I started Project Life Tuesday in 2010 because:
- I needed to keep myself accountable and on top of my photos each week.
- My family loved being able to count on a weekly post with pics of the kids.
- I thought others might want to keep themselves accountable too.
It was a huge blessing and so I am excited to be kicking off my third year of this series.
Each Tuesday, I will share my spread from the previous week, as well as host a linky for readers to link up their pictures/layouts. This year, Epson is sponsoring Project Life Tuesday, and they provided me with their Epson Stylus R2880 Large Format Photo Printer (C11CA16201) for many of my album's photos. Printing photos at home is hopefully going to help keep me on track!
If you link up, please be sure to include the Project Life Tuesday button or a link to The Mom Creative in your post.
Notes about my album: Before showing my layouts, I want to share a few details about my album:
- I am using the colbalt kit this year.
- I stamped all my weekly 6×4 cards and have placed them in my album. It just seemed easiest to get this done all at once. I used a date stamp from a past Project Life kit. If you don't have on, Amazon has date stamps
for less than $5. You can also find them at office supply stores.
- I printed my photos at home using my new Epson printer. I loved how convenient it was. I plan to print most of my pictures at home this year, especially large format images, using the Epson Stylus R2880 Large Format Photo Printer (C11CA16201)
- For a complete list of the products I am using, and more about my approach this year, click here.
Now, on to my completed pages (click on the images to make them bigger).
This week I took A LOT of photos with my new iphone and was impressed with how everything printed (all the photos on the left page were from an iphone). I used one of these free printable templates to plan out my pages, which helped make things go a lot faster and prevented me from printing photos that wouldn't get used.
I use photoshop to set up my 3×4 photos. If you don't know how to do this, check out this tutorial from Ali Edwards.
My extra life bit is the ticket from our date to see The Civil Wars. If you haven't checked out/printed my free printable list of 100 Extra Life Bits to add to your Project Life album, you should!
In addition to my regular spread, I added a 6×12 page protector to feature two favorite photos from the week. It also gave me the opportunity to try out my new printer's large format capabilities and WOW was I impressed.
I cropped the photos to 6×12 in photoshop, then set them up on a 13×19 sheet so they would print together on my Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper 13×19.
I let the ink set overnight, then trimmed the photos and embellished them with some thickers and journaling blocks. I used my Xyron Create-a-Sticker (one of my favorite tools!) to attach the transparency journaling card to Adeline's photo.
If you don't have an oversized printer, you could:
- Print on 8×10 photo paper, then attach cardstock to the bottom two inches of the photo
- Print on 11×14 photo paper and trim the excess
- Print on a 12×12 sheet and order from a photo website
Lastly, I changed my mind and have decided to keep all my Project Life stuff in a small organizer, instead of just going through my stash as necessary (like I thought I would). I pulled some extra supplies and put everything in the one bin (mostly extra journaling stickers from K & Company, Jenni Bowlin, 7 Gypsies and October Afternoon). I think the approach is going to work a lot better for me. I am just keeping it tucked away in a corner of our bedroom during the week.
Now it's your turn to share your Project Life posts!