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The Deets on Project Life In One Place

I get asked a lot about what Project Life is, how I do it digitally, what programs I use, how I bind the books, etc. So I’m going to answer all of those questions here because this process is really important to me and what I want my girls to value as they grow up and have families of their own.

I was passionate about this project since the day I started and being on the creative team gave me the ability to infect others with the same passion. I thought I’d post a little intro and a recap of what I’m doing with Project Life in case you’re new to the LTM Blog!

What is Project Life?

Here’s a 1-minute easy as pie explanation:

Why do I think you should do it?

Because your story is your legacy and it’s important. Someday, your kids and your family is going to want to know this stuff about you and themselves. I promise. Kids have a way of wondering how you did it when they start families of their own. This is the way to show them. One thing I would love more than anything is to ask my mom, “what did you do when we were this age?” or “how did you handle this situation?” or “how much did you drink every night?” If she had done scrapbooking for us, I would have known even though she’s not around anymore for me to ask her. Someday my kids are going to want to know what our everyday looked like as an adult. They will. This will show them.

How am I doing it?

I am doing my pages digitally. It saves me the counter space (which is limited with 3 little ones) and the hassle of cleaning up. I just put everything together on my computer and then I print the book out at the end of the year. Also, the majority of project life users do the project weekly (2 pages to recap your week, every week). I, however, am taking a different approach this year. I’m just putting our major events into the book. There’s too much stuff going on in my life to have the pressure of keeping up and we just don’t do all that much stuff yet because my girls are so little. I’ll probably start the weekly layout format next year. You can read more about what I’m doing and the pages I’ve completed by CLICKING HERE.

What are the options for you?

There are two options for you if you want to give Project Life a try:
Traditional Paper Version
Digital Version

I LOVE traditional paper scrapbooking but I don’t like having the stuff all around my house. Digital is the right option for me but there is a learning curve to doing it since I am using photoshop. Without some desire to learn clipping masks and photoshop, it may be best for you to just go paper kits and keep it in a little caddy that you can move around to keep out of the way. If I was able to have the space and time for traditional, I would absolutely have those cards in my house.

With the traditional version you only need 4 things (there are FAR more than 4 things you can purchase, of course but you only require 4):

1. Core Kit

Core Kits are loaded with enough beautifully-designed cards to fill an entire album.

Becky Higgins Project Life Core kit

 

 

 

 

 

2. Album

The Project Life snazzy Albums, designed to coordinate with our Core Kits, will safely house your Pocket Pages filled with your photos and journaling.

Becky Higgins Project Life Album

 

 

 

 

 

3. Pocket Pages

Pick up a pack of Photo Pocket Pages to slip in your treasured photos and the cards from your Core Kit.

Becky Higgins Project Life Plastic Pages

 

 

 

 

 

4. Journaling Pens

My favorite pens in the world are the Zig Millennium Pens. They come in a pack with 5 sizes. Amazeballs.

Zig Pens

With the digital version you need 4 things (there are FAR more than 4 things you can purchase, of course but you only require 4):

1. Computer

I use my Mac Pro and my laptop for Project Life. Either will work as long as you have enough space to run photoshop and save your work.

imac

2. Photoshop

I use Photoshop Creative Cloud for mine but I know a lot of people that use Photoshop Elements and it works great for them (plus it’s less expensive and a bit easier).

photoshop cc

3. Digital Kits

Someone I know has a real problem with buying digital items for her Project Life album. I won’t say who, but she can’t stop. They’re so pretty!

Project Life Digital Kit

4. Printer to bind your book or Album with 12×12 Page Protectors

You can choose to bind your book and have it printed with a photo printer like i did at MPIX or you can have the pages printed individually and you can simply stick them into some 12×12 page protectors and a binder. Your call. I like the digital books because I can make copies of the book for the girls to take when they leave home.

Here’s a recent page I finished to give you an example of what your pages can look like:

Lindsay Teague Moreno Project Life Becky Higgins

Lindsay Teague Moreno Project Life Becky Higgins

Lindsay Teague Moreno Project Life Becky Higgins

This was a super simple and fast layout. Used our pictures that Melissa Koehler took of our family and threw a couple of cards and brushes over them. Boom! Done.

I hope you’ll consider giving Project Life a try this year. There’s not commitment, there are no requirements. I know your people sure would love you for it one day.

Lindsay Teague Moreno

Project Life Tuesday: A Catch-Up Week!

So, I’m playing a little catch-up this week after a month full of photo editing! I’m almost through all 9 sessions I had! Really happy to be busy and really happy to see the light at the end of this tunnel before I fill up again in Oct/Nov!

So, here are a couple Project Life pages I have to share today. The first is from Boston & Teagan’s preschool end-of-year program. It was the first time we saw them “perform” for anything. They didn’t disappoint! They stood up on that stage and had a fist fight, knocked each other’s hats off and gave dirty looks. At one point, Addy got away from us and ran up to the stage, to which the girls laid down on the stage during a song to talk to her. ugh. Also, the girls were asked to tell the teachers what they wanted to be when they grow up. My girls responses?

Boston: “a beautiful rainbow over a garden”
I’m sorry, what?

Teagan: “Rapunzel”
Yea.

We have some learning to do in this house. I don’t even know where Boston’s response came from! We don’t have a garden. Truth. We do have video of the entire ordeal which proves that it really did happen and that they were, in fact, the worst-behaved children in the entire school that afternoon. A proud parent moment, to be sure.

Digital Project Life Design Team

Digital Project Life Design Team

How cute is that Smarty Pants card from Design Editor? I love. You can also see that I added a tweet from that day (which I think is such a great snapshot of real moments).

Digital Project Life Design Team

On this page, I added the pictures of the girls teachers and then the photo fail of the 3 girls together from the morning. I’m terrible with my own kids and a camera in my hand. Additionally, I added an Instagram photo with the caption to record Addy’s monumental melt-down when we went to pick out teacher gifts.


Next up is the 12 of 12 layout from August. M and I happened to be out of town for a wedding in August. We had a really nice day together, even though it was cut short because he had to go back and be with the girls at home and I had to drive to Tulsa from OKC for a visit with my grandma (who was sick) and a photo shoot. Also, I had very little desire to use my camera after photographing the wedding the previous day. 2000 photos will do that to a girl! 🙂

Digital Project Life Design Team 12 of 12

Digital Project Life Design Team 12 of 12

Another set of cards from Design Editor here for the “He Said/She Said” portion of the page in the top right corner. I love this part of the page. Also, that black and white photo in the bottom right is one of my favorite Chihuly pieces of art. It’s actually a color photo, if you can believe that. The whites in the piece are so white and the ceiling is perfectly black. I stood below the chandelier and shot directly upward to get this shot. I love it. There is no doubt that I’ll frame a few of these photos in the house.

Digital Project Life Design Team 12 of 12

Dale Chihuly is my favorite artist. Every time I see his work my mouth gapes open like an idiot. It’s just awe-inspiring. I can’t believe the colors in his pieces are even real. I’ve seen his work 6 or 7 times now and every time it’s as amazing as the first. M and I got to see his exhibit at the OKC Museum of Art on the 12th. I had been about 6 years previous with my mom and brother, Aaron, and it was there that I realized I might be falling in love with M. I thought about him a lot while I was there without him. It was nice to go back there with him.

Lindsay Teague Moreno