Monday, January 3, 2011

Project Life 2011 -- My Approach

Project Life - Amber Edition

I did it!  I ordered my 2011 Project Life kit by Becky Higgins.  I've heard a lot about it, but I've never taken the plunge because I knew there was no way I could follow through with taking a picture every day for a year.  But after watching the video at the link above, I was really impressed by how flexible the kit is meant to be.  You can do a picture a day, or a few a week, or month, or whatever.  It comes with all sorts of goodies, and it's really beautiful.  And I DO want to document my family's life, and more than just the few layouts I actually get completed each year.  So I am going to do it!  I probably won't get in a picture every day, but I'm going to do as much as I can.  I'll still do regular scrapbook pages, too, and add them into the binder.  I'm going to get it all set up in advance, so it's just ready to go, as Becky suggests in this video.

But my next question was: how do I approach this big project?  How do I make it meaningful?

I've been thinking a lot lately about how I can improve my own relationship with God.  I get so caught up in the day-to-day craziness of life that I let that slide way more than I should.  I want to see the hand of God in my life and feel it in my heart, not just know it in my head.  I've also been thinking about gratitude and how it can shape our whole outlook on life.  Those two ideas have merged to give me a clear focus for my Project Life challenge, and I'm sharing it with you here so that it becomes a real commitment.

I am going to use my Project Life kit record the "tender mercies" that God gives our family this year.  I know there will be lots of little things and maybe some big things, too.  I pray that, as I look for these moments, God will open my eyes to everything He does for me and for my family.  When my family looks through this year's album, I want them to feel God's love for them as much as we feel our love for each other.  What an incredible gift that will be!

I can't wait for my big white box to arrive!

P.S.  Are any of you doing Project Life this year?  Do you have your own strategies for this kind of everyday life scrapbooking?  I would love your input!



First of all I want to wish you a Happy New Year!!! May you and your family be blessed with lots of love, happiness, prosperity and great health for 2011!!!!!
OMG.....Tomi I ordered my Project Life last week and can't wait t get it. During my crafting break the last few weeks, I totally enjoyed my family and I had a heart to heart with myself as to the REAL important things in my life. I will be posing an announcement on my blog at the end of the week so stay tuned.
I think Project Life will be an AMAZING tool and one that will work for LOTS of people. At the end of the day Tomi, those little priceless moments in our lives with our families are what's really important!!!!!!!

Big hugs my friend!!

Tonya said...

Your approach sounds wonderful! I wish you the best, and I think it will be enlightening to look for those small tender mercies, as well as the big blessings. Your family is going to love looking back on this album. Good for you!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! I am excited tofoloow along with you this year and see how you scrap these moments.

Crystal Farish said...

I can't wait to see what you do with this. I keep a tender mercies journal, but photos would be so incredible. Good luck!!!!

P.S. I wish you lived by me too. We would have so much fun together. I would take you up on the Cricut lessons!

Maranda said...

I'm doing Project Life for the first time this year, and I am not committed to doing a photo a day. I'm planning on doing weekly layouts. Some will be full of pictures, some will have more journaling than others, some will have little tidbits of life (receipts, kids creations, etc). My first week includes a piece of the Cheerios box. Those of you with toddlers will know how familiar that logo is!

Can't wait to see what you do with your kit. That's the beauty of PL - you can make it whatever you want to be.

I'm blogging mine at