Happy 2013

Happy New Year everyone. Did you have a wonderful Christmas? Emily’s first Christmas was a very special day, I don’t think I’ve loved Christmas so much since being a child myself. I want to bottle all the memories so I can look back on them in 20 or 30 years time and smile.

New Year's Day walk by the Pacific Ocean

New Year’s Day walk by the Pacific Ocean

Which brings me on to my new project for 2013 and an important word.

Have you ever chosen a word for the year ahead? One little word to represent how you want to live in the next 365 days. I’ve done it a few times since hearing about it on various blogs.

I’ve been going back and forward over different words for 2013 but the one that has stuck is:


It sounds like a slightly boring word conjuring up corporate meetings: Let’s take another look at your document about blah blah blah blah blah; Can you send me a document about that new widget we want to implement?; Can you document your process?

But it’s got so much more meaning to me now. I want to document our life, Emily’s first year, our adventures, our every day, our normal and our extraordinary.

This means living a life worth documenting. Going on adventures in our city, our state, our country, our backyard, our kitchen and in stories, pictures and imaginations. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the mundane (which is also worth documenting in itself) but one of my resolutions for the year ahead is to have more fun. At the end of 2013 I hope to have a big jar of memories to look back on.

My chosen method of documentation is Project Life. I’ve always been intimidated by scrapbooking: those big blank pieces of 12×12 paper staring at me and having no clue what to do with them. But these albums look like so much fun to collate. And fast! Plus there’s room to be as creative as I like or keep it super simple. I’ve already started a retrospective album for Emily’s first year which I’m enjoying immensely. But I’m also starting a family album for the year ahead.

To keep me on track I commit to sharing weekly layouts here on 52 crafts – and hopefully other creative bits in between – so I hope you’ll follow along, share ideas and links to yours or others albums, and enjoy the project.

Have you chosen a word, project or some resolutions for the year ahead? I’d love to hear them.


3 Responses to “Happy 2013”

  1. 1 Jessie January 3, 2013 at 1:45 am

    My one little word is choose. I’m hoping to make better choices about my health this year and choose things that enrich my family instead of always taking the easy way out. I’m going to try project life this year too. I did a few pages last year but I lost motivation. It’s great that so many people have discovered how awesome project life is! We can inspire each other!

  2. 2 marleah January 4, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I am starting Project Life too! And I hope to share weekly layouts on my blog. The typical cutesy scrap booking is not my style, and I think I will be able to keep up better with this. I also have a baby, six months old now, and I want to document our life together. I will be checking back! :)

  3. 3 Barbara January 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Once again, it was such fun reading about your life. I love the picture of your little family! So, you really got me thinking about this word idea. This past year has been very eventful – I have unexpectedly moved to a new city and changed many things bout my life. The past few months have been filled with planning, preparing, all kinds of details that had to be completed. I am now coming to the end of this process and it is time to implement all the ideas, plans, etc. So, I began to search for a word. I kept coming up with things like implement, organize, etc. but they all sounded too corporate for me. Then I thought about motion. It wasn’t quite right and then I remembered a dance called the locomotion and somehow this is just the right word. It involves action and motion and fun, all the things I am looking forward to. If I get stuck or go a little stale, I will remember the locomotion and get into forward gear again.
    So, that will be my 2013 word! Thanks for the fun idea!

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