Hey everyone! If you’re a regular visitor of Label Me Merrit, you may have noticed the lack of Project Life posts recently. I was doing strong work with staying up to date on my 2015 album, and successfully recorded the first 27 weeks of this year. Then things got a little derailed. So I thought I’d jump on here and give you guys a quick update on where I am with Project Life, and what my thoughts and plans for the future of this project are.
So the trouble all started right before I went on my (amazing!) Mediterranean cruise. The weeks leading up to this two week vacation were absolute madness, and I was running around like a crazy lady trying to get everything prepared for the blog and shop before I left.
With my workload doubled the weeks leading up to my vacation, I was unable to complete the spreads I had hoped & planned to finish before leaving, which put me way behind and overloaded when I got back. I was pretty much left with needing to make four weeks of layouts start to finish in about 4 days. Yea, that totally did not happen.
I did manage to get one layout finished and ready to be shared that Friday as scheduled, but I was still left way behind. Since then I have shared just one more Project Life post, which included two more finished weekly layouts. And that’s where I stopped.
To be honest, I pretty much had to force myself to create those last two layouts. I’m not sure if the overwhelm of falling behind got to me, or I was just tired of needing to churn out a layout week after week, but I was just not motivated to create. And so as I stand now, I am not even sure exactly how far behind I am.
So I decided to just go easy on myself, and instead of forcing myself to do Project Life just to have it done, let myself take a break, reevaluate and figure out where I wanted to go from here. I have also been extremely busy with other areas of my life, which have been fulfilling me creatively and spending my time on what I currently feel most passionate about.
With exciting new projects and focus for the Merrit Elizabeth Shop, my new YouTube channel, and a whole bunch of other passion projects, I didn’t have the time to create for Project Life, and I didn’t even really have the desire to create. So I honestly haven’t missed Project Life all that much, at least in the way that I had previously been doing Project Life.
I was a little sad that I wasn’t getting my pictures printed, and the little stories from my life recorded. I do still love the idea of having a record of my life how it is at this time, to look back on and remember down the road. So I know I want to do memory recording in some way, just maybe not the way I was doing it before.
It has taken me a bit to come to this realization, and to be ready to truly dive back into memory keeping and start figuring out where I want to go from here, and what kind of system will work best for me. I still don’t have an exact plan in my head, but I do have a vague idea forming of what I’d like my Project Life albums to be from now on.
I think I am officially going to shy away form the traditional and more rigid weekly format of Project Life. While I love the idea of having a full layout detailing each week’s events and memories, that just isn’t realistic for me at this time in my life. However, I do want a way to record those memories I don’t want forgotten, as well as a way to get a little crafty even when I don’t have a lot of time on my hands.
So my tentative plan it to scrap one card and one memory at a time. Whenever there is an event, or story, or picture I want to record, I will simply take out a card I want to use for that picture, write any journaling I want to include, embellish a little, add a date and call it done. I won’t worry about matching all the cards in a layout to each other. I’m thinking of this as using each individual card as its own stand alone mini scrapbook page, that just happens to be stored in a page protector alongside other stand alone mini scrapbook pages.
That being said, if I do find myself with extra time on my hands, and have a desire to create a full page layout, then clearly I’m going to go with that. I just want to have a much looser take on my album, adding to it as much and whenever I’d like and nothing more. All the crafty fun, none of the pressure of being ‘caught up’.
I’m still hoping to keep things pretty chronological, just because that’s how my brain works, but I’m setting no expectations for how frequently or infrequently I will make a card. I just want to have some system in place to record and decorate my memories, when I am able and willing to. I haven’t started this system yet, so who knows how it will actually work out in practice, but I’m optimistic about trying something new and getting started with my Project Life album again!
Thanks so much for listening to my little ramble today, and I hope you enjoyed getting caught up with where I have been with Project Life. I definitely plan to start sharing my album in some way or another once I get myself going again, because I really did like sharing my crafty creations and memory keeping with you guys! So if you’ve been missing seeing my Project Life layouts, I’ll hopefully have something up soon-ish to share with you all!
I hope if you’ve fallen off the Project Life wagon, this post will help you to know you’re definitely not the only one going through this! And if the current way you’re trying to make your albums isn’t working for you, don’t be afraid to try something new! Are there any other non-traditional Project Lifers out there that scrap other than weekly? I’d love to hear how you do your albums, leave me a comment so we can all get some more ideas!