It's week seven folks and for the observant of you, yes I did miss weeks 5 and 6.
I've talked a few times on here about how I am ok to let it go when I miss weeks but thought it might be fun to share a few practical steps on what I do when I get behind with this project.
To start with though, I strongly believe this project should be done because it is FUN. If falling behind becomes a stress I know I need to rework my attitude towards it.
1. This is a personal preference but I prefer to leave gaps rather than play catch up. For instance I hadn't done week 5 and 6 but rather than try and get them finished I instead went straight into week seven. I had the photos, I had clear memories of the week and I wanted to feel up to date. It's Psychological but it works for me. I know I can come back and fill in the gaps.
2. Grab a paper and pen and write any memories that are from the week you haven't completed or made. It can be a list of events, a funny conversation, whatever. Just write it down. It is far far easier to sit down and make those missing pages if you have journalling prompts to go from.
I sometimes do this when I know the week has been busy and know that it will be a while before I can make that weeks spread. Weeks at uni run into each other so writing down the detail of each one really helps make this project super simple.
3. Do the same for your photos. Go through your phone library, your iPhoto library. Look at the dates and jot down the photos that go with each week.
For instance when I come to make weeks 5 and 6, I have a little note on my phone that says what happened in that week and which photos I will include. Half the work is done already!
Both of these things you can do anywhere, on the bus, on the train, waiting at the school pick up. Five minutes, jot it down.
4. This is a long term goal rather than a quick solution. Look through some of your favourite bloggers and their PL spreads. If you have done this project before look through your own pages. Work out which designs you like, which photo placements work for you.
Jot these down and then you have a little inspiration journal ready and waiting. Again, it makes the decision making part easier.
If you have a bit more time consider making some templates. I do mine in photoshop. I open a journalling card, add a box where the photo will go and a box where the journalling will sit. All I have to do when making the page is pop each element in.
5. Drop the guilt. There is no right or wrong with this project. In years to come you will not flick through your album and be sad that you missed week five. The project is bigger than that.
Catch up when you feel you want to. Find an afternoon, grab a cup of tea, put on a good audiobook and off you go.
What do you do when you feel you are getting behind with craft projects or even life in general!?