I’ve been thinking a lot about day-to-day life lately. How it’s messy, lovely, sweet, exhausting, hard, joyful, frantic, chaotic, happy, melancholy… And sometimes how it’s all those things at once.
I think that’s what I love most about documenting Project Life style… this ability to capture life in all its imperfect glory. All those little moments that add up to a life well lived, building up, pocket by pocket, in my Project Life album. There’s something almost therapeutic about taking stock of these little moments, one by one. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again countless times, I’m sure…
Project Life is my favourite method of gratitude journaling.”
And on a week like this one, when my daughter got the flu first, and then my husband and I succumbed a couple of days later, it’s so wonderful to be reminded that even in the midst of high fevers and uncontrollable chills, of dozens of wadded up tissues littering the living room floor and a 3-year old who won’t eat, this life of mine? It’s fabulous.
I’m still keeping up with my daily storytelling approach, and I’m absolutely loving it. My goal is to tell one story a day, but I’m not too concerned with keeping the photos and stories in order. I don’t need to start with Monday and finish with the Sunday story in the bottom right pocket. It’s enough that all the stories get included, and that my spread looks aesthetically pleasing to my eye.
I used a couple of digital stamps from Ali Edwards’ Everyday Line Sentiments set on those bottom two photos of Kaylee resting on the couch. “Real life” and “Right now” seemed like perfect sentiments to document a particularly difficult story.
Other than that, I’m keeping things relatively simple. I’m still using a piece of Kaylee’s artwork for my title card. And I’m still constantly reaching for the supplies in my December 2016 Hip Kit and the Hello Lovely Project Life collection from Stampin’ Up!
One of the stories I told this week was about my love of smoothies. I’ve been trying to branch out from my standard smoothie recipe, so I also included the recipe for a new combination of flavours I loved. I figure it’ll be a nice surprise for anyone flipping through my album in 20 years. You know, assuming they still have blenders by then.
And oh, you guys, can I just take a moment to tell you how much I adore those sequins that came in my Hip Kit? They’re the Birthday Bash Sequins from Pink Paislee, and they are gorgeous. I’ve been using them on everything: Project Life spreads, 12×12 layouts, in my planner, randomly sprinkled on my bathroom counter (ahem… so not joking). Yeah. I love ’em.
I’m enjoying documenting my artwork in my Project Life album. It’s giving me a great excuse to make sure I complete at least one new painting a week, which is my goal for 2017.
I’m also trying to remember to include more pictures of myself in my album. I aim for at least 1 a week. Most weeks I don’t make it, but I’m always glad when I do.
As usual, I’ve got a good mix of longer stories (typed out on my computer and printed on digital cards from Studio Calico) and shorter, handwritten ones.
Supplies Used in This Spread
- Black Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: http://amzn.to/28O8W81
- Scotch Acid Free Advanced Tape Glider: http://amzn.to/290ISp0
- Tim Holtz Serrated Scissors: http://amzn.to/2c8Clwk
- Crate Paper – Heart Day – Charming Thickers: http://amzn.to/2jDfrg8
- Ranger Matte Multi Medium: http://amzn.to/2jm96GG
- Pink Paislee Birthday Bash Sequins: http://amzn.to/2kPRRQV