I've decided to take a brand new approach to an album for my 30th year. 2012 Project Life will still be about photos + words and small bits of memorabilia. But last year I attempted to put together a quasi-Project Life album of every single paper I touched... and it's pretty much all sitting in a box on top of my bookcase. Someday I'll get it all together. But I knew that this year I had to streamline the process or I'd be up the same creek. And sans paddle.
I started carrying around a Moleskine notebook - the large size that's big enough to hold postcards, photos, and a lot of my incessant ramblings. Inside goes business cards, little bits of menus, and journaling. Things that people say that I want to remember, notes about where I've been or what I've eaten, and my own thoughts. Which mainly consist of plans to take over the world and how to get a date for Friday night. Basically I've traded in my childhood Snoopy diary for a Moleskine.
I'm loving this system so far. It's been easy to get things down and in. I can stay on top of it - which right now is the most important thing to me. When I was traveling I worked on it while I was in hotel rooms and the photo above is from the Delta Sky Lounge, where the girl next to me was quite entertained bugged by the fact I had hogged a whole side table just to glue things into a notebook.
I've gotten a lot of questions on Instagram about the white date stamp, which is actually just a rolling phrase stamp. It'll be available at Studio Calico this month but is also here on Amazon and at Modcloth. I find myself wanting to stamp "I'm not here right now" more than a normal person should. Or more than a daughter should, as verified today by a "where are you?" email from my dad.