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Project Life 2014 // January

February 3rd, 2014 Posted by Project Life, Project Life 2014, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “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

January 9th, 2014 Posted by Learn, Project Life, Project Life 2014, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “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.

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