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Project Life & Days of the Week Stamps

I've got a confession to make. 

But first, some exposition: Project Life is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins.  Using divided page protectors you are encouraged to capture the mundane bits and pieces of life day-by-day.

Throughout 2011 I admired Ali Edwards' Project Life blog posts.  I had never been interested in the project before, but she made it seem super awesome and totally doable.  But as I already art journal every day, I figured it would be a duplication for me to pick up the project.

Recently I stumbled across Marcy Penner's beautiful Project Life pages.  She made me realize that Project Life could be an artistic pursuit as well as a memory keeping one.  But still I resisted the very thought of it.  How many daily projects can a girl have?!

And then sometime in December I caved.

I succumbed to the rabid memory keeper in me.  I succumbed to the girl-who-likes-a-challenge: how do I make Project Life my own?  I succumbed to the peer pressure (in the best possible sense of the phrase).

And now that I have accepted that I am on the Project Life bandwagon, I have been forced to think about how I want to approach this year-long project.  While you can buy lots of cute little cards and an official Project Life binder, I've decided to focus on making my own Project Life supplies as I go.  I only bought the divided page protectors.  They come in lots of styles and a I bought a selection to play with (though I'm thinking "F" might become my fave).

As a start to Project Life, I carved this set of stamps to use on my daily journaling cards:

At the moment I'm desperately sad that they're in New York City and I'm in Boston, but soon enough we'll be reunited and I can begin Project Life in earnest.  In the meantime I've been making little journaling cards like crazy:

If you're interested in finding out more about Project Life, here are some great posts from around the web:

  • Michelle Wooderson shows how she organizes her Project Life supplies and work space.
  • Ali Edwards shows off her title page and talks about her approach to Project Life.
  • Marcy Penner shares some of her beautiful pages and shares a bit of the process.
  • Lisa Truesdell has written a wonderful post that covers just about every last detail about how she does Project Life.
  • Becky Higgins has a post about how to get started with Project Life, and it includes a video.
  • Deb Duty offers a collection of random tips.

I'm looking forward to seeing where this project takes me!  How about you?  Are you on the Project Life bandwagon?

Thanks for stopping by!