Saturday, December 31, 2011

random project life tips

I know a lot of you are just about to embark on the Project Life journey. (If you don't know what Project Life is... It's just the easiest scrapbooking system ever and a lot of fun too.) Project Life was created by Becky Higgins and is available on Amazon if you're in the U.S. If you're outside the U.S. check out this link to find out where Project Life is available for you.

I am as excited to begin 2012 as I was two years ago when I was about to start my first album. I thought a few random tips might be helpful for those of you who are newbies... there's no right or wrong way, but hopefully I can help you figure out what works for you...


1. Keep notes. For most of last year I made a note in my planner on each day describing the photo I would use and sometimes a short description if something happened that I thought I might forget. More recently I've been using the notes app on my iphone. It's working our great. I just keep adding the most recent day on top. You can see my notes are very short and to the point.




2. Printing photos. I recently purchased an Epson Artisan 837 and started printing my photos at home. I like that when I work on my layouts I can choose the photos, print and keep going rather than having to wait a few days to get the pics back. Before I had the printer, I would order prints every two or three weeks. Once I knew which pics I was using I would write out my journaling so that by the time the prints arrived, I was done except for sliding in the photos.


3. Extra photos. Since I got my new iphone, I've been taking a lot more photos of everyday happenings. I really like adding in a variety of instagram pics or just regular iphone pics in either the journal card slots or sometimes doubled up in the photo slot. It's great for when I have a photo that doesn't require a lot of writing. If my journaling on one card covers two or more of the main pics, it frees up a spot for another photo in a journal card spot. Here's an example from November.



4. Journaling pens. My favorite pen is the signo 207 gel pen so I was thrilled when I learned they are acid free and archival quality. They come in medium and micro point and a variety of colors. They are available just about anywhere you can buy pens.


5. Get your kids involved. I haven't done this too often, but I'm hoping I'll talk my boys into participating a little more in 2012. So far, they've both written out a list  of what they are thankful for for the thanksgiving week layout. They agreed to write a card about our summer vacation last year, but it hasn't happened yet. :)



6. Use a template. If you find it helpful, right click on the template I made and save it to your computer. I sometimes print it out and jot down notes about which photo will go where so I'll know how many to print, where they're going and what size I need. The boxes aren't to scale because I made it to fit on a letter size sheet of paper.


7. Filling up your album. The first two years, I added my title cards and journaling cards to the whole album in advance. It took quite a while to get them all in, making sure I didn't repeat the same card too close together. This year, I've decided just to grab them from their lovely box as I use them. I'm not going to worry so much about repeats. I really don't think anyone's going to be analyzing my album to see if I used two striped title cards in a row!


8. Date stamp. I love using a date stamp to mark journal cards with the date. I don't do it for every single card, but it's a nice touch. I'm sure they can be purchased in a variety of places and there are a few to choose from on amazon too.


I hope that helps you to get started! It's going to be a fun and rewarding journey and you will be so happy with the beautiful album you will have at the end of 2012. If there's anything you have questions about, let me know. Have a happy new year and don't forget to take a pic of the day!


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42 comments:

  1. Great inspiration, thanks! Have a Happy New Year! :-)

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  2. Thanks for the tips! I am starting project life AS SOON as I get it...hopefully next week.

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  3. Happy New Year Darling! I am also I'm so drooling over your pens (I'm such a geek Ha) I also have armed myself w/post it notes lets see if that helps :)
    Thank you so much for so much inspiration and can't wait to see what you share w/us in 2012!
    Happy New Year.

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  4. Great post and suggestions, Deb.

    How I wish I had something like this when my boys were young! :)

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  5. great help!!!! love it all....

    so excited to get started, as my cleint yesterday said, "I bet you have albums full of your kids"... and I had to say no. I do take a lot of photos of them... but even with my own professional grade printers.. only a few every see paper..

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  6. this is such a lovely journal/album!!!
    i know i would't get far if i started one like this and i don't want to set myself up for failure. so my 2012 resolve will be less of a challenge :)
    but i am happy for you to be able to keep up with a wonderful project like this, what a treasure your creating for your family!

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  7. Thanks for the tip on the pens, I will be looking for them. I also plan on jotting down notes, my memory is so terrible! Guess that's a good reason to actually be doing this projec though. Can't wait to get to the end of the year and look back!

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  8. What an absolutely wonderful idea!
    Happy New Year to you and your family Deb! I am so glad to have "met" you through blogging :)

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  9. You make me believe I might could do this...but then I come back to reality! Great tips. Maybe one day I won't feel so overwhelmed by it all.

    Happy New Year!

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  10. You are awesome!! I LOVE all these tips especially the journaling pens and templates! Happy New Year!!

