It has been a while since I've reported in on Project Life. I'm still working on it every week. Today I thought I'd share ten Project Life ideas that work for me.
1. I like every single day to be represented in some way. When I don't have a photo, I use a screenshot.
In the bottom right corner you can see that I included a tweet from my day. Even weeks later, it's easy to go online to your twitter profile and see what you tweeted on a particular day! A great way to fill in empty spaces.
2. I stash interesting bits of mail, programs, tickets, and all that good stuff in page protectors in the middle of that particular week's spread.
I keep postcards, airline tickets, receipts, anything that I think I might want to remember! I always used to collect these things in a shoebox. It's great to have a real "place" to put them!
3. When I don't have a lot to share in a given week, I'll make pretty little quote cards to fill the space.
You can see I used a handwriting style font to create the yellow "19" quote card. When I do a filler card like this, I try to choose something that sums up the way I'm feeling that week. That way, looking back, I get a real sense of my emotional state at that moment.
4. I cut 4x6 photos in half so that they'll fit across two pockets.
In my opinion, the only way this project works is if you make it work for you! You can see that I cut two different 4x6 photos in half because I was using a page protector with lots of little pockets. P.S. I did the writing before I cut the bottom left photo in half.
5. I do a ton of journaling directly on top of my photos.
6. I include a lot of food photos.
I'm the kind of person who goes on vacation and remembers each day by what we ate. What can I say? I love food. So, I take a lot of photos of the food I eat and seeing the pictures really does bring back memories for me. The whole point of this project is to capture those little moments that make your life yours. A lot of my little moments are food-related!
7. When I'm in a rush, I go hybrid.
Hybrid = combo of digital and paper. Since I'm editing photos anyway, it's easy enough to add in the journaling, date numbers, and so on. Especially when I'm playing catch up. This was a time that I was out of town and when I got back home I had three weeks of Project Life to catch up on! So, I did most (but not all) of it on the computer for the sake of speed.
8. I love using my typewriter to add journaling!
Truth be told, I'm not sure you can tell the difference between the digi journaling and the stuff I do on my typewriter. That said, all of the typewritten text above was done on my typewriter. I like how clean it looks, because like everyone else on earth, I don't love my handwriting. I think we all covet someone else's handwriting, right?
9. Photos go directly from instagram into my Project Life album.
I love the square format and the pretty filters. I also do a lot of photo collages through PicStitch that end up on instagram. Almost every photo that I instagram ends up in my Project Life album.
10. I try to include images of my artwork each and every week.
I try to include photos of the things I make and the things I'm working on. Making art is an enormous part of my life and I like having a little snapshot that shows exactly what I was working on that moment. Looking back, it's fun to see where I was in my artistic journey!
So, there you go! Ten things that make my Project Life work for me.
One of the wonderful things about this project is that there is no wrong or right. There's just what works for you and what doesn't. Do you have a list of ten things that work for you?
Thanks for stopping by!
To read my previous posts on Project Life, please visit these links:
- January 4, 2012: Project Life & Days of the Week Stamps
- January 19, 2012: Project Life: Keeping it Low Key
- March 5, 2012: My Experiences with Project Life
- March 6, 2012: Custom Page Protectors
- May 29, 2012: Project Life: Six Months In
- September 10, 2012: The Way I Do Project Life
- December 20, 2012: Project Life: Worth the Trouble