Project Life 2015 Catch-Up: Weeks 47 – 49

Just stopping in to share a few weeks of my Project Life layouts from the end of 2015. I’ve got the year finished and my Blurb book ordered (40% off on sale last week!). Now I just need to start on 2016…only about 15 weeks behind! 🙂

Week 47

Week 47 BLOG

Cass took our family pictures in a coffee shop and it snowed.

Week 47 Left BLOG

Week 47 Right BLOG

Supply List: 

Project Life Project 52 core kit

One Little Bird’s Around Here journaling cards

One Little Bird’s At Week’s End journaling cards

Ali‘s “With Gratitude” set – no longer available.

Week 48

Ryan went duck hunting. I ran a Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving morning. That 6″ wide page on the right is like an insert. I actually filled the rest of the 12″ page with black in the file I uploaded to Blurb, and I’ll cut it off when my book comes!

Week 48 1 BLOG

Thanksgiving, taking Ellie to see Santa, putting up our tree.

Week 48 2 BLOG

Supply List: 

Project Life Project 52 core kit

Kelly Purkey Thanksgiving freebie

 

Week 49

A double page spread for week 49.

Week 49 1 BLOG

I signed up for the Indianapolis Mini Marathon (13.1 miles – in 18 days from now! EEK!), we were surprised by the porch horseshoe art fairy again, Ryan worked at Purdue, and I went to the eye doctor (again!).

Week 49 1 Left BLOG

Ellie got a video message from Santa, we opened daily Christmas countdown books, the Amazon packages started coming hot and heavy.

Week 49 1 Right BLOG

And the second spread.

Week 49 2 BLOG

Ellie’s second trip to Christmas at the Zoo. She was much more interested this year. 😉

Week 49 2 Left BLOG

Mailing Christmas cards, another (!) eye doctor appointment, and a little photo session in front of our Christmas tree.

Week 49 2 Right BLOG

Supply List: 

Project Life Project 52 core kit

Check back soon to see my pages for the rest of the 2015!

Project Life 2015 Catch-Up: Weeks 43 – 46

I’m making big progress on my 2015 Project Life album. Just a few weeks left to finish up, and I have a goal to have it ordered by the end of the month! I’m working on week 50 now, so I’ll have a few more layouts to share soon.

Week 43

A doctor’s appointment, a work trip, a new checking account, and a little Halloween photo shoot.

Week 43 BLOG

Week 43 BLOG Left

Week 43 BLOG Right

Supply List: 

Project Life Project 52 Core Kit

Ali Edwards‘ Wordart (not currently available)

 

Week 44

The end of harvest, trick-or-treating, and the stomach flu.

Week 44 BLOG

Week 44 Left BLOG

Week 44 Right BLOG

Supply List: 

Project Life Project 52 Core Kit

Ali Edwards‘ What Today Looked Like Word art (not currently available)

Kristin Cronin Barrow’s Halloween Sweetie cards

 

Week 45

Daycare fun, our first Santa sighting, and a lazy weekend at home.

Week 45 BLOG

Week 45 Left BLOG

Week 45 Right BLOG

Supply List: 

Project Life Project 52 Core Kit

One Little Bird’s At Week’s End journaling cards

 

Week 46

Scrapbooking, a doctor’s appointment, reading, Red Cups, and a breakfast date.

Week 46 BLOG

Week 46 Left BLOG

Week 46 Right BLOG

Supply List: 

Project Life Project 52 Core Kit

One Little Bird’s Around Here journaling cards

 

Check back soon for week 47 – 52!

Project Life 2015 Catch-Up: Weeks 38 – 42

I’ve been chugging along, working as quickly as I can to finish up Project Life 2015. I wanted to have the pages done and the book ordered and in hands the first week of February. Yeah, not happening. But I’ll just keep chugging as fast as I can, while I continue to upload current photos and journaling so I don’t lose anything from my current memory keeping while I catch up on these past weeks. If you missed it, you can see more about how I do that here.

Week 38
Lots of exercise, LOTS of vehicle repairs (UGH), the dentist, a baby shower, and a big girl at daycare (my baby is growing up!).

