I was so thrilled with my 2012 albums that I happily dove right in to 2013. I was a little nervous about keeping up with it, knowing I'd have a lot less free time this year, but toward the end of last year I developed a little system that's made it possible for me to get things done.
"Lucky Twenty Thirteen" cut file is from Life Love Paper.
I started out last year printing all my photos at home, which is expensive and time-consuming. I'd do everything—choosing, editing, and printing photos, and assembling the page—in one multi-hour sitting. What I do now is cheaper and feels less involved.
Chris's hometown newspaper interviewed him about participating in Obama's inaguration, so I printed off the article and included it. So cool!
During the week, I use these planner pages to jot brief notes on what we did, and I paperclip any ephemera I plan to use to the planner page. When I have half an hour or so I go through iPhoto and choose the photos I want to print. I use iPhoto's Smart Albums to view all the photos from a specific date range at once. As I choose photos, I make notes of which ones I chose on the planner template. I don't do too much editing, but I usually spend 10-15 minutes in Photoshop adjusting colors or brightness.
Lately I've been adding little snippets of journaling to some pictures in Photoshop as well. I do 3-4 weeks at a time to minimize time spent and shipping costs. I get them all printed in a big batch at Persnickety Prints and when they arrive, I quickly slip each photo into a page protector slot. I leave my album out on my worktable and any time I have a few minutes, I go in and add embellishment or journaling. Doing three or four weeks at a time, it usually takes one Joey-nap (my new standard unit of time measurement) to get all the photos into place, and two to three Joey-naps to finish up the spreads.
I've gotten used to the feeling of always being about 4 weeks behind, and the notes on my planner pages ensure that I have enough information to fill out the week, even if the actual memory is a little foggy by the time I get to it. With my limited amount of free time, this system has really been working for me.
That lost cat poster was made during a scary 24-hour period when my beloved kitty was missing. I was planning to make 6000 copies the next morning and plaster them all over the neighborhood, but luckily he showed up that night! It makes for a good story in my book. You can see underneath the poster is a blue post-it. Whenever I forget to print a photo, I add a post-it note to the spot to remind me what is supposed to go there. Next time I'm printing a batch of photos, I flip through the book and make sure I've added any missing photos to my order.
I don't think I mentioned it on my blog, but a few months ago I did a huge purge of my scrapbooking supplies. In my craft room, scrapbooking was taking up most of the space, and all my fabric and sewing supplies were confined to the closet. I got rid of tons and tons of old scrapbooking supplies, enough that it would all fit onto one or two shelves in the closet. My fabric and sewing supplies got to move out into the main room, where they are easier for me to access. I pretty much only kept things I could see myself using in Project Life pages, and a bunch of beautiful patterned paper that I still can't bear to get rid of. The only scrapbooking supply I've bought this year is three sheets of these alphabet stickers, because they are super awesome and I use them on almost every spread.
I made the weather card in Photoshop using these free weather icons.
My spreads tend to be pretty simple without a lot of embellishment or fancy techniques. I love having these books as records of our lives, but my heart is not in scrapbooking like it used to be, so I'm content with simple and straightforward documentation. I've been making an effort to use my large collection of stamps a lot more, and I use lots of labels and a few miscellaneous embellishments here and there, but other than that, almost everything is straight from the Seafoam Core Kit.