1. One thing that’s never really been intuitive for me is thinking about the year in terms of 52 weeks so I printed out a 2013 Week Chart and taped it to my day planner (which I keep out on my desk). Now I can reference it easily without having to jump on the computer to check what week a certain date falls on. Because you know what happens when I have to click around the internet to get the info I need? I get distracted (“new email!” “Oh, that is so cute, I need to PIN IT!”) and it takes me that much longer to get things done. The weeks on this handy chart run from Monday to Sunday. I’m liking this format because it makes more sense for us to keep the weekend together instead of splitting up Saturday and Sundays like I did last year.
2. I’m sticking memorabilia in pockets right away instead of filing them away in a project life folder like I did last year. As you can see in the photo below, that didn’t work out so well. Out of sight really is out of mind. Half the time I’d forget to check the folder. Sometimes I just didn’t feel like digging through things to figure out which memento belonged to what week. And then it got so full, I avoided it all together.
3. Lastly, I make a mock up in photoshop to make sure I like the way the photos look together before sending them to print. I resisted doing this last year because it seemed like busy work, an unnecessary extra step. I really wanted a simple workflow process: print, stick them in the pockets and be happy to have another week documented. But as it turns out I couldn’t just print and be done with it because color cohesiveness is important to me.
Last year’s process went something like this. Print the photos, then spend a lot of time arranging them and rearranging them trying to make the “as is” photos work then eventually end up reprocessing some of the photos (or swapping them out with different photos), reprinting them before I was happy with the layout. I accumulated a lot of unused photos last year. And spent a lot of time shuffling photos around.
As it turns out, doing a quick mockup in photoshop to check for color cohesiveness has helped to streamline the process so that now it is just a matter of printing and putting the photos in pockets.
I still do a bit of re-arranging once I have printed photos in hand but I haven’t had to go back to re-edit and reprint photos. WIN!
It took me a while to figure all this out -what I wanted our project life album to be, what I wanted to look like, and how much time I was willing to spend on it.
What about you? What’s your approach to project life? What types of things are you doing to keep it manageable (and fun)?