Username Post: Anyone doing Project Life this year?        (Topic#1583529)
parisdame
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Hi,

I'm on the fence as to whether I should tackle Project Life this year. Is anyone else doing it or have done it last year? I'm been looking on Pinterest for a ton of great ideas but I'm worried I will tired of it after a few months. Any thoughts?


 
julie101
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Hi

I am going to have a go at project life but I didnt buy the kit I got pages from We R Memory Keepers and Echo Park I went with a paper collection from Simple Stories called Snap Life I was just going to use what scraps I have but I really wanted to have a album that matched plus the paper collection grabed my attention.

Im like yourself I am worried that I will lose interest after a few months and for me journaling is going to be a hard as its not something I would normally do.

But I am hoping its going to bring the fun back into scrapping kinda hit a brick wall with my scrapping.


 
Cricutgirlg
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No, I prefer my traditional 12 x 12 LOs. Have fun with Project Life.


 
cescrapper
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I will be honest; i did PL twice and i did do it this year. At times it was a challenge what to take a photo of but that's when your imagination kicks in. In place of a photo some times i did journaling for that day. It is fun and it keeps you thinking which is a good
thing. if you need a boost I can help you with things i've taken photos of. Even mundane things like the bus sign at the end of my street.

Think of it as a year long project that will keep you wondering what can i take a photo of today.

for me i'm taking a year off. i'm doing Simple Stories this year.

good luck with you decision.


 
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I'm hostessing a "PROJECT 52 WEEKS Challenge" if you'd like to participate.

No cost; no hassle; no stress.

Check it out:
PROJECT 52 WEEKS Challenge


 
terrihooper
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I did one in 2009 and only missed 2 days in the whole year. I pre-made lo's for the month and they all had the same format-i think it was a becky higgins template. I varied the colors and embellies.
I am going to do one this year (2013) for my first year of retirement.
I suggest joining a thread with others doing the same project so you can share ideas--


 
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  • cescrapper Said:
I will be honest; i did PL twice and i did do it this year. At times it was a challenge what to take a photo of but that's when your imagination kicks in. In place of a photo some times i did journaling for that day. It is fun and it keeps you thinking which is a good
thing. if you need a boost I can help you with things i've taken photos of. Even mundane things like the bus sign at the end of my street.

Think of it as a year long project that will keep you wondering what can i take a photo of today.

for me i'm taking a year off. i'm doing Simple Stories this year.

good luck with you decision.




What is Simple Stories?


 
kygirlnfla
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Put "Simple Stories" in the Superstore search box here and you'll find a ton of awesome papers/kits for doing your Project Life or coordinated albums. I've not done Project Life but one year I hope to be organized enough to do it....good luck to all doing it~


 
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I did project life this year....I'm way behind but do plan on getting caught up. I took all my photos, just haven't gotten all of them in the album yet...
I don't think I will do it again for 2013 although, I'm not ruling it out for the future sometime.
I'm glad I did it but it is a lot of work and I think I prefer doing 12x12 layouts....Project Life is not creative enough for me.

The two things I took away from it are,
1. I think it is really cool to have a "snapshot" so to speak, of the whole year. It will be really interesting to look back on in 10 or 20 years....
2. It got me used to taking photographs every day. It got me way more interested in photography and I think I got much better at taking pictures. I ended up wanting (and getting for Christmas) a new DSLR camera....

One suggestion I would make is, if you do do it, don't bother ordering the kit.....just buy a nice album, a bunch of the pocketed page protectors and use your own papers and embellishments. It's cheaper in the long run and you will end up with the same thing!

Alison


 
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I am not doing Project Life per say, but am doing a photo a day challenge that I found at this website...http://fatmumslim.com.au/. At the start of the month, she posts a new list. I never thought I could keep up with it, but it is so fun trying to find something to match the prompt. Today, the prompt was "cold", and we happened to get our very 1st snow which made a great picture. Hubby is even having fun helping me come up with pictures.

