What is your Project Life process?

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Posted 8/19/2013 by TracieClaiborne in General Scrappin'

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PeaNut 23,809
October 2001
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Posted: 8/19/2013 2:36:17 AM
Mine is:

1) Choose photos and make a pencil sketch of where they will go in pockets so I know I have the correct orientation/size.
2) Print photos.
3) Slip photos into pockets - look for a common color scheme.
4) Find one collection or a mix of cards to use.
5) Slip cards in - leaving at least one 4x6 slot for journaling.
6) One pocket at a time - embellish.
7) Make monthly title on far left, top card.
8) Type and print journaling.
9) Smile big!

What's your process?


PeaNut 578,104
January 2013
Posts: 448
Layouts: 4

Posted: 8/19/2013 5:09:20 AM
1) Chose a template style for the arrangement of pockets(especially if I am beginning on the back side of the page before.

2) Use Photoshop or PowerPoint to arrange (and size) a draft layout of the page (including the date and journaling that I may want to add).*

3) Once photos are selected, prepare them to be printed (by sizing, cropping, editing, etc.) and order/print photos.

4) Put photos, and cards into slots (adhering photos to cards if they are smaller than the slot) referring to the draft I made with Photoshop.

5) Write journaling onto cards

6) Decorate cards, and add filler cards if there are empty slots.

7) Create more filler and journaling cards using my stash until next month comes around and I have more photos.*

*I make monthly spreads, but I make arrangements about weekly so I can get a feel for how many pages the month will make up and which type of page protectors and journal/filler cards I will need.


PeaNut 508,587
May 2011
Posts: 53
Layouts: 0
Loc: A native NY'er in the South

Posted: 8/19/2013 8:38:09 AM
For me:

1) Print photos, rarely do I have so many that size or orientation is a consideration. I just print them out at what I think will work the best. So far, so good.
2) Lay them out on the table in the order I want.
3) Choose pre-made cards or
the paper to make my own, deciding which cards will be journaling, and which if any, will be embellished, depending on my time frame.
4) Put it all together in one or two hours depending on how heavy the embellishing is.

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PeaNut 566,163
September 2012
Posts: 445
Layouts: 1

Posted: 8/19/2013 9:49:30 AM
Mine seems to be:

1) Buy a kit
2) Take lots of photos
3) Think about editing them and printing, but forget to do so
4) Get distracted and buy another kit
5) Get really motivated to finally put it all together
6) repeat

But I'm lookingforward ot reading everyone else's posts to try to whip myself into shape


PeaNut 570,629
October 2012
Posts: 216
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Loc: Sweet Home Alabama

Posted: 8/19/2013 10:11:37 AM
Because I am using PL in a maybe-not-as-intended way, my process is a bit different. To explain, I am going back to as far as my digital photos (or other photos that are available)will take me. This started around 2002. I am printing out my photos via Snapfish a year at a time. I am up to 2006. So my method is:
1. Receive photos from Snapfish
2. Organize by event/season/misc etc
3. Arrange photos in sleeves based on their portrait or landscape orientation determines the page that I use.
4. I am just doing photos now. At my monthly crop I will be inserting the filler and journaling cards. Then embellishing and journaling at home after the crop.
Yes this is unorthodox but it is working for me. I "finished" 2005 in two days. I do plan on being caught up through 2013 by the end of the year and then starting 2014 as PL is intended. I don't have young children at home and my life is work, scrapbook, church, repeat. So I still wont be doing it on a weekly basis but more of a as needed basis. But i am loving getting so much accomplished.

Sorry for such a long post

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PeaNut 323,900
June 2007
Posts: 120
Layouts: 0
Loc: Wisconsin

Posted: 8/19/2013 10:25:04 AM
1. Journal. (I usually do a journal card every night.)
2. Choose photos.
3. Realize I didn't take any.
4. Take photos to go with the journaling and find filler cards.
5. Put everything together.
6. Resolve to take more photos this week.


PeaNut 591,079
July 2013
Posts: 98
Layouts: 13
Loc: Cincinnati OH

Posted: 8/19/2013 10:42:24 AM
When I started project life I definitely used more DSLR photos, but found that hard to keep up with. Now I just use my instagram photos, usually printing them out every Monday morning via the walgreens app.

Once I get my photos I figure out where I want them to be in the page protectors (this usually takes me the longest amount of time in the whole process.

