After a bit of thought, I opted not to purchase a new Project Life Core Kit for 2013. While I do adore the colors and some of the designs in the Seafoam edition, neither jumped out at me as one I'd like to use all year long. I am still debating on purchasing the Seafoam cards digitally. I also still have remains of six core kits (some duplicates) that I know I will never get to use. Thinking about giving some of these away on the blog soon.
In addition to this, as you all know, I found myself incredibly stressed at several points this year when working on Project Life. I tried going the super creative route, and it just overwhelmed me. I don't want Project Life to be overwhelming. I want to be able to scrap my week in an hour or two, tops, and be done. And while the album as a whole looks great, I am not a fan of the inconsistency in the layouts.
Next year I want consistency. I want creative simplicity.
So, here's my plan, how I'm organizing my 2013 Project Life. I'm prepping a kit in advance. I'd like to share with you what I've got so far, and I'll do a wrap up post closer to the new year showing off the full kit. Apologies for these being iPhone pictures, my camera is currently packed away.
First, I found a 6x6 paper stack that I absolutely loved at Michaels, and I purchased four of them. These are My Mind's Eye Dolled Up. I am a huge fan of My Mind's Eye, and so excited to find their products at Michaels. There's 24 sheets in each - so I can get 48 3x4 cards from each paper stack, and have scraps left over to attach to the grid cards to make some decorative journaling cards. Picking up four stacks will allow me to cover the entire year.
How gorgeous are these 3x4 filler cards that I cut from the My Mind's Eye paper?
With the leftover small bits of the paper, I can decorate the Project Life 3x4 grid cards:
I've also ordered two White Signature Binders to hold next year's pages. I think that the elegant white will coordinate nicely with the paper I've chosen.
I picked up a textured white core card stock 12x12 stack that coordinates with the patterned paper. I'm cutting these up as my title cards for each week.
Because I like a layered look, I'm making printable calendars for each week, and I'm also die cutting my own chipboard week number thickers. Every week will have the same title card. Excuse the calendar sketch, I haven't had a chance to finish them in Photoshop yet.
Update: Here is the link to the free printable calendars.
The calendar printables will be available on my blog later this year. I plan to cover the chipboard thickers with the grid cards prior to die cutting, so they'll already be decorated.
And then I'll be using a combination of the grid cards, my favorite journalers from some of the core kits, and my own journaling card designs. I'm making all of these up prior to the start of the year. As 2013 goes on, I may swap out some cards for new ones I create, but I want to have my layouts, for the most part, planned ahead.
Finally, I'll be pulling together some coordinating embellishments - washi tapes, stickers, thickers, die cuts - that can be added as I go.
I think all of these things will provide me what I crave for next year. Ease. Simplicity. Consistency. Creativity. And most of all, documented memories.
For actually planning my layout each week - I'm trying out an iPhone app I discovered called Montage. This app allows you a lot of freedom in creating photo collages. Basically you have a blank canvas and you can add all your photos, rotate and size them as you like, and you can save the layered montage. I downloaded a jpg of both my free lined 3x4 card and Marcy Penner's Design A template, and am using these plus my camera roll images (and maybe some sketches) and creating my layouts on my phone. This may get too tedious for me, but sometimes at night I like to plan, and since I can save the layered template I can add photos as I go throughout the week.
What I did was upload Marcy's template first as the background, then add photos and the journaling card placeholder on top, resizing to fit in the template boxes. It doesn't have to be perfect, it's a planning tool. I think this is pretty cool.
What about you? What changes, if any, will you be making in 2013? What have you learned from doing Project Life about how you like to scrap? What works for you? I invite you to share your process in the comments.