OBSERVATIONS: Another week wherein the Project Life page count totaled "1". I seriously love the flexibility and the lack of pressure with this project.
I've been asked by a few people to talk about how I make this project happen every week, and part of the process includes letting go of the expectation that it has to be a two-page spread every single time.
I look at Project Life as the coolest photo album project I've got going. It is also the primary scrapbooking vehicle in my life. I do very few actual layouts each month, so this thing is my main memory keeping gig. In that respect, I make time for it every week.
One way I save time is by using the same template from week to week. Meaning, I take Week 35's PSD file, do a Save As, and call it "W36.psd". Then I delete all the photos and the other digital elements and start from there. Sometimes I'll leave journal cards in place so I can just reuse them. I always leave my main Week in Review card and just type over it every week.
One approach I take frequently is to open a journal card file, add my journaling, format it the way I want it, and then do a Save As and save the card in a folder called Formatted Cards. This allows me to create the card and save it while leaving the original file as is. Next, I'll flatten the card, drag it into the template, but then I don't save the flattened version. I just close the card and retain all the editable layers.
Lately, I've been having fewer photos, so I've been doing single pages. You can do this whether you're doing the traditional Project Life, or the fully digital version.
Right now, this project is a labor of love. Truly. I love doing it. I love saving these photos and memories. There is no stress involved whatsoever. Amen.
Here's a look at Week 36:
It was back to school week. For Aidan. For Cole. And yes, even for Dan who has enrolled in a graduate program at Hamline University. Go Dan!
I would like to thank my children for agreeing to sit in the same spot for the official Back to School photo. As you can see, one of them clearly enjoyed it more than the other.
And back to school really does mean cooler Fall temps are on their way (and are actually here this week!)
I adore this season. For sure.
And that is all I wrote for Week 36.