Project Life: the process so far with journaling

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What week am I on? Anyone know?

Anyway …..  Let’s look at the process so far with my journaling for 2012 Project Life …. You can view the process so far with photos here.

First and foremost …. Every week I am journaling *at least* 1 index-card full of words – along with the dates covered in that week’s spread. I actually write this out on the Monday following the week I’m writing about.

These index cards usually just have room for a couple of the big highlights of the week, like Andrew moving out of his studio or getting the kitchen finished.

I write these cards by hand, and always just in 1 shot. All my years of writing essay exams helps with that :)  … pre-visualizing what you want to write and a very careful word choice to save space!

A few of the weeks I’ve included additional journaling cards …. about job hunting or talking on the phone with my brother or something else that there was no photo for.

These will likely be few and far between….

As you have likely noticed when looking at my pages, the BULK of my journaling is done directly on the photos themselves.

I’ve been really noticing the “white space” in photos that allow a blank-ish spot for journaling, as in these 2 images below …

I know it’s not super scrapbooky or designy or arty, but there are a couple bonuses of journaling directly on the photos:

There is far less bulk to the album, so I will likely be able to fit quite a few weeks in this book. PLUS getting that journaling done before printing the photos saves a lot of time and work….. which is one of the reasons I’m currently caught up!

Andrew is the best …. I am hoping to be able to include some of his journaling here and there in the book.

He doesn’t like to – he wouldn’t do this at all if I didn’t ask him decidedly and infrequently. But I can probably add in his voice once in awhile.

I just need to make it easy for him. Like this journaling card below: There’s not a whole lot of space he needs to fill up, I told him *basically* what I wanted him to write about (about working in a place where he can get an autograph of an artist he loves), and I made sure everything was ready when he was.

And finally … One final bit of journaling I am doing every week is keeping track of what we’re watching and reading ….

Between both Andrew and I we tend to read A LOT of books and watch A LOT of movies… Since we go through these 2 things so quickly, I think it will be fun to keep track of all of them!

Do you have any journaling tips for Project Life?

Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a flexible, easy-to-use, highly customizable way to preserve your memories and record your stories in an easy way. Learn more about getting started with Project Life or check out all my Project Life posts.

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  • Michelle May 23, 2012 at 8:27 am edit

    I just got my book and pocket pages in the mail, looking forward to starting! And will ask you for pointers.

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  • Megan Anderson May 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm edit

    I read Vanity Fair last year! What did you think of it?

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  • Amy May 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm edit

    I read the book a few years ago and liked it a lot …. I don’t think it lends itself to a 2 hour film adaption, though ….

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  • Tracy January 9, 2013 at 4:56 am edit

    I really like the idea of journaling what you watch and read that week. :)

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  • Valerie February 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm edit

    Hi, Just wondering how you wrote on the photo it self? You didn’t use anything special to do? Thanks
    I am wanting to start a PL I am just looking at whats all out there. Not to hard tough if I do I will be blown away and not to do it. Valerie

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  • Joanna July 23, 2013 at 9:38 am edit

    I’m still fine tuning my PL’ing, and your blog has been invaluable. Do you take all your pics with a regular camera? Or do you use iphone pics too? My biggest problem is taking photos that FIT in the smaller pockets. What’s your strategy? Is everything uploaded to Picasa and then you add your text? Thanks! (Sorry if you already posted about your photos….I didn’t see it anywhere!)

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  • Jen April 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm edit

    What program are you using to journal on the pics?

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