a crafty life: documenting with Project Life

Emily started to walk everywhere a few weeks ago which has made capturing photos of her a lot more challenging than when my sweet newborn with her dark hair and big brown eyes would stay where I positioned her, gazing into the lens. In fact all my photos these days are on my iPhone, I don’t remember the last time I used the “big” camera. If I were to wait to capture a moment with the digital SLR I’d miss all the moments. My phone is always in my pocket, safely protected with its rubber case as I drop it more than once a day, ready to grab the perfect shot of her toddling off into the distance.

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I have thousands and thousands of photos documenting so many moments of Emily’s life from the moment she was born to just this morning when I dropped her off at daycare for the first time.

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Last year I came across the scrapbooking system, Project Life. I have had many failed attempts at scrapbooking over the years. It never really inspired me and my attempts at pages would look clumsy and contrived.  That all changed when I purchased my first kit, a white 12×12 album and a pack of pages. I’m currently working on three albums: one for Emily’s first year, a mini one for our recent vacation in Hawaii and one for 2013. I’m behind on all of them. But I love that I can keep it super simple and with a few photos, some cards and a bit of writing here and there I’ve captured memories that me and Emily can look back on in years to come. Hopefully she’ll forgive me for the bath and potty photos.

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You need hardly anything to get started but there’s also loads of scope if you want to get more creative with your layouts adding embellishments, stamps and stickers.

It’s taken me until about half-way through the year to find my style – if you were to flick through the album you’d see I’ve tried all sorts of things from black and white photos to fancy paper borders. I like lots of white space, simple journalling in a black pen, writing on the photos and simple designs in neutral colours. There’s no harm throwing in the odd sequin here and there of course.

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Is anyone else using the Project Life system? What do you love most about it?

the products I use the most are: midnight core kit, pages in designs A and D, slick writer pen, corner chomper, paper trimmer (cheap one from Costco), Canon CP900 printer.

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