Do you ever wonder what to take pictures of on a daily or even weekly basis to create a page protector album (My Life, Project Life, Project 365)? Are you uninspired? Do you feel like your subject is always the same? Are you wondering 'HOW will I really create a memorable layout each week!?' No fear! I will help make this process less stressful and hopefully more memorable through various blog posts this year.
Lets not have this title scare you. You do not have to have fancy equipment to take photos. Actually, a good phone camera will do the trick or a simple point and shoot that you can easily carry around. I'll tell you right now, I'm more apt to take pictures with my phone or my point and shoot than I am with lugging my dSLR around with me. Reasons?
Now, I'm notorious for pictures of my puppy. I post pictures of him sleeping, playing, eating, sitting like a sweet boy, etc. As cute as my little puppy child is, my spreads in my album from week to week would be a little repetitive.
First, Lets clear the air right away. You DON'T need to put every moment in your scrapbook. You DON'T need to create a layout / spread for each week. Design your album to fit YOU and your lifestyle.
So, what are some things we can photograph in our daily lives that is still meaningful, but doesn't look the same from week to week?
Ask yourself...Will this be important in 5 years? 10 years?
With the easy access of cameras, digital photography and easy access printing (from home or a short drive away), we seem to be taking pictures of, well everything. So in this instagram crazed world, how do we pick the best pictures? This is mostly for you to decide, but ask yourself, "Will this picture have meaning in 5 years? How about 10 years?" Did you really need that picture of the Target Shopping cart at the far end of the parking lot? What is the meaning behind the photo?
I'm all for random photos once in a while and I think they are great on Instagram, but we are speaking for an album, something friends and family now and in the future will flip through to reminisce about past memories. Does the photo you choose tell a story? Does it mean something in your life? These questions will help you pick out photos from your every day life that tell your story, your families story. It will put meaning back in your album.
Also, don't feel like you need a spread for each week. Some weeks life may not be filled with memorable document-able moments. And that is okay. Skip the week or create 1 12x12 layout. Document your life the way you feel represents you. There is no right or wrong way to accomplish this.
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Clique Kits, Lacey, Gia, Jody, Erica.
Thanks for joining me today.
2/25/2014 03:26:57 am
Great post! And a "first world problem" I am stuck in right now - that even my event photos have so many more stories attached to them... everyday moments/connections... that I have albums and pages of stories from just one batch of photos.. I love it, but I feel I am never complete in my story telling.
Just as I suspected- we are only 2 months into 2014 and I already feel "behind" on my pocket page album. I have about 3 spreads from January and none from February. Thanks for the reminder to give yourself permission to let go of the "shoulds" and the "have to's"
2/26/2014 12:41:20 am
I personally only have January done...and have not completed February... and that is A OK! I don't feel stressed about it. I have pieces filled in, now i just need to print photos in.
2/26/2014 12:44:42 pm
Great post Lacey! I love to document the everyday! The little things, the good and the bad! I really need to add to my pocket pages soon! It has been awhile!
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