I always read comments saying "the majority of people take their photos in landscape orientation" thus why Design A is the most commonly used. Apparently I'm the minority because looking through my photos at least half and probably more of my photos are portrait. I don't always want to print those in 3x4 because sometimes those are the images that I really want to highlight.
Right now I'm working on my Disney album using pocket pages and in some aspects it's taking more time to plan photo sizes/orientation, but in some ways it's actually coming along pretty quickly and I like that I can easily incorporate a lot of photos on to each page. Definitely takes some getting used to and I'm having to go back and re-print some images in different sizes, but really enjoying the results.
Definitely not as quick and easy as they make it out to be, even if you aren't embellishing at all.
I stick with Design A most of the time to make it simpler. I also naturally take most of my photos landscape (especially when using my dslr) so that works for me. It does seem more natural to hold an iphone vertically for photos, but I just crop them to make a 4x6 horizontal photo. The size of the photos is large enough that cropping like that doesn't cause a problem. If I don't like the photo cropped that way, I just print it square about 3.25" and back it with a card or patterned paper.
That being said, I agree that it's very time consuming. Project Life pages probably take me at least twice as long as a layout. The first couple years it went faster. I only used 4x6 photos and I did very little embellishing so it was pretty quick, but now I spend a lot of time on it.
Thanks for the tips about doing smaller pics. I guess I end up with the same result by using some PSE templates I have because I can crop and adjust the orientation if necessary. Lots of good ideas. Keep them coming
Post by cupcakepeddler on Jul 2, 2014 23:11:11 GMT
It is taking me a LOT longer than what I thought
This is one of the reasons why I stopped project life. I have over the last few years lost all motivation and mojo for this hobby and I really thought that project life was the answer to all my problems, quick, easy and having the ability to scrap all those little memories that live in my phone. After a week trying to complete one months worth of memories and using ten pages I decided that I didn't need that amount of photo editing, organisation or albums in my life.
I have now found a better system for me using 12x12 scrapbooking with pocket pages added in for all those extra photos.
I failed twice at 12x12 PL. This year, I scaled back to a 6x8 album and that was the key for me. I keep it to one side of a page protector per week, or I might use a 2 page spread for an event if nothing else was happening-I know, not a lot! I record what's important to me. I don't need 500 photos of one occasion. That's what photo albums are for. I am not behind, have never been behind, and don't plant to be behind, lol. If I can't fill 3-4 pockets a week, there's a problem somewhere.
I was aghast to find that some people fill multiple 12x12 BINDERS each year! For ONE year!!!! Somewhere, I met someone online who admitted she was halfway through a SECOND binder by April! I am still reeling over that revelation, lol. My entire year is going into this one little 6x8 binder, and I'm good with that. I also stopped pouring over other people's PL layouts. Sure, I'll still pin something to look at later, or refer to, but I work on MY stuff. That's my priority.
I use two or three digital templates for multi-photo 3x4 or 4x6 photo pockets and do that in PSE. Embellishments are kept to a minimum and FLAT. Like I said, my entire year is going into this one binder. I use stamps or will cut something with my silhouette to add, but other than that, not really too much product. Punches or dies are great too for PL embellishing. I think embellishing hangs people up-so does choosing all the coordinated colors, cards, etc. I just do not have time for that. Some of it's enjoyable to spend time on, but if it keeps me from making a decision, or takes too much time, it's not good. Oh, I also journal right on my photos in most cases-that means I am not filling out multitudes of journaling cards for every little thing. I got one PL kit from Michael's and at the rate I'm going, it'll last me 8 years, lol.
Anyway, this is just my advice for anyone who wants to do PL but is turned off by it: do what works for YOU. If you want to use 1/2 of one side of a page protector for a week, then do it. This is your scrapbook. Don't let the industry or anyone else tell you how it should be done. You can use one side of a pocket page for a whole month if you want! Skip a month-don't worry about "catching up". Just pick it up and start again. You may find another, smaller format more helpful in this, like I did. I cannot tell you how great it's been for me to leave that 12x12 behind! Regardless, it should be fun. If it's not fun, don't feel any guilt about moving on.
