To those of you who don’t read my Project Life posts, I am sorry for bombarding you recently. However, I’m totally on it with my PL organisation at the moment and I am just really enjoying taking time out of my day to work on my albums. I shared with you my ‘life until now’ process last week, and as my monthly album process is quite a lot different, I figured it deserved its own post.
As with my other album, planning layouts is important to how I keep up with my monthly Project Life. However, instead of drawing layouts out on paper, I use the Project Life app. I think the app is tons more useful if you do digital Project Life and live in the US as you can print your photos directly from the app, however I really like it for planning layouts as well as having a nosey at some of the core kits. Most of the photos that I print for my monthly album are taken from my phone, so I can easily plan a layout in advance just by selecting the photos I want to include and arranging them on a template. I can then save these layouts on my phone to refer back to for when it comes to printing/creating real life layouts.
I probably try and order photos for my monthly album every three to four weeks. Ideally I’d print them as I take them, but places like Boots charge more per print than PhotoBox which I use. Yes, I do have to pay for postage when ordering online, but I’d have to pay for the bus fare into town to Print at Boots anyway, so it works itself out. Recently I’ve been ordering photos for both albums in one go anyway, which has saved on cost because I’ve bought in bulk. Obviously this isn’t always possible, but if you are going to be ordering photos or prints for something else, take advantage of the deals!
When it comes to journalling, I vary my process. Sometimes I’ll do some journalling on my plan in the app, or just write notes on what I’m going to say. Other times I’ll leave it for when I get around to putting the photos in the album, but this tends to be for less personal journalling.
Examples of how I use the app:
The left hand side is pretty much what the finished layout will look like. I don’t have the Midnight core kit so the cards will be different, but I’ve outlined what I want to journal about and inserted the pictures I want. The right side is less finished. The journalling is pretty much complete, but I haven’t taken any after photos yet, so I will need to do those before printing. I find having it laid out like this is so much easier than printing blind, as it allows me to know for sure which photos I need to print 3×4, and also makes it easier to fill everything in when I have the photos, especially if I don’t have much time.
I downloaded the app when it was free, however I believe it is now 79p from the App Store. I find the app most useful for planning layouts and stitching two 3x4s into one 6×4 from my phone, but it’s going to depend how you use the app as to whether or not it’s worth the price. For less than a pound, I’d say you might as well do it anyway.
If you have any questions about my process for either album, feel free to leave them below!