31 December 2013

Project Life in 2014

Happy New Years Eve! I love this time of year because it means I have an excuse to change things up, get more organised and in some cases start afresh.

Whilst I loved Project Life in 2013 I want to change some things up in the coming year...
I want to make this project simpler and quicker to complete each week. 

One of the things that took up time this year was simply the placement and moving around of photos on journalling cards.
To try and speed this up I have gone back through my spreads and picked out some of my favourite photo and text layouts and made up some simple photoshop templates.
I am hoping as the year gets busier I can quickly pop the photos into the spaces and add text.
That's the plan anyway!

Page Layouts
I have really enjoyed using the page template "A" this last year but I think it is time for a change.
For 2014 I am planning on using this page layout with square spaces

and this page layout.

Some weeks I will use both, some weeks I will use one.
I am also going to cut myself some slack- if there aren't enough photos I am just going to make one page! Phew!

Weekly Markers
I want to make my pages slightly cleaner in style and I'm starting off with making these page markers. One of these popped in each week to try and create a cohesive look. It also will help me keep track of the dates!

Using an app to write down what happens each day. 
I am useless at remembering what happens each week so I am keen to get going with one of the many journalling apps and just writing a few words at the end of each day. Hopefully I can then use these as journalling prompts when I get down to making my pages.

Blogging about it every other week. 
I have a confession. I don't love blogging about Project Life. But, I really enjoy reading about and gaining inspiration from the project life spreads on others posts.
My PL posts also receive a lot of traffic so I figure someone out there reads them!
Basically, I am going to strike a happy medium. I gain inspiration from others PL pages so maybe others will gain inspiration from mine if I post them. That said I don't want to overload the blog with PL posts especially for those of you who have no interest in the project. Posting the layouts every other week feels like a happy

Simple, easy and fun. I'm going to try and pair Project Life back a bit this year while still keeping a lot of Abi! Watch this space...


JO SOWERBY said...

I too am hoping to work harder on Project Life in 2014 as in actually completing it properly. I have such nightmares at times because my motivations goes out the window when I get ill. So this year we will make a concerted effort to keep going x

Kirsty.A said...

I really enjoy your PL posts and you're one of the reasons I'm going to try to join in in 2014, but monthly not weekly.
Happy New Year. Keep on blogging

alexa said...

Looking forward to seeing how it develops this year for you, Abi - I always enjoy your PL posts and how you add in effects of your own. Happy New Year!

Sandra said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your album next year. I've loved seeing your work this year x

Karen said...

I get a lot of inspiration from your PL posts, so I'm glad you're going to continue them. I love your second template. I don't think I've seen one like that for paper projects.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Abi. I like your idea of just doing 1 page if you don't have enough photos and loving your weekly marker.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I see myself doing project life someday, but not for a few years.
Thanks for the insights.

Miriam said...

Happy New Year Abi. Thanks so much for your PL posts, I love to see them, you have done so well to have kept up with it It must feel wonderful to have completed your first year...good luck with 2014.

Sinead said...

I love your plan for 2014, and I've really enjoyed following along with your PL posts this year (as you know!). I think I've finally decided to try a digital PL this year (gulp!) but in a monthly format possibly, with extra spreads here and there if I feel like I have a lot to say! I'm currently trying to decide which core kit to get online :D Really looking forward to seeing how yours progresses this year.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

This sounds like a great plan, Abi. I downloaded the digital templates for PL and played around with a layout last week. I loved the way it came together so quickly, so I think that I will be doing PL in a digital format this year. I'm glad you have plans to continue to share yours from time to time, as I am always inspired by your PL layouts!!!