Project Life: February

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This is my story.

I love documenting my everyday life; here’s how I’m doing it in 2014.  

This is my ‘right-now’ scrapbook. For the past few years I’ve been documenting my everyday life using a modified version of Becky Higgins‘ Project Life memory-keeping system. My goal for this project is to document the important (to me) stories and photos in one place. My format is open-ended, I have no plans for a specific amount of pages, in chronological order. To house my Project Life for 2014, I’ll be using a 6×8 album with various page protectors.

 

February Pages

Overview thoughts: I didn’t love this month, February kind of sucked — a lot of stuff in our lives was in limbo, and between the never-ending snow and cold it was just a not-fun time. I think that made documenting a lot harder — especially in this new monthly format that I’m doing. There weren’t any real exciting events, and we didn’t get out much, so I did my best with what I had…and I’m definitely satisfied with my efforts. I love this project, and I love that it helps me to document even the more boring/lackluster times in my life.

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February <3

 

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Love
  • Moment: This was a random spread, with a couple of pictures that encompassed what daily life was like this month. I like that this format leaves me a little bit more free to try out new
  • Favorite Part: The sequin shaker pocket in the lower right hand corner. It’s  a little bit hard to see in the picture, but it was super easy to do. Fill the pocket with sequins and then close it up (I used a stapler, but you probably should use a sewing machine).
  • Tip: Keep it simple. Not every spread has to be a work of art — if there’s something that you want to document (like your breakfast routine, or the candy you’re obsessed with) just do it. You’ll look back on it and really appreciate your effort.
  • Supplies: Studio Calico Office Hours Project Life Kit, Basic Grey Capture 6×6 Pad,  Stamp from Notebook Kit3 Pocket Page Protector4 Pocket Protectors, Versafine Onyx Black ink

 

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Valentine’s Weekend

 

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Cousins’ Lunch

 

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Nerding Out

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Nerding Out

 

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The Inside/Outside World

 

Album Supplies: 

Studio Calico Handbook4 to a sheet Page Protectors3 to a sheet Page ProtectorsSakura Microperm penTonic paper trimmerSelphy cp900 photo printer.

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FAQs

Each month I’ll be answering and sharing questions about my approach to everyday scrapbooking and the modified Project LifeTM system that I’m using. Most of these questions come from instagramfacebook, and a few emails. If you have a question, please leave it in the comments below and I’ll add it to next month’s list. The complete list of Project Life FAQs can be seen here

Do you use color charts/wheels to co-ordinate colors or do you just go with what feels right?

  • Both. Kind of. I usually start with one card, embellishment, or photo and then pick colors based off that. I’m a huge fan of the science of art — color wheels, the rule of thirds, and all things that science has found to be pleasing to the eye. But then I really like just throwing all of that out of the window and doing whatever I want. My best advice is to learn the basics, understand why red and green are across from each other on the color wheel, be able to visualize a rule of third grid — and then throw it all out and do what feels right.

 

What apps/reminders do you set for yourself to remember to take pictures or grab paraphernalia to use later.

  • Umm. I’m actually terrible at this. It’s one of the biggest reasons I came up with the idea for Thursday Three. I have an app (Momento) that sends me a push notification one time each day with a reminder to take a daily photo, but I ignore it 99% of the time. As for memorabilia, I just grab what I like, and I’ve trained myself to always grab a business card when I leave.

 

What do you use to create inserts?

  • Anything that’s smaller than an 8×6 sheet of paper. With the Basic Grey Attach Me Stickers, you can turn anything you want into an insert. I also like to use smaller or cut page protectors, envelopes, or chipboard acrylic pages

 

 Where can I purchase the products that you use?

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Project Life Lessons

 

Project Life Lessons Giveaway

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This class is being co-taught by one of my favorite people in the whole wide world, Megan Anderson of the Nerd Nest, along with the super inspiring Elise Blaha Cripe and Annette Haring. This is a re-run of the course they taught last summer, with updates from everyone’s 2014 albums. Here are some details about the course:

Set yourself up for memory-keeping success in Project Life Lessons! Three experts have teamed up to share tons of insider secrets for making the most of any Project Life project. Packed with videos, downloads, handouts, and beautiful layout examples, Project Life Lessons includes three times the content you’d find in a typical 3-week workshop.

Three experienced Project Lifers to the rescue! Elise Blaha Cripe, Annette Haring, and Megan Anderson and will share their tried-and-true tips in the areas of photo management, storytelling, organization, assembly, and more. Whether your approach involves weekly spreads, monthly highlights, or something more custom, you can establish an effective working process that will help you make your albums a better reflection of who you really are and what matters most to you.

