So we've covered the "year in review" page and the "resolutions" page, and meanwhile, our brains were likely in overdrive doing some scrapbooking multi-tasking, am I right? We scrapbookers never stop thinking up new projects to work on, and staring down the entire year tends to inspire some exciting projects:
Project 365-Scrapbooking: This photo-a-day project has been around for a while, but it hit the scrapbooking scene with full force last year. If you want to document the daily activities of life, then this is the project for you! There are a multiple ways to document your daily life, but the simplest I've seen is the new Project Life kit by Becky Higgins. Don't be afraid to customize Project 365 into Project 1, Project 7, or Project 31. Dedicating a single day, week, or month to taking photos of your life can be rewarding in its own right and if we are honest (and easier on ourselves) probably a lot more manageable.
I scraplifted an idea of Elizabeth's and made a daily photo + journaling album about my daughter the month she turned one. It was a lot of work, but it's still one of my favorite albums.
Project 365-Photography:Maybe you're not especially interested in scrapbooking the mundane details of everyday life, but you do want to focus on your photography or simply get in the habit of taking more photos, then you can still adapt Project 365 to suit you. Read How to Take a Photo a Day and See Your Life in a Whole New Way. Or check out our very own Elizabeth Dillow's Project 365 +1: 2008 for her year long photo project that lives happily on her blog. And if you simply want to see some inspiring photos from photojournalists around the world, take a peek at the A Photo a Day site.
Monthly Review: Maybe you find any version of Project 365 particularly daunting, and a monthly review page is more your style? Last year, Two Peas sponsored a class called A Year of You, which showcased a different summary page for each month of the year. I love the idea of compiling a collage of photos along with written highlights from the month. It frees up precious scrapbook time for those extra-special photos. :)
Here was my interpretation of Robyn Werlich's January page:
During 2010, the first weekly challenge of every month over at Two Peas is a "Month in Review" page, so there's some motivation for you!
Monthly Photo: A combination and twist of the Project 365 and Monthly Review ideas is to take a photo of the same thing (your child, yourself, your backyard, etc.) on the same day of every month to document the changes that occur throughout the year. Once you have twelve photos, you can make a layout or a mini-album and have a really cool record of something or someone that is important to you.
Favorite Photo:While you are shutterbugging, keep a folder titled "Favorites," where every month you store a copy of that one photo from the month that really spoke to you. These could be random photos or photos of each of your kids. At the end of the year, you can make a quick digital album or scrapbook something a little more elaborate like Elizabeth's 12 album in The Scrapbooker's Almanac. Last year, I created a mini-album of eight favorites (for 2008):
One Little Word: And for those among us who appreciate the words, Ali Edward's One Little Word project might be just what you are looking for. Every year, she selects a word to focus on throughout the 12-month period. The beauty of her idea is that you can keep it simple or make it as detailed as you want. As she says, "a single word can be a catalyst for enriching your life as well as your scrapbook layouts."