Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Project Life 2015 | Wrap Up

Hello! I'm popping in with a mid-month post (something that I'm hoping to do more often) and a Project Life update. I started my 2015 album in a 6" x 8" format and was able to complete the month of January just fine. Then, in February I decided to switch back to 12" x 12". Both versions took more time than I seem to have these days, although the end result was more what I was hoping to accomplish (daily/weekly photos, journaling, embellishments, stamping, etc.). In the end, I decided that it was more important to document the entire year in a {somewhat} timely fashion rather than have just a few weeks out of the year documented.

So, what's changed? I still take daily notes and photos, plus I do still save memorabilia that I may one day add to an album or create a scrapbook page. I also use the Collect app on my iPhone and choose one photo to use each day. Some days it's hard to choose just one photo; some days I may not have a photo, so I use a photo from a different day or a quote. 90% of my photos are taken on my phone. Occasionally, I will use a photo that I've taken on my big camera. I'm OK with that. A typical month in the app looks like this:

At the end of a month, I export the photos to my camera roll, then I use the Project Life app to create 4" x 6" layouts, which consists of 2 days of photos. Once I've completed a month, I transfer these photos to my computer into a folder. Every few months or so, I upload and order prints from Persnickety Prints. Once I receive them, I only need to cut them in half and slip them inside my pocket page protectors.

For 2015, I used a 6" x 12" classic leather album from We R Memory Keepers (I don't see it on the WeR site anymore, so I'm not sure if they make these anymore). It's essentially a 12" x 12" album cut in half. It was just the right size to hold the entire year. For my pages, I used the Project Life Design F page protectors which I cut in half, yielding me a 4" x 6" pocket on the top and 4 - 3" x 4" pockets underneath.

Here are some of my 2015 pages:

Some things to note:
  • There isn't a lot of journaling in the album. I do have the option to add a line or two of text below each photo, so this counts as my journaling. I do this directly in the Collect app when I choose my photo.
  • I really don't use the 4" x 6" pockets, so for now I just added patterned paper or a Project Life type filler card in them. This helps to break up the album so it doesn't just look like a photo album.
  • To create my date cards, I used the Taylored Expressions 2015 3" x 4" calendar, Build a Scene Calendar dies and Calendar Critters stamps & coordinating dies. More details can be found in this post.
  • The album ends up being very photo heavy, but again, I'm OK with that.

I plan to do the same thing in 2016, plus I'm also hoping to do more traditional layouts, mini albums and life documenting in general. I am still trying to organize my craft room supplies!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Note: Project Life is a simplified way to document everyday life and was created by Becky Higgins. To see all of my Project Life posts, click HERE.