Monday, November 05, 2012

Project Life: October 2012, Family of 4

Doing my Project Life pages every 2 weeks was an awesome change.  It's long enough that I'm sure to have enough photos even if we don't do anything exciting.  It's also enough time between pages that I am excited and ready to work on the next set, rather than feeling like I need to catch up or worry about getting behind.

What I can't decide for next year is whether to do one week per 12x12 page, or keep the 2 week time interval across two pages.  I think the week-per-page approach will make me feel that pressure again to not fall behind, though, even if I decide to work on the pages every two weeks.  It also means that for weeks where we don't have much going on, I need to make sure I have some photos or something to write about.  As I write, I'm talking myself out of 1 week per page, and keeping the same approach of 2 weeks per 2 pages.  I love it when a plan comes together!  (Yes, I realize I can just go back and delete this entire paragraph, but of course you wanted to know my entire thought process.)

This past 2 weeks was pretty low key.  We're sort of getting into a routine at home, as much as we can with a tiny baby who sleeps at random times.  But generally, I do the night feedings for BabyM and TJ takes the night wakings with T.  He gets T ready for preschool while BabyM and I sleep.  We often sleep in until 10 or 11, which is awesome, even if we are getting up every 3 hours or so for diaper change/feeding.

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Oct 15-28: Sleep is good, Children's museum

Oct 15-28: Meeting Thatha, Sisters, a tired baby is a good baby

The highlights were my dad meeting BabyM for the first time, and a trip to the Children's Museum where I got a lot of really blurry Instagram photos (unfortunately!).  Mostly we hung out at home.  The time period ended on Oct 28, so Halloween photos will be in the next spread.  Arbitrary, I know, but I wanted to get back to a 2 week time period instead of half-a-month.

I grabbed some of my recent purchases for these pages - the Basic Grey Shine On 6x6 pad and some silver doilies I got at Jo-Ann's, and the "This is Life" card from the newly expanded scrapbooking section at Target.  I also recently sorted all my miscellaneous 3x4 printed cards by color, so I can grab one that matches for an empty slot - I love the "So Tweet" one!  If I hadn't cut them all apart and put them in a box near my desk, I'd never use them.

This spread was pretty easy to put together since it was mostly photos without a lot of "craftiness". I did experiment with stamping on a photo using the Staz-On solvent ink (the "I Love This" on the photo of TJ and BabyM), but it's pretty subtle.  I'll use a lighter photo next time.

I can't believe I've kept up with Project Life for this entire year!  Only 4 more spreads to go!  I'm definitely doing it again in 2013.  What about you?

Linked up with The Mom Creative for Project Life Tuesday.

22 comments:

  1. Yay! It sounds like you've already decided, but I do like the idea of 2 pages every two weeks, instead of a page devoted to each week. Good for you for keeping up with it!

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  2. Awesome job keeping up with Project Life! I am a little behind, but it's an awesome album!

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  3. Love the two week idea! I might use that for 2013 as 2012 has not been a big success. So glad you are falling into a natural routine that is working for your family. Those first few weeks are tough!

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  4. Good for you to keep going, I gave it up a long time ago!!!

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  5. Love! What a great idea to do on 2 week intervals! I'm thinking about a once a month....monthly recap sort of thing.

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  6. Love your pages, and congrats on keeping up with PL for the whole year!! Are you planning on doing it again?

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    1. Absolutely!! Next year I'll do 2 weeks per 2 page spread, and also incorporate my 30 days of Thankful and December Daily projects as well. if i really get crazy i may do a couple of 12x12 pages for my daughters' birthdays too :) I figure with the reduced # of pages there will be plenty of room in the album!

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  7. Great job keeping up throughout the year - huge accomplishment!

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  8. Considering your previous post about taking on too many projects, I think your decision to keep it as is is a good one. Your pages rock, BTW.

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  9. Cute photos and pages!
    I like the idea of your two week approach! :)

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  10. I love this! And I'm in awe of your ability to stick with something this big all year (I say as I contemplate giving up my prohibition on sugar that I've stuck with for 10.5 hours).

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  11. I love the white writing you put on the red date card. What kind of pen did you use to get such bright white?

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    1. It's actually a silver marker, from Faber-Castell. The same line with the gelatos and stuff. I got it at Jo-Ann with a coupon - it was a 3 pack with gold and copper. They're really nice markers, though the points are pretty wide.

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  12. Great pages! I am seriously thinking about doing PL in 2013 but know it is a huge time commitment. YOur pages make me feel like I NEED to do this:)

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    1. It has been really fun and my 3yo loves to look through the pages, not to mention our other family members as well!

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  13. This was my first year doing PL. I like your thoughts on doing a double spread for every two weeks. That would take a lot of pressure off and you're right about really feeling like doing it when the second week arrives. Lovely pages.

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  14. Wonderful pages. I love all the snuggle shots with baby. I miss my kiddos being that tiny. Congrats on staying on track with PL. If I ever get caught up I will for sure being doing it next year too.

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  15. thanks for sharing.

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  16. Love your spreads! So love all the itty bitty baby pictures. Remember, you don't have to do always do two weeks at a time if you don't want. The Project Life police isn't going to show up if you change things around mid way through :)

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  17. This is an awesome idea. I have been thinking of PL for a xmas gift to me and I think I could do one week per side of page (not 2 pages/week).

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