Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Project Life Tuesday - Week 31

The Mom Creative

Welcome to Project Life Tuesday!  Every week I share photos of a layout I've been working on, either in my family's weekly book or my son's baby book.  I started using the Project Life system in 2010, so this will be my fourth full year!  I used to be a very traditional scrapbooker who would spend hours on a single layout to document one or two photos.  Thanks to Project Life, I have become much more practical and I'm able to record a multitude more memories.

If you're looking for inspiration on what others are doing with their Project Life, you can check out my board on Pinterest and be sure to link up on The Mom Creative!

Project "Get Caught Up on My Album" has officially begun, which is why you see a LOT more digital stuff here than I usually do.  In the name of git 'er done, my mouse and I have been hard at work in Photoshop Elements.  Here's what I have so far!

Week 31:

All of you who are usually digital scrapbookers, please try to stifle your laughter.  I don't usually go all digital, so I really am making this up as a go along.  If it wasn't for Sara's little tricks of the trade, I would be lost!

The left page is mostly about a social gathering we had with Evan's men's group from church. For this whole week I used the Amy Tan Cut and Paste collection from Digital Project Life.

Did anyone else geek out like I did when Project Life FINALLY hit the shelves at their local Michael's?  I had been stalking my stores for weeks and I made the boys pose for a photo when I got there and saw all that gorgeous white packaging.  I have a problem.

My plan for this album is to upload all these photos to a photo printing site in one ginormous batch and have a huge "slip 'em into the pockets" session.  I only used this template for blog presentation purposes.  

For the folks who are looking for a tutorial on how to create a digital scrapbook using Project Life, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I am honestly faking my way through this!  Here are a couple tricks I have picked up that I keep coming back to.

1.  Combine Photos and Journaling Cards: I crop Instagrams down to 2.5x2.5 or whatever size seems to work best on the particular card.  The nice thing about digital is that you can play around with the sizing so it looks exactly how you want unlike when you already have the photo printed and trimmed so you just have to figure it out.  A great way to make a photo pop off the card is to add a drop shadow.

2.  Keep the fonts consistent: I have really like Museo Slab for the journaling and Bebas for title text.  That pretty cursive text is Amelie. 

3.  Change the Colors to Suit Your Needs:  Sara showed me that you can use that tool that looks like a paint bucket to change the color of borders or other elements.  I've had fun with that one!!

Have a wonderful week and I'll be back with more digital layouts next week.

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