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Project Life Family Album: March 2016

Ok I know it’s May but I’m just getting around to sharing my March 2016 Project Life Album, you know how it goes life gets in the way. But anyway here you go.

You can watch my album flip through here

I think March is where I have finally found my grove, yay! I went back to identifying the weeks and I really like that better. I’m not calling out the week number just adding a title card with the date range for that week.

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I also finally managed to master the rolling date stamp, ok maybe not master but at least I can use it now. I don’t know why but I was having a terrible time with it, but now it is working great to add the dates to my title card.

Even though I’m separating my weeks I’m not forcing myself to keep to one one spread (or two pages).  I’m just adding in the photos using however many pages I need. I’m all about going with the flow and eliminating the pressure. This seemed to work nicely and keep everything moving right along.

One problem I was having was how to include journaling for something that I didn’t have a photo for, now that I’m separating by weeks a card that talks about something we did on Tuesday even though we don’t have a photo fits nicely in the spread.

I used a lot of the Elle Studio March kit and then some of the April kit towards the end (since I was still working on it when April showed up). I really like that kit and it’s only $9.99 when you buy it on launch day. I also jumped on the wood veneer bandwagon with two feet, I just love those arrow and hearts from Studio Calico.

I even made a couple journaling cards myself with a stamp set I have. Still trying to get more of my story into the pockets.

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All in all this month came together really quickly and I’m loving it. Here are a couple pages inside my album:

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Until next month, I just printed all my April pictures so it should take too long to put them together.

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Project Life Notebook

Do you keep a notebook or planner for Project Life notes? How do you remember things that happen each day or each week when it comes time to scrap? I needed a system for remembering little details of the day and created my own mini notebook.

Check out my walk through video here.

I am loving project life this year and I have really been working hard on adding more journaling on my pages. Plus I have been watching so many helpful youtube videos, taking Ali Edwards’ classes, listening to The Scrap Gals Podcast and just getting so much information. I need a way to take notes throughout the month so that I can remember everything when it’s time to scrap. As you have noticed on my blog I’m usually working on a delay of about 3-4 weeks in project life so I need a place for notes.

Here is the perfect example, last week my son said something super cute and I instantly thought I want to include this in project life. So I emailed it to myself, that was easy enough but I don’t love that process. So I thought about it for a while, as I like to do.

About a week later I was ready to put my plan into action. I knew I wanted something small to just hold one month at a time, plus I wanted to make it. I have so many stamps and love when people use them but I don’t ever use them myself. So I challenged myself to use my stamps in this mini project.

Making a Project Life Notebook 

Supplies

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White Printer Paper – 20 sheets

Colored Cardstock

Stamps – Heidi Swap day of the week and number set, arrow stamp set, date roller stamps, Kelly Purkey stamp ink, paper trimmer, stapler.

Process 

My process for mini albums or really anything I create is I start with want I want and figure out a way to make it happen. Example: I like to use sharpies to write, the causes a problem because they bleed, so I need a solution, I add extra paper.

I started with regular white printer paper and added a cardstock cover. I wanted to staple the book together but my stapler didn’t fit to the middle so I stitched it. That was the HARDEST part. I don’t have a lot of practice stitching but it worked and it looks cute.

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Each weekly spread is created with the day of the week and numbers stamps from Heidi Swap set. And either arrows or butterfly lines as the separations per day.

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The first page of the album is a place to hold my daily phrase. Something that I started this year as a monthly recap. You can see more about that here.

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I decorated the cover with letter stickers from Target and stamped 2016 at the top.

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You can see a feel video walk through here.

I plan to keep this little album on the kitchen counter and reach for it at least once a day to jot down a few things that happened that day.

I will be back towards the end of the month or after April to let you know how it worked for me.

I would be interested to see how you take notes for Project Life or if you have a place to remember things that happen each day.

Thanks.

