Finally, after years of just watching from the sidelines, I have completed a 30 Days of Thankful Album <happy dance!>.
Every November since 2012, Cathy Zielske has done this project “to help (you) remember all that is good, from the tiniest of things in this life to the most humongous, to everything in between.” Every year, I follow her posts with the full intention of joining in. In 2014, I even got as far as signing up for the private Facebook Group created for anyone who needs inspiration and support for completing their projects, yet year after year, I end up with nothing.
It doesn’t matter that it took me five months to complete an album that was meant to be done in 30 days – what matters is that I did it!
Here’s a flip-through video of my completed album:
I loved working on this album and being reminded to find joy in the smallest of things, and to be grateful always.
This project also helped me come to terms with how I’d like to approach memory keeping:
I love memory keeping and the Project Life system. I almost chucked off scrapbooking as something I would never really get around to doing. I have a lot of physical products, and I also have the App. It seemed like I would start an album, make a few pages, and then never finish anything. I thought it was something I already needed to give up and get off my plate so I didn’t have to feel bad about not accomplishing anything. Completing this project changed my mind.
Having a home printer is important for me to stay on track with documenting life. By the end of the first week, I had completed my cover and the first six pages. Then I ran out of Paper for my Canon Selphy printer. That really set me back big time. I know fully well that I can still build my title Cards and journalling, then add the photos later – but for me it needed to start with the printed photo. Not having the printed photo felt like a mental block from going forward with what needed to be done.
Color coordination and embellishments are not all that important to me. Although I had always admired scrapbookers who do great embellishments, and have cohesive album pages – I realized that mine didn’t have to look that way.
Stamps are wonderful tools that you can use over and over again for your pages, but I just can’t stamp effectively. Maybe my ink pads are low quality, or maybe they‘ve dried up or lost their pigment after I’ve had them so long and not used them. I don’t know. I may really just be awful at stamps.
Alpha and number stickers are LOVE. I don’t have a lot. When the self-imposed moratorium for spending on hobbies is lifted, I am getting more. Gifts are WELCOME too. 🙂
Maybe not everyone can read my handwriting but I’m not about to let crappy handwriting stop me from adding journalling to my pages.
Speaking of journalling – I didn’t plan it, but it just came naturally to journal in English. Next time, I’ll try to express myself in Filipino or TagLish (Tagalog-English).
Great photography would be awesome for my pages! But not having great photos is just another roadblock I’d rather not stop me. Not all my photos are great, but they are photos that show what life is right now, and THAT’s what’s important.
Have I mentioned that I LOVE DOING THIS ALBUM? I really, really do.
Last week, I made a honey-do list for my Husband, and also for one myself. Both were lists of declutter and cleaning projects for the two of us. Each having designated areas around the house.
The very next day, a Wednesday, the Husband dove right into it – not really minding the lists but just tackling pile after pile of stuff around our living area.
I came home and got handed stuff to sort and a big bag to dump garbage in. And the dust clouds got stirred and lost items got found.
The biggest and happiest thing I got out of the exercise was this – my very own Project Life corner:
I bought my very first PL core kit thru Amazon in 2011 but never really completed an album. A big factor was not having a dedicated area to just access everything, but also mostly because I was being too hard on myself.
There was so much inspiration out there but I didn’t use it to my advantage. Instead, I kept obsessing about having to make stuff look prettier that I ended up not making anything. I had the front and back covers done for 2011 and then redone for 2012. And then just 1 and 3/4 of a spread in total.
Among the found stuff was a bunch of Instax prints from 3-4 years ago. I quickly made a spread using the cards I had on hand and plain Washi tape.
I felt happy having completed the spread in 15 minutes. Later on I went back to write a quote on friendship on that journaling card.
Prior to having this corner, I’ve had a PL revival already courtesy of the App. But that story’s for another day. What about you, how do you document your everyday life?
It’s been YEARS since I gave anything to my best bud Jo. I didn’t even get her anything for her wedding. Not a very good friend, am I? (You’ll remember Jo from this post, my pretty BFF) She currently lives with her husband and their son in the deserts of Dubai (so far!).
This year, I so wanted to give her something for Christmas. I also wanted to give her baby boy a gift and I felt bad NOT shipping out anything when he was born. It would be nice for him to get something from his Auntie Vera all the way from the Philippines, hehe (feeling!). But I couldn’t decide what to get them.
Then I thought about this photo collage, one among many that Jo started sharing in Facebook as soon as the little guy was born:
This collage is basic digital scrapbooking! (And isn’t Kenzie just such a charmer even as a newborn?)
What better gift can a Project Life fan/stalker like me give a friend, than a gift of Digital Project Life? I asked her if she would be interested, and she said yes!
So today, I went shopping! I got her the Digital Project Life Class from Jessica Sprague:
There are so many gorgeous digital scrapbooking products released this weekend but I’m keeping myself from making any purchases. I figured I should make more Project Life pages first before I even thinking about adding supplies.
There are more, everywhere. Specially spring and Easter themes. Browsing through blogs and galleries has been inspiring, but it’s also getting to be very tempting to buy more supplies. That would be hoarding for me because I don’t really use them! This hobby can be very addicting too. I look at these stuff like how, I imagine, cigar smokers would look like cigars at BnBtobacco. Speaking of tobacco, if you’re celebrating a graduation this season, go get your cigars from BnBtobacco.com.
As for me, it’s all window shopping. No credit card swiping happens tonight.
There are so many things that I aspire for – so many that I want to do. This is the year to begin working towards achieving them. Nay, this is the time to start living my dreams.
Many times, we are stuck at where we are (it don’t matter where we want to be) because we fail to even begin to take the first step. So this year, I shall take many first steps, and hopefully still have enough in me to keep on going.
Learn more about Ali’s One Little Word movement. I didn’t sign up for the class (it must be fun though) but I chose a word and choose to be inspired by it.