Saturday, January 21, 2012

Project Life

I am doing Project Life this year. I attempted the project back in 2010, but failed miserably. I got to April, and gave up. This year I'm determined to document my family's daily life. Instead of taking a photo daily (this is what put me over the edge 2 years ago), I'm concentrating on taking random photos throughout the week. I may take 3 pictures, I may take 15. I'm also making an effort to collect daily ephemera to include in the weekly spreads; things such as receipts for gas, fast food receipts, emails, church bulletins, ticket stubs etc.
I've completed the title page and first 2 weeks so far. I'm always a week behind due to uploading my photos online and picking them up at Walmart. I'm not printing my pictures at home due to 1. a crappy printer and 2. I'm too cheap to use all that printer ink and photo paper.
Here is the title page:
Please forgive the poor picture quality. I have no clue how to photograph the layouts without getting that nasty reflection. I need to get a good photo of Mike to place in his slot. I love using my Cameo machine to cut out all kinds of fun shapes and captions.

Here is week #1:

I strongly dislike my handwriting. It's messy and unsightly, but it is the easiest and fastest way to get the journaling accomplished. I also hope my family looks back and can appreciate the handwritten pieces. My most prized possessions are my grandmother's handwritten recipes. This week, I have a regular  8 1/2 x 11 page protector between the layout pages that I used to hold Thomas' basketball program and my department meeting agenda.

Here is week #2

Again, sorry for the glare. I must work on my photography skills! Ephemera this week includes  snack packaging and a shopping list. I'm making a point of photographing the routine, mundane happenenings, like laundry, dishes, snacks etc. I plan on taking a photo of our home during all four seasons. I also plan on photos of vehicles, cell phones (those change quickly!), clothing, meals/recipes, family pet, and home decor.
Here's to 52 weeks of everyday life photos and journaling!


deb duty said...

Your pages are looking great! I love project life too. It's so fun to look back on what we did each week! Here are some tips for photographing your pages. Turn your flash off, place the page in good window light, but out of the direct sunlight (so you would place it next to the light, but in the shade). If that's not working well, you can even photograph them outside, but just make sure you are in shade. If you have any questions, let me know!

Dayna Sabrina said...

I think it turned out great. Glare is always going to be a problem because of the page protectors. Don't worry so much about it. I still enjoyed looking at the weeks PL work! ~ Sabrina

Valerie! said...

Fabulous!! One of the things I want to incorporate in my PL is more of the ephemera you put in yours. I love the photos you took and your journaling!! Great idea to use different colors as the titles for your pics etc.
I too have problems with glare when I take pics of my pages and I'm going to try some of Deb's tips..thanks Deb!
My first week I started with my own handwritten journaling cards. I HATE my handwriting so I decided to change it. My dd came by and asked "why'd you change it? Why aren't you using the ones you wrote on"? I told her I hated my handwriting and she said "I LOVE your handwriting! It's you and it's my mom's". So, from now on I'm using my awful handwriting.
I loved your pages..sorry to hack here with all my babble. :)