Two of my goals were to complete Day in the Life and Photo A Day challenges. Here are some inserts I made for my Project Life album to display the photos I took.
I finally had a little time last weekend I between meal prepping and assignment marking to catch up on my Project Life. I realised that as my work schedule got busier I wasn’t taking as many photos and also not doing much apart from going to work. Solution – combine weeks. It worked last year so trying it again this year.
I’m finding with the pre-printed week in review cards I’m using I’m not needing as many Project Life cards in my spreads which is hard because using them up means I can buy more cards from the newly release editions. Must stay away from craft stores until another solution is found.
So here are my latest spreads, using labels and a few stickers to keep it simple.
With less than a year to go, I am only around 1/4 of the the way through my 101 things in 1001 days goals. I was pretty stupid when I started as I made some of my goals to do/make 3, 5, 10 or even 101 of something, so they aren’t as easy to complete – they take time. Some of my goals I knew would not be completed right away and are only now this year even possible, e.g. finding a teaching job.
So with a large list of goals and an ever decreasing amount of time to complete them, I need to get my butt into gear this year.
I have decided that the only way is to be more intentional with which goals I will work towards each month. It works out that I will need to be completing 5-6 goals each month in order to have them all done so I will be choosing a number of goals each month to focus on. Some times the goals I choose won’t be completed and other goals will but slowly they will start to get crossed off so by February 2016 I will have completed them all.
I started this in January using the “I choose…” method and seems to be working out so far.
In March 2015, I choose to …
- Work on C25K running program
- Complete a Photo-a-day
- Read 5 books
- Finish green quilt
- Back up photos onto harddrive and Flickr
- Finish girls crochet Xmas presents
Here is how I went in February and January
In February 2015, I choose to
- Finish and order a photo book for my MeTAV album DONE
- Complete and document a “Day in the Life” DONE
- Read 5 books X
- Cross out 2 food related goals – DONE recipe binder update and make 10 recipes from recipe books
In January 2015, I choose to
- Cook 3 new recipes from my cookbooks DONE
- Learn to crochet DONE
- Read 5 books X 4
- Find teaching job DONE
- Finish green quilt X
When thinking about how I want to document 2015, I knew that I was going to continue using the Project Life system on a weekly basis. Similarly to 2014, I am planning to complete one side of a 12×12 pocket page per week as I still do not take enough photos or have a desire to have multiple albums per year (for me I can fit a year with extra inserts and my OLW documentation in one 12×12 WRMK/PL 3 ring album).
Deciding on what I was going to include in my title page was tricky. I knew I wanted 2015 in large font across the middle 4 pockets and I also wanted to include the “Go See Do” card. The cards and papers in the 4×6 pockets were all from a garage sale pack I purchases so unsure where they are from but they inspired the colour scheme. I designed the 2015 cards in the Rhonna Desgin App and printed them our and then used some Amy Tangerine stamps and also my Kikki-K Alpha stamps to add my OLW (One Little Word). I realised when I was don’t that the colour scheme was the same as the end page of my 2014 album.
So how will I document 2015. The first this I have done is pre-printed and date stamped 3×4 week in review cards. Last year I mostly used 4×6 bifold/title cards on which I stamped the week, date and used number stickers. I realised this year that I did not have enough 4×6 cards with space to write a week in review and I still am attempting to use what I have so instead I bought these digital cards designed by Paislee Press and printed them 2 up on some white PL 4×6 cards using my Epson Picturemate. I have preloaded them into my album and I will simply write a brief summary (maybe using M-S headings) for each week. I liked these as I could use them again as they didn’t have calendars or dates already pre-printed, as I’m only doing one page per week space is semi-precious and loosing a 4×6 or 3×4 pocket just to a week title or date card was too much for me.
Other things I’m going to regularly include are:
- A monthly “CURRENTLY” card as either a 4×6 or 3×4 – listing out what I am currently doing/in to.
- A monthly self portrait “I CHOOSE” 4×6 photo/card – I took Elise Cripe’s class in 2013 and going to use those principle to focus on completing some of my 101 in 1001 goals each month in order to keep them in the front of my mind (and actually complete them all by Feb 2016).
- My OLW pages/activities will again by in the back of my album. I like that my 2014 pages are in with my yearly album so will continue this year.
I think my album this year will be more clean and simple (maybe) than past years. I definitely figured out my process last year and I hope to continue to document 2015 in as much, if not more, detail.
I successfully completed a full year using a weekly approach to Project Life. I mean it wasn’t a great stretch moving from monthly to weekly spreads and printing at home made the process a whole lot easier for me. So I went through my album to make sure that I have completed all weeks and remembered that I hadn’t organised to get a 12×12 photo printed from my Cook Islands trip. In an effort to save time and money (12×12 are expensive!) what I ended up doing was printing a 12×12 photo as 6 separate 4x6s at home on my picturemate. There isn’t an exact process I just used a rock (the big black one in the bottom right photos top corner as a reference point and shifted the 4×6 crop box around the page and printed.I added my usual weekly stamps and used some black alphas for the week number and title.
I named the final week and a half of 2014 as 52 & 1/2 because writing week 53 didn’t work for me and there were only a few days in that final week. The following 2 spreads cover the week of Christmas and New Years Eve. I didn’t have many photos on Christmas day as we were running around like crazy – I hop next year isn’t as busy. The cards for the first page come from the Honey Edition and the Today card from the New Years Eve page is from Kiwi. I used the same process as usually with some labels and stickers (mix of Studio Calico, Amy Tangerine and MAMBI) to add some extra embellishment.
For the final page of my album I wanted to do a summary page, last year I did a little highlights summary and a currently list but I saw this post from Elise Cripe and loved the idea of incorporating numbers into the final page. The cards I used come from both the Aqua and Kiwi Editions along with an assortment of alphas.
I finally had a break today and was able to work on the last 4 weeks of Project Life. I knew heading into this week that I needed to get them done if I had any hope of completing my 2014 album before the end of the year.
Here is week 48. I used grey coloured cards from the Blush Edition along with my Studio Calico printable labels and some grey coloured Amy Tangerine stickers.
Here is week 49 using Blush Edition cards again. I kept the embellishment to a minimum as the colours were quite bright on this spread.
For weeks 50-51 I ended up combining into one page and the dedicating the opposite page to my uni graduation. The cards from this spread are from the Midnight Edition and are a grey/kraft look . I also used the Becky Higgins Alpha Stickers in Grey. For the graduation page I cut up the front of the graduation booklet to make the title card.
Only 1.5 weeks left and I will have reached my goal of documenting a whole year using weekly Project Life.
After my massive catch up at the end of my prac I have remained up to date and on track to finish off the year. I am also beginning to think about how I am going to document my life in 2015, which I will share soon.
Here is week 45. Cards from this week came from the Kaisercraft Favourite Things Collection. I loved the days of the week title card where I could document something from each day.
Here is week 46. I used cards from the Kiwi Edition along with some older Amy Tangerine stickers and 2 die cuts (the sentiments) from Kaisercraft.
For week 47 I had to adjust my usual page layout as I wanted to keep the order of the photos chronological and I also had a lot to write so needed to put my week title on a 3×4 card. Cards from this week are from the Blush Edition, with American Crafts white thickers and Studio Calico printable labels.