Wednesday, November 6, 2013

[ project life ]

SO, unless you've been living under a rock {like I was for the past couple of years}, you've probably heard all about Project Life ~ Becky Higgins' answer to photo albums/scrapbooking/journalling for all of us who are pressed for time or simply lazy...


I've never been a scrapbooker and having lived here in Dubai and Ireland prior to that with limited access to fun supplies and goodies, I hadn't heard of this quite brilliant system for documenting life. Thanks to Pinterest {are you as addicted as I am?}, it opened my eyes to how wonderful it is to document all the things going on in everyday life and how easy it is to make a pretty album by just sliding everything into pocket pages.

Even though I have this blog, which has been an excellent place to make note of everything for the past almost 4 years, I thought it would still be nice to have something to flip through, especially to remember our years as expats.

Becky's system includes binders, photo pocket pages and pretty insert cards...




The preprinted cards can be used to write in some journalling notes or just pop in some of the patterned ones to fill in empty spots. It's designed for weekly documenting which I find to be too much, especially since I'm working my way backwards. 

I decided to create a spread for each month instead, sometimes only one page for a month depending on what I actually had going on. Thanks to iPhoto, my pics are all organized by date so that definitely makes things easier. It's a lot of work going back and sorting through pics, organizing and printing them out but I'm slowly making progress. I bought a couple of different pocket pages but didn't bother with her preprinted insert cards ~ Pinterest has tons of downloadable freebies and I created many of my own. It's turning into a hybrid of text added in Photoshop and handwritten notes and some pasting which is making it interesting. 

Here are some cute examples from Pinterest of completed pages...


As you can see, the options are endless ~ you can make things as simple or as layered as you'd like. I may share a couple of my completed pages once I get them done and my journalling notes added in {it may be a while}. So that's what's been eating up my time.

Have you embraced Project Life?

lisa

5 comments:

All things nice... said...

What a lovely idea, I never print off any of my photographs, even our wedding photographs from last year I never printed one! This is a really nice idea. I also liked the idea of turning your blog into a book, that is nice too :)

All things nice...

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

I have never heard of this... but I am not a scrapbooker! I love my digital photo books! At least those get made and sent to my family every year! I will check out the site though... they are super cute and fun looking!

Leanne said...

ahhhhhhh! so great!! ......but my i've collected so many scrapbook supplies (and not used them!) i am a procrastinator, not sure this wouldn't be a fail too. :) xoxo

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos said...

These are adorable, and totally make me feel like a slacker!! I think it would take my every waking second to recount and document my kids lives in scrapbooks :) Hopefully, since they're boys they won't be too upset that they won't have a nice keepsake like this :)

And, yes, I share your Pinterest addiction. I need to follow you :)

Formerly known as Frau said...

I like this idea, I use to scrapbook back in the day....now all my pictures are glued down and cut into crazy shapes.....I start before digital was out...

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