When I first heard about Project Life, I thought it was a cool concept but I felt that it wasn't for me. I was pretty vocal about not doing Project Life 2012. I liked the divided page protectors and the idea of documenting the everyday, but felt that there were too many pockets in a two page spread for me to fill each week. My life isn't that interesting, haha. But the more Project Life posts I saw around the internet, the more interested I got. So at the end of January, I joined the bandwagon ;) I knew I wanted to make my own version of Project Life, but with a system that works for me. I read Lisa's incredibly helpful Project Life post here, and after a few tweets with her as well as an incredibly encouraging email from the very sweet Alexa, I figured out what I was going to do.
After a lot of thought, I decided that my Project Life would be 8.5x11" and I would use baseball card protectors. Organizing things by week doesn't really mean much for me, so I decided to view things monthly instead. Instead of doing weekly spreads, I decided that I would use two (double-sided) baseball card protectors for each month. The pockets would be filled with things that happened throughout the month, whether they be events, simple everyday things, snapshots, funny conversations, music I listen to, TV shows I watch etc. If I ever do need extra room for a month, I figure I can always slip in another divided page protector.
I also decided I wanted a monthly divider in between the baseball card protectors. For the monthly dividers, I used the 8.5x11" Martha Stewart page protectors from Staples that were divided into 4 slots, but cut off the right half so that I would be left with only two slots. The front top slot would have a calendar page and the bottom have a self-portrait. The back top slot would hold something random that I want to include for the month, and the bottom would hold a collage of extra photos that I took throughout the month.
So after all the writing, here we go :) Here is my Project Life so far:
This is the front of January's monthly divider page. I designed the calendar in Photoshop and the calendar numbers are from Paislee Press. I kept it super simple and added a strip of washi tape at the bottom of the calendar :)
Here's the back of January's monthly divider. I printed off my school & work schedule for the top pocket, since a new term was starting. The photo collage is 4x4" and the photos are 1". It was really simple to put together in Photoshop before printing it out.
I still haven't decided what I'm going to put in the top pocket of the monthly divider, but I'm leaning towards printing out the lyrics of Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up since I had that song on loop for the longest time :)
March is still a work in progress!
Here are some close-ups of my favorite pockets :) I printed my calendar on Epson Premium Presentation Paper, and I'm quite happy with the quality. It's now my go-to paper for Project Life printables.
Love that I remembered to get a business card from this place to include in my PL.
I designed this card in Photoshop and had fun with fonts :) The lyrics are from Sam Tsui - Don't Want an Ending, a song that I played on loop all weekend long.
Anyone else include Draw Something in their Project Life? :) I love how people are including extra flip pockets by using their sewing machines and clear thread, but since I don't have a sewing machine and I'm too lazy to hand-sew, I decided to just use washi tape and it's been holding up fine.
So that's it. That's my Project Life so far :) I probably won't be doing regular updates of it, but I may show my favorite pockets here and there. After working on this for the past few months, I really do love this project. I found that this is enjoyable for me because:
- It helps me use stuff from both my stash and my Studio Calico kits!
- I like including screenshots of TV shows I'm watching right now and stuff about music I'm listening to. I think it'll be fun to look back on in the future.
- I love adding online conversations...stuff from Facebook and Twitter.
- I like that I can document everyday things or get togethers with friends that I wouldn't necessarily make a full scrapbook layout for.
- I've been having lots of fun using Photoshop and making stuff for my Project Life.
Speaking of which, I've been a bit obsessed with designing Project Life printable journaling cards the last week or so, and I'm seriously considering opening my own online shop. I still need to figure out the details on setting up a shop since I've never done it before, but more about that later :) I'm excited to show you all what I've designed though! They make me happy. Coming soon...
I applaud you if you got through this entire post, haha. I know it's long. I hope you enjoyed it though! Thanks for reading. Happy Monday everyone :)