Digital Project Life Blurb Book

Another week complete and I am just loving the Midnight edition of Project Life!

Digital Project Life (Midnight Edition)

Becky Higgins released the Midnight Edition of project life a couple of weeks ago.  This edition was designed by my friend Liz Tamanaha of Paislee Press.  I’ve been waiting for this release! The kit is gorgeous a gorgeous minimalist style and so totally Liz.  I downloaded it right away and totally love it!

I was starting to burn out on Project Life.  I even contemplated switching to a traditional style thinking maybe that’s what I needed to rekindle my excitement about project life.  Then I re-read this post and realized it wasn’t the format… It was the time.  I was spending so much time picking and choosing which journaling cards to use – I have tons from my favorite designers but they’re not all in a “kit”.  I also wasn’t really experimenting with all the different layout options I created in my Project Life blurb booksmart templates and I was getting kind of bored of the whole thing.

So, after re-reading my post I decided it was time to get back to making things SIMPLE.  I downloaded the midnight kit and decided to use only this kit moving forward in 2013.  I spent one evening opening all the journaling, title and filler cards in photoshop and cropped them all to square edges and either 3×4 or 4×6 size.  This way when I used them with my booksmart templates I wouldn’t have to worry about enlarging the card image in booksmart to get rid of the rounded corners.  Then I imported all the cropped midnight cards into booksmart.

After that I went through and swapped out the title cards I had in booksmart for Midnight cards and replaced a couple others too.  Most of the cards I had been using were designed by Liz already so they still blend alright with the midnight edition.  Then I created the last three weeks of layouts over the course of a couple nights (making sure to use some of the templates I hadn’t tried yet) and I’m happy to say I’m totally caught up now!

Here are the latest weeks (and a slideshow of my blurb book so far).

This week I used two layouts to cover the entire week- the one above and the one below – a digital “insert” of photos.

and here’s how the entire project life blurb book is coming along..

Blurb Baby Book… A work in process

I’m *almost* done with Ashleigh’s baby book. I’m creating it in Blurb using my Blurb 8×10 Project Life style templates. I started this project around the middle of March and have been working on it a little each night. It’s all coming together quite nice. The last big event to include is her one year birthday. I still have hundreds of pictures from that time frame that haven’t made it into the photobook yet. I’m planning to sift back through the images and pick out my favorites as well as photos that show relationships and characteristics specific to Ashleigh and incorporate them into the album. I’ll share more about how I organized everything and my process once it’s finished.

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Include Your Handwriting in Digital Project Life

One thing that’s been bugging me about my Digital Project Life project is that I’m not able to include my own handwriting. Not that my handwriting is super awesome or anything, but I love when I see a traditional project life album that has some handwriting. It just feels a little more personal to me. I found this website: http://www.yourfonts.com and it’s a super easy way to create your own font (and you get to preview your font before you purchase). You download a PDF sheet and write letters within the spaces provided. It took about 6 tries to get the letters just how I wanted them (so the height and width were pretty much the same) and I was happy with the Caps version.  I’m going to work on the lowercase. For now though, I can at least include some of my own handwriting into my project life albums and that makes me happy!

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(digital project life card from the Kraft edition)

How to take better pictures

So I’m going through past years photos organizing and adding keywords to them all in Lightroom. I wish I would have taken the time years ago to learn more about photography and to learn how to properly use my camera. Last year I invested some time (and money!) into various online photography workshops. I learned so much and more from ONE workshop – Snapshots from the Heart by Karen Russell. In her workshop she provided so much information. Everything is organized into lessons and you go through specific lessons week by week. She includes PDF downloads of all the lessons + assignments. Everything about her workshop is just top notch and I learned a ton.

Here’s a bath time picture from December 2011 (left) and one from last week (right).

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I can still find plenty that isn’t “technically correct” about the photo on the right but c’mon it’s like night and day with the white balance and exposure. I learned all about this stuff in Karen’s class. I also learned tips and tricks for photographing my child and I was able to use those tips to get the fun expression on the right.

Just looking through these old photos I had to post a quick shout out about Karen’s class. You can find more information on her website.

Digital Project Life Week 11

Another week complete! I feel so good about being caught up on this years album. I’ve been working more on organizing / keywording all the photos from past years and I’m down to two years. I’ve already gone through and organized those pictures, just keywording left. Sometimes it feels like it’s taking forever! I’ve got over 18,000 images in my library though and I’m down to around 3,000 left that need keywords.  That’s it!!! I can see the end and that feels sooo good!  You can read more about my Lightroom organizing system here.  I’m still following this system, it’s been a year now and this workflow really works for me.

Here’s a look at Project Life 2013 Week 11

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