Thanks for the inspiration, Ali. Love to see what others do, too! I just need to find the time to keep it up regularly!
I do other projects (December Daily, Week In The Life, travel albums) that are theme-based. I have content for about three different travel albums that need to be put together and I plan to use smaller albums with divided page protectors.
I'd encourage you to take the time to document your daily life at least occasionally. Things change and you never know what might be different a week, month or year from now. It's pretty amazing to be able to look back and see how your life evolves.
Hello Ali! Thanks for the freebies today! I have been doing PL for almost two years now and still feel like I am finding my groove. I have accumulated a lot of stuff in that time but I find my style growing more simple and using even less of it. It does make me feel a little wasteful, but I am really enjoying the extra white space right now.
Thanks Ali for making scrapbooking more fun for me. I love your philosophy on focusing on the story. I am an avid participant of December Daily, Week in the Life and one year of Project Life binder/card format and two years digital photobook. It is with your inspiration that I am able to document these events. Love your work and look forward to many more years of memory keeping.
Thanks for the freebie. I am new to PL. Looking forward to working on it with my kids. I stress about taking all the pics at sporting events, etc, that I miss the little moments. Hoping that PL helps me to capture the things I really want to remember.
Thanks for your encouragement Ali. I do take ideas from the PL world. My DH & I travel a lot and I'm a serious pack rat when it comes to picking up things on our travels - the pocket pages work well to hold all my stuff. And I do journal every day but don't take daily or weekly photos.
I've pretty much gone the whole gamut from paper scrapping back when I started in 2000, to full digital in 2004 and now I'm almost solely a digital Project Life scrapper (although I do a digital layout now and then, it's mostly for my own creative expression). Project Life has helped me to get our lives into albums and my teenagers (well, the girls) fight over who gets to look at the albums first when my bi-monthly Persnickety Prints order arrives.
This really spoke to me:
I'm using Ali's numbered cards every week so that I know which week it is (number-wise... I don't date anything) and also because it provides that continuity across the album. I keep them in black and white and then add 2 more black and white cards to continue that album continuity. I also simply cannot do a Project Life layout without adding Ali's word art. I have so much (and plan to go stock up on more) and I really feel her words make my photos come to life. Thanks for all the great word art, Ali, and all the inspiration to help me tell the stories!Repeat the same journal card (or a variation of it) all the way across the pockets for a cohesive look. It?s also a great way to tell longer stories by spreading them across the journal cards.
I love PL. Since I started up with PL, I gave up on my blog and journaling. PL is how I document my life and the lives of my kiddos. They love flipping through my 2012 album when I get it out. I think when I print off my 2013, i need to have them in page protectors so they can flip through it more often!
A journal aid I've not seen mentioned is 'Oh Life'. You set up a free account (or a paid one for extras) and set a frequency to receive emails prompting you to write something about your day. It's easy because you can just reply to the email prompt with your thoughts and it is all stored and organized by month on their site.
This is my 3rd or 4th year doing Project Life. I usually sit down and approach it a few times a month. I use almost exclusively design A page protectors, sketch out the format and start making notes in the boxes for what I plan to put in each one - journal (referring back to Oh Life, of course!), photo, or ephemera. This has worked well for me, especially since I do not print at home. I just put my sketch with each week and when I get my photos from the printer I slip them in.
Here's another tip for today:
There's definitely a place for longer stories in Project Life. Sometimes it's easy to just do short, quick stories but if you want to include more words an insert is a great option. When I want to include a longer story I like to use a 6x12 layered template.
Check out a post I wrote that includes a layered template tutorial for working with 6x12 templates here.
That 6x12 layered template set is available here: Words & Photos 6x12 Layered Templates. And for a specific story starter check out my 6x12 You Should Know Layered Templates.
Here's an example:
I appreciate your tip ~ so often I have more to say, than what will fit one small journal card.
This is my second year of PL and I'm way more "chill" about it than last year. I'm totally happy if I just do a one page spread for a week. I'm really grateful for PL because little did I know that I'd be going through breast cancer and chemo this year. Having PL has kept me documenting this journey along the way and I know in the future I'll look back and be grateful that I documented this whole process. Scrapbooking has been a real "respite" for me during this time. I have to say Ali that your word art is something that I constantly go back to as an easy addition to my PL and scrap pages. I keep coming back for more. Btw, a big shout out for your Hello Story class. I have LOVED it! Years ago I went to your "Today I" class and "I Am" class at a scrapbook weekend in Virginia. I have taken many of your classes and liked them all but Hello Story has been beyond amazing. I've loved watching you go through your thought process. This by far has been my favorite class. Thanks.
also known as Katemac
I've been doing PL for a few years now. It satisfies my urge for chronology (and takes the pressure off trying to 'keep up' in my traditional scrapboooking pages). I decided when I started PL that I would 'embrace imperfection'. I don't worry about restricting a week to a double page, some weeks are 4 or 5 pages, sometimes a few weeks will fill two. Until 2013 all of the photos were SOOC. (Now that I'm using iphone more I've started to do some photo editing.) I have yet to find my style groove but I'm having fun exploring. I love Ali's (and Katie's) and Cathy Z's projects.
Hi Everyone.... your not going to believe where I've been today.... I got to go to an OHIO State football game... I'll scrap and post next week Mamaw turns 91 tomorrow so we have company...
I'll have to read everyones comments tomorrow!!!!
thanks for the freebie
Debbie Douglas aka Minideb
I do like the idea of longer stories, because I think I would rather document how I feel rather than what I did or what was going on with the family. I think I might see this a good way to start, since I'm already doing a daily written journal. This has been a really interesting forum - usually I'm just a lurker, but I really love Ali's work so thought I might chime in a bit.
Such a big fan of your designs & work Ali! I have followed you since clear back in my paper scrapping days and now follow you here! I am doing PL digitally this year for the first time! I must say I am behind about 10-12 weeks but have journaled in Word each day and have all my pictures...just need to get them on a page! Thank you for the freebie and for the tips!
A big fan too Ali, and I love how you keep it simple and real!! I really need to adopt the KISS approach, as I was doing really well up until about April and all hell broke lose at work, so I don't think I've done a page since Easter.... although like Debi, I have all/most of my journaling done and most photos, but the one thing I've allowed myself this year with PL,
(to help myself motivated & less stressed) is to not worry if I don't have a photo a day. Sometimes it's 2-3 a week, sometimes its 9-10, and sometimes I grab them from the internet.... no big deal....
I tend to be a heavy journaler, so I LOVE your idea of the 6x12 insert, for a specific story!! Where do you find those pocket pages and who makes them?
How fun Debbie, happy birthday to Mamaw!
Ali .... I'm a huge fan of yours too.... from my paper scrapbooking days....I have one of your books.... little did I know I'd be getting your stuff when I started digital scrapbooking
Thanks a lot I'll read all the fantastic tips tomorrow!!!
Debbie Douglas aka Minideb