In this post, I’m sharing the story around the aAProject 20-Year Evolution.
aA Project 20-Year Evolution
I’ve been scrapbooking one way or another since I was a child.
- Sticking fabric, cut-outs, and memorabilia on paper has always been my jam.
- I have been an artist and craft-lover from the get-go.
Scrapbooking evolved into memory keeping when I became a Mum.
- Ella was born in year 2002, while we were stationed at Misawa Air Force Base, in Japan.
- I wanted a way to share her, with our families overseas, so I began paper scrapbooking.
This was the beginning of the Holiday Project for me.
- Ella was 18 months old and I documented her first ‘real’ Christmas Day.
- i.e. She was beginning to get the magic of Christmas.
Luke arrived about 19 years ago.
- This holiday season was more about Surviving a very unhappy baby with colic.
Another Christmas Day Album
- These chronological approaches to documenting just One Day worked well, enabling me to capture all those little moments, that are so special when your children are small.
Thanksgiving in Denver
- We made the trip with our 2 and 4-year-old from Alaska, where we were living, to see family and friends in Denver.
A Holiday Project at this stage in my life might just have pushed me over the edge 🙂
Enter Ali Edwards Days of December
- I attempted my First month-long project using a collection of templates by Jessica Sprague.
- We had just got back from Thanksgiving in Hawaii and we were ALL sick the entire month of December.
- I think it was the most miserable Christmas on record.
- I ended up with pneumonia just before Christmas, and we had to cancel our trip to see Santa, in Fairbanks, Alaska.
- But this was when I grasped the concept of celebrating the Every Day and finding joy in the worst of circumstances.
A seed had been planted…
A Wedding in the United Kingdom.
- My sister got married in Scotland and we enjoyed Christmas with my family in England.
An England 2008 album trumped a Holiday Project.
The beginning of Curated Albums.
- I played around with telling my stories through a Series of layouts curated into a photo book.
- I liked the freedom to create art, but reinvention with every layout is both Time-Consuming and leads to disjointed double-page spreads when placed together in album format.
Something new learned, to discard or carry on to the next year.
The First ‘Official’ Holiday Project.
- I created the first Holiday Project Template Album, for sale under the Anna Aspnes Designs brand.
- I shared my process, techniques, and pages via blog posts on the old Anna Aspnes Designs Typepad Blog (which no longer exists).
- The focus was Combining the magic of Christmas with everyday moments, and the double-page spreads were titled, according to the big themes of the season.
The project quickly evolved in terms of style and approach.
- As I went about my day, I settled on a Word Inspiration, that became the topic of my page.
- I then Paired my single word with photos and a story to coordinate.
- At this point, the digital scrapbook Project is about seasonal Magic but also stories, photos, and anecdotes from the past 12 months, that I wanted to share.
The project is becoming an opportunity to reminisce on the past year and create one last ‘Hurrah’ in my documenting endeavors.
This was the year I started combining photos from previous years and decades.
- I introduced photos and memories from my childhood and made Comparisons with Ella and Luke.
- This led to comparing photos with Similar themes from different periods in my digital scrapbook pages.
- The project had evolved to gathering photos that Support The Story, based on one word that summed up the day.
I just LOVE this approach.
The project becomes more refined.
- I’m now Honing the approach further, in terms of the time it takes to complete the digital scrapbooking pages without sacrificing Meaning.
- The focus is less on the art and More on the photos and stories.
The aim is to maximize the time I have available during this busy season.
Experimenting and discovering my preferences.
- One simple inspiration Sparks one story, supported by a myriad of photos.
- It’s about reflection and reminiscing on the Past Year in my digital scrapbook pages.
- The project has almost taken on an art journalistic approach, in which I am the Narrator and purveyor of all stories.
Seek more joy in the season and look to carve out more time for techniques.
- It’s still about a daily story or inspiration, but I’m Playing more with the art and techniques.
- I engage more in a little daily ArtPlay, which is fun and does not contribute to the chaos of the season.
- The project is a vehicle for finding a few Moments of Calm and appreciating otherwise lost moments.
Found my groove with this digital scrapbooking project.
- Use the daily prompts to spark a story from the year and find Connections in previous years.
- Bringing photos together with Commonality is one of my favorites in memory keeping.
Having fun with the stories and developing my voice.
- Now adding Date to photos from different periods.
- Staying consistent and gaining Confidence in my digital scrapbooking approach.
Which also makes you fall in love with this Project even more.
Simple focus on words and photos.
- With a Tried and Tested process in place, I’m just enjoying the process.
- Planning is key…
- It’s my Favorite digital scrapbooking project of the year.
- Ditched the Titles to focus on the Story for each prompt.
- Including other fun ‘bits and pieces’ to Enhance my digital scrapbook pages.
The story-telling just gets better.
- And Better!
- Practice makes Perfect.
Enter the opportunity to learn something new.
- A month to focus and Master a new technique.
- This was the year of Simple out-of-bounds-extractions.
The Project has been flexible over the years to work with my creative mood and the different phases of my life.
- It has grown with me, Evolved, and transformed – And I LOVE the growing collection of albums on my shelves.
- Especially when viewed as a body or Library of our photos, stories, and memories.
- From here I just keep adding books, growing my skills, and getting BETTER with each year.
This annual project has become a December tradition over the last 2 decades
- It’s how I enjoy the season, looking back on the year, Reflecting on photos, and telling stories.
- It’s a Simple way to document a year of memories and enhance my digital scrapbooking.
- I am here for Every single moment of it 🙂
It’s only stressful if you choose to make it that way.
- Regardless of whether you want to create a project like mine, or document an event or travel.
- I will show you how to do it.
- It’s NEVER too late to start building your Library of Memories.