project life : april 2 & how i’m using the app

June 17, 2015

how i'm using the project life app

In the middle of April I decided to change my whole approach to Project Life. In order to save time, I decided to start using the app. It’s a hybrid approach, because I do a little bit of work ahead of time on my computer, and I also add finishing touches once the page is printed.

Let me show you my first spread using the app, and then I’ll explain the process.

project life : april two

I’m doing kind of a monthly grouping with my spreads, but I still like to do “week in review” cards and work on things every two weeks. Because each month doesn’t have exactly four weeks, by this point in April I needed to include three weekly updates.

project life : april two

Here I wanted to document getting our kittens, my nephew’s birthday party, knitting my first ball of yarn, and a random cute pic of Liam.

project life : april two

Here’s a close-up of what the text looks like. Very readable. And I added that little label on top of the print, so overall the style is consistent with my previous spreads.

project life : april two

project life : april two

On this side I wanted to write more about taking Liam to the ENT and the stressful season of life it was for me. Then there are more kid and craft pics – nothing new there!

project life : april two

One of my favorite things about using the Project Life app is to easily be able to include digital journaling cards. All you have to do is save them in Dropbox and you can access them easily. That’s also how I got my “week in review” cards into the spread. First I edited them in Photoshop Elements, then just saved and uploaded to Dropbox. Easy.

You can probably figure out my process just from looking at the finished product here, but it just goes like this:

  • Edit any journaling cards I need and upload to Dropbox
  • Create spread in app
  • Order prints
  • Add any journaling (I use this pen) or physical embellishments like labels
  • Slip into page protector

It’s awesome! The quality of the prints is amazing. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s versatile. In fact, I don’t know if I even want to go back to doing it the old way. Of course, I lose that “hands on” crafting time, but I do other scrapbooking projects that give me my fix, and now I have more time to do other things.

A few notes:

1. Shipping on prints directly from the app is $5 flat. That’s ridiculous when you just want two 12×12 prints at $1.99 each, so I waited until I had two months’ worth. Obviously it’s a better deal the more you order.

2. If you order a 12×12 print and then cut the photos down to fit in traditional pockets, they will be too small.

3. You can add journaling from the app as well, but I like the look of handwriting.

And that’s it! I have some more spreads to share with you to get caught up in the next few weeks.

p.s. – a detailed overview of the Project Life app

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Comments on project life : april 2 & how i’m using the app

  1. 1

    From lauren w:

    YES. I’ve been waiting for this post. I think I’d get stuff done so much faster if I switched to the app now, but I have this thing where I want at least each year to be consistent. Maybe starting in July, since it’s the half-way point… :) When I go full digital I’ll probably journal in the app too. I love the look of handwriting and the concept of preserving handwriting, but looking back and old albums I always end up procrastinating on the journalling part.

  2. 2

    From Kathleen:

    You could try switching to the way I’m doing it for now! It truly looks so similar that I don’t think you’d notice much difference in the album.

  3. 3

    From Melissa:

    I love the way this looks Kathleen! It’s so pleasing to the eye – all the black and white. I would imagine it’s a much simplified memory keeping process using the app. Very cool!

  4. 4

    From Melissa:

    Also I meant to say that I love the combo of digital font mixed with your handwriting specifically. It’s a good combo :)

  5. 5

    From erin:

    I’ve been curious about your new approach. Thanks for sharing!

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