2015 will be my fourth time doing my Monthly Faves project, after doing it in 2009, 2011 & 2013. So what is it about this project that keeps me coming back for more?
Well, one of my favorite things about The Faves Project is how my faves layouts capture a snapshot of my life. So today I wanted to show you how they do exactly that.
To start, I give you exhibit A: my first ever monthly Faves layout from January 2009:
On my January Faves list at the time:
- Top Chef
- American Eagle Jeans
- Crafty/decor blogs
- Hybrid scrapping
- Lady Gaga CD (which I was actually listening to when I made the page)
- Phone calls from Adam
- Hitting the gym
- New episodes of Psych
- Driving my car
Now let’s fast forward to January 2011:
A couple of notables on my list: driving the Murano again (aka my car referenced in the first layout) and reading Young House Love, which I’m pretty sure was my newest crafty/decor blog obsession at the time.
Now let’s time hop again, this time to January 2013:
Well, look at that, Number 8 on my list is Meeting Young House Love. In the two years since I discovered their blog I went from new fan to actually meeting them at a book signing. How cool is that?
I’m not ready to share my January 2015 layout just yet but, spoiler alert, my Faves list includes Top Chef, which oh yes, appears on my very first January Faves layout from 2006.
Seeing these layouts – ten faves, two, four and eventually six years apart – reminds why I LOVE these Faves layouts so very much.
(And not just because my drop shadowing has clearly improved, haha.)
In the six years from when I scrapbooked that very first January Faves layout I’ve:
- been through a year-long deployment
- sold a car & bought another car
- sold our first house
- lived in three cities and two states
- made three trips to Disneyworld, trips to Chicago, Hawaii, New Orleans, New York and Seattle and numerous trips to California
- said goodbye to two grandmothers and hello to one adorable baby of my own
To say my life is different today from how it was in January 2009 would be an understatement.
And yet when I look at these layouts, I’m reminded again that, while my world around me may have changed , so much about me has remained the same.
Like my love for driving my Nissan Murano, home decor blogs and reality TV.
This is why I love the Faves.
If I were to ask you today what your top-ten favorite things were back in January 2009, would you be able to tell me?
Lord knows I wouldn’t be able to remember. But the beauty of these Faves layouts is I don’t have to.
Because my Faves? They are right there on these layouts capturing a mini snapshot of what my life is like right then and documenting all those little bits and pieces that would otherwise be forgotten. Those little bits that truly make up who we are.
And that right there, my friend, is what scrapbooking is all about.
The Faves express is on it’s way! On Monday February 9th, The Faves Project: 2015 Monthly Faves will be going live! Want to get it in the ground floor?
You’ll be the first to hear when it opens and may even get a special bonus when you sign up.