Let’s talk about documentation.
At the beginning of 2015, Project Life was not working for me anymore. (Spoiler alert: It is now.) It seemed like everyone was moving away from weekly spreads and a bit tired of 12×12. But I decided it would work for me again. So I set up my album, and created a title page, and created my first week. And I just hated it. Two weeks into the year, I was totally bored and not interested in going back to work on the album.
So I totally changed my plan for documenting 2015. And, like my spoiler said, this documentation plan is not what I’m sticking with for the rest of the year. But it was fun while it lasted.
I made a minibook for the first three months of the year.
It was a vertical 4×6″ book, bound with book rings. I was planning on 3-4 books throughout the year. I realized I didn’t love looking through this little book after the fact as much as I love paging through my albums from 2013 & 2014. But I did have a lot of fun trying out a new method. I think it helped me figure out what I like and don’t like about “memory keeping.”
The minibook is pretty freeform. No weekly organization, no specific sizes for anything. I used more patterned paper than I used to with my albums, which is my favorite supply. I used fewer photos overall for these three months. I just went through my folders and chose the gems. Totally random. Photos I just loved, photos that reminded me of something, photos that, to me, told a story. And I was so excited with printing photos and playing with paper again.
I didn’t have to worry about getting seven horizontal 4×6 photos and a handful of vertical 3×4 photos to tell a nice story. I wasn’t scrambling to fill pages.
I grouped similar photos a few times. I was more comfortable telling longer stories and using just text to fill a page.
I realized I liked working on documentation in weekly chunks. It’s less intimidating than trying to look through a folder with an entire month’s worth of photos.
So, I think this method served its purpose in the beginning of the year. I am back to pocket scrapbooking for (I think) the rest of 2015. I changed up my format, and I’m keeping it very simple. I decided that I like Project Life the most for capturing the everyday details and weeks of time, and I adore minibooks for specific themes or times.