Project Life: Glimpses from 2005-2007.

Today I finally took the time to photograph my Project Life album for the years 2005-2009. Above you can see photos of some of the spreads covering 2005-2007. I am saving 2008-2009 for another entry so as not to make this entry too overwhelming. I finished this album at the end of 2016 after working on it throughout the autumn. It is my fourth physical album and my favourite so far because it is just filled to the brim with memories. The main difference compared to my first three albums (covering 1985-2004) is that I was able to include journalling in this album and not just titles + dates. I started my old blog on LiveJournal in early 2006 and my entries there were a goldmine when working on this album. They helped me remember the details of what happened during those years and I also included a lot of quotes from my old entries. Rather than journal from my 2016 perspective I was able to make this album really authentic to my life in those years.

The only aspect that isn't "historically" accurate is of course, the products I used :) I used a mix of various Project Life kits, with a lot of Project 52 Fresh because I got my hands on it when I had just started this project, mixed with Everyday, Modern, various Christmas kits + some Paislee Press products. Come back to see glimpses of the rest of the album in a couple of days!

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here.

Project Life: February 2017.

In some ways February felt long but at the same time it went by so quickly! I "only" filled up five spreads this month but that's still one more than February of last year.

I started by introducing the month as usual... The journalling card on the left is from the Everyday Edition, everything else is from the Calendar card from the Project 52 Fresh Edition. I've changed the calendar card so the weeks are Monday-Sunday.

A spread about our first outing of the year - to a wintery Karlskrona. The cards are a mix of Project 52 Fresh and It's A Man's World (some items have been recoloured).

A spread that's mostly about Valentine's Day. Journalling card from the Everyday Edition, everything else from the A Love Story kit by Paislee Press.

A little more about the month in general + spring getting here.* Products from the Moments Like These Edition (recolured). "There's always tomorrow" stamp from the Say Yes To kit by Paislee Press.

Finally, a spread about an outing we went on to Aboda klint (just like last year in February). Products are a mix of Project 52 Fresh and the Goes With Everything papers by Paislee Press.

*If anyone's wondering why the sad event that I mentioned on Instagram in February doesn't seem to be included here it's actually mentioned in the journalling + I document that aspect of my life in more detail elsewhere.

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. Digital page protectors by Valorie Wibbens.

Life Lately: February 2017.

Watching | I watched three new (to me) films in February - Tallulah, Loving and Manchester by the Sea. All were watchable but I found Loving the most memorable + moving. It's so hard to wrap my head around that this was the reality for many people not very long ago (and is for many in the LGBTQ community today, still). On TV we didn't watch anything very memorable other than my guilty pleasure show Sofias änglar.

Listening to | Nothing really stands out that I can remember. I spent a lot of time at home in February, but I preferred silence over music.

Consuming | My beloved semlas of course.

Reading | Nowhere's Child which was one of the books I bought on the annual book sale. I read it quickly because I was so curious to learn what would happen, but in the end I was a bit disappointed by it because I feel like there were questions that should have been answered and parts that were included that felt somewhat unnecessary. Nonetheless it was fascinating to read about an aspect of WWII that I wasn't very familiar with the details of beforehand.

Visiting | My parents, P's mum + my mum's godparents.

Enjoying | All the shopping I did. Most notably I bought a Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens which I've had my eyes on for quite some time. I haven't had the opportunity to try it out all that much yet, and I am looking forward to getting to know it better. Other than that I bought some clothes for spring, booked a weekend trip for March, bought some books on the aforementioned book sale + a whole lot of other things when my mum and I went to Ullared. Retail therapy, yes, and I don't feel the slightest bit guilty about it ;) Other than that I enjoyed the arrival of spring, the sunny days we had at the end of the month + the outings we went on.

Making | Little changes around our home + Project Life pages.

Looking forward to | Going to Budapest in March!

Project Life: January 2017.

At first I planned to make a separate post about my memory keeping plans for 2017 like I did for 2016. However, since I am not making any big changes compared to last year I decided to skip it. As was made apparent by my 2017 title page that I shared in January, I am sticking with the 12x12 size. I will also keep using mostly the same templates and the same font, and document monthly. What I will switch up is, of course, the products I use. Now that I'm not on the PL Creative Team anymore I imagine it'll be more of a mix between different designers than before. Just let me know if you have any questions about my memory keeping!

First up, a spread introducing the month. The calendar card is from the Project 52 Fresh Edition. I tried some different ones but thought this was the best fit in the end. It's not available in the Monday-Sunday format, but that was easy to change in Photoshop. The journalling card on the left is from the Everyday Edition and the Twenty Seventeen stamp is by Paislee Press. The rest of the products are from the Winter Day Collection by Sahin Designs. I recoloured both of the cards on the left side a bit to fit Winter Day.

A spread about one of the most magical winter days I've ever experienced. Products are a mix of Winter Day and the Say Yes To Kit by by Paislee Press.

About a day I spent with two of my sisters. Products are from the Project 52 Fresh Edition and the Everyday Edition.

Elsa's first time out in the snow! All products from the Say Yes To Kit (it was actually a kit that came out in the spring but I found that the colours work really well with winter photos too).

The first of three spreads documenting a long weekend in Stockholm. Products from the Winter Day Collection.

More about Stockholm and more Winter Day Collection. The journalling card is from the Everyday Edition though, and the sticker on the right by Sara Gleason.

The final spread about Stockholm. Products from the Say Yes To Kit, except for the Sunday label which is from Winter Day.

A spread about the month in our home. I am always better at documenting our home in the colder months, but I think it is very important. Journalling card from the Everyday Edition, everything else from Project 52 Fresh.

Finally, a spread about the end of the month when we celebrated my cousin's 15th birthday, among other things. Products from the Everyday Edition and Project 52 Fresh.

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. Digital page protectors by Valorie Wibbens.

Project Life: 2016 album cover.

I finished this book in record time a few days into the new year and it arrived in the mail just a week later! I'm so happy with how it turned out. Because of the lack of daylight I haven't been able to photograph it yet, which means I can't share photos of the physical book with you just yet. In the meantime thought I'd start by sharing the cover.

I used a number template by Chelle's Creations just like I did for my 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 books. I replaced the "best of" with "a year in the life" this time though because I think it better describes what my memory keeping is about these days - not just including the best photos + memories but all the little details that make up my years. (For the spine I kept the old title which I realize is a bit inconsistent but I decided that I prefer that the books look consistent on the shelf.) For the back cover I used this template by Paislee Press, just like I did for my 2014 book, because I really liked the simpleness of it. I might just use it for this year's back cover as well. I also used some papers + an element from the Positive Vibes Kit by Paislee Press. Here are some close-ups:

When I choose the photos I want to include on the cover I try to pick a selection that represents what we did that particular year, the trips we went on and such, but at the same time I try not to overthink it. I usually put the covers together quite quickly once I've finished all the pages of the book.

I took more selfies than ever in 2016 because at the end of 2015 I finally found a spot in our little apartment that gets decent natural light, so I wanted to commemorate that on the cover somehow :)