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Project Mouse: The Local Way

Inspired by Britt of Britt-ish designs‘ “Project Mouse” stuff and of course the “Project Life” trend, I’ve been doing a Project Mouse that’s a bit more like Project Life. Since I’m a local, I don’t go to Disneyland on vacation, I go for a couple hours, sometimes weekly. I take lots of pictures but I never make a big vacation “album” or anything.

My idea is to do a page per visit, similar to the page per week I would do for project life. Some visits needed a two page spread. Actually, I found some visits, like my daughter’s birthday, needed a third page. I’ve found that if I was having trouble getting everything on the page sometimes I just need to add a page and it’s amazing how quickly I’m able to get it together.

One thing I’ve been doing is I try to make a psd file and put down a little journaling about what we did that day, and I’ll usually put the pictures in too. This is usually that night or the next day. Often I do it during Guinevere’s post-Disneyland nap! I don’t usually do anything else with it right away, but when I’m ready to create, everything is right there and I haven’t forgotten the details of the day.

Here are the pages I’ve made so far.

^This is the first page I made for “Project Mouse”

I’m hoping to be able to eventually backtrack to Guinevere’s first trip to Disneyland. I know she would love looking at a book of all of her days at Disneyland.

Project Life: First Pages

I’ve decided to start project life. All digital of course, because paper is my nemesis. I’ve enjoyed inconsistent digital scrapbooking for a number of years but have never been very regular or “album oriented”. I’ve only managed to make two books, ever, and my wedding book took like 4 years to complete and get made. I finished a book for Guinevere’s second year shortly after her second birthday when I noticed a coupon for a free book from shutterfly.

I finally heard about “project life” and “pocket style” enough for it to sink in and for me to start to “get” what it is. So I started where I was and have done a couple of the prior weeks and I already have 3 pages fully completed and 3 more mostly done (like pictures in, but no papers, etc). I’m basically doing a page per week, but I’m giving myself the option of flexibility for like a double page for a really big week or a page dedicated just to a holiday.

Here’s what I’ve got so far.
March 17-23, 2013. St Patrick’s Day and Guinevere’s Birthday and Party

March 24-30, 2013. The week between Guinevere’s birthday and Easter

March 31-April 5, 2013. Easter Week!
Easter WeekI like that this style is very linear, simple, and photo-centric. It feels like “me”!