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How to print a 6×8 Photo

I created a 6×8 mini album of my son’s first year and wanted to use some full 6×8 photos, but didn’t know how to print them.

I don’t have photoshop and don’t print at home. I need to figure out a way to set up a 6×8 photo on a larger canvas, either 8×10 or 12×12, to send out to a printer.

I like to use Persnickety Prints to print 12×12 photos and still had some credits for 12×12 prints. I knew I wanted to use those credits so I had to figure out how to make a 12×12 collage with my 6×8 photos.

I heard from many other Project Lifers that Pic Monkey was a good place to create collages, and its free, so I thought I would give it a try.

At first look I couldn’t really figure it out, there was no page sizing on the canvas. Everything is outlined in pixels, so the canvas was 2000 x 2000, whatever that means.

So like any good American who doesn’t know how to do something I turned to the internet and searched youtube for some help. There are lots of video tutorials on how to use the collage feature but nothing really explained how to create a 12×12 finished product.

After a couple weeks of researching and thinking I figured I was just going to have to wing it. The math suggested that a 12×12 canvas can be divided into two 6×8 photos on top and two 4×6 photos on the bottom. So I just made that.

How to set up a 12×12 canvas on Pic Monkey

Step One: Insert your photos on the left panel.

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Step Two: Drag and drop to add your photos to the canvas.

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Step Three: Here’s the wing it part, I just eyeballed the sizing for a 6×8 photo and a 4×6 photo. You can change the size of the photos by just dragging the boarders.

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Step Four: Use the left side panel to change the photo spacing so there is no white boarder around each photo.

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Then you have a finished 12×12 layout (lets hope it’s the right size).

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Then I just saved the image to my computer and printed it through Persnickety Prints. After a fews days it showed up at my door and I was so excited to see if I did it right. And guess what, I did!!

Here is one of the pages I created with two 6×8 photos on the top and two 4×6 photos on the bottom.

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I am so excited that I figured out how to print a 6×8 photo on a 12×12 canvas. I’m sure there are easier ways to make this happen but I couldn’t find them.

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I hope this process can help you print your 6×8 photos too.

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Project Life Family Album: February 2016

Back again to share February 2016 in my Project Life Family Album. You can check out the entire album flip through on my youtube channel, here.

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I made a couple changes in my format and style from January, mainly because I have been taking Ali Edwards‘ Storytelling with Project Life class.

I’m still doing February monthly and starting with the recap page. I printed this monthly recap on velum, added the February sticker to the top and a couple chipboard pink circle pieces to the outside of the page protector.

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This month I tried a couple new techniques that I learned from Ali. Things like

  • adding repeating elements to the photo, like a ‘Love This’ promote
  • adding the stuff of life to your pockets, like movie tickets or circus flyers
  • adding large word stickers to the photos
  • adding a postcard I received in the mail

February also has the most journaling I have every done, YAY! I tried all sorts of new ways to include the story

  • large statements
  • notes to myself
  • day by day cards
  • social media screenshots
  • journaling directly on the photo
  • good/bad journaling
  • using time to tell a story
  • even longer stories

Here’s one of my favorite pages, I used a couple day of the week cards from a Simple Stories Snap Pack. On the Thursday card I journaled everything my youngest ate all day long.  A fun insight to what life is like for us.

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I created the Morning, Noon and Night cards below after watching one of Ali’s Storytelling lessons. The cards each talk about some general details that happen through out the day. The cards are form the Becky Higgins Hi Sunshine Value Kit. I also did a Good and Bad of being Sick journaling card. Just another way to tell the story.

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Adding in the stuff of life is super easy, the title is from the front of the circus program as well as the 3×4 photo of the clown on the bottom. I just cut up the cover to the size I needed.

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Adding in a longer story is something that I have never done before, and I really like it. On the Monday after the weekend I just quickly wrote down what we did on Saturday and Sunday on scratch paper. Then when it was time to work on that week I was planning to add the journaling to a couple 3×4 cards. It was too long to fit, image that I had written too much. So I decided to just add it in a 6×8 insert.

