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My 5 Year Journal: The Project Life Edition

The first time I did digital scrapbooking was back in the late 2000s. I never did physical scrapbooking, but the digital appealed to me and my general digital lifestyle. I fell out of it after a few years however and was excited to learn about Project Life (PL) at the beginning of the month for I knew right away it was exactly what I needed to get back on the bandwagon.

The appeal of Project Life for me is 1) the mobile app – so much more convenient than using a desktop program and 2) as Project Life’s creator, Becky Higgins says, “simple equals done” and this app truly does make it simple.

So, I’ve been a busy scrapper these past few weeks and even have already done the 1st quarter of a family journal for 2017. Then, as I continued to read about the different ways people scrap, I decided I wanted to do more; I decided I wanted to do a 5-year journal in scrapbook form. This post is to describe my thinking & workflow process in case others find it helpful.

What is a 5-year journal? Earlier this year, I purchased my name 13-year-old daughter a 5-year journal, where the concept was to write a few lines each day of the year in response to a given prompt. The journal is arranged such that each page shows the prompt for a given day, and the page has space for all five years. Thus, on any given day, you can see how your answers vary over five years. Some example 5-year journals are available on Amazon.

excerpt of “One Question a Day: A Five-Year Journal: A Personal Time Capsule of Questions and Answers” by Aimee Chase.

I thought this was clever! My daughter, not so much. So I took the book back thinking I would do it instead. Except, I never started. Until now 🙂

The Plan. Now that I’d made the decision, I next needed to figure out a plan. This involved several steps.


Layout – I decided I wanted to have an answer and a picture each day so I then needed to figure out what layout to use. I knew I wanted space to be able to have the day of the year, space for the prompt, and space for five entries of both an answer and a year. I wanted each scrapbook page to hold all five years. This means my scrapbook will have at least 365 pages. To hold them all, I’ll need to have more than 180 page protectors. Yikes! That’s 3+ binders full of pages, and I do plan to print my pages out – oh my! Choosing a design layout was tricky and I tested several different ones, but ultimately, I found one I like – Design F.

Project Life – Design F

Questions – I may use some of the questions from the book, but I can be pretty picky about what questions I want. So, I have been looking around online at different suggestions. I found this blog series from Tami Taylor on the Get It Scrapped blog and will probably use many of them. Most importantly for me is that I choose questions that pique my interest and where my answers are likely to vary from year to year. That will give the scrapbook some nice variety! With a quick Google search, you can find many, many question options for journaling questions.

Images – when I have an image from my personal collection, I’ll use it. If not, I’ll grab an image from somewhere off the internet to use. In all transparency, I will do a page for the scrapbook that indicates which days use my own images that way years down the line, my family will know those that were indeed mine.

Scrapbook platform – so far, I’ve only been using the app to do the other scrapbook projects I’ve already started, but this one is massive – over 350 pages! This would be far too many pages to keep in the Project Life on an ongoing basis while I wait for the 5 years to pass and do my annual updates. So, after finishing each page I will export the page as. 12×12 image, and also save an editable version of the page. I usually use Google Drive for my cloud storage, but I learned that DropBox must be the cloud storage platform in order to bring those pages back into the PL app when it is time to update the page each year. In the iOS version of the app, it is possible to import an editable page from Google Drive so I hope this can be done for the Android app in the future.


With these components figured out, I’m ready to roll and have started!
Here is my template for my November prompts; I decided to start my journal on Thanksgiving Day this year. I’m using the Adventure Edition kit right now and will change the page design for each month for variety. Below are two examples of my pages. You will see I have a journaling card for each of the 5 years to be covered, and for the 4 years I’ve not journaled yet I just put a placeholder card. My title box is 25pt. I’m using Raleway font throughout the entire book. I’m not going to worry about the font being the same size each year – whatever I end up writing is what I end up writing.

After I do my journaling, I’ll export the page in an editable format, save, and then delete from the app. Next year, I’ll add journal the questions again and add new pictures (hopefully the Android version will have this feature). At the end of 5 years, I’ll have a wonderful personal time capsule of my life during this time frame – isn’t that exciting!

Our 4th Doctor Inspired Bedspread

Last year, I knit Kalonji a Dr. Who 4th Doctor scarf for Christmas. Then, I crocheted myself a 4th Doctor “inspired” scarf to match him.  Then, I decided I liked the colors so much that I wanted to make us a 4th Doctor-inspired bedspread.  Six months later, I’ve finally finished it. We have a queen-sized bed and this is the largest crochet project I’ve done. I’m hooked (pun intended) and want to make more bedspreads!

I Can Now Crochet Hats!

Beanie hats anyway 🙂

Yesterday, I had a day off work and decided to spend the day offline and crocheting my little heart away. Thanks to a great YouTube video tutorial, I quickly learned how to make one and I enjoyed them so much, I made 4!

Of course, I can always rely on my model to make my projects shine. 🙂

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You can bet I’ll be doing more of these in the future.

Another Scarf Completed!

You would think all I do these days is crochet! Not really, but I am doing it quite a lot :-). I just find that it is a perfect activity to do in the car or evenings when I can’t bear to look at the computer screen any longer and I need to go “offline.”

So, my latest finish is a scarf I made for myself using the same colors as Kalonji’s Dr. Who scarf.  I call mine my “Dr. Who-inspired” scarf. The technique I used is called “Corner 2 Corner” crochet and I really like this style.

Here is Kaleya modeling it for me.

Kaleya models my crochet scarf

Yeah to another finish!

 

 

 

Loom Knitting Scarf Completed!

Our family has been working collaboratively on a loom-knitted scarf the past few weeks. The kids have been doing it as a present for their principal.  Sadly, the kids seemed to lose steam so yours truly ended up finishing it up, but it was such fun!

Here is Kaleya modelling the freshly-completed scarf. It was done with 2 skeins of Wool-Ease Quick Knit yarn.

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