Welcome to Day 3 of our Countdown to 2010 … just three more days to go before we’re celebrating (and logging) the New Year!!!
A popular way to document “real life” the past few years has been to take a photo every single day and then combine that photo with journaling in an album or scrapbook page. Many different terms have been associated with this idea … Project 365 and Photo-A-Day are among the most common.
I first heard about this concept mid-way through the year last year and immediately fell in love with the idea. I could have picked just about any day to start such a project, but it seemed only right to wait until the beginning of the year to initiate the project … and that time has finally arrived!
What I have not quite decided upon yet is just which direction I will take with this project, in part because there are just so many different options. So today I thought I would share some of the different ideas I’ve come across and encourage you to consider starting a project like this as well.
Photo Album + Journaling Approach Combine a simple photo album that provides slots for journaling cards.
Pop in the photo, write or type out your journaling for the day, slip it into the album and you’re good to go! You could get a little more elaborate by combining different types of photo or negative sleeves in a three-ring album.
I’ve been considering using something like the 35 mm slide sleeve shown here, with cropped square photos and small journaling cards with or without embellishments alternated from pocket to pocket.
Scrapbook a Week at a Time Possibly the most popular approach, here a week’s worth of photos is combined with journaling in a single- or double-page scrapbook layout. There are TONS of digital templates available just for this purpose. Here are just a few examples of the different styles of layouts I’ve seen … you can find lots more in the Project 365 Gallery at Designer Digitals.
Calendar Layout Start with a monthly calendar template and add your photos in each of the daily squares. You could add a few words to each photo or journaling along the sides of the calendar using the dates to tie everything together. Here’s a great example by Terry of how this might look with just the photos…
Blog or Photo Gallery Skip the scrapbooking and simply post a photo-a-day to your blog or other photo gallery, such as Flickr. For the latter, your photo caption could serve as your journaling.
Other ideas to consider…
- Take your photo at the same time every day.
- Choose a theme for the year … or for each month … and take a photo based on that theme.
- Overwhelmed at the thought of taking a photo every day? Consider switching to a Photo-A-Week project.
If you have other ideas, I’d love to hear them! Feel free to share with a comment below…
Coming up in tomorrow’s Countdown to 2010: One Word for 2010
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