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The last page of February is the last day of February, Leap Day. I already created a mini album all about February 29th, but I still wanted to include a couple photos in my Project Life album. You can check all the details on my Leap Day Mini Album, here.

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You can check out the entire album flip through on my youtube channel, here.

Hope you are enjoying working on Project Life as much as I am.

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Week Number Calendar (Free Download)

Do you do Project Life Weekly or Monthly?

That’s one of the major questions everyone asks when you talk about Project Life. Of course there is no right answer, the best part of this project is there are so many options to make it work for you.

I have done it a couple different ways, my 2011 and 2012 albums are not really monthly or weekly, it’s more by event or a day or two per spread, going in chronological order.

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2011 Project Life 

 

My 2015 Project Life album was organized weekly with week numbers. I made my own 3×4 cards with the Week Number printed on them, then added the dates and some other decorations to coordinate with the page spread.

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I started 2016 working monthly, just using as many pages I needed for the amount of photos I have.

Monthly Recap Page in Project Life Album by www.ScrapandPlan.wordpress.com

But as I’m working on March I’m changing my format (yet again) back to weekly.

With that being said, the most useful tool for me is a calendar with the week numbers noted. Plus I like to work on a Monday – Sunday flow. Finding a calendar that is Monday – Sunday with week numbers is sometimes hard to find, so I thought I would just make my own.

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I would love to share this with you if you are looking for something like this too.

Download the PDF Now, 2016 Week Number Calendar.

There is no right or wrong way to do Project Life, just do what’s right for you. I hope this calendar helps you keep everything organized and fill your pockets.

 

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Starting with Story

One of the big take aways from Ali Edwards‘ Storytelling with Project Life class was this idea of Starting with Story.

Thinking about the story first when it comes to taking a photo, choosing products, and making a spread. Since taking the class I have started to do this more especially with the photos that I take. I usually take so many photos every day and every week it is nice to have more of a focus.

Yesterday while riding in the car my son and I were talking about rolling down the window, and how much he loves to have the window down in the car. Pretty much every day he asks me if it’s warm enough to roll down the window and asks that it not blow to hard. Since it was a super nice day I let him roll down the window in the back seat, he was so happy to push the button himself and then he just sat there staring out the window.

While this was happening in the backseat and I was thinking I want to remember this moment and his excitement about having the window down. So when we were stopped at a light I snapped a quick photo.

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I can not thank Ali Edwards enough for how she has changed my style of Project Life and how I think about the photos I take. Remember to Start with Story.

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Project Life Family Album: January 2016

Ok, so where am I in my 2016 Project Life Family Album? January is complete (has been for a few weeks now), I just finished February (only a week into March) and I haven’t started on March yet. I’m feeling pretty good, especially after I finished February (yesturday actually).

So I’m ready to start sharing, today will be all about January and February is coming soon.

At the end of December I made a couple decisions about how I was going to move forward into 2016 with my Project Life Family Album and I decided to do things a little different this year.

Project Life 2016 at www.ScrapandPlan.wordpress.com

What’s Staying the Same in 2016

Size: Staying with 12×12

Photos and Journaling: I will still be using the Collect App to add journaling to my photos.

Embellishments: I’m usually pretty minimal with embellishments and that will stay the same, I like the focus to be on the photos.

Pocket Style: I will still be mainly using Design F Page Protectors from Becky Higgins.

What’s Changing in 2016

Monthly vs. Weekly in Project Life by www.ScrapandPlan.wordpress.com Format: I am changing to a monthly format instead of weekly spreads with week numbers. My plan is to use as many page protectors as need be to fit in all my photos and stories from the month. I will still be going chronologically through the month but not worrying about where each page starts and stops. With that being said I made almost all single side or one page spreads instead of two page spreads in January. I really liked the freedom to use as much space as needed and group photos as events instead of just by week.

