The last few pages of my 2014 Project Life binder have finished trickling in, and I thought I would share some of my favourite spreads. Project Life: The Album 2014.
I have always been an art journaller/book alterer/photobook maker but never a scrapbooker. I would buy scrapbooking paper and embellishments and stickers out the wazoo, but never put any official albums together – mostly because I never thought my life was documentable enough – “when I have kids maybe” is what I told people on more than one occasion.
I vaguely knew what “Project Life” was (following Elise and Ali for many years) and pinned some page spreads on Pinterest for inspiration, but never gave it much thought. Back in the fall, my friend Aly invited her friend Jess Forster to teach us a Project Life course. I didn’t have any page protectors or core kits or even a binder, but I wanted to get together with friends to be crafty. I brought Abby’s baby book to work on and some painting. Jess brought all of her albums and snacks and coffee and lots of inspiration – and it was really awesome, but I still thought during the afternoon that I probably wouldn’t bother with printing the photos and putting them in pockets. It seemed like too much work and I really loved printing photo books of special trips and baby scenes and instagrams – so why bother?
Then one afternoon I decided to try the Project Life app. I downloaded it and within minutes I had a 12×12 spread done. Completely. No cropping or cutting or face-palming because the photos are the wrong orientation or colour or size. None of that. With a couple of taps and clicks you can brighten/saturate/contrast, flip locations, round corners, change layouts. It even came with core kit inserts and handwriting fonts. I knew this would be my kind of quick and efficient “scrapbooking”.
It’s simple and fast. I can do a page in the car or in the bathroom. No pulling out photos and scissors and paper scraps. And putting it all away. Tappity tap tap tap. No fuss and far away from grubby peanut butter fingers of my 4 year old.
I started and finished my entire 2014 album within a few days. Any extra moment I had I would pull my photos from my computer onto iCloud and plop them into a spread. I export them to 12×12 sizes and send them to print. So simple. I used Persnickety Prints – a company started to print digital scrapbooking pages. The paper is archival and the prints look fab.
I bought a Project Life binder and 12×12 page protectors and slotted them in. I kept all of my pages with square edges and white backgrounds and added my own handwriting over pictures and beside them. I really love them. Like lots.
My favourite layouts are those with lots of photos – more mosaic and less space to write. I like mixing black & white with colour and I have a lot of “random” mish-mashed pages. I like those the best. I’ve started 2015 doing a couple of pages a month. This is the easiest memory keeping ever.
My friends have started hosting a weekly Project Life night. They are clipping and cutting and organizing and sorting. I am blogging and drawing and planning and eating. They hate me because I am done (but they secretly enjoy my lively company and I enjoy theirs).
If you have any interest at memory keeping, I highly recommend downloading the Project Life app. It comes with a few basic kits (and lots to upgrade to). For a mere $1.99, you can do some awesome spreads – even if you never print them.
Do you Project Life? Do you use the app? Or do you prefer the physical scrapbooking?