We’re almost a month into 2013 (Seriously, where did January go?!), so I thought I’d share some of my Project 300 progress, and check in on how others are doing.
As I said before, my own Project 300 is “Nouns, Verbs, and Other Parts of Life”, a memory keeping project of words I snap, doodle, and jot about related to daily life and my work. Here are a few of my pages so far:
I’m experimenting with various media, using index cards and card stock for jotting, as well as actual bits and ephemera from daily life (the Dunkin Donuts bag). Photos have been pretty straightforward, with me adding simple text boxes directly onto images, although as I learn Photoshop, I’ll be able to do more. I may also hand write on photos too for a more hands on, personal feel.
As far as the doodles, I go back and forth between digging the straight line drawings or adding watercolors to them. I think the doodles will involve more experimentation since I’m toying the idea of collaging a few and applying some sketchnote techniques to certain days.
Thoughts on Success with Your Own Project 300
- Time: Depending on your project, scheduling time will certainly help keep you on track. My project is a mix of processes, so while I may take notes or snap pictures throughout the week, I be no means complete each card the day of. I tend to set a couple of days aside each week to print photos, finish doodles or complete notes.
- Equipment: Again, depending on your project, keeping supplies (sketchbooks, camera, yoga mat) handy and ready to go as much as possible increase chances of keeping up with your project.
- Document Progress: Whether it’s running total, blogging, keeping your project pieces together, seeing the progress can help create momentum, which spurs progress, which further spurs your momentum, etc.
- Cheat if necessary: Remember, this is supposed to be LOW STRESS! Did you do two drawings today? Count them both towards your total for the year! Feel like you’re slacking off and need to catch up a bit? Snap extra photos today or increase your word count for today or whatever it is you’re doing for Project 300. The whole point is to have fun exploring, pursuing, and making progress on your project. No one is going to go back and check your attendance record at the end of the year, I promise.
From this point forward, I’ll check in twice a month with Project 300, sharing my thoughts, process, and progress and inviting you to share yours as well.
Have input to offer? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you. Participating in Project 300 and want to share you progress? Leave me a comment below with a link to your blog posts or photos!
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