The urge to go back to focusing on personal photography, daily journals, and everyday documentation of life is stronger than ever. But between work and single parenting, how do I find the time? Then I discovered Project Life (PL). Actually I learned about PL a while back when Becky Higgins first started the "movement." I bought my first PL Kit, and two more after that. I have to say that I just completed my first album recently and that was my son's 2013 album. At this rate, I will never be able to catch up.
Until I installed the Project Life App. I cannot believe how ridiculously easy and fast it is to select, drag and drop photos on the PL pages. I can easily select coordinating cards and even write or dictate-to-text my thoughts on the available journal cards. I am so blown away. As it is in digital format, I am antsy as to be able to touch them and of course, file them in my 12 x 12 Binder. I know a lot of people who have gone digital wait until the end of the year to get theirs printed into one album. I like that too but I cannot wait that long. Perhaps I will just make a separate photo book. So for now, I decided to have the first few pages I made with the app printed through Persnickety Prints. They were so fast and the pages were lovely. I was worried with the quality of the prints as they were all photos taken with my smartphone, but they turned out to be very good.
I am hoping to be able to do a little bit of digital and actual scrapping. But for now, I am just happy that I got started and within a day or so completed my entire January 2015 pages. Below are some of the pages I created all done from a smart phone.
Here are some of the other apps I use in conjunction with my Project Life App :
iDoneThis - This is my favorite app. This is where I put everything that I did for the day. I set an alert to prompt me to enter things I did and I reference this if I want to remember what I did on a particular day.
- Collect Photo Journal - Super cool app! I can add a photo a day, choose how I want the photo to be formatted and be able to include some journaling to it and select a calendar date template to display it. I know there will be a time I will get this added into one of my PL pages as it fits perfectly in those 2x3 slots.
- Day One App - This is my online diary protected by a 4 digit passcode. If there are some thoughts that I deem super private, I write them here. Perhaps one day I can be able to be more open in my blog but for now, those private thoughts remain private.
PRINTER: If I don't order my prints or layouts through Persnickety Prints and get the urge to do paper scrapbooking,
Canon Selphy CP 910 is my go to printer. I love LOVE this printer. I love that it takes up very little real estate on my desk, it prints over wi-fi and I use their app to print photos directly from my iPhone. It is super EASY to use. I can print both 4 x 6 or (2) 3 x4 in a snap.
SCANNER: At some point, I do plan to scan the artwork that Troy takes home from school. Right now, I am using my scanner to scan everything (receipts, documents, etc). but school work. But when I do, I will default of course to the scanner I already have: Scan Snap 1100 Just like my Selphy, this scanner takes up so little space but does the work of a regular scanner.
My go-to photo editing apps on the smartphone are: PicTapGo!, Snapseed (especially for those photos where I need to fine tune, lighten or darken a particular area) and my favorite, VSCOFilms.
Anyway, I am just so excited that I was able to do all these pages in a flash. No sit down commitment in front of my computer, no heavy thinking...just on the go type of thing and before I knew it, I already completely my January month Project Life pages.