After starting this post I soon realized I had lots to say about Project Life! So I have decided to divide it into two separate posts.
A few weeks ago when we returned from our vacation to Alaska, I had a look at my Project Life album and realized I was 5 weeks behind with my weekly layout spreads. Reality is, this will happen given how busy our lives are, but what I hope to achieve in this post is to help decrease the stress you may experience. With just a little bit of planning you can rest easy and know you are in a good spot. I have based my tips on my experience this year and on the process that works for me. There are many different ways of playing along with PL and most of you who are already doing it will have your own method, these are some ideas I have found helped me.
Today I want to focus on the photos and reflection (notes).
I find if I have my photos organized into files then it takes a lot of the pressure off what I am printing and placing in my album. You might choose to do your photo editing at this stage if you like, but I usually wait until I am ready to print.· Each new month I create photo files labeled PL
· Within those files I create new weekly files with the dates for the week (I start my week on Mondays, some people like a Sunday start). You could also add the week number if you prefer. Most Project Lifers post the week number on their blog, I might consider adding this to my files next year – only because I can never remember what week I am posting and always have to look it up from my previous blog post.
· At least once a week I upload all photos from my camera and cell phone.
· Once I have the photos uploaded I use this time to go through them and pick which ones I will utilize in my PL spread. I add them to the weekly file.
· If I am several weeks behind I typically will not do extensive photo editing. Unless you feel strongly about having perfect photos, this will save you lots of time.
· I have a photo printer at home and find this convenient, but that doesn’t mean you need one. Recently, I ran out of printer cartridges and used the same system above for the photo-lab I access.You can use Picasa to edit your photos or make collages and then upload to the photo-lab if you like.
I will admit reflecting on what has transpired each week is not something I keep up with on a weekly basis. This is actually my weakness, but I am here to tell you I make it work and I don’t let it bother me. Here is how I plan around this:
· Windows has “sticky notes” I post on my desktop. I will use a new color sticky note for each week and start tracking what I think I want to include in my weekly spread. These are quick notes and mine are not very detailed. They are what I refer back to when I do my journaling on my spreads.
· At times if I have more detailed information I want to track I will create a word document. This was helpful while on vacation where there was lots happening.
· There are organizational apps out there like Evernote and Cathy Zielske shared the Day One app for iPhone users which is like a journaling app.
· Typically I refer back to my uploaded photos for the week. This in itself will help to remind me what has transpired each week. Other things that assist are reviewing emails, referring back to my work schedule and looking at the calendar.
· I print off emails, save screenshots of conversations from textiing, online classes, pinterest etc. I save ticket stubs and any other memorabilia I want to add.
At first you might think it is too time consuming but once you get into it you will find a rhythm that works for you.
Next week I will share my process of creating a layout spread.
What do you use to organize your photos and notes with your Project Life? Do you have any great apps you utilize for Project Life? I would love to hear.
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