Becky Higgins' blog post today really hit home with me and gave me the incentive I needed to finally get this post written. I'm excited about it because I finally found something that worked for ME and I hope it gives someone else out there the inspiration they are looking for!
Confession: I haven't done much scrapbooking or preserving family memories in recent years...I just couldn't decide on a "system" that I wanted to use and so I did nothing, or very little. UNTIL Project Life entered my world last year. What started out as a "I like the idea of this, lets see if I will actually complete it" (yes, I did!) began all kinds of ideas on how I could use these products in other ways. Namely, how could I incorporate this into albums for my boys?
Years ago I purchased Becky's School Kits and Add-Ons (yea me!) but never did more than get their school photo on the page (boo me!). I could never decide exactly how I wanted the albums set up. I knew I liked Stacy Julian's "School of Life" idea. I liked Cathy Zielske's school templates (but then my school kits would go to waste). My mind kept churning.
Enter Project Life + School Kits + School of Life idea = My solution.
The beginning of the school year starts with the awesome page divider (cannot wait until these are back in stock!) and school photo (paper from Becky's original school kit, no longer available).
The next page I save until the end of the school year and put my favorite school paper in from the year. This particular one just slides in/out so the whole story can be read:
(Private information has been blurred out). I added his name tag because after his name, he wrote "rocks!" I loved having this!
And the last day of school on the other side:
His class picture comes next:
From here I started adding in photos from the particular school year where they fit best - in no particular order (although anyone that knows me, knows that I had to try to put them somewhat in order of date!). This first page, top left always contains the school year information (elements are again from the school kit). And I also kept this the same throughout the album...I decided I didn't need to come up with something new for each year and I like the uniformity it creates:
I also keep their grade cards in this section and add in either more favorite papers or photos from school. Page protector is We R Memory Keepers.
After the school-themed photos and papers, I add in their sports photos from the school year. Right now I am making photo books for their sports which contains many more photos. This is just team photos/professional photos and an enlarged favorite photo from the season.
Next is where I've incorporated Stacy Julian's "School of Life" concept. I've taken a favorite photo from the month (those are Ali Edward's overlays which can be purchased here) and then journaled about the picture.
I love adding these pages because 1) It is so easy to stay current. Before I felt the need to wait until the entire school year was over to see what all I wanted to use (which is why it never got done) and 2) With the favorite photo each month + journaling I feel that if nothing more gets documented, they have a terrific overview of their lives. And also, I've finally accepted the fact that they are boys and more than likely won't ever care about embellishments and fancy pages! ;o)
Our grades are broken down by K-4 Elementary, 5-8 Middle School, and 9-12 High School. I have a 6th grader and 4th grader and so far I think the albums will be broken out by Elementary, Middle School and High School. I also keep other papers that I just couldn't toss in the envelopes that came with the kit. For the time being, those are stored in separate albums because of the bulk. I am using the We R Memory Keepers albums.
Whew! That was long! Let me know if you have questions, I'll be happy to answer them!
Oh...and I'm also using Project Life protectors to get caught up on nine years of Christmas pictures that I was too overwhelmed to do anything with!Pin It
P.S. Think you are too far behind? It goes quick! I put these albums together (for both of my boys!) in the fall.
P.P.S. I'm really hoping that the new school products Becky will be releasing aren't so cool that I'll want to re-do anything! ;o)
Edited for comments/questions I've received on Facebook. Also, I think I've replied to everyone who left comments on the blog. Please let me know if you have further questions!
- I love all of the Mom's that gave me "boy love!" Many of you understood me when I said that I've finally accepted the fact that they likely won't be interested in a page full of embellishments. Glad to know I'm not alone!
- I am so happy that I've been able to inspire so many people. I had no idea that so many would love this system. If you do something similar, I'd love to see it!
- If you are trying to decide if this is for you, let me gently nudge you to "go for it!" Once you start working on it, you will find a flow that works for you. Tweak it to meet YOUR needs!
- All of the journaling cards that I used for the monthly photos were from the original Project Life kit when it came out the first time. Confession: That was an epic fail for me, not even completing two months. But look...I'm using the product NOW and that's all that matters! I thought you could still get them but I don't see them listed on Amazon. I also stocked up on the blank journaling cards and have used them some...but I always feel the need to add some kind of color to them when I do...either a school embellishment from the kit or some patterned paper. Honestly, I haven't even made a dent in the school kit supplies...I ordered two add-on kits! I'm using the Cobalt Kit for 2012 and I think they would look terrific with the School Kit. In fact, I may have to order another kit just for those cards...I have quite a few years left to fill someday! For those of you with the school kit, quite a bit of my journaling cards during the school section was actually patterned paper (or the notebook paper) cut to fit from the school kit.
- I failed to mention in my original post how much my boys LOVE these books. They look at them so much more than the other albums I've created.
I will work on a post for next week with another year highlighted, as well as some tips to make it easier for you.