Sunday again? When did THAT happen? This week has FLOWN by … and I couldn't be happier! Today is the day - a BIG one for me! I'll fill you in on all the details very soon - suffice it to say I have been waiting for today for almost 2 month and is every mom's dream - to put a smile the size of Canada on her child's face …. stay tuned for all the deets!
I suppose what made the week fly was that I was VERY focused on accomplishing a task. My pictures. Yes. Here they are, in all their glory. 968 of them. Ugh.
I have always prided myself in the fact… wait … is that a phrase? I thought it was but now that I type it, it sounds weird … how about "I've always taken pride in the the fact" instead … right …. I've always taken pride in the fact that a) I take pictures b) I PRINT pictures c) I write dates, places, people and their ages in the BACK of the pictures and d) I put them in albums. Then, about 4 years ago, I got a phone. It wasn't a fancy iPhone but I started taking a few more pictures than "the old days". Two years ago I got an iPhone … then all hell broke loose. Yes - I turned into "one of them". One of those people who takes pictures of food … or their feet … or a leaf … or anything else that seems funny, cute or capture-able. I still printed them, logged them and put them in albums. Then last year happened. In early July I printed a swack of pictures and was on a mission to get them into albums before our August trip to Hawaii. Always being one who works well with deadlines and pressure I got it done. Yay me! That was July 2015. 7 months passed …. I had taken over 800 pictures in those 7 months. Hawaii, first day of school, Alicia's 10th birthday, Halloween, Christmas, Trixie (our Elf on the Shelf). Yes. 7 months and I hadn't printed a single picture. Oh I had TRIED … I even upload a bunch … but then I got confused. I had pictures on my phone, Craig's phone, Rebecca's phone and a camera. When I uploaded them to my computer they all come through in different feeds / sequences … and many of the pictures were very similar … I got confused as to which ones I had uploaded to the Costco photo site and which ones I hadn't … and it all fell apart. I aborted the mission and buried my head in the sand for another 3 months … and another 200 pictures were taken. Ugh. I started losing sleep *lol* - you think I'm joking! Anyone watch Big Bang Theory? I'm a lot like Sheldon Cooper in that I need closure on things … and this was a BIG thing that needed to be finished. It was a very overwhelming task … but it had to be done so one one weekend I just set out to get the bloomin' things printed! In order to make it easier I wasn't very selective in which ones I printed - I pretty much uploaded them ALL. It took forever … and 3 trips to Costco before I had them completely done (once they were printed I realized I had missed some … and then I realized I needed duplicates of some … hence 3 trips).
Months passed and although I had written the DATES on the back of each picture they were no closer to being "logged and filed". Again - VERY overwhelming. Why wasn't I getting them in albums? I bought 8 packages of Project Life photo pages. I had 4 photo albums waiting and ready. I realized why. I hadn't written names and ages on each picture yet. I had tried to lie to myself … I told myself I didn't HAVE to do that anymore - I could just write names and ages ONCE … on one of the journaling cards … that would be good enough! Ya, no. I'm a creature of habit and once I start doing something a certain way I have a VERY hard time changing it … so last week I spent 2 hours tackling the names and ages. Having said that I decided to work SMARTER, not HARDER. Rather than spending 7 hours writing everything out I grabbed my stash of labels and PRINTED them .. then slapped them on the back of the pictures. The task was done in 2 hours.
NOW things were really moving! I had a goal and a deadline. The pictures would all be in albums by Monday, May 2nd come hell or high water! Well. Im here to say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
4 days, 7 hours, 6 packages of Project Life pocket pages, 2 photo albums, 968 pictures and 1 sore back later and they are all in my albums! … AND a week ahead of schedule! Now I'm not gunna lie - they are only in the sleeves - the journalling cards and journalling aren't done but I'm totally FINE with that. That may take another 2 years to "get around to". The mission was photos in sleeves. Check! The best part was it really wasn't "that bad"! I posted my awesomeness on Facebook and had a few friends comments and ask how I did it so fast (as well as "will you do mine?" lol). The ONLY way to answer the questions is/was PROJECT LIFE. So many of my friends still don't "get" Project Life. They don't understand how it works. Well … if you are one of those people, read on!
Project Life really is just a ramped up photo album. Seriously! In my old photo album I would slide 3 4" x 6" photos in horizontal sleeves, per page. Project Life is the same … except, if you want, you can get a LOT more pictures on a page! Here's what the pages look like ...
Everyone has a different way of attacking getting their photos in the sleeves. Here is how I attacked my pile.
I started by opening my Project Life pocket page packages. Each packages has (12) 12" x 12" pages … and there are (2) of six different sleeve layouts. For ease I made piles of each of the different layouts and clipped each layout together with binder clips (as shown above). Some sleeves have horizontal 4" x 6" openings, others are vertical, some are 4" x 4" and so on. It's easy to figure out which layout goes in which pile quickly … the bottom corner of each sleeve has a number on it - each number is a certain layout … see below ...
Here is what I ended up with ...
I HIGHLY encourage everyone I know to PRINT those pictures and get them into albums. Documenting our lives is so very important. The kids LOVE flipping through them … as do I. We relive the good - and not-so-good - times in our lives. It brings us together and we share in our memories. In the words of Martha Stewart - "It's a good thing."
Right! I have a BIG, BUSY day ahead (more memories to be made and logged!!!) so off I go! Whatever you get up to today I hope you have a stampy one xoxo