Monday, January 5, 2009

Project 365

So, I’m taking on a new challenge this year… it’s not quite as rigorous a task as NaNoWriMo was, and I promise I won’t bore you with lengthy daily updates. (Um…okay, now is when you’re supposed to say, ‘We loved all that droning on about your novel! Noooo, really we did!’) Anyway, I thought I’d tell you a little about it because I think it will be a cool ‘slice of life’ project.

It’s called Project 365, and it involves taking one picture a day for a year to document your life. No, it’s not a picture of ME everyday (God forbid!)… I have seen some of those on YouTube, and to be perfectly honest, the very thought of that horrifies me. I would know, unequivocally, exactly how many days I spend with a baseball cap stuck down over my messy bedhead. Not sure I want to document that.

No, this involves taking a picture of anything in your life on that given day… the idea being that it is a better ‘snapshot’ of your daily world than a more traditional scrapbook gives. Yes, I know, I’m already a goddess in your mind when it comes to scrapbooking (among other things, right?!), but I thought this sounded like a cool challenge.

I started on January 1st, and the plan is to do a weekly layout which consists of the 7 pictures from the week, and one or two sentences of journaling for each picture. I’m working from Monday through Sunday (so yes, my first week will be a little short…) and so far, I’ve taken pictures of the guinea pigs, Davis reading a chapter book (he’s getting so big!), the kids with all their light sabers playing ‘General Grievous’, and the book we’re reading: The Tale of Despereaux.

The picture of the book is a perfect example… I would not ordinarily make a scrapbook page about reading this book to them, but it is an important little snippet from our family life these days. Now it’s documented. I think that’s pretty awesome.

When I finish my first full week’s layout, I’ll post a picture. I’m looking forward to seeing how it will all come together. A day at a time, I guess… just like real life.


Karen W said...

I'm doing this too! We'll see how long it lasts! : ) Did you buy Becky Higgins' kit or are you doing this on your own? I thought about buying the kit but I knew it'd be a miracle if I actually was able to buy one from CK before they sold out so I didn't even try. FYI: Two Peas is suppose to have something digital available tomorrow for those who missed out on BH's kit. - Karen

Staci said...

Karen- I didn't get a kit, so I figured I could come up with something on my own. I thought if I waited too long to order one, once they had more available, I'd already be too far behind, and the likelihood of actually doing it would be far less! I'm just using 12x12 pages with six 4x6 sections...

Karen W said...

I'm using the six 4 x6 page protectors. I think it's simple enough idea to do without a kit. Maybe I'll actually use up some of my stash this way! Can't wait to see what your first page looks like.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good idea. I of course would like to do it, but then I would have to get caught up on scrapbooking to add another thing. Who knows I may try it.


Veronica said...

This is a great idea! Mind forwarding me all of the pics that don't include your kids? I can scrap those and tell the kids we did all this stuff. Then when they're grown up and say I never did anything with them, I'll have proof that I did. Well, kinda. Hehe!

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