I’m currently pondering whether to do Project Life again in 2015.
The last three years have been a lot of fun and it’s very satisfying to see so many photos printed out. The only snag is: I’m running out of space.
12×12″ scrapbook albums are big. Enormous really. They’re much better suited to expansive, American homes with lots of spare rooms* and miles of shelving.
We live in a wee Victorian terraced house.
And we have a lot of books.
There is exactly one half of one shelf in our house which will hold a 12×12″ album and that half is pretty much full with the albums I already have**. I don’t really want to put them in the loft, so something has to change!
So, when the Project Life App came out in September, I thought I knew for sure what I wanted to do in 2015. All digital, all App layouts, with maybe the odd full page photo. I was planning to print an 8×8″ photo book at the end of the year and that would be that. No faff, no mess and I could show off the ‘album’ during the year on my iPad. I could even make the layouts on the train while commuting. Easy peasy.
But then I thought: what about the bits and pieces?
I’ve always saved things like postcards, wedding invitations, and business cards from restaurants. Since I started Project Life I’ve had somewhere to put them, but that won’t work in a photo book. Even if I take photos of the items, I’ll still want to keep [at least some of] the originals. And apart from that, I still have a box of Project Life cards to use up.
That got me thinking about combining a Project Life photo book with a small album or scrapbook for souvenirs and maybe a few favourite photos for context. And that got me thinking about just doing a 6×8″ album and abandoning the weekly format for monthly highlights. I’ve seen this format a lot online and it looks great.
I was changing my mind almost every day… but last night I took the plunge and ordered a 6×8″ album. I’ll have to see how I get on with the new size. Hopefully it might mean I have some spare time to catch up on other things, such as our wedding album for example!
I can always change my mind later 🙂
*It’s really astonishing to a Brit to see the acres of space in some American homes. Many people – even non-professional scrapbookers – have whole rooms with multiple work stations set aside. Fortunately for me, it’s still possible to make something fun in a small space; you just have to tidy away at the end of every session.
**Only half of the shelf because, while the shelf is level, the ceiling is not.