It has been a while since I posted about Project Life, but I'm still loving it! Still doing it! I'm on year four of this amazing memory keeping process and it still brings me joy. Today I thought I'd share a process video where I walk you through (mostly in fast forward) how I put together a Project Life spread.
What is Project Life? It's a memory keeping system in which you use "pocket pages" to stash photos, ephemera, thoughts, etc. Everybody does it differently. This is a brief guide to how I personally do it:
- One two-page spread for every week in the year.
- Each and every day is represented by something -- a photo, a screenshot, a piece of ephemera, etc.
- I put the date on every single image I use.
- My Project Life is hybrid -- a mixture of digital and traditional.
Watch the video for lots more info:
Here are some photos of the spread from the video:
Anticipating some questions you might have:
- I use three 12x12 binders for each year: Jan - Apr, May - Aug, Sep - Dec.
- I may have 100,000 binders when my life is over. If they end up in a landfill, I'm okay with that. I enjoy the process and I enjoy looking at them. A lot.
- How is it different from a photo album?
- Lots of journaling and story telling.
- Easy to include ephemera.
- Lots of opportunities for artistic expression. You can paint, doodle, stencil, stamp, glue, cut, whatever you want!
- How is it different from scrapbooking? For me, so different!
- My scrapbook pages usually feature very few photos. And the photos are usually very nice and "pretty." My Project Life is filled with silly, ugly, out of focus, grainy, real life photos. And tons and tons of them!
- I expect other people (often strangers) to see my scrapbook pages. I expect almost no one to see my Project Life album, so it's more of a diary.
- I don't care about "pretty" or "on trend" in my Project Life album. It's whatever is fun and pleases me at the moment. I work much harder at my scrapbook pages.
- You don't have to have any attention span to work on a tiny 3x4 canvas. A big 12x12 scrapbook page requires attention and thought.
- I do all the photo editing and collage work in Photoshop. If you'd like to get better at using any computer program, including Photoshop, I highly recommend lynda.com.
- My goal is to work on Project Life every week. This doesn't usually happen. Most of the time I end up binging and doing a month at a time.
- I don't ever think of coordinating things in terms of colors or design. It all goes together because it's my hand. At least that's what I tell myself.
What other questions do you have about Project Life?
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
- January 12, 2013: My Project Life Must Haves
- April 8, 2013: Project Life: Ten Things That Work For Me
- October 7, 2013: A Massive Project Life Update
- March 12, 2014: Project Life: It's 2014
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