2018 is going to be my fourth year documenting my life with the Project Life app. (If you don’t get what I’m talking about, please, take a look at the official website here). It all started because I felt the need to keep track of private events and photos I took and I didn’t want to share on Instagram or my blog. You know, something you would be comfortable to share with friends and family in a photo album, but not with the internet. Stumbling upon Becky Higgins and her work has been incredible for me, I’ve even been in her Creative Team during 2016 and I will treasure that experience forever.
Since receiving my tablet at the end of 2015, I started creating all my layouts there because it was easier with a big screen. But lately, I started noticing a little bit of laziness in my pages, I basically ended up using just filler cards and avoiding the journaling part, which is one of the things that drove me to the app, other than that I would just create collages elsewhere. Typing on a 10 inches screen isn’t very handy and this is probably the reason why I started journaling less and less this year. Also, having all my layouts on the tablet, I didn’t have them always with me and I even forgot them sometimes, especially during busy weeks, so when I went back to finish them I barely remembered what happened and what was journaling-worthy.
That’s why I decided to write down some goals for the next year, in order to craft better layouts, since I’m still hoping to be able to afford to print them in a photo book one day!
Reinstall the PL app on my phone and work on my layouts when I have time, not just when I remember they exist!
Use only 1 or 2 kits per year. I love all the amazing designs out there, but I’d like to have a more minimalistic approach and more cohesive spreads next year. However, I’ll keep open the possibility to choose other kits for layouts about special events, for example.
Take pictures of cards, mementoes and screenshots of nice chats. I have a Traveler’s Notebook where I keep all the cards and scraps of packaging paper I receive, it’s like a scrapbook without photos and I love it, but I’d like to add more mementoes into my Project Life layouts too. If I watch a movie and I really like it, I usually keep the ticket stubs and glue them inside my personal journal (I started doing it when I was a child!). However, one of my goals with Project Life is to record the little things, so I’d like to add more photos of tickets and things like that too.
Add more journaling cards! As I mentioned above, I’d like to journal more in my layouts. I have boxes and boxes of photo albums of my family and, even if I remember almost everything about my childhood, I’d love to know more about the people in my grandparents and parents’ albums. What actually made me try Project Life was, in fact, the ability to add more than just photos.
Stick with a monthly theme. For the whole 2015 and 2016, I did weekly layouts. Every Sunday, I picked my tablet and I created a page to summarize my week. It worked well at first, but then I started feeling too frustrated because I didn’t have enough photos to fill a page or there weren’t noteworthy things to record. For 2017, I decided to switch to monthly pages and work on them when I felt like it, rather than every Sunday, and, despite the laziness mentioned above, I felt way better about it.
Keep it private. After discovering Project Life, I fell in the rabbit hole of blogs and YouTube channels all about that, there are so many talented people out there! I immediately thought about creating a blog to share my pages, but then I decided to share them here to keep things simple (maybe some long-time readers will remember it!). Unfortunately, I realized that it created so much pressure to me and, while it was a nice a way to share my life with my readers, I realized I wasn’t spontaneous anymore, it was just something I did to share with the internet, like Instagram or my blog. It still was my real life documented, but I stopped adding family photos or personal stuff because I would have to blur them before uploading the image on the blog and it was too much work. Over the years, I’ve learned that some hobbies need to remain private in order to stay authentic and spontaneous. I don’t always have to share everything on the internet. I still like to talk about it, that’s why I wrote this post, but this is not going to be a regular column anymore.
If you create scrapbooks or other kinds of memory keeping, I’d love to hear your plans for 2018!