After posting a picture of one of my Project Life layouts on Facebook last week I had a few messages with questions about how we complete Project Life in this house. Everyone does Project Life differently. I started doing Project Life in 2012 and use it as a way to record our family's memories. We complete one to two family albums per year. I have taken it slowly and am slowly becoming more confident with the albums.
On the first of every month I upload my photos to an online printing company and have the photos delivered to my house. At this stage of our life it is so much easier to upload photos while the boys are asleep and then for the photos to arrive in my mailbox. It's the difference between getting my album done and 'not getting around to it'.
When the photos arrive, I sit down and have a look at how many layouts I will need for the month. Every month I have a different amount of layouts. November had 5 layouts and December had 11. It changes depending on how much has happened in the month.
Once I have chosen the photos for the layouts, I choose Project Life cards to match. This gets messy at times as I cut down bits and pieces of different cards and have a play around. When I am happy with the layouts I document what was happening in the photos and milestones that have been reached by the boys. I also like to include Cruz's handwriting and little pictures that he has drawn.
Between getting one month's layouts complete and starting the next month, I don't normally do a lot (other than of course taking photos of everyday life for that month).
I am by no means up to date with my albums. This month I completed December and November. Next month I plan on doing January's as well as last Octobers. I am hoping by staying up to date this year and doing one of last year's months each month - that I will get back on track.
At times it can seem like another thing to do on top of a long to do list, but when I look back at the memories that we have recorded because of it, I realise that it is probably one of the most important things for me to complete. At the end of the day we are helping to record memories for our children (and ourselves) and there is not much that is more important than that. Moments pass so quickly and children grow up so fast, but memories can last forever.
I have included photos of some of my layouts from November and December - I still have to complete the journaling on these pages.
do Project Life I would to hear how it works in your house. Do you do a
photo a day? A layout a month? Or something different?