I also start with printing a whole series of photos all at once (I'm 'current' up to Week 16 of this year). I occasionally print photos in both portrait and landscape if I'm struggling with the backside. It does take a considerable amount of pre-planning! When I pick up my pics, I add them into the pockets right away, and then when I go cropping with friends, I'll bring my album to work on adding in the pl cards, journaling and embellishments.
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1. I do not worry about the back side of each card. I find the one I like for what I am working on and use it. When I get to the next page (back side) I repeat the process.
2. I try to have something to scrapbook each week, but sometimes all I have is a few screenshots and a couple of other items. If that is all I have I go with it. Other weeks I have large events that make take up several pages. That is OK with me. Sometimes I have only a handful of items and combine several weeks.
3. I am a vertical photographer. I have to make myself take horizontal. With that being said I am getting better. I take 1/2 and 1/2 now. That sure helps.
4. The hardest thing for me is still planning my pages. I still print out too many pictures and rarely have exactly what I need for my pages. I generally go thru and print out all pics I like without thinking about sizes or amount I actually need. Then I get myself frustrated when I go back to do the actual pages.
5. My biggest problem is that I like to treat each section as its own layout and embellish it. That can take forever. Last night when I was working on it on a couple if layouts I just stuck the pics in and went to the next page. Almost freeing. I pics spoke for themselves.
I hope I get it together eventually. I have at least 15 core kits and I am sure I will buy more someday.
I do love looking back at finished albums. I just need to not make this so difficult.
Just a couple of extra comments to a great discussion..
I have been doing project life since 2011. I find that I and my family prefer to look through those albums over my traditional layout albums. So I am a big fan.
However, it can be time consuming.
To save time I have found that printing my photos at home once a week is a big help. It's a lot less photos to deal with and make decisions about. I use multiple sizes and types of page protectors (I really like the variety, I use 12x12, 8x11,6x6,5x7, all the pl sizes, and even flip pockets). I try to keep in mind what style I used the previous week when I take photos the next week. However if I don't I just stick in the Page protector that fits that weeks photos and put cute cards etc, in those pockets on the back. I also have four kids so a lot of times when I have something like that. I go take pictures of their favorite things in the orientation I need and fill them I with that. Or things like, what the weather was, what was the cost of gas, etc. I never stick those things at the end. I spread them out randomly I the album. Same thing I do when I have a week I didn't take any photos. I find one family member (including pets) and take a bunch of photos of them after the fact and write in what their favorite things are right now, what they are like,etc. makes the book have some variety and fixes alit of the things about the page protectors that drove me crazy the 1st year. I still do traditional scrapbook layouts and I just stick them in based on the week of the photo. If I don't have a back page, I just stick in a piece of patterned paper and move on. Look great and I get to use some of the full sheets I just hate to cut into.
I have found that just letting go of the notion that it has to be a certain way helped a ton on the amount of time it takes me to complete a PL page. I am always in flux with my process and changing it. This year is ditched the weekly and decided to just take photos when I wanted and stick them in as I felt like it. I have found that means I take a lot less photos( I had an entire month without one photo) and I am not as happy with it as a whole. So am going back to the weekly format next year.
I set my time limit to 2 hours for scrapbooking once a week and I do not do any editing on my photos, I prefer the way it was taken. I just adjust sizes based on the photo. If I am not sure what size I go to 4x6 and just trim it. It usually takes me 10 mins for photos and I do that the night before, so they print while I am sleeping. Then I arrange photos in the page protector(s) and add the cards, dates. I do cut page protectors to fit sizes as someone else above mentioned which is great fir getting a few extra photos in with.
I suggest trying some different things to tweak the process and there is a chance it's just not for you.
