So as I alluded to in my list of goals in my previous post, I decided to make a conscious effort at getting our photos printed out and put into albums. Memory keeping has always been important to me, but it’s amazing how time consuming scrapbooking can be – that’s why I’ve never stuck at doing it. It always just ends up falling by the way-side.
I had thought of just printing photo books. That would have been pretty. And then I thought of normal photo albums. Not as pretty, but at least the photos would be printed. And then I stumbled upon something that seemed to be the perfect fit. A perfect balance between practical and beautiful. Project Life by Becky Higgins. It is such a simple idea, and yet so very brilliant. The basis of it is the pocket system page protectors. Generally they are either 4×6 or 3×4 pockets (though there are more options now becoming available). You buy an album, page protectors, a core kit, which is all 4×6 and 3×4 coordinating cards to fit the pockets, print your photos to those sizes and voila – instant, beautiful album. Looking at a lot of other blogs and pinterest for inspiration, you find that some people do a little (or a lot!) more embelleshing to make it more their own style. But the thing I love about it, is you can do it entirely your own way and make it work for you. I’m converted.
I’ve decided that rather than working on a two page spread for each week like most people seem to do, I am going to go month by month and see what photos I have. I will have a title card for the month just to separate the pages a little bit, and then have as many pages as I need to include the photos and memories that I feel are worth sharing.
Right now I am working on doing 2014 as the year progresses. I have a couple of pages done for this year so far to share. I’m also working on 2013 and would really like to backtrack as far as possible, as I have thousands upon thousands of photos which are luckily already sorted by date.
Do you do project life or similar? I’d love if you’d share links to your pages or inspiration in the comments :)