Friday, January 04, 2013

365 Times 4

I am officially done with my fourth year of a photo-a-day.  My photo book is ordered!

If you haven't read anything about Project Life yet, click here to see what Becky Higgins has to say.

It's a project that can be personalized any which way.  My family has expressed a preference for a bound book  (vs. a traditional scrapbook) so that's what I've been doing. Here is information if you want to get started with a digital project.

For years 2003-2008, I created a two page spread per month.  Those monthly spreads are a collection of {mostly} random photos and very short stories about our monthly highlights.

Since 2009, I've created a two page spread per week. I try to capture little stories that might be mundane to others, but truly reflect our lives. 

I'm not too strict about the photo taking. I take a photo most days and focus on the weekly picture. It is not uncommon for me to be searching our cell phones for photos to fill in missing days. And, I'm resigned to the fact that occasionally, my cell phone photos won't look that great.

For the past two years, I've taken on a photo challenge to spice up the photo taking process.  This year I didn't and I'm feeling a little burnt out. I need to be re-energized.

While it sounds like a lot of work, it's really not that bad. I print one mega photo book a year (plus some mini books for vacations) and that is the only photo printing I do. No albums. No other scrapbooking (with the exception of December).

We really enjoy looking through old books, laughing at how we have changed and enjoying shared memories.

This year, I want to simplify my pages while mixing up the layouts.

I want to take more photos!

Have the kids contribute more hand written cards

and art work.

And capture more screen shots and pop culture references that reflect the world we are living in.
So, who's in? I promise you will love the end product.

1 comment:

Kim said...

Such a treasure! And isn't it life's little details that really end up mattering? Do you do the digital edition? Do you have the kids write on cards and then scan them in to print? Beautiful!! xoxo