Project Life can be started anytime, really, and it can be used for anything – a baby or school album, a month-in-review album, or even an all about me album. The possibilities are endless. I use Project Life to create week-in-review layouts that, when compiled, span an entire year of my family’s everyday moments.
No matter when you decide to start, it is possible to cover a full calendar year in your Project Life. I know it may seem overwhelming, but don’t panic, and most importantly, don’t talk yourself OUT of this just because you feel like you are already behind. You’re not.
In January 2011 I started noticing a new trend in scrapbooking – Project Life. I tracked it back to Becky Higgins and I was immediately in love with the idea. At the time, though, Project Life wasn’t available as a digital product. I have been fully digital since 2008 and I wasn’t too keen on inviting paper back into my scrapbooking, regardless of how neatly it is packaged.
I continued to follow a few people who were doing Project Life and I just fell in love with the everyday photos and the journaling and the fact that they were still scrapping photos traditionally. It was everything that I wanted out of this hobby – a way to share our everyday life, but free me from the self-imposed guilt of having all. these. pictures. on my hard drive – not being displayed. Or enjoyed. Or remembered.
Around March of 2011 I realized that I could create a couple of digital templates that would mimic the look of paper Project Life and I could create pages digitally, using my very own supplies, and do my own digital Project Life.
For whatever reason, I really have a hang-up about starting these kinds of projects on January 1st. I’m sure many of you do, too. I immediately threw out the idea of doing Project Life from March 2011 to March 2012. I wanted all of 2011 in one album, dang it. So I started digging back into iPhoto. I was amazed that I had photos to cover a weekly spread for every week starting January 1, 2011.
I bet you do, too. If you took pictures at all since 2012 officially started you have enough pictures to start Project Life 2012. Right now.
I am speaking from experience here. I started Project Life 2011 in March, caught up, and completed my 2011 Project Life album on December 31, 2011. It is so do-able. It’s why I stuck with it for 2012. It’s why I may use the format to scrap my old family photos. It works.
That I was able to complete a year-long project after so many failures at other long-term scrapbooking/photography projects is why I am so passionately encouraging all of you to give it a shot. It is possible to complete this project. And, no matter when you read this, it is not too late to start.
Tomorrow I’ll cover my process – it’s easy (really!) – for keeping up with Project Life.
And for the record, I am not affiliated with Becky Higgins or Project Life in any way. I just love that I was able to be successful in recording 2011 and I wanted to encourage anyone that is on the fence about a project like this to give it a try. You can do this.