This is my third year with Project Life.  I didn’t finish out 2011 because…hmm…I can’t remember why.  I didn’t finish out 2012 because I was so nauseated with Michael from October through December that the thought of doing anything make my stomach turn.  So both times I got to around week 42 before petering out.

But that’s okay.  That’s B+.

This year I’m doing Project Life once again as part of my intention to document.  And I’m working smarter, not harder.  One thing that was hard for me last year was the weekly updates.  Sometimes I forgot to take more than two pictures and the layout felt…flat.  Other times we had a miserable week, and I just had nothing to report.  So I decided taking a monthly approach would work best.  Some months maybe I have four pages.  Maybe some months I have one spread.  Whatever works.

I’m especially interested in documenting our house process.  We’re in the beginning phases of tearing down our home and rebuilding on our lot.  It will be a process, to be sure.  And I think it will be fun to look back at the transformation.

Here’s a quick snapshot of my plan:

+I’m working with the Seafoam edition, Neutral baby edition, and Midnight edition.

+Monthly spreads.  At the end of each month, I’ll share the spread for the month.

+A mix of Design A page protectors and some from this variety pack.

+I like to use Sharpie fine point pens for my journaling.

+I round all my corners with this Fiskars corner rounder.

+To trim my photos and paper, I use a Purple Cow 2-in-1 trimmer.

+I designed six stamps that I plan to use (and I’m thinking about designing some more…)

So this my title page.  I took those pictures of us using the TimerCam app on my phone.  It was right before dinner.  I’m totally wearing my pajama bottoms.  And they are not perfect.  But they are a photo, of all of us, in January, of 2014.  And that’s good enough for me!

Are you doing Project Life?  Is this your first year?  Are you a Project Life newbie?  Check out my no-sweat guide to Project Life.  If you are doing Project Life (or any other sort of documenting system), share it with me in the comments.


Sarah is a thiry-something wife to an engineer and mother of three. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking coffee.

  • Marie Zimmer

    Sarah, you inspired me to start Project Life! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for a while now. 2014 is the time!

    • Hooray! I’m so glad. Be sure to share how it’s coming along. What kit did you pick?

      • Marie Zimmer

        I didn’t start shopping for it yet, but something similar to yours