I’m always excited by the images I take when participating in project like Ali Edwards’ Day in the Life. I think it must be a combination of having an “assignment” to complete, being challenged creatively and mixing things up a bit that helps makes the magic. I decided to tote my DSLR around with me yesterday, which in and of itself is something I haven’t done in a while. Sometimes I forget how much I love my 50mm Compact Macro lens. *insert dreamy sigh* When processing the images, I opted to convert the entire day’s story into black and white. I just wanted to do something a little different. I’m pleased with the results and am so grateful I did it. The shots I take for Day in the Life or Week in the Life are images I wouldn’t normally take without the encouragement from projects like these. Although I shoot a lot…A LOT…sometimes you just need a little something extra to inspire you. Disclaimer: I haven’t ever actually printed or Project Life’d the shots I’ve taken for DITL or WITL but I’m working up to the idea. After all, I’ve started with Project Life finally so it’s the natural next step.
Here’s what my day looked like yesterday (and most days):
I told myself I would shoot the whole day and I did. Yes, it’s true that the last shot I captured was of the pizza boxes. After getting up, making lunches, getting the kids up and out the door even earlier than usual (my daughter had an early AP test), walking the dogs, getting my own work done, printing pictures, making Mother’s Day cards, picking kids up, getting more of my own work done (although it’s never really done), playing in a parents vs. kids soccer scrimmage (oh, yes I did), we had pizza for dinner and I promptly fell asleep on the couch, watching the Duck’s game (we won!). True story.
Have you ever committed to take pictures of your life from sunrise to sunset? Were you surprised at the kinds of magically mundane moments you captured? It certainly is a fantastic way to Elevate the Everyday, don’t you think?
Just in time for #GivingTuesday I want to share with you a creative new way to help give your voice and your talent, to give kids a shot at the happy healthy life they deserve. My friend and fellow Shot@Life champion Ciaran Blumenfeld have come up with a way to share our “snaps” to help spread the word about the “shots” that so many kids need to protect them from the preventable diseases that have the potential to kill them. Imagine if you thought you might lose your children to a common childhood illness like diarrhea. I know. I can’t imagine either! Because we don’t think any mother should suffer the loss of a child at all, let alone from a preventable disease, we need your help.
Please help us bring awareness to the important work that Shot@Life is doing by tagging your Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest “snaps” with the hashtag #snapshotatlife. Take it a small step further and mention our Instagram account as well (@snapshotatlife) so people can follow along and more importantly easily find the link to our Snapshotatlife team fundraising page where we are collecting donations to support the cause and vaccinate the kids who are at the greatest risk of dying from diseases like Rotavirus, Pneumonia, Measles and Polio. Won’t you join the team?
And speaking of donations, I am giddy to share something amazing! Ciaran is donating $500 to Shot@Life on behalf of the Snapshotatlife team. Yes, $500! You have got to pop over to read her Smile it Forward post. How crazy awesome and super generous is that? Talk about giving us something to smile about. $500 translates to 25 kids immunized for life! Amazing and totally inspiring. Thank you Ciaran (and Invisalign).
All that to say, I hope you consider shooting and sharing your “snaps” with us by tagging your everyday pictures (of family, friends moments and memories) with the tag #snapshotatlife and on this fine Giving Tuesday consider giving What you can to help immunize a child who deserves to live a happy. healthy life. We’ll be sharing photos, raising awareness and funds for the rest of 2013. Help us make a difference!
As promised, I documented my first day experimenting with Project Life. It was one of the most creative, fun and relaxing (yes, relaxing) thing I’ve done for myself in a long time. And who would have guessed I’m learning things about myself in the process of diving head long into uncharted waters? I guess putting it that way, it would go to figure. Anything new, different and out of the ordinary usually does teach us a thing or two about ourselves.
I appreciate all of your kind comments and encouragement on my first Project Life video post. I’m excited knowing so many of you are doing something like Project Life for yourselves and/or are willing to give it a try with me. I know I keep saying it but I think it’s going to make for an amazing, important and transformative part of remembering and embracing my creative joy.
How is your Project Life process coming along?
For more about Project Life, visit Becky Higgins site. Visit Amazon to purchase Project Life Products. If you’re out of the country and are looking to purchase the products, Scrapbooker’s Inner Circle sells internationally. How cool is that?
The PL Products I am using right now:
Project Life Core Kit – Seafoam Edition
Photo Pocket Pages – Big Variety Pack 1 (60 Pages)
Project Life Binder – Seafoam Edition
Project Life 3 x 4 Textured Cardstock – Honey Edition
Project Life 4 X 6 Textured Cardstock – Honey Edition
For more about Picture Everyday at Big Picture Classes, read all about it on the registration page. Class starts Sept 12th. The Project Life part of class will be during the final week (week 8) of class. Hope to see you there!
I’m pretty excited about this. As if you couldn’t tell.
For those of you on the Project Life train already, how do you like it? What’s your favorite part about it? Any hints for the newbies?
And for those of you like me, who are just starting to dabble, where you at with it? So happy we’re in it together. It makes it so much cooler!
And lastly, if you’re scratching your head thinking, “Wait, Tracey is scrapbooking? What is going on over here?” let me just say that I’m as surprised as you are. But hey, new adventures can be fun and I’m really looking forward to this one. I will be sharing my process as I go so if you want to join me, I would love that! Leave comments, leave links, share your story, your thoughts, your process. You can also join me in my class Picture Everyday where the last week will actually be about getting our lovely photos off of the computer and into Project Life pages. Woohoo! It’s going to be awesome.
It is such a treat to be able to announce my next photo-centric e-class at Big Picture Classes, Picture Everyday: Finding and Photographing the Magic in your Daily Life. Although this class is brand new, with all new content (including video, photo prompts, teacher interaction and community activity) it’s bringing lots of what I love together into one class. It’s Picture Series class #9 (9!?! Can you believe that?) and it’s the next chapter, so to speak, in my book Elevate the Everyday as the content is inspired from the book. It’s also a kick off of something totally new for me; Project Life. Yes, I have decided to get crafty again (it’s been far too long) and try my hand at this revolutionary approach to scrapbooking. I’m seriously giddy about it! Just to recap; the majority of the class will be guided photo prompts for participants to shoot and the very last week of class will be a kick off of my Project Life inauguration as we put all the images we capture over our weeks together, into Project Life pages.
I do hope you choose to join me as we Picture Everyday together, starting Sept 12th. Wheeeeeee!!