, for our whole family.

I am using the monthly round ups as a basis but have been doing some searching for other prompts lately. My favorites have included documenting current events in the news and ones that ask about each of our favorites.   

Where Does the Time Go?

Part of my issue with my hobby is that I leave so much unfinished. I feel like I need to have dedicated, like a crop, to get away and really hunker down to get stuff done. But the truth is, I got my 2012 album done, documenting every week of that year, with only one or two crops that year. So how did I do that? It's much simpler than I make it out to be once I really think about how I got away with that. I never had a while chunk of time to sit down and do much of anything, with a newborn/infant, a hubby, a full-time job, and a household to run. So I made my time work for me whenever I could. That may have meant I only got 10-15 minutes a day or even 10-15 minutes in a week, but I made sure to be aware of opportunities to get on the computer or site at the desk for a few minutes after David went to bed, or a few minutes before I went to bed myself. I need to remember in the times when I am sitting around watching TV or playing games on my phone, that it wouldn't be that hard to re-focus some of that time toward my hobby. Scrapbooking brings me lots of joy and I need to remember that more often and make time for it, even if it is for only 15 minutes.


Part of my struggle was a lack of workspace in our new home. Not so new anymore since we have been here two years. And not for lack of space, I have my own craft room, after all. But for lack of communal space, I don't often get into my craft room, because David gets too bored or there is way too much in there for him to hurt himself on. So I rarely ever go in there. I am looking forward to the day WAY down the line when I can actually get in there on a regular basis. So in the meantime, what do I do? Hubby and I started brainstorming about how we could outfit a little space in our living room. So far, nothing has been ideal, but we came up with a temporary solution at least. We put the leaf in our dining table to extend it and set up a large mat for me to work on at one end of the table. My own little space that will allow me to craft or be on the computer and still be around and involved with the family.

My Approach

I have approached PL the same way since I started and it definitely works for me. I am not a fan of my writing, so I already know I want typed out journaling cards. Digi kits have been my go to, but I also love the aesthetic appeal of the dimensional elements. I am also pretty handy and quick with Photoshop. Not to mention, I am VERY fickle and change my mind a lot, so the flexibility of digi kits of finding what cards work with that layout, has been a huge plus for me.  So my process of getting a layout done has always consisted of the same steps. I will go through the steps of how I get it all done in a later post. But for now, my 15 minutes are up!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello 2015!!!!

I can't believe it has been almost a year since my last blog post. I REALLY can't believe 2014 is already over! 2014 seems to have gone by in a flash.

Like many others, I seem to start out the new year with a lot of motivation for my goals that within a few months seem to fizzle out. I really enjoyed my "To-Do" list in 2010 and kept on top of it, although I was horrible at posting blog updates about it. So similar to 2010, this year I thought I might set some monthly mini-goals. There are lots of things I want to focus on this year. There are lot of things I went to do better... or be better at. But rather than using "better" as a goal, which can easily turn into excuses for displaying a minimum amount of effort, I have decided to challenge myself.
  • I challenge myself to blog at least at least once a month.
  • I challenge myself to try a creative photography technique at least once a month.
  • I challenge myself to create something scrapbooking related at least once a month. 
  • I challenge myself to one health related goal at least once a month. (i.e. quit soda, no fast food, no chocolate, etc.)
  • I challenge myself to have mommy and me time with David at least once a month.
  • I challenge myself to make sure Jonathan and I get date nights at least once a month.
  • I challenge myself to keep up on monthly roundups.
I feel I have missed documenting a lot of David's cute little sayings or milestones that I know I will want to look back on some day. I am hoping if I keep up on my roundups, I will document these little things on a regular basis, even if I can't get around to adding them to my scrapbooks for a while. It's a LOT harder to try and remember what he was up to two months ago, let alone two years ago, when I am finally getting around to scrapping the photos.

Hello to 2015 and hello to challenging myself to be a better me!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Project Life Week 34

I'm so excited! I actually FINISHED my 2012 Project Life last weekend. I stuck with it and got it done and I'm so proud of myself. I must say going back through it is a real treat. I get to see how much my boy has grown over his first year and it's all documented in one big book.

So now I am playing catch up with posting my layouts. Here is Week 34 using Becky Higgins Cobalt Kit

The Full Layout:

The Left Side

The Right Side


Some Detail

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Technical vs. Emotional

One of my favorite photographers, who is a working mom like me, a great photographer, and an honest blogger, posted this story about technically perfect versus emotionally perfect photos. I completely agree with her philosophy and sometimes wish I had a better grasp of some of the technical aspects pf photography, but what speaks to me about my approach to taking photos (and I think what others have enjoyed as well) is the emotional aspects I can capture. I love catching those candid moments more than anything. After reading her post and going back through some of my photos, I definitely see the emotion jumping out at me in some of them... and not so much in others, of course. So here are a few of my recent favorites...


Monday, December 31, 2012

Four years and Counting

I am finally getting around to looking at some of this years photos, including our trip to the Pumpkin Patch in October. We try to get the same photo of my niece, Isabella, in the same spot every year. Putting them all together makes me realize how time flies!

Here's four years of Bella....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Project Life 2012 Week 32

And the final one I have scanned!  I have a few more weeks completed, but have yet to get them photographed and uploaded. I am sure that will be a project for AFTER our big move into the new house. I think I'll have a few others things to do lately that will keep me a little busy!

Ok, I know I have said a few times that some weeks are "one of my favorites," but this one truly is my all time favorite (so far... how do you like that for commitment!)  This is the week I got the pleasure of photographing Beth and Ryan's wedding in Tahoe and Jonathan and I got our first weekend away without David since he was born. Although I missed my little man quite a bit, it was so relaxing and fun and such a great experience, I can't help but smile but I see the photos from that week! 

WEEK 32:

I used the Karen Lewis Wellington Kit again!

Full Layout

The Left Side

The Insert

The Right Side

Thanks to everyone who has been keeping up with all my crazy posts trying to catch up on getting these online!

Project Life 2012 Weeks 30 & 31

WEEK 30:

Using the Becky Higgins Cobalt Kit

Full Layout

The Left Side

The Right Side

WEEK 31:

I'm disappointed how this one photographed so I think I will have to retake it. But for now, I am lazy and want to get it posted or my ADD will kick if I try to skip a week. I just can't have that happening! So here are the bad photos... another one of my favorite layouts, using Karen Lewis' Moment in Time

Full Layout

The Left Side

The Right Side

Some Detail (hoping to retake a detail photo of the move night card soon too!)