Here I go with my 2015 Project Life. It's always fun to start the new year off with a fresh start and to try new things. This year I'll be making some changes to my Project Life. I think a little bit is due to some boredom with the way I was creating my pages...maybe not really bored because I love my weekly pages but perhaps just needing to change things up. I also want to be able to keep up with my pages in a timely manner and to stay on track. I'm about 12 weeks behind in my 2014 Project Life and I really just don't like that feeling. I'm hoping to simplify my pages to remedy that.
So here we go, I'll just jump right in by showing you my introduction pages for 2015 and my One Little Word page. One Little Word is a concept created by Ali Edwards where you select a word for the year that represents something special to you. You can read more about it on her blog. Below is a 6 x 8 page that is the first page of my 2015 Project Life album. All three inserts are printed from digital downloads from One Little Bird. Peppermint Granberg Jones is the digital artist behind One Little Bird and she's a designer for Gossamer Blue and on the Design Team. I love her simple designs so much that I'm branching out and will be using more of her digital products purchased from The Lilypad. I'll be using both printable journaling cards and digital overlays. I'll talk more about the digital side of my Project Life and some great iPhone apps in an upcoming post.Gossamer Blue kits. I'll be continuing my role on the Design Team + using the Gossamer Blue kits for my Project Life and other crafty projects.
That brings me to some changes that I'll be making to my 2015 Project Life albums. I'm not sure I'll implement all of these changes as I'm giving myself the freedom to just go with the flow. Here's my list of thoughts/changes/what I'm keeping the same, in no particular order:
Use 12 x 12 format, mostly Design A page protectors from Project Life. I'll be mixing in traditional scrapbook pages and inserts in smaller sizes too.
No more white borders around photos. This was a huge decision that I've teetered on for months. I've done a lot of looking around at other Project Lifers' pages and I've decided I really like the clean and simple look. Plus it means less time when printing.
Use mostly 4 x 6 and 3 x 4 photos, eliminating most of the smaller, square Instagrams. It's just simpler for planning purposes, printing and it looks clean in my pages.
Journal most on 3 x 4 journaling cards leaving the photos without journaling or embellishing. I will write directly on some photos here and there.
More handwritten journaling. This is huge because my handwriting is big and loopy and I don't really like to see it on my pages. But it's simpler and I think it will be important to see my handwriting in the years to come.
Weekly, dated information on first 4 x 6 photo using digital overlays from One Little Bird.
Week in review on 3 x 4 journaling card. Instead of using a journaling card for each photo/event, some weeks may have all journaling in bullet form on a 3 x 4 card. Simple.
Organize sports photos and newspaper articles better. Maybe Project Life pockets, special inserts for photos.
More selective on photo choices so I can condense the number of photos.
Use digital products to print journaling cards and to use overlays on photos. I'll be doing a lot of behind the scenes work on my iPhone. More to come on this in a future post.
Use the Project Life iPhone app to create photo collages. Some of my weekly spreads or inserts may be created fully with the page designs too. It's just too simple not to take advantage of at times.
Stay caught up in 2015. My plan is to use a Monday-Sunday format. Plan a week on Sunday, print and work on pages on Monday and then blog that week.
More in depth stories between the weekly pages. I subscribe to both Ali Edwards' Story Stamps and Story Kits which are wonderful products for jump starting your stories. Ali's educational videos and blog posts that go along with these products is are so well executed. It's an entire bundle of information and I highly recommend.
More event/us/real life photos versus just still life photos of house stuff, etc. I want to see the people and read their stories more.
Simple, clean pages with fewer embellishments. It all goes back to keeping the focus on stories + photos. I don't want color and embellishments to overpower my photos. I can always get more crazy on my other crafty projects like wrappings and cards.
Stay true to my style in terms of embellishments, colors, etc. I want my album to represent what I like so I'll be selective in my choices.
Stick with two 12 x 12 albums per year. I've been able to do this and should easily keep with this method, especially if I'm adding fewer embellishments.
Most photos will continue to be taken on my iPhone 6+ and some from my big camera.
Print photos at home using my Epson Artisan printer and Epson Premium Glossy photo paper.
Eliminate planning pages and just print the photos that fit. I spent a lot of time planning pages in 2014 and it was draining. By using just 4 x 6 and 3 x 4 photos, I'm hoping to just be able to eyeball it and print what fits. Sticky notes are my friend when it comes to Project Life.
Use my planner/calendar to keep track of photos taken and to make notes about stories I want to write.
Possibly create blog posts that tell stories I will want to document later on. I love how Ali Edwards does this and then copies the journaling directly into her layouts. Not sure on this one though.
Finish inserts at the time I finish a weekly spread. Last year I skipped doing a lot of inserts and these are some of the most important moments.....like birthdays, graduations, etc. I want to keep on top of it all.
Put more of me into the photos. This will be a challenge. I'm fat. I don't like to be in photos. But I need to get over it. My family loves me and it is what it is. (I know....just lose weight, right)
Okay, that was a lot of sharing for today so if you stayed with me, thank you! I've already finished the first two weeks of 2015 and they are very simple in nature. I got them done so quickly. We'll see how my weeks end up looking as the weeks progress. I hope you'll join me all year long.