Life is full of moments I want to remember.
So I take pictures of some of those moments, I eventually download them to my computer, and then I ignore them. Unless I post my pictures on Facebook or Instagram, my friends and family can’t enjoy them, and unless I print them, my kids can’t see them. I’m not a scrapbooker, and filling a traditional photo album with a bunch of prints seems boring and old-fashioned, so most of my pictures are stuck in my computer.
When I was a kid, I enjoyed looking through our box of photos that my parents and grandparents had taken, but since all of my photography is digital, my family doesn’t have easy access to the pictures I take. Last year it started to bother me that my husband and kids couldn’t see most of the photos I took of our family activities, so I framed a few more photos, I printed a Blurb book full of pictures from our week of vacation in Chincoteague, and I discovered Project Life.
Project Life is described as a “back-to-basics approach to memory-keeping” that “takes the scrapbooking out of scrapbooking.” The album is a 12×12-inch binder that uses plastic sleeves (similar to baseball card collections), and to me it feels like a hybrid between a regular photo album and a traditional scrapbook. The photo at the top of this post is my Project Life title page for 2013.
I bought an album and plastic sleeves, but opted not to buy the core kit, even though it’s considered to be an essential component. I want my album to reflect my own personal aesthetic, so I’m planning to create and design everything myself. There are various styles of page protectors that have different layouts, but I’m just using Design A. The large pockets are 4×6″ and the small ones are 3×4″.
A lot of people who do Project Life create a two-page spread for each week, but I want to fill up my album at whatever pace seems right to me. At this point, I’m planning to divide my album into monthly sections, and some months will probably have more pages than others. My album, my rules.
Here are a few close-up shots of my title page:
These little flags are made of washi tape.
I love the textured papers — it gives the simple design a bit more depth.
So that’s the beginning of a project that I’m looking forward to working on throughout the year.
Are you familiar with Project Life? Is this the first time you’ve heard of it, or are you already an avid Project Lifer? If you have experience with Project Life and have any advice to share, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!