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I first became aware of something called “Project 365” or “Photo a Day” back in 2009, when we, as Creative Memories Consultants, were first allowed to use Facebook and social networking in conjunction with our businesses.  That’s also where I first ‘met’ many of my Australian friends – on Facebook via a digital scrapbooking page that I helped administer.  In fact, it was my Aussie friends who were caught up in the Project 365 movement – I remember seeing Justine’s and Kerrianne’s photos and then realized they were among a group of people devising monthly themes to assist people new to the project.  When I went to Australia that summer, I was lucky enough to be there during a month whose theme was ‘Australian Flora and Fauna’ – otherwise, I wouldn’t have had many images to share had I been home in North Carolina!

You can probably imagine that I had no shortage of photos from the 30 days I was there – taking photos when I travel is never difficult!  It’s much harder for me to be intentional about taking a photograph every single day, especially on the days I never even leave the house.  I have tried for several years to participate in a Project 365 event – notice I didn’t even say I’ve tried to ‘complete’ a year – but I rarely make it past February.  I either stop taking photos, or take photos and do nothing with them, or sporadically think of it, or….you get the picture.  It may have happened to you – it’s hard to add one more thing to our busy schedules, isn’t it?

Here at pixels2Pages, we started a Day2Day project in 2011, so we’re starting on our 4th ‘official’ year.  You can see some of the photos from 2011 in our old Facebook ‘event’, and then beginning in 2012, we had a separate Day2Day Facebook Page.  We are just about to stop adding to that page (although you can still go view the pages posted there) as we will be incorporating Day2Day with .our regular pixels2Pages Facebook page.  We hope this will make it easier for you to check in on your p2P friends and see the pages being posted all in one place.  I spent some time today looking back through pages posted, studying the images, admiring the pages, and reading through the comments made, and it is fun to see what a sense of community has developed amongst the veteran Day2Day peeps.  Although we no longer offer a Day2Day membership at pixels2Pages, I’m excited to let you know that our very first kit, “Daily Files 2014”, will be sold in the Panstoria store very soon (like probably TODAY!)  We hope this kit, which includes Blueprints and Pixie Dust made especially for those doing a Day2Day project, will make it quicker, easier, and simpler for you to undertake this project.  More good news – if you just want more Blueprints and Pixie Dust, you can purchase it, too!

What I’m realizing is that if I really want to ‘add’ something to my already busy life, what that really means is that I need to replace something I am/have been doing with whatever the new thing is.  You’d be surprised how well this could work!  Think about dieting, for instance.  Instead of cutting out foods that are fattening or bad for you, replace them with a healthier or lighter alternative.  Or replace time you might have spent snacking with time walking or exercising or dancing.  You probably have some new things around your house these days, since we just had a major gift-giving season.  Have you gotten rid of some of your old things to make room for the new?  If not, if you’re just adding more stuff to your life, you may be one step closer to opening the door to see the “Hoarders” camera crew on your doorstep someday!

So what would I need to stop doing in order to make room for taking a photo a day and making a Day2Day book?  I can think of lots of things – I could play a few less games on my iPad, or sleep a bit less, or get up during a TV commercial instead of sitting through them all – or I could even just remember to make it a priority.  Most of us have cameras with us at all times, so that’s not even a good excuse.  Somehow, though, I need something to keep me going, especially on my ‘at home’ days.  This week, I came across something that has me ready to give our Day2Day project another shot this year.  I saw a post on Facebook about a Gratitude project, and it led me to a short video by Hailey Bartholomew.  In 2008, she was suffering from depression and began taking one Polaroid photo each day of something that she was grateful for, and writing something about it.  The video intrigued me, even though I had heard that idea before, so I did a little more searching.  I encourage you to have a look at the “365 grateful” website – I think you’ll be inspired, too.

My goal for this year – take at least one photo every day, and write about something I am grateful for (maybe it has something to do with the photo and maybe it doesn’t – I’m not much for rules!).  I’m going to take advantage of the weekly Day2Day theme, and you’ll be able to see those on our Facebook timeline banners every Sunday.  Thanks to a member suggestion, we’ll start adding them to our monthly calendar, too.  You can even download handouts of the themes for 2014!  I love watching the Day2Day Portfolio from a couple of years ago – if it doesn’t inspire you, I’m not sure what will!  So far, I have three pictures of ‘NEW’ things – new shoes, a new restaurant, and a new Fitbit badge – but you’ll have to wait until next week to see my finished page and see what I’m grateful for and why.  I hope you’ll be sharing your Day2Day pages, too.  Let’s have fun with it!

