Please note: I have TWO blog posts up today...this one and one for October Afternoon. Be sure to scroll down to see my second post. :)
The birthday celebration continues as Project Life turns 3! The Project Life Creative Team is having a blog hop where you read about how Project Life has inspired us all AND you'll get the chance to enter for some fabulous Project Life products. See the Creative Team links at the bottom of this post.
So why do I do Project Life?
For me, I want to create albums full of memories that my family will treasure for many years to come. The big events like birthdays and the holidays are special but it's the everyday stuff that I think is so intriguing about Project Life. I think about the things I would love to see in photos along with a short story.....like what my room looked like as a teenager, more photos of my siblings (especially my brother that died as a teenager), meals at our old dining room table, funny things we did, the toys we played with, etc. Project Life allows me to capture all those memories of my family and more. That's why I do it.
What's inspiring me right now about Project Life?
As we move into October, my mind starts to think about the holidays and baking and crafts. One of my favorite things to look forward to is Ali Edwards' Daily December album. This year she is going to be working with a 4 x6 album format. You can read about her upcoming Daily December album for 2012 here.
I love the idea of working with the simple, smaller format but to twist things up a bit I've come up with a plan that will suit my needs. I really want to be able to integrate my Project Life album and a Daily December album into one album. So I'm going to use the 5 x 7 Horizontal Page Protectors that are just a size up from the 4 x 6 pages that Ali will be using. This way I can fit a little more on my pages and nestle the pages right into my Project Album since those size pages for sure fit into my PL album. I can still follow Ali's format for her album but just tweek the designs to suit my fancy.
You can get an idea of what this will look like from the photos below. These are the vertical 5 x7 page protectors that I used to create a 2 page mini album of sorts for a night at the county fair. The pages were just tucked right into my Project Life album.
My idea for my Daily December 2012 is to just insert the 5 x 7 horizontal pages into the weeks where they seem to fit the best. And the great thing is that if my pages get too bulky or I decide I want to create a separate album, I can just take out all the 5 x 7 Daily December pages and create an entire separate album.
I'll have more about my Daily December process on my blog starting late October or early November. Until then I just wanted to share my ideas and perhaps spark an idea for you. I'll be using the October Afternoon Make it Merry collection + some of my own stash items for my DD. And good for you, I'll be giving away a pack of the horizontal 5 x 7 page protectors!!
Keeping it organized:
To keep up with Project Life, we need to keep organized right? The Big Envelope Pages are perfect for storing all those bits and pieces of life that we collect. You can use them for school papers, newspaper articles, photos, receipts, packaging....anything that you need to keep safe and organized until it makes it into your Project Life pages.
I've been using some of the Big Envelopes to store my October Afternoon collections. I tuck all the small items like the tidbit packages, buttons, brads and stickers in the large pocket. Then the 12 x 12 papers are filed behind the Big Envelope pocket. I use one Big Envelope for each collection. I love that!!
For my Daily December I am planning on keeping one Big Envelope pocket inside my Project Life album. Here I will store photos, journaling notes and anything holiday related that I want to use. No more having stuff scattered all over for the entire month of December. I'll also be using a Big Envelope pocket to hold some of my smaller Daily December embellishments. I WILL be organized this holiday season!! And lucky for you I'm also giving away a package of the Big Envelopes!
To enter for my drawing of the 5 x7 page protectors and the Big Envelope pockets:
Leave a comment on this post before Sunday, October 7th...10pm Central Time....telling me something unique you've done/could do with your Project Life. Have you added lots of inserts? Do you use it for a baby album? Do you use special accents? Do you keep it very simple? I'd love to know! And sorry, but the contest is open to commenters with US addresses only.
Check out the Free Stuff Page at Becky's site for fun journaling cards + a few other fun items. All for free!
Even more prizes:
Here are the links to the Creative Team Member Blogs. Be sure to visit each site and enter to win the awesome Project Prizes.
Ali Edwards: http://aliedwards.com/projects/365-project-life
Cathy Zielske: http://cathyzielske.typepad.com/my_weblog/project-life/
Jennifer Woodbury: http://jenniferwoodbury.typepad.com/jennifer/project-life/
Jessica Sprague: http://jessicasprague.squarespace.com/blog/category/project-life
Kelly Purkey: http://www.kellypurkey.com/its_me_kp/2012-project-life/
Lindsay Teague Moreno: http://lindsayteague.blogspot.com/search/label/Project%20Life
Liz Tamanaha: http://paisleepress.com/category/project-life/
Marcy Penner: http://www.marcypenner.com/?tag=my-project-life
MaryAnn Perry: http://www.cherisheveryday.com/search/label/project%20life