my project life.

As I mentioned in a prior post, I love the Becky Higgins website.  I had the chance to meet Becky at a Creating Keepsakes Convention in Manchester, NH several years ago. She really is as lovely as she looks and sounds. The sketch books she’s written are one of my favorite scrapbook tools. When I first met her in person it was at a meet and greet at the convention and I waited patiently in line to asked her to sign a copy of her latest sketch book for me.  As if that wasn’t exciting enough, someone was also kind enough to take a photo of us together—of course, I treasure it! I was a little star-struck that day, to say the least…

At the time, she was working for Creating Keepsakes magazine and produced an article every issue based on her sketches. She has a very clean, visually balanced scrapbooking style that I really admire.  Her journaling and page topics are also very insightful. Eventually she left the magazine to pursue other interests and to launch her blog and her own company featuring her product–PROJECT LIFE.  Project Life is a picture-a-day scrapbooking concept that helps you to capture a small snippet of your everyday life.  As the mother of 3 small children, Becky came up with this concept when she was looking for a simple way to capture life and not feel so behind in her scrapbooking. The basic idea is that you take a photo of things that make up your life, every day, for 365 days and the end result is a genuine “slice of life”—YOUR life, your story.  The photos can (and should) represent all areas of your life. You can click HERE to get more information on the Project Life concept!

PROJECT LIFE doesn’t have to be an everyday slice of life, it can be whatever you make it.  You decide how it fits into your life and what information you want to capture. I decided to try it, but instead of doing an everyday-life sort of album I thought I would try a gratitude album.  Every day, I take a photo of something I’m grateful for and by the end of the year I should have a beautiful collection of photos and journaling, expressing many of the blessings in my life. I started it May 1st but going forward, each week, for fun, I will post a photo and some journaling to share with you re: my Project Life. In addition to really enjoying this now, my hope, is that some day this album will be enjoyed by future generations of my family and it will help them feel connected to their past. Can you imagine having an album like this from your great-grandmother?

Today’s photo is something I’m very proud of and truly grateful for—this beautiful Hydrangea bush in my yard.

Hydrangea Bush - July, 2011
After the horrible winter of deep, cold snow we just endured, I didn’t think I’d get a blossom this year despite my efforts to trim back the wood (but not too much) and to cover the base with leaves to protect it. And yet, here is the bush–COVERED in gorgeous, blue blossoms.  I can’t help but smile every time I pull into my driveway…I can’t help but think “what a miracle”.

If you are working on a Project Life I’d love to hear about it!  What is your theme?  How long have you been working on it?  Post a comment and let me know! Thanks for sharing…