I spent the morning on Saturday gathering my final batch of photos to create the last pages for my big digital book representing daily life in 2015. I absolutely love the book I did last year and am planning to do the same thing. I have saved all of my pages as JPEGs and will be uploading them this week. Of course, when I get the book back, I’ll share the results.
The one thing that doing it digitally has done for me is to simplify the process. I didn’t spend time agonizing over which photos to use or which embellishments would add the perfect touch. I just wanted photos and words to show me a picture of life in 2015. And that’s exactly what these pages do.
Do I miss spending time on the more creative aspects of what Project Life can be? Sometimes. But on those months where I had more creative chutzpah, I used it. For most of the months, it was really just about stories and words. And not even that many words.
Are there a few too many typos in my collective pages? Maybe. A few too many selfies? Never. But on the whole, I love how it all comes together into this piece of time and memory.
Here are the last pages of the album. We start with November:
And here is December:
And so 2015 comes to a close. So much to be grateful for: our health, our families, our lives in general. Life continues to move onward and here we are, the four of us, navigating change and the everyday stuff that makes up our experiences. Do I wonder where life has gone? Sometimes, yes. It’s hard to believe the days of little ones in our house are so very long ago, and yet the joy and even the pain of watching your children grow… it’s something I am grateful to bear witness to. Still, much work lies ahead. Working for connection. Working to do what is needed. Wanting to find the pieces of this life to keep it whole. My memory keeping has changed over the years, but at its core it remains what it has always been, a celebration of life and record of memory. If time has shown me anything, it’s shown how the memories that matter do fade and dim a bit; that I don’t recall the minutiae of every day with any reliability. I still love stories. I still love photos. Above all, I love these people and need to do better by all of them every single day. That is the ultimate reminder and goal. Onward.
So there you have it. One year in the life.
It’s a good life indeed.
WANT TO SEE MY 2014 BOOK? Click here to see the finished result.