Welcome to Project Life Tuesday 2013 If you are new to The Mom Creative, welcome. I hope you will stay awhile. I’m Jessica – wife to Matthew, mom to Elias, a silly and spirited five-year-old, and Adeline, a spunky two-year-old. I’m also a marketing professional, savvy deal finder, photo lover and memory keeper trying to juggle it all.
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I am five weeks behind on my Project Life album. I find that this happens almost every year in the fall. Things get busy, I get behind.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this behind state. Being behind used to really stress me out, but now I know how to tackle things and get caught up.
Rather than share a spread today, I thought I would share my process for catching up. These tips are also very applicable if you are just starting a new Project Life album.
- Look through your calendar and refamiliarize yourself with the weeks that have past: This is important. Make notes in your calendar if there is anything you want to be sure to include in your album. For instance, I want to include this post from Matthew’s trip to Guatemala, so I noted in on my calendar for that week. I also made notes for journaling cards that I want to write of events that I didn’t have any photos of.
- Add ephemera: Have movie tickets, receipts, hotel key cards, etc. in a stack on your counter because you have been saving them for Project Life? If so, get them slipped into your album for the appropriate week. Then the items are ready to go for when you start working on your pages.
- Organize photos: The system that works best for me for organizing my Project Life photos is to create folders for each week. I then drop all the photos that I want to use in those folders. Spend an evening going through your photos and selecting your favorites for your album.
- Plan your layouts: If you are like me, having a plan for your layouts is helpful. I find it even more helpful when I am working on multiple weeks because I can see exactly where everything is going to go. It also keeps me on track since I likely won’t catch up in one sitting.
- Develop photos all at once: If possible, develop your photos all at once. This will likely make your photos more affordable because many developers offer price breaks on larger quantities. When you get your photos, slip them in your Project Life page protectors all at once. It’s so gratifying to have all those photos in your album. You can then go back and do your journaling cards as time allows.
- Keep it simple: This is not the time to bust out the sewing machine and get fancy with your Project Life layouts. Simply get the photos in, the journaling done and move on!
What are your tips for catching up?