Scrapbook & Cards Today, in partnership with designer Davinie Fiero, and sketch artist Becky Fleck, are pleased to offer our readers Project 12 in 2012 on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog! Project 12 is an easy monthly challenge that will result in a complete “year in review” album at the end of each year. It is so easy!

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Here is how it works:

Since it’s inception, Project 12 has always been about capturing the moments of our everyday life, to use the less than perfect photos that capture our stories, and to tell those stories in our journaling.  One of my favourite things about all the sketches Becky Fleck has created for this challenge in 2010 and 2012 was the great BIG journaling box.  I’m addicted to that large space and love using a large journaling block on most two page layouts I create.

In 2012, scrapbook your life.  Whether you take 1 photo, 100 photos, or no photos, get it down on paper.  Let’s include our memorabilia as well.  Let’s declutter our world of those things we save but don’t have a place for, tickets and receipts and programs and race running bibs, and let’s incorporate them into our work.

Taking a photo a day has always been an overwhelming task for me to take on.  There are 365 days in a year (366 this time).  I could never do it.  But I do like the concept of Project Life, developed by Becky Higgins to incorporate your daily life in page protectors and journaling cards.  I’ve taken on that challenge for 2012.  I like the idea.  I also think it’ll be fun to involve my husband and my kids and have them tell their story with their own words.

But I still think an album like this has a place for art on a larger canvas.  So I think it’s perfectly fine to mix the two.  I also don’t think it’s necessary to do something to document every single day.  That’s too much pressure for many of us.

For Project 12 in 2012, we don’t have a new sketch to work from every month.  In fact, Becky has created 24 fabulous sketches for this challenge the last two years, and SCT has done a great job capturing all of them in one place here on the website and YOU can choose the sketch that speaks to you each month!  You can see them all here:

Sketches from 2010

Sketches from 2011

Oh, and did we mention there is another twist too?  We’re going to use a colour palette!  Also revealed on the 15th every month is Summer Fullerton’s Colour Suite challenge.  Paired with Project 12 in 2012 you have a perfect challenge to creatively inspire you.

The new Project 12 in 2012 challenge is to document more of YOUR every day on a layout.  Because some days we take more photos than the last, you can choose your own sketch among all the fun sketches that Becky has created for this challenge.  Utilize The Colour Suite as an additional challenge for yourself, and enter that monthly challenge for a subscription to the magazine, the best and most inspiring craft publication available, if I do say so myself!!

The Project 12 in 2012 challenge is supposed to be easy to incorporate into your life and your albums.  I wanted to be able to share an inspiration piece each month when I list the new challenge, and I love that I can do that with this new format.  So be sure to join us on the SCT blog on the 15th of each month and I’ll show you what I came up with!

The amount of time you choose to document is up to you.  For my January layout, I chose a week in our life.  Maybe next month it’ll be just a few days, or maybe 10 of them.  The point is to grab a piece of time in YOUR life and get it down on paper for future generations to get a glimpse of your life, one layout a month.

I hope you will be inspired and play along and of course, we would love to see your Project 12 in 2012 layouts to inspire others!  Join us on the SCT blog on the 15th of each month!  Play along and you have an opportunity to win a subscription each month too!

Any questions regarding Project 12 can be sent to