in the spotlight – Jenn McCabe
Many have noticed that when we selected our new Creative Team this year, we did not include any members who are specifically working with Digital Project Life. The reason for this is we actually have a full creative team that works specifically with Laurie at digitalprojectlife.com helping to create inspiring pages with every new product that is released in digital format. Their pages help fill the product pages of our digital website with awesome ideas and are often shared on the Digital Project Life Blog, Facebook Page and Instagram Account. If you’re looking for inspiration + ideas more specifically using our digital goodies, those are great places to keep an eye on.
Today we are introducing you to Jenn McCabe!
How long have you been using Project Life® to document? How do you use Project Life?
I started using the Digital PL kits and templates in 2012, mostly for event & theme scrapping. I instantly fell in love with the look of my pages with the PL templates and kits. In 2013, I started doing weekly PL pages. Along with my weekly PL pages, I still do lots of event and theme pages because the theme products are just so beautifully designed and easy to work with. I personally love the Floral, Great Outdoors, Soccer and Teen kits.
Halfway through 2013, I purchased a physical kit and started doing pages with the physical kits and photo pocket pages. That was the first time, since about 2007, that I actually created paper scrapbook pages. I like how simple the process is … there isn’t a need to think about a page design; it’s as simple as placement of journal cards and photos.
How often + where do you print your photos?
I print at home, as I work on a weekly spread, for my physical Project Life pages. For the digital pages, I still need to get them all organized and uploaded into a photo book … it is on the TO DO list.
How do you organize your photos + supplies?
Organization was very messy for me in 2013 because I did not have a system. I had my Dropbox with my iPhone photos and then I had my DSLR photos organized by date in Bridge. It was hard to find things between the two. For 2014, I have jumped on the Collect App bandwagon and I love it. I pick my favorite photo of the day … and I love that I can easily see the date & make notes about the moment captured. Another great feature is the ability to add extra photos for any given day. So far for 2014, I’ve been using just iPhone photos for PL weekly pages.
My digital PL supplies are all in a Becky Higgins folder and kept in a subfolder by kit. Bridge makes it easy for me to find what I need. My physical kits (I have 2 core kits and 4 mini kits) are simply kept in their trays.
What are some of your tried + true tips for Project Life success?
My favorite thing to do is to keep all my photos (either per page spread or per album) looking similar. My 2013 physical album had the same post-processing on all my photos. Everything was bright, colorful, and fresh. For my digital pages, I played with lots of looks, but all photos on a given page were always processed exactly the same. Actions, Lightroom Presets, or Mobile App filters can all help you achieve that similar look for your photos.
Also, having my photos organized for 2014 has been a huge time saver! As I mentioned, I started using the Collect App on my iPhone. The Collect App makes it so easy to just glance back at the week I am working on, find my photos & notes, and either print for the physical PL album or pop them into Photoshop for my digital album.
Inspiration from Jenn
Here’s a peek at Jenn’s studio where she creates her Project Life pages. The laptop is now replaced by a beautiful new 32″ iMac. Her space is used for scrapbooking and for running her Etsy business, so there’s always a lot going on in here.