Last year, right around Week 17, I did it. I made the switch from a hybrid Project Life approach to a full-fledged digital one. It was kind of an impulse move. I’d been toying with the idea for oh, all of about a day, and thought: Ima just do it. So I did and there has been no looking back.
I put together a video showing you how I am getting everything set up for optimal digital workflow in 2014. They key pieces include:
• Using iCal to figure out my weekly dates [Edited to add: Holy MOLY! Jen just posted that you can simply go to Preferences in iCal, under Advanced, and turn on Show Week Numbers. I love my readers and their genius-ness. Ignore that portion of the video where I manually add the weeks. Thank you.]
• Using iPhoto to create Smart Folders broken into four yearly quarters
• Using the Day One app to jot down notes every day (or as often as I can) to help me keep a weekly record of what’s going on in our daily lives (Note: the Day Journal app for Android is very similar to Day One.)
• Organizing my folder for ease of workflow
Everything is covered in this lovely, 17-minute video tutorial, including a photo of my husband looking like a total Mac Daddy pimp.
Probably the most important thing you can do to prepare for doing Project Life is to remember that this is memory keeping and memory keeping is supposed to be TWO things:
2. Suited to how YOU work best.
That’s it. Notice how the word ‘stress’ does not appear anywhere in Item No. 1 or 2?
One of the best decisions I made this year was to get over the need for a two-page spread every week. There have been some weeks where I just didn’t have either enough photos or notes to fill the spread. So I said, “Pass!” and just made a single page.
If you find you’re experiencing too much stress over any scrapbooking project, that is a sign unto you that maybe you should not do that particular project.
There really can be joy in doing something simply and consistently with our photos and memories. And I swear to you, if I’m working my way through 2014 and I suddenly start to hate this project, or if it starts to feel more and more like a joyless obligation, I’m going to stop doing it and move on with my life.
I can guarantee you this: no one in my family will care.
Honestly. Aidan will not start soliciting applications for a new mother.
Coleman will not need therapy as an adult because Weeks 27 through 52 went undocumented in his 14th year.
Consider your own childhood. How many of you are like me… just thankful there are photos at all? You get my point.
But I can tell you this: I don’t think that I will lose the joy because I have found a way to do Project Life that fits within the following criteria:
1. It’s fun.
2. It’s suited to how I work best.
MAN, that feels good.
If you have any questions at all about my process, or any process you think I could speak to, by all means leave me a comment.
And, by all means, share your best preparation tips, too.
Becky Higgins’ Site—Everything you need to know about the basics of Project Life. Plus, there’s a store coming soon!
Digital Project Life—The official home base for digital Project Life supplies.