But seriously folks… (what am I, a stand-up comedian from the 70s?) I spent the past week thinking about how I wanted to tackle my general memory keeping a la Project Life for 2015. Okay, I didn’t literally spend a week on this. That should concern most rational people if it were true. But I emerged with a clear vision: I will document my life on a monthly basis. Here is my title page. Cue choir of angels now.
I know. It’s the same color palette from last year. And why is that? Because I love it. End of story. (Yes, I decided to include one very funny outtake from our family Christmas card shoot last Fall. I think my son will appreciate it some day. Possibly.)
I will take the basic Project Life format (I use my Minimal Basics template series), and I will do the following:
1. Set up Smart Folders in iPhoto by month. This is a really easy thing to do. Create a new Album (File > New Album) and name it 2015. Then create another new album that is a Smart Album (File > New Smart Album). When creating the Smart Album, define the conditions to be: Date, In The Range Of, and then the dates of the month.
2. Document daily life via the Day One App. I have been using the Day One app for iOS for the past three years. It’s set up on my iMac and my iPhone. Every four hours, I get a prompt asking me what’s going on. I try to jot something down at least once a day. When I go back to recap my month, I can open the app and see just what happened for easy journaling reference. (Note: I’ve heard good things about both the Diaro app and the Day Journal app for your Android phone users.)
Now, speaking of wrapping up each month, I am working on a small supplemental set for my Minimal Basics collection. The goal is to have a page to either summarize the whole month, or include other, smaller stories. Here is the template I’m working on to be my summary page each month.
This should give me a lot of journaling space to do a comprehensive monthly wrap-up provided I keep up with my daily notes in Day One. I’m also creating a few other journal heavy styles that will be part of this set, available this coming Friday at Designer Digitals.
The text styles will all be editable, so if you have a different font you love, you can simply change it.
I also created some simple 6 x 4 monthly cards to work into the first page of each month. You can find them here.
The other thing that is happening is that I’ll be working in some elements from my upcoming Project Life Value Kit. WHAT? Yep, that’s right, people, I made a Project Life kit. You can read more about it on Becky’s blog. (Click on the image to see a larger version!)
I’m not exactly sure how soon they will be shipping, but I will let you know as soon as I do! And yes, the files will be available digitally as well. Yes, they will be part of the Project Life App, I have just been informed! Again, I’ll let you know.
The set is simple, for sure. But I had to make cards that I would actually use. It also includes some wood veneer elements and some silver foil cards. I have nothing against all the gold foil out there. I just am more of a silver girl at heart.
So that’s my story for Make a Plan Monday.
Yes, I’m sticking with color that make me happy. No, I’m not inventing anything new. If anything, I’m paring down how I approach this type of scrapbooking. And at the end of the year, I’ll have a book that I love.
SPEAKING OF BOOKS THAT I LOVE: I am just about to order my 2014 Project Life book from AdoramaPix. As soon as I get it, I’ll post a full review.