Last year, Shimelle Laine launched a project called Document 2010 with UKScrappers, an online scrapbooking community. The basic idea was to create an album documenting the big and little things that happen over the course of a year. At the time, I thought I didn't have time to produce a set of layouts every month so I didn't join in. And I spent an entire year becoming more and more jealous of all the beautiful projects I saw appearing, such as this one from Laura and this from Jen.
So when 2011 rolled around, I decided to make the time. The basic set up is to take lots of photos (which I do anyway) and collect little bits and pieces from happenings throughout the month (which I also do anyway, I just didn't have anything to do with them until now!). Then each month in the album follows the same format;
- An envelope page for storing all those bits and bobs;
- 12 mini-pages in divided page protectors, documenting all the things we've been up to;
- A focus page, highlighting something important from the month.
I've just finished April so I figure this is a good time to do a summary post. For the most part, I've tried to stay within a paper range to make my life easier, though I do pull embellishments and things from the rest of my stash too. Incidentally, I have the photos, the bits & bobs and the events for the rest of the months to date. All I need to do is find the time to document them!
January - A Walk In The Park, Echo Park. A weekend away in Wales, lots of new things for Isaac (teeth, carseat & shoes), eating out with friends and mummy & baby groups. Focus: new year's resolutions.
February - Joyride, Cosmo Cricket. A lot of lasts (last mummies & babies, eating out with Cathy and Kat, days at work for Andy), revising for exams, starting the Marriage Course at church, visitng my parents, a new niece (Amelie May), more teeth. Focus: my birthday.
March - Girl Friday, Cosmo Cricket. Full-time daddying, back to work, visiting Calke Abbey with my parents, passing MRCPCH 1b, learning new skills (climbing the stairs), my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary, a positive pregnancy test and the loss of my father-in-law. Focus: the highs and lows we've had through the month.
April - Earth Love, Cosmo Cricket. Easter (eating chocolate, messily!), eating outside in the sunshine, learning to stand, my first mother's day, 2 lovely weddings, visiting my parents and the return of morning sickness! Focus: a sunny weekend with friends, including a BBQ.
I've just realised that this is a bit of a Cosmo love-in! These are quite old ranges with lots of scraps that I wanted to use up. I might have to find another manufacturer for May though!