picture taking and project life

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well, i have started down the rabbit hole of project life. i was gifted the plastic sleeves, the midnight edition core kit and another pack of 4x6 graph paper cards for christmas. i can already tell that this is a project you could easily obsess over!

before i started, i really thought about how i want this memory keeper to work for me. i settled on doing a spread a month to get my toes wet. maybe some year in the future, i will feel confident enough to tackle a spread per week, but for now, i think i will have my hands full documenting by the month. and in all honesty, i really don't think my little family does that many interesting things from week to week. i mean, how many pics of laying on the couch watching tv, or sitting at the table doing homework can i show!

i know that it would drive me crazy if the finished binder was not cohesive. i want a common thread to tie all the months together, so i am currently working on month cards that match (follow me on instagram-linwoodavenue to get a sneak peek.) i chose the black, grey and yellow core cards because i think they are the most flexible and i won't tire of those colors quickly. some of the kit packs are so bright and colorful, that i know i would cringe looking at my spreads when the year comes to a close.

next, i had to make decisions on the type of pics i want. this is a family binder, so i probably won't add many pics of my art/crafting to it, it will just be our foursome on a day to day basis. the boys are used to looking straight at the camera and smiling when i take a pic, so i think it will take some time to move towards candids. i also want to be conscious about not stressing out about messy backgrounds. when i look back on my childhood pics, the thing i love the most is seeing the packaging of the cereal box on the table or looking at what toys i was playing with at the time of the photo. this project is not about being perfect, but being real.

i just completed january's spread. i know, i know, january isn't even over yet, but i'm an overachiever, what can i say :) i love how i am already starting to look at things differently. i photographed a fire in the fireplace on that 10 degree weather day, the frost patterns on our back door, my munchkins drinking hot chocolate at 9 at night after we got the news that school would be cancelled for two days. it is definitely the little things!

i will update you guys monthly on my spreads and hopefully pass on a bit of inspiration. have any of you started documenting through project life? i would love to see what you are working on!!!

love, tiffin