Friday, February 13, 2015

a minimalist approach to planning + project life for 2015

I'll be the first to admit it: I love stuff. I adore shiny, pretty things just as well as trite scraps of memorabilia. I love clothes and shoes and ceramic animal bookends*. Sure, I like my stuff, but to a certain point. My current home situation as a third-year college student is, shall we say, less than accommodating for paper crafting as a hobby. I'm down to the bare bones, here. As a result, for 2015, I’m taking a more minimalist approach to memory keeping and planning. Really, my decision was influenced by many factors, practicality being only a fringe benefit. 

I’m constantly inspired by the community of talented, innovative people I’ve become friends with on Instagram over the years. I have them to thank for my embarking on the memory-keeping journey, and, even though I’m not using it this year, the Instagram community introduced me to the Filofax mania as well.

Thailand, on the books.

Most of the Project Life layouts I’ve admired for the past year and a half have a similar streamlined aesthetic, many of which you can see here on my Pinterest board. That’s what I’m going for this year.

Products I’m using in 2015:
  • Heidi Swapp  12x12 Project Life album in black and white bold stripe
  • Design A and Design F page protectors, with some smaller protectors for certain elements and dynamic interest
  • Blinksoflife #lifestory monthly kit subscription - more on this in the next post.
  • Printing from the Collect app for bordered 3x4 photos, also more Instax photos.
  • My trusty Canon Selphy CP900 printer. Don't know what I'd do without it!
Details from a recent spread - Korea style.

So that’s the framework. I plan to have at least one page per week, sometimes more depending on activities. Other than that, I’m pretty flexible. Simplicity of style, use of white space, minimal embellishment, and a graphic, yet streamlined aesthetic. Same goes for my planning. I’m carrying a simple Moleskine planner for my everyday planning—and that’s it.

I know I'm a little late in sharing my plans for 2015, but oh, I've never been much for keeping up-to-date on Project Life. Look for a few more posts from me coming very soon, including more shameless international travel photo spams. Hope your year is off to a great start. And I'd love it if you'd all share your plans for memory-keeping this year. 

* If you’re reading this, thanks Mom! I love my ceramic yoga frog bookends. :)

xo, Kait affiliate links are included in this post.

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