Things I’ve Learnt From My First Year of Project Life

My first year of Project Life

I am (slowing) getting ready to finish up my 2014 album and have started organising and sorting the first 3 weeks of my 2015 album. As I sort through it all I’ve had to really reflect and think about what things I’ve learnt from my first year of Project Life, and how I can improve this next year. I though I would share some of things I’ve realised about myself and how I want to use Project Life this year.

  1. I like Telling Stories:

    • It’s true, looking back on my 2014 album, I love to READ the stories, not just look at the photos. I am a story teller (maybe not a very good one, but I like to tell them anyway…), it’s why I blog and write things, and why I scrapbook. I still appreciate the photos, but if there are no stories to tell then it sort of lacks something. I noticed that when I got really behind (like over 4 months behind) that those layouts have photos in them, but I forgot the details, the funny little reasons why I put those photos in, so now I’m inspired to stay up to date with my Project Life this year so that I CAN record those memories.
  2. I like Good Photos

    • As much as I like stories, I like good photos! The truth is that some weeks I take quite a few really nice photos, and I don’t want to cull those photos just because I don’t have room! I do not do any other scrapbooking, so if a photo doesn’t make it into my Project Life, chances are it won’t be looked at much again. I don’t do heaps of mini albums (maybe in 2016 I could look at that?), so it looks like my Project Life album(s!) will be… BIG! Which leads me too…
  3. I am Over The Top – Deal With It

    • I fantasise about beautiful simple layouts with lots of white space and colour co-ordinated photos, but lets take a reality check – that’s not me. It appeals to me from and art and design point of view, but not from a memory keeping point of view. My Project Life is about recording my family’s adventures, so I will leave the really beautiful simple design principles for other art projects. 
    • Also, If I’m going to be including lots of stories AND lots of photos, I’m just going to have to accept that most weeks will include extra pages and inserts. I am over the top – deal with it. Which leads me to…
  4. I like Inserts

    • I actually really like inserts. This is a bit scrapbook-geek of me, but when I open a scrapbook and I get to flip through all these little bits that aren’t even in size, or ordered and are just a bit delicate, oh how it excites me!! (too much information?! Sorry!!). I love to include inserts and this year I plan on adding MORE of them! And all different sizes! Yay! Yay! Yay! It is actually quite liberating to just admit that I love this and that I’m going to do more of it. Ha!

Film Friday: Lior’s Superman Cake Process Video

 Superman cake process video

So I know I am super behind in sharing both our boys birthday parties, but I will get onto that ASAP! In the mean time, this Superman cake process video was a snap to make, mostly because it’s just one looooooong shot sped up 800x. Easy! It is actually pretty fun to watch though, so I hope you enjoy it. :)

Superman cake process video





Week Numbers in iCal to help with Project Life

How to add week numbers to ical to help with Project Life

Ever find yourself wondering what week number it is for your project life? Or want an easy way to check which dates that fit to a particular week number?

I used to manually add in an event into my iCal to mark what the week number was (for sorting photos), and when I was working on my album I would have a page open in safari on my phone to check the start and end date of the week. Now, I have no need for either! Maybe this feature has been around for a while, but it’s new to me! I’ve turned “week numbers” on in iCal on my iPhone and it makes it super simple.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open settings.
  2. Go to “mail, contacts & calendars” (5th section).
  3. Scroll down to the Calendar area (last section), and find “week numbers”. Turn it on.

You can also choose which day you want your week to start on. Perfect!

Please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t know about this until now?! Please feel free to pin and share this post so others know. :)

How to add week numbers to ical to help with Project Life


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