For PL, I take most of my photos with my phone and a majority of those are square IG photos. I have a ton of Design A so I use those a lot in my albums, but I am so glad for the more recent plastics that include places for square pics. Still, the planning and printing process takes forever. I did weekly spreads in 2013 and only got through half the year (still working on it) so I decided to do monthly, but I am not limiting myself to only one spread per month. Some have 2 spreads, some have 4... whatever. And if I had a particularly active month on IG, I print a bunch of 2x2s and arrange them on coin pages with 2x2 pockets. the empty pockets get a mix of embellishments and journaling. I have stopped traditional scrapbooking nearly altogether because I just prefer the pocket style, but the process is just as time-consuming for me.
I agree about the process being time consuming, but there are some great tips here about how to streamline. I've also been trying to let go of the notion that everything has to be perfect and super embellished. Don't always succeed!
This is my third year. I am now using a monthly format which works well for me. I find that I consciously make myself take vertical and horizontal pictures of the same subject matter because it's easier to work with when I sit down to make my pages. I am big, big, HUGE fan of photo collages. I purchased some over a year ago and I use them all the time. In some ways its more time consuming because a 4 x 6 slot will generally consist of a collage of 4-6 pictures, but at the same time, I'm not stressing over the ONE picture I want to use. My first year I filled up three albums to the brim. That just isn't sustainable to me over a long period of time. Last year I ended up with two, and this year it will be two as well, and on the light side at that.
My years are divided by album colors. Each years albums all match so it's easier to distinguish which year it is.
In my first year I took a lot of time treating each slot as a mini layout and trying to make my pages emulate the pretty and heavily embellished pages that were all over blogs. I quickly realized that for this project, less is more for me.
I like these albums to be flat. Any embellishment comes in the form of digital elements that I add in PSE, and I actually do most of my journaling directly on pictures now. I'm over all of the little cards!
That said, Project Life has been my way to play with all of my digital scrapbooking kits, and I love editing my pictures and changing them up using Rad Lab. So I guess I am embellishing but in my own way.
I still love traditional scrapbooking and cardmaking but for this project, which is really for my family, I found that I prefer to give it a cleaner look.
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I don't find it as easy as marketed either, but I do like it. I have found that with some initial planning, I can do the actual pages more quickly. Here is my process (definitely more complicated than BH would recommend)
I bought a graph paper notebook and a variety of page protectors from PL and We R Memory Keepers. I sit in front of a movie or tv show and go through my pictures on the computer. After seeing what pics I want to use, I sketch it out on the graph notebook and then upload the pics to the developer (using Photosheet to get the smaller sizes). When the pics are in hand, I go through and put all of them in the chosen page protectors and put it in the album. When I get time to scrap, I start filling in with cards, paper, embellishments, ephemera, etc. Last, I journal and do titles.
It seems complicated but it actually makes it go quickly for me. I pulled together a trip from Niagara Falls in just a few sittings and I love how it turned out. I do mix in traditional pages with the divided protectors.
ETA I don't do actual Project Life. I just do my regular chronological albums and travel albums in a PL style.
I've only used PL for one album - a family trip to NYC. I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. I have enough supplies to scrap every photo I've ever taken as well as the one's that have yet to be taken. LOL I had really good luck with it. I was able to complete a 300+ photo album at a two day crop. I did throw in a couple of 12x12 layouts - so it was kind of a hybrid. I can see me using this for a Disney trip we went on and other bigger trips/events. My "everyday moments" will probably still be scrapped traditionally.
I've been tossing around the idea of going digi with PL, and have been collecting free pocket page-ish templates in preparation. HOWEVER, that was before finding those sweet 6 x 8 albums and inserts on clearance at M's. Now I'm going with that smaller format for 2015 and hope that works for me and simplifies it a bit. I found the 12 x 12 to be too overwhelming!
I have seen Ali Edwards keep her current week layout OUT on her desk. I am trying that, in my kitchen. I have 3x4 cards to journal on as things happen and can print photos out at home pretty quickly. I'm not giving myself deadlines but if as a guide I can do the current week and one back week/page a week, I'm good with that.
That said, it's Thursday and I am not as on top of this week as I would like. But...I'm going to try to make this work and have fun.