Back in January I announced that I was participating in Ella Publishing’s Take Twelve photo challenge. As a 2012 Ella Friend, I’m encouraged to participate. But, that’s not why I’ve stuck with it. Almost halfway through the year, I’m still loving this project!
In this post, I’m sharing my reasons to tackle Take Twelve or a similar type of challenge. It is the perfect simple approach for capturing some of the smaller details of daily life without stress. At Simple Scrapper, that’s pretty much our motto!
1. Once a Month – I get frustrated when I can’t keep up with daily/all-the-time type projects. I can totally remember to do something once a month. Having a community around the project to remind me helps too!
2. iPhone Friendly – My camera phone is the one I always have with me. The Take Twelve community has totally embraced phone photos and apps like Instagram for sharing these quick shots.
3. Slice of Life – I love projects like Week in the Life, but even a week of really intensive documentation can be hard to complete. With this project, I can capture what daily life is like in 144 photos over one year.
4. Forgiving – Did you miss a photo or forget on the 12th? The lack of strict rules from this project means that you can “cheat” and just do it another day. There is no worrying about doing it right.
5. Easy – I can take twelve photos in twelve minutes or twelve hours. Twelve is just a small number that it’s almost impossible to not be able to complete the task at hand.
6. Goes with Everything – When scrapbooking Take Twelve photos there is no need to find specific, themed supplies. Just about anything will coordinate with your photos!
7. Inspiring – On the 12th of the month and the days after, I find I feel more creative and inspired. This simple exercise is great for getting your brain in the right zone to do other work.
8. Community – There is something incredibly motivating and fun about memory keeping with friends new and old. Like other popular projects, being a part of something bigger makes it more meaningful.
9. Guilt-Free – There are two subjects I often feel awkward photographing: my food and my pets. With this project, however, photos of my pot pie and my cat are A-OK.
10. Creative License – I find myself getting creative with composition, lighting etc. in my Take Twelve photos, much more than when I am trying to document a specific moment or event.
11. Productive – When you add to a project each month, it quickly feels like so much more than “just twelve photos”. Seeing these images come together in an album is very satisfying.
12. Basic – Sometimes scrapbooking can seem so complicated. Too many photos, supplies and ideas can bog you down and make it difficult to feel excited about the hobby. Going back to basics with this project reminds me why I love it!
Did you take twelve today? If not, why not start tomorrow!