project life: january 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This is my fifth year doing a form of Project Life. I love my albums, I love the simplicity of the process, I love the mass quantity production. I did the photo-a-day approach. I’ve done an all digital approach. I’ve just about done it all, but I find every year that I need to change it up just a bit to make it work better for me.

I LOVE putting in the bits of life, so the digital approach didn’t cut it for me.

I HATE processing photos, so the photo a day approach, or even the weekly spread approach was a bit brutal.

I follow a lot of other Project Lifers through blogs and Instagram, and the second someone suggested they were going to do a monthly approach (I can’t remember where I read first) , I was all in. It’s mid-May as I write this, and although I haven’t posted anything but my first album title page, I’m totally caught up. I LOVE this approach! I’ll share more about my process next week, but today I wanted to start  with my January pages.

Let me start by saying that I have a TON of inserts here (drawings that Logan made, cards from friends, school papers and letters, drawings from Duncan, etc.) that I haven’t photographed. Those are all in either 6x8 or 8-1/2x11 page protectors. I LOVE that I have a home for all those lovely pieces! But I didn’t want to include them in my posts since some are private and they just add a lot of bulk to my posts (and albums!).
One of the reasons I love this monthly approach is that I am free to put together a spread like this (all one day’s worth of photos):
I also love making a spread like this next one on the left – all random places we went to eat over the course of the month.
And the left page below is all about different games (board and video) we played a lot of this month.
I can’t wait to share more about why this format is working so well for me this year!
The Mom Creative

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