When it comes to Project Life, I’ve quickly realized that a little bit of planning can go a long way. I am currently working on an album to document the time we lived on the island from 2010 – 2011 and it was feeling a little overwhelming at first. A year and a half worth of photos and memories is a lot to tackle all at once. Let me show you how I got started…
I first began with the photos. I had them all filed by date – I knew where they were on my computer, but that was about the extent of their organization. To more easily gather certain photos for specific themed pages, I went through my images and labelled them with keywords. I did this using Adobe Bridge, but I know their are lots of other photo programs that allow you to organize your photos in a similar way. After labelling all my images I’m now able to do a quick search to bring up any photos for a specific page with the click of a mouse – no more searching through all my photo folders to find the photo I’m looking for. I highly recommend doing this each time you upload photos or setting aside a time each month to organize and backup your photos.
After my photos were organized I started loosely planning some page layouts so I could order photos in the sizes I needed. Using these wonderful FREE planning pages from Marcy Penner was so helpful! I basically just decided on the pocket page design I’d be using, where my photos would go and how many I needed – I’ll worry about journaling, etc. later.
From there I was able to order prints from Costco. I can print at home, but prefer to print at a developer when I’m doing a large quantity of photos like this. When I got my photos back I wanted to keep them organized. Photos that were printed for a specific page I trimmed, rounded corners and placed in their page protectors in my Project Life Binder. The rest of the images I am storing in this box, divided by month. I’ll continue to use the little month dividers as I begin working on other projects.
I may be doing PL 2013 a little differently than some, I’m not going to focus on a week at a time – I just don’t want to get overwhelmed with the process and am not putting any expectations on myself as far as number of photos to record each week or number of layouts to complete in a year. I just plan on documenting what I can, when I can and just having fun with it. The way I see it, whatever memories I’m able to record are better than not recording any at all.
Because I’m taking some time to go back and document previous years, I may not get going on my 2013 album right away. To make things easy to record when I’m ready, I’ve started this little notebook. I’m using it to record journaling tidbits, photo dates + details, photos to take and layout ideas. I am tucking my planning pages inside and have also done some quick sketches of layouts, title treatments and other page elements. I love having all my Project Life ideas all in one place and the notebook is thin and easy to tuck inside my planner or purse so it’s always handy. I’ve also been collecting Project Life inspiration on pinterest and have referred to my Project Life pinboard often for ideas, there are so many great ones out there!
So that’s where I’m at so far. After a little bit of leg work in the beginning I know that my album is going to come together quickly. I can’t wait to get started with the new Olive Edition Core kit – its absolutely gorgeous and I look forward to sharing some pages with you soon! You can take a peek at my first Project Life post of 2013 here in case you missed it.
I’d love to hear what you’re doing to get and stay organized with project life this year? Tell me in the comments section and if you have any questions feel free to ask away!
I hope you’re all enjoying a fabulous week! If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to swing by and enter the giveaway for an incredible 2013 Life Planner from Crystal Wilkerson! I absolutely love my life planner and I have a feeling you will too!