So, I've taken the plunge and decide to give Project Life another go. I say "another go" because I fell in love with the idea of it all back in 2010- and began an album which pretty much ended in February of that year. I came across the sad skeleton of that album a few weeks ago- and it kind of haunted me. Not because I felt I had wasted supplies and money- (well, a little bit of that) - but really because I knew this was a great idea- and that maybe I had given up too easily on it. Recently, I have fallen in love with the beautiful pages made by Christine aka Listgirl and wanted to have this type of pretty in my albums- but was it possible? I took a good look at what I had accomplished in the 2010 album, and worked to figure out why I dropped out- and if it there was anyway I could get back on track. Here's some truths I learned about me and Project Life:
Why I stopped: First, let me open this closet and show you a scary skeleton of mine: When I was in school, I was the type that would rip out a page in my notebook if it was "ugly". Especially if it was a new notebook. Control-Alt-Z did not exist in those days. Mistakes drove me bonkers. Now, fast forward to 2010 and not-so school-aged me. I started Project Life by defining it as Project 365. I was going to take a photo a day! I had seen so many people do this- how hard could it be? Well, I was a little lax in uploading and developing- and each day, I'd get analysis paralysis wondering which moments I should be taking my photo of. It was kind of stressful. I kept up with it until February- but then missed a few days. The gap in dates bothered me. Like, alot. But I couldn't rip out these pages and start over. This wasn't fun for me. So I put the album away- and went happily back to my world of 12x12s and mini albums.
What I've learned: I am just not a 365 type. I love the idea- but not the practice. I'm not even a weekly type. I'm a free love hippie type of scrapper- and a rebel at heart. Blame 12 years of Catholic school for that. Don't fence me in with dates - because that's just not how I can work happily. So, to make this Project Life work for me- I needed to change how I define it for myself. I decided to approach it as a collection of everyday moments. A stream of everyday consciousness.
Doing this is very different than making a 12x12 layout. At least for me. When I decide to work on my PL pages, there needs to be a work flow- otherwise its very stop and go. So, two weeks into this, here's a look at my process, which seems to work for now:
I live in the past. It's really overwhelming for me to try and stay current. So, I don't. Right now, I'm working on my 2010 album and starting a 2014 album. I will put photos from one period on a page- front and back. This way, I can add to the book without being out of order. The two pages that face each other may be a few weeks apart- but that's OK for me. Working backwards lets me have a little perspective too, I can plan which products I'd like to use for my pages with a little more ease.
I hunt: I collect my photos. Right now, most come from my Ipad and phone- because that's what I usually have on hand everyday. I edit my photos on my Ipad with Pic-Tap-Go and Fotor. I use Fotor if I want to make a collage or add type. I use Dropbox to automatically upload all photos I take. I either print them right from my Ipad wirelessly out on my awesome Selphy or, if there's a sale- I'll order them online. I have to say though, I'm getting spoiled printing stuff out myself.
And gather: Now, I see which photos I am going to use and how they relate. Most often, they are chronological. If I have 5 photos from a week- I will put them on a page. But, I may focus a page on one event- or one theme or story. It's OK for me to treat my pockets as a compartmentalized traditional layout. One I have my photos and the story I'd like to tell, I choose which journal cards I'd like to use.
|Most of my supplies were from 2010 Project Life, and really didn't match my tastes today. So, I splurged a little a bought 2 PL kits from the craft store- and this Hello, Hello PL kit from Studio Calico. I am new to kit clubs, but the forums and examples of what can be done with the products are really helpful to me- especially as I am working to find my style in pocket scrapping. Getting pretty new supplies was a great way for me to jump start this new project. Kind of like getting a cute new workout outfit before joining the gym!|
I stalk people. Kind of. When I first sat down with my pile of photos and pocket pages and supplies- I looked at the little grids and thought- um, now what? A 12x12 or mini book? No prob at all- but wrapping my mind around this format was hard. I don't know why- but for me- it was a real shift in thinking about the story I wanted to tell. So, I spent some time on Pinterest just looking at PL pages and seeing what I liked, and what I didn't. And slowly, my mind began to see how these pockets worked- and how important the journal cards were for transitioning, journaling and titling a page.
I give in to my Type A. I know its been written time and again that it's very important to journal in your own hand- but truth be told- I have terrible handwriting. So, after I gather my photos, I open up a 3x4 or 4x6 template I've made on my computer and type away. It's neat and tidy and there's spell check. Gotta love spell check. I still incorporate some handwriting, but typing out journal blocks has really made things easier for me.
I do the Two-Step. After I've typed out my journal blocks, I go up to my scrap room and start putting the photos and journal cards in pockets. I usually work on 2-4 pages at a time. Getting the photos and journaling into the pocket pages is Step One. After that's done, I go back and pretty things up- with elements, stickers, pretties and cut files. I find doing it this way makes more sense for me because having the story drafted out on the page lets me get a clear picture of what I'd like to highlight, and what colors are trending on the pages.
It's a process, but it's fun! I really needed to embrace that pocket scrapping is different for me that traditional scrapping. The pages are going to be done in steps. There's just no getting around that. It can all be done in one night- though, I usually make my pages in two little sessions. It's not like doing a traditional page for me- which is very devil may care. This has to be planned a bit. But, once you do it 2-3 times, it gets a lot easier- and the results of your efforts are like scrappers endorphins because it all looks so cool put together! Take a look at how different my pages look once I changed my way of approaching Project Life:
I hope to spend a little time working on some pages with my new supplies- and new enthusiasm! I'll be back to let you know how it goes! Until then, have a wonderful weekend- and be sure to take time for yourself to make something pretty, no matter how you choose to do it!