When you search about Project Life online, you will usually find albums/projects dedicated to the weekly or monthly type of documentation. Some find this format a bit daunting, so for this week’s Project Life Tuesday, we’re sharing some album ideas, including projects that the LDM Team and our workshop participants have accomplished.
This is the most common album concept so far. Many of our workshop participants attend our workshop armed with their own box of photos and travel memorabilia. Many are so good at collecting tickets, brochures, maps, and whatnot, but have trouble getting started on an album.
LIZ SHOWED US THE BOX OF THINGS SHE COLLECTED DURING A TRIP TO NEW YORK. SHE HAD ENOUGH TO FILL AN ALBUM! NO MATTER HOW LONG OR SHORT A TRIP YOU TAKE, YOU CAN EASILY CREATE AN ALBUM ABOUT YOUR TRAVEL ADVENTURES (AND MISADVENTURES).
Tin’S PARENTS WORK ABROAD, AND LAST DECEMBER SHE AND HER SIBLINGS SPENT THE HOLIDAYS WITH THEIR PARENTS. AT THE LDM MEMORY-KEEPING WORKSHOP, TIN ASSEMBLED AN ALBUM ABOUT THEIR MEMORABLE TRIP. ABOUT TWO WEEKS LATER, SHE WAS ABLE TO FINISH IT AND SEND IT TO HER MOM AS A GIFT!
2. Goals / Dreams
If you’re the type to set goals at the start of each year, this might help you keep better track of your progress.
At a barkada scrapbooking session, Vir wanted to document her goals for 2014 in a more creative/fun way. She grouped her cards by color and is planning to update each goal as the months go by.
3. A hobby or hobbies
If you’ve been into a hobby since you were young, how about documenting how you’ve enjoyed your hobby throughout the years? If you’re taking up a new hobby, why not chronicle it in an album?
VIR IS A TALENTED theater actress, AND SHE WANTED TO DOCUMENT THE PLAYS SHE HAS BEEN PART OF SINCE SHE WAS A KID.
ALIZA MENTIONED THAT SHE’S ATTENDED SEVERAL WORKSHOPS RECENTLY, AND SHE WANTED TO DOCUMENT IT IN AN ALBUM. GOOD WAY TO DOCUMENT THE WORKSHOP EXPERIENCES + PROGRESS AS SHE USES WHAT SHE LEARNED TO DO PROJECTS ON HER OWN.
4. A memorable event
For those who have experienced big moments, surprises, or grand gestures in their lives, how about documenting the experience in one album?
RIZZA DECIDED TO START HER ALBUM WITH PHOTOS AND STORIES FROM HER HUSBAND’S MEMORABLE WEDDING PROPOSAL. HOW SWEET! IT WILL BE A LOVELY WAY TO TELL THE STORY TO THEIR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND FUTURE KIDS.
5. Baby’s first year
Many Project Lifers online are already mothers and frequently document their family lives. Though the three of us are not mothers (yet), we can already imagine how much fun it would be to look at Project Life albums with our own kids someday. With the amount of pictures we all snap every day with our smartphones, we suspect it’s super easy to pull together an album specifically related to baby’s first year.
YOUNG AND CHIC MOM DONNA HAD HER HANDS FULL WITH HER TWIN DAUGHTERS. SHE WAS ABLE TO SNAP PHOTOS AND SCRIBBLE SOME NOTES ABOUT THE GIRLS EACH MONTH. WITH THE PROJECT LIFE SYSTEM, SHE WAS ABLE TO quickly PUT IT ALL TOGETHER IN AN ALBUM around a year after the twins were born.
6. A year of stories and/or adventures
Some of our workshop participants earlier this year chose to document the memorable moments and adventures they had in 2013. They were able to print photos from trips they took, then later added their journaling and notes.
zhoii had a different plan in mind: she set up an album to chronicle stories for the year. she made dividers — friends, family, school, etc. in order to help her categorize which photos and memorabilia will go where.
7. A birthday
If you’re celebrating a monumental birthday, such as a 1st, 7th, 13th, 18th, 21st, 30th, 50th, etc. (or any age, for that matter) it would be possible to create an album depending on the type of celebration.
Yam: my nephew had his first big birthday party last year. I used a 6×8 Sn@p album (sold at the LDM Shop) and gathered photos from the event. I also distributed 3×4 journal cards to party guests and asked them to write a short note to my nephew. I also took a photo of each guest (usually by family) using my Instax camera, and inserted the photo in the pocket next to their note.
8. Currently Album
A good way to make an album about documenting your life is to use our original freebies, such as the Currently card printables along with the Project Life cards/starter kits that we sell. Put a photo or two, a filler card, then print and fill up the Currently cards. Easy creative journal challenge!
If you already have a project life album documenting your life weekly or monthly, use the currently cards as a weekly insert.
9. 30 Days of Lists
Making lists is a good way to get over the journal writing block that a lot of memory-keepers experience. Why not incorporate these lists in your album?
Yam: I love participating in the 30 Days of Lists creative journal challenge. For the last one, I used a variety of 3×4 Project Life cards. I stuck them in a separate album I folded and made myself, but it’s easy to incorporate these cards in the pocket pages and album of your choice.
10. Happiness Project / 100 Happy Days
The popularity of these projects are so evident on Facebook and Instagram. Take a step further and have tangible documentation of your project!
ASIDE FROM POSTING ABOUT HER 100 HAPPY DAYS ON INSTAGRAM, mONICA HAS BEEN RELIGIOUSLY DOCUMENTING IT USING THE PROJECT LIFE SYSTEM.
11. Family Tree
Document your own family history by making a simple album tracing your family tree. Include photos of your great-grandparents (or older, if you have any existing photos) and basic information about each family member. Important information may include: full names, birthdays, date of death, number and names of children, address, nicknames, schools attended.
12. A relationship
A scrapbook is a common gift to a boyfriend or girlfriend. Spice it up and make it easy to assemble and finish by using the Project Life system!
13. Holiday or December Daily album
December Daily is an album project spearheaded by Ali Edwards that focuses on the holiday season. We think that this concept is perfect for us Filipinos, since Christmas is not just a day in our country and the holiday season is spent celebrating with friends and family. You don’t need to have the same set of materials that used below, just pull from your stash and perhaps focus on holiday colors that you like.
Pinky: Last December 2013, I wanted to try participating in December Daily using a Sn@p 6×8 album. This is the album size we sell at the LDM Shop. I used a lot of holiday-themed printables I found online and I was even able to include a pretty die-cut card someone had given our family!
If you’ve been on the fence on joining our beginners memory-keeping workshop, we hope that these ideas inspire you to start your own album using the Project Life system. Our next dates are May 31 and June 21; like us on Facebook to receive all the latest updates and gain access to our free printables.