That’s just about what I did when I switched to a monthly approach in February.
While I was intrigued by Izzy’s simple method for Project Life, I had to try a monthly approach first. Turns out that’s the approach for me. Here are five reasons this method for Project Life is easy is on the scrapbooker, as well as the scrapbooker’s budget…
Five Reasons to do Project Life Monthly Instead of Weekly
1. You don’t need a weekly 4×6 card.
If you want, you can use one card per month, which means…
- You can fit an additional photo onto the other pages, and this could save you a page protector per month, plus the time it takes to decide on the 4×6 cards.
- You can stretch your yearly edition of Project Life to last more than a year if you like.
- If you use the dividers you can skip the 4×6 cards altogether if you prefer.
While I made a 4×6 card naming the month of February, my other February pages don’t use the cards, as you’ll see in every other page below.
2. You can use fewer pocketed pages.
Ever have weeks where you have less than 7 pictures?
Because you’re not separating each week, you don’t have to spread a 3 or 4 photo week across the entire spread of pockets. You just keep adding photos to pockets till you’re done.
Most of my February photos happened in either the 2nd or 4th week of the month. The other weeks were minimal. Because I could start adding photos from the 2nd week into the first spread, for example, this probably saved me a couple of pages this month.
3. You don’t have to wrestle with timeline.
It really doesn’t matter if one photo was taken before or after another. Do we need to know which week it happened, in addition to the month? And does each photo really have to present itself in the order it was taken?
Instead of obsessing over that kind of weekly detailing, why not reduce the busy work and just put photos where they’ll fit? This simplifies things enormously. Plus, it can save you another page protector.
This page comes after my Valentines pictures. It’s got photos and stories from Feb. 12, 13, and 25. They were small individual stories and it was so much easier to just put them together on a page in-between the big stuff.
4. You don’t have to wrestle with the pocket orientations.
Because you’ve freed yourself from a strict weekly timeline, you can put all the vertical photos on one page with vertical pockets, even if they were taken in different weeks.
Trying to work a week into a page can be a nightmare when you have both horizontal and vertical 4×6’s as well horizontal and vertical 3×4’s. Not only can it be stressful, but it requires you use additional pages.
Save on pages, yet again, by just grouping them together according to their dimensions.
I had 3 vertical 4×6’s throughout the month, and three horizontal 3×4’s. I brought them all together in a single page that accommodated that size and quickly moved on.
5. You don’t have to worry about the start dates of each week.
Just look for all the photos you want to use for your month, print them, and add them to pockets where ever they fit.
Because my schedule and my priorities don’t allow me for me to work on Project Life every single week on a specific day, it cost me so much time when I had a few weeks to catch up on, trying to figure out which photos started and ended each spread. Identifying the photos per month is so much simpler!
Free from the timeline, here’s how I dealt with two bigger events of February. Valentine’s took the entire right side, plus 3 pockets on the left.
My best friend, Tami, had a birthday party the same week as Valentine’s Day, plus there were a bunch of everyday photos that week (many of us tend to do things in spurts — you have photo heavy weeks, and light weeks, right?).
I’m so glad I didn’t try to fit this all into a spread defined by a week! Instead, I printed enough birthday photos to fill a side and put them in at the end of the month.
Are You Behind on Project Life?
Since I started in January 2012, I’ve been half-doing and half-not-doing Project Life, while always thinking about stopping it. The weekly approach took more time and struggle than I have to give. But after tried the monthly approach just once, I’m totally back on board.
This is so doable.
The entire month took me almost the same amount of time a single week used to take.
If you’ve struggled to keep up with weekly Project Life spreads, why not give this a try? You’ll love the freedom and ease! And the money-saving benefits aren’t bad, either!
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