Ok so here’s the deal. I was reluctant to take on project life. I thought about it in 2010. Almost ordered a kit in 2011. But in 2012 I thought, this is my 40th year… If ever I’m going to do this project, it’s now. So I jumped in and fell head over heals in love with the project.
|Loving even the rough times with Project Life!|
|Project Life is a place to document all those little details|
Although I am known to fall behind on lengthy projects (just ask my grad school thesis advisor), I unbelievably stayed completely caught up on doing 2 page spreads every week for the first 6 months. I felt like I deserved an award! Then the summer hit and I had my first taste of feeling ‘behind’. For the first time my craft room began to evoke stress rather than dissolve it. So I embraced the flexibility of the project and modified it to accommodate my busy summer by completing 2 2-page spreads per month instead of 4.
|I moved to 2 spreads per month during the summer when life got busy|
|4X6 photos and filler cards make PL easier and quicker|
By the end of summer I was back into my PL groove and looking froward to an exciting trip to NYC. I’ve loved scrapping trips PL style, and even my smallest local trips get their own beefed-up section in my PL. It seems like PL is just conducive to being creative with travel pics. Heck, Becky Higgins herself even tweeted and posted to FB my idea for incorporating QR codes into my Disney PL (I still sometimes think I dreamed that!)
|My first QR code in Project Life links to a video from Disney World|
My trip to NY was supposed to be perfect fodder for PL playtime. Except it actually was the most painful scrapping I’ve ever done. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the pictures, and I liked some of the process. I love the outcome. But by the time late September rolled around, I think I was Project Lifed out. It took me 4 weeks to document the photos and stories of 4 days in NYC. I found myself in a creative slump that was the antithesis of what PL was supposed to be.
|Lots of pictures and lots to say about NYC!|
|I used lots of the Abroad collection from Studio Calico and paper I bought at the Empire State Building|
Then when I finally completed the New York pages, there was a mad dash to get caught up on the 4 weeks that passed me by while I PLed my trip! I did get my mojo back and enjoyed the end of the year, and particularly loved the relaxed approach I took to my Christmas section.
|Elvin, our Elf on a Shelf got his own 2-page spread|
|Christmas makes for an easy PL because so much pretty ephemera is all around us!|
But I have to say I couldn’t care less if I capture any of the everyday moments of 2013. I have a year of everyday life. Two busting at the seams binders. I feel like that is enough.
|A 2-page spread per week, plus extra spreads for vacations and special occasions leads to a pretty think Project Life!|
|I can’t believe I did all this in 1 year!|
It makes me a little sad because I love the divided page protector method of scrapping and I love the cards and ease of adding ephemera. Oh, and the supplies are to die for!
|The Project Life section of my scrap room|
Part of me is going to miss project life. I’ve already found myself putting things aside for PL this week, only to remember, I don’t need to! I’ve had to shake my instinctual hold onto everything because it might make a cool background for PL. I will still use the pocketed page protector approach to scrapping events and trips (I will probably find it more enjoyable when I’m no longer doing it weekly). It will likely replace the role that mini albums used to hold in my scrappy life -I’ve burned myself out of mini albums and run out space for them too. But I think I’m done with the everyday/every week/ every month PL approach. I just want to do layouts, and I’m trying to curb my spending and how thinly I’m spreading myself, and you can’t do it all, right? I don’t regret doing it for the year, and for the most part, I loved it (the process and the outcome). But when I ask myself what do I really want to do with my scrappy time, the answer is never project life. That might change someday, but for now I’m focussing on layouts. I have another couple of exciting (to me, anyways) little projects to focus on soon, and I’ll post about that when I have more details. But don’t expect a project life spread about it 😉
PS if you want an overload of info on my Project Life 2012, just look for the tab at the very top of my blog. It has pics and videos of the whole year!