Every time I start a new project, I spend a lot of time thinking about how I want to approach it. I think about it with the end in mind, as Becky Higgins once said, and consider what it is that I want to get out of the project.
For Project Life, it’s threefold. At least. Maybe four-fold. Maybe more… 😉
First, I love taking photos of our family. I do. Honestly, photography is a big part of my life and has been for as long as I’ve been able to get my hands on a camera. Truly, since I was a kid. Moreso, after my father gave me my first SLR in 2001.
Second, I really, really love putting the photos to stories, and keeping them all in one place. Photographs are important. When done right, they will tell a story. But not the entire story. Not the full picture. And it’s the anecdotes and little favorite stories that give me the greatest happiness. Remembering them comes with recording them.
Third, I love the process and the products. I do. I love the feel of the cards between my hands. I love the colors, the stamps, the editing process. I just LOVE IT. And every time something new comes out, I’m inspired by the designers and the creatives that make it all so beautiful.
I could go on, truly, but then I’ll have to change the purpose of this post.
The purpose of this post is to talk about how I’m documenting life in 2016. So that’s what I’m going to share. First, though, let’s talk about how I intended to start the year… because we all know that what you intend to do, what you plan to do, doesn’t always fit into what life wants you to do.
Original 2016 Project Life Plan
Originally, I planned to start this year with an all-physical, or mostly physical album. It makes sense, since I spent my year on the Creative Team accumulating physical products on discount (because how can you not, am I right?!) and I really, really wanted permission to use them.
I also had another brilliant idea: to make all of my cards. Again, awesome idea, but after I found out I was pregnant, and got super sick, that idea quickly went out the window. It’s just not going to happen.
Third plan, do all Project Life App spreads again. Also, awesome idea. And very practical. And with the absolutely stunning Project 52 Edition released this year, it was completely and totally possible.
Of course, it wasn’t enough. So I finally made the plunge and purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements with the hope that I could find a balance between making cards, using the app, and doing digital layouts. That was plan #4.
But I can’t quell that craving for paper.
So here I am, with plan #5, which includes Plan #3, Plan #4, and an additional monthly, or as-needed, physical layout using all of the gorgeous product, and embellishments, and ephemera, that has been anxiously awaiting my love.
So there it is.
You can find my January Project Life App Pages here.
Also, follow along with all of my creative adventures on Instagram.
Happy documenting, friends!