Sunday, February 05, 2012

February 5 Project Life Blog Hop

Welcome to the Project Life February Blog Hop! If you have just come to visit my blog but would like to view all the other participants, feel free to start at Jill's blog (http://jillconyers.com/) and follow along. We're a small group this month so it shouldn't take too long to visit everyone and say hi!




(otherwise known as How I Am Able to Appreciate the Everyday While Still Having Time to Live It!)

That's right, instead of spending every waking hour living it, I'm now in a daily habit of pausing and realizing just how good life is all around me. I also don't get so hung up on recording and "appreciating" life that I forget to live it! How do I find that balance? It's all thanks to Becky Higgins' Project Life creations! For years (since 2000), I scrapbooked traditional layouts, and I still do. I did not take the plunge into Becky's products for a good while, or lightly when I did. After all, how could ALL of our stories get told with just a spread a week? And that's when I realized that this captures the every day but it doesn't mean this is ALL I have to do! Project Life is not very time consuming, and it's helping me tell the stories that otherwise get pushed off into "some other day." These aren't the big stories, but rather the little moments that I would forget about from one week to the next. Project Life is also helping me remember to collect and USE everyday memorabilia. Things like drawings or napkins from restaurants; or a photo of the mess of toys on the end table. Signs that we are living a chaotic and full life, of images that would otherwise not be put onto a layout right away and instead, likely get put into my category drawers for waiting for connections to be made some time down the road.

Some of you may be asking, "Well, April, if you're using this, are you still following Stacy's Library of Memories system too?" My answer is absolutely, 100% YES! There is most definitely a place in my library for Project Life. They work together beautifully.

What I'm Using:
  • Cobalt Core Kit and Album
  • Clementine cardstock
  • Design A Big Pack Page Protectors
  • Design B, D, F (and soon to be G) alternative options for Page Protectors
  • various 4x3 journaling blocks found around the web (many for free)
  • journaling spots from October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico to name a few.

How I'm Organized:
  • I have my album and journaling cards on a hall table near our kitchen (pictured below, though journaling cards are under table on a shelf)
  • Also with my album are Post-it Notes and a pen (I jot down photos I take throughout the week and quotes that are said)
  • I have all other supplies in my studio
Next month, I'll delve into how I work on each weekly spread of my Project Life pages so I hope you'll join us for the March Blog Hop. For now, feel free to enjoy this slideshow of my 2012 Project Life so far. You can click on the tab above to see my 2011 Project Life as well, or click on any slideshow images to be taken to my Flickr gallery.

                                 

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away! I love to reply personally to each comment but you have to be sure you have your email turned on in your profile (or leave it in the comments section).

Your next stop is Brooke's blog. If you come across a broken link or get lost, feel free to come right back here and browse the other participants below!


Jill http://jillconyers.com/
Margie http://xnomads.typepad.com/

DonnaB http://donnasprojectlife.blogspot.com/

Sharon http://projectsofmylife.wordpress.com/

Noelia http://www.noeliaevangelista.typepad.com/

April http://capturethememories.blogspot.com/   <----- You Are Here!

Brooke http://everysnapshot.com/  <----- Go Here Next!

Lynn http://www.crafty-creativity.blogspot.com/

Donna http://www.joyfullydonna.blogspot.com/


Thanks for stopping by!!

7 comments:

Lynn said...

I like that you showed us your set-up - looks very well-organized and functional. I need to write photos down as I take them so I could plan and journal more in real time. I wasn't able to see the slide show so I'll try and stop back to try it again.

Noelia said...

Seems like you are very organized and your system seems to work for you! I wish I could have my album on my main level where I can have access to it at all times but unfortunately my scrap area is in my basement.

I was able to view your slides the second time around. Great pages!

brooke hren said...

You are so organized! I really struggle with that. I forget to write things down sometimes and one in awhile I even forget what day of the week something happened. I like the idea of your system. I will definitely be trying it out.

Consider me a new follower!

sharon71 said...

Wow, you are super organised April. Your pages look fantastic - you sure do get a lot of journaling in there.

Thanks for sharing.

sharon
projectsofmylife.wordpress.com

Donna B said...

Hi April,
Thanks for sharing your post about PL. I just love hearing about everyone's take on the project and it is so great that this is just capturing the little everyday stuff while you still are scrapbooking about the big stuff too. As for me, PL is the bulk of what I do at the moment because it is really busy at work for me right now. So glad PL makes this so do-able. I'm using Cobalt this year too! LOVE your organized hall table. Mine is just at my desk, not very organized as your is. Something to aspire to! Thanks for sharing!

Margie S (Nihao, Cupcake! xnomads.typepad.com) said...

Hi April, I love stopping by your blog. I really like your PL slideshow and your Twelve layouts. The first layout is my fav - great colors and design. I'm so happy to be doing the PL blog hop with you and look forward to next month.

jillconyers said...

Wonderful album. Love the video idea for sharing. Thanks for participating in the hop. Hope you'll sign up for March :)