Last week I posted a time-lapse video to see whether or not I could actually finish a Project Life spread in 30 minutes or less. It was a fun challenge to see if my perception of how much time I actually spent each week was accurate (more or less, it was) but it also brought up a lot of questions as to how and why I work the way I do.
So this week, I recorded the process in real time and for those of you who are so inclined, I present the video here.
The video itself is 45 minutes. I think if I weren’t talking and trying to explain things (and be occasionally witty) it would have been shorter. But it definitely walks you through the way I put these pages together with the overarching theme being: don’t overthink it.
Project Life is a simple document of our human experience. It’s not brain surgery. We are not curing a major illness. We do not have just this one chance to get the pages right.
We are simply saving photos and stories and overthinking the process can potentially kill the joy of it.
Who wants to kill the joy?
I say, “Hard pass!”
Here are my pages that you’ll see in the video, minus the journaling process, which I didn’t record because, you know, typing. I mean, how riveting is typing?
I took some pretty crappy iPhone shots this week and included pretty much all of them. Grainy, poor lighting, you name it. And yet, they make me happy.
I kept my notes all week using the Day One app, so journaling was a cinch.
This was my favorite card/image combo of the week:
Any parent who uses Find My Friends might be able to relate. I share more of the story in the video, but I’ll say it again: as long as I pay for that fancy phone you’re using, the app stays on!
One thing I really want to communicate, especially to those of you who get all stressed out by the idea of doing this project, or for those of you who are not enjoying it is that you can find a way to simplify. Truly. You can.
For me, this process is so much more streamlined now. I still am getting my paper fix by focusing on making a few traditional/hybrid layouts here and there, but this project is on a roll.
Project Life is a fantastic way to document life. Don’t overthink it.
Project Life™ is a system created by Becky Higgins. To learn more about this approach to saving your memories, click here.