I wanted to share a little backstory today on my Project Life hobby - when I started, why I love it, how my style has evolved since I first started.
I've been scrapbooking since high school, trying everything from traditional layouts to mini albums made out of paper bags. It was such a fun creative outlet, but for all the albums I started, I never really finished any. I think I got overwhelmed with having to start from scratch on a brand-new layout each time I wanted to document a picture. There simply wasn't enough structure to the whole process to keep me interested.
I had never heard of Project Life until I was scrolling through some blogs one day not longer after I had gotten married and happened to find a blogger who used PL. I was so in awe of the whole process that I went straight to Amazon and ordered some page protectors. Luckily for me, this was only a few months into my marriage, so I will be able to have an album for each year from the beginning.
When I first set to work on my album, I was still in that scrapbook-y mindset where I thought I had to throw on stickers and patterned papers and ribbon, etc. I liked the idea of the core kits but, honestly, none of the ones available at the time appealed to me.
I finished the 2012 album, but wasn't totally pleased with how it looked. My photography was straight up awful, edited with an Instagram filter if anything. The pages themselves looked cluttered and complicated. I was ready for a fresh start with my 2013 album.
Again, I started with no core kit and, though I made it a point to simplify my pages, it still wasn't all that fun to put together. I had too many random patterned papers and embellishments to choose from, and the whole process of putting pages together grew tiring.
Enter the Midnight Edition. I ordered this with some birthday money half-way through the year, not sure if I'd be crazy about it, but willing to give it a try. The package came and I fell in love. The kit is so simple and clean and modern, all the things my album was not.
This year I'm using the Midnight and Sunshine Editions, as well as a few mini kits, just to work in a little more color to my pages. I'm continuing to work on my photography skills (which are currently limited to my point-and-shoot) as well as a more consistent overall look. (The date cards in my 2013 album, for example, were totally random and different every week. Not my favorite.)
All that to say, it's okay if your pages don't always turn out perfectly. Your style will constantly evolve as you try new things and find new products you love. That, to me, is one of the most exciting parts of the process.
And, just for fun, the title pages from all three of my albums: