Project Life Digital or Manually? So confused!
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srlight1
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Posted: 2/4/2013 10:30:56 AM
Good morning and let me say I am a newbie on posting anything in a forum. I have contemplated Project Life for weeks and even bought all of the supplies needed to do it, but I am so tired after work that I cannot make myself go downstairs and work on it. I DO love working on my laptop at night and watching TV and resting, so therefore I was needing information on the digital aspect of Project Life.
Would you please give me pros and cons from some of you that have done one or the other....or both?
I make a yearly online photography book through Blurb and I would love to do PL and export to Blurb to make a hardback copy. Anyone done anything like this?
I need help in deciding! I've got just enough information to make me dangerous! lol
Thank you in advance!!!!

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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:08:19 AM
I am year 4 of using the paper PL kit. I love having a paper copy and being able to add inserts with memorabilia. Recently, I did a hybrid PL childhood album, using the digital kit and printing in out. I loved the flexibility this gave.

I haven't ventured into creating a fully digital version. However, I can definitely see the benefits. From what you described, it sounds like that method might be the best route for you. The thing I love about using digital files is that you never run out and you have endless possibilities by re-coloring elements. The printed photobooks also take up less storage space over 3-ring albums.

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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:10:48 AM
Forgot to add...I have used the PL digital templates with another paper collection to create a layout. They were so easy to use!

Have you checked out the digital scrappers on the PL creative team? They do some amazing work! Lindsay Teague Moreno and Sheri Horton are two of my favorites from last year.

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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:44:19 AM
this video by Jessica Sprague might be helpful to get you started with digital Project Life


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Posted: 2/4/2013 12:14:42 PM
This is my first year doing PL and my budget is small for crafting materials. So, this is what I do. I plan my weekly spreads on my computer (I have the PL Seafoam digital kit) and then print everything at home. Works great for me! I find it quick and easy!

I wrote about my process on my blog. Hope that helps!

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Posted: 2/4/2013 12:27:10 PM
I tried doing PL with traditional paper supplies last year, but it was s dismal failure. I couldn't keep up with all the printing. Especially since I prefer to have my journaling typed not handwritten, and I was using some of Cathy Zielske's template to be able to use multiple photos in one page protector slot.

So this year, I decided to do it all digital and print in a Blurb book at the end of the year. So far, I am completely current, and even going back and doing 2011! While I would love to have the option of including memorabilia, I can always scan it if it's that important to me. It was a trade-off. I don't think there is any way I would stick with it trying to do it the traditional way with printing everything.

There are tons of freebies out there geared towards PL. I've incorporated those along with elements from digital scrapbooking kits I've purchased. It's working very well for me. I will still be doing some traditional paper layouts for more detailed events or photos, and those will go into my Library of Memories.


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Posted: 2/4/2013 2:52:17 PM
I did the digital version for 2011 and I'm currently doing the paper version. I didn't do anything last year.

My pros for digital is that I felt it was cheaper. It was easy to just work on it on my laptop at night while I watched tv and be done with it. The set-up was a little different then, it's a different company than shutterfly and it was before there were the jessica sprague versions of it. Anyway, it was through ziblio and there wasn't as much ability to be creative as there are now in the digital versions. I actually just finished it this month and I'm waiting to receive it. It's great that, if for some reason, you want more than one copy it's easy enough to buy more than one copy. It's also a lot smaller than traditional paper PL albums. It was also great for me because I travel a lot and I could work on it anywhere I brought my laptop, show my family when I visited them, and all that.

What I like about the paper version is that, well, I love paper. There's more creativity (for me). I can do some of the digital things if I want, but then I don't have to take a picture of a flyer if I want to include it in the album. My H was mentioned in his work's newspaper in 2011 and I had to take a picture and there was just the tiniest space for it. Now, I could easily keep stuff like that in the album. It's really so much cooler watching it come together each week and having the actual album in my hands. I feel like I can,and do include so much more stuff (drawings my kids made, business cards) because it's just so easy. I have a system that makes the process really simple for me.

Moving forward, though, even though I try to keep thick embellishments out of the album, I imagine this is going to be a big album. I'll probably alternate doing it digitally and with paper, depending on my mood at the beginning of the year.

srlight1
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Posted: 2/4/2013 6:11:30 PM
Thanks for ALL of the responses to my question.

"In Focus" you seem to be doing what I am aiming for. Are you using one of Becky Higgin's digital programs to complete your layouts in?

