Documenting 2013

*For those of you waiting on an update from my CT scan, I have no real news. I had an appointment with Dr. W scheduled for tomorrow morning, but the nurse called me this evening telling me not to come in because my scan results weren't available. She also mentioned Dr. W has been on vacation so I think that's probably a better explanation for the missing results. She said hopefully someone would give me a call tomorrow with more information. I'm sure I should be upset about this, but mostly I feel a little sense of relief. At the very least it means no chemo tomorrow.

For the last 3 years I've participated in Project 365 - a photo every day of the year. I decided to take this year off and use Project Life (and the blog, of course) as my way of documenting 2013. Because I am slightly OCD, the thought of not taking a picture every day has driven me slightly crazy and while Project Life is supposed to be a much easier and low-stress way of documenting life, so far I have just been plain obsessive about it. Hopefully it will become a little easier as I not only stop comparing my pages to others, but become accustomed to the new system.

2013 cover page (these pictures have a story I'll tell sometime soon).
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Week 1 spread
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Week 1 - left side
week 1

Week 1 - right side
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In case you're interested, I am using the Project Life Olive digital kit and binder, Emily Merritt's This Week cards for my week-in-review, Gina Miller's Basic Kraft paper for the background, and then a variety of other mish-mashed elements and journaling cards (alot of Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske brushes are in my stash). While I would really like to do hybrid (which means print out the individual pictures/cards and use the fun page protectors), I know myself well enough to know that I would never, ever, ever actually go to all the extra trouble of printing out individual pieces and then compiling it together so I will be printing these as a 12x12 page as usual.

For inspiration, I used several designers who kept things simple since that was the most important thing to me: Emily Merritt, Cathy Zielske, Jennifer Woodbury, and Jessica Sprague to name a few. Here's to letting go of the comparison game and just document our family's memories with no pressure. ;)

And because it didn't seem right to not include my finished pages for 2012, here are the final installments.
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WW_EL365_dec7_1-7

WW_EL365_dec7_8-14

WW_EL365_dec7_15-21

WW_EL365_dec7_22-28

WW_EL365_dec7_29-31

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Comments

Joan Bardee said…
gorgeous work as always, enjoy the break from chemo. And that is all I can say about the delay and stay civil!!
Cynthia said…
Melissa, I have prayed and prayed and prayed for good news. Doctors should not be allowed to take vacations and leave such important news behind!!! Well, maybe they should get a break, but oh, how hard to wait..I will continue to check in for more. Still praying
Cynthia said…
Melissa, I have prayed and prayed and prayed for good news. Doctors should not be allowed to take vacations and leave such important news behind!!! Well, maybe they should get a break, but oh, how hard to wait..I will continue to check in for more. Still praying
Randi Oh said…
Waiting stinks! Love your memory keeping its always awesome. You have great style. Aaaand ya know I'm praying here. I hope you have a restful sleep.
Amanda said…
I love it! I am actually going the same route and started work on my week 1 today and I used those same Olive edition cards. I fell in love with those when they first debuted. I am a huge Heather Bailey fan!
joelsgirl said…
Love these! I used all of the same CZ cards on my title page. : ) Those rounded corner brushes, where are those from. They give your photos a little something extra without having to spend 4 hours designing a card. I like that.
Also, related to a recent post on Rory's boots, did you know that Korean's are well known in SEAsia for their great sense of fashion. All the Korean moms at Jack's school always look SO CUTE. I feel frumpy up next to them. I'd probably feel frumpy next to Rory, but that is mostly because her mom dresses her in the cutest clothes ever.
Amy said…
SoI am trying to figure out what I'm doing in 2013. I seriously considered Project 365 but decided it's just too much. What is the difference between that and Project Life?
Project life can be whatever you want it to be...
2 pages per week (left and right sides)
2 pages per month, you can make it whatever you want....
I'm sure Melissa will have a way better explanation! Or check out beckyhiggins.com/blog
Krista said…
Oh my - I am loving your 2013 template!!! So so lovely!!
Christine said…
Oh my word. I'm really behind here... and I'm not sure if I am relieved or not because I am LOVING your 2013 approach. LOVING it. It's a good thing I am almost a month in on my template. ;-)

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