I started documenting my life using Project Life in May 2011. I really enjoyed the process of photos + stories. I loved looking at my album, as did my friends and family. However, in the 4th quarter of 2011, I hit a snag. I "fell behind" in my Project Life album due to busyness and "not-good-enoughness". I looked at too much Project Life inspiration on other people's blogs and on Pinterest. It overwhelmed me and I felt like my album wasn't "good enough". Instead of spending my time just getting my album pages done, I was spending time looking at other people's albums. I started comparing my pages to other people's pages and felt frozen with indecision. My tendency for perfectionism made me want my album to be perfect each week, instead of just getting it done. Thus my 2011 album lay unfinished.
I got an email newsletter from Ali Edwards yesterday that really encouraged me. In it, she talks about "creative practice". You only get good at anything when you practice, and take the time to actually do it.
Ali said, "It's easy to spend your "practice" time researching, reading, looking at images online, getting lost in other people's work and inspiration, etc. While I think there's definitely some value in that process, for me the real value is in actually doing/making/writing/photographing/etc. Don't spend all your practice time watching other people's practice."
It spoke to my heart. It resonates with my 2012 mantra of "Begin from a place of grace... and finish strong." So that's what I'm taking to heart this year so I can get my album done! :)
So here's the process I'm going to follow for my 2012 Project Life album.
I used a combination of Project Life Clementine Core Kit and some cutouts using my Silhouette SD digital cutter.
I printed out our names onto the 4x6 journaling card. Then I added a 2x2 photo of us. I used an existing postage stamp shape in my Silhouette library and added the "2012" to it before cutting the shape out.
I designed this frame with "2012" in it myself in the Silhouette Studio software and cut it out with Bazzill kraft cardstock. The cutout is overlaid on top of the "Everyday Life" 4x6 card from Project Life Clementine Core Kit.
I designed this 3x4 frame with our names in it in the Silhouette Studio software and cut it out on kraft cardstock.
I cut out this camera shape with my Silhouette, layering different colored cardstock, using dimensional adhesive so that the heart stood out.
That is my title page for 2012! Here's to making memories and documenting it!