Friday, August 12, 2016

Project Life {June 2016}


For weeks I had my photos printed for my June pages, but they got put on the back burner while I worked on my Summer Stories notebook. While I could have made time to make these pages, I let them sit. And sit some more.

As I was cleaning up my work space earlier this week, I decided it was time to either put them into pockets or toss them. Yeah, I'm pretty cutthroat like that. ;) In then end I dug through my supplies and began pulling out cards.

While I was gathering supplies, I continued to think about whether or not my monthly Project Life pages were something I wanted to keep up with. This is something I've been mulling over for several months. I came to the conclusion that I'm not inspired enough with this form of memory keeping and so won't be continuing. That's not to say in the future I won't start back up again, but for now, I'm okay with stopping.

For the front page, along with my black and white cards, I grabbed a sheet of mint letter stickers that I'd had for about a year, but had just been sitting. To match the alphabet stickers, I stamped a space for my journaling in mint. Wanting to add just a little extra to my cards, I used my Tiny Attacher and stapled puffy stickers onto them.

On the back page, I used a punch to cut out circles from one of the patterned papers I'd printed when I originally began to work on my pages. I added something else from my stash that hadn't been used before, and that was the wooden buttons. I stamped some more journaling spots and called it done.


The projects I make are for the creative process first and memory keeping second. I know that's not the typical reason that people undertake this hobby and I do look back at my albums from time to time, but they're created for me as a way to express myself. That's why, if you're familiar with my projects, I'm not one for a lot of journaling, because the story isn't my priority. I'm more about the design of the page, the photograph(s) I'm using, trying new techniques, and honing creative skills.

Add to that the minor annoyances of needing bigger storage space to store albums, limited accessibility to 9x12 supplies, and not having a consistent supply of cards that coordinate from month to month.

I'll absolutely continue to create, because it's something that makes me happy. And I love shopping for new supplies, as well as looking at what awesomeness others are sharing. It's just that when your time is limited, why spend it doing something that you're only feeling lukewarm about? So after 3 years and 3 months, it's time to move on from Project Life.

Supplies:
3x4 cards - Messy Box - A Beautiful Mess, Seven Paper {Goldie}
patterned paper - One Little Bird {Soleil}
stamp, puffy stickers - Studio Calico
alphabet stickers - Messy Box - A Beautiful Mess
wood buttons - Shimelle {True Stories}

16 comments:

  1. First, I love your pages. I always like the your projects. You have such a good eye for design and you take the most amazing pictures of flowers. :o)
    I can relate to what you are saying. I do what I do for the same reason, to be creative. Documenting is just an extension of that for me. I do love going back and looking at the pages I've done in the past. And my boyfriend likes them too. I've only started doing PL last year, so I'm still fairly new. I need to get working on my 2016 album, I'm still stuck in February. I like using pocket pages, but I'm still unsure if I want to use normal albums or start adding them to my Happy Planner which you can get pocket page protectors for. I also print a small photo each day to add to my planner weekly pages. So we'll see where it goes. I like buying new supplies too. Especially from your shop. :o) I look forward to seeing what you share next.
    Melissa

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    1. Oh, thank you so much for your kind words, Melissa! That's wonderful that your boyfriend appreciates what you create and I hope you've been enjoying the PL format. Like you, I've thought about ways to incorporate photos into my planner and also gave a lot of thought to doing PL in 6x8. Something about the smaller size albums has been so appealing to me lately. If you come up with a solution, please let me know! :)

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  2. I totally get it Elise! Do it for the process is a great way to create and have fun. Good for you to admit it's not inspiring you right now, I'm loving your Travellers notebook for little summer Joy and I'm sure you will find other ways to document the same kind of things you were doing in your PL. are you going to do a December Daily this year?

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    1. Thanks, Amy Jo! It's never bothered me that photos and stories overlap, but the space, oh the space everything takes up, that's another story. I know you get that with the work you've been doing in your home to pare down everything. :) Yes, I am definitely doing DD again and I also do a Thankful 30 in November.

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  3. I really enjoy looking at how you design your pocket pages so I must say, I will miss them! But as long as you keep creating something, that's OK then! I've been doing Project Life for 4 years [monthly] - but mainly for documenting, & still enjoy it.... BUT I just started a planner a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, in the MIDDLE of the year [eye roll]...thought I'd try it 'til December and see how I go. Already I can see I'm doubling up on both photos and stories....so I'm thinking by December I'll work out which one to keep up with..... storage is a PAIN!!! Oh! And I love the black and white palette you've used here with that touch of blue :):)

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    1. Thanks a lot, Lizzy, and not to worry, they're not going away entirely, just the monthly PL. Glad you're still enjoying PL and ooh, a new planner?! That's exciting and a lot of fun and I hope you'll be sharing that on your blog. I'm sure you'll find a compromise that allows you to be creative and keep your memories documented! :)

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  4. You go, girl! Ive tried switching up Project Life and love mixing 12x12s in. But m thinking this is it for me.

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    1. Thanks, Emily! I really enjoyed seeing your inspiration for monthly PL this year, but sounds like in your own way you've come to the same conclusion as me. Are you done with all memory keeping or just PL? Hoping you'll still be creating in the future, but I know priorities have shifted for you, so I totally get it. :)

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  5. Beautiful pages, Elise! Love the black and white with the pops of soft colors! And I totally get what you mean. I feel the same way about crafting. To me, it's first about creating and how good and happy it makes me feel! :)

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    1. Thank you, Elodie! It's definitely important to feel good about what you are making, no matter the reason! I'm surprised to see how many others find the act of creating more important than the memory keeping, even though there is no right or wrong way to approach this hobby. :)

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  6. I am really going to miss your pocket pages, but I completely understand the feeling. I felt that way about my TN notebook I tried for LittleSummerJoy this year. It just didn't "fit" me so I moved on. Can't wait to see what else you have in store my friend! Hugs! xx

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    1. Thanks, dear! I'll still use pockets from time to time, and you're a great source of inspiration for that! Sorry to hear that your LSJ wasn't working for you, but I'm glad you were able to let it go and not stress over it. xo

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  7. I love the classic black and white with all of the other elements and photos, Elise! Beautiful pages!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! Not sure why I don't use black and white more often, but I should take a cue from you and definitely do more of it in the future!

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  8. So beautiful Elise I am glad you didn't toss those photos. Interesting approach on the creative side as I was just reflecting on many of my other projects and realizing I just liked creating stuff so I completly understand your thoughts.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Leslie! I hope that you continue to enjoy creating stuff for a long time to come, because I love seeing you work with different medias and techniques!

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Thank you so much for taking your time to comment, I truly appreciate all your kind words!