I’ve written about Project Life once or twice before – in simple terms, it’s easy scrapbooking. The focus is on photos instead of embellishments and techniques. The idea is to take one photo a day for the entire year. I’m doing a simpler version with fewer photos per week. I recently created my week cards and I had so much fun looking back over our year that I thought I’d share them,

These photos are just one from each spread for the week but I like how together they give a glimpse into our life – lots of Ben, some sewing, travel, food, gardening – there’s a little bit of all three of us.

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If you are not doing anything to document your life or even to organize and print your photos, start something now! I can’t begin to tell you how much we all enjoy flipping through our family photo albums. In 10 years, I know I won’t remember much of our daily life and the cute little things that Ben says and does. but these albums will remind me. (and if you’re wondering, many of the photos in my recent albums are iPhone photos. There is no way I could document on a daily basis relying solely on a regular camera. So don’t feel like your photos aren’t worth printing if they’re from your phone.)

Project Life is a scrapbooking system invented by Becky Higgins that has exploded in the last couple of years. The basic concept is one photo + journaling card per day for a full year. Becky created a system of plastic page protectors that allow you to slip the photos and cards right into the album, making it an adhesive-free system. I used it to document Ben’s first year, and I loved it. I used to scrapbook the traditional way (layouts, adhesive, embellishments…most of the focus on the cute stuff), but never finished a single album. I was able to finish Ben’s album just a few weeks after his first birthday.  The system is simple and I love, love, love looking back at a year in our life. So I’m doing Project Life again in 2013. (And I’m even thinking about using bits of Project Life to document my quilting. I’d love to have an actual book with photos of my quilts + dates + recipient.)

I’ve decided not to buy a kit for 2013 (mostly because the ones I want most don’t come out until May)…I’m using my leftovers from the two kits I bought for Ben’s album (which is a LOT of stuff). I also subscribe to the Studio Calico monthly & Project Life kits so I have more supplies than I know what to do with.

I’m combining the Clementine and Cobalt kits, and using a narrow palette of green, blue, and yellow to keep things cohesive. I pulled out all of the journaling cards that fit my color scheme and the rest will probably go in my giveaway bin. Here’s what I’ve ended up with:

{clockwise from top left} 52 title cards & various coordinating 3×4 filler cards (with rounded corners!) from my paper stash, 3×4 filler cards mostly from the Clementine kit, and various journaling cards. Choosing the papers was like picking fabrics for a quilt. In fact, for all of my readers who are unfamiliar with the scrapbooking world, you’ll find that many of your favorite fabric designers also make scrapbooking paper (Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Julie Comstock (Cosmo Cricket)…to name a few). If you already have a fabric addiction, don’t click on those links. I warned you…

The next step is to pre-fill my album so each week I just need to print photos and slip them in the pockets. The idea is to keep is simple so I can focus more on quilting this year since that is my true passion.

SUPPLIES & TOOLS USED..