I sort of "laughed out loud" when I read this excerpt on Becky's site: "Project Life provides an ultra-simple solution that helps us get those pictures into albums without draining our time, energy, and wallets." HA HA HA HA HA HA! That's hilarious! Doesn't drain your time, because instead of spending an hour or so each week scrapbooking last month's holiday we spend twice that amount of time every week organizing photos, and saving memorabilia, and writing out what my kid said (or didn't say), and filling pockets, and cleaning up after all that creating. Well, that's what it looks like at my house at least! Oh, and don't forget to buy the basic kit, and the page protectors, and the digital files, and the album, and some extra cardstock just in case....but it's really inexpensive I promise!
It's an exhaustive and exhausting project. And I've decided that I don't want to call the thing I do "Project Life" anymore. I don't buy her kits. I don't buy her page protectors. I don't buy her binders or extras or digital files or anything. I don't buy into "Project Life". I guess mine is more "small l" as opposed to "big L"...if you follow Canadian politics at all, that might actually make sense! HA! That's a good one Lisa....
please note: I am NOT trying to poo-poo on everybody else's experience with the actual Project Life, because I know a lot of people that really makes this work for them and their life! And kudos to them for doing so!! I am just really cynical, and lots of this make-it-easier-but-in-reality-not-so-much-but-it's-gonna-cost-you stuff like this bugs me. And so you get the slightly dark and super sarcastic Lisa-version of things. Yep...I'm kind of an ass.
I thought I would share a bit of my planning process, and how I keep myself organized. Reading about what works for other scrapbookers has really helped me figure out what to try. And more importantly, what to abandon when it fails to get the job done!
So, welcome to my "Life: Documented". So begins 2013.
I have been taking notes in this notebook since October 2012 and it really helps me keep track of what happens during the week, and what Instagrams belong to which days!
Most of the time I just add some point form notes to each date. I also make sure to include funny things Dude said, new album purchases, and maybe a favourite video game or app of the week. Most of this stuff makes it into my spreads.
This next trick is a new one for me. I needed a place to store all of the printed photos and "memorabilia" that I was collecting each week. I am always behind, so I would often lose track of which ticket belonged on which day. And the piles were getting out of hand. So I went upstairs to my stash of large envelopes, pulled down a bunch that are still in good shape, and started filling them up.
Each envelope gets a range of dates written on it (my week runs from Monday to Sunday). Once I have finished scrapbooking that week, the envelope will get a new date range written on it and it will start all over again! And pretty much anything and everything I collect over the course of the week fits inside. I've got NINE envelopes on the go right now, but I have a feeling that a couple will be moved forward by tomorrow night!
Do you have any amazeballs "Project Life" tips or tricks to pass along?
Do you have any "Project Life" issues that you need help sorting out?
I'm going to post my first week's spread (done!) or so, and then see what happens, and what the interest is in these kind of posts. Any interest out there? Any at all...???