Sunday, 17 August 2014

My Project Life

I love looking through old photo albums with my mum and dad.  Every photo has a little slip of paper next to it, saying when and where it was taken.  We reminisce about holidays, trips and family celebrations over a cup of tea.

Looking through these pictures makes me happy and sad at the same time.  Happy that there is a record of the special moments in our family's life but sad that, despite taking thousands of photos on my phone, digital camera or tablet, I haven't got a single album in my bookcase.

I snap away, every day, capturing cheeky grins and flick through the pictures when my husband gets home.  But I don't do anything with them.  Nothing brought this home to me harder than when my mobile phone was stolen and I lost every photograph that I had taken of my son on the day he was born. 

I also realised that my vast collection of digital images didn't really mean anything to anybody but me, because the stories that go with them are in my head and heart.  This made me feel a bit melancholy, I won't always be able to narrate my digital slideshow, then how will my children or grandchildren connect with these images?

So when Stampin' Up! partnered with Becky Higgins to create an exclusive range of project life products, I vowed to make my memories a priority and to keep a record of the special moments we share.  So that, in years to come, we can all look back on the happy days we enjoyed together.

 Project Life is quick and easy.  Your pages can be as plain or embellished as you like and the journaling cards are available in several different themes to tailor your album to fit your theme.

I use an app called "free prints" which allows you to choose photos straight from your phone to be printed and posted to you.  The prints take a couple of days to arrive, but are great quality and the perfect size for project life - I do trim some of the down to fit the smaller pockets, but the 6"x4" prints are ideal for the larger slots.

My first album is for my little boy, since he is the main thing I photograph!  I have been choosing photos to document our summer - a trip to the seaside, rides on steam trains, meeting the gruffalo, a trip to visit my parents in France, lots and lots of ice-cream.  Nothing huge and momentous, just some of the little special moments of our {Project} life.

I'm completely hooked already, and have ordered the "Love Story" cards and accessory pack to make my brother and sister-in-law a wedding album and have also ordered a seasonal set which will be revealed in the seasonal catalogue on August 28th.

If you are local to me, I am running a Project Life starter class in October - see my events page for details.

If you would like to have a go yourself, visit my online store which has an entire section devoted to Project life or get in touch - I'd love to hear from you.