Why I am enjoying Project Life so much more this year...(long post)

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Posted 1/22/2013 by kelleykreates in General Scrappin'
 

kelleykreates
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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:15:40 AM
So I've been doing Project Life for a couple of years now, or rather, trying to Project Life. I started back in 2009 with the first Becky Higgins Project 365 kit. I didn't last very long trying to take a photo a day and so that very quickly ended. I skipped PL for the next few years because I just didn't feel I could keep up with it. Tried it again for 2012. Used a Becky Higgins kit. I again used the photo a day approach. I did get farther than in 2009 but I still fell behind and I am now feverishly trying to fill in the blank spaces. I decided to give it one last try in 2013 but I've changed a few things about my approach and I'm finding it is better than ever. I know we are only 3 weeks in but I thought my tips might help someone else feeling overwhelmed.

1- I no longer try the one photo every day. I now do a weekly overview. This is much easier to keep up with and I don't panic if I haven't picked up a camera in a few days. And now I can use more than one photo from any given day. Much less pressure on myself.

2- I still use a Becky Higgins kit (Cobalt) but her kits have gotten easier to use. I like that all of the cards are 2-sided. So on one side I have my journaling but the next week I don't have any photos or journaling to fill in. I just leave the backside of the card as a decoration and it looks really nice. That takes off a lot of pressure too. I don't necessarily have to come up with something for each pocket.

3- I now print both vertically and horizontally. I used to only print horizontally and that left me with 8 vertical slots to fill up with something (I use protector A). Now I will print some photos vertically to fit in the 3x4 pockets. My Epson printer allows me the option of printing a Jumbo wallet, which is 2 3x4's on one 4x6 sheet. Easy.

4- I also like cutting a 4x6 horizontal photo in half to fit the 3x4 pockets. This means I'm not limited in how many 4x6 pockets I have. I have used this technique in my ds's PL baby book and I really like it. It doesn't work for every photo but some lend themselves to this technique quite nicely.

5- I bought some files for my Silhouette that fit the PL theme and I can cut them from cardstock and layer them over the PL patterned paper. This is a neat way to fill some pockets and the files have vertical and horizontal orientations.

6- I now have PhotoStream on my Windows 7 computer and this makes transferring photos from my iPhone to my computer so much easier. I just make an album on my phone's PhotoStream for each week and they magically appear on my computer. And having a small dedicated photo printer is also a must-have for keeping up, in my opinion.

So with these changes in my approach I really feel like this is something I can keep up with this year and not spend the early months of 2014 trying to fill in a bunch of blank spaces. Sorry for the long post but I hope this maybe helps someone feeling overwhelmed by it all. It really is a neat look at the everyday side of life for me.

arelys1228
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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:36:56 AM
im doing weekly too

ScrappyJac
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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:51:13 AM
I am in year 4 of doing PL. My method has definitely evolved, too. I think it takes a little time to get in the "groove" and figure out what works best for you. I now have my routine down, so that I know what works for me. I stick with Design A page protectors and just add inserts as needed. I also am a BIG believer in using the core kit. I know that I would never complete the project using my stash (it took me awhile to accept this one).

Thanks for sharing all your tips with us

mommamoonrn
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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:52:33 AM
sounds like you finally found you way! I am starting this year. Really having fun!

PTScrapper628
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Posted: 1/22/2013 8:42:37 AM
I just started this year. I am going back and doing 2011 and 2012, but just filling in the whole year with photos I have. Sort of like a year in review. I just had 250 photos printed with Snapfish. This year forward I am doing a month at at time. I don't have enough time or photos to do even 1 week at a time. I just like the way the format takes the stress out of producing a layout. I can do as much or as little as I want.

Nana2Callie
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Posted: 1/22/2013 8:56:08 AM
Can you tell me more about Photostream?

stashful
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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:05:11 AM
Really great tips. I am doing PL for the first time and have decided that a picture a day isn't for me either. I just take them as the week goes on and sometimes have more and sometimes have less. Definitely will try your suggestions! Thanks

Renaeb77
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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:22:09 AM
I never thought of cutting a 4x6 photo and putting them in the smaller card slots. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

TexasJen
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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:35:21 AM
This is my 2nd year with PL, and I wanted to do a true photo-a-day this year. (Last year I did a weekly review spread.)

I'm already realizing how constraining that can be though - having to take a picture each day, and also only being able to use one pic a day! Honestly, I also already miss the fun of arranging the photos and cards and paper in a slightly different way each week.

I do like the ease of writing my journal card each evening though - I feel like I'm getting better details rather than trying to fill in journaling a few weeks (or months!) later. So I'll have to figure out how to combine the 2!

loveforpitbulls
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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:06:49 AM
I am currently hoarding supplies to get ready to start PL for the first time. Mine is just going to be everyday life, there will be no daily or even necessarily a weekly entry. I take so many pictures (mostly of my dogs) that I want somewhere to document it. I am so excited to start. I have been out of the crafting world for a couple years and am just now getting back into it, I can't wait. Thanks for all the tips.

mamashosh
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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:11:22 AM
I'm doing it as a weekly overview as well. I am trying to take more photos of everyday things that I might otherwise skip, but not beating myself up to take one photo every day.

Honestly, I have decided that if life gets in the way, sometimes a spread may include two weeks. Or even three. I am trying for weekly but I don't want to feel like I need to panic or quit if I get a little behind. I will still have more to show for it if I end up with forty weeks documented than if I had done nothing.
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