This blog is evidence that when children came into my life, my time allowance changed. Scrapbooking, though no less important, took a back seat to my kids. I do not have any idea how moms are able to keep up with their kids and scrapbook at the same time. I bow down to those women and grovel at their ever-energetic feet! At the end of my day, my night is filled with a little bit of picking up, a little bit of putting up my feet, work if I have to and "seeing" my husband. I might throw in a little bit of reading if I ignore M. Poor M.
Oh, how I miss scrapbooking. I miss the paper in my hands, a new stack of embellishments, the do-dads, the I-must-have-this-or-I'll-die goodies, sharing a hard-worked layout, spending hours pouring over a few pictures, the tiny details that "make" a page, making everything just right, my freelance jobs, my design teams, my scrapbook room. You scrapbookers who have more energy and diligence know what I'm talking about. I just crave it sometimes.
Project Life is going to be my attempt at keeping my iron in the fire, if you will.
It's not a new concept this year, but it's the first time I actually thought to myself, "yea, I can do that." With my scrapbooking room being replaced with a crib and baby clothes, I had to make "digital" my format of choice. I've never done digital scrapbooking but I think the fact that Project Life is more basic at it's core means it's not going to look so different than the physical book would. At the end of the year, I'm going to print that bad boy out and my snapshots will be forever preserved. Plus, it's going to be cheaper for me because I won't have the urge to buy extra pieces to make it look more "me." Also, the pre-organized templates makes this project a lot less time consuming that scrapbooking was/is for me. It takes me hours to create a page...not like this.
The great thing about Project Life is that you can document week by week or day by day as it is intended to be or you can do something totally different, like I'm going to do. Rather than using this book as a place to record every detail of my week (I just know I won't make or have time for that), I'm going to use it as a place to put all of my snapshots. You know the ones that aren't frame-worthy. The ones of the little moments that I'd normally put into a scrapbook. It's going to be my 2012 yearbook for the Moreno family. I'm starting with Christmas and moving forward.
So, here's to 2012, the year I start putting my family on paper. Preserved forever. A legacy. Because, after all, pictures are more than just pieces of paper.
In case you're interested, here are my first few pages:
|Cover Page (shameless rip of the dual corner photos and individual shots from Susan Weinroth)|
|Page 2: Christmas Day with the Moreno Fam|
|Page 3: What we got for Christmas|
|Page 4: Family trip to Lake Tahoe|
|Page 5: Family trip to Lake Tahoe|
It's good. You should do it with me!
Wanna do it digitally? Click Here
Wanna simply insert your pictures with a pre-made book? Click Here
Wanna print your pictures and get the kit for that true scrapbook feel? Click Here
Here's a message about Project Life from Becky Higgins (the creator):