Welcome to Project Life Tuesday 2014
If you are new to The Mom Creative, welcome. I hope you will stay awhile. I'm Jessica – wife to Matthew, mom to Elias, a silly and spirited six-year-old, and Adeline, a spunky three-year-old. I'm also a marketing professional, savvy deal finder, photo lover and memory keeper trying to juggle it all. The first Tuesday of every month, I share my most recent spread as well as host a linky for readers to link up their pictures/layouts. Some links are affiliate links.
It has been two months since my last Project Life Tuesday – yikes! Moreover, I am the furthest behind I have ever been on Project Life… when I started to work on my album this week I was at the end of APRIL.
APRIL. That's SIX months and feels a bit overwhelming.
My husband asked if I was just going to throw in the towel. I said, heck no! But I still was a bit nervous to start. It just feels like so much – and it is. Six months of photos is a lot, but it isn't impossible. I knew that I just needed to get going, and that as soon as I did, it wouldn't feel so bad.
I was right.
I developed a big batch of photos in September from May-June, so I just started with that stack. I didn't worry about perfect dates (mixing Instagrams with regular 4x6s) and instead went chronologically and by story, with Instagram 12×12 pages interspersed. I also didn't worry about editing photos down and planning spreads. I just added pages as needed and used all the photos I loved.
It was an easy, freeing, no-rules process. Just because it is different than how I have worked in the past, doesn't mean it isn't right. When I think about how sick I was during April-August (first trimester) I am grateful to just get those photos and stories in an album. In 20 years, my family isn't going to say, wow, this Project Life album isn't as good as the rest. They are just going to be happy to have the photos developed and not sitting on a hard drive somewhere.
Within one night, I got 11 pages worth of photos and journaling cards in! May is now done, and I am going to start to tackle jounaling cards.
Matthew is out of town for the next two weeks, so I am going to leave my Project Life stuff out in the dining room and work on it every night possible. (Also, blame him for the less than awesome photos – he has all the good camera gear with him!) I am hoping that I can at least get to October by the time he gets back. Last night the kids were happy to color and craft while I went through photos, so hopefully that will continue.
I hope that if you are feeling behind this encourages you. Just get started!
Link up your Project Life pages below. Be sure to link directly to the post (not the main page on your blog) and mention Project Life Tuesday.