First let me say that I LOVE Project Life. The feeling I had when I finally finished my first week (and I keep looking at it) was what it is all about. I LOVE that my children like to look at it. I LOVE that my husband likes to look at it. I LOVE that my step daughter (who is grown, married and just came home for a visit) thinks it is so cool. I LOVE that my children keep finding little things and handing them to me for Project Life. All of these reasons, and so many more, are why I will continue with Project Life.
Now let me tell you why I almost gave up...one week in. I am a comparer and a perfectionist. Two really bad traits that I must let go of. Project Life isn't meant to be perfect, it isn't meant to be someone elses album, it isn't meant to be stressful, it isn't meant to be something you are not. But I made it that way. It is meant to represent you, your style, your family. I got caught up in all the inspiration in blog land. I got bogged down with wanting to do this, and this, and that and that. In the meantime I didn't really do anything. I tried desperatly to incorporate 50 different styles from other PL layouts I have seen but didn't really embrace my style. I got behind, I got frustrated and I almost gave up. But then I read this post by Jenny Meyerson and I felt as if she was speaking directly to me. I gained a new perspective on Project Life, I took the inspiration that I had found online, I sat down and I created and I didn't stop until week 1 was done.
I am happy to say, week 1 is mine. Week 1 is done. I LOVE my week 1. Although I created it in my scrapbooking style, I did incorporate the ideas of others. I love the title blocks used by Nichol Magouirk. I love incorporating a week in review insert like Michelle Wooderson and I love the idea of writing a note to my kids like Jenny Meyerson. If it hadn't been for the inspriation I have found, I wouldn't have learned to use my silhouette (which contributed to the insane amount of time it took to finish week 1). I am now on week 2, with pictures inserted into weeks 3-4. They are coming along nicely and much quicker now that I have decided to look, get inspired, but then just create without getting bogged down and trying to make my Project Life look like someone elses.
So...if you are still with me...here is Project Life Week 1:
Close up of left page:
Close up of right page:
Project Life Core Kit Clementie Edition; Project Life Design A Page Protectors; Washi Tape from Studio Calico; Happy face badge CTMH (ret); Play tab CTMH (ret); Typewriter stamp Unity Stamp Co.
I hope to have Week 2 up this weekend and Week 3 soon to follow.
Linking up this week with Jessica at the Mom Creative.