Sunday, March 6, 2011
Project Life Round 2 is in the Books...Literally!
Two days ago the brown truck brought a much anticipated box from Shutterfly with these in it. I finally finished my Project Life album(s) for 2010. These 2 books hold a year full of memories one day, one week, one month at a time. This whole process has given me a sense of accomplishment and a better look at how I want to capture my families memories and also organize those memories for my kids. I'm learning that I really want a system that 1.) gets my photos into print for everyone to enjoy and 2.) are organized in some way.
2010 is the second year I've done a photo-a-day. For a little history on how I got started with this there's a few posts you can click on to see that. You can see our 2009 book by clicking HERE. This was the first year Becky Higgins offered this album and I was quick to order one, anxious to start "scrapbooking" in this way. In 2010 she offered a digital album as well as the original style but I chose to come up with my own template in Photoshop. Click HERE to see a post on why I chose to go this direction.
Page #1 of the Book #1.
Page #2 of Book #2.
Last page of book #1.
Last page of book #2 including one of my new favorite sayings "Capture Life".
Every month begins with one full page photo and then a "month at a glance". (these calendars are by Ali Edwards and available at Designer Digitals)
Everyone in our family has one BIG picture of them and then there are family photos and also a few of the kids together.
One of our "typical" weeks.
Yes, it is possible to stick to a photo-a-day for a vacation. (however, I have been creating vacations albums, too)
One key for me is to keep on top of choosing my photo and labeling them. Every few days I make sure I go through my photos and pick out the photo that will be for that specific day. I have a file on my computer labeled Project Life 2010 (or now 2011) and when I choose my photo for that specific day I "save as" and name it that date. At the end of June and the end of December I save them to another spot (I also save the periodically throughout the year to and external hard drive or on-line to make sure I always have them save in 2 different places at all times).
Do I ever have more than one photo for the day?
Yes, sometimes I just can't decide so I save 2 or 3 or 5. :) I may not use it but it's there amongst my other "favorites". Or if there happens to be a day I don't have a photo, I either forget or just didn't get one, I can use one of the extras'
As you can see this is something I LOVE and has worked for me. Head over to Becky Higgins's blog to see how easy it really can be. You can do a month at a time, too. It doesn't have to be a photo a day. Her video on March 3 got me all excited to go back to the years I don't have in books yet and just give a year in review, month by month. It's something everyone can do! So who's on board? How many of you are doing this?!?