Help! I I'm making a global appeal to all my loyal blog readers … this mommy needs a collective sigh/moan (as in ArghhhAHhhhhhhOHHHH … what am I going to do??) I NEED my children (at least four of them) to go back to school, but … as you may have heard, we are setting snowfall records in Spokane this winter and we are tonight expecting another 5 to 8 inches and the Spokane County Sheriff has canceled school AGAIN. We really do have an amazing amount of snow. When the sun comes out it's gorgeous — absolutely calendar worthy, but … we have no sidewalks and NO where to put any more snow. I'm sure there are some that will read this, that annually deal with this kind of snow. To you, I tip my hat with a new understanding of how life is altered by this crazy white stuff — I still need your virtual support because this is driving me NUTS!!
Now … I've had a couple of email questions and comments about Project 365. First let me say that while I know very little about the details of this kit or the probability of additional kits being made available, I am still hopeful of being able to get my hands on a kit (even if it takes several weeks) I have created a photo album here on my blog (see right) where I will be uploading my pictures/journaling to help me stay on track. Several of you are also doing this project via a blog or another sharing site. I was impressed with additional ideas shared in response to my last post. You are all so creative …
On looking through my album stash, I thought the Bazzill Lickety Slip albums and page protectors would work really well for this. Happy New Year!
Close to My Heart sells 12×12 sheet protectors with 6 4×6 pockets. You could almost duplicate Becky's pages with those by using four of the pockets for photos and the remaining two for journaling. Of course, you wouldn't have all the cute doodads and preprinted stuff she has but it's a start. If anyone's interested, you can check them out at www.blythe.myctmh.com under shopping.
Inspired by the latest Simple Scrapbooks issue, I purchased these small 4×6 photo albums for a buck each that hold 36 photos. I figure with photos, journaling, and paper I can fill one for each month and I can customize the covers. At the end of the year I'll have twelve of these cool little albums. I am very excited about this very cheap solution!
I don't have the kit, but I am going to put my own kit together from all of my STASH. I am done spending money and not using it…much. This is the year to keep moving forward!
But don't give up entirely … Tracy has a Project 365 that she is giving away on her BLOG!!
Now, some of you have asked how this project works with a Library of Memories system. The first thing you need to know is that this (or any other project that you are passionate about) absolutely FITS with my system and philosophy. What might not be fully understood (because I have failed to explain it better) is that a Library of Memories is not just a library of layouts. A true Library of Memories encompasses a variety of theme albums, photo albums, mini-books etc … the central element of my system is most definitely my four album collections (Us, People, Places and Things) which allow me to do two things …
1. Break out of the confines of strict chronological scrapbooking (that can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed and behind)
2. Follow where inspiration leads and focus on the personalities, relationships, places and things that matter most to me at any given time.
In short, my approach to categorizing and displaying layouts means I can tell any story I want to tell, when I want to tell it and know that it will have a home.
Beyond this, the combination of storage binders and category drawers enables ALL kinds of great projects that I absolutely consider a part of my overall library. In a way, my four sets of colorful albums are like a wonderful and perhaps even comprehensive set of encyclopedias that contain a wealth of information, yet are surrounded by dozens of other "books" begging to be explored and even "checked out" — make sense?
Sometimes we worry that "everything" should be in one place, or that we should have a singular approach to story-telling. Do NOT worry about this. I can see myself creating a layout towards the end of 2009, that features a handful of my duplicates from Project 365. In my mind, this layout would look similar to the larger project/album and it would celebrate the fact that I have created such a cool peak into our daily lives during this year. It may share some of the things I've learned as I've engaged in daily awareness. I would put this page in our "Things We Do" section inside the "Everyday Life" album. This page would reference the project as "something" I did this year.
The most important thing for me is the fact that Project 365 will do such a great job of capturing daily life, that I will be freed up to focus on the less immediate details of 2009 — I will get to create pages for my library albums that draw unique connections and/or combine photos in non-chronological ways to span time and reveal growth, change and constancy in our lives. I will feel less obligated to scrapbook the events of this year and more motivated to go deep and personal — YEAH!!!
Some of these ideas are difficult to articulate, so I hope this helps clarify where there has been some confusion.