Project 12 in 2012. I know many of you are anxious to hear about the new challenge for 2012, and today is the day!!
Project 12 has always been about capturing the moments of our everyday life, to use the less than perfect photos that capture our stories, and to tell those stories in our journaling. One of my favorite thing about all the sketches Becky Fleck has created for this challenge was the great BIG journaling box. I’m addicted to that large space and love using a large journaling block on most two page layouts I create.
Life has a way of changing, and with the new challenge in this new year, it was time to make that change. The first one is a change to the 15th of the month instead of the first. That’s doable. That change is easy enough to adhere to. The new challenge is easy as well.
Scrapbook your life. Whether you take 1 photo, 100 photos, or no photos, get it down on paper. But this year, let’s include our memorabilia as well. Let’s declutter our world of those things we save but don’t have a place for, tickets and receipts and programs and race running bibs, and lets incorporate them into our work.
Taking a photo a day has always been an overwhelming task for me to take on. There are 365 days in a year (366 this time). I could never do it. But I do like the concept of Project Life, developed by Becky Higgins to incorporate your daily life in page protectors and journaling cards. I’ve taken on that challenge for 2012. I like the idea. I also think it’ll be fun to involve my husband and my kids and have them tell their story with their own words.
But I still think an album like this has a place for art on a larger canvas. So I think it’s perfectly fine to mix the two. I also don’t think it’s necessary to do something to document every single day. That’s too much pressure for many of us.
For Project 12 in 2012 we don’t have a new sketch to work from every month. In fact, Becky has created 24 fabulous sketches for this challenge the last two years, and SCT has done a great job capturing all of them in one place on the website and YOU can choose the sketch that speaks to you each month! You can see them all here:
For my layout this month, which incorporates memorabilia and random photos from my January, I chose to work with the August 2010 sketch:
Oh, and did we mention there is another twist too? We're going to use a colour palette! Also revealed on the 15th every month on the Scrapbook & Cards Today website is Summer Fullerton's Colour Suite challenge. Paired with Project 12 in 2012 you have a perfect challenge to creatively inspire you. Here is January's Colour Suite challenge:
So with the sketch I chose and the January Colour Suite in mind, this is what I came up with:
As you can see, I included receipts, coupons, my racing bib from a 5k I did that weekend, and even a snippet of a letter I got in the mail regarding Orientation for grad school. All of these are elements that will be fun to look back on down the road, as part of my history. There will be a time when loading your Starbucks card for $20 will barely cover the cost of a latte...lol!
You’ll also notice more random photos, like the one of my husband’s suitcase. This is part of the new challenge to myself to document even MORE of the everyday than I usually do. By the way, did you see how we mark our luggage? I have a fabrip wrapped around the handle.
TIP: See the “splatter marks?” If you are like me and want more control on where the mist splatters, especially when your photos are already adhered, try this: dip a pencil eraser into a bottle of mist or stamp it on an ink pad, and stamp the splatter onto your page. I also used the end of a Basic Grey file. There are a lot of tools in your stash that would double as a quick and easy stamp. Try it!
The new Project 12 challenge is to document more of YOUR every day on a layout. Because some days we take more photos than the last, you can choose your own sketch among all the fun sketches that Becky has created for this challenge. Utilize The Colour Suite as an additional challenge for yourself, and enter that monthly challenge for a subscription to the magazine, the best and most inspiring craft publication available, if I do say so myself!!
The Project 12 in 2012 challenge is supposed to be easy to incorporate into your life and your albums. I wanted to be able to share an inspiration piece each month when I list the new challenge, and I love that I can do that with this new format.
The amount of time you choose to document is up to you. For this layout, I chose a week in our life. Maybe next month it’ll be just a few days, or maybe 10 of them. The point is to grab a piece of time in YOUR life and get it down on paper for future generations to get a glimpse of your life, one layout a month.
I hope you will be inspired and play along and of course we would love to see your Project 12 in 2012 layouts to inspire others! Just link up your January layouts to today's post and we'll randomly choose one layout to feature each month and a subscription giveaway too!
I’ll see you back here on February 15th! Have a great month!