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5 Designer Tips with Julie

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Today I am posting to share 5 tips I usually do when working on my Project Life pages.  I'll be honest, I tried Project Life in 2012, but was unsuccessful after just 2 weeks!! Trying to create a two-page spread every week was just too much for me personally.  Over the past year, I have taken some time to really reflect on how I could approach it differently in 2013.  In doing this I came up with my own "mission" of sorts for Project Life.

I know I want to preserve my memories, both everyday moments and special events.  I love scrapping my 12 x 12 and 8 1/2 x 11 layouts.  The artistry involved in them, versus a Project Life spread, is something I really enjoy.  Unfortunately, I am a very slow scrapper and I find there are so many moments of my life that are undocumented.  My mother began scrapping just a few years ago.  With five children and a large extended family, it isn't always easy for her to remember "the stories" behind all those photos in the boxes.  I don't want to lose "the stories".  I want to remember my son's songwriting skills at age 6, the evening my family of four celebrated my husband finally leaving a thirteen year long job he disliked to open up a business he is genuinely passionate about, the speech struggles of my adorable 2-year-old . . . 

This "mission" doesn't mean I won't be scrapping my traditional pages.  It just means I am trying to find a balance between the "artistry" of scrapbooking which I love, and the  need to document the complete picture of my life.  I think a combination of the two will allow me to do this.  I plan on doing two double page Project Life spreads each month. Although a newbie to the Project Life process, I am excited to share my thoughts on it with you all!!



All my photos are housed in iPhoto on my Mac by date, so it is easy for me to find any pictures I have uploaded for a specific two week period.  I also regularly upload my iPhone pictures onto iPhoto as well.  They show up by date as well.  



Once I have decided which photos I want to use in my spread, I look through my page protector design styles to see what best suits the photos I am working with.  Then I make a quick sketch on paper and list where photos and journaling will go.  Here is a sample of one I created for the layout I will be sharing today.



There are tons of photo editing programs out there.  Personally I use a program called Rad Lab by Totally Rad that is housed within my Photoshop software.  Once I quickly edit the photos I will be using, I print them out with my HP Photosmart Printer.  Printing from home is more expensive, but I like the ability to print custom size photos whenever I need them.  



Once I have placed my photos in their appropriate pockets, I fill in the blank spots with patterned paper and/or journaling cards.  



This is the fun part for me - I don't go to crazy, but I do enjoy finding bits & pieces to put here & there on my patterned paper, journaling cards, and photos.  I also make sure to add in journaling for my photos.  I try not to go too overboard with the embellishing :)  With Project Life, my main focus is on the photos and the stories behind them - so I keep that in mind as I embellish.  Here is a close-up on some of the little touches I added to the Project Life spread I will be sharing today.  A little sticker stitched down to a photo, a handmade journaling card with an adorable chipboard button accent, and a journaling file tab from the Brag Pad all work together to "dress up" and complete my pages.

After following through the above process, here is the Project Life spread I created using a mix of supplies from the Etcetera, Swagger, Trendsetter, and Park Bench Collections.


Etcetera 6 x 6 Paper Pad/Etcetera Brag Pad/Etcetera Label Stickers/Swagger Paper Debonair/Swagger Label Stickers/Swagger Sticker Fundamentals/Swagger Rub-Ons/Trendsetter Label Stickers/Trendsetter Ephemera Pack/Park Bench Paper Lunch Date/Park Bench Paper Bridge/Park Bench Paper Paddle Boat/Park Bench Banner Die-Cuts/Park Bench Label Stickers/Park Bench Sticker Fundamentals/Park Bench Tape Stickers/Park Bench Brag Pad/Park Bench Patterned Photo Frames/Park Bench Button Set


A better look at the details on the left side . . .


A better look at the details on the right side . . .


Thanks so much for joining me here to discuss Project Life today.  I hope today's post gave you some ideas to reflect on when creating your own Project Life Pages!!

- Julie

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