I take a lot of photos (and I mean a lot, but you probably guessed that what with Living Arrows and Project 365) and while I’m happy with them all sitting in my Flickr account, I have been feeling the need to have something a bit more physical. About a year ago I was reading the Mollie Makes photography special and came across an article on Project Life. Project Life is a way to scrapbook, but rather than sticking lots of things onto a page you have little journaling cards that fit into plastic wallets along with your photos. It can be as simple or as complicated as you like and when I read about it a little light bulb went off in my head, something that can store physical photos and I can be a little creative too? Hello! I’ve been delaying actually starting a project mostly because starting something like this is hard, and what do you document first? I thought about waiting for the beginning of a year so it would become a proper journal, then I thought about making the first file all about Arthur’s first year, but that seemed like an enormous thing to do. So I went with something simple, something small just to get the feel of layouts and how I like my photos and how I want to use various paper crafts (it is quite possible I over-think these things). I decided to document a week the kids and I spent looking after my parents house while they were away just after the easter weekend. It was a quiet weekend and for the most part it was just the three of us with more family bookending our stay, and while we were there because of sad circumstances, I hope Betsy remembers some of it as it was what good childhood memories should be: endless sun, the sea, ice creams and just being outside with little distraction.
The first page of my PL file is a bit of a mess. This folder holds a lot of pages so I wanted something to introduce the whole thing rather than go straight into memory keeping.
Eh. I’m not amazingly happy with it, but it will do. I think most people who do Project Life use the 12×12″ files and while I can appreciate how good everything will look inside, they’re bloody massive and there’s nowhere to put them in this house. I need something that will fit nicely on a bookcase so I bought a 6×8″ Studio Calico folder from Craftie Charlie. These folders are not cheap! But they do come with some page protectors, are really well made and hold a lot too.
This is the first full spread:
I’m so happy with the big picture on the right. Pretty much sums up the week.
I had discovered Dave’s old Polaroid printer and paper the other day and noticed that the photos fit some of the pockets in my folder perfectly. But it did mean having a layout that meant turning the folder 90º to be able to read it properly.
But never mind. I have some Photoshop templates to use in future projects and it doesn’t look too bad as it is now. I am rather pleased with how the photographs look actually. The papers used in this by the way are a combination of Project Life theme cards I got on sale in Hobbycraft and A Beautiful Mess’ Messy Box.
The last page doesn’t really work, but they were photos I really wanted to have in there somewhere.
Not a bad start for me! I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. It’s far from perfect, but it’s such an enjoyable thing to do and such a lovely thing to look through over and over again. Can’t wait to fill the folder with more memories!