Thursday, January 15, 2015

Project Life 2010: Title Page and Plan

Call me crazy... but I'm actually going through with this!  I'm honestly very excited about this project and so far, I think I've got it set up to have the best chance of success.

I was bummed that 2010 was the oldest year I could start with, because it didn't seem all that long ago.  I wanted to start with an earlier year, but all photos before 2010 are trapped on a dead external hard drive at the moment :-(  Anyway, back to 2010, I'm finding that it was actually FOREVER ago!! The kids have changed so much.  It's so much fun going through these photos again.

So, on to the title page...
Very bright and cheery!  With the kids being older now, I don't use as many bright, primary colored kits as I did when they were little.  It's going to be fun working with those kits again.  I used photos from only the first half of the year since I plan on printing two books.

Now to the plan...

First I started out by going through my blog.  I finally figured out who I was writing to when I was posting to my blog back then... future me!  I had no idea that I would one day be relying on these posts for project life journaling, but it's perfect!  Thankfully, I was making an attempt at project 365 that year, so I have a photo a day for about 5 months.  That made it really easy to break everything down by weeks.  I copied and pasted the text from my blog by week into one doc.  Here's what it looks like...

(yes... I have a thousand tabs open at any given time... this screen shot runs from fb on the left, to the recipe I plan to use for dinner on the right... lol).

It's all ready to copy and paste onto the project life layouts.  Making this doc was a fairly mindless task that I did while watching TV with the family.  I didn't over think anything, just copied and pasted.

Next, I used this doc to find the photos for each week.  Working one week at a time, I brought up the photos and placed them onto templates.  Again, I didn't over think this, I just looked at the photos for the week and placed them on the templates I thought work best.  Then I saved them as layered psd files.

I have the first three weeks of 2010 completely done, but about three months laid out...

That way when a fun kit comes out, I can grab the best coordinating layout and combine the two!  I'm not worried about working within any time frame or even working in any particular order.  Knowing that the hard parts are already done (journaling and choosing photos), I'm just left with the fun stuff!

I'm hoping I've set myself up for success with this project.  Early in the year I'm so fired up about project life and find myself with more time than things to work on.  I used that New Year's motivation to plow through as much of the tedious stuff as I could.  So far, so good!

Here are the supplies I used on my title page (links on pinterest)...


  1. Wow! So ambitious! I need to figure out a plan for finishing the years I've started that are still incomplete (which would be almost all of them!). :) That really stinks about the photos that are stuck on your hard drive. That happened to a friend of mine, and she took it to some sort of computer repair person, and they were able to get the images back for her. I really need to get all of my pictures copied onto an EHD and backed up. They are spread out across two or three computers right now, and I keep forgetting that I don't have them all on my current computer. Yikes!

    1. I know... it's probably nuts to take this on, but I so love having my current PL books to look through that I thought it would be nice to have all of my photos in that form. We'll see how it goes! I got a good recommendation for a data recovery place near us, I just have to get there. I hope they're able to save them! I'm trying to be much better about organizing my old photos and getting them backed up. I have an EHD for my laptop I periodically back up to, we have a personal cloud here at home and I'm going to take advantage of the photo storage offered through Amazon Prime. The having things spread out is how I lost stuff before because I didn't know what was missing until it was completely gone. I'm really trying to work out a plan.

  2. I Love your plan - I have many years I need to go back to as well!!!

    1. Thanks so much! So far the plan is working great. I'm a little scared of tackling the second half of the year though. I didn't do photo a day then and I think I'll have a much harder time sorting out photos and what was actually going on in them! All of June of that year was basically photo-less with the kids at camp. I have to figure out how to handle that. :-/