Another year in the life is on the books—literally! This month, I timed myself. I started working on my march pages at 7:37 a.m. on Sunday morning and completed them at 8:49 a.m. I’m sorry people, but that is some truly productive use of time.
I started out with 410 photos. Many of my photos are related to this blog or to classes I’m presently working on, so that number is a bit inflated in terms of usable images. I take a lot of photos of the same thing when I’m working on shooting scrapbook pages. But I went through and selected my 26 photos to use and am really happy with the representation of one of my traditionally favorite months of the year. Shall we?
I treat each month’s first page like a title page, looking for a smattering of images that will work well together. I like the mix of black and white and color, people and objects or scenes. Half of these shots are from my iPhone; half from my digital SLR. I like to include some of my scrapbook-y stuff in my album, too. I mean, it takes up a goodly chunk of my time, so why not? It’s rather meta, don’t you think?
One thing I’m learning as a partial empty nester (one kid here, one at college), is that if your offspring likes to take pictures, you’re in luck! Aidan has a lovely iPhone 7 and sent me some really fun shots from her spring break trip to D.C. Yes, while some kids were somewhere tropical getting hammered, my daughter was literally freaking out just sitting on the steps of the Supreme Court. She also presented at a political science conference in New Hampshire and the paper she co-authored is going to be published. Look at that little go-getter go!
I so admire my son’s willingness to change his hair color, DIY style. My inner punk swoons every time I see that hair. I’m also really proud of the year he’s having in general. School is going well, music is going well. That kid definitely marches to the beat of his own drum (no pun intended) and I’m feeling so lucky that he’s only a junior. Also, I had to document the new addition to my craft world.
The month was not without it’s downs as well. My heart was so touched by the passing of Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She inspires me to want to make the most of each day. Also, Dan was not renewed for a 2nd year due to the fact that there are not enough 4th grade students to fill three fifth grade classes. The upside is that his principal loves him and this is most definitely not performance related. The downside, of course, is that he hits the drawing board for the 2017-2018 school year. Any good thoughts are appreciated. This changing careers in your 50s? Not for the weak of heart. But man, do I respect him for taking stock of his life and pursuing his passion.
And that, friends, is another month in the life. This project… I just feel it’s the right fit for me and my life. Having completed three digital-to-print 12 x 12 albums now (2014, 2015 and 2016), I am so happy with the choice to have gone this route for saving the bigger picture of my family’s lives.
You can see all of 2017 so far here.
And you can join in and learn my method!
Registration for Scrapbook Your Year is open year round! You can jump in and learn my method for organizing and executing a year-long album project using four pages and roughly 30 photos (or less) per month. Click on the image above for more information or to register today!