Last fall, in the midst of several design team obligations, I experienced a pretty major loss of interest in all things scrapbooking. I started to question whether my projects were doing what I originally intended for them to do: document the life I share with my family. My projects were becoming more about the product than about the stories and information. I was drowning in product and feeling creatively sapped. I realize as a design team member it is my job to showcase product. (a job that I love, btw.) I guess that is where I started to go astray. I had a hard time finding the balance between what I had to make and what I wanted to make - so I just stopped doing anything more than what was required. Flash forward several months and a great big purge, and a new-found love for Project Life and I'm back in biz.
So it started out like this....with a Becky Higgins Project Life core kit (the Midnight Edition) picked up impulsively with a coupon at Michael's a few weeks ago. I figured this particular color scheme (or lack thereof) would afford the most flexibility for add-ons. (Speaking of the add-ons: wow! there is a lot of project life product out there!)
and after some trial and error...finally turned into this.....my first official PL spread:
I'm still trying to figure out where and how to add the dates/week number to that 'hello' card. And I haven't quite gotten the knack of the filler cards. I'm sure I will figure that out when the not-so-eventful weeks are up.
I had a lot of pictures and maybe should have used some of those smaller page protectors that fit in between:
So encouraged by my first layout spread, I've already started on my second.
As a newbie, some observations/things I love about Project Life:
- The little details are getting documented, as well as the not-so-little ones.
- I can store the ephemera with the photos and journaling in those cool pocket pages - and that makes me really happy.
- It's the perfect home for the millions of IPhone and Instagram photos I take - and that is how I'm taking most of my photos these days.
- I'm excited about the prospect of putting together a Disney book PL style when we get back from our next trip in the fall.
- You can lose the crafty mojo and still work on it.
- It's a great visual journal for us visual types!
- I get excited when the little bits and pieces of ephemera I collect are already approx. 3 x 4 inches!
Today I picked up the yellow striped binder, the pocket pages and some extra lined cards. Yes, I'm hooked!
I will be back over the weekend with some Jillibean projects - and I'm sure more PL in the days to come!. Thank you for stopping by!