Hello everyone! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Melissa and I spent most of our time doing holiday related stuff. I finally got a start on my Christmas shopping, and I am almost finished now! We also got our tree, and got it all decorated. Let me tell you, our living room is looking festive! This is the first time we’ve really actually decorated for the holidays, and I just absolutely love it!
Anyways, today I wanted to chat about where I am with Project Life, and what my plans are once 2015 gets here. This was my first real year doing Project Life, and it was definitely full of trial and error as I got used to this new hobby. Seeing as I was only able to complete 12 weeks out of the 50 that have actually passed so far, I wouldn’t say it was a complete win hehe.
However, I did completely love having this creative outlet, and memory keeping tool, so I am definitely planning on giving it another go in 2015. However, unless I plan to continually document only the first quarter of each year, there are some changes that are going to have to be made. So to set myself up for success with my crafting in the New Year, I sat down and made a list of a few outlined goals I’d like to stick to.
Some of these goals are meant to help me stay up to date, and others are meant to help stretch my creativity and step out of my comfort zone every once in a while. Hopefully these goals will help me create beautiful albums full of memories that I can truly be proud of and cherish for years to come!
Use one page spreads where I can
In the interest of making each week as fast and easy to scrap as possible, I am going to aim for making one page spreads for each week in 2015. This will hopefully make it easier for me to keep up with my album throughout the year. Without the strain of having to make a full two page spread every single week, I should have an easier time getting each week completed quickly and on time.
The only exception I plan to make for this rule is for memory heavy weeks. This will mostly include special events such as holidays, birthdays and vacations. But this exception can also be applied if we just happen to do a lot one week. I will not cut out memories I want recorded simply in the interest of space. But overall, my goal will be to aim for one page per week, rather than aiming for two per week (which is what I did this year).
This new format will also help with saving space in the long term. With each week only taking up one page, this will mean I can fit more weeks into a single album. This, in turn, means I will need less albums over time, which means I will need less space to store all my albums over time. So overall, this first goal will save me both time and space.
No second guessing myself
Another time suck for me is getting caught in the cycle of second guessing myself. I can easily double the time it takes myself to create a layout by simply being unsure of what to do. I may either be to scared to try a new technique, or that I won’t like the way something turns out, or that I will later think of an idea that would have worked much better than what I actually ended up doing for a card. So if I get an idea, even if I’m not sure how it will turn out, I am planning to just go for it!
This constant second guessing takes all the fun and creativity out of Project Life, and instead turns it into a stressful test-like environment, where I am judging my every creative move. I want to cut this out in 2015, and instead give myself creative freedom. I am a believer that you will never improve a skill without practice and a little trial and error. I’m hoping to force myself into a little trial and error in 2015, in the interest of improving my crafty skills.
Stop hoarding all the pretty supplies
One of my worst crafting sins is hoarding all the pretty scrapbook tools and supplies I buy. I don’t want to waste them, or ruin them or run out, so I don’t use them at all. I either want to keep my supplies brand spankin’ new (like stamps or a full pack of enamel dots) or I’m afraid I’ll come across a better use for them in the future (see goal above), so I just keep them in their packaging.
But in 2015, no more! I subscribe to Studio Calico’s Project Life kit so I have a monthly box of goodies to use in my layouts, not so I can increase the amount of crafty supplies I store but never use! What is the point of owning all these beautiful supplies, if they just sit in a drawer forever, never to be used or enjoyed in a layout. So in 2015, if I like a card or embellishment, I am going to use it!
Try one new thing each month
Another new goal I’d like to try and stick to is trying out new things. This may mean using a new tool, attempting a new technique, or creating my own take on an inspiring layout I see on Pinterest. It really doesn’t matter what it is that I try each month, as long as it stretches my creative comfort zone, so I can again grow and expand my skills.
I’ve already been trying this a little in the past few months, both by trying out a new format for my memory keeping, and using a color scheme I’m not usually comfortable with. I’ve really enjoyed how both of those projects have turned out, and would love to keep experimenting with new things that may have previously been uncharted crafty territory.
Record memories & stories as they happen
In 2014, I used my Project Life planner to record and remember all my stories and daily happenings before I got a chance to scrap them. Since I fell about 50 weeks behind when all was said and done, having this little time capsule to help me remember the details I wanted to include in my layouts has been a life saver.
However, I know there are still things that are getting lost in translation between the memories being made, and being recorded in my albums. Since I do not carry my Project Life planner with me everywhere I go, those tiny details and fun stories from throughout the day get forgotten before I get a chance to put them in the planner. I need some way to easily jot down those small memories I want to keep, while on the go.
I think I’ve decided to start using a digital element to help with this. I have the Collect app on my phone, and have used it on and off before, and really like it. So I may try to start using that on a more regular basis. However, the only drawback with using this app as my solution, is you have to have a picture in order to record a memory. Some stories don’t have, or need, a picture… so I still wouldn’t be able to record them. So my other thought is making a notebook in Evernote to collect all my stories and daily tid-bits in there. I haven’t fully landed on a solution yet, so we’ll see where I end up.
Include more unique elements
One of the things I love the absolute most to include in Project Life, is digital elements. In the past, I have added QR codes linking to videos, and links to blog posts. Since digital items are such a big part of life today (especially with me being a blogger) I just love including those unexpected elements in my layouts. I want to be more intentional about including those types of things in my layouts, because they frequently get forgotten.
I also want to be more intentional about including different types of images and pictures. While I love including the typical pictures of what we do each day, I want to add some more unique details. I want to include images of shows we are really into watching, or a pretty piece of mail that put a smile on my face. I just want to include more ‘stuff’ that make up memories, instead of just the typical pictures that usually are including in scrapbooks.
Improve my photography skills
The last thing I want to focus on in 2015 is improving my photography. I’ve noticed that half of the reason I may like a particular Project Life layout on Instagram or Pinterest, is because of the beautiful quality of the pictures included in the layout. I want to step up my game, and really improve the quality of my photos. I also want to get a little more adventurous and “artsy” with the composition of my images. I’m not even sure I can explain what I’m talking about, but hopefully you’ll see what I mean in future layouts!
So those are all my goals I’ve set for myself and my Project Life in 2015. Have you thought about any changes you may want to make in the New Year? Are any of you focusing of pushing the envelop of your creative comfort, and stepping out of bounds to try new things? Let me know your crafty resolutions in the comments below!