Why I love Project Life

As I’m starting to think about the creative projects I want to work on next year, I can’t help but reflect on Project Life and how much it really does enrich my life, and that’s why I’m going to continue doing this project. Here are the reasons I love Project Life:

I love that it captures my life in a realistic way. Documenting weekly allows me to capture not only the big moments, but the small moments of everyday life; the really happy moments, the challenging times, and everything in between.

I love that it gives me a place to tell my stories in a visual and creative way – an art journal of sorts. It houses my words, photos, and ephemera all together in one book, giving richer context to the story than a photo album or writing journal alone.

I love that it helps me to remember my life. To reflect on and relive moments. To see my progress over time. To see story threads weave in and out of my life at different times.

I love that it gives me things to look forward to, because I like to plan fun things to do “for the book” and be on the lookout for things to put “in the book”. I’ll even step outside my comfort zone and try new things “for the book”. It’s all about “the book!

I love that it can be a place to capture other people’s words and photos too. I like to include notes, cards, text messages, Social media posts and the like from my family and friends. I especially love to include their handwriting or drawings.

I also love the community of like minded storytellers out there. I’ve gotten to meet a few of them in real life over the last year or so. They just get me!

Last, but certainly not least, I love the products! I love buying them and figuring out creative ways to use them in “the book”.

Crafty Project Goals

I’ve been keeping busy working on crafty projects (plus eating and shopping way too much) during this COVID pandemic. I hope you’re staying well.

I have a real ambitious list of projects to work on through the rest of this year:

2019 Project Life Volume 2 – I finished the album, but still need to film the flip through and post to YouTube.0403cb67-372f-4594-aef3-14da20f48afd

2019 One Little Word Album – I finished the album and filmed a flip through, it just needs some editing and I can post it.0b98ecb4-74f4-4496-9f2d-7c425e873a96

2020 Project Life Volume 1 – I’ve fallen behind, but intend to finish the album, film, and post a flip through this quarter.

2020 Project Life Volume 2 – I’ll work on this as much as I can, but don’t plan on finishing this one until next year.PL 2020

2020 One Little Word – I am way behind on this one, but it’s pretty easy to catch up. I’ll finish it by early next year.

Week In The Life 2020 – I am almost finished with the album. I have a little bit of journaling left to do and some embellishments. Then I’ll film a walkthrough for YouTube. It will be done in the next few weeks!OLW WITL 2020

2020 October Daily – I’m so excited to do another OD album again this year. I’m anxiously awaiting all the Halloween product releases.

2020 December Daily – Yes, I’m going to do a DD album this year. I’m going to do as much as I can during December and finish it up early next year. Right now I’m thinking of doing a 4×4 size.

Album Labels – I recently pulled all of my old scrapbooks and photo albums out of storage and into an shelving Unit. I bought new albums for them and need to finish labeling them. I love, love, love having all of my albums together and being able to flip through them whenever I want.Album Labels

Pocket Letters – This year I’ve been doing a pocket letter swap with my sister each month, so I’ll continue with this fun project too.Pocket Letter

Whew, that’s a lot, but I know I can do it!

What’s on your crafty to do this? Do you set crafty goals for yourself?