It is hard to believe that January is already behind us! The month had both ups and downs for me but one area I am am feeling really good about is where I am creatively. I took on a couple new projects this year and am approaching my scrapbooking/ memory keeping in a different way and at a pace that is a little slower.
Monthly projects seem to be the way to go for me. They allow me plenty of time to get done what I want to accomplish without feeling rushed, behind, or panicky about finishing and I will still have a good collection of pages and content at the end of the year. One Little Word is one of these monthly projects I took on this year and am following along with the Ali Edwards workshop.
This month was all about setting up my album (which I have yet to purchase because the color and style I want is still out of stock) and getting to know my word, so to speak. I chose a loose color scheme of pink, yellow, turquoise, black and white, with a hint of orange. I then created a cover page highlighting my word (above photo).
From there I just printed and followed the prompts that Ali created for us and plan to continue to stick pretty closely to the workshop since this is my first year participating.
After completing the prompts, I realized I had some extra thoughts I wanted to include and typed them up. I am planning to cut a full size 8.5" x 11" page protector in half and place them back to back. The first one is a copy of a blog post I read by Crystal Moody and her thoughts on quantity leading to quality (something I totally didn't originally think about when choosing this word) and how I plan to incorporate that into my goals this year by participating in A Year of Creative Habits.
The second part I added, has to do with my recent thoughts on quality of life. We were faced with a big life decision as of lately that included a new job for my husband and a big move for our family. My word really played a part in making that decision and I wanted to take the time to document it.
Here is a look at the cards I filled out/ created. This is where my color scheme started to take shape and I am loving that it is something different (I normally don't use a lot of pink)! Like Ali, I am planning on cutting down one of the 9 pocket page protectors to 6 pockets and putting these cards back-to-back (that is once I get my album, hopefully by next month). I included a selfie I took of Derek and I when he was playing out in the snow (originally I did NOT like this photo, but after changing it to black + white I really fell in love with the way it was cropped and the way it captured everyday life). The other photo (the oranges) is of my first day of A Year of Creative Habits. I added the make a happy life overlay to the to-do list card and created a simple watercolor wash to write quality over quantity on (something else I am hoping to focus on this year).
Overall, I am loving this project so far and can't wait to share February with you because it is something totally different from this month. If you are participating in OLW I would love to see your projects, so feel free to leave me a link in the comments section.