And so Project Life 2012 is underway.
Is it just me? Or is starting on a Sunday just a good way to go? In my mind, a week begins on Sunday, and ends on Saturday. Right? Right. I think because last year I started in March, I never quite got that get in on the ground floor feeling that I have this year. Let’s dive in.
OBSERVATIONS: I didn’t realize how few photos I’d been taking until I started tackling Week 1 and thinking, “Hey! Stuff is happening. You should shoot it!” I found myself taking pictures at Target, at the grocery store, at the doctor’s office—you name it. It actually made me feel a bit like Old Scrapbook Cathy, the Story Teller That Never Rested. But in a way, this is good. More daily appreciation for the simple stuff.
One of the ways I plan to take more photos is to use my iPhone. No, not the fun Instagram stuff; just the basic camera on my iPhone 4. It’s with me all the time so I may as well use it. The quality is decent, especially for the project at hand.
Part of my goal this year is to make sure story is equal to photo. I want to get things down on cards. I’m using the Day One app on my phone and my computer to save little stories throughout the day so I have a stash of stories to pull and commit to the album on every Sunday, my Project Life page assembly day. I love that I get little prompts, four a day is how I have it set up, and I just write a line here or there. Pretty cool.
I have also planned on printing most of my photos at home, so I’ve stocked up on photo paper and ink. The other part of my process will include printable cards.
Here are my first two pages. It took me forever to get shots in focus of the pages. I ended up taking them out of the album and taking the stuff out of the pockets to reduce glare. If I find a better solutions in the coming weeks, you’ll see the results here. For now, I’ll be shooting them straight down on the desperately in need of refinishing dining/scrap room floor:
Each week, I also plan to summarize the week on one journal card as seen in the upper left.
I put together a video tutorial today to show how to use these journaling cards, but also how to tweak the sizes of any 3 x 4 layered journal card. The Project Life pocket cards measure just under 3 x 4, so if you want to know how size any 3 x 4 card file down, I’ll show you today. Also, I’ll show you how I gather multiple cards onto a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 cardstock to save paper.
Questions or comments? Leave them here and I’ll do my best to answer!
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