As you saw yesterday several of our designers have taken their own spin on Project Life. Today I thought I would share with you my approach.
When I first started scrapbooking I wanted to preserve the little memories. I knew I wouldn't forget about the big stuff...but it's the little special moments that are so easily lost. Lately, especially since having my fourth child I feel like I'm losing those memories long before I get them commited to a page.
I've always admired the approach to Project Life but for me and my schedule I knew I couldn't keep up with it on a weekly basis (trust me I tried Project 365 and failed about 9 months in....). With so many companies creating cute little journaling cards and phrase cards I knew I could make a similar concept work in my favor and save more memories that way.
Every couple days I grab a few journaling cards and jot down anything that has happened that I want to remember. I also have been writing down things about who we are right now (favorite tv shows, etc). I then add those into my page protectors. I also am taking pictures that may not be quite layout worthy, are not enough for a layout into the page protectors. I try to correlate the pictures with the journalling...it doesn't always happen though.
Here's a sample of what one of my spreads looks like:
Some of my favorite stories from the last month are recorded here.
Here's a couple of rules I made for myself:
1) In addition to the journalling/phrase cards I am only using scraps....I will not cut into a new sheet of paper
2) Keep the page coordinated...so once I commit to a journalling card I try to still stay within that color set up.
3) Do not include any photos that I intend to scrapbook later. For instance the picture of my baby in the bumbo playing....this is a regular part of his routine but I don't have a desire to do a layout all about it.
4) Write about myself and my hubby too - not just the kids!
So that's my spin on Project Life...no weeks, just lots of quick memories documented before they are gone! Are you doing Project Life in a traditional way or a nontraditional way? I would love for you to share it with me on our facebook wall! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!