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  • Kristin Whelan

    I love your project!

  • Caroline

    What a cool project. thanks for the faqs too :)

    • You’re super welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Emily

    I love your project and I like how you’re doing a smaller version of project life.

    • Thanks so much. It really helps me document myself to the best of my ability.

  • Virginia Adkins

    I love 6×8 PL. I’m doing mine that way this year, with SNAP albums. <3 yours is so well laid out, too. Thank you for sharing!

    • Woo! I just got a whole bunch of SNAP stuff for the shop. It was some of my favorite stuff from CHA this year.

  • You’re one of my favorite people in the whole wide world too!

  • Heather

    I love looking at your pages. Thank you for a chance to win a seat in the class.

  • Monika

    I love your small format album. Maybe I will try it next year!

    • Small format is the best (for me)! Definitely try it out — I did it for a short time last summer and fell in love with the size.

  • magdalena.stigson

    You may have had a not so great February but the Pictures still made for some awesome PL pages!

    • <3 thank you. I'm actually happier with them each time I look at them.

  • Rachel Townsend

    This seems like a great class to help me get started with PL – I’ve been wanting to take the plunge!

    • It’s definitely a great class to help you get started. Definitely take the plunge! If you have any questions about getting started, you can always drop me an email too :)

  • Tine

    I just got my first PL core kit, some pockets and two themed kits today – and you are a big inspiration to how I should start and then continue :-)

    • Oh hooray! I’m so glad :)

  • BAH! I was so excited to see my valentine in there!!! :)

    • Yes!!!! It was so perfect.

  • Laura Kaplan

    Love the smaller format. I’m doing 6×8 PL this year, too (although I have yet to put even one photo in the album!) Question for you: What happens when you use the front of a page protector, but then when you go to use the back, you want a different configuration? For instance, you have a 3-pocket page on the right to end February, but what if for March you want the left side opening page to be a 6×8 like the first page of February was? Is there a solution to that, or do you just go with whatever you have?

    • I think about it before I finish up the month actually — this month I specifically ended with a 4×6 card because I have an awesome 4×6 title card for March that I want to use. So I’ll at least plan my first spread for the next month when I’m ending my last spread for the current month.

      • Laura Kaplan

        That makes total sense. Thank you for your answer!

  • fariha

    love your spreads- really help trigger my own creativity for this project!

  • I love this, I love it all! You have made documenting in a smaller album look FANTASTIC!

    • Thanks <3 I'm loving the smaller album.

  • Can I just say that I loooove how you break down your Project Life spreads? I’m feeling totally inspired.

    • Yay! I love breaking them down — it helps me figure out what I like about the process and what I want to do less of next time and what I want to emphasize more of next time.

  • aranka hes

    this class is perfect!

  • Elina Strömberg

    I love the way you are putting your PL together. This method of not documenting each and every day with a photo and journaling is very inspiring – I think I should try it, too! I started my traditional PL two years ago and finished 3 first months. Then I felt the project did not inspire me at all anymore and I dropped it… But after reading your post I think I need to give it another try!

    • Definitely give it another try. I’ve tried a ton of different ways to do Project Life over the past two and a half years, and I’ve found that my style really does change a few times each year and that forcing myself to stick to a certain format makes it not fun at all.

  • Debbie M

    I love your pages. For having a “sucky” month, it was exciting to see! :)

  • Leslie De

    I had no idea on how to document the crappy times this helps a lot. Thank you. I’m glad I discovered your blog.

    • I’m glad you discovered it too! Documenting the hard times is super hard — because what do you want to remember, what do you want to just leave off the page? I really liked that the monthly format gave me a little bit more time to process all my thoughts and let me document that — life kinda sucked, and that’s okay, cause now it’s time for better things. :)

  • Margaret

    I like your smaller format! There really are many options – thanks for sharing!

  • Julie Billingsley

    I love how your lackluster month turned into a truly beautiful scrapbook! Gorgeous work!

  • Raesha

    OOOHH!!!! this class looks SO awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot.

  • Jessica Haines

    Thanks for the chance to win! This class looks amazing! And I love your format for PL, so unique and fun!

  • michele rose

    I love your style… It always catches my eye! Makes me want to dig in and get some pages done :)

    • Thanks so much! That’s such a nice compliment :)

  • Kelly Jean

    I love your PL!! I’m purchasing my first PL kit ever tonight and I’m excited to start documenting my every day life!!

    • Yay! Getting started is so much fun!