After I figure that out, I trim and mount all my photos (right now I'm using the fifth and frolic core kit).

Then I add any memorabilia I have. (I keep an envelope in my purse that I stick all my movie tickets,receipts, and ect in.)

Next I date stamp where needed (since I'm only using instagram now it's super easy to figure that out)

At this point in the process I normally let it sit. I like to think about what I want to journal and will do a rough draft in pencil before I finalize it in my pen.

Lastly I add any embellishments or extras.


PeaNut 176,471
November 2004
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Layouts: 34
Loc: Big Bear Lake, SoCal

Posted: 8/19/2013 11:05:40 AM
Choose photos
Print photos
cut polaroids w/Cameo
Adhere photos to layout
write journalling

Takes about 30 minutes.

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PeaNut 520,674
September 2011
Posts: 723
Layouts: 7
Loc: Las Vegas, NV

Posted: 8/19/2013 11:19:30 AM
Choose Photos - This is by far the most time consuming part
- move cell phone pictures from Dropbox to "To Print" folder
- move point and shoot photos from dated folders to "To Print" folder
- Copy those photos to "Project Life 2013" (I use that folder as a screensaver)
- Delete photos if necessary to fit the available space
- Use Picasa to create 4x6 photo collage of 3x4 photos
Print Photos - I send them to Costco for printing
Slip the photos in the pockets
Select title and journaling cards
Insert all cards
I usually put off my journaling until the end, mostly because it's actually my least favorite step.


PeaNut 463,295
April 2010
Posts: 4,172
Layouts: 3
Loc: New York City

Posted: 8/19/2013 11:59:57 AM
1. Choose photos, edit in Picasa, create collages, send to print to Costco, get them from Costco while shopping
2. Cut apart all the photos that need it
3. Lay photos out on the plastics
4. Grab ephemera and lay it out
5. Grab this month's SC PL kit
6. Choose title card
7. Choose the rest of the cards (for journalling, filler, or backing photos) and lay them out
8. Adhere, embellish, journal, stick in pockets
9. Grin from ear to ear and call DH over to look at it.



PeaNut 89,212
June 2003
Posts: 620
Layouts: 21

Posted: 8/19/2013 12:41:11 PM
I pick out pictures and figure out how I am going to put them into page protectors. Then I add the cards. I don’t embellish the cards yet, b/c I am trying to keep it simple and I didn’t bring my stash over when I got married(but am going to go and get it)! I typically journal and move on! I love how easy it is!!! I finished 2 vacations and the entire summer in one weekend.


PeaNut 345,847
November 2007
Posts: 2,438
Layouts: 0

Posted: 8/19/2013 5:24:26 PM
1) take too many photos
2) print too many photos.....add a few extra inserts besides the spread I planned (I don't do a page a week...closer to monthly with lots of extra inserts.
3) add in cards

Perfectionist Pea

PeaNut 23,809
October 2001
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Layouts: 386
Loc: Just a short drive from Nashville, TN! (Yee-Haw Ya'll!)

Posted: 8/19/2013 9:04:49 PM
I love reading these!

I think it's so interesting how we all approach it. I also forget to take enough photos and I just do it monthly!

Right now, I'm trying to go from it being completely photo based, like based on the photos I just happened to take - to it being more thoughtful in content. Like I want to purposely take some photos and add some journaling in. But right now it's been a month in review and I don't even journal that much but I'm loving looking back on it.

All those iPhone photos that normally I would not have scrapped - even photos my husband takes on his gigs - they're all getting used! Well, not ALL - some.

I'd love to hear from more of you!

ca angel

PeaNut 400,602
November 2008
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Layouts: 36
Loc: So Cal

Posted: 8/19/2013 9:57:25 PM
A creative Christian

I do plan on being caught up through 2013 by the end of the year and then starting 2014 as PL is intended.

PL is intended to be a system that simplifies your scrapbooking. Sounds like you are using it "correctly"!
Ca angel

ca angel

PeaNut 400,602
November 2008
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Layouts: 36
Loc: So Cal

Posted: 8/19/2013 10:07:51 PM
I use PL for a month in review with as many pages/fillers as needed. My photos within the month are not chrono.

