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Week in the Life 2015 | Friday

Week in the Life 2015 | Friday | Julie Love Gagen

This week’s theme is Week in the Life™ 2015 – a free annual documentation project lead by Ali Edwards that’s all about documenting your every day, one week out of the year. As someone recently said, “next year, you’ll be disappointed you didn’t start this year.” It’s about capturing your regular moments. Or what is regular right now. It’s about getting all of those little things that years from now, will seem anything but regular. It’s a point of reference. And it’s a lot of fun.

To follow along on my project, check back here daily, or use my Week in the Life™ tag. You can also get more tips from on Instagram (@julieloveg) and twitter (@juliegagen).

I love capturing days like today in this project. A spontaneous choice in plans, an adventure to the city, parenting challenges and small victories, and time spent with friends. In a way, the events of today are reflective of the theme of our week: work, play, friends, gathering – and, of course, lots of photos for my Week in the Life™ album.

In years past, making it to this portion of this project hasn’t happened until months after the project has finished. Months after the memories have been made. Long after the details have faded and fuzzed. And long after the best stories – the tiny anecdotes of our life – have given way to newer ones.

A friend recently asked me about how I do memory keeping and why I press for “real-time” over perfection in my projects. And my answer was “because memories fade.” She stopped and thought for a moment, and said “well, maybe that’s true for some people, but I always remember things, even months later.”

And, to be fair, I do too.

But my one counterpoint was this, and I think it’s something moms truly appreciate because of how quickly our lives change on a daily basis: “but when you remember an event, even just months later, you can only think of it the way you are then. You can’t remember what you didn’t know. What occupied your time. What problems you hadn’t solved. Every day we learn something different. Every week is a new week in parenting for me. And the longer I wait for perfection, the less real my story-telling is.

And I stress that point for one reason: because it doesn’t have to be perfect. Your album isn’t going to look like my album, or Ali’s album, or anyone else’s. It’s not supposed to. It’s meant to be your album, with your stories, and your memories. How that comes through is not a mark of how creative you are, it’s about being real. Being true to yourself. And documenting so that, years from now, rather than making your albums, you’re reading them. You’re appreciating them. You’re re-living them.

There is not a papercrafting designer I have ever seen whose work from 10 years ago doesn’t look exactly like it was made 10 years ago. The more you follow trends, the more dated your work will be. So don’t worry about it. Make it yours. And, if it’s truly yours, you won’t care about the products, or the layouts, or the embellishments, you’ll care about the stories. And the memories. And the meaning and value that comes from documenting life. Your life. As it happens.

You can see my Friday pages from 2014 here.

Photos taken: 124 (all with iPhone)

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