Reading… ‘The Year of Less’ by Cait Flanders. I heard a bit about this book on Instagram so decided to give it a go & it hasn’t disappointed. I’m amazed by how much of her possessions Cait has managed to get rid of.
Watching… Dexter. I’ve only 1 episode to go and it got a bit silly in the last season but I’ve enjoyed it over all. I also watched season 1 & 2 of Divorce and loved it. Sarah Jessica Parker is fashion goals in everything she does.
Listening to… ‘There Are Other Ways’ podcast with Fiona Barrows. Oh my god, I could talk about it for ever. It’s soooo good. Fiona talks to different women in each episode who are living life a little differently to the “norm”. It’s thought provoking and entertaining and as a woman, it’s so inspiring.
Focussing on… The 100 Day Project. 28 days in & loving it.
Pinning… healthy food recipes & calligraphy fonts.
Eating… lots of cauliflower rice & trying a new oat, banana & peanut butter cookie recipe. Although, we were at a wedding this weekend and ate & drank all of the wrong things.
Scrapping… nothing right now. I have January & February done. I was hoping to get a start on my March spread before April was over, but no such luck.
Looking forward to… a trip to Madrid next weekend!
If you read my post about visiting San Francisco, you’ll know that my phone went crazy when I was there and had to be wiped clean. Not only did I lose all of the photos from the first 2 days in San Fran, I also lost any photos I had from May of 2016 because I hadn’t backed my phone up since the end of April. So on to June & our trip to beautiful San Francisco.
The picture on the top left is where prisoners used to go to get on the boat to Alcatraz. The multicoloured cross roads are from the Castro District. There’s a picture of me on my pizza blanket watching the sun come up and one of me in the cell at Alcatraz. The bottom right is a picture of the Painted Ladies.
Project Life Kits:
- Dreamy (Core Kit): The Happiness card.
- Road Trip (Mini Kit): The map card and the where we went/what we did card.
- The gold alpha stickers used for ‘San Francisco’ are Sentiment Thickers.
- The loveheart embellishment is from the Lucky Charm mini kit.
- The pocket page I used for this spread is from Photo Freedom.
The picture on the top left is Emma & I watching the sunrise with our pizza blankets. So is the top 3×4 photo. The bottom 3×4 photo is of me standing in front of a painting of Bob Marley in Haight & Ashbury. The bottom right picture is of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Project Life Kits:
- Dreamy (Core Kit): The card with the ticket stubs
- Road Trip (Mini Kit): The green & white card.
- Lucky Charm (Mini Kit): The card with the hearts on it.
I’m unsure what kit the ‘This Makes Me Happy’ card is from!
- The ‘Recorded’ sticker is from MAMBI
- The ‘Lovely’ sticker is from the Lucky Charms kit.
- The ‘This way For Fun’ arrow sticker is from Lucky Starz.
- The pocket page I used for this spread was Becky Higgins Project Life Design D
After a crazy December and Christmas, January was thankfully a little quieter. so I only needed one spread for this month. Deciding to do monthly spreads last year was the best plan I could have had, it’s a lot more do-able and means I only need to work on my albums once a month instead of every week. I still hate my handwriting but I think I’ll be glad I included it in years to come because it’s a more personal touch. As usual my spread is mostly photograph based.
Project Life Kit: Dreamy (core kit)
- The grey ones used for ‘memories’ and ‘bath time’ are Project Life stickers.
- I’m not sure what the multi-coloured ‘bed head’ stickers are. I have them a long time and there’s no label.
- The bluey-green stickers are Jillibean Soup.
Embellishment: The wooden arrow embellishment is from the Project Life ‘Note to Self’ value kit.
Pocket Pages: I used Design A for the left and Design F for the right.
Last week’s post focused on how I take my photographs and organise them as the month goes along, you can see that here if you missed it. This week I’m focusing on choosing photographs, choosing pocket pages and editing and sizing the photographs for printing.
I use a variety of pocket pages including design A, D, F, G and K. You can check them out on Becky’s site here. I find that I mostly use A and D and I almost always run out of design D most regularly.
I look through the folders I’ve already created on my phone for photographs and check how many portraits and landscapes I have. This gives me an idea of which pocket pages I want to use. I then start deleting any photographs I don’t want to include. I almost always have a lot more portraits because I take most photographs on my phone and portraits come more natural. It’s rare my spreads would have back to back of the same pocket pages, I typically use one A and one D.
I mostly use a free app called InstaEditor to edit my photographs. You can do lots of different things with the app but I use it to Enhance the photos (Hi-Def and Portrait are my favourites) Sharpen them, Adjust the brightness and contrast, Crop them and Blur out any distractions or unwanted backgrounds.
I use another free app called Pic Collage for sizing my photographs to print. When I’ve edited my photographs, I decide which ones I want to print 6×4, 4×3 and 4×4. The 6×4 photographs are ready to go and don’t need any more work. Pic Collage allows me to ‘stitch’ two photographs together in order to print them as 6×4. If I want to print 4×4 then I can change the template in the app to add a 4×4 photograph to a 6×4 and 2×4 template. I leave the 2×4 section blank. Pic Collage adds a watermark to the bottom of your template but for €1.99 you can permanently remove it.
Now my photographs are ready to print. It’s easy and can all be done on my phone.
How do you edit your photographs before printing?
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.
Photo layout including date (‘Today’) stamp.
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.
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.