Project Life


Project Life 2014 // January

I much prefer this monthly approach to Project Life.  When I was working weekly, it felt like a crunch.  And I’m much more likely to have good photos to choose form over the course of a month than over a given week.

It was also a fun exercise to go back through my photos from the past month.  Sometimes it feels like nothing is going on.  But when I go through these photos, I remember, oh yeah, Michael learned to crawl this month.  And he started eating apples and clementines.  And Kate barely went to school (because of snow and ice), so I taught her to play Go Fish.  And how we all made a big effort to eat more real food.  And that I picked up BodyPump, so I launched three formats this month.

Part of the reason I like this project is how it forces me to review the month – the real good stuff and the real challenging stuff.  All that stuff of life stuff.

Are you doing Project Life this year?  Are you taking a weekly or monthly approach?

I used a mix of the Seafoam, Baby, and Midnight edition for these three layouts.



Project Life // 2014

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.

Project Life 2013 | Week 46

Week 46.  A crazy week.  I completed my BodyPump training, passing my module with a 3/3.  And then I taught five classes in six days.  Ouch, my aching quads.

It was also Dad’s Day at Kate’s preschool, so I included a picture of the poster where the kids offered up their ideas of what their dads do at work.  According to Kate, her dad “gets stuff done.”  I am still laughing over the kid’s responses.

Michael seeks Kate out for entertainment, so I included that picture of them on the floor together.  He is crazy for her.  And luckily she’s crazy for him.  At least for now.

Project Life 2013 | Week 45

It’s week 45.  And somehow I ended up with all these pictures of me.  One picture of Michael.  And zero of Kate.

I was worried the kids would think I was absent during their childhood since previously I appeared approximately three times in my Project Life spreads.  But now I’m seeing myself in these pages more and more.  Now the kids won’t think they raised themselves.


Project Life 2013 | Week 44

It’s week 44.  A big celebration week.  We celebrated Dan’s 30th birthday and Halloween.  Dan’s parent hosted a family dinner for his birthday, and I surprised Dan with a carrot cake from Heidelberg Bakery.  (If you live in the Northern Virginia area and haven’t been to Heidelberg Bakery, go!  It’s the best.)

This was Kate’s first year truly trick-or-treating.  She hustled around the neighborhood with the two boys from across the street, Dan, and my Dad while my Mom hung back with Michael and me to hand out candy.

Project Life 2013 | Week 43

Hello, week 43.

Let’s see…Dan was out of town.  It was a much better week than the last time Dan went out of town.  Kate continues to impress me with her love for Michael.  I hope she continues to be such a loving big sister.

Michael turned 5 months old, and he is such a screamer.  This kid squeals and squeaks all the live long day.  Such a chatterbox.  I have no idea where he gets that from.  Oh, right.  ME.  She who can’t stop talking.