I often hear friends say they could never do Project Life. Some say they just don't have enough photos. Others find it tedious to keep up chronologically. I think it's like any other project you take on. If it's supposed to be fun, you can't make too many rules. Skipping the month of April was beneficial to me. I worked with the photos I found inspiring at that moment which meant I completed the layouts pretty quickly. Now that I finally got around to April, I am content to work with some scraps I have been inspired to use.
There are no rules for your own Project Life albums unless you choose to make them. Having enough photos does not mean you need photogenic kids, lots of trips to restaurants for food photos, or photos taken every day. You can have a lovely set of PL layouts regardless of the number of photos you took that month. Just keep in mind that some months will have tons of photos and others will not.
Here are a few guidelines( not rules) to keep in mind:
-Decide how you want to document your PL photos. Weekly? Monthly? I find that the monthly approach works best for me. I keep the photos in a relatively chronological order, but this approach allows me to move them around if I need to. I also find it less time consuming than the weekly approach.
- Organize. I make a separate folder for each month's PL photos. Throughout the month, I move photos into it. I then sit down and make a list of the topics I want to cover. Some are consistent. Other topics revolve around events that took place that month. Knowing what photos and topics I have gives me an idea of how may pages I might want to make.
- No photo? That's perfectly ok! Some topics don't need photos. When necessary, just journal or make a list to cover a topic you want to include in your album.
-Jump Around! Start anytime you want. No one says you have to start a PL album on January 1st. Jump around to the photos that inspire you most. Then try using the product that inspires you for other months.
My April Project Life spreads included just 2 layouts. Currently, I am working on June and July. They will be part of a summer spread. I have made a few cards as I have gone along. What remains to be seen is how many pages they include. Whatever the number, I know I will be happy to include them in my album.