Y’all, I am so excited! Today I finished putting the final touches on my first family yearbook. I created it using Becky Higgins’ Project Life (PL) app and this app has totally brought me back into my digital scrapbooking game. My book is done at the 12×12 size and has 110 pages so is pretty thick.
As Christmas presents this year I made several calendars using the PL app and liked the front page I created for them; so, while I made a cover page for my yearbook previously, I decided to remake it but using the same template as I’d used for my calendars. I like this template and will use it for years going forward too.
I printed my pages both from the PL app, and from a separate online service. The quality of the printouts from the PL app is exquisite! But, at $2 a page, for budgetary reasons I used Scrapbooks Please because I could get 12×12 prints for .99 each. The cheaper prints are not the same quality as PL, but they are fine enough, especially since all the pages are in page protectors.
My page protectors are from both Heidi Swapp and a generic brand, but in the future, I plan to get the Becky Higgin’s page protectors. I just didn’t want to wait this time.
I even made a video to go over my book! I’m hoping it helps inspire others as much as my seeing others inspired me. Happy Scrapbooking!
The first time I did digital scrapbooking was back in the late 2000s. I never did physical scrapbooking, but the digital appealed to me and my general digital lifestyle. I fell out of it after a few years however and was excited to learn about Project Life (PL) at the beginning of the month for I knew right away it was exactly what I needed to get back on the bandwagon.
The appeal of Project Life for me is 1) the mobile app – so much more convenient than using a desktop program and 2) as Project Life’s creator, Becky Higgins says, “simple equals done” and this app truly does make it simple.
So, I’ve been a busy scrapper these past few weeks and even have already done the 1st quarter of a family journal for 2017. Then, as I continued to read about the different ways people scrap, I decided I wanted to do more; I decided I wanted to do a 5-year journal in scrapbook form. This post is to describe my thinking & workflow process in case others find it helpful.
What is a 5-year journal? Earlier this year, I purchased my name 13-year-old daughter a 5-year journal, where the concept was to write a few lines each day of the year in response to a given prompt. The journal is arranged such that each page shows the prompt for a given day, and the page has space for all five years. Thus, on any given day, you can see how your answers vary over five years. Some example 5-year journals are available on Amazon.
I thought this was clever! My daughter, not so much. So I took the book back thinking I would do it instead. Except, I never started. Until now 🙂
The Plan. Now that I’d made the decision, I next needed to figure out a plan. This involved several steps.
Layout – I decided I wanted to have an answer and a picture each day so I then needed to figure out what layout to use. I knew I wanted space to be able to have the day of the year, space for the prompt, and space for five entries of both an answer and a year. I wanted each scrapbook page to hold all five years. This means my scrapbook will have at least 365 pages. To hold them all, I’ll need to have more than 180 page protectors. Yikes! That’s 3+ binders full of pages, and I do plan to print my pages out – oh my! Choosing a design layout was tricky and I tested several different ones, but ultimately, I found one I like – Design F.
Questions – I may use some of the questions from the book, but I can be pretty picky about what questions I want. So, I have been looking around online at different suggestions. I found this blog series from Tami Taylor on the Get It Scrapped blog and will probably use many of them. Most importantly for me is that I choose questions that pique my interest and where my answers are likely to vary from year to year. That will give the scrapbook some nice variety! With a quick Google search, you can find many, many question options for journaling questions.
Images – when I have an image from my personal collection, I’ll use it. If not, I’ll grab an image from somewhere off the internet to use. In all transparency, I will do a page for the scrapbook that indicates which days use my own images that way years down the line, my family will know those that were indeed mine.
Scrapbook platform – so far, I’ve only been using the app to do the other scrapbook projects I’ve already started, but this one is massive – over 350 pages! This would be far too many pages to keep in the Project Life on an ongoing basis while I wait for the 5 years to pass and do my annual updates. So, after finishing each page I will export the page as. 12×12 image, and also save an editable version of the page. I usually use Google Drive for my cloud storage, but I learned that DropBox must be the cloud storage platform in order to bring those pages back into the PL app when it is time to update the page each year. In the iOS version of the app, it is possible to import an editable page from Google Drive so I hope this can be done for the Android app in the future.
With these components figured out, I’m ready to roll and have started!
Here is my template for my November prompts; I decided to start my journal on Thanksgiving Day this year. I’m using the Adventure Edition kit right now and will change the page design for each month for variety. Below are two examples of my pages. You will see I have a journaling card for each of the 5 years to be covered, and for the 4 years I’ve not journaled yet I just put a placeholder card. My title box is 25pt. I’m using Raleway font throughout the entire book. I’m not going to worry about the font being the same size each year – whatever I end up writing is what I end up writing.
After I do my journaling, I’ll export the page in an editable format, save, and then delete from the app. Next year, I’ll add journal the questions again and add new pictures (hopefully the Android version will have this feature). At the end of 5 years, I’ll have a wonderful personal time capsule of my life during this time frame – isn’t that exciting!
I’m quite excited right now! I’ve just re-installed my favorite photo-editing software onto our desktop at home and am delighted to see that this new version works far better than the old version we had. Back in May I had to restore the desktop back to factory settings and just hadn’t gotten around to getting my software back. I use Serif’s Photoplus SE (no affliation, just a happy user). I’ve been using it for almost 7 years now and it works very similar to Adobe Photoshop. Here’s to a night of digiscrapping! I’ve started with this picture of my grandmother, Cora Mae Lawhorn Koonce (1932-2006).
The design is not mine; it’s a QuickPage by Lukasmummy from a blog train (several designers working collaboratively). It uses the Retail Therapy kit.