Just Life

on starting project life.

148:365 starting project life.

…this was my kitchen table and desk after four hours of “starting project life” yesterday. and the sad thing is that the only tangible output I have is two 4×6 photos. they are good photos…but still. 
I have a long way to go before I’m really up-and-running with this whole process. and I’m admitting it. I’m overwhelmed. I’m not usually overwhelmed by starting something new. but this time I am. I’m not sure why. I have plenty of photos, great documentation about what’s happened these last few weeks, a decent pile of ephemera, my supplies all in one place, new ink in my printer and a fresh stack of photo paper….but still. 
no pages done. katie says I need to just do it. I know she’s right.
curious if anyone reading – other than katie! – is in a routine with project life? and if so, how does it work for you? I’m planning to make weekly pages, with my weeks running from sunday to saturday (and I’m planning to start with march 18 – yes, that means I’m already in week #4!) welcome any and all suggestions.
…for next week. because this weekend is another trip. my sister and I are meeting up with our parents in beaufort for a few days. this will be our fifth visit. and I’m pretty sure it will be the best one yet!


  • Kym

    I always find that things are much better . . . once I begin. If I'm facing a daunting project (and really, that's what you're doing! fun, but daunting!), sometimes I just convince myself to just work on it for just 30 minutes. And I set a timer. That usually does the trick. Often, the timer goes off — but I'm over the hump and off to the races! Best of luck to you as you . . . begin!

  • Cynthia

    Mary, I have been doing PL since last year (I did a 365 for our son's 16th birthday year and wanted to sort of keep on that track) and while I am overwhelmed trying to keep up with blogs, my photos, 'life', etc. I have a routine with PL. First keep it simple. I see lots of examples online where there is almost a scrapbook level to each page – nice but for me,not realistic. I print off my own photos each week, sometimes seven, sometimes more and then fill in the other spaces. I take the weekly approach and don't worry so much about documenting each and every day. If you can get your photos in the pages first, you might find the rest easier. And don't worry about it being 'precious'. I have photos in our PL that are so mundane and ordinary. As long as the photos are in there the rest should fall into place. We don't have young children here where I have to remember those cute phrases and to be honest I haven't worried about it. Just do it is correct. If you start you should find it all falling into place. Sorry this is so long!

  • Kristen

    I don't know anything about project life. I would love to see your progress as you go along, will you be showing us how it's going on your blog? It sounds like a big project, I'll bet you can make it easy and fun. I have a feeling it will start falling into place as you go along. Good luck!