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project life | the journey begins by living in the past

It all started with my desk. My tiny, pretty wooden desk that I have had since High School. Back before laptops, tablets and 12×12 workspace needs. I loved how it looked in my craft room- but after one too many times of having to move my project to to the floor because there was not enough room on my desk, I knew it was time to get a more functional desk. And, I knew that the folding table in the basement would be perfect. The ugly one. *sigh* So, I took a deep breath, closed my eyes to visions of a Pintrest perfect craft space and hauled that big ol’ workhorse up while the refrain of Frozen’s “Let it Go” played as a soundtrack to the mini room makeover. Now, here’s where my scrapping life as I have known it gets all turned upside down.

The folding table does not fit where my tiny little desk once lived.  It is much deeper (yay!) and wider (yay again!). The only place I could fit it is in front of the window. This turned out to be an awesome option since now I could have a pretty view and lots of natural light. But- I had opened a Pandora’s box. Soon, My room was upside down, boxes and bits all over the place, stash I had sadly forgotten, and projects long left uunfinished.  Then, I found the box of photos. It pretty near pushed me over the edge.

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How could I ever “catch up”? How could I even put a dent in the projects I had started, not to mention the ones I hope to do? This guilt had me vowing that I could not buy another thing for my scrapping until I had used up a decent portion of my stash. And that felt like a punishment. A part of my life that has brought me so much satisfaction and joy had turned into an albatross simply by moving a desk. Then, as a final straw, I found this-

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a project life album I had started in 2010- and abandoned. Why? Because I had vowed to take a photo a day- and when I missed 2 days- the crazy lady in my head could not deal with the missing photos and gap in dates- so I dropped the whole project and hid it on a back shelf.  Yah, I’m letting you inside the scary parts of my mind right now!

But then, the clouds parted and I had an epiphany! We, as scrappers have evolved- it’s no longer Project 365- but also known as Project Life (ah- more breathing room!) and Pocket Scrapping! This change in metal gears was like Woodstock for me! Free love baby! And- while it was too much for my grey matter to “keep up” with the idea of Project Life in real time- I could easily embrace doing it on this scale for years past. Heck, I had a whole box of photos from 2009-2010 and a whole album to put them in! Living in the past! I could do this!
And so, my journey begins. I am beginning my Project Life Journey in the middle of the year.  I feel so naughty- and I like it!

I’ll be sharing my odyssey here- as well as a few other projects I hope to work on over the summer break. I can tell you that just by working in the pocket scrapping mindset for the past few weeks- I feel as if my design horizons have widened.  I am making a list of the things I would like to have while working on these projects- and I find myself going to the Photoshop drawing board to figure out how to create them. It should be an interesting ride – I hope you’ll join me!

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Kim Smith
    June 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Welcome to the 'dark side' of doing pocket scrapping your way! So glad to see you are embracing this and already making lists of things you want to create – can't wait to see what you come up with!

  • Reply
    Kim Smith
    June 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Welcome to the 'dark side' of doing pocket scrapping your way! So glad to see you are embracing this and already making lists of things you want to create – can't wait to see what you come up with!

  • Reply
    rennemarie
    June 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    LOL! Thank you Kim! I can see how this can easily become addictive! Is it silly that it feels like a "win" each time I fill a little pocket? 🙂

  • Reply
    rennemarie
    June 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    LOL! Thank you Kim! I can see how this can easily become addictive! Is it silly that it feels like a "win" each time I fill a little pocket? 🙂

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