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!