Project Life | Week 22
I’m welcoming myself back to my Project Life and getting the momentum going again.
Currently I’m on track with my weekly spreads. With all the traveling going on the past couple of months, I’m proud to say I’ve been very disciplined in putting my pages together. Right now I’m on Week 31. I’ve printed last week’s photos and just waiting this weekend to add some journaling and embellishments.
Here’s a quick recap of the process on how I managed to keep up and some tips which may answer some of your questions.
- I dedicate an hour or two at the end of the week, usually on Sunday to upload the current week’s photos to iPhoto and organise them in my weekly folder. You can read here more on how I organise my photos for my Project Life.
- Next would be deciding the protector I want to use. Once I choose the protector, I would then decide the format of the photos to print to fit the pockets. At this moment, I’m using Design K a lot because I love the mix of 4×4 and 3×4 sizes. I bought two packs a few months ago and I’ve used up one. And I need to order it again from Studio Calico shop.
- 99% of my photos are taken with my iPhone 5S and I usually crop them to squares for my Instagram posting. Editing is all done on the phone using Snapseed and VSCO Cam apps. I always edit my photos with these apps before I upload them to my folder on my Mac. It saves me a LOT of time this way instead of editing all the photos in my Photoshop. I’ve been using these two apps for the longest time and I’m loving them so much! And they’re absolutely FREE!
- Once the photos are printed, I trimmed them and they go straight into the pockets. You can read more about how I print my photos here. I would do another tutorial on printing 4×4 and 3×3 on my Canon Pixma iP4970 printer soon. I only print at home. Been doing that for years and I love the convenience of getting my photos printed any time I want.
- If I have time, I’ll work on my spread right away but these days, I would not spend too much time over the weekend on my spread. I travel quite a bit over the weekdays, so my weekend is for my family. So, I would lay my spread on my work table and work on them over a span of few days, a couple of cards each time. This works well for me right now as I need to change my routine due to my new job.
So, this how I’m keeping my momentum week after week. If you’re wondering whether I’m overwhelmed with my traveling schedule, work, family and keeping up with my Project Life? Not at all.
In fact, I truly enjoy every moment of my packed daily schedule. Yes, I do feel tired being on my feet all day and getting only 5-6 hours sleep every day. But that’s how I like my life to be. I cannot imagine myself not being busy and with a lot of time on hand.
And I’m definitely still loving Project Life. I don’t feel burdened or stressed at all getting my PL done and keeping it up to date, I just enjoy it. Documenting my day to day memory is something that I look forward to. When life gets so busy day after day, week after week, flipping through those pages, it just brings back a lot of wonderful memories and makes it worthwhile. And I’m glad Project Life helps me preserve those memories.
I had this week’s spread done weeks ago but I only managed to photograph them last weekend. I’m using Design K protector for the left side of the spread. Like I said, it’s my favourite configuration right now.
I printed the 4×4 photos on Canon 4×6 photo papers with border setting. I just trimmed off both sides of the square photo and it becomes 4×4 format.
The Day In The Life 4×4 Cards are by Ali Edwards from Designer Digitals shop. The cards fit perfectly and I love the sentiments on them. I used the sentiment cards as filler without adding embellishments and I think they look great on its own.
I love that this collection also comes with a few journaling cards, so I just alternate the cards with my photos and added my own words and a sticker or two.
I printed these digital printable cards on a white art paper 450 gms in weight, so they’re pretty thick and sturdy. I bought big sheets of this white non-textured art paper from my local store Art Friend at the Clementi branch. It’s a huge sheet and I can cut it up to 6 pieces of Letter size sheet. And it only cost less than $2 for one big sheet! For that kind of weight, it’s definitely worth it!
The silver stars and circle puffy stickers are from Penny Arcade PL add-on Bottle Toss.
I’m beginning to write directly onto photos lately and I love how it looks. I use Kuretake Zig Photo Signature black pen when I journal on photos. It’s fade & water resistant and it dries up immediately after writing on the photos.
The Woodgrain Chipboard Shape by Kal Barteski is from Penny Arcade Project Life main kit. I seriously can’t get enough of these chipboards and I so wish they sell it separately!
The yellow greenish puffy sticker is from Evalicious. I love her puffy stickers collection and I’m now eyeing her Fall collection. She’s currently moving home so her shop is closed and will re-open in September. Until then.
Have I told you how much I love the Woodgrain Chipboard Shape by Kal Barteski?! *laugh*
My weekdays are either very exciting (when I’m out of town traveling to other countries) or very mundane with a 9-6 fixed work time from Monday to Friday. If I’m not traveling, I’m usually stuck on my desk (where else would I be!!).
So, instead of whining “I could not get enough photos when I’m at work 5 days a week!” or “Oh, what photo would I take at my workplace?” or “I’m taking photo of me holding a cup again?”. I’m sure you have this dilemma, right? “D
I love the idea of taking a selfie of myself at my work desk. Even though I’m glued to the same spot every day but hey, I wear different outfit everyday ok! *laugh*
How do I take a selfie at work or even when I’m travelling?
I prop my iPhone on my GorillaPod I bought from Joby a while back. I’ve got the MPod Mini Stand for my work place and the original GripTight GorillaPod that I use at home and when I’m traveling. I swear by these stands because I LOVE that it’s portable and the three-legged mount can expand easily to grip my phone or even a compact camera! You can read more on the features of the GorillaPod here (Please note that I’m NOT being sponsored by Joby to promote their products. I’m simply giving my review of the GorillaPod Stands that I’ve been using for months).
Once I set up my phone on the stand, I use the Timercam, which is a free self timer camera app and set it up to take my selfie shots. Easy.
I mixed up my protectors this week and used Design A for the right side. I used this config the whole of 2013 and it’s still my all time favourite protector. I love that the 4×6 pockets allow me to include a pocket size photo and still leaves me a lot of room to add journaling and embellishments.
I use a lot of the 4×6 grid cards from Studio Calico because it leaves me a clean and uncluttered white background. It makes my photos the focus of my memory keeping.
That silver lined label is from Bottle Toss and the “brilliant” word sticker is from Heidi Swapp. It’s a pack of shiny puffy sticker with words and shapes and I got it from Two Peas In A Bucket before they closed their business. I’ve missed shopping at their store!
That heart is from Heidi Swapp’s Acrylic Hearts collection. I’ve got them from Two Peas as well.
The two square photos are 2.5″x2.5″ each. You can read how I print that size here. I like to place two photos on a 4×6 card when they’re photo sequence of the same event. This was taken during the Chinese Dumpling Festival week when the hub decided to make the dumpling himself. It was his first time cooking and wrapping dumpling and they tasted delicious! Great work for a first timer!
I’m using more of my favourite puffy sticker from Evalicious (camera) and Dear Lizzy (circle). The blue acrylic star is from Heidi Swapp, the same collection as the acrylic heart.
That’s all for Week 22.
Wow, I’m really making up for lost time and I hope what I shared here today is useful for you.
Thank you once again for reading my blog and my Week 23 post will be coming real soon.