Welcome back to our last day of Scrapbook Your Year. In case you missed the first two posts, this week we're looking at scrapbooking projects that span an entire year. On Tuesday we explored Project 12 and Project 365. On Wednesday we covered Project Life and the Document Project. Today we're going to look at two more projects, both created by members of our collective. I'm also going to share my goal and plans with you for the project I will undertake in 2012.
Write Every Day
This first project was started by our own Amy Sorenson. If you know Amy well, then you know that she has a deep love of words. Amy is a story-teller, and this is made evident time and again through her scrapbook pages, her blog and in the various classes she has taught through Big Picture Classes, where she strives to help other scrapbookers tell their stories too. Her Write Every Day project is very similar to Project 365, except this is a project that focuses on words. Amy started this project in 2010, and this is what she wrote about her experience of that first year,
"I've managed to fulfill my goal of writing every day in my WED notebook and I am in love with the things I have recorded, many of which would have been forgotten. Funny things said by kids and other family members; bits and pieces of conversations; ideas for blog posts. I've written down my reactions to TV shows, or the title of a song I caught on the radio while brushing my teeth before bed; little reminders of things to do tomorrow, snippets of dreams, feelings I didn't want to forget (both negative and positive!). I've striven to get down the essence of a day into words. Writing in my W.E.D. notebook became not about writing well so much as writing exactly, using words to communicate one important thing."
Amy offers a free download of a Write Every Day journal through her blog. You can read more about Amy's project, and see her instructions and suggestions for how to put your journal together, here. Amy plans to continue this project in 2012 and will be offering another free journal to her readers. Be sure to check her blog, The English Geek, for the download in late December.
This is a great project for scrapbookers who want to focus on recording the little details of their lives, that like Amy said, would otherwise be forgotten. It would also be a great companion journal to any of the projects that we've covered this week. Life sometimes get hectic and busy, and at times, even when the desire is there, we don't always have the energy to create. Even if you don't consider yourself a writer, writing down one thought or memory per day is easy, and can be a wonderful resource when that creative urge does return.
Us Right Now
The next project we're going to look at today was started by collective member, Karen Grunberg. Karen came up the idea for this project through a series of events. What started it all is a guest post that Karen wrote for Shutter Sisters about how she wanted to be included in her family's photos more often (you can read the full post here). She knew that she wanted to come up with a way to do that on a more regular basis. Knowing herself, she also knew that that goal would only be accomplished if she put it on a schedule, a reoccurring schedule. So she decided that she would make a commitment to take weekly photos of her family - with her in the photo. The name of the project was inspired by this layout
Karen even created a template for her weekly photos
The template consists of two 4×6 photos. The top one is her weekly family photo with the date. The bottom photo lists the names of each of her family members and gives a space to put a sentence or two about each person for that week. She then prints each photo and puts them into a 2-up album with one page dedicated to each week.
Karen has made this template available (again, for free!) on her blog. You can read the complete story of how this project came to be, as well as find the download for this template at this post on Karen's blog.
This is another project that I think would be great to attempt alone, or in conjunction with the other projects talked about this week. Perhaps you don't think you could do a weekly photo, but maybe you could do one monthly? Karen's project certainly has inspired me, and I am considering making a monthly goal to take a family photo, and yes, make sure I make it into the frame!
My Project Goal for 2012
What inspired me to explore this topic this week is that I have been considering doing a year-long project myself. I wanted to see how other scrapbookers approached each of the projects discussed and I wanted to look at the results of each project to see which one best fit my goals. Well, I've finally made up my mind, and I plan on doing a Document 2012 album.
What brought me to this decision? As much as I love the idea of Project Life, I know that I would not be able to keep up. For me, the project would likely become a burden and a source of guilt rather than a source of pleasure. What I love about the Document Project is that there is still an emphasis on collecting the little bits and pieces of life with the envelope pages. I also love the use of divided page protectors. I plan to use them to store my favorite "extra" photos from each month. You know the ones, they never make it to a scrapbook page and hence, usually never see the light of day. We all have them, the hundreds and thousands of photos you have stored on your hard drive. For me, this project combines all of those elements together in a doable format.
To get ready for next year I've already started putting together the foundation of my album. My library of albums is made up of the American Crafts Cloth D-ring albums in different colors, but for this project I wanted to use a different type of album to differentiate it from my other scrapbooks. I've decided to use this one from Pebbles
For the page protectors I plan to use a mix of sizes and formats. I've chosen this multi-pack from We R Memory Keepers
I will more than likely include more than one page protector per month, but probably not more than two. I might also decide after a couple of months to simplify my choices. I'm going to see how that goes for the first few months and allow myself some flexibility.
I know that I could work from my own supplies for this project, but I'm taking Lisa's advice by having pre-made elements at my disposal for those times when life gets busy. So in addition to the album and the page protectors, I've also purchased a few other items. For my layout pages, I'm going to use these calendar pages from KI Memories (which come in a variety of shapes and colors)
the Simple Stories Year-o-graphy collection which comes with elements which can be cut apart to fit divided page protectors of various sizes
these 4x6 journaling card from Pebbles
and these 3x4 journaling cards from Becky Higgins' Project Life collection
Alissa mention yesterday that she made her envelope pages at the beginning of the year and that that step made the process much easier for her. I haven't made my envelope pages yet, and so I can't share them with you here, but I do plan on making them in advance. I also plan on downloading Amy's Write Every Day journal for next year as a way to record daily memories. I can then use the journaling in that notebook to help fill in the details when making my monthly pages. Now that I have a plan, and I've made the commitment to myself to follow through, I'm really excited to get started. I know that this project will require an extra effort on my part, but it is one that I think is manageable. I also know that at the end of the year I will most likely be very happy that I took the time to make that effort.
Well, that concludes our week! I enjoyed spending this time with you all, and reading all of your comments over the past few days. Now that you've had the opportunity to read about these projects in more detail, do you have any plans to tackle any of them yourself next year? Which one (or more) appeals to you and your scrapbooking style the most? Please share your thoughts in the comments; I'd love to hear what you have to say!