Countdown:Photo-A-Day Ideas

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.

Print File 2x2-20B 35mm Slide Preservers from Archivers USA

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.

365-47 by Jen D

"365-47" by Jen D

365 POTD Week 47 by Joey M

"365 POTD Week 47" by Joey M

Project 365 by Elena

"Project 365" by Elena

POTD 11-09 by roxygirl78

"POTD 11-09" by roxygirl78

Week of Nov 15-21 by zannella1108

"Week of Nov 15-21" by zannella1108

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…

November 2009 by MIDA78466 (aka Terry)

"November 2009" by MIDA78466 (aka Terry)

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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  1. Great post, thanks. I’ve enjoyed your blog for quite awhile and I should comment more.

  2. Great post, thanks. I’ve enjoyed your blog for quite awhile and I should comment more.

  3. I’ve heard about Project 365 from a couple of my friends via Facebook. I am amazed at how pretty most of the layouts are. How I wish I learned about this earlier. I think it’s too late for me to start now. I’d never be able to catch up. 🙁

    Oh well. There’s always next year.

  4. My wife got hooked on online scrapbooking when a friend of ours showed her a compilation of all her works. A year later, my wife has her own compilation to showcase — and it’s amazing! I think scrapbooks are a fun, creative and ingenious way of documenting life. Suddenly, ordinary photo albums are unacceptable in our family. Even our kids are in on scrapbooking now.

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