I take 99% of my Project Life photographs using my phone. I have an iPhone 6 Plus and have had an iPhone for my last three phones too. I’m an Apple fan when it comes to phones and part of the reason for that is because I think the camera is really good and it seems to improve with each new model. The other 1% of my photographs are taken using my Canon EOS 600D. I go through periods of using the camera more but I find organising, editing and printing from my phone easier so I tend to use that a lot more.

At any given time I have way too many photographs on my phone so it’s important for me to organise them weekly if I can. The iPhone displays photos in two different ways. The first is in albums and when you take a picture it automatically goes into your ‘Camera Roll’ album at the top. The second is just individual photos which are date stamped (Today, Yesterday, Monday, 22nd March etc.) and also location stamped.

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Photo layout including date (‘Today’) stamp.

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Album layout

 

I create an album for the current month (e.g. April Photos) and every week, I go back through the date stamps and add every photo from that week to the album for that month. At the end of the month, I separate the photos into three more albums (April Portraits, April Landscapes and April Square).

How do you take, organise and store your Project Life photos?

Check back in next week for information on choosing and editing my photos.

 

2016 Cover

So it’s April and I’m only just sharing my cover page for my 2016 Project Life album now. I know, must try harder. I try to mix it up when it comes to my cover pages but yellow has made an appearance on my cover page two years in a row because I love it. I rarely include pictures on this spread. I like to include the year and it’s the second year in a row I’ve added my One Little Word to the cover spread. 

Stay tuned for some posts on my Project Life method.

New PL kit

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with project life. I love the concept, absolutely love the albums, colours, cards and all the great options. I hate when I fall behind far enough that it actually stresses me out. I spend way too much time in the ‘fallen behind beyond belief’ stage.

I go weeks without getting a chance to do anything at all, so when I get a chance I spend hours choosing, organising and printing photographs. That part is exhausting so I almost never get to the fun part with the beautifully designed kits and albums. Then weeks later I get another chance to look at it and the whole photograph process needs to happen again. Luckily I have weeks upon weeks off during the summer and I plan to dedicate a couple of weeks to catching up and hopefully staying up to date before I go back to work in the middle of September. I’ve already been off for 8 weeks but they’ve been pretty busy (sometimes they were just busy not living by a schedule) but I plan to have a couple of weeks at the start of September. So this is what I have to catch up on:

November & December 2014: complete spreads including photo printing which is quite time consuming because I was doing weekly spreads last year. Plus it’s the Christmas period which means much more to take photos of.

March – mid July 2015: photos are printed and in their places so I just need to add PL cards as well as stickers and embellishments etc. I decided to do monthly spreads this year and not to put too much pressure on it. Some months will have multiple spreads, depending on how much the month was, some will only have one spread. I feel much more relaxed about monthly spreads and it take a lot of the pressure off keeping the photos and dates in order.

Mid July – End of August: complete spreads including photo printing.

I’m really not sure how I’m going to go about it but one thing I know for sure, I have to go in chronological order. It’s the only thing that works for me. So does anyone have any tips for how to fit that into a couple of weeks? How do you catch up on Project Life?

OLW

I know I’m a little late to the party considering I think Ali Edwards started the concept of One Little Word in 2006 but I’m going to attempt my first OLW this year. I have no idea yet how I’m going to document it. I already do Project Life so I’m not sure if I will try to incorporate it into my monthly spreads or document it in some other way. 

I have, however, decided on my word. I went back and forward over a few different words but I’ve finally settled on ‘Stronger’. I’m aiming for 2015 to be a stronger year for me in many different areas. I wanted to pick a word that could transfer from personal life to work life to how I think.

My aim this year is to:

  • become mentally stronger. I want to be able to stay at home on my own at night without feeling terrified. That seems like a huge challenge but I did say strongER. 
  • become physically stronger and fitter and healthier.
  • become stronger as an individual person. Be stronger as a ‘me’ instead of a ‘we’.  I enjoy my own company but I’m learning how to live my life as a single person again after 6 years. Learning to rely on myself if I need to (not that I have to very often, I have amazing family & friends) and become stronger as a real grown-up person.
  • build a stronger, more organised blog and hopefully build a stronger following too. 
  • become a stronger friend/family member. Sometimes I have to be in the mood for people and if I’m not and it doesn’t suit me, I can flake on things.
  • have a stronger attitude. I’m not pushing the ‘Positive Mental Attitude’ but I’m trying to be less negative and more thankful for what I have. 
  • Stronger at my job. more patient, better time keeping skills, better organised. 

Is anyone else taking part in the One Little Word challenge this year? I’d love for people to share how they plan to document it?

If any of you are interested in taking part, you can check all Ali Edwards has to say about OLW here.

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1) Empty Raskog Cart,   2) Full Raskog cart,   3&4)  Bygel containers,   5) Washi tape and my Eiffel tower scissors,   6&7) Project Life kits,   8&9) Stamps, embellishments and Canon Selphy,   10&11) Paper punches, ink pads, stickers and project Life envelopes and page protectors,   12) Sticker collection.

I think it’s nearly a rule these days that if you have any interest in scrapbooking, and project life in particular, you have to buy a Raskog trolley for storage. Obviously it’s so popular because it works so well and I love it. I can move from room to room depending on where I want to work on my Project Life and just bring the trolley with me. I only wish I had one for upstairs and one for downstairs.

I have a lot of stuff so the trolley is pretty packed. At the minute I have enough room to keep my Canon Selphy on it too but I don’t think that will last much longer. Soon a new Project Life kit will convince me to buy it and I’ll have to find a way of hanging the Selphy off the trolley.

