Whenever I show anyone my photo diary they always say, “wow that’s so cute! What a great idea!” So I thought I’d show some more of my photo project today. If you like the idea of Project Life, but don’t think you have the time or the space for it, this Lite version could work for you. One one side, I write a one-sentence-a-day journal, and on the other side I make up a weekly collage of photos taken during the week. I made a decision when I became a parent that I would never share photos of my family on the internet, so I’ve made up a mock layout to illustrate how it looks. Check out this introductory post for resources and links.
The cool thing about this for me, is that I get a great result for little time and effort. I take and edit all the photos on my smart phone, and I only need to choose five or so photos, rather than the 16 photos you need to make a Project Life spread. It only takes me a minute or two to do the journaling each evening, so there’s no risk that I’ll fall behind. Making the weekly photo collage takes me about 20 minutes, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I could be quicker. This project is achievable!
Here’s how it looks after ten weeks. As you can see below, the book is starting to bulk up. I’ve been wondering about how it will go in 2014, but when I look at all the pictures of Hobonichi Planners, I’m not so worried. Those books are about 400 pages, and they seem to cope.
Why it’s a good idea to print out your photos
Things have changed since I bought my film SLR as a twenty-year-old. For the better, of course. Now there’s no negatives to worry about! And you only need to keep your best photos, not your failures. But it seems that while we are all taking more photos than ever these days, all our photos live on the screen, and we don’t get to enjoy them like we used to. I remember my friend’s grandmother telling me that people are always photographing her great-grandkids, but she never gets to see any of the photos! Now I have a lovely little keepsake, and I love to flip through it and share it with others. My photos have improved more in the past ten weeks than in all my years as a parent. I’ve also learned editing techniques like using filters, playing with exposure and temperature. And I’m taking a lot more photos now. I only wish I’d started this years ago.
I hope this has inspired you to start taking photos again. If you start a photo journal like this, please let me know. I’d love to share them on my blog.
- VSCO cam app for iPhone and Android. I edit all my photos on my phone using this app, and it makes them look so much better than the raw files.
- PicMonkey. I use the paid version to create my weekly collage. I use the Pinter-Etsy layout and the Stroke Dimension and Pencil Pete fonts.
Deco Rush Use and Comparison to Daiso Deco Tape. This video by mits t explains what Deco Rush tape is and how to use it. Deco Rush is a cute alternative to washi tape. I like it because it doesn’t add extra bulk to my book.