I did not want to have a separate book for these each month, so I used Picmonkey.com to make 2 collages. I print them at Persnickety Prints as 12x12's. I just copy her list onto the center of the right page, and put a calendar explaining the prompts on the right page. I then slip them into my yearly chronological book.

By doing the calendar, I don't have to worry about extensive journaling for each day.

I just took these pictures tonight so you could get an example. Of course it's night, so the pics are horrible, but you will get the idea.
Project Life Page By Flintridgescrapper
Photo A Day By Flintridgescrapper





 
parisdame
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Thanks everyone for the great ideas and thoughts on PL! I love all the fabulous suggestions. I have decided to do it...wish me luck!

I figured it will be a great way to use up my scraps, add in the bits and pices of life that don't call for a whole 12 x 12 layout and be a cool look at my life this coming year.


 
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I think I would run out of mojo too)) and I don't like the strictness of it - a photo a day, geeesh. plus, i print mine in the shop, not at home - a time delay again. i would constantly be behind and stressed out.
BUT! if i'll ever have another baby, i'll do the ProjectLife type of book for his/her first year. Little babies change so much and there is plenty of opportunities for pics etc. and the small-and-quick format is perfect for the new mom.
I do like the system they do on some blogs, where there is a two-pager for each month of the year - with a collage of lots of pics and some scrapbooking elements, including digital. I might try that next year, as an intro to digi.
(here theshabbyshoppe.com/blog/index.php/category/project-scra p-2012/)


Edited by OlesyaK. on 12-29-12 09:25 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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A pic a day sounds overwhelming but it isn't if you have your camera with you all the time. I have carried my camera with me everywhere I go for a long time now and with the smart phones taking good pics, it is even more convenient. So don't let that stop you from doing a project 365 of some kind. Also, if you miss a day, it's ok-- you can journal why you missed it or just leave it blank.


 
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Project Life does not have to be a photo a day.

Lots of people do a weekly spread using whatever pictures they took during that week, not necessarily a picture for every single day. Many people also don't journal something for every single day either. It can be as versatile as you want it to be with the wide variety of pocket page protectors available.

2013 will be our 3rd year of project life. The first 2 years I used the Becky Higgins kits and also made a bunch of my own things for it during the year to make it "more creative" and more my style.

For 2013, I am using 2 Creative Memories Pic Folio Albums. I purchased pieces a little at a time for it from one of the CM collections over the last year and put it all together so it is all ready to go starting on Jan. 1. We will be doing "Weekly Review" style journaling and also not doing a "photo a day" but rather a compilation of photos for each week.

I will say this about Project Life: Looking back on the last 2 years, it is very cool to have 5 totally completed albums covering the last 2 years of our life. Doing this project has me documenting the normal every day things as well as touching on vacations and special events but it also frees up my time so that I can make bigger scrapbooks just focusing on vacations and special events while still getting "everything else" scrapped in between. I no longer stress about getting caught up because this project is so easy and not time consuming if you plan it out and that gives me time to spend on traditional pages too.

A tip for anyone thinking about attempting a photo a day and journaling every day: We did this the last 2 years and using our camera phones was a huge help. Also, I put the little journaling cards in a container on my night stand with some markers and every night before going to bed, I wrote out the days events on a card. I used post it notes and wrote on them for each day what the picture would be for that spot. I have dropbox synched up on my home computer and my phone so when I take photos, they automatically get transferred to my computer. Then when I have a few free minutes, I can print out a few pictures and add them to the book where the post it notes indicate that they go. A little bit of planning really makes this project Easy to keep up with. It's also nice if you have family members who are willing to participate in the compilation of the book. My DH loves our books and willingly jumps in and takes pictures and saves memorabilia from places we go without my asking.

