Today I’m back with my second Project Life Thursday Post.
I’m already enjoying this series, and I can’t wait to share so much more about Project Life with you.
Today I want to take a look at the difference between doing a Project Life Album by the week verse by the month.
In my video below I will walk you through the three different ways I have approached my yearly family album.
It is important to remember three things when you are trying to decide how to approach this project.
First, there is no right or wrong way to create a yearly album. These are your memories, and it is your time, and energy you are spending putting this together. That makes you the boss of every aspect of the project.
Second, it will take a bit of time for you to find a good rhythm, and that means there are moments that might be frustrating. The best thing you can do is stick with the process, and don’t compare your project to others.
Last, but not least have fun! This is a hobby, there are no deadlines or to-do lists with project.
Traditional Memory Keeping |Event or Occasion
When I started out memory-keeping it was in the very basic traditional form.
This was back 20 years ago when we didn’t have social media of any kind. There wasn’t an endless amount of inspiration.
I would take a bunch of photos of events, or moments and add them to a 12×12 layout. This is what is known as Traditional Memory Keeping.
This way of memory-keeping still has my heart, and recently I started doing more of that kind of traditional memory-keeping while staying focused on my overall goal for my albums.
I love mixing traditional pages with my pocket pages because I love the feel of creating these kinds of pages.
Pocket Scrapbooking| Weekly
It was in early 2012 when Andrew was around 3 months that I was up late one night working on his scrapbook and I saw the following video from Becky Higgins.
I didn’t know who she was but her video and her heart for documenting honestly made me cry.
Project Life was so new that you couldn’t even get a Core Kit at the time I saw the video and had the desire to change the way I was documenting our family.
Project Life – Weekly Or Monthly?To be honest I just fell in love even more with memory-keeping once I switch to this style of documenting.
I knew this was the solution to being able to keep up with this project.
I wanted for what seemed like forever until 3 Core Kits came to amazon and I purchased the Clementine Core Kit.
To this day that is still my favorite Core Kit. It took me several months to find a good grove with this style of memory-keeping.
Project Life – Weekly Or Monthly?It did take me a little bit of time to settle into the style of Project Life and to fully embrace the concept behind the project.
I was used to taking 100 pictures of the same event, and now I didn’t need to do that.
Finding Ways To Simplify Weekly Project Life
The biggest thing I was learning in those early days of switching to Project Life Style Memory-Keeping was the ability to push through any frustration I may be having to come up with a better solution to keep me on track with documenting our family moments.
As time progressed I moved from changing up all my supplies weekly, and instead of changing things monthly.
It was important for me to hang on to the creative aspect of putting an album together, but I also needed it to be somewhat quick and easy.
By changing things up monthly, and having some foundational pages, and options in place it became easy to manage the project and stay current with it.
Since I started a yearly family album in 2005 I have always kept up to date with it. Having a plan, and system in place is the key to making this happen.
Pocket Scrapbooking | Monthly
After the kids got older, and they were all three in school I began having a little bit more time, and energy within my memory-keeping projects.
I was also sharing more online, and making this little hobby I had into a business, so I wanted to be a little bit more creative in my albums.
There was a part of me that truly missed creating traditional pages. For this reason, I make the switch to Project Life by the Month.
I completely love the look and feel of Project Life by the month. It is a perfect fit for our life right now.
Instead of focusing on taking a photo every single day, I focus on certain stories I want to tell for the month.
This approach has given me the freedom to bring back Traditional Style Layouts in my albums.
It has also allowed me to use more of the products that I have collected over the last few years.
I have to admit that it was very hard adjusting to monthly memory keeping. I struggled in the beginning, but once I found my style it began all coming together.
Traditional Memory Keeping Meets Pocket Memory Keeping
Hands down my most favorite part of Monthly Project Life is being able to add in traditional layouts and the ability to do so many different sizes.
There is never a moment that I’m out of ideas or lack inspiration. Creating these albums bring my heart so much joy.
I hope that this has helped showcase the difference between tackling a Project Life Memory-Keeping project by the week, verse by the month.
As much as I love creating these albums, I love it even more when I can help someone else create their own Memory-Keeping albums.