2014 Digital Project Life - Jan 1-5

This year I'll be sharing pages as they're complete. I'm not following the weekly format, or even a monthly one, but just scrapping chronologically. I might have one page to share or multiple, depending on what I complete, when.

Today I have one page to share with you, which covers the first 5 days of January.

Allowing myself as much room as I needed (which turns out to only have been a page) for my photos really made this easy for me. I just looked at the photos I took, and used the ones I wanted. I didn't worry about not having enough for two pages, or having too many for one page. I just plugged them in where I wanted them.

I added a couple of photos of Austin with his new Hungry Hungry Hippos game. He really loves the game and he has a thing with the yellow ball - he HAS to be the one who gets it, or he'll open up our hippos and steal it! Too cute, definitely needed to record it. I stuck in a cute photo of him and Sadie, one of the super cold temps (a screenshot from my iPhone) and one while I was sick in bed. I love not feeling like I have to add some random picture just to fill space. I kept the important ones.

Supplies:

I used my 2014 month brushes in the top left. Even though I'm not sticking to a monthly format, I like the idea of putting a card like this at the start of each month, as a separator. I'm also not dating everything, but I thought adding a date flag here or there would be nice so I would be able to know about when something occurred. (I am using date bits templates from Misty Cato, from Sweet Shoppe Designs, which were a freebie for 2013, but they've been taken down from the site for 2014).

The kit I used this week was the Coral Project Life kit, in digital form, of course. I love the colors of this kit. I only picked up the journaling & bifold cards, and one of the paper packs, for now.

Over the picture from the snow storm I added this James alpha freebie from Pixels & Company. The font I used is from Kevin & Amanda, called Pea C-Squared. It's a great handwritten font, and I think I'm going to stick with it for the year. The template I used is from Cathy Zielske. Finally, the label over on the bottom right came from the Bits & Bytes Label It Templates from Sweet Shoppe Designs, which also has been removed, this time because the designer is no longer part of SSD. Just want to give credit though! :)

Thoughts:

It's only my first layout, but I have to say...I LOVE doing this digitally. While I'll still have paper albums for other things, I don't think I'm going to go back to paper for my yearly albums. This is so much easier, and more fun for me!

You all know I like designing stuff digitally anyway, so it makes sense. But there's so many other benefits:
  • Space - I was using 2 big albums a year for the paper Project Life. One photo book is going to take up much less room. And space for supplies. No using valuable craft room real estate on core kits, spare page protectors, and other supplies for Project Life.
  • Convenience - I can scrap when I'm sick in bed. I can take my laptop to the couch while Austin is playing. I can have MORE TIME with my family while still doing this, rather than being up in my craft room, away from the action.
  • No printing photos - no running to Walgreens or worrying about ink levels or print quality at home. 
  • Work in process - I can keep my layered file to edit as I have time, vs. leaving out a big album and all my physical supplies.
  • Easy to share - no photographing layouts, making sure I have the right light. I was sometimes going home on my lunch break just to grab good daylight.
  • More supplies to play with - there are SO MANY digital goodies out there. Some free, some to buy, but I have to say, much more than is easily accessible for me to get in paper form. And if I don't have something I'm thinking of using, I can design it. 
  • Cheaper - digital supplies are (generally) cheaper. And you can reuse a digital element as many times as you want! You can alter digital element too. Don't like the color of a journaling card? Change it. Want the element bigger, or smaller? Resize it. 
Overall, this is just the best route for me, for this annual project. I'm still going to work with paper, as you saw when I posted the start of my Disney album last week. I'll be using embellishments for those albums, for my traditional scrapbook pages, mini albums, cards, and other fun projects. The best part of all, the best "pro" for me about going digital, is that I get to really enjoy all those other projects more.

When I made my Happy Heart Day card last week, it felt really, really good to work with the paper without any kind of structure. I know I could have given myself more freedom with paper Project Life (and I am with my Disney album), but I was still bound by those 4x6 and 3x4 pockets. And I found I was spending so much creative energy on trying to have these gorgeous layouts, I didn't have the energy for the other fun projects. Going digital has brought back my mojo for those other things.

To sum up: I love this. This is going to be a fun year. :)

Project Life is an amazing and simple scrapbooking system designed by Becky Higgins. For more information, please check out Becky's website. If you're new to the blog and you'd like to scroll back through my past few years doing Project Life, you can find all of my Project Life related posts here.  In 2014 I switched to digital Project Life, which you can find products for here.

6 comments:

  1. Appreciated your comment pros and cons for paper and digital Project Life.

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  2. I am so excited to watch you do this as I have gone back and forth each year about going digital or keeping with the paper products which I love. The only thing I can't seem to figure out is how to keep my journaling on the PL lined cards. Do you have any suggestions or tutorials about how to do this? Thanks in advance!

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    1. Do you mean lining up the text with the lines? I just resize my text or change the line spacing. I am not super worried about it being perfectly on the lines though, so I don't know if mine above look like you want it. :) I might try to be more accurate with spacing as I start going through this but it didn't really bother me. I just made a text box the size I wanted on the card and then sized my text to fit. You can adjust lines spacing too, so you probably can line it up pretty closely! :) Maybe I'll do up a tutorial on that...or find one someone else did! :)

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    2. Yea, that's exactly what I meant. Even when I resize the text boxes, my words don't even come close to being on the lines. I don't need it to be perfect, but I would like to not have the lines running between my words :0 I would love a tutorial sometime and I'll definitely try to look for something on the web. Thanks!!!

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    3. On my most recent layout that I worked on last night, I just ended up resizing my text box to make it longer or shorter and that seemed to work. I think it's kind of one of those things you have to play with a little to get it lined up how you want, but last night's layout came pretty close! I had the most trouble with grid cards, they were spaced differently than the lined cards I was using so it took some further adjustment. But I don't really have a technique yet! :)

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  3. I love this! After a year of PL, I thought about going digital too. You are so right - I spend a lot of time on PL and haven't been as current with my chronological scrapbooks as I typically have been. I really loved doing PL though, and thought I would give it another year before deciding on going purely digital though. I am really looking forward to seeing your pages - you were a great inspiration to me! :)

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