YES, I did get behind a few times (like the few weeks leading up to, and several weeks following the birth of our first child)
YES, I did spend a few (several) grinder nights trying to 'catch up', or be more crafty with things, or whaterver.
NO, I am not completely finished my 2012 album, as I had hoped to be before 2012 actually finished.
BUT - I am not far behind! I have a few weeks of pictures all printed out and ready to slip into my page protectors, a few bits of journalling to finish, and the last week of my Daily December (which I included as part of my Project Life album) to finish up when I return home from visiting family for the holidays.
I absolutely LOVE the product that I am left with. I have a full (and quite exciting) year documented, and I am so proud of myself.
Recently (during one of those grinder nights trying to 'catch up', my husband asked me if I was 'seriously considering doing this again for 2013' in a touch of a sarcastic tone...like 'you can't be serious'... I told him to go take a peak at the album sitting on our kitchen table, and tell me if he thought I should or not. His reaction spoke volumes. He had seen the album before. I often shared completed weeks, or sought out his side of things/point of view for various events that were more from his point of view, (OK, so I forced him to journal a bit...hehe). At first he flipped through pages of the first few weeks...but soon he started finding pictures of my exploding baby belly, of our new son, of visits with friends and family that he had forgotten details of. And he fully agrees...this is a project to continue with! I heard a lot of 'look at this guy in this picture!, so tiny!', or 'I don't even remember this!', and 'Look at how hilarious (I know he meant cute) you look sleeping on the couch with the dog using your baby belly as a pillow.' These are the memories we need to preserve. These are the things we are going to forget as time goes by and life demands our attention. This is why I will continue to do Project Life in 2013. I love it. Thank you so much Becky for creating such an amazing product that is so versatile and accessible to so many people.
As I Move Forward
There are many things I learned from doing Project Life in 2012.
I get bored easily. OK, I didn't just learn this, and I should have known better. But one core kit is just not enough for me. I need variety to keep me motivated. I can't use the same cards for a full year and be excited about it. I just can't. I need NEW. So this year I have buddied up with a PL friend and we are going to each buy a kit, and then split it. LOVE this idea. This way I have two kits to work with, plus leftovers from my old kit.
I love to keep it simple. Throwing in 3x4 and 4x6 grid cards has become a 'go to' for me each week. This is one thing I do NOT get bored with. I love the clean lines and blank slate it provides me for journalling, for a photo backdrop, for anything. These two items are a MUST HAVE for me with my PL album...I never seem to have enough of them.
Some of my post-it organizers .
Single Page Organizer - https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6LWtxBTUUeVdHJlQldlRUlCVFU
Two Page Organizer - https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6LWtxBTUUeVeTlaTWFNMlk5Y1k
Whether you are new to Project Life, or an old pro just looking for new ideas, I would love to hear your best tips for keeping your Project Life album organized and up to date! Leave me a comment below to share your ideas!
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