Scrapbooking has always been about preserving your memories. Art has become an additional way of expressing yourself on your pages, but traditionally, scrapbooking involved photos and memorabilia to document your life. Becky Higgins brought the traditional form of scrapbooking to the forefront again with the concept of Project Life. You can read more about Becky Higgins and her memory keeping system here.
I loved the idea of Project Life but knew it wasn’t going to be something I could commit to in the way it was intended.
I am a busy Mom.
I work outside the home.
I have other hobbies.
I want to run a half-marathon this year.
I want to sew a quilt for my bed.
I want to knit a scarf.
I want to DIY some home décor projects.
I want to make things with my kids.
I want to read a book.
I need to be able to clean my house, make dinner, and do nothing if I want to.
I am also a slow scrapbooker. I knew that committing to something weekly wasn’t going to work for me and I’d quickly lose interest and motivation as I fell behind.
In 2009 I started hosting a challenge on my blog that took on Project Life in a different way. I called it Project 12.
One two-page spread per month. 12 layouts per year.
I have enough content to fill a two page layout per month, with photos to spare for regular scrapbook projects.
I have time to commit to one 2-page layout per month.
I have space for two 12×12 albums per year to house these layouts.
In 2013 I have decided to try something different. I wanted to try something that allowed for more photos per layout on my 2-page spread. I decided to utilize the divided page protectors and go back to scrapbooking’s roots.
The Project 12 challenge is simple:
Whether you take 1 photo or 100 photos per month, you have a life to document. Each month, your challenge is to document your life on a layout. I am going to be using divided page protectors and documenting our life on a 2-page spread. I will have 12 2-page layouts per year that will be housed together in 12×12 albums and displayed so my family can look at them anytime they like.
I use my phone a lot and will be using a lot more phone photos in 2013.
I use Instagram a lot. I love the Earlybird wash (my username is Davinie).
I also love the Momento app. I can type in notes when we do something fun or my girls say something funny. It also keeps track of my Instagram feed and Facebook updates too so that when I begin to put my layout together, I have all of our memories in one place.
I love this challenge because it allows you to share more of your story in a way that your family can easily enjoy. You get a chronological look at your life. The time commitment leaves an opportunity to do other things. I don’t want to be tied to something. This method of recordkeeping allows the flexibility to take a break and do other things while still filling your scrapbooks.
I hope you’ll join me staring this month! Gossamer Blue will be a wonderful host. There’s even a prize involved.
To play along,
- Follow Gossamer Blue on Pinterest HERE
- Leave a comment on this post with your Pinterest name letting us know you are following us.
- Gossamer Blue will follow you back and invite you to contribute to our Project 12 Pinterest Board
- Accept the invitation from Gossamer Blue.
- You are now ready to post your Project 12 spread to our Project 12 Pinterest board.
Each month Gossamer Blue will pick a winner at random to win a prize. This month there are two chances to win.
1. Sign up to play following the rules above by January 25th and Gossamer Blue will pick a random winner to receive $20 Gift Certificate to the store on January 28th.
2. Create a Project 12 spread recapping the month of December and post it to the Project 12 Pinterest board by January 18th. Gossamer Blue will pick a random winner to receive $20 Gift Certificate to the store on January 19th.
I will post about Project 12 on the 3rd of each month.
I hope you will play along. Having participated in this challenge for the past few years I can tell you my Project 12 layouts are the most treasured layouts in my albums. They tell our story better than any album of scrapbook layouts could.