I first discovered project life last spring and I wanted to try it, but I didn’t have any of the required supplies so I never even got to put a page together before giving up. But at the beginning of november I decided to try again. I found some regular page protectors for 4 10 x 15 cm photos, I didn’t want to invest in the large page protectors if I was just going to abandon it anyway. It turned out to be great, I’ve covered the year from my birthday in June (I got an iPhone and started taking more photos).
I’ve seen it as sort of a testrun, and it turned out really amazing, so I’ve decided to make an album for 2013.
(DISCLAIMER: I only have my iPhone at hand, so the photos will not be of good quality)
I will keep the 30 x 20 cm page protectors (which is pretty much standard A4 for those of you who don’t know), the base of the album will be the page protectors with 4 slots for 10 x 15 cm portrait style photos. I hope to add some baseball card style page protectors. Of course I will add lots of inserts, which I will make from regular page protectors sewn and cut to the right size.
I haven’t decided what kind of album I will use, but my favourite binders (for everything) are the Elba clear presentation ring binders, so until I find anything better/more suited I will keep my pages in that.
The goal is to do a two page spread each week, but I’m not gonna take it too hard if that doesn’t work out. There isn’t any prethought divition of this years album, so that’s okay. What I’ve been trying to do with 2012 was to keep it mostly chronological and keep events together.
I originally planned on making a Blurb book but I don’t have the patience to wait for the end of the year. I want it to lay on my table so I can flip through it, through the year. But I’m gonna keep the idea of designing pages and printing them of as inserts. I did an insert for the US election, mostly because I had decided not to include it, so I didn’t have any free pockets when I changed my mind. So instead I made an insert, which I hope my future kids will look at one day (of course there’s a B side but that’s just a map of the US and the results. The text was stolen from Obama’s official about page).
I hope to try some advanced page designs through the year.
I’m gonna start my 2013 album on december 31st, mainly because it is a monday, but I think it is nice to have New Year’s Eve in the album.
I’m gonna use my iPhone for a lot of pictures, but I hope to start using my DSLR some more again. I do miss taking photos with a “real” camera, and I miss the feeling it gave me, but I still feel fairly silly running around with a large camera, when all I want are snapshots.
I plan on printing the photos at home, that will give me room to play around with formats, and I’m sort of a controlfreak, so it calms me to be able to do it myself (I sound completely insane). I’m using a hp printer and I’ve been playing around with paper. While having the 10 x 15 cm sheets makes it easier to deal with, I’ve been having problems with the edges being cut off, so I think I will fit my prints on a regular A4 photo paper and then cut them out. That way I won’t have to store two different types of photopaper for my inserts either.
I know some people are super dedicated and can keep up with one photo a day, but I know I can’t do that, when I were 18 I tried to do the 365 days on flickr, but I quickly gave up (actually I think I held on for four months). So instead I will just take photos when something interesting comes up, if I don’t take a photo one day, it will be okay.
I plan on adding small notes related to all photos, but I might not journal much. When I have a story to tell, I’ve been adding an insert with a typed up version of the story. I think it is so much easier, and I usually plabber a lot (God, this post is getting long), it also gives me the opportunity to go back and add something if I forget it. I will usually write it up and then leave on the computer for a day or two before printing.
I’ve always kept movie stubs and small things so this project will finally offer me a place to keep all that.
I love the idea of mixed media scrapbooking. I like to play with my photos in photoshop, adding stamps and borders, but I love to add embellishments after they have been printed. It should be mentioned that I like to make my own embellishment digitally and printing them.
I could never go fully digitally, for the same reason I opted not to go with the blurb book. I need to be able to run my fingers over the pages through the year, and I like the feeling of the divided page protectors (I sound insane again, I know), also I don’t love the look of an all digital page, I like to layer, and that is just not the same with digital.
I’m not having shots for the next six months. It’s too much.
This weekend I was at a Christmas party with my classmates, and I turned all creepy uncle, and I do not remember how I got home.
To mention just a few things that happened (which involved me); one of the guys literally licked my face, I pretty much showed everyone my boobs, and I ended up with bunny ears and a tail. And I haven’t even mentioned half of what happened. But it was a nice party and we all had fun.
But I’m not having any shots for the next six months.
We usually don’t get any snow in December, but this year, it would appear that it isn’t true anymore. Last weekend we had a batch of beautiful snow and this weekend we had this year’s first snowstorm. It wasn’t too bad, but we are doing a group project at school and my group had agreed to meet on Sunday, but we had to cancel because we couldn’t get around.
When I woke up at eight on Sunday, there was no snow, but when I came back from the bathroom it had started snowing. It wasn’t long until the streets were covered. At about three p.m. it had stopped snowing so I decided to go shopping.
I took the train to Fisketorvet and when I got back out it had started snowing again. While I was waiting on the train the lady in the speakers kept telling people to remove the snow from their shoes before entering the train. There was just one problem; the platform was covered in snow so there wasn’t really any place to do that.
When I got back home a taxi had decided to park on the pavement. I know it was completely covered in snow, but still.
We got about 20 cm of snow between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. so it wasn’t too bad.
… if you have no muscles to show off, underneath.
I’ve been so busy these past five months, so all the muscle tone I build up is fading. I haven’t been eating particularly healthy and I haven’t been exercising at all. That stops next year.
It is not a new year’s resolution, it is simply because it is a big commitment, especially the first month, and I have so much to do in December, I just don’t have the time until January. That also gives me time to create meal plans and training plans.
I’m not going to join a gym, I might when I’m back on track, but not until February at the earliest. Until then I will just do exercises at home.
I will keep you updated on both my planning process, and how it goes, when I “start”.
Wow, after an hour of mail cleaning I ended up trashing about 2,500 emails. It was mostly newsletters that I’ve signed up for through the years.
I went through my mail and unsubscribed to a bunch of newsletters, then I searched by sender and deleted all the old newsletters (most of which I’ve never even read). I still have about 700 emails lying around but I’m just gonna leave them.
Tonight was the first winter snow, I am so excited. I love snow, it makes even a cloudy day bright. I always get so happy when I wake up and see snow outside.
Of course I had to go for a walk.
I walked across Vestre kirkegård and over the bridge to Carlsberg. The bridge is usually very slippery when it is wet, but this year, they have put down some sort of carpet so it isn’t slippery at all. I can’t imagine it being good for the wood, but at least I won’t be on my elbows this year.
I crossed Søndermarken, there is always so many children because there is a hill for sledding.
I went down Vestrebrogade to Enghavevej and took the bus home. I planned on walking home, but it started snowing pretty heavy.