Project Life 2015 | Week 1
This year would be my third year I’m documenting memories through Project Life. When I first discovered Project Life back in late 2011, I have no idea where this would lead me, if I would enjoy Project Life documentation as much as I do in traditional scrapbooking or maybe more, where do I start and find inspiration, and many more questions that went through my mind at that time.
And so my Project Life journey began in 2012. I have to say I was pretty overwhelmed with everything. I was overloaded with a lot of information and resources and sadly, I lasted only four months before I gave it up completely. I didn’t exactly feel regretful that I chose to give up in a short few months. I told myself it was a good try and it is alright. It’s not the end of the world.
Going forward, I gave it a shot again, starting afresh in January 2013 and the rest is history. And I’m glad that I tried again. I’ve been enjoying Project Life since and I’m still looking forward to documenting memories every week.
My plan this year would be the same as the last two years. I am planning to continue documenting in the same 12×12 album size. I know a lot of people are looking forward to switch to 9×12 album size after Studio Calico came out with the gorgeous new album size and protectors but I still love the 12×12 binder. I think I have too many photos taken that I do need a full size album.
I bought two WRMK 12×12 Classic Leather Albums back in November together with four packs of my favorite protectors Design K. I used this design last year and I love the combination of 4×4 and 3×4 pockets, so I’m going to continue using that again this year. On top of that, I will also mix it up with another of my all time favorite protector, the October Afternoon Daily Flash 12×12 with 16 of 3″.
Then again, I’m still open to using other protector designs as I go along. I used to be obsessed in trying to keep my Project Life spreads in two albums the last two years, nothing more, nothing less. And I’ve asked myself the past few weeks why do I need to set a limit when it comes to memory-keeping? Is there really a need to squeeze everything into two albums? Will it hurt if I use more than two albums? I felt kind of silly for setting my own ‘rules’ and I chose not to ‘bend’ it. Why stick by the ‘rules’ when it comes to documenting memories, right?
So, this year I’m going to allow myself to go free (not to the extend of using up 10 albums! *laugh*) and document as much as I want to. There were times when I wanted to include so many mementos that I collected during my travels but I didn’t because I’m afraid they would add up too many pages to my album. Duh.
I’m clearing that ‘rule’ this year and go FREE.
I haven’t really plan out exactly what I’d like to include in my pages but as I go along in the coming weeks, I’ll share with you what I have in mind.
And here’s a look at Week One.
I received my Firsts Story Kit and Stamp Set by Ali Edwards just in time to kick off 2015 and I used them on this week’s spread together with some of my own stash.
This was from the back side of my title page that I trimmed off from WRMK 12×12 Protector with 9 4″x4″ pockets. This was a short week considering that I’ve only included photos from the 1st to 4th January.
At the back of the transparency that I included in my title page, I added a gold trim label and wood veneer alphas left over from 2013 December Daily Kit by Ali Edwards.
This is a very simple page and I like it this way.
The “Captured Moment” words from Photos Stamp Set by Ali Edwards were stamped on one of the Firsts Story Kit journal cards, cut out and adhered onto a blank white 4×4 card. I then added a wood veneer arrow and outlined the card with a black Uni-ball 0.70 journaling pen.
The semi-circle label with “So Love This Photo” words are from the same Photos Stamp Set.
On the right page, I used Design K protector, alternating the photos and journal cards.
School officially started right after New Year on the 2nd January. In Singapore, new school year starts in the beginning of the year. Ethan has now entered Primary 5 and days before he started school, we were busy getting him ready to go back to school, getting his books labeled and wrapped, ironing his uniforms, a visit to the barber, buying stationeries etc. I added my thoughts on the journal card on new adventures and challenges he would encounter when he entered the next phase of P5.
The journal cards and chipboards are from the Firsts Story Kit .
The diamond chipboard and journal card are also from the Firsts Story Kit by Ali Edwards. Totally loving the chipboards and I’m looking forward to more in the upcoming Story Kits.
I have to say that Ali Edwards came out with the most amazing designs for her kit. Right from the journal cards, chipboards, stickers, stamps and now this Number 1 cork. The sentiments and phrases are just the perfect fit for the day to day memories.
What are your plans for this year in your memory keeping? Will you continue what you’ve been doing, starting Project Life for the first time or are you changing things up a little? Do feel free to share them with me, I’d love to hear all about your plans.