By now you’ve seen the announcement and have started to hear rumblings of a 2010 scrapbooking challenge. You may have heard the name BECKY FLECK associated with it as well. 2010 is just a few short days away, so I wanted to prepare you for the year ahead and encourage you to participate in what will make a great addition to your scrapbook albums – in 12 easy steps!
Project 12 started out as a compromise to the yearly challenge of taking 365 photos. I know I am not organized enough to remember to do something like that on a daily basis, so the idea of that challenge was very overwhelming. I thought it would be much easier to summarize my life on a monthly basis, and that is the concept of Project 12.
The Project 12 challenge is simple. The idea is to create a layout on a monthly basis which recaps what you’ve been doing. Whether you took 31 photos, no photos, or 100 photos, simply choose your favorites that best described what you were doing that month, and create a layout.
I started this challenge in 2009 and have been creating two page layouts. Below are a couple of examples of what I’ve done in the past:
I simply went through the photos I had taken the previous month, and picked my favorites. Sometimes I chose a photo because of a particular event, and often I chose a photo because I happened to like it. I tried to keep my album cohesive by using a double page layout on kraft cardstock, and a monthly calendar to note the month.
The beautiful thing about your 2010 album is that some of the work has been done for you by way of Becky’s sketches. Every month the sketch will be a little different, but at the end of the year, you will have a cohesive album as each sketch will have similar elements. When creating your layouts, you can use one of Becky's sketches we will be sharing with you each month, or you can come up with your own design. You can also use the same sketch for the entire year. When it comes to this challenge, the decision on design is up to you.
Without further ado, below is the January sketch for the Project 12 challenge, 2010:
Are you excited? I am more than excited to host the challenge with Becky’s help this year. How creative and interesting! Becky Fleck is so smart!
If you are looking for photo ideas for January, you might try:
January 1 - what were you doing New Years Day?
Resolutions - did you start that new workout regime? Break out that spandex and set up the tripod. :)
Winter/Snow photos – Summer, for my Aussie friends.
Here is the timeline of new sketch releases and reveal dates for the year!
January sketch and official launch: December 26th
February sketch: January 30th
March sketch and January reveal: February 27th
April sketch and February reveal: March 27th
May sketch and March reveal: April 24th
June sketch and April reveal: May 29th
July sketch and May reveal: June 26th
August sketch and June reveal: July 24th
September sketch and July reveal: August 28th
October sketch and August reveal: September 25th
November sketch and September reveal: October 30th
December sketch and October reveal: November 30th
Final album reveal and prizes: January 15th, 2011
In order to be entered into a challenge (and there are some great prizes!), simply create a layout and link it to the monthly challenge thread right here by the 20th of the month or send it to us at email@example.com. That means January’s sketch will be due on February 20th and so on. For a second chance to win, link your layout to my blog http://davinie.blogspot.com and the corresponding challenge thread.
And, for more exciting news…to kick off Project 12 Becky Fleck has given us an autographed copy of her bestselling book PageMaps! This amazing book includes over 140 artwork examples AND laminated cards with each of the sketches on them – perfect when you need some inspiration. To win this prize we want you to tell two friends about Project 12! For a chance to win this fabulous prize, leave a comment here telling us the first name and last initial of the people you have told about Project 12!
If you have any questions about Project 12, please feel free to leave a comment here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Now start thinking about the photos you wish to in January and join us here on January 30th for the next sketch reveal!