Thank you for all your thoughtful comments on my previous post about Project Life. I have thought a lot about the purpose of Project Life to me, and why I would want to continue with it. I don't think I do Project Life just to document my memories and experiences, because I have other means for that already, such as this blog and daily journaling in Oh Life and in my Moleskine planner. I do think I enjoy being crafty and scrappy with my Project Life album. So my expectation of spending under 2 hours per week on Project Life is unreasonable. But, it doesn't mean that EVERY week I have to get all crafty with Project Life. Some weeks I'm more pressed for time and stressed and it's perfectly okay to just print out some photos and hand-write some simple journaling on the PL core kit journal cards, and call it done. Some weeks, when I have more time, I can get more scrappy with it. I had a fruitful discussion on my Facebook wall with some friends, and it spurred Nettio Designs (Lynnette) to ask the burning question: "Do You Suffer From Scrapbooker's Guilt?". I also posted the topic about Project Life taking too long for me to complete every week in the Lilypad forum and there are a lot of thoughtful posts in the thread there. And yesterday, Michelle Wooderson wrote a great post on her blog about how you can complete Project Life in a scrappy way without spending 5 hours on it every week. She gave some great tips on there, so it's worth a read for sure.
I really think the chronological aspect of Project Life and the fact that my version is doing weekly pages induces the panic and guilt when you "get behind". Or when you spend too much time on it every week and get frustrated, because you know time is ticking and next week is coming and you will do it all over again. Before Project Life, when I just scrapped pages here and there, about random things, without any chronology, I never ever felt guilty or "behind". I never felt like I spent too much time doing it either. I know Becky Higgins herself has said it's not about guilt and rules, and do it your way, and don't feel pressured, etc. But it just doesn't work that way for a lot of us, LOL.
This is Project Life Week 12. I did this last weekend, along with Week 11 at the same time.
For this week's title page, I used one of the tickets I made myself and drew and colored "Week" on it. A heart stamp and some Thickers numbers and my weekly title page was done.
I stamped some Jenni Bowlin label stamps onto cardstock and cut them out to adhere onto the grid patterned paper. Then just date stamped and journaled.
The same heart stamp as the week's title page, except this time in red. I designed the "This Cat" in my Sihouette software and cut it out with the Silhouette. Then I adhered it to my gray cardstock and drew around it with a black pen so it stood out more. The cat stamp is from Catslife Press. (All supplies linked at the bottom of this post.)
A 4x6 slot using my favorite American Crafts 4x6 cardstock again. The date stamp is from Catslife Press.
I had jury duty on Thursday, but did not get picked for a trial.
Had lunch with my favorite friend, Meera. I decorated a Project Life 3x4 grid journal card with washi tape and stamped on one of the tickets I made.
The upper right side was all about taking a day off on Monday, having breakfast, and going to see the Titanic Exhibit. I made a 4x6 collage of six photos we took at the museum. The "TITANIC" flag I made and cut with the Silhouette. Used another ticket I made on the journal card.
Stapled tickets from the Titanic Exhibition onto a piece of cardstock. When you go to the Titanic Exhibit, they give each visitor a "Boarding Pass" On the flip side you are assigned a name of a real passenger on the Titanic, and you can read about his/her biography. At the end of the exhibit, you come to a big wall of names and you can find the name of your person and see if he/she survived.
That's it for Week 12! This weekend I plan on doing some experimentation on the time it takes me to do a quick Project Life spread.