A new year means a fresh new start for Project Life®! We asked our Project Life® Creative Team to share some of their favorite tips for staying on top of this wonderful year long project. Be sure to follow them so you won't miss their PL updates in our gallery!
- The number one thing that has kept be caught up with Project Life the past two years was to set to the goal to blog my completed spreads every Wednesday. That meant that I had to schedule my week so that I could have a few hours on either Monday or Tuesday to make sure I got it done for the week. It totally helped keep me on track. Obviously there were weeks when we traveled or other things came up but I would always make sure to stay on track and make up the week right away when I could. I think I’ve only missed my Wednesday blog posts a handful of times in the past two years which is awesome. It never once felt like a chore and having a dedicated day or two each week to play and create something that I love really made me happy. I totally looked forward to this time for myself each week.
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- For me the fun part is putting the spreads together. The hard part is getting the photos printed. To make it easier I create a separate folder each month for my favorite photos. I add photos to the folder as I finish editing them. That way I have less to look through when I'm deciding which photos to print each week. This year my goal is to keep up with editing and printing so that I'll be ready when my kits arrive!
- After three years of Project Life, I've become an expert at not worrying when I get behind. Rather than force myself to get "caught up," I simply start back in with either a current week, or whichever missing week I feel most drawn to. I may end the year with missing weeks, but I enjoy putting each spread together and end up with a good mix of weeks from throughout the year.
- I write everything in a diary because I love to write and because in this way I can caught up with my missed weeks very quick and without missing facts or photos. I take note of things that happen and photos. Even the littlest thing that happens is in my diary.
- Print those photos and put them in pockets. Even if you don't get to that spread/week right away… just having the pictures there and waiting for you is a huge timesaver!!
- My tip for staying caught up on Project Life would be to plan your pages. Look through your notes and memorabilia and figure out the stories you want to document for that time period. I've found that even if I can't work on the current week right away, if I can edit and print my photos according to my plan ASAP, then the creating part is a lot faster and easier because I have a rough idea of what I want to go where.
- I love the Day One app for recording my journaling ahead of time since it's the least favourite part of putting my spread together. One of the best features is that you can pair photos with journaling with this app and it even records when and where the photo was taken - so handy when it comes to working on that week's spread! I use it during the day to record funny moments or things that family or friends have said that I might forget if I don't note it down straight away. Otherwise, I just spend 5 minutes at the end of each evening documenting a little recap of what I've done that day. When I eventually come to write my journaling on the cards, I've already got everything put down into words for me, so it's just a case of deciding which stories are going to get a spot in the spread.
- Document the details of your week as the week progresses. That way if you do get behind (which I often do), it's not hard to make up past weeks.
- Set aside a time each week to work on PL - I like to do it in front if the tv on a tray while we are hanging out as a family. I make sure my supplies are portable.
- Do work ahead so putting your spread together is quick. Print your pics at the end of each week. Have a group of products you are going to work with. Grabbing your notes, your pictures, and your products ready ahead if time makes assembly go smooth and fast.
What are your best tips for keeping up? We'd love to hear them!