in the spotlight – Autumn Nguyen
Today we’re introducing you to another one of our Creative Team members, Autumn Nguyen!
Autumn, how long have you been using Project Life® to document? How do you use Project Life?
I’ve been using Project Life since January of 2010. I initially used it to record my pregnancy, but that did not go well because I was mostly on the couch with nausea. Since then, I use it to record our daily life week by week. Each week