So refreshing to hear somebody say "I quit." I did PL for two years--2013 and 2014--and I still have to finish the last two page spreads of 2014. The only reason I managed to (almost) finish two years of PL was because I did a hybrid version. That way I didn't have to worry about the size or orientation of my pictures, because I could size them in Photoshop Elements. My page spreads consisted largely of pictures and journaling, so I also didn't get bogged down in (or slowed down by) the finer details of embellishing. The first year I pretty much followed a weekly page-spread format, but the second year I largely followed a bi-weekly format and I was much looser with dates. Title cards no longer listed weeks, but specific date-ranges. I also incorporated traditional 12x12 layouts in my PL album the second year. I felt though that I ended up documenting much the same kind of aspects and events of our daily lives during the second year, so I decided I did not want to continue a third year. Besides, my daughter graduated from high school in 2014 and left home, so I felt there was less to document anyway. And by the end of the second year, the commitment to PL definitely felt more like a chore than a joy.
Since stopping with Project Life, I have made a dent in scrapbooking older pictures, sometimes in a traditional 12x12 and sometimes in a digital or hybrid format. I have made a couple of mini-albums, and I have become interested in art journaling. I also find myself taking far fewer pictures, because I am not obsessing any longer about how I am going to fill a double-page spread with pictures every week. I enjoy looking through the four PL albums I produced in those two years though, and I find the page spreads document our lives in a much more detailed way--focusing more on the mundane details of everyday life as well as specific events--than the more event-driven pages I had made up to that point. And I also find I have a keener memory of those two years of my life, because I spent so much time documenting them. And I am pretty pleased with how the albums turned out too. I tried to use certain conventions throughout each year that tied individual page spreads together, and on each page spread I tried to carry through a limited color scheme, so I don't feel the page-spreads are too much of an uncoordinated mess. After two years of PL though, I definitely wanted to move on and have more freedom of choice (of format) in my memory keeping.