Thursday, July 12, 2012

project life | how I caught up

The other night I sat down to 'get caught up' on project life. I knew I was a few weeks behind (a month and a half to be exact) and I knew I hadn't been taking many photos (long working hours + lack of sunlight). Feeling overwhelemd, I went and checked my email (avoidance) and Ali Edward's latest newsletter was waiting for me. In which she was talking about how she had gotten behind with her newsletter. It was just what I needed to hear. I decided there was no point stressing out about how far I was behind and how I was going to get caught up. It was in the past and the present was waiting.

That six week period became one double page spread in my album.

I loved Ali's repeating journalling technique that she used in her newsletter and decided to use that too. I picked a couple that I really related to and added some of my own. I trimmed down a page proctor so it would hold 4 6x4 and added the text + some pictures of the report writing process (one of the reasons I had ended up so far behind)

One of the reasons I love this approach to memory keeping so much is that it is a reflection on my life right now. And a few weeks ago, that life was crazy busy. This project reflects that.

Are you a memory keeper? A collector of stuff?
What approach do you use to record those memories?
Do you use project life?



  1. I like your layouts! I want to art journal but just can't seem to get started. Every time we travel, I take along a journal and never get anywhere with it. So much inspiration to be found in blogland and yet I can't seem to get those creative juices flowing. Have a good day. Tammy

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Tammy. You can do it! Sometimes I think too much inspiration can be just as bad as no inspiration, especially if you start comparing what you are doing to other people. My approach to project life is super simple and it became much easier when I stopped trying to do what everyone else did. Remember, you don't have to share your work with everyone. Happy crafting :)

  2. Great job "catching up!" I love how you used Ali's repeated journaling. I have had some time this last week to finish a few projects and am so happy I did. However, the Project Life is another story!

  3. What a great way to record your journey and adventurous life. I must admit for me it's keeping my little rituals, the making of a pot of tea, visiting my garden in the front yard in the morning to see what's growing. Taking photos of my day on my iPhone to capture the essence of our days, giving cuddles to miss two. Remembering to kiss ads goodbye when he goes to work even if I'm still sleepy. And using it all to create threads for my blog.
    Sometimes I wish there was more time in the day But I know it's what everyone hopes for.