February 24, 2018

Project Life - Catching Up on Several Months at a Time

I'm talking today about my 2016 Project Life.  That's right - 2016.  As I was cleaning up supplies from my 2017 Project Life, I discovered a huge stack of photos from 2016.  I'd completely forgotten that I'd ordered prints for almost the whole year shortly after I made spreads for the first couple of months - apparently I assumed that I'd just roll right through the remaining months.  But of course, I got distracted by other projects, set those photos aside and promptly let them slip my mind.

If I didn't have all those photos ready and waiting, I don't think I would have bothered to finish the rest of the year.  I had already made spreads for January through April, along with a couple of random weeks and the month of December.  Since the rest of the year's photos were just sitting there though, I thought I'd try and get them into pockets so they wouldn't go to waste.

I started my quest to finish by coming up with a plan.  My first step was to organize the photos.  I don't number or date my spreads and I'm ok with mixing photos taken during different weeks, so I sorted them into groups that I thought would readily fit the pocket configurations.

My next step was to pull pocket page supplies from just one manufacturer to give my pages a nice cohesive look.  Everything would coordinate and I'd have a variety of supplies (pocket cards, embellishments, stamps, etc.,) so I wouldn't waste time looking elsewhere to find a matching item or a particular type of supply.  I chose Elle's Studio products because some of them were already out on my table, I'd recently sorted their pocket cards by color, and they have embellishments like labels, puffy stickers and stamps which are the items I reach for most often.

Then I decided that I'd just do it - no waffling over card choices, no reprinting of photos, no second-guessing.  I wanted to get it done and told myself that I could make it work with what I had in front of me.  And while I generally try to include a lot of journaling, I resolved not to get too carried away or wordy this time around.  As long as I had some general information about the photos, I would be satisfied.  It was more important to me to get it done and include the basics than be so focused on adding every little detail that I end up abandoning the project.

And you know what? It worked!  And I also discovered another technique that made the process easier and faster and it's something that I'm carrying forward to my 2018 Project Life.

As I worked on my pages, I realized that they were following the same pattern most of the time: 4x6 pocket card in the upper left pocket that would hold a lot of journaling about the rest of the spread, photos in the three remaining 4x6 pockets, one filler or journaling card in one of the 3x4 pockets and three photos in the remaining 3x4 pockets.  Not every spread followed this formula but many of them did which definitely helped me work at a faster pace.

I'm happy to report that I finished and it didn't really take as long as I feared it would.  My 2016 Project Life is happily sitting next to my 2017 Project Life on the shelf.  Now it's onward to 2018...


  1. Love this. I have done only part of my 2016 book, as well, and keep waiting for time to go back and finish it up. Which, of course will never happen unless I make a date on my calendar and come up with a plan. Thanks for the reminder to just get it done. My plan for an upcoming weekend is to get going on this. Done is better than perfect.

    1. Thanks, Carrie! I think once you make the decision to set a time and just get it done, you're halfway there...good luck and I hope you'll let me know how it goes.

  2. This is my AE March intention, so I'll let you know at the end of the month if I'm successful. Thanks.

    1. Oh that's a great idea, Carrie! Sometimes participating with others really helps me get things done.