I was itching to work on another Project Life layout this weekend, but I hadn't finished sorting and editing the next set of photos for it. So I got some diet Coke and sat down for a marathon photo editing session. I took over 500 photos in October on my DSLR camera, my point and shoot camera, my phone, and my husband's phone. Going through these made me realize that it really is better to try to do this twice a month, if not weekly, to keep the workload down.
During breaks from photo editing and kid wrangling, I went through the bulging folder that contained several past Citrus Twist PL kits. I thought storing them together was a good idea since the monthly kits do tend to have colors and elements in common. But then the folder got too full and I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of STUFF. So I spread everything out on one of my tables and sorted the like items together: washi tape spools, 6x6 paper pads, 3x4 cards, 4x6 cards, stickers, letters, twine, embellishments. I haven't quite figured out HOW to store these in a way that makes it easy for me to grab some supplies for Project Life, but for now having everything out and visible is working wonders for my inspiration.
Even though this spread is from the first half of October 2013, I was feeling bright and spring-y, so I used some pretty 3x4 cards from a cutout sheet by My Minds Eye. I also used a few of the pre-stamped weekly cards I had created for 2013, made from another My Minds Eye line, Kraft Funday, which is one of my all-time favorites.
I used two of the Becky Higgins photo overlays to get those cool white borders at the edges of the 4x6 photos of my parents. I limited myself to only the lime green washi tape, and one sticker set from Dear Lizzy, though I couldn't resist the super cute puffy house sticker from one of Amy Tangerine's recent releases.
Creating this layout so long after the time frame it covers changed my photo selections. In this case, it was for the better. I included the photo of Spike and the "one in a million" sticker, which is not something I'd normally use because of the huge floral motif and the sappiness. But I miss my little guy - Friday will be 4 months since he died.
I prefer doing Project Life pages closer to real-time. I think I miss a lot of "everyday" observations by doing it months later. I am definitely happy to have an album full of printed photos and stories, but I think it's got a slightly different "feel" when I'm reconstructing events months later. I can look at Facebook, email and my calendar to find more than enough "data" to fill in the pages, but the events aren't as fresh in my memory so I think I'm losing some of the observations.
But I still think this should be *fun* and I'm not going to stress myself out over this. I haven't yet started Project Life 2014, and am *still* unsure how to approach it since nearly half the year will be "reconstructed" like this. I may just do a couple of pages per month for the months that have passed, and then try to go back to the every-2-weeks schedule I had in 2013.
These are fun crafty questions to ponder and I'm looking forward to tackling the photo backlog and making lots of new pages. Cheers, and thanks for looking! My 2013 album pages are in the gallery below.
Linked up with The Mom Creative for Project Life Tuesday.