A little note to self I wrote down for myself recently was this: simple is not less than.
Do you find yourself feeling that from time to time (or maybe more often)?
I think this is sometimes where people get stuck with memory keeping. If you can't go all out and tell all the stories and include all the photos than it's not worth it or you just get super overwhelmed with all the choices in front of you. And when we get overwhelmed, we often just give up.
Been there? If so you are very normal.
Memory keeping does not have to be overwhelming or complicated and your stories don't have to include every single detail to be meaningful (I mentioned this related to my recent travel album in this post too).
Simplifying Project Life® into monthly stories/spreads has been a positive move for me this year. In most months I've picked three stories to tell from the month after looking back through the photos I took. This month, as I was looking through my photos, what I really felt inspired to document were some of the everyday shots that show the variety of our life right now. May was also the month I did Week In The Life™ and I decided not to add any photos
Sometimes I love writing longer stories and sometimes I totally recognize that for one reason or another (time, motivation, etc) shorter stories are totally fine. This month I decided to go simple with one spread full of 3x3 photos for May.
Here's a look at what I did for May:
Inside the 8.5 inch x 11 inch page protector I included some "stuff" from the month including Simon's National Honor Society Program, a card from Anna for Mother's Day, and the program for the Blazer Playoff Game that Aaron and I went to in Portland.
And here's a look at the speed without the insert:
My design formula for this month included choosing one of the following things to add to each image:
- A chipboard piece.
- A label sticker along the bottom of the image or a small circle sticker along the edge. Add journaling on top (I used a Staedtler Lumocolor Pen). I also used a Tiny Attacher to staple onto each photo.
- Stamp the "this is May" stamp using Staz On + a rolling date stamp.
Selecting three options for myself helped to simplify my process. You can make it even simpler of course - by choosing just one or leaving your photos alone and using an insert to hold any stories you might want to add.
I created one title card using a card and wood veneer piece from the May Stories By The Month™ kit.
This style is a great way for going back in time for months you might have missed. Don't worry about not including every story - just get something in those pockets!
You've got this!
MAY PROJECT LIFE® PROCESS VIDEO
- 9x12 Black Album
- 9x12 Page Protector 2B
- 8.5x11 Page Protector
- May Stories By The Month™ Kit
- Label Stickers
- Avery Index Tabs
- Epson PictureMate PM400 Printer
- Power Punch
- Tiny Attacher
- Staedtler Lumocolor Pen
- Rolling Date Stamp
You can see all my past Project Life® posts here.