I decided to start something this year called Project Life.
If you are familiar with Becky Higgins, you might already know what Project Life is all about.
But before I get a head of myself, let's back up a bit.
Almost 10 years ago, after Samantha was born, I found a new hobby... scrapbooking.
I spent the next two years scrapbooking every cute picture of Samantha in beautiful handcrafted albums. I loved having this new creative outlet and spent a lot of time (and money) on scrapbooking and scrapbook supplies.
By the end of 2003 our family was growing, Scott was done school, and we had a demanding start-up business in the works. I found that caring for three children ages 3 and under was keeping me a little too busy for scrapbooking.
I wanted to keep it up, but just couldn't find the time. But I didn't want to give up paper crafting all together. So when a friend of mine introduced me to stamping, I found a happy medium, in the form of card-making.
Card-making was less time consuming than scrapbooking, and fulfilled that creative outlet. I decided to go with it.
Fast forward to January 2010. Babies number four and five have joined our family and life is just keeping us too busy with work, church callings, and new home planning. Sadly, my card-making has gone the way of the scrapbooks.
Yes, I can still whip up a simple birthday card when needed, or some homemade valentines or other small projects, but it just isn't the hobby it once was.
The worst part, though, is that our bookshelves are looking a little too skimpy in the photo album department. I just have never managed to keep on top of printing our digital pictures and getting them into albums.
And that was unacceptable to me. That, alone, was reason enough to try this new project.
So... for $39.00 (US) plus shipping, I plan to "scrapbook" a complete album of family pictures, including journaling, for the entire year. One picture a day, every day for the year.
I'll let you know how it goes!