a crafty life: 40 weeks down, 12 to go

40 weeks in and I’m up to date with my main Project Life album (we won’t talk about the baby album or my mini Hawaii album right now). I have found my style. My groove. And I love this way of documenting.

Project Life layouts by Pinwheels and Stories

I thought I’d tell you a little about my Project Life process and how I get from photos on my iPhone to a complete spread for the week.

Project Life layouts by Pinwheels and Stories

Every Monday evening I collate all my photos for the week – this may involve wrangling Ben’s phone from him to get his photos or uploading any rare photos I’ve taken with the DSLR (week 40 is unusually full of “proper” camera photos as we took it on our trip to Tahoe).

I go through the weeks photos and export to a separate folder any I’d like to use for that week. This is sometimes quick, sometimes tedious. I might edit some photos to make a collage. I actually use an app (InstapicFrames) on my phone as I like the look of the white borders it produces. I tend to edit photos either on my iPhone as I take them with PicTapGo or on my Mac  later with Photoshop Express.

When I’m happy with my selection I send them to my printer. I’m not a planner. I invariably end up printing too many photos. Any that don’t make the cut I save to send to grandparents (they love hard copies) or I frame them.

Tuesday morning = daycare. So once I’ve completed a few essential chores (like make a cup of tea) I get on with laying out my photos and planning which cards from my kit to use. I work fast. For me it’s important to get it all down and in the album before it’s forgotten. My toddler-free hours are precious and our memories are even more precious. I want our album to reflect our days, weeks, and years together and to be something we can look through together in the future. I very rarely go back to change things. Once a week is done we move on to enjoy, and document, the next one.

Project Life layouts by Pinwheels and Stories Project Life layouts by Pinwheels and Stories

Are you a project lifer? I’d love to hear about your process.

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