I almost named this post "a new Project Life spread + sorting and organizing 300 pictures + my process thought out + my plans for catching up" but I thought that might be a bit much.
I am on a roll this week. I am catching up on my Project Life monthly 2013 album.
So far this week, in three days, I've finished May, June, July and started August!!
My plan is to be finished with 2013 by this weekend. I am pretty sure I can do it!
When I make up my mind to do something, no matter how large the project, I usually accomplish it once I'm motivated.
Last month, I caught a "300 prints for $30 shipped" sale at Snapfish and agonizingly went through all my photos from 2013 and printed the ones I knew I wanted to use in Project Life. I grabbed pics from my camera, my phone, Mike's phone and Caroline's devices. That was a BIG job. Huge!
The thought of having to sort them all by month was daunting so I put it off a few weeks.
I sat down Sunday and with my laptop and Picasa open on my desk, I started searching for the pics in my hand to find the date.
After about three hours...I had them all sorted. I listened to three of our shows we have taped but not aired while I sorted.
After sorting the pictures into monthly piles, I went to Facebook and wrote down everything we did memorable in each month.
But that's something you just have to deal with in Project Life if you switch up sizes. Thankfully I had vertical pics that would work.
I started laying out my pictures, knowing I wanted to transition to Design A as often as possible.
(In case you missed our Project Life podcasts, I don't like the vertical design because the photos slip out too easily.)
So I laid everything on my desk to start...
I didn't like that I had two similar pictures of Caroline and me but there was a story for each so I used them.
I pulled my album closer to me and laid the pics right on top of the protector.
After this point, I looked for a 4x6 card (for my title) that featured all or some of the colors in my photos.
I realized doing this spread that I really start my design of colors and PL cards with the 4x6 card title card.
I've also decided that for now, I'm not going to color-organize my 4x6 cards because I like seeing the variety.
I'm inspired by the mix of designs when I'm looking for a jumping off point vs. filling in with color with the 3x4's.
I hope that makes sense!
I liked the 4x6 because that small oval was perfect for my short title...May.
I happened to have gotten in a Two Peas order that day so laying on my desk was a new Simple Stories sticker letter sheet.
Lo and behold the blue was exactly the same so I quickly mounted the title and found a little strip from another sheet to go under it.
After finding some 3x4's, I wrote my journaling on post-it's and thought about what I wanted to say where.
All of that went pretty quickly but I spent well over an hour looking for embellishments. I enjoyed it but it always takes me a while.
Funny too because I don't feel the need to embellish every photo! I like having a lot of photos plain so they really stand out on their own.
So here's my finished spread (click to see full-screen)....
I made sure to include the story of me losing my voice for 8 weeks...I look near death in the top picture above left for a reason!
One thing I noticed as I went through my Facebook posts is that I had said quite a few funny things I wanted to remember. Caroline too.
So on each list, I made notes of the FB posts I wanted to copy directly for a spread. This was one of them.
Design note: I tried putting that button inside the pocket but it was way too lumpy so in the end, it went on the outside.
I had these two pictures of Tiffany and me getting a bunch of $1 scrapbook steals at a local store.
While looking for some type of sticker to accent them with, I found this chipboard piece and realized it was perfect to describe us.
It was too thick to fit inside so I thought it would be a fun design choice to have it span the top of two pockets.
I especially needed to since he's not in any of the other pictures from the month! He was probably working a lot.
But after I did the spread, I really didn't want to break it up with an insert and I felt the photo shoot pics would make a great layout.
So I'm leaving them out and oh well, if he's not in the pics, it's because we didn't see him much that month!
This is a pic from a day in May that she and her Daddy waded in a creek but how fun will this be for her 13 album?
Some photos are better used as personality photos and in another context. That's why I will never ONLY do Project Life scrapping.
I want to tell my more meaningful stories too and I need regular layouts and mini-albums to do that.
That's just how I work.
As always, I did a monthly highlights card and I really love how the whole spread came together.
I'll be back soon with my June and July spreads. I hope this really long post was helpful in some way to you!
I shared my process in our first Project Life podcast but I thought it would be great to add photos to the story.
Happy crafting my peeps! Hope you're having as much fun crafting as I am!