Project Life... some random thoughts about why I love this!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Recently some people have left me some beautiful messages, especially on my instagram photos.  It's really uplifting, because to be honest I feel like a square peg in a round hole sometimes!  But, I'm good with that.  I made a decision to follow my own path and that has meant moving away from traditional scrapbooking to a more editorial style.  I also adopted simplicity as my One Little Word this year.  By using this as my mantra from the start of the year, I've been able to adopt a system to help me stay on top of this project.  I've also used it with my wardrobe but that's a whole other story.

WHY do I love this project?
Argh.  I could talk for ages on why!

  • It's simple enough (or can be complicated if you want) to stay on top of.
  • It's made me view things in a different way... a week and what happened is there recorded to look back on instead of fading into a distant memory.
  • I take MANY more photos than I would otherwise have.  I think to take my camera or phone with me and take photos of all sorts of things that may help record a memory.  In fact you could say I live my life around Project Life.
  • I write things down in my journal as I think of them.  I feel my mind is on overload sometimes and that helps me remember things.
  • I take more notice of the little stories that make up our every day lives and I'm trying different ways to get them recorded... sometimes with photos, sometimes words.   Those stories and how I record them are going to be my major focus moving forward. 
  •  It's really helped me focus on what's important this year especially - it's been an extremely difficult one in some respects with our 16 year old son being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (ASD) earlier this year and all that has entailed for us.  In fact, it's been a bit of a sanity saver for me having something creative to focus on.
  • Yes, mustn't forget the creative aspect.  I LOVE that part.  Getting a balance, the colours right.  Finding the right digital products to use. The OCD in me loves that:)
  • I have a new appreciation of the months/seasons through the photos and celebrations recorded.  It's a bit scary how fast they come around though. But I can now appreciate winter for what it brings rather than loathe those colder months.  I also know that in 3 short months it's over for another year.
  • I can do a digital/hybrid style and that means less product to store, except on my computer.  Love that I can add to photos and cards before printing, tweak the sizes, colours, etc. Perfect!
  • I think the biggest reward is my family looking through the album.  My hubby has several times recently and I heard him telling his mum about it on the phone and saying we must bring it to show her at Christmas. My son also likes to look through occasionally and yesterday he was astounded how fast time had gone while he remembered moments. I love that!

 Yes, sometimes it's the little things that are important...
Pictures can speak 1000 words, but I also appreciate that words can sometimes convey a moment that a photo couldn't.
Ali Edwards handrawn days of the week - similar

Project Life - a system by Becky Higgins.

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