Scrapbooking the hard or emotional parts of life isn't easy. I know some people simply choose not to include those events in their scrapbooks or, if they do, they decide to include just vague references.
But I can't do that. Our lives include many types of moments - including those full of love, joy, laughter, change, growth, sadness, frustration, and grief. It's all part of life and, while I don't try to dwell on the difficult moments, they are part of what makes us who we are.
And sometimes we learn more in the difficult moments than in the easy moments, especially when looking back after some time has passed.
I also know that not glossing over the tough stuff teaches my kids that we are strong, that we can overcome obstacles, and that we are united throughout it all. I hope that they'll learn to be proud of themselves for those moments, too.
So what does all of this have to do with my Project Life layouts? Well, it has everything to do with them. There's a lot of reasons why I didn't scrapbook for part of last year - I was working nearly full-time, Tom had a near-record number of trials so he wasn't around as much, I was burned out and sad about leaving the scrapbooking industry, but also because parts of last year were just so hard.
Within a three-month period, Beth started having 5-7 seizures/day, she had five trips to the hospital, Emily was involved in a very difficult situation at school, and my grandfather died. It was all just so hard.
And now I've hit the beginning of that three-month period in 2014's Project Life album. Looking back on those photos isn't easy. For example, in this first layout, all I want to do is cry when I see how unwell Beth looks. And you can tell by looking at the next layout what happened.
But those stories need to be told. They are a part of us, part of what made us who we are a year later. And we can all look back and be grateful for how we pulled out of it and how much stronger we are for going through it.
If I have any advice to others, I would say with absolute conviction that you should put those hard moments in your album. It may be too hard to do right away, but let some time pass and go back and include them. You'll want the memories one day, I promise.
On another note, there are some weeks where I took very few photos or only took event photos. And it's totally okay to only use photos from one day for your Project Life spread! There are no rules. :)