3 Things I Learned Last Year about How I Use Project Life


Oh my growing love/hate relationship with Project Life. Well, more a love/hate about how I am with Project Life I suppose.

Just before I got married I decided that I wanted to use Project Life to document our first five years of marriage. Our first anniversary (September 30) has come and gone and I am just finishing up year one. Initially I was very frustrated. I couldn’t keep up and then forgot to write out cards and struggled to remember things that happened. I made a decision to stop after year one and then use a new kit to do a massive road trip book for our three big trips instead. Something less time sensitive I said, that will be easier.

Then two things happened. First, I showed my husband what I had done so far and he loved it. He asked me if I was going to keep going. And a small part of me wanted to say no. But the truth was, I loved it too. I loved capturing the small memories along with the large.

Then, when shopping for a a kit for my Road Trip book, I couldn’t decide between two sets. I eventually chose the Kraft edition and a small package of Road Trip themed cards (!!!). But my mom knew I liked the Midnight edition as well and surprised me with it for Christmas. So now I have two separate sets of Project Life cards and had only planned on doing the Road Trip book. Obviously, these two events changed my mind and I’m going to keep going.

So, I’ve narrowed down my problems and some solutions –

1. I take a lot of photos. A lot. Not every day, but at the big events and on hikes and things. It’s hard for me to narrow down those photos into two page spreads.

Solution: Don’t restrict myself to two page spreads if more are necessary. Also, remember that I can have a regular photo album too if there really are too many photos.

2. I can’t keep up. I am crafty and creative and (as mentioned above) take a ton of photos. For me, project life is more time consuming than I expected it to be.

Possible Solution: choose a day each week or one every two weeks to devote to Project Life. Once I am finally caught up, stay on top of it and try to be no more than two months behind at any given point.

3. My clippings and movie tickets and things are totally disorganized and in a pile on the floor. I forget they are there and then have to re-organize spreads when I remember them.

Possible Solution: Buy something small and cheap with four or five drawers that I can put clippings in to organized by month. If I stay on top of things, I’ll be able to store four or five months worth of things and never need more.

All in all, I’m excited about continuing Project Life. The Midnight Edition is GORGEOUS and I think suits me better than the first set I bought (Turquoise). I already found the perfect card to start off Year 2 of Marriage. As for the road trip book, I’ve sorted two out of three sets of photos for it and hope to get them all ready and printed by March or April so that I can start putting it together in late Spring/Early Summer. I want to have it ready for Thanksgiving or Christmas to show family. See? already giving myself broad goals!

Do you use Project Life? Do you have Problems/Solutions like I do? Share in the comments, I’d love to hear!