I was a 12x12 scrapbooker for 7 years and I have since taken up Project Life and currently onto my 3rd year of it. I am in love with Project Life as I love to document not just photos that are special but daily life and routines for us to look back on and remember the simple things in life that happened.
I have committed to doing my PL weekly. It is a full on commitment (especially the way I do my PL) and I am by no means a fast scrapper. I am very slow and get easily distracted. I am busy, I work, I have a family, a social life, crappy health At the Moment but hey...... we are women and aren't we all the same way. We are all so so busy each and every day. So.. its a good idea for you to take it onboard whichever way suites you and your time schedule. I know girls that do it monthly and do it for just occasions.. Holidays, Wedding, baby albums.. however suits you.
I do struggle most weeks to keep up. Especially now that I am doing my Project Life kits, I am much more behind.. But thats ok because I am not trying to keep up with anyone else except myself.
I spend probably 5 nights a week out of 7 in my scrapping room from 8.30pm til Midnight.. My ding dong bell rings in my head at midnight.. time to go and get some much needed sleep to pull me through the next 1 hour day.
I get annoyed at myself as I will procrastinate for the first hour or two checking out Facebook, finding a good channel on television to keep me entertained while scrapping for the night, tidying my mess from the night before, oops.. go and make that coffee to give me a feeling of begin relaxed and ready to go... sooo by 9.30-10pm I'm rearing to go.
I know we all have our own ways and routine.. or not... but I find that this way works for me.
The two other nights I am not in my scrapping room I am on the couch in the lounge editing and printing out photos for the next week or two ahead of me (I mean behind me) that I am going to achieve.
One of my most favourite editing programmes I use every day is PicMonkey. This is a free editing programme through Facebook, but if you go onto their website you actually have to pay a yearly or monthly fee I think. There are a few things that are not free in FB using it, but I get around that or use another tool which is free.
The other programme I use is Photoshop Elements Editor. I must say I have always had a love hate relationship with PS but I have learnt to do only what I know for now.. I venture out now and then.. but basically I use PSE for putting the digital words on my photos and a little editing. There is so much to learn in PSE and so much more I could do.. but that is sadly another lifetime away for me. Once again.. time poor is always my problem.
I have over the past couple of years purchased all of my digital words here at Designer Digitals.. Currently they are having a crazy 40% off Sale.
So once or twice a week I spend about 4 hours with my album in front of me on the couch and my empty page protectors and I scroll through my photos for the week I am working on. I decide not he photos which are most important for me to scrap and put in my album.. and then I will go and edit them or add words to them if I feel the need. Sometimes I will only just lighten the photos to make them look a bit brighter and clearer.
Once I have done this.. I am right to go for a week scrapping and doing my PL cards. Now I know what photos I want to use and the page protector pieced out.. I am not up to the part that I chose my papers to match my photos. I like to try and use a couple of layers of papers.. I love layers.. then lastly I add my embellishments to give my cards a pop of colour.
I like to use different page protectors.. Im not one to have the same. I love change.. and to mix it up.. Makes it look interesting.. I must say Becky Higgins Design A is my favourite.. but I do love tho use all the different inserts. I love the 6x6. This to me is like doing a mini 12x12. Fun fun..
If you haven't tried these.. adventure out of your square and give them a go. A change is always fun.. Like a challenge. I love to do a challenge as it gets me to use colours or materials I don't always use.
I have two camera that I carry with me most of the time.. I always have my point and shoot Canon Powershot GX1
And my other love which I will be learning forever (time poor again) is my
Canon EOS 600D SLR which I love.. it is a little bigger and heavier than my point and shoot.. but I love to learn on this.. just click and click away.. I love to do this when I am by myself. I dont care what I am shooting.. but I am aiming to get the look that I want and its fun out on my own in my own world doing just this.
I also have the Canon Lens Ultrasonic EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens to go with it.
I am constantly learning but this is what I love about my Project Life and photography.. I know my boys get annoyed at me for taking so many photos of them doing just every day stuff.. but I always say.. just ignore me and you wont suffer the consequences.. but if you chose to muck with me .. I will get angry lol
I love this shot of my gorgeous Mumma bear in NZ and all my nieces and nephews..
So that's it for me today.. If you are not already a member of my Facebook page Snap it up Project Life, go over and request to become a member.
Love and hugs for this lovely Tuesday