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Supply List:
Project Life Project 52 kit
One Little Bird’s Cabana journaling cards
Digital Design Essentials Daily Notes cards
Ali Edwards Say Hello No. 2 Word Art

Week 39
A 19-month checkup and shots, new Thursday night TV, a bald eagle in our backyard, lots of working out, scrapbooking, farming, and a birthday party!

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Supply List:
Project Life Project 52 kit
Project Life Happy Edition
The Starbucks card is an image saved from the Starbucks emails (love them!).
The “You are my favorite” card is a freebie from Christine Herrin’s email newsletter.

Week 40 
Farming, family, scrapbooking at work, a full moon in the crib, and more farming.

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Supply List:
Project Life Project 52 kit
Project Life Perfectly Imperfect cards (recolored to match)
In a Creative Bubble’s Real Life cards (no longer available – but check out the awesome designs now in her shoppe!).

Week 41
Lots of farming, horseshoe art left on our porch, running, Mama-and-Ellie day at the Bridge Festival (and a lost [and found] cell phone – UGH), and Daddy cutting his first beans.

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Supply List:
Project Life Project 52 cards

Week 42
A new planner, a sign painting party, plenty of Ellie gems, farming, fall colors, and Bridge Festival-ing.

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Supply List:
Project Life Project 52 kit
Everyday Edition kit
Ali Edwards Fall Boxes from Designer Digitals (no longer available).

Staying Organized for (Digital) Project Life

As I recently shared, I am currently 16 weeks 13 weeks (progress!) behind on Project Life. I’m not really stressing about it because I have a system (do you know me? Obviously I have a system.). As promised, today I’m going to share a little peek into that system which helps me keep my photos, journaling, etc. organized so I don’t have to worry when I get behind.

I take a ridiculous number of photos every week, mostly on my iPhone. I like to get the photos off my phone once a week so they’re getting backed up and so I don’t lose track of where I am. So on Mondays I upload the previous week’s photos to Dropbox. (I just recently turned the Camera Upload feature back on in Dropbox so this part may be changing soon.) In Dropbox, I have a folder called _PHOTOS (the _ is so it shows up at the top of my list of folders alphabetically), and inside that folder I put a folder for each week.

How I upload/organize photos and journaling for Project Life.
Here’s how that looks on my phone:

How I upload/organize photos and journaling for Project Life.

Sidenote: There are two Week 52 folders because I’d already uploaded all of the photos from December 21 – 27 before I decided to include 12/28 – 12/31 in that last week of the year, so I made a second folder to keep things straight while uploading, then lumped them all into one folder on my computer called ‘Week 51 12-21 to 12-31’.

While those photos are uploading, I look back over my planner and my photos from the previous week and type up a short list of what we did that week, along with anything Ellie said or did that I want to remember, etc. Anything I might want in a Project Life layout for that week gets typed into a plain text file (so it opens easily on PC or Mac) and saved right in that same week’s folder of photos in Dropbox. Every couple of weeks I copy the photos and text file to a corresponding folder on my laptop and my desktop. On my desktop, in my Photos folder, I have a 2015 folder that has a folder for each month (01 January, 02 February, etc.), and then inside each of those folders is a folder for each week that falls into that month.

2015
>01 January
>>Week 1 1-5 to 1-11
>>Week 2 1-12 to 1-18

My laptop is just for scrapbooking, web surfing, etc. – not for long-term storage – so I just have a Project Life folder that has a folder for each week with the week number and dates. Once I scrapbook that week, I drag that week’s folder into a “DONE” folder and I’ll eventually just delete those since the photos, layouts, etc. are stored on my desktop (and backed up from there to the cloud).

Usually on Sunday evenings, I upload any photos I took on my dSLR that week into the corresponding week’s folder on my laptop (and into the folder in Dropbox so I can easily copy them over to my desktop for long-term storage) so those are ready to go with the iPhone photos. I keep a list in Evernote of all of the weeks of of the year with the week number and the date that looks like this:

How I upload/organize photos and journaling for Project Life.
The check boxes are:

