Thursday, March 29, 2012

2012 Project Life | Week 12

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. 

Left-side page.

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. 

Right-side page. 

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.


  1. Looking forward to seeing how week 13 goes for you. Try shopping your stash and see how much time it takes you. Good luck.

    Oh, I've been meaning to ask about the new babies. How are they?

  2. Niiiice. Happy to see you back at it.

  3. Love your PL pages!! Sometimes I feel like we all take this too seriously and compare our progress with others way too much. If it is not fun to do why are we doing it!? I agree with something you said last week.I wrote a long comment about it in Mish's blog comments. Doing PL daily/weekly is just TOO MUCH PRESSURE for ME. I just do PL as something comes up I want to scrap and I date it then. No pressure to have every day/or week in it. But-this is how I see MY PL-THER IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG to how you choose to do it.Just make it fun and not stressful would be my advice. Do not compare your layouts to people who have been professional designers and scappers in the business for years-you will feel frustrated. Just keep moving forward and be blown away by all the FREE inspiration,instruction tutotials,sharing of ideas out there given by these super talented people of which you are one! Your PL is absolutely beautiful.

  4. Sorry, this is an old post, but I just found your blog so I'm looking at all your project gorgeous!! I just wanted to point out about the "boarding passes" they give you from the Titanic museum, they do the exact same thing at the Holocaust museum in DC. (though it is a "passport") You get the story about a real person and at the end you find out if they survived or not, it was really sad but nice to see the story on a personal level. I wonder which museum came up with the idea first?


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