Update: 40th Year Project

by Wendy Copley on October 24, 2011

40th Birthday Album (using Project Life)

Remember last month how I told you I was going to make a special project for my 4oth year? Well, I’ve been busily working on it and I thought it was time to give you an update on my progress. I’ve been jotting down notes about stories I want to add to this book as I think of them, digging through boxes and adding bits and pieces here and there for the last month. I’m not really working on it every day like I’d hoped I would, but I’m still pretty happy with how much I’ve accomplished already.

Here are the pages I’ve completed:

40th Birthday Album (using Project Life)

This page has:

  • a photo of me with my second cousin when I visited Europe in 1997 and a little story about a song I heard everywhere on that trip.
  • an essay about my Starbucks problem
  • a photo of me with braids in Hawaii a few years ago (I alway braid my hair on vacation when my hair is long enough)
  • a picture of my feet from this summer
  • a story about winning the book fair costume contest when I was Wyatt’s age (I’ve gotta find the picture that goes with it)
  • a self portrait from earlier in the month.

UPDATE: After my dad saw this blog post, he dug out a picture of me in my Cat in the Hat costume and sent it to me, so I slipped that into the photo above the journaling card:

The Cat in the Hat

Man, I sure was cute! (And kind of surly looking.)

40th Birthday Album (using Project Life)

On this page:

  • stuff about tomatoes
  • a few recent Facebook status updates
  • a note about one of my favorite end-of-the-day activities
  • an insert from one of the series 5 Lego minifigs I bought recently
  • a love letter to my mixer
  • and a postcard from Iowa, my homeland.

40th Birthday Album (using Project Life)

One thing I’ve found as I’m working on this book: it’s way easier to find vertically-oriented things to stick in the pockets than it is to find horizontally oriented stuff. A lot of the printable cards and journaling prompts and most of the photos of myself that I’ve found are vertical so I’ve had to go out of my way to take horizontal photos and create journaling blocks in the landscape configuration.

Here are some more detailed photos of the pages above:

40th Birthday Album (using Project Life)

Here you can see:

  • a photo of my messy desk.
  • a bit about an album that was part of the soundtrack to my young adulthood and some of the memories that brings back
  • the back of the Lego insert
  • a photo of my new haircut
  • a list of my favorite beverages
  • some stuff about my besties who are far away.

40th Birthday Album (using Project Life)

And finally this page has:

  • a bit about letterboxing and the stamp I carved last night
  • a photo of me drinking a huge vodka and orange juice on my 19th birthday (shhhhh!) — this was one of a stack of tags I made a few years ago that was intended to be made into a sort of mini-version of this book. It was a little too small for the pocket, so I mounted it on a piece of coordinating paper and slipped that in the pocket. I’ll be adding the rest of these pages in too.
  • a few little notes about my childhood nickname, my senior photo and my husband coming home from a trip
  • a list of suggested pre-college reading that I tackled my pre-college summer. I highlighted all the books I read on the list as I completed them and kept at it all through college. Sad fact: I’ve only crossed two books off this list since I graduated in 1994!
  • a photo of my best friends and me at our high school graduation.

So far I’m really happy with how this is coming together. I feel like I’m hitting a good balance of photos, memorabilia, stories from my past, trivia and stuff from my current life. I’d like to add a few of the bigger stories of my life still, but if I can keep this up, I’ll have a pretty good summary of who I am I think.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/lgalarneau1 Lisa Galarneau

    I love it, and feel warm and fuzzy being included. Thanks,lady!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lgalarneau1 Lisa Galarneau

    P.S.  You have a nice life. :-)

  • Vicki

    I know this is a book of how you see yourself, but wouldn’t it be fun to give Wyatt and Augie the camera to catch you as they see you at this moment, too?! Anyway, thanks for sharing and good job keeping up!

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    I do!

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    Yes! I’m planning to do that and I already have a few photos I can use that they took. I’d also like to ask them some questions about me to see what they say.

  • http://www.neverdoneproject.blogspot.com Abby-Sophia

    I did something similar when I was in high school, and I love looking back on it now. Your pages are wonderful – they speak to how you see yourself and to the items from your past that you think helped shape you. With each passing year I think you’ll enjoy reviewing the items with which you chose to “paint” your self portrait.

  • http://Workingmommaskitchen.blogspot.com Sara

    This is AWESOME! GREAT job Wendy! :-) Thanks for sharing!

  • Samantha Jones

    Such an awesome memory keeper for the future! And I’m sure it’s lots of fun to think back about all the memories that you’ve had in your life. The finished product will definitely be treasured by your kids as they get older too!

    Be blessed… sj {misssoutherngrace.blogspot.com}

  • Samantha Jones

    Such an awesome memory keeper for the future! And I’m sure it’s lots of fun to think back about all the memories that you’ve had in your life. The finished product will definitely be treasured by your kids as they get older too!

    Be blessed… sj {misssoutherngrace.blogspot.com}

  • Cathy

    What a fabulous project Wendy! You’ve done a great job so far. I love how it is not “perfect” looking like so many scrapbooks. I enjoyed getting little glimpses of your 40 years. And that graduation photo of us- yikes! Could my floral dress be any more hideous?! Wouldn’t want to go back to those HS years but there were a lot of hilarious times and loved my tremendous friends!

  • Karen

    You are our beautiful and talented girl. I love these pages!
    XXXX
    Mom

  • Michele Lancaster

    Welcome to 40. Looks like you’re already having fun with it. You’ve done a great job capturing your fun self.

  • Robyn Davis

    This is amazing! 

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    I think it would be so cool to have a version of this from high school. It must be so interesting to compare how you saw yourself then vs. now.

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    Thanks!

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    Hi Cathy! I love all the white clothes and white shoes too. I’m dressed head to calf in white but I chose black shoes for some reason. Why? For the love of Pete, why??

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    I love you, Mom!

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  • http://xnomads.typepad.com Margie S

    Very cool! I love all the details you are including of your last 40 years.

  • Carol Smith

    Hi! I found you via Becky Higgins and I must say, I am so inspired by your pages that I want to start a similar album–right NOW!! :-)  I love that it is not chronological. I tend to be very anal and chronological and a perfectionist and so I have never done an album about me because the thought of doing 43 years in chronological order has paralyzed me. Thank you for showing me an easy, fun way to document my life as… me.  Not just a wife, or a mom, or a friend, but me.  Thank you!!

  • Carol Smith

    Hi! I found you via Becky Higgins and I must say, I am so inspired by your pages that I want to start a similar album–right NOW!! :-)  I love that it is not chronological. I tend to be very anal and chronological and a perfectionist and so I have never done an album about me because the thought of doing 43 years in chronological order has paralyzed me. Thank you for showing me an easy, fun way to document my life as… me.  Not just a wife, or a mom, or a friend, but me.  Thank you!!

  • Lisa Tulak

    I love the braids!! How cute <3

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