Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I picked up on Project Life back in the summer of 2012.  I was burnt out from traditional scrap booking.  Something I used to spend hours doing in my bedroom during highschool was suddenly a dreaded task that left me sitting on the floor feeling drained and lost without any inspiration.

What drew me to Project Life initially was the simplicity of it all - buy a binder and pocket pages and you're set to start scrapbooking. Yes, there are extra goodies that you can get, but you don't need those to start.

 I read about Project Life through a random craft blog and was immediately intrigued - enough to order the basic supplies needed.  As soon as the supplies arrived, I started my documenting and memory keeping.  I'm so glad I started when I did - soon after Rob and I were married and while he was in flight school.  That was such a unique and special time in our lives and every time I look back on that particular book, all of the nostalgia feels come rolling in.

When I initially started, I documented things on a weekly basis.  Every spread represented a week, so at the end of the year I would have 52 spreads in one 12x12 book.  At that time of my life it was very manageable and easy and something I looked forward to doing every Sunday or Monday.   Now days I'm a little bit busier (or is it that I'm just more tired?), but that's the great thing about Project Life - it can adapt to your schedule and time frame.  I can be as detailed and loose as I want with my spreads and documentation.  At this point, as long as I get pictures in my album from each month then I call it good.   It works.

Printing photos at home is what fits for me now, especially since I don't know when the next time will be that I can scrapbook.  When I was ordering pictures and having them sent to me, I'd grab the package of prints, flip through them, and then put them in my office to be forgotten and discarded.   Now I simply print off 3-5 photos and scrapbook them when I have pockets of time.  Unfortunately this is usually at night when it's dark outside, so once a spread is done I can't photograph it right then and there (thus the last of project life posts lately).

I foresee this as being my long term memory keeping method, aside from blogging and Instagram.  Although the digital method of memory keeping is easier and more convenient, there's nothing that compares to something you can hold in your hands and flip through with family members.

I've spoken with people whose early lives weren't documented in any way and as odd as it sounds, they said they feel like there's a piece of their lives missing.  Photographs and journalism play a huge part in connecting us to our past.

See all of my Project Life posts here

Also, a post about catching up on my Project Life album

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