Those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook will know that I’ve finished our 2011 Project Life album! I could not be more relieved and satisfied. It was indeed a huge (mammoth, really) effort, but it was totally worth it. I now have the entire year documented and presented in two binder’s worth of photos, ready for family and friends to flip through and enjoy. It was such a joy to go through all those photos and re-live some of the tender moments and the highlights from that year. For those of you who have been wondering and asking – yes, it is absolutely possible to use the Project Life system to catch up on past years. And yes, I will share my process here soon, in case you’re looking for some inspiration and guidance. But for now, here are the layouts for Weeks 48 to 50 of 2012. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger image…
Week 48 was when we discovered a new Thai restaurant to go to for our Thursday night family dinners. The gold leaf wall decor was pretty impressive, as was the food. I’m so glad I reached for my phone camera during the dinner, because that was the evening that Jamie decided to bust our some groovy dance moves when he heard the music come on. Seriously, at one point, he was holding his cup in the air above his head and bopping in time to the beat. I laughed so hard my pad see ew almost got stuck in my throat. Even though I didn’t actually capture that moment itself (mainly because I didn’t want to risk missing a second of seeing my little guy dance like he was made for dancing), these other photos serve as a lovely reminder of the occasion. That’s the beauty of photography and documenting life - sometimes you just need to capture a certain aspect of a particular time and it can trigger all the other associated memories. I simply love that about memory keeping.
On the right hand page are some lovely photos from our picnic dinner down at the beach that week, along with an amazing sunset that we saw later that evening as we drove through the national park nearby. I really love that photo of the boys in the top right – it captures a lot of what they’re like when they see other people: they will always hang back and watch, observing with the utmost curiosity and no partiality. There’s an innocence there that I treasure and cherish.
More sweet photos of the boys for Week 49: Jamie becoming the drummer that he was born to be; Angus’ rock star hair, and the three of them having a bit of a laugh in the bath. Fun times.
There is actually a proper photo of me on this page! (Pat self on back.) Rick captured it on our SLR during dinner one evening. There’s nothing particularly special about it – it simply captures me during mealtime, having a cup of tea as I watch the boys’ numerous antics. I like it because it’s exactly that: just a normal shot of me being me. I also love the photos I snapped when I was lying in bed one afternoon having a nap. It’s simple moments like that that make the every day special and worth celebrating.
Lots of photos of the gardenia magnifica from a funeral at our church that week. It’s amazing how such beauty can be so poignant. Looking at these photos now reminds me of the sadness of that week, when I learnt that my friend’s father had died. Yes, life is transient but memories endure forever.
That strip of photos in the middle makes me smile big time. it’s such a reflection of what the boys are like during bedtime. As you can see, they’re each holding blocks in their hands because that’s all we have in the bedroom upstairs – with Jamie ducking out of the photos at one point, most likely to swap his for a different colour. It’s all about those blocks at bedtime here at Casa Mason.
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Next week, I’ll do my best to post about Weeks 51 and 52, as well as my end page for 2012. Exciting, no?
You can read my other Project Life posts here.
Materials used: Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Kodak 210gsm glossy premium photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MP630 Pixma.