I'm going to be starting a year-long project on January 1, 2009 and I hope you'll consider joining me.
If you've read my scrapbooking manifesto, then you know that in 2006, I did a page every week about my life. I thought it was a very original idea. Then, I heard about Ali Edwards "Week in the Life," and The Journal Quilt Project (a quilt a week), and Project 365 (photo-a-day for a year, which I'm in the midst of right now). So, it's clear to me that lots of people set out these kinds of projects for themselves - projects in which you record the daily flotsam and jetsam of your life in an artistic way.
What I'm proposing is a kind of mush up of several of these ideas. Here are the specifics:
Project Title: Project Fifty-Two
Project Time Line: January 2009 - December 2009
Project Participants: Anyone who wants to join in!
Project Concept: The idea is to get a year of your life recorded in some way. Every week for one year, participants will create something inspired by an event, a thought, or an emotion from that week.
Project Creations: Since I dabble in lots of different things, I wanted to make sure that other people who dabble could participate. So, what you create doesn't have to be consistent. You can create an art journal page one week and a quilt the next. Or you could stay consistent and make fifty-two scrapbook layouts.
Here's a list of some things I thought people could create:
- a photograph
- a poem
- a scrapbook page
- a mini album
- an art journal page
- a quilt
- an altered object
- a painting
- a piece of jewelry
- an Artist Trading Card (ATC)
- an article of clothing
- a card
- a doll
- an embroidered project
- a tag
- the possibilities are endless!
However, to keep it all in one place, I am planning to create an album. Flat paper projects will go into the album (probably a D-Ring so that I can create paper projects in all sizes) and photographs of 3-D or larger projects will go into the album. That way, at the end of the year, I'll have it all in one place, in some sense.
Project Note: I don't want this to be a burden to anyone (especially myself) so it's all very loose and easy going. No prizes, no pressure, just sharing. Essentially, this is a project that I am planning on doing myself and if anyone wants to play along, rock on!
Project Goals: The first time around, my album project...
- Got me in the habit of creating every week (even the week I scribbled out "too busy to do anything" and stuck it in a page protector).
- I had been an event scrapper before and my album project really helped me to learn how to create work based on small moments.
- Allowed me to explore new techniques and ideas in a quick and easy way.
So, I hope you'll join me. You've got lots of time to think about it. I will post a few more details as we get closer to 2009!