Thursday, January 5, 2012

Project Life: Q&A

Today I wanted to share the answers to a few questions I’ve received in the comments and through Twitter recently. Since Blogger makes it difficult for me to respond to comments individually and Twitter limits my characters I thought this would be the best way to open more dialogue with you guys that take time to comment.

But, before I jump in I want to share that I’ve decided to take the month of January to test posting twice a week regarding Project Life. Tuesdays will be for general Project Life related posts (Q&A, behind the scenes, tips & tricks, inspiration found, the why behind pictures I take (maybe the how??), philosophy, etc.). If I’ve missed anything you would like to see just leave a comment. Thursdays will be for sharing my layouts (those I still have to share for 2011 and of course 2012). This doesn't mean that these will be the only days I ever post about Project Life but I want to try to post on at least these days.



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OK here we go…….

Q My one question for you is . . . are you planning on mixing in different styles of page protectors or are you planning on keeping the two "ends" of the week the same, and take a look at adding in the variety in between those pages?

A The short answer is that I will be mixing page protectors this year. With that said, for simplicity, I have set up my 2012 album using only the Design A Page Protectors. While working on a week I am open to swapping out a Design A Page Protector for a Design B Page Protector if I find I have a lot of vertical pictures and I do not plan on using an insert that week.

If I have enough pictures/memorabilia/journaling where I plan on using an insert I most often leave the Design A Page Protector for my main pages and incorporate my vertical pictures into the insert. I do a lot of trimming down insert page protectors to accommodate my needs.



I tend to take a lot of vertical and horizontal pictures during the week without much thought so I love the flexibility of variety pack to add inserts. Funny enough, I found myself taking both a horizontal and vertical picture of the same moment towards the end of the year so I would have more options when pulling together my week without using an insert, especially where maybe I only had one or two vertical shots for the week.

Q I was wondering how you journal when you are doing PL. Do you talk to the kids or tell the story as if someone else is reading it? Make sense?

A For the most part I do not write as if I’m talking to the kids. I definitely write in the first person but I do not address a particular audience. It’s not something I contemplated before it’s just what seems most natural for me. I was reading this post from Jenny Meyerson and I adore that she writes a letter to the kids each week. I’m seriously considering adding that to my album this year and that I would write directly to the boys.

Q I would love to hear some behind the scenes stuff on your process…tips, tricks, etc. as a fellow working mom, I’d love to know how you make sure you make time for this project while balancing family and your career.

A I’m currently working on Week 51 and am documenting my process to share, hopefully, next week. I am also planning out a series of posts regarding my philosophy & organization that will likely be shared in parts over several weeks.

I hope this was helpful! Thanks for stopping by to read.

Monica

5 comments:

Danielle said...

Would love to see pix of your scrapbook room as well. Looks beautiful from the peek above! TIA

shannon said...

I have no idea how I found you, but I am thrilled that I did! I just got the Project Life system and it arrived today. I am so excited to do this-- I am brand new to scrapbooking, but with this system, it seems doable. I had a lot of fun tonight starting my first page!

Shannon
http://nelsonpartyoffive.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I'm a Sunday-Saturday week...when is a good time to print pictures assuming I can keep up?

Sammy said...

I love the design on the box! So cute.

Anonymous said...

I really like your plan to lay it all out ahead of time to simplify! Quick question - where did you find the dresser shown in the above photo? It looks like a perfect fit for some of my projects and how I work . . . love the basket 'drawers'!

Thanks!