Hi Friends! It’s Wednesday and lately that means I’m sharing lots of Project Life inspiration. I know many of you don’t memory-keep to the level that I do – and that’s okay, because it means you’re a normal human.
Still, it’s nice to have your memories documented somewhere – like when your kid does something really cute or when you have one of those awesome days or work moments that you want to remember (yes, work moments can be memorable – in a positive way – too!).
By now, you know how how much I love bringing photos + words together. I share them regularly on Instagram and through the stories I share with friends and family. But without a place to put them, those memories – photographed or not – eventually get lost. Sure, you can print Chatbooks from your Instagram feed. And if you use your instagram as a live journal-type of medium, that totally works. But that’s not how most people use it – and I’m not sure that they should use it that way.
This is where the ease and convenience of the Project Life App really shines. Even if you make physical albums, or if you never make albums, the App is the place you can combine the stories and words so you can come back to them later. I’ve done that now for several projects and I’m really happy with the outcome.
In all of my posting about memory keeping this year, I have completely failed this one major thing that I do (making my entire 2015 Project Life Album in the Project Life App). And it’s probably because it’s SO easy, it doesn’t feel like “work” that needs to be shared. Except – it’s shared monthly, with thousands of people, on BeckyHiggins.com.
I know, sometimes we take ourselves for granted.
Anyway, today I’m sharing my first quarter 2015 Project Life App layouts. These are the layouts that I make for my part of the Creative Team. And with a little practice, they have come to be my FAVORITE layouts. Seriously. I have no idea why I haven’t shared them yet.
First, thought, a short note on the process of using the app.
The Project Life App Process
The Project Life App process is largely driven because I’m on the Creative Team for Project Life and because we have actual deadlines each month to submit our work, but I really, really like it.
At the beginning of each month, I upload all of my photographs from my DSLR and my iPhone onto my desktop. My pictures are organized by month on my desktop.
Once they’re uploaded, I make four folders in my Dropbox: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4. It’s far from an exact science, since most months are longer than that, so I group photographs more based on events than actual dates.
I scroll through my photos on my desktop, picking my favorites photos, and favorite memories, along with the others that I think will look nice in a scrapbook. I drag and drop those favorites into Dropbox from iPhoto. Once that’s done, I’m off the computer and everything else is done on my iPhone.
From my iPhone, I go to the Project Life App and take a look at the kits I want to use. Again, because I’m on the Creative Team, I’m looking at kits I haven’t used before and specifically trying to figure out how to make a spread that works with a new kit and the photos from that month. If it was me and I was doing layouts only for myself, I would probably follow the same process – maybe purchasing 1 or 2 kits per month, since there are always gorgeous new ones being added.
I start my layouts in Design A, then play around with the arrangements. Photos can be directly imported from the Dropbox App on your iPhone into the Project Life App, so it’s a pretty seemless – and immediate – process. If the variety of photo sizes and shapes isn’t work, I’m pretty quick to choose consistency (in story and color) over including everything I want. Sometimes colors can be corrected by editing the photos, and when I need to edit something I use PicTapGo App. In the past I’ve used others, but that is my favorite.
Other tips | If you find that a layout is looking really busy, or if you just can’t find the right card to go in that last place, I recommend using the neutral cards (which are free). Occasionally I pick a white card and just write some text on top of it. I find that it not only looks nicer, it also saves the headache of indecision.
Sometimes I finish a layout in a couple of minutes. But most of the time, I play around until I get the look and feel I want. Sometimes that means putting the phone down and trying again later.
When I’m done with the layout, I export it from the Project Life App and onto my iPhone. Eventually they get imported into iPhoto, where I store them in their own folder. At the end of the year, I’ll make a large square album through PhotoBook America (I think they’re a great mid-grade printer, especially for the sale prices they offer), but I also keep my digital files in a separate folder (and backup drive) with the idea that I can always re-print them in the future with a higher quality printer if I feel compelled to do so.
Note | This is my full submission for February and March for the Project Life Creative Team. If you check back on this same post either later today or later this week, you’ll see my January spreads – right after I make them. 😉
My Project Life Digital Album – First Quarter 2015
More Creative Team Inspiration
Each month, Becky shares inspiration from each Creative Team. I’m on the digital Creative Team, specifically for the Project Life App. There is only one other person on the App team and that’s Lindsay Ross. So you can check out her blog to see inspiration from her, along with a whole bunch of tips and stories on capturing everyday moments.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Project Life Wednesday! As always, check back each week for more memory keeping inspiration. And if you have ANY questions about the app, let me know!