For those of you that don’t know, I have two Project Life albums on the go at the moment. The first is my 2015 album which I try to keep updated every few weeks. The second is my ‘life up til now’ album, which documents my life from birth to the end of 2014. Or at least, that’s the plan.
When I first started out with Project Life, I didn’t really have a plan. I bought a core kit and my page protectors, and then I just ransacked our old family albums for photos I liked. If you don’t necessarily want any structure to your album then this way is absolutely fine, but because I wanted to make mine more of a year-by-year thing, I really struggled to organise everything properly. I figured as I’ve got some time to spare at the moment, it was the perfect time to get to work on this album.
I think I underestimated the amount of time this was going to take, though if I’m being completely honest I probably could have done it faster. I started by sitting down with my laptop, my album and a notebook and going through each page to decide what I wanted to appear on it. I drew up layout after layout and wrote down which photo I wanted where, downloading some from Facebook and flagging them on iPhoto to remember which ones I wanted. I decided to start this process from 2009, as this is when I joined Facebook and also where the majority of the photos I have on my laptop begin. I’m probably going to do a couple more process posts, but I’ll definitely be showing how I do the beginning of the album as I currently have no idea!
This is an example of my crazy sketching. I drew over it in pen when I was ordering photos so that I knew for sure I’d got all the ones I needed. The ones that say ‘done’ are photos I had already printed. I also found it helpful to write a list of ‘key events’ for some years where I wanted to make sure I either had space to write about certain things, or have the pictures for them.
I also went through and put little notes in the pages in some cases, to help me remember. I don’t know why I did both, but it’s helped get it in my mind more so I’ll probably do this more often.
In some cases, I have no idea what I want to put in the pockets so I’ve left them blank. I think with this page I’ll probably just put some cool filler cards in, but I’d rather order photos I know I want and then decide what would look best afterwards than order a load of photos I’m not going to use.
I like having title cards on some of the pages – particularly those that signify a new year or special event – and so I have been making a few of those ready for when my photos arrive. This one is the last page of the album, which will also have some photos from when I went to Spain with Sam at the end of last year.
To make the whole thing a bit easier for myself, I’ve decided only to use Design A page protectors. That way I knew all my landscape photos would be 6×4 and all my portrait photos would be resized to 3×4 and then stitched together on Photoshop to be printed 6×4. I have been known on some pages to cut regular 6×4 photos in half to use in two 3×4 pockets, but I think it looks much cleaner when the photos fit the pocket they’re designed for.
I finalised my order for 150 photos from Photobox last night, so hopefully I’ll be doing a more photo-heavy process post soon showing you how I’ve put my album together! I’m so excited to finally be getting somewhere with this album – it might even end up being my favourite. I’ve still got loads of journalling and stuff to do even after the photos arrive so it’s not over just yet.