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Friday, April 13, 2012

Jess Creating (finally!)

Have you seen Project Life? I have really enjoyed seeing the layouts and reading the stories of bloggers who are participating. As they all decided to participate, I had a brief thought of joining in, but the idea of weekly setting aside the time to look through & print photos as well as document the story of our lives... I fell asleep from exhaustion just thinking about it.

But as the year has progressed different people have talked about how they facilitate the process. Some do a little every day, others set aside on day a week to put it all together.

Enter spring break.

Maybe it's the sun, maybe it's a few days off but I was suddenly inspired to DO something with all the pictures and cards and things i've been keeping. I love making mini books, but it didn't feel right this time. So I impulse bought a fun yet inexpensive photo album at target and decided to just dive in. I am not going back and documenting each week of the year, but with instagram and slice of life, i knew I had enough to put together some monthly layouts.

So far, it has been a blast! I've printed all the photos as home using iphoto contact sheets (elise has a great video here) or pages. I created a few templates in pages to help me print and organize for march. Since i posted nearly every day I thought it would be fun to print off the posts and images for the book. Here are some shots from what I did today.
cover, close up of blog posts, close up of collage, march intro page, blog post layout zoomed out


Three days later and I'm all caught up. I've used supplies that have been collecting dust, used photos that were just taking up memory on my phone and put my pen to paper. Even if it doesn't last the entire year, it will be fun to look through and I've eliminated a few more piles.