There are many tips out there in the blogosphere for Project Life. Many. Posts on what tools you need or how to stay on track. They are all very useful. I know because I've read them too. I've had dozens of people ask what is 'Project Life', unlike scrapbooking the name doesn't give much away. I guess this is why some use the term 'Memory Keeping' or 'Photo Pocket Pages'.
Today I wanted to share with you my personal view of Project Life as well as a few tips & tricks. I love to pass on knowledge especially on a topic that is close to my heart.
What is 'Project Life'?
Project Life was created by Becky Higgins, you can find her website here. Project Life can be best described as a way in which we can document our photographs & journaling (stories) in a easy pocket system in an album or digitally on our computers. You decide how much fuss you want to go to, lots of embellishments or simply photos & journaling.
For me, Project Life is a weekly project hybrid style, that I do for our family but more importantly for our future generations. This gives me so much pleasure & reassurance that our stories will be preserved for a long time to come. I do it weekly & it's not a chore, it's my creative outlet. If you don't enjoy it or when it becomes something you think you have to do & it causes you stress or anxiety because you are behind, maybe it's not the project for you. It truly is meant to be fun. This can be about lots of things in life really. If it's not working for you, try something else.
Now, here are a few ideas that I've learnt over the past four years that may make it easier for you to start.
1. Get yourself a printer at home. I can't stress enough how much easier it is to have your very own printer. Yes it may not be cheaper but I believe over time it very well might be. Some factors to consider; your time spent going elsewhere is a saving in itself; you can print exactly what you need therefore, not having to think ahead, therefore wasting money on photos you really don't need.
2. Stop comparing. Yes it's lovely to scroll through Pinterest or Instagram but don't get hooked on the idea that you have to do what everyone else is doing; stick to your style, it flows easier that way. Once I let go of this concept things started happening for me. BE YOU.
3. Kits. I'm fortunate enough to order a few different kits, not everyone can afford that, let me tell you though I work hard to for it. Paper is my drug of choice. Kits are a great choice for receiving a small but wide choice of products so therefore I believe it can work out to be a less expensive choice for scrapbookers. Kits that I subscribe to are at the bottom of this post.
5. Camera. Choose a camera that works for you. The benefit of predominately using your iPhone is that it can be easier to collect photos & adjust them with loads of photography apps & it's light in weight, my Canon EOS camera is big & heavy, not really convenient at times. My iPhone 5 is in my hand most of the time, ready to capture that life photo.
6. Social Media. I love love love Instagram to share my photos, I don't share anywhere else other than here on my blog. Instagram is great for keeping up with fellow project lifers just as long as you remember to admire yet not compare your work with theirs. You are you that is truer than true. A blog is great too for building a community, best thing I did when I started mine over a year ago.
These are just a few different ideas for Project Life. If you have any questions I'd love to hear from you! Ask away!
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