I agree that this type of scrapbooking is not for everyone.





 
cescrapper
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Things i have taken photos of for PL project. The price of gas on any given day, my street sign, my craft table on any given day. a sunrise, a sunset, my groceries stacked up before puting them away; people in my family; a candle burning; a new pruchase; pets, if you have any; a view outside a window; my house number; my house; a photo off the tv of my favorite show; just some ideas toget you started. and if you don't take a photo do some journaling. i also used different variations of page protectors just to keep things interesting. i snuck differnt size pages in there as well.

just have fun with it. try not to let it become a chore.


 
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What I run into is that I'm an empty nester and live by myself, my kids are all grown so I don't have a very exciting life. Work every day and rest on the weekends.


 
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Jane, I'm in the same boat. Just thinking about trying to come up with a photo per day is overwhelming to me - even a photo per week. I mean, how many pictures of my dog can I take?!


 
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Jane & dwelch try this:

http://captureyour365.com/2012/12/january-365-p hoto-cha...


 
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I've been doing Project Life for the last 3 years or so.

At the end of Day 3 today & preparing to print my pictures.

Sometimes I print them the same day, but more often than not, I print them all at once, every couple of days. I usually keep a Photo Journal to keep track of what is what, even though the dates are also listed on my computer.

Hope That Helps & Good Luck!



 
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  • Cricutgirlg Said:
No, I prefer my traditional 12 x 12 LOs. Have fun with Project Life.



I include my 12x12's within my albums.

It's really up to the person & or your individual style & method.


 
cescrapper
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If you are doing your own project and not getting the kit what i have done is get different orrentations of page protectors. I did that and it kept me interested in it. Like for the month of December i used page protectors that had four 6x6 pockets.


 
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I love project life. I got into scrapbooking because I wanted to record stories with my pictures. Although I enjoy being creative with LOs, I tended to get behind trying to be creative with each story.

Project life allows you to be as simple or creative as you want. I love that I can essentially finish a week's worth of layouts in 30 minutes (just printing 4x6 photos and writing on index cards, slipping them into the plastic photo pages). If I want to go traditional, I can always slip in a 12 x 12 page protector.

I have found I have been really successful in getting the stories down. I have a few gaps in my album, but that does not make me crazy. If I get to it, I get to it.

Good luck!


 
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I am starting this year or trying this year to do project life. But I'm not buying a kit. I am using Simple Stories and what I have on hand. I am using We R Memory Makers photo protectors. Maybe we could start a thread to post, share and encourage one another!


 
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I have decided to do the digital version of Project Life this year. I am not quite an empty nester yet but we do have a pretty boring life...but we have 4 cats that are funny most of the time. I am looking forward to it and have almost finished my first week. Need to to that tomorrow! I loved reading all of the comments. I agree that you do not have to take a picture a day at all. I will be lucky to get in 3-4 with journal cards and filler cards. I love the look of it.

Michelle


 
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This will be my fifth year of Project Life. I started out with more of a daily format but my plan has changed over the years.
My son got married in August so by May I had moved to doing a monthly journal. 2012 is lots more pictures and lots less journaling then years past, but I'm OK with that.
I started because my older children were growing up and moving away, some very far away. I wanted a way they could see what was going on at home when they come home. It is a record of life here, with the youngest children, and our perspective on their comings and goings.
We have two graduations and another wedding this year so this will probably be another year of more big events than day to day happenings. I still do 12x12 LOs when I have time. This year I put a few right in the PL album. Project Life can be as simple or detailed as you like. Love that.


 
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I'm doing PL with a bit of a twist. I am doing January Daily and will do a December Daily and have twenty Random days in between (2 per month) and then a page for each of the special occasions. They'll be single pages so I should end the year on about 100 pages. Same as PL but it suits me.

I am doing other pages too. I am still considering whether to include them in one album or have a seperate one for PL etc


 
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I'm still on the fence - have never done it before but have so far kept up with journalling and taking pics - I may go with doing 1 week per sheet and busier weeks just doing a 2 page spread.
I just saw the new PL kits and I am loving the new ones - it may just give me the push to actually start, I just hate that the new kits won'tbe available until May.


 
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