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On Finishing Projects & December Daily: Full Digital Album

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This is one of those projects I had to force myself to finish. It was certainly not as “inspired” as 30 Days of Thankful or Me: the Abridged Version was. But I LOVE this album. And I think the negative aspects of my experience in making it was a valuable lesson on mindset and how it changes the course of your experience.

And before you see all the pretty pictures, let’s discuss – for a moment – what the wrong attitude is when it comes to investing in your creative outlets.

First – allow me to set the stage. It’s December in New England – a very dark, cold, grey time of year. Everyone is generally grumpy and unexcited (which is why I wrote this post on battling grey days). This is the time of year when people do a large portion of their complaining.

To be fair, there just isn’t enough sun. The days are too short and even when we do see it, it’s a dim, low-set sunlight. Terrible for replenishing your vitamin-D and terrible for photographs. Which is why I was grumpy.

When you think of your favorite pictures – aesthetically – indoor, low-light photos are generally not anyone’s favorite. Even worse, if you’re using a camera phone they’re probably really grainy and really blurry.

Ew.

With so little sunlight, there is a very short period of time where you can capitalize on natural light in your photos. So short, in fact, that many days I “miss” my photo window altogether because of things like “lunch” and “laundry”. And that means most of my pictures were dim, dark, grainy, and blurry.

I’ll admit – I was worried about how the album would turn out. And I nearly abandoned it several times. But I just had to get one more digital app album in before the end of the year. And, besides, have you seen all of the gorgeous albums on the #decemberdaily instagram feed?!

Also, I’m just going to call myself out right here: I definitely put unnecessary performance pressure on myself to make it ‘good enough’ because I’m on the Project Life Creative Team this year. I didn’t want to disappoint on my first album after the announcement – especially for something silly like the earth’s tilt on its axis.

And I caught myself – stressing out about a photo album. A photo album.

So I dropped it. For a few weeks. And re-assessed around Christmas. I didn’t need to make the album. And, if I wasn’t enjoying it – why bother? After all, the whole point of picking a creative hobby is to enjoy it.

Then I discovered the Merry & Bright and Hello December Kits on the Project Life App. And everything was sunny and happy in my little memory-keeper world once again. Because they’re beautiful kits. And I love working with them.

So I’m just going to finalize this little story with a few important points:

  • Do not stress about the outcomes of your creative outlets. They are outlets to escape the stress, not develop it.
  • Inspiration comes most often (for me) when you’re working with beautiful products. If you don’t like what you’re working with, you probably won’t like the outcome either. That’s when I decide whether to change the approach or just drop it.
  • It’s okay to change your plan. My pictures were not to the standard I would like, so I made them smaller. I added white space. And I used a smaller display so their low quality isn’t so obvious.

It’s easy to lose yourself in the pursuit of perfect. Just remember why you’re doing it in the first place. Photos and words and memories come in so many different forms. Appreciate the process and don’t stress about the perfect – because perfect doesn’t exist.

 

iPhone Camera > PicTapGo App > Collect Photo App > Project Life App

iPhone Camera > PicTapGo App > Collect Photo App > Project Life App

iPhone Apps Used

Products Used

Process

About half of the photos were taken with my iPhone, the other half with my DSLR. I collected all of the photos on my desktop and placed my favorites in Dropbox. If they required editing, I used the PicTapGo App.

I then uploaded them to the Collect Photo App and added a few words.

About halfway through the month, I exported the photos from Collect Photo App onto my iPhone and from there uploaded them into the Project Life App. I placed all of my digital cards that were not in the app on Dropbox, in a separate folder, and uploaded them as needed.

The whole process can be really quick if you have the right mindset – which is why I offered the story of my experience. Don’t be like me – just make the album!

 

December Daily Album using the Project Life App

 

project life app december daily 1

Products used: Hello December Project Life kit, Cathy Zielske Merry Hipmas

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Products used: Collect Photo App, Hello December and Midnight Project Life kits

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Products used: Hello December Project Life kit, Collect Photo App

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Products used: Hello December Project Life kit, A Beautiful Mess and Rhonna Designs App, Collect Photo App

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Products used: Hello December Project Life kit, Collect Photo App

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Products used: Hello December Project Life kit, Cathy Zielske Merry Hipmas

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Products used: Hello December Project Life kit, Cathy Zielske Merry Hipmas

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Products used: Hello December Project Life kit, “Christmas The Most Wonderful Time of Year” Printable – source unknown, Collect Photo App

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Products used: Merry & Bright and Just Add Color Edition Project Life kits

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Products used: Hello December & Merry & Bright Project Life kits, Cathy Zielske Merry Hipmas, Rhonna Designs App

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Products used: Hello December Project Life kit

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Products used: Hello December, Merry & Bright Project Life kits, Collect Photo App

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Products used: Hello December Project Life kit, Collect Photo App

 

Album: Two Page View

December Daily using the Project Life App. When you get behind and need to get it done - use the app to keep up! Pages by Julie Gagen Project Life Creative Team 2 December Daily 2014 using the Project Life App | by Julie Gagen Project Life CT 2 December Daily 2014 using the Project Life App | by Julie Gagen Project Life CT 2 December Daily 2014 using the Project Life App | by Julie Gagen Project Life CT 2 December Daily 2014 using the Project Life App | by Julie Gagen Project Life CT 2 December Daily 2014 using the Project Life App | by Julie Gagen Project Life CT 2 December Daily 2014 using the Project Life App | by Julie Gagen Project Life CT

See? It all works out if you let it. Hope your holidays were bright & merry!!

 

xoxo,

Julie

 

2 December Daily 2014 using the Project Life App | by Julie Gagen Project Life CT

 

14 Comments

  1. I thought i was the only one working crazily mixing apps… I didn’t discovered the Collect Photo App… I love how the photos with the little description & day looks into your PL pages.
    I know what is to auto-put unnecessary pressure on us… I feel so identified with your words. Great to hear you were able to overcome your own thoughts and finalize your album with no (or at least little stress ;))
    Warm regards to you
    Ruly

    • Thanks for your kind words, Ruly! And yes, the Collect Photo App makes everything look so clean AND using it gives you the opportunity to do the album that day or a year from then. It’s all right there. I love simple & quick!

  2. Love this! I’ve been searching everywhere trying to find someone that uses the Collect app with digital Project Life! I’ve been using the Collect App this year and hope to scrap those photos digitally next weekend on my girls’ scrapbook trip! I wasn’t sure if I should just save them as jpegs or export them a certain way. Can’t wait to get them done. It’s been a great way to keep up with documenting our memories as I’ve added journaling with most photos. Love your pages!

    • Thank you! I used the font “Avenir – Book”. It’s a large font family (lots of options) and it’s versatile. Definitely my new favorite lately!

  3. Joanne says

    Album looks great!
    Thanks for posring your ideas!

    Quick question. How did you make the background of the collect app photos fit and have a white background using the project life app? When i export mine they have another image (a photo of lights) in the background and when i pinch to make them fit my text wont fit.

    Thanks for your help!

  4. kelly says

    love these spreads. Very inspiring. was wondering if you could share the name of the handwriting font you used?

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