Documenting This Next New Year...

I've done a Project 365 for three years now… and I've been incredibly stressed trying to figure out how to handle 2014. While I knew I wasn't ready to stop, I really struggled with the documenting of last year. Not so much in terms of taking the photos, but in the compilation of them into a book format. (Read: I'm still working on that. I have over half a year to finish. EGAD.) As I hemmed and hawed, everyone around me was making decisions and even posting their photos… Which just added to my internal freak-out. I had long ago realized that my struggles weren't with the taking of the photos, but the documenting of them into a tangible object. Some people would say," just lose the tangible object…" but the whole reason I was doing a p365 was because I wanted my family to be able to thumb through our days on a whim. But, the way I was currently doing it was a LOT of work. I'd have to curate and edit my photos, export them, open them in another program, then create layouts, and journal them. I'd get maybe one week done in a full night of tv watching. Maybe. Add in that I also don't do well with long-term projects… So to have to wait a year before I had the finished project resulted in me struggling to keep up my enthusiasm. It was a vicious cycle.

Just when I thought it was hopeless, Doug randomly brought up a podcast he had heard. And, just like that, all my problems were solved.

Enter, Shuttercal.

It's an online community where you can document and journal your p365. Online. Perfect. Aaannnnddd… it gets better. At the end of every month (if you choose this membership level) they send you a packet of prints of your month, that you can put into a custom made box. Oh, my. At first, I was thinking, "But… I want my books!" Then, I got over it. I realized that it's more important to me to stay on top of the project. (Especially this year where we have a lot of excitement happening.) And I think I can with this format. I think that with monthly shipments of my photos… I will keep up my enthusiasm. Plus, I still have the "tangible object" that my family can flip through. It's fulfilling the "tangible object" requirement that was so important to me… but taking out a ton of the work on my end. And, if I want a book in the end, it's easy to copy and paste my journaling while watching TV over a few nights. Right?! Really… I think it's going to be the perfect solution for me. I can totally get on board with a shelf full of cute boxes to document the years...

{Image from Shuttercal}

I mean, just looking at my shuttercal page makes me happy… so I must be on the right track, no?!

 Now… it's off to work on last year's p365. Sigh…

PS - Anyone want to join me over on Shuttercal!?