And when you get ready to print in Blurb, do you just export the pages into Blurb? I have made several books in Blurb, but I've done it through their programs.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 2:51:15 AM
This is my second year of PL, and I do it all digital...I see it as a relaxmoment at the end of the day to spent some moments (sometimes long ...) to work on my spread for that week with my legs on the bench on my laptop- no stress. I recognize the feeling to be to tired to scrap paper-wise..
I have many free stuff collected to embellish the cards digitally

At the end of 4 months I send all the spreads to a developer who makes books (dutch company) and the feeling of 'having all that stuff in hands' is amazing.

I wish you good luck to make a decision : watch out it is very addictive


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Posted: 2/5/2013 1:53:25 PM

"In Focus" you seem to be doing what I am aiming for. Are you using one of Becky Higgin's digital programs to complete your layouts in?

And when you get ready to print in Blurb, do you just export the pages into Blurb? I have made several books in Blurb, but I've done it through their programs.


I use Photoshop CS5 to create my pages. I made my own template, and just drag and drop my images into it each week. Then save those pages to be uploaded to Blurb as a full-page bleed.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 3:22:50 PM
I'm feeling really attracted to Digital PL. I've always been a paper scrapper and I love the craft of it. I enjoy spending time off the computer - I'm a full time student and easily spend 10+ hours a day on the computer. But I've been going a bit hybrid for PL and I'm... well... I'm sort of getting sucked in!

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Posted: 2/5/2013 4:47:08 PM
I did my PL in 2012 digital, but then printed everything and cut out each card so it still fit into the slots. I decorated with stickers and embellies after they were printed and cut too. But I wouldn't ahve it any other way! I am on the computer a lot too and I HATE my handwriting, so I knew I wanted my journaling cards to be digital. Then it just made sense to make my filler cards that way too. I laid everything out in a template and mixed and matched different cards before deciding on the final stuff to work with.

I loved that it opened up a lot of possibilities for using other kits and editing color. I loved that I could see everything laid out first and change my mind about using a ceretain card if it didn't look right. I love that I have everything already backed up digitally, even if it doesn't have some of the embellies, at least I can have the photos and journaling backed up.

The dowside: it is very time consuming. A lot of paper PL'ers seem to just be able to grab cards, write on them, and then slip them in the page. I have about three to four more steps than that. I think the fact that there ARE SO many choices makes it more time consuming too.

Having said that, though, I won't be changing any part of my process this year. I just adjusted my perspective knowing I felt like I spent too much time on it last year. This year, I still plan to create it the same way, but I probably won't do one spread per week. It might be only one or two a month instead so that I don't feel so consumed with my process.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 5:05:22 PM
So Lynne76.....where do you print your pages? Do you print your own or are there companies that print the 12x12? I kinda like your idea too since I've already purchased the binder and I've got tons of stickers. And you can include other items in the binder as well.

I am so torn because I also like the idea of doing it digitally all the way and I love the quality of Blurb books. I have really got to make up my mind because today is February 5th! lol

I am an empty nester with one two-year old grandson and another one on the way.....so I am thinking of scrapping "events" instead of the day-to-day format. Just me and hubby most days and work....and I don't want pictures of that everyday!

So who prints 12x12's?

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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:51:09 PM
I went back and forth on this SO much! I decided to keep my daughters books "paper" and I'm doing project life as a digital blurb book. I work too and it's hard to fit in the time for scrap booking. I created a bunch of project life blurb templates and they make it so fast to create my pages. You can see my latest blurb pages and the blurb templates on my blog www.biograffiti.com

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Posted: 2/7/2013 9:14:51 AM
Thank you Molly! Can't wait to look and see!
Ya'll have been terrific! I love the participation in this forum!

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Posted: 2/7/2013 9:30:47 AM
Costco prints 12x12's and they are just $2.99 each. They do a great job. Never been disappointed with any prints that I have had done there. I like that I can just order them online and go pick them up a few hours later. No shipping cost.

I am doing my PL in hybrid. I am printing out all of my journaling cards. You can get the PL kits in digital at AC Digitals and then buy the traditional PL on Amazon.




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Posted: 2/7/2013 10:05:11 AM
I did P365 digitally a few years ago, and I'm doing a physical PL album now. I had two photo books printed with my digital pages, so that was super easy to do. I would say that keeping up with the digital version is much easier, but I enjoy having an album, writing in it, stamping, and having a place to add memorabilia..


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