Today’s post is from Melissa Jersey.
First, I should get this out of the way: when I say I won’t miss a week of Project Life, that doesn’t mean that my album is always current. It just means that I will have all 52 weeks in my album at some point.
Because for me, not missing a week of Project Life means that I have pictures selected and thorough notes to review when I (eventually) sit down to create the layout.
For example I’m currently working on my week 14 spread and I don’t have very much done. But that’s okay. I’m okay with that.
Because I know I kept notes in my 2014 Life Planner and I can go back to review them at any time. I will admit that sometimes I’m not that great at jotting down notes as they happen, but I generally sit down at least once a week (usually that Sunday) and reflect back on the week. Sometimes I’ll even open up my Facebook and Twitter accounts and see what I posted that week if I need a little refresher.
My process is very simple. I take photos throughout the week and upload them to my computer through Dropbox (seriously love this app). On Sunday night, I move all of the photos into that week’s folder with the week number and date so I keep them all together [you can get a free set of 2014 folders here].
Then I’ll sketch out any cards that I may want to create to go along with the layout, and sometimes I’ll loosely plan out what I want my spread to look like in the grids.
The following Monday I open Photoshop and see what happens. Sometimes I can create an entire spread in one sitting, and other times I’ll have to keep going back.
Once I have all of my pockets planned out and created in Photoshop I save them in a folder I call “Photos To Print” within a sub-folder with the week number. I’ll also save any photos I want to get printed for frames or traditional scrapbook pages in this folder as well. If it’s in this folder, it gets printed.
I batch print on the first week of every month so I usually have anywhere between 3 to 5 spreads worth of photos to print at once. I like doing it this way so I’m not running back and forth to Walgreens to pick up pictures.
Once my photos are printed, I open up my Photos To Print folder on my laptop and start sorting out my pictures into what weeks they go to, and then it’s time to cut my 3×4’s apart (I put 2 3x4s onto one 4×6) and slip them into my pockets.
While I’m doing this, my children patiently wait for me to finish so they can go through the entire album. They also usually like to pull out last year’s album and look through it again while I’m adding the new spreads into the current album.
I love their little squeals of delight when they see their favorite spreads and how excited they get as they report “I remember this” or “Mom, I loved this day!”
They are definitely my motivation for why I’m determined to finish another year. I may not have the current week in the album, but I know that it’ll eventually get there. I do my best to keep Project Life, new, fresh and as stress free as possible.