I hear so often when I teach scrapbook classes:
'I hate journaling...it always sounds forced and I'd just rather not do it at
Time to change that way of thinking, my friends! I'm kind of the opposite, lol...words don't often fail me. ;) But I understand that if something seems forced, you are less likely to do it. Enter: Project Life! I've found that putting my words down on paper has become that much easier when not faced with a big empty scrapbook page...on a smaller scale, and with candid every day photos (as opposed to landmark events) people seem not as intimidated at the thought of sharing what happened.
Take this photo of a recent Project Life page I completed:
A simple 4x6 photo of my daughter holding her end of the school year awards, a few journaling cards placed side by side and a photo of her soccer team were all I needed to jump start the thought process. The words started flowing and before I knew it, I had to stop myself because I ran out of room!
Here again, a 4x6 photo + a wallet photo + journal cards + notes of how we spent her 14th birthday literally fell together when clustered together on a smaller scale. Had I devoted an entire page to these 2 photos, it may have been trickier to fill in the words. :)
I've told so many people that the Project Life style has changed my process as far as what I choose to document for our family. I am now 100% OK with photos from our phones that we share, screen shots of random text messages that I want to remember and even having my husband and daughter fill in a journal card or two. It has encouraged me to step outside of 'event' or 'milestone' scrapbooking, and instead keep track of the every day things we encounter together.
You see, at 14...she isn't celebrating as many 'milestones' as she did when she was a baby. We've had 13 Halloween/Christmas/Birthday occasions that I've made layouts about. Collectively, we are on the go WAY more than ever...high school, soccer, work, travel, friends, family...it doesn't slow down for a second.
But in those seconds...in all of that mayhem...is our life. And I am grateful to have found a way to get it all down on paper.
**I'd love for you to join me at Crop & Create Ottawa, Thunder Bay or Saskatoon so that we can share more ideas about this process...registration is open now, so don't hesitate!