  • to make sure I’ve uploaded the pictures to Dropbox
  • to make sure I’ve put the photos on both my laptop and my desktop
  • to make sure I’ve tagged and renamed them on my desktop in Bridge (I tag with the names of the people in the photos, the location or subject of the photo, etc. then rename with Year_Month_Day_’Original Filename from camera’ so they’ll show up in chronological order no matter if they’re iPhone photos or dSLR photos.
  • to be sure I’ve scrapbooked the layout on my MacBook
  • to be sure I’ve copied the layout to my iMac for long-term storage/backup

Once I’ve done all of those things, I will delete most of the checkboxes so it just looks like this:

How I upload/organize photos and journaling for Project Life.
So, WOW. That looks really time intensive and confusing. I promise it’s not, not at all. And now, looking at 13 weeks to catch up on, I’ve got 13 folders labeled with the week number and the dates stored on my laptop. Each folder contains all of the photos and information about that week ready to go, along with any digi supplies I want to be sure to use. I can access my list in Evernote from any computer, so I can always see where I’m at and what I need to work on next. When I’m done with a layout, I save the finished Photoshop file, full-size 12” x 12” JPGs of both sides of the layout (for printing), and any files resized to share on Instagram or my blog into Dropbox so I can get the full-size files onto my desktop and the small files onto my phone to share.

Clear as mud? Any questions? Fire away!

Project Life 2015 Catch-Up: Week 37

If you’ve been following along here for a while, you know that I used to share my Project Life layouts. And…that stopped in April 2014, a few weeks before I went back to work from maternity leave. Near the end of 2014 it was becoming clear to me that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with Project Life if I tried to continue doing it in paper. And I had a baby who would soon be mobile enough to get into my supplies if I had them spread around. So I switched to digital layouts that I just had printed at Persnickety Prints and slipped into 12″ x 12″ page protectors at the back of 2014’s album.

Sidenote: I am not using the Project Life app, although I have it and it’s dang awesome (and I do use it for part of my process for keeping organized for Project Life). This control freak just needs a little more control over fonts, etc. and I can add my fun digi supplies with a lot less finagling and moving files around if I just use Photoshop on my laptop.

After doing that for a few months and liking it, I decided that I’d continue doing digi layouts in 2015, but I’d order them in a 12″ x 12″ photo book. I love photo books and how little space they take up on the shelf compared to two huge three-ring albums per year. And the look is so clean and pretty. So that’s what I’ve been doing and I was chugging along, just a few weeks behind, for most of the year. Until Week in the Life in August. I switched over to working on that project instead of Project Life and with just 30 minutes to an hour on my lunch break at work and an hour or less some evenings, progress is pretty slow on my scrapbooking projects. I finally wrapped up my Week in the Life album and started working on Project Life pages again in November, just in time to get into December Daily which took priority over Project Life too. Other than waiting for one last batch of photo prints and wrapping up some last journaling and embellishing once they come, December Daily is pretty much done now too. That last week of the year I was really itching to get started on Project Life this year with the new Project 52 2016 kit I downloaded, but I’ve got 16 weeks of 2015 to catch up on before I’ll let myself get into the new year.

SIXTEEN WEEKS.

But have no fear. I’m determined, I have a goal (three weeks, which I’m really not sure is possible), and I’ve got a pretty good system in place. I’ll share a little peek into that system in the next few days or so. It may just help you stay organized for your own Project Life.

So without further ado, here is the page I finished yesterday. Week 37, complete with a Labor Day breakfast date and swimming, workouts, a healthy food grocery haul (solo! With Starbucks!!), and a full day of meal prep.

Project Life Week 37
Here’s a larger view of the left side.
Project Life Week 37
And the right side.
Project Life Week 37
Check back in the next few days for a peek into my Project Life organizational system!

Project Life 2014: Week 6

Week 6: February 3 – 9, 2014

This is the big week: the week Miss Ellie was born. This was a big hold up in getting my weeks done since this was such a big week (and technically it’s still not 100% finished). But here it is!

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2014 Project Life Week 6

Left side: another BIG snowstorm, labor, Ellie’s birth day!

2014 Project Life Week 6

Insert: our time in the hospital. That empty slot will be the birth story if I can ever get it copy and pasted and printed out to slip in there.

2014 Project Life Week 6

2014 Project Life Week 6

Right side: our first days at home.

2014 Project Life Week 6

Details.

2014 Project Life Week 6

2014 Project Life Week 6

2014 Project Life Week 6
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