After a couple of attempts, over the last few years, it finally occurred to me that I was approaching Project Life® the wrong way. Well, as with all creative outlets there is no “wrong”, there certainly has to be a way to make it less difficult, less struggle, more ease, more flow. Given that flow is my theme of 2015, I wanted to do something that reflected this new approach.
Why bother? Why keep trying? Well, the stories, of course!
I had four kids in less than five years and most of those early days I remember as an exhausted blur. I was surrounded by bottles, diapers, vomit, sippy cups, crying, bumps and bruises. I didn’t have the time or the energy to record all of the delightful moments in between. Not all but many of the stories are lost as I was on my own most of the time – I experienced little to no relief. I found joy in photography and storytelling and was over-the-moon when I learned that scrapbooking was a “thing”. When I discovered Becky Higgin’s Project Life® approach a few years ago, I saw this project as an opportunity to make up for my failure as the keeper of our family stories. Making individual layouts was a wonderful practice, but this truly captured the dynamic of our lives as a family. I quickly realized I could not keep up with the pace but I was stubborn. THOUSANDS of women can do this, what in the world was so hard for me? I realized I was recording – in words and photos – the minutia of our lives. I was turning Project Life® into a perpetual Week In The Life™ project. Though, I still have all of the photos and all of the stories for the last few years, 90% is not done – not put in pretty page protectors or pretty layouts. They are in raw form, in iPhoto and a folder on my desktop.
This year? I still have a folder in iPhoto and a folder on my desktop, BUT this time I plan to record the flavour of our lives, not the minutia. I’m also making a far smaller 6″x8″ album of 100% digital layouts. I believe this will add to the flexibility of my storytelling. I have the album, I have the page protectors, I have the layout, the embellishments, and the desire to actually do this. I’ll never run out of photos and stories!
Time to do this, my way. With flow.
LAYERED TEMPLATES: Six by Eights No. 01 by Cathy Zielske at Designer Digitals
DIGITAL PAPER: Maplebrook Studios Patterned Palette No. 02 at Designer Digitals
ELEMENTS: Minimal Year 2015 Starters by Cathy Zielske at Designer Digitals