Last week, I made the outrageous claim that I finished my weekly Project Life spread in 30 minutes.
Okay, maybe outrageous is overkill. But a few Facebook readers asked if that was in fact true.
I decided to see if I could back up the bold claims. Was it just hyperbole? Was it cocky overstatement? Was I telling bald faced scrap lies? Was I simply writing checks my scrapbooks couldn’t cash?
Please, feel free to stop me.
So I sat down on Monday, hit the timer and said, “Go!”
From beginning (choosing my photos and readying the templates) to end (finalizing the week in review journaling), Week 3 took me 37 minutes. I actually think it would have come in closer to 32 because part of the time was spent splitting my video clip to keep my Day One journal entries less, ahem, public, at the behest of my eldest child who noted a few overly personal notes written by yours truly.
I recorded my screen during the process, speeded it up, and added a few thoughts about my process and the project in general. You can watch that, if you’re so inclined, below:
Here are the pages from Week Three, the stars of said video.
Part of the way I save time each week is to open my finished pages from the previous week, do a Save As… and save them as new templates for the current week. Then I delete all the photos, leave the journaling bits here and there, and start from that level of scratch.
I’m still using Day One to jot notes throughout the week and I cannot stress how helpful—nay, vital—this is to my process. (Note: Child No. 1 has requested a blur on the journal above and it’s the least I can do after all the exploitation she has endured.) I hope you notice how simple and straightforward the reporting is. This is not flowery writing people. It’s just the facts of life.
But this is my favorite part of this week’s spread.
I feel most autocorrects are a bit contrived. I mean, you KNOW what you’re sending before you hit send. So all those wacky ones you see online? Come on. They are funny, but you could have checked before you hit send. Or, could you?
I did not see the above ‘tit’ before I hit Send. So maybe I stand corrected.
I was laughing so hard, I almost couldn’t breathe. Cole? He said nothing. I would not expect a 14 year old boy to respond any other way to his oh-so-NOT-cool Mom.
Project Life indeed.
And that is all I wrote (and filmed) for Week Three.