Now I know we are well into the third month of 2018. Even so, I still wanted to share my Project Life process from the very beginning. So in this post I want to share with you a few things I do prior to diving in and creating pages for a new year. But first a confession:
I am still working on my 2017 album 😱.
I needed to get that off of my chest before I continue with this post. You’ll understand why in a moment.
I started using the physical version of Project Life back in 2012 in a weekly format.
In 2016 when I switched to the app, I continued documenting weekly. I was totally obsessed with keeping my pages up to date as using the app made this so easy to do. The first few months of 2016 I was still working part time at the Paper Source, while looking for a full-time graphic design position. When I finally found one, I noticed I wasn’t taking as many “everyday” photos like I was when only working part time. Most of my photo-taking opportunities were falling on the weekends. I was beginning to think that my Project Life Weekly Format was more like a “weekend format.” Don’t get me wrong, I was still able to fill my pages and complete my 2016 album (You can see a walk through of my 3-volume album on my Kelly Sill Design Facebook Page here) by using the Big Shot Templates in the app. But I was a little bummed I wasn’t taking as many everyday photos.
In 2017 I decided to switch it up and document in a monthly format. I figured by doing this I would have less of that self-inflicted pressure to make sure I am taking photos and keeping up with my pages. You know what happened?
I got lazy. Right now my 2017 album is complete only through May and I am playing catch-up. I even noticed the quality of my photos have started to declined because I wasn’t using my skills on a daily basis!
So. Not. Cool.
Turns out that self-inflicted pressure I put on myself in 2016 was a blessing in disguise. Having a ritual of dropping photos into layouts throughout the week, then finishing the journaling and adding embellishments the following Monday/Tuesday was a good thing. It kept me on track and I missed that.
So for 2018, I decided to go back to documenting in a weekly format. I am finding myself paying more attention to the everyday things–even though I am still working full time and we are living in an empty nest. I am pretty much up-to-date in my 2018 album and it feels good. I’m getting into the groove again.
There are times when do find myself looking for ideas of what to take pictures of. When the kids were around that was never a problem. But since we are officially empty nesters, I refer to a handout I created for my Empty Nest Scrapbooking workshop I taught at Scrapaneers a few years back (no longer available). It has a slew of good photo-taking ideas for when you need to fill a few empty pockets on your pages. You can download it here.
So there are three main steps I take before diving into my Project Life Album. They are:
1) Select a kit. I decided to use the Project 52 Rad Edition by Emily Merritt. There will be times I will use some cards from other kits, but they will mainly be very generic journal cards. And I’m sure I will use products by Ali Edwards as well, but I really like to stick with one kit for my albums. For me working with one kit gives my album consistency and that is important to me.
2) Create a color palette from the kit. Knowing there will be pages where I will add text to a page or make a filler/journal card in another app, I like having the RGB color codes of the kit so I can add them to the graphic design apps I use to create these elements. I do this in two different ways. If I am using my iPhone, I grab the colors using the Adobe Capture App. If I am using my iPad Pro, I use Affinity Photo. Here are tutorials on how I do this in both apps.
Adobe Capture Mini Tutorial
Affinity Photo Color Swatch Mini Tutorial
3) Find coordinating kits. After I select the kit I will use, I usually find another kit or two in the app that it would coordinate. Just in case I get a little bored working with one kit. I do this by selecting a card in the kit with a good representation of of all the colors in the kit and place it on one of the 6×8 Page templates. Then I just experiment dropping cards in from other kits to see if their colors match. The Project Life Rad Edition is a little special, though. Because the fonts in the kit look hand-drawn, I wanted to make sure any coordinating kit had fonts with a similar look and feel. I found the Stampin’ Up Let’s Get Away Kit (no longer available for purchase in the app) and the This and That Value Kit by Alma Loveland works really well with Rad.
And that’s it! I’ll be sharing my cover page and weeks one and two in my next post! Thanks for spending a few moments here today!