This year, along with my current Project Life album, I'm going back and documenting 2010. This was the year I became a mother and I never created a baby book for my first born. Because Project Life makes it so simple to merge stories + photos, it made complete sense to me to finally get those photos printed and write the story of 2010 and 2011 for my boys to look at and someday read. As I completed my latest spread for the 2010 album (encompassing some of April), I realized a few key ideas that are keeping this process very easy for me and might spark some ideas for you.
A few things that have helped me with documenting past years:
Simplicity is Key
While I love experimenting and getting creative with my current albums, 2010 is all about getting it done. I want those photos somewhere my kids can see, off the computer. I want journaling attached to them. So the name of the game is keep it simple! If you are not into adding embellishments or cutting up cards or stamping, this is such a great route. After all, it was Becky's original vision! The more simple it is, the faster you can get it done.
Get the Details
It's one thing to get photos into an album, but the journaling is important too! I'm super glad I kept a blog in 2010 for family and friends to update them on Ephram. I didn't journal a ton there, but I have some big highlights documented.
Another big resource for me has been emails. Beau and I were working opposite shifts during this time, so we emailed constantly while one of us was at work and one was at home with Ephram. We talked about plans for our days off, updated each other on what Ephram was doing, thoughts about life, etc. I also emailed my mom quite a bit to keep her updated on every tiny thing her first grandchild was doing. A lot of my journaling has come from reading these old emails to find details about our daily life that I didn't take pictures or jot down anywhere.
Let Go of Specific Time Frames
My albums for the last two years and this year are mostly done weekly. I love documenting weekly as it helps me include the small but important details of our current lives instead of just glossing over them (it's something I particularly like about Project Life and drew me in). But I didn't take photos the way I do now back in 2010. My iPhone camera wasn't used nearly as much so those little detail photos don't exist quite as much. Instead of focusing on completing weekly spreads for 2010, I've let go of all time frame restrictions and I simply go with the flow.
Some spreads contain photos from 1 or 2 days, while others cover a whole month. I even saw someone recently mention splitting up an album by category: People they saw, Places they went, the Garden that year, Holidays, Rituals, etc. Whatever works!
Take it One Page at a Time
I took a ton of photos from 2010 (that happens when you have a baby, doesn't it?). A lot happened. But breaking it down into very small chunks has helped me a ton. I gather a selection of photos that I feel go together well (no matter the timeframe) and focus on one spread. I don't look ahead until that spread is done. So far I've been able to keep up almost at the same pace as my 2014 album.
Supplies Used: Project Life Design A photo pocket pages, Project Life Design D photo pocket page, Project Life Kiwi Kit (exclusive to JoAnns), Project Life Strawberry Kit, Project Life Journaling Pens, and Becky Higgins Corner Rounder.