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Finished! – My 52 Week Project

No matter how much I’ve tried, I have abandoned every 365, 52 week, Project Life I’ve started. I could never make it beyond week 6!  Until NOW!

I am so proud to share with you a very special project that I started about this time last year. I was inspired by Jodi at Practicing Simplicity. I failed miserably at posting to the Linky every week but I stayed at it and caught up when I could. This project was intensely personal. “The days are long but the years are short.” My oldest is now 5 and every time I look at her I am lost in her beauty and wishing that she could stay just as she is. I’ve learned that the moments that I remember are those which I’ve captured on camera. This project is my way of keeping all these memories of both my children vivid in my mind.

This project is also meaningful to me because it helps me in letting go of perfection. The disappointment of a blurry picture, realizing that I’ve missed a week, inability of narrowing down to just one picture, finding just the right layout, committing to start building the book, consistency in processing the photos, picking the right printer, and I could go on and on. I committed. I did it. It’s printed and here it is…

Notes about the project
  1. Most of the pictures were shot with my dSLR but part of embracing the perfectly imperfect involved learning to rely on my iPhone camera and building a workflow for iphone pictures.
  2. I took 99.999% of the photos and am grateful to all the family members who contributed to a shared PhotoStream which allowed me to fill in some weeks when I was traveling.
  3. Lightroom is at the core of my workflow process. Knowing that I would struggle with staying committed to a year long project, I tried to keep it as simple as possible by laying out a Blurb book directly within Lightroom. I used the built in templates and set some design principles to allow me to stay consistent all year long. I kept it to one photo per page, captions that  simply included the week number, and unless it totally took away from the picture -square cropping.
  4. I prioritized making sure that I had each week covered first then did batch layout. That helped me stay consistent and allowed for a more efficient workflow. I created a Lightroom collection for the project and simply tagged pictures as I went along.
  5. The hardest part of this project was figuring out what week I was in. I had to write out week ranges for each week to help me figure out where  pictures fell. This year I’m using a cheap calendar to keep track of the week numbers and whether I got the shot.
  6. I really did try to keep up on this website on join the Linky party on Jodi’s website. In the end, I decided that I was doing this for my kids and what really mattered was getting through the picture capture. In the end, I printed two copies of a Blurb 7×7 book and created an iBook version for family and to have on my iPad.

All in all, it wasn’t that hard and looking back I am so glad that I did it. And I’ve already begun 2014.

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