Instead of making a layout this week, I decided to play catch up again with my Project Life album. I am so looking forward to creating a printed book at the end of the year. One thing that really excites me: it will take up less space than a 12 x 12 album. I am truly out of space for albums right now. Yes, there may be a day in the distant future when my children are out of the house for good and I turn one of their rooms into a craft room and build an amazing Wall O Scrapbook Shelves. But honestly? I probably won’t because we’ll need those rooms for when they come to visit. I can’t very well make my future grand babies sleep on IKEA shelving, now can I?
Okay, not sure where that came from. Let’s come back down to reality. Thank you.
My goal with Project Life 2014 is to combine words and photos with a little bit of stuff thrown in here or there, but overall to keep it clean and simple. I profess to take the crap out of scrapbooking and when I focus on photos and words I tend to do that. The weird thing is though, I make money off of my own products. If I go too minimal, mama doesn’t eat as well, you catch my drift? Occasionally, it’s a conundrum. I like minimal. What if I get so minimal, I minimalize myself right out of the market?
I spent two hours on Sunday choosing photos and building pages for the last four weeks. My iPhoto organization system makes gathering images so simple. (I have a video covering my photo organization process here.) While I started the year using a 6 x 4 slot for journaling, I decided to move it to a smaller space (3 x 4) thus requiring less words in the name of expediency.
I also let go of the need for matching weekly spreads. If one page works for one week, great. If I have the photos for two pages, great. There’s no need to stress. Just do what is needed based on the number of photos and the time I feel like spending.
That, ladies, is crap-free scrapbooking at its finest. Because when it’s all said and done, I’m going to have a year in the life of Team Zielske and no one is going to throw a hissy because I didn’t do matching spreads. Okay, maybe Dan will. But I’ll deal with that later.
Here are my pages for the last four weeks.
QUESTION FOR YOU: As I get closer to the end of the year, it’s going to be time to choose a place to get my book printed. I want to get a full-sized 12 x 12 book. I would love your feedback on places you have used. I have a few ideas in mind, but let us hear what the people have to say!