I use the Bygel containers for paper clips, sharpie markers, washi tape, scissors and glue. The top shelf is for Project Life cards and I’ve used washi tape and white card to make tabs to separate the kits. At the minute there’s some pink and yellow card separating some kits because I’m in the middle of making the rest of the tabbed laels. I like the idea of handwriting but a label maker would do the same job. I found the plastic containers for storing the cards quite cheap in Tesco and they fit perfectly.

I keep all of my stamps, some ink pads, embellishments and the Selphy on the second shelf.

On the third shelf I have a container for paper punches, some spare journaling cards and the rest of my ink collection. I have a small Project Life box from a Studio Calico monthly kit that I use to keep any tickets or memorabilia I want to add to my spreads. I also keep Project Life storage envelopes and page protectors on this shelf. Finally I have A4 project binders to store my stickers. One is used just for letters and numbers and the other is for all other stickers.

I don’t doubt that as my collect grows I will need more storage for Project Life than just this one trolley but until then it works perfectly and I enjoy moving and changing things around to make the most of the space. What way do you store your scrapbooking or Project Life material?

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Okay I think I’m getting the hang of this now. Not in an “I’m amazing at it” kind of way but in an “I’m no longer afraid of it and I’m moving through the weeks a little faster” kind of way. 

February was a really busy month so a couple of the weeks had more than the normal two page spread.

Week 6 we had visitors over from Canada and Chile so most of this week’s spread is about spending time with them.

The start of week 7 was mostly about a shopping trip with Layla for her birthday present. The second half of the week I went to Dubai so it was very picture heavy with pictures of me and Dane and some cinema tickets thrown in. Week 7 continued onto the next page with normal couple stuff like cooking and shopping. They’re not the standard pictures you would expect from a visit to Dubai but I’ve been there 5 times so I’ve done the tourist things already.

Week 8 had a lot going on. The first part of this week started with an entire page dedicated to a picnic. I really love picnics. What girl doesn’t? The second page of week 8 was all about a sunset. I dragged Dane about an hour away to go and see an animal sanctuary but it was closed. Oops. Ah well we enjoyed the sunset. We also went for some dinner in TGI’s in the Dubai Mall on the way home which is on page three of week 8 before I went home early the next morning.

I got home on the Saturday of that week and my Godson Lorenzo was christened the next day so I finished off week 8 and February with another 2 age spread dedicated to his christening. 5 pages in all for week 8 – wow!!

I’m up to date with March so I’m hoping to stay that way and March’s spread up early next month.

Anyone else trying Project Life for the first time this year? 

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I know I said I’d be sharing my Project Life spreads at the end of each month but I’m a newbie and I didn’t realise how long it would take for me to complete it and be happy with each week.  So  naturally, I’m a little behind. I’ll be sharing January’s spread today. I was very impressed with myself today telling my Dad that I had up to week 6 complete and that once I got up to date  it would be fine because then I could just do it every week. He looked at me like I was crazy and said it reminded him of a college assignment and that it sounded like something I was ‘getting out of the way’. It made me realise how much I really love the idea of Project Life. A couple of times over the last few weeks I wondered if it was really for me. I was kind of overwhelmed by it. Now that it’s well under way I have a great feeling of satisfaction which is the exact opposite of how I felt at the end of a college assignment. I must have looked back over it 50 times. The truth is I love scrapbooking and I love the idea of documenting the day to day things that would eventually be forgotten. I look forward to this challenge and I can’t wait to finish February and share it.

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1) Some of the postcards,  2) rounding the corners

It took me a while but I’ve finally realised that postcards are almost exactly the same size as the 3×4 cards used for Project Life. I’ve always had a thing for postcards and I have a LOT of them (more on that later) so I was really excited by my discovery. I did mention that it took me a while. 

I found these postcards in Paperchase last week and loved them. I used my corner punch to round the corners so they’re the same as the PL cards. Now I cant wait to use them. 

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1) The spine of the album,  2) The cover page spread (excluding photos),  3) The title page for the year

Okay so I know I’m kind of late to the party but I’ve finally come around to the idea of Project Life. When I noticed it during the Summer on Instagram and the various blogs I follow I knew it was right up my street. I really love the idea of scrap-booking and I’m not just making excuses but a lot of work goes into it so Project Life seems perfect for me. I put in a special request for a project life album and starter kit for my birthday in August and I had every intention of mixing it up a bit and completing an album from birthday to birthday. Then I completely bottled out. I wasn’t happy with the picture quality of my printer, I felt I didn’t have enough materials, blah blah blah. I printed some pictured and started half-heartedly but it didn’t feel right. I decided to wait and I’m glad I did because when shopping in Cork with my Dad earlier this month we found a craft shop that sells Project Life materials. Needless to say, I got lots more PL products for Christmas.

 Now I’m prepared and ready to go. I also received this perfect Ikea trolley as a Christmas present (Spoiled much?!) so I’m going to use it to store any materials I might use for this years project. That way I can move it from my craft room into my bedroom if needs be. I have also completed my cover page and plan to add some photos from New Years Eve.

Finally, I’d like to point out that I enjoy organising craft materials as much as I enjoy crafting and scrap-booking so I’ve mixed all of my PL kits together in some kitchen drawer organisers. They look great and take up a lot less space than the boxes the kits come in but it also means I’m not going to be able to differentiate from kit to kit. The kits I’ll be using this year are;  Midnight Edition Core Kit, Blush Core Kit, Sunshine Edition Core Kit, by Elsie and Emma at A Beautiful Mess and Polka Dot Party Mini Kit by Elizabeth Kartchner at Dear Lizzie so it will be one of those kits at any time and I’ll be updating my PL progress here monthly.

I’d love to hear other people’s Project Life stories. Does anyone have any tips? 

For more information on Project Life and how it works, go to beckyhiggins.com