Last week I introduced my Project Life App pages for January. This week, I’m sharing my work for February. But before we get right into it, I wanted to share a little bit about my photo editing and page-making process.
First, I take about half of my photos with my iPhone 5 camera, and about half with my canon DSLR. For iPhone photos, I edit in the PicTapGo app and save them on my phone. For DSLR photos, I adjust “brightness” and “black point” in the Photos App on my iMac. When I’m ready to start building pages (which I do monthly, not weekly), I pull all of my pictures into Dropbox (from my desktop).
When I’m ready to start building my pages, I bring the pictures from Dropbox (the app) into the Project Life App when I’m ready to start building a layout. This year, because I’m doing 4 layouts per month (instead of one each week), I typically select photos that would look best together.
Once the photos are loaded in the Project Life App, I add in the cards (which change monthly because I’m on the Creative Team) and continue to play around with it until I get layouts that I love.
If something isn’t working out, or if things just don’t look right, I have a few tricks:
- Change off-color photos to black and white
- Adjust exposure, saturation, and contrast to get photos generally looking similar (this can be done in the app)
- Choose less over more
- Add in journal cards (even if you don’t plan to use them)
There is A LOT out there in terms of apps for photo editing and preference is really just based on your own personal style and whatever comes easiest to you. I hope this short guide helps you figure out – or refine – your own process.
February Project Life App pages
I had SO much fun putting this month’s work together! First, the kits added this month were just awesome. Second, my photos worked really well with my layouts. Third, the crazy snow storms led to some great consistency among photos (as in, we spent the entire month either in our living room, or outside in the snow).
I just love all of the white backgrounds, the easy consistency among photographs, and how both of those things made it really easy to put these layouts together, quickly.
Project Life tip: photos with the same, or complimentary, color schemes will always look nicer together. It’s essentially the same as decorating a room, when you have a color scheme – or palette – it’s easier to make decisions on which cards to use, how many, and where.
Again, I can’t get over the kits released this month. I feel like I’m probably going to say that a lot, but when I found out Olive Edition was being released into the app, I was head over heels excited. And immediately got into my phone and started admiring the cards.
In case that wasn’t hit-you-over-the-head with it obvious, Olive Edition is one of my absolute favorites. So is Love Story. And they go SO well together!
We did a lot of remodeling this month. Not on purpose. But after the ceiling in our bathroom was fully saturated, following water intrusion from an ice dam on our roof, we decided now was as good a time as any to start that bathroom remodel we were thinking about.
I also had the pleasure of a morning outing with my mom and sister to a local bakery. That was amazing – partly because it was a great bakery and partly because I went there with two adults and NO kids. It’s amazing how easy life can feel when you’re kid-free for an hour!
This month I also played around with the Party Party app made by the girls at A Beautiful Mess blog. It’s basically a photobooth-type app that can be a lot of fun – especially if you have a chihuahua as a prop! The boys also really REALLY like it. And I love it because the filters, while limited, make my just-woke-up face look rested and awake (thank you, photo magic!).
Playing along with the #Thursday3 portrait project by @rukristin Currently | 1. recovering from a stomach bug that kicked my butt this morning | 2. capitalizing on Pepper's begging face to take this photo series | 3. waiting for Max to finish lunch so we can both have naptime #partypartyapp #chihuahua #juliesselfportraitproject #pepperwinsagain
If that photo doesn’t come through on your device, you can see the GIF on instagram here.
And with that, friends, we’re finished with this week’s Project Life app pages for February. For more of my Project Life albums, check out this category here on the blog, follow me on instagram, and come back here on Wednesdays to see all the kits I’ve used so far this year (hint: it’s different every month!).