When I started Project Life last year, I wasn't sure I'd do more than a year, and I was ok with that. I figured if I committed to one year at least I'd have one year recorded well. It was no loss to me to not start doing every single year. One year, one glance into our current lives from ten years into the future, it was enough. But I find myself wanting to continue for now. Partly I thought it'd overwhelm me, but once I found a rhythm it was pretty easy to keep up with and worth catching up when I needed to.
What I love about PL is that it records what I want to remember. I'm not so great about scrapping the big events like birthdays and Christmases, etc...but those tender snuggle moments that my kids are growing out of, those funny quips they make, the random games they create, these are the things I want to hold tightly to. These are the things I want to embrace and remember.
That's where PL comes in. My daughter might say something funny I want to write down, but I'm not going to create a whole scrapbook page about it, and I'm not going to just write it down and stick it somewhere random to uncover in the future and not know what it is. It goes in Project Life.
My son might be into creating his own science experiments right now, and I do want to create a scrapbook page about it, but it might be several years into the future. Meanwhile, his little labs get recorded in PL for us to remember in the time between now and the scrapbook page.
Everyday life. It changes so quickly. The routines, the technology, the lessons, the places we spend time at...that's what I want to remember, and that's what goes in Project Life.
Will I do it the same way I did this past year? Partly. Here's a run down of the what I'll change and what I'll keep and lessons learned from how I set myself up this past year.
What I'll change:
-The materials. Last year I tried to make my own kit at the beginning so the whole thing would kind of go together and match. Kind of like the Becky Higgins kits. I loved what I chose and I'm little type A so having stuff that goes together was important to me. This year I'm going to let go of that. This year I'm going to embrace inconsistency.
I'm still not going to buy the kit, but I'm also not going to create one. I spent a little time stressing about when I wanted to use a different product line to match the feel or colors in the photos but it wouldn't go with the rest of the album. I'm letting that go. I'm going to use what ever works for each week. I'm treating each 2 page spread as it's own. I don't care if it matches the rest of the album.
-The "weekly" layout. I really wanted to keep my album in one album. I know most people end up with two or more FULL albums, but I really want one album per year. I didn't think until three quarters of the way through the year about putting more than one week in a spread. When it finally hit me it was freeing! I will let myself have single page spreads for a week when needed and not stress about filling in extra space. That will balance out those weeks I have a two page spread with inserts. This year I have one album, but it's really full, and only down to one album because I though of combining weeks finally in October.
-The Variety of Page Protectors. I got at least one of every kind imaginable last year thinking I'd get bored with the same layout week after week and wanted more variety. This year I'll plan on only using the main page protector and adding in the others only as necessary. It really streamlined the process to have one main design and only two measurements to thing about.
What I'll Keep the Same:
-The Organization. The recording page I set up last year and the binder with sleeves for ephemera really worked well for me. There were a few times I got behind because of various serious life circumstances, but catching up was actually easy to do having written down things as they happened and having all the stuff I wanted to choose from to include grouped by week in the same sleeve. I didn't find myself searching for stuff (except for the very few weeks I didn't do this) and I didn't have to try and remember what happened each week. If you want to read about how I organized my thoughts you can go to this post. There's also a downloadable printable planner that I use each week on there.
That's all I can think of in my review at the moment but I feel as if I'm forgetting something...I might edit and add later.
What about y'all? Any changes you'd make to your PL process?