january recap

Monday, February 7, 2011

I’ve done Project 365 for two years now, and although I love the outcome (and the Project Life kits) it just was getting to be too much pressure to journal it all.  I have about 8 months of journaling missing from my 2010 album.  Not sure what I’m going to do with those little pockets.  But I loved the part of Project 365 that captured our every day (and kept me “caught up” so I’d never feel guilty about not getting to scrap certain pages). 

So this year, I decided to cut myself some slack.  I mean, I make the rules on what projects I do and how I do them, right?  I started to notice two of my favorite bloggers, Cathy Zielske and Rebecca Cooper were using a monthly approach.  It was as easy as documenting the random things in that month on a few pages instead of a 2 page layout for every week.  Perfect!

Here’s my first attempt.  I’m pretty pleased.  It took me probably one hour combined to do these pages, and now that I have the papers selected, it will probably go even faster next month, which is AWESOME.  The best part is I can use photos I’m taking on my iPod and phone thanks to the photo grid with smaller blocks.  I also cheated with journaling and copied in some of my statuses from facebook and tweets.  Momento, an iPhone/iPod app, made this super easy.

All templates are part of the Monthly pack from Cathy Zielske.  The kit is Just Because by Three Paper Peonies.  And the twill is from the Week in the Life Twill by Ali Edwards.
01 Jan Title01 Jan Journaling01 Jan Grid
Yes, I realize this is a three page layout, which kind of presents album problems.  But I’m trusting the different months will flex and change in page count based on the number of photos I want to include.  So I’m not going to worry about it too much.
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