Project Life, Weeks 41 & 42, and a few thoughts on 2014

Project Life by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

Over the weekend, I finished off our 2013 Project Life family album, and I couldn’t be more stoked. One year of family life – documented! Seriously, that’s what this all comes down to. Capturing our memories and making them tangible, so that we can go back, remember, laugh, smile and be thankful for the journey we’ve made together.

Anyway, I found these images of my layouts for Weeks 41 and 42 on my computer, so I thought I’d share them before moving onto my new album, especially as I really like a lot of the photos that are included in these two spreads. I’ve also written down a few of my thoughts regarding Project Life in 2014 at the very end of this post. (You can click on each image for a larger version.)

What happened in Weeks 41 and 42?
I spent most of Week 41 working only my designs for The Remembrance Edition of Project Life. Every evening, after the boys were in bed, I would sit down at my desk in the studio and work till late into the night. I remember how I kept the lights off and the window open. The darkness and the cool evening breeze helped me to focus. It was also the week we started having picnic dinners down by the beach again…

Week 42 was the week of the terrible bushfires here in NSW. We also picked up my new typewriter, and we celebrated Angus’ 5th birthday by going to the aquarium together.

Project Life by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

How were the photos taken and processed?
All photos were taken on our iPhones and processed with the VSCO Cam app.

Favourite photos from Weeks 41 and 42?
I really love the photos I took during Week 41. If I had to choose a favourite, it would probably be the photo I took in the dark in my studio, with only my chair illuminated by the light from my computer screen. (You can see the photo more clearly here.) To me, the photo encapsulates all that time I spent working late at night on the Remembrance Edition, which obviously holds a very special place in my heart. For me, the strongest photos are those that are evocative like this one.

For Week 42, I adore the photo of the four boys on my couch in the studio, and I also love the photo of all their little hands (and Rick’s) scrambling for a scoop of ice-cream (top right of the second page).

Project Life by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

Number of pages and inserts?
No special inserts for Week 41, but for Week 42, I had a number of 8×10 inserts with extra photos from Angus’ birthday.

Overall thoughts?
I love all the evocative imagery in Week 41, and just looking at the pages now, it really brings me back to that week. The blacks, whites and greys in Week 42 (especially on the second page) make the pages feel a touch sophisticated, which is sort of appropriate since the second page is all about Angus becoming a big boy…

Supplies used?
Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Kodak 210gsm glossy premium photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MG6360 Pixma using genuine Canon ink.

Project Life by Rhonda Mason/Pink Ronnie (www.pinkronnie.com)

Looking ahead to 2014…
I am determined to stick to my weekly routine of sorting out our photos on Sunday evening, and working on our family Project Life album on the following Monday. This has worked well, so I don’t see any need to change it. As for the boys’ albums, I have, in all honesty, been questioning once again whether it’s worth all the effort, because it truly is a lot of work since there are so many of them! However, I keep coming to the same conclusion. Yes, it is. It is worth it, because it is their childhood. It is my children’s childhood. So yes, it is worth documenting.

What I do plan to change is when I actually work on the boys’ albums. Instead of working on them in the middle of the week, I’m going to spend Saturday evening doing this instead. I am always at home anyway on Saturday nights since Rick is at home working, and it means that I then have the rest of the week (after Monday) to work on other things.

In terms of design, I know it sounds boring, but I’m just going to keep using the same templates – unless I have the time to come up with something else that I like just as much! I’m due to work on Weeks 1 and 2 tonight, so I guess we’ll see…

2014 – let’s do this!

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Other posts you might be interested in reading:
My weekly Project Life process from beginning to end
Tips on taking photos for Project Life
What you need to get started with Project Life

You can read all my Project Life posts here.

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simplify your efforts to document life and help get your photos into a book. To learn more about the product and how to get started, click here.

10 comments

Roos January 13, 2014 at 9:55 am

Dear Ronnie,

Your beautiful words and images are such an inspiration to me. I know I will keep following you this year and I am already looking forward to hearing about your and your family’s adventures. I don’t mind one bit that you plan to stick to your design template. I don’t know you at all, but it seems to ‘breathe’ who you are.

Warm regards,
Roos

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Pink Ronnie January 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Hello Roos,
Wow, thank you so much for your kind words and for reading along. It’s really lovely to have you here.
Ronnie xo

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Lauren January 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Hi Ronnie

I’ve been reading for a while but this is my first comment. I just wanted to say that I have found your blog so inspiring that, after a lot of procrastinating, I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and start Project Life to record the memories of our small family in 2014.

Of all the blogs I read that feature Project Life (which are all wonderful of course!) your spreads are the ones I most look forward to. They are absolutely beautiful.

Kind regards
Lauren

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Pink Ronnie January 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Hello Lauren,
So excited to hear that you’ve decided to start Project Life! You won’t regret it. And thank you too for your lovely, kind words. Really appreciate you reading along.
Ronnie xo

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Donna M January 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I’m pleased you’re keeping the same format because it’s beautiful as is… although I’m sure anything else you’d do would be too!

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Jodie - Polka Dot Creative January 14, 2014 at 2:24 am

Absolutely love your approach and design. Looking forward to seeing your 2014. And yes, LET’S DO THIS! x

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juni January 14, 2014 at 3:52 am

you have amazing drive and determination! excited to see your 2014 albums come together, go Ronnie!

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solgunnf January 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Your design is clean, simple and beutiful. Love your focus on photos and text. Very inspiring. I really don’t need PL-cards :) Greetings from Solgunn/Norway

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Pink Ronnie January 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Thanks so much for your kind words! And all the way from Norway! :)
Appreciate you visiting here.
Ronnie xo

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Amanda January 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Guess what I’ve been working on this week during my ‘online time’?… my very first Project Life layouts :) Thank you for all the inspiration you’ve given me xx

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