It's that time of the month again (NO, not THAT time of the month!) Okay, okay, tacky jokes aside, what I mean is that it's the time of the month when I share my Take 12 layout with you. I think I've mentioned in previous Take 12 posts that this is the first time that I've followed through on a project like this. I know we haven't completed a full year yet, but we're past the halfway mark; normally, I would've fallen off the wagon by this point.
There are a number of key things that keep this project running smoothly for me that I want to share with you. I hope you'll share your own thoughts and observations about Take 12 in the comments below.
- Journaling is a key part of each layout. Sometimes, all those little life bits and pieces start to look the same. The 12th of one month looks an awful lot like the 12th of another month. Where I distinguish these months from one another is through the perspective on my journaling. If you look at my July layout, the photos look like they could've been taken in May or February or October, for the most part. But my journaling makes it clear that this little snapshots are all part of our summer routine. Which leads me to my next point...
- This project is as flexible as I want (or NEED) it to be. One month, I was so sick on the 12th, I never made it out of bed. So instead, I made a note about that in my journaling and proceeded to take 12 photos on the 14th of the month instead. My friend Celeste has modified Take12 to fit her needs; she documents the second Saturday of every month. This helps ensure that there's variety from month to month.
- I'm not doing Project Life.While it seems like everyone else is doing PL, I opted not to, so Take 12 is how I'm capturing a slice of daily life each month. I do know that if I were participating in Project Life, Take 12 as I'm currently doing it might feel like overkill -- after all, those "slice of life" photos are a large part of what PL is all about. My solution? Instead of documenting bits and pieces of my day, I'd choose to use the Bonus Projects in the Take 12 Guided Inspiration Kit from Ella Publishing. (For example, in January, the theme was "collections," which resulted in this layout, one of my absolute favorites).
- I'm using the same products for all of my layouts. That's such a key part of the project for me. Otherwise, I know what would happen. The photos would stay on my camera or my phone because I'd spend too much time trying to figure out what papers and embellishments to use each month. And this way, if I choose to print them all together in one album, the pages will coordinate. Sticking with the same products helps create a sense of cohesion to the entire project that I really like. Here's a look at the products I use from my shop. (Links are after the image.)
Are you playing along with Take 12 each month? There's a Flickr group where you can upload your photos and share your layouts. You can also follow along on the Ella Publishing blog; link your layouts to the Take 12 posts and you could win some great scrapbooking products from the sponsors each month.