1. Choose pictures from throughout the month.
2. Figure out how to generally group photos by page (events, misc every day, activities, food, etc). Print a contact sheet of photos for each group/page.
2. Use contact sheet to decide on which pocket configuration to use, use post its to show which photo will go and make notations on the contact sheet for cropping/bw/etc.
3. Make collages of 3x4s in picassa and upload to Costco. (All 4x6s get a white boarder.)
4.Pick up photos and add to pockets. Sort through and add memorabilia.
5. Add cards, journaling, and embellies.

My PL process is similar to my regular scrapping process which makes it do able for me.
Ca angel

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November 2003
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Layouts: 66
Loc: At the intersection of Hooterville and Stars Hollow

Posted: 8/19/2013 10:31:18 PM
Choose fave photos that highlight our week.

Copy notes, quotes and items of interest from Facebook, texts, and notes. This is the essence of "us."

Combine into digital layout. Easily resizing as needed. Use texts, posts, noted to flesh out who said and did what when.

Share with family and friends online and save to print to photobook.

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PeaNut 193,131
February 2005
Posts: 1,328
Layouts: 33
Loc: Colorado, but a Texan at heart

Posted: 8/19/2013 11:02:27 PM
Well, right now it seems to be:

1. Get caught up in packing/staging and selling house/moving.
2. Suddenly (?) realize you're 4-5 months behind!
3. Feel overwhelmed, so work on some regular 12x12 LOs instead.
4. Seriously consider buying new PL kits (especially Honey!) as yours are still packed in a box, waiting for the basement flooding to be fixed so that you can actually set up your scrap space.

Hopefully soon it will be:
5. Go through planner and blog posts to piece together some events/journaling.
6. Send the past 4-5 months' worth of photos to Costco.
7. Get cracking! (Likely with new PL kits. )

That's probably not the answer you're looking for though!

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PeaNut 451,712
January 2010
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Layouts: 45
Loc: Oklahoma City

Posted: 8/20/2013 9:07:28 AM
I love this! Love reading how different everyone's processes are. I may do a blog post about this soon ...

My process ...
1) keep notes through the week, jot down pics taken, events, things that happened, what the weather was like, etc.

2) use my grid paper to lay out week, including choosing the next style of page protector-I have a few "musts" for each week-weekly # card, "right now" list, and a journal area about the week, everything else gets fit into spots

3) crop and prepare my photos to send for printing

4) pick a 6x6 pad or collection (I don't use a PL kit) to use for week, including embellishments

5) type up and print journaling

6) embellish everything that needs it

Some weeks take me longer than others, depending on how many die cuts I use, or how heavily I embellish. Usually I already have journaling or other writing done and printing takes no time at all. Using a 6x6 pad or collection takes the guesswork out of matching too, so that saves me time also.

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PeaNut 570,629
October 2012
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Loc: Sweet Home Alabama

Posted: 8/20/2013 11:51:42 AM
Thanks ca angel

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PeaNut 589,643
June 2013
Posts: 28
Layouts: 4
Loc: Germany

Posted: 8/20/2013 12:21:32 PM
Took me a while to work out a PL process but I finally have one, I think

1) Choose photos and write a list
2) Read through my calendar (I jot down a few sentences every day), pick events and stories that don't have photos and write a list
3) Draw up a sketch for the week with the page protectors I'm using
4) Fill in the sketch with items from my lists
5) Edit, resize and print photos
6) Put photos in pockets, look for a color scheme and add matching journaling card
7) Journaling - I print directly on cards, handwrite and also use printed journaling strips sometimes
8) Embellish, one card at a time
9) Fall 12 weeks behind
10) Panic
11) Repeat


PeaNut 88,718
May 2003
Posts: 806
Layouts: 34
Loc: Austin area

Posted: 8/20/2013 1:51:37 PM
When I did traditional project life, I almost exclusively used phone photos. It went something like this.
1. Fill out a journal card for each day.
2. Fall terribly behind with this.
3. Force myself to write something even if it's that I can't remember what happened that day.
4. Sort and order a few months worth of photos which likely have very little to do with the what I wrote on the cards.
5. Trim photos and add them in.

Now, I do it digitally and it goes something like this.
1. Pull pics from camera a few times a week and put them in their own folder.
2. Sketch out design in a notebook and figure out where the photos will go.
3. Edit photos and export to drop box.
4. Pull any phone photos I want to use into drop box.
5. Add photos in Photoshop resizing as needed.
6. Add digital journaling cards.
7. Add embellishments.

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