Monday, February 27, 2017

Documenting My Life

Can you believe it? I'm posting two days in a row!
 I know...miraculous. LOL!
I wanted to share  my Project Life album I've been working on this year. It's actually more like Project 365 since I take at least one photo a day and journal a bit about my day. 
Let's take a look...

My pages aren't elaborate and I do not have time to journal extensively each day. I would not keep up with this if that's what I had to do. I know myself too well. The process needs to be simple and streamlined for me. I use an app called Collect which I will share more about at the end of the post. I love this app!

Every night, I open the app and choose a photo or create a collage if I have a few I want to use, and journal a bit about my day. If I forget, I can always do it the next day. I try not to get more than a day behind though so I can remember the highlights of each day for the journaling. 

I print my photos that are complete with the date and journaling. You can download the photos in landscape or portrait and in two different sizes. You can also choose different variations of font and layout.

I chose a color scheme for the embellishments and the little bits of paper I used.

I add at least one embellishment to each photo and sometimes more. This is not everyone's style I know, but it suits me and makes me happy. I filled in the last few pockets on this page with a few extra photos from the month. 

Here are a few close-ups of some of the photos. 

Every now and then, I forget to take a picture or just don't have one I want to use, and I just use a graphic or quote or something for that day.

I included a photo of the vision board I created for my word this year. I have one of these enlarged hanging in my craft room, one taped inside my day planner, and another in my planner at work.

I love this photo.

Here's a screenshot of my Smile folder on my iPhone. I have all my photo related apps in this folder. The blue "C" is the Collect app.

This is what I see when I open it. I just click on the date for that day and choose a photo from my phone, edit it, and then journal a little about my day. It limits you to so many characters, but I usually don't have a problem fitting everything I need to. Sometimes I have to get creative with my wording though. 

At the end of the month, I will download them in both landscape and portrait and then decide which format to print when I get my page protector out and ready. I am enjoying it so much. I did a December Daily album and it got me hooked. The Collect app makes it manageable for me and I look forward to choosing a photo or photos to use each day. I try to enjoy each day and the often simple events of my life. These ordinary moments are important to document as well as the big moments. 

I know this post won't appeal to everyone, but by now you know when I blog, I blog about my life and what is going on. This is important to me so I wanted to share. I hope your Monday was a good start to this week. Have a wonderful rest of the week and until next time.....


  1. I think this is a fabulous idea! There definitely is an app for everything! You're right about the little things. They are just as important as the big ones, maybe more, because that's what our lives actually are all about.


  2. Oh, I like that idea! What a wonderful way to document your year. I'm afraid mine would be rather boring on some days. "Loads of laundry" "ironing...again" "made a big mess" . Lol. Still it would be fun to go back and see where I spent my time. Going to look into it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love the idea and I'm so glad it is working for you! Thanks for sharing with us. Hugs!!

  4. Very nice album Vickie. How fun it will be at the end of the year to go back and review.

    Glad to see you here! :)

  5. I have never seen this before! Your album is great and looks like a lot of fun :)

  6. What a Great idea. Who would've thought an app could do all that. ;) I'm gonna have to take a looksie at that app...
    I just love that photo of Rooster and the explosion mess. Ha! He is so gosh darn cute!

    Enjoy the rest of your week friend!!

    Thinking of you,

  7. Dearest Vicky...oh, how perfectly delightful to spend a few sweet moments catching up with you over my lunch cup of tea! {{smiles}} How I have MISSED you! What a fun way of journaling...and it looks very manageable too! I need to see about doing something like this when I eventually decide to update my current phone! {{smiles}} I love what you've created... Know you have popped into my thoughts often!
    Sending plenty of love your way! Happy March!

  8. What a fantastic app that is Vicky. I will show this to my daughter. You are so organized!!!

  9. This is a great idea to document your life into something physical you can keep. I have done many "one day at a time" posts on my blog so I know the work that goes into finding something to photograph and then write about it every. single. day! I like Instagram for that now...a little less work! Your pages look great....sounds like a great app.

  10. Vicky, that is awesome! I'm amazed at what is available on our phones. I'm not sure I could do it, but I'm impressed with your journal in pictures.
    Looks like your darling puppy found something to chew up in one of your photos. Ha!!
    Life is certainly full of joyous little happenings and you are capturing them.

    So nice to stop in for a visit and see your beauty.

    Have a blessed day~~

  11. What a wonderful project, Vicky. I used to scrapbook and you have inspired me to get back into it. Maybe digitally this time around. Glad you found time to accomplish this great book!

  12. I love this idea. I am definitely going going to check out the app.

  13. This is a great post, Vicky! I can't remember if you are a "Happy Planner Junkie" or not, but I am and have started using a lot of the spaces to journal my every day stuff. I think it's so important to have these kinds of records or memories to look back on. I love how you are using Project Life, but my PL is more about home and family and less about me personally. I think it's so wonderful that you can make the PL system work however you want.

    Spring Break is starting here this week, too, and I think I can hear all teachers singing "Hallelujah! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Warm hugs,


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