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My 'Project Life'... uh, project!

Ever since I first stumbled into Michaels on my first trip to America, I've loved the idea of scrapbooking. I loved it before it became popular here in the UK, to the point that I've spent hundreds of dollars on scrapbooking supplies each trip over to the States, bringing back albums and papers and little doohickies to stick on the pages.

The trouble is, I'm actually not a crafty person at all, and scrapbooking, or, at least, competent scrapbooking, requires a small degree of crafting, a designer's eye. I don't have that. I can draw, sure, and throw some pixels around in Photoshop, but add glue and scissors to the mix and it's usually a perfect recipe for disaster. As such, I never actually used any of my pretty supplies, so they sat around gathering dust for years. But recently I discovered a thing called 'Project Life'. You design a page for every week of the year, and at the end of it you have your whole year documented in photos, notes, tickets and ...memories.

http://astoundance.com/livejournal/2013/page_1.png

Now, one thing I don't like about scrapbooking is how the emphasis seems to sit on the design and craft and embellishments and stickers, and not on the actual photographs you're meant to be displaying. A whole page can be designed beautifully around two photos, but that means you only have two photos on display! The joy I find in albums is retaining the memories, showing off those perfect moments. As pretty as scrapbooking can be, I'm more interested in the actual content, not the decorations. So when I found this 'Project Life' thing, where the emphasis is on the photos and keepsakes and not just decorations, I was intrigued.

http://astoundance.com/livejournal/2013/page2_3.png

You can't easily buy official 'Project Life' albums in the UK, but I have found a brand called Echo Park that releases a set called 'Photo Freedom'. It's a similar concept, with album inserts that feature different sizes and shapes suitable for regular 6x4 photos as well as smaller and larger inserts, perfect for leaflets, tickets, receipts and such. It's the perfect mix between crafty scrapbooking and regular photo albums.

Doing a page a week is a challenge, because some weeks you just plain don't do much, but that's where this project kind of shines, I think. It doesn't have to feature all the big moments in life, because the smaller moments are pretty great, too. So you spent a day marathoning Lost? Grab a screenshot online and put it in the album. Finally got to level 30 in League of Legends? Screencap that moment and stick it in the book. Believe me, my first pentakill will get a whole feature to itself. Went shopping? Take a photo of your new shoes, the receipt from your meal out, the ticket stub from the movie you went to see.

http://astoundance.com/livejournal/2013/page4_5.png

One day, you'll look back on these silly little things and go 'oh man, I remember that!' just as fondly as the bigger moments. I think that's what I love about this project. I can't wait to look back on it all in the future and remember all the great moments, big and little.

Comments

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the_faery_queen
Mar. 18th, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
i barely do anything week to week! i tried scrapbooking too, but just couldn't make anything cool. the pages above look good tho! :)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 18th, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
How far back did you go? Looks like you started around Exeter con?

I'd love to do this, though I don't have a scrapbook atm. I think I'll just gathering some stuff together and put in the scrapbook once I get one.
ugerchucker
Mar. 18th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
That above comment was from me, didn't realise I wasn't signed in.
reaperfox
Mar. 18th, 2013 12:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had some things from Valentines onwards, so I started there. on week six now :)
ext_1770277
Apr. 23rd, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for posting this! I've been looking for Project Life photo pages in the UK and it's been a mission. The Echo Park ones look really similar. Do you use them regularly? Are they good quality? Thanks
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