What Products am I using in 2016?

I already have a couple Becky Higgins Core and Value Kits and was lucky enough to get a couple more for Christmas. Plus I “shopped my stash” over Christmas Break and found some pattern paper that I really like and cut it down in to 4×6 size so I can use them in my albums too.

My current Card Kits Include (mostly Becky Higgins):

These are the majority of the card kits that I have, I’m sure I will pick up a couple more along the way and I also like to print cards from the Project Life App when I just want one or two from a kit.

January 2016 Pages 

You can see a complete flip through of my January Project Life Album Here.

I’m starting each month out with a recap page. I actually saw this on another crafters blog, Katina Martinez, you can check her out at Loving Life’s Little Blessings.

Monthly Recap Page in Project Life Album by www.ScrapandPlan.wordpress.com

I start with just a plain piece of paper numbered with the days of the month in my journal. Throughout the month I just add a simple phrase for each day. I then printed it on velum and used my fuse tool to make the page protector the right size.
One of my favorite pages this month was the second page using mainly blue cards with yellow accents.

January page from Project Life 2016 at www.ScrapandPlan.wordpress.com

 

Like I mentioned earlier I use the Collect App for iPhone to add all my journaling to the photos. It’s a really simple app to use and you can add as many photos as need be for each day. You can then save the photo to your camera role and print as normal.

You can see the walk through video of how I organize my photos and use the Collect App Here.

One thing I don’t like about using the collect app actually has more to do with how the photo is printed. I like to use Walgreens because I can order and pick up my photos the same day and they usually have a coupon making photos like 9 cents each. But the images always get cut off slightly when printed. I like that the finished 3×4 photo has a white boarder all around the photo and journaling when you create it in the app. But when they are printed it usually cuts off the white boarder on some sides. I even had some journaling cut off slightly.

Using Collect App to print Project Life Photos from www.ScrapandPlan.wordpress.com

As you can see in the photo of my son the right side doesn’t have a white boarder and the word tonight is cut off at the bottom. I sent some photos to Shutterfly last year and didn’t have this problem so I think it’s just Walgreens. So I could just send my photos off and not have this issue but I don’t really want to do that.

Here’s another page from my album that I really like.

January Project Life Page from www.ScrapandPlan.wordpress.com

Storytelling with Project Life is Changing Me 

I started taking Ali Edwards Storytelling with Project Life class at the beginning of February, in the middle of working on January, and it started having an effect on how I was completing my pages (more on that in February). You can check out my review of the class here.

She talks I lot about including the “stuff of life” and that inspired me to add an insert with Logan’s school work.

Stuff of Life Insert in Project Life from www.ScrapandPlan.wordpress.com

I just trimmed his school work to the size I wanted and cut a page protector to the right size. This time using washi tape to close, just because I thought it was cute. I also added stickers spelling ‘school’ along the side for fun.

As I mentioned earlier I do have a Fuse Tool it was a early birthday present to myself in January. I was playing around with it and made a pretty cool shaker pocket with some of the decor from my youngest’s birthday. I then added a blue chipboard number 1 to the outside of the page and it was done. Pretty Cool.

Shaker Pocket made with Fuse Tool in Project Life from www.ScrapandPlan.wordpress.com

We had family photos taken at the end of the month and I am so happy with the way they turned out. I included them at the end of the month and am still waiting to print two of them as 12×12 full page photos. I’m planning to order them from Persnickety Prints, it just hasn’t happened yet.

A Finished Album 

Project Life January 2016 from www.ScrapandPlan.wordpress.com

I’m pretty happy with the way January turned out. There are a couple cards that I wish were different but that’s ok, the story is there. As Ali says it’s the sum of everything in the pockets that makes up the story not just one card.

Please take a few minutes to check out the full walk through of January here, and let me know what you think.

Thanks and February is coming soon, just a heads up I do change my pocket and journaling style.