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22 Responses to Blog: Grateful Day2Day

  1. Cheryl says:

    Thanks Jan. My goal for this year is to get the pictures in a book. For some reason I get a picture most everyday but they don’t seem to get put in books. The CM upheaval last year didn’t help. But now I already to focus again. I love mixing in things I am thankful for with other pics.

  2. I also saw that wonderful Gratitude project video Jan, and decided that’s more of my style than a photo a day. It allows me to not have to follow any rules, and nothing needs to be in order. I’m committed to snapping pics of things I’m grateful for just with my phone when I’m out and about, or at home, and they don’t even need to be perfect pics! For example, I caught my husband shining my shoes in the laundry room and thought I better snap a gratitude pic of that! I’ll journal
    something short, or long, if I want and tag those pics that will go in my Gratitude 2014 book. The biggest value will be going back and reading what I’m grateful for! We all need more gratitude in our lives!

  3. Tracie says:

    I completed a Day2Day during 2012, no themes or rules other than a photo a day. Two wonderful byproducts besides the completed album were gratitude and much-improved photography. I highly recommend doing this! (I set a calendar reminder on my phone at 3:00 p.m. every day so that I’d remember to take a photo.) I love how Pixels to Pages is streamlining the website! Keep up the great work.

  4. Shawna says:

    Will there still be 7 opening blueprints for Day 2 Day projects as part of our P2P membership this year? Or are new ones only available to purchase as Panstoria file kits? They are my favorite blueprints, pretty much the only ones I use regularly! 🙂

    • Shelley says:

      Definitely! Our membership offerings haven’t changed, every month there are 3 new single page Blueprints and 3 double page spreads (ie 9 pages in all). At least 3 of them have seven openings, and sometimes more. The Daily Files 2014 Kit is for those who want even more, and are also available to non-members.

  5. Janice says:

    Can’t wait to see your first page Jan! What a great suggestion, to combine a Day2Day project with something you already do – love it! Having done 3 full years (after 2 false starts in previous years), taking a photo each day is now a habit – and a good one! I love that I use an app for my phone that reminds me each day to take a photo, so that if I haven’t taken one yet there’s a message to remind me.

  6. Glenna says:

    Looked at the Day2Day blueprints and embellishments for sale on Panstoria, are any of these blueprints or embellishments that we may have already received, or are they new ones? Thanks.

  7. jolleyontheroad jolleyontheroad says:

    Thanks Jan for being so honest about starting and not completing!! I seem to have this same problem! I make it about halfway through June and get bogged down and never finish! Thanks for the inspiration to keep on keeping on!!

  8. Carolyn says:

    As another “me too!” example, I just saw Hailey’s post recently and decided I COULD do 365 successfully if it’s about gratitude because I do that every day anyway! I’m off to the Panstoria site to see if the Daily Files are available…

  9. Glenna says:

    I have just finished by second year of Day2Day Storybook. Sometimes it is hard to remember to take a photo, but I have just made it a part of my life and because my camera has a date, if it doesn’t get into the page on the day I take it, it does get there before the end of the week. I also do a yearly diary scrapbook where I have each month calendar page and write what happened on that day and then pages of photos follow, and that is my album/storybook for the year (it usually takes two books). Because I do my digital on my laptop, I can do my scrapbooking any time and any where. Thanks for the tip about the Gratitude, I may incorporate that in this year’s Day2Day book.

  10. Penny says:

    Jan, I always love reading your blogs because it’s just like hearing you chat with me in person! Today you have inspired me to give it another go with Day2Day (last year I didn’t make it past March) and to incorporate the ideas from “365 grateful”. Thanks!!

  11. shirley shingara says:

    Thanks for the suggestion! I decided to do a 365 Grateful project, but marrying the Grateful with the Day2Day weekly themes might be a solution to my “want to do it all but alas only 24 hours in a day” perpetual challenge. I am grateful for the inspiration of P2P and all the pixies and posters.

  12. debbie says:

    Great idea, Jan. I saw another blog about this grateful theme just last evening. I think next weekend you might feel grateful for not having to leave the building from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning. Bring warm clothes!

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