    PS I have pinned this!!

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  11. Hi Deb!

    Great tips! Looking forward to getting started. Thanks for stopping by my blog. My sister also does PL and really encouraged me to get my own printer. Her video dancing in Washington D.C. was featured on Becky's blog a couple of weeks ago.

    Blessings for a great new year! I look forward to reading your blog!

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  12. Thanks for all the tips - can't wait to get started! Happy New Year!!!

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  13. Wonderful tips, thank you very much...I'm going to have a go this year.

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  14. some great ideas deb - you have me tempted to try project life!

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  15. Wonderful ideas, they'll come in very handy over the next year. Yep, I'm in. :-) My kit is enroute and my new printer arrived yesterday. I'm excited to get started!

    Happy New Year Deb, to you and your family.

    Andrea

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  16. AWESOME tips...thanks. Cant wait to get started :)

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  17. How neat. I love how organized you are.

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  18. Thank you for all the great tips! I can't wait until my kit arrives so I can get started!

    Also, thank you for making yourself available. It really means a lot.

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  19. thanks for sharing. even though i wont be doing physical project 366 the notes are a good idea.

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  20. Love your idea of sketching things out, I did this on my last batch of 2011 pictures as I was editing and it saved me so much time. Thanks for sharing your templates!

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  21. I love seeing the photos of your layouts, and taking notes each day is a great idea. I am curious about printing... I usually pring my own photos at home with a canon printer, but read something on another blog (who knows where, lol) about those photos not being archival quality like if they are chemically processed. Is that true? I really like printing my own because I am impatient, lol.

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  22. Great tips. Came from Becky's blog. I hope to do things similar to this this year!!

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  23. I've been loving your blog since Becky mentioned you being part of the creative team.

    Thanks so much for the great inspiration and layout guide !

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  24. I just discovered your blog through a link from Becky Higgins blog & am so happy I did. Your PL album looks amazing and your photography is beautiful! What I am most excited about is that you have older kids. I have been struggling with how to scrap pages about my older boys (ages 16 & 12). Most layouts are of young children and I see very few pages/projects that include older kids. I have quite a few traditional pages of when they were younger (when I first started scrapbooking), but took a (longer than intended) break from scrapping and have decided to start up again with Project Life 2012. I will be checking in with your blog for ideas frequently as well as looking at previous years, if available, for inspiration! Thank you so much and I look forward to following along with you in the new year!

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  25. Thank you for the tips. I was wondering how you print your instagram photos. What do you resize them to?

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  26. Katie and Libby, Thanks for visiting and for your kind words!

    Trina, Thanks so much! I'm glad someone else is doing PL with older boys! I also took a very long break from scrapbooking so I'm glad to have found PL because I just didn't have it in me to go back to traditional pages. I'm way too slow for that!

    If any of you have questions, please feel free to email me any time (the little envelope button on the top right of my blog)

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  27. Thanks for the layout printable - Im catching up for 2006-2009 so that will be perfect!

    Loving your album too - looking forward to following you for inspiration x.

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  28. thanks for the great idea on the iphone notes app and for the template download! I've already printed them and started filling them out :)

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  29. Your so organized with your files and ect. Your printing in the albums and writing is very nice. Your photgraphy.

    I have made 5 Albums already for my Grandchildren.One more to go for the 6th Grandchild. I had done journals and pictures till know to-morrow.

    I made mine with my own design covers and Imagination. They loved them..

    My Oldest Granddaughter book was almost 90 pages when I finished. I had to carry it with a double
    handled shopping bag. I just gave it to her this first year at University. I had ribbons and blink, bling. Her and I are fantasy minded. She loved it.

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    1. Thats awesome!!! I have a book for each of my 5 kids and then holiday books (all scrap booked) This year is my first to switch to PL style and I'm excited! It totally fits me and I can't wait til my kids can each have their books as well to keep! :)

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  30. Thanks for your tips I am a first timer and like to be organized. Having not done PL before, I am trying to soak up any advice to start and keep going with this for 2013. I love that you use your notes in your iphone! I have an iphone and would love to get the Day One app (maybe one day) but to save $ at this time to put into starting up PL I am going to steal that idea! I already set up my first month of notes for each week. So I can be ready and just fill in each day! :)

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  31. THis is so great!!! I am trying to print the template, however and I am not doing something right. IT is not fitting on one page. ANy ideas? I am NOT techy... :(
    THank you for any direction
    ~Joette

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    1. Email me at debduty @ me.com and let me know what program you're using to print. I'll help if I can!

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  32. Followed your blog from write click scrapbook. I'm new to PL in 2013 your hints are great, thanks x

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