Is it important to keep up with Project Life?
Just throwing this question in to start with, as everyone works differently and at their own pace! I personally like to keep up with Project Life because it makes it easier for me to write about specific memories and feelings, and maybe write about things I don’t necessarily have photos for. However, I have managed to make a successful ‘my life until now’ album, which was definitely something I worked on after 90% of it had happened. Trying to ‘keep up’ with Project Life can be quite stressful, and you can still make a cracking album without printing and writing regular updates, so don’t let it get you down if you can’t keep up.
Keep all your photos in a designated folder
One thing I’m bad at doing is backing up my photos. However this is a really good step for keeping up with Project Life as you can simply create a folder for all the photos you need to print and then print them when you have time. You could even organise them into categories or pages that you know you want to have. Reading the title a non-digital way, you could also print all your photos off in bulk and then store them in a tangible folder until you have time to actually put them in an album. I use Snapfish to print mine, then tend to keep them in the wallet they come in until I’m ready to use them!
Write down your journalling
Whether you have time to complete a whole page or not, writing down your journalling as and when you have something to say can be a lifesaver. Make a note on your phone, or keep a notebook dedicated to little journal snippets. I always thank myself for writing down random bits of journalling for specific cards which I can then just copy across when I get around to it. I would write directly onto a journal card, but we all know picking cards can be a tricky feat, especially when you haven’t even got the rest of the layout yet.
Create a theme for your album
As I said in my previous Project Life post, my 2016 album has a designated colour scheme (pastel pink, mint green and black and white). This makes it easier to begin inserting stuff in your album as you already have a vague idea of what your colour scheme is going to be and whether or not your photo is going to fit. You can also start using thickers on specific photos to add titles to give yourself a head start.
Plan your pages in advance
This is something than can be done using the Project Life app, as well as by hand in a notebook. I use a mixture of these two options, but mostly end up filling endless notebooks full of ideas. Having switched to 6×8 this year my layouts need much less planning than a 12×12, but it still helps to plan as you go, even if you don’t have any time to print pictures or write down any journalling.
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These are my top tips for keeping on top of your Project Life even when real life gets in the way. I hope they were helpful, and hopefully next time I share a Project Life post it will be with an actual update of my 2016 album! Let me know how you keep up with Project Life below!