Hello Project Life.
It’s been a while since we decided on a trial separation at the end of June. Our first 2012 album was full, so it was a good time to quit you.
We went our separate ways for over three months and I was glad to be free of you for a while. I played with other crafts. I dated digital layouts again. I hung out with 12x12 paper layouts. I even went outside in the sunshine and played. We said we would re-evaluate our relationship after this trial separation. What do you think?
As for me, I’m surprised that I’ve missed you quite a bit.
I miss printing out photos and putting them into your pockets. I miss taking more daily life photos because I knew that you existed. I miss having a place to put my memorabilia. I miss date stamping and sticking fun embellishments and journaling next to my photos. I’ve missed you, but there are some changes that we need to make to our relationship in order to go forward.
The major reason we separated was that you were unyielding and rigid in your format, and you demanded too much of my free time. You left me no time to do anything else creative. I’ve come to realize that you don’t get to dictate how I want to go forward with you. I want a more freeing relationship. I don’t want to HAVE to stick photos and journaling into your pockets EVERY SINGLE WEEK. When I have photos that I want to print, you will be there for me. And do we ALWAYS have to do the two-page spread thing? I mean, really? Doesn’t that get old? I propose that your new album be filled whenever and however I want. I know it sounds like I’m calling the shots, but this is for the best if we want to continue to have any kind of relationship at all.
I’m tired of the guilt you made me feel when I fell “behind” on you. I want to enjoy our time together. I want to see you when I feel like it, not because I feel like I HAVE TO see you. I don’t’ want you to dictate rules such as no missing weeks or printing out photos just to fill the spots up. We just need to be more open to other possibilities, such as sticking other scrapbooking formats right into your album next to Project Life pages.
And last of all, I’m not going to feel bad about not documenting the time when we were separated. That time has passed. If I feel like printing some photos and date stamping them? Fine. If not, then we will just have a gap in our relationship and we’ll both be fine with it. It happens.
So it is with joy that I welcome you back into my life. :)
I just want to remind you that rules are not accepted going forward. Especially the “all-or-nothing” rule. You’ll just have to deal with the fact that I’m doing my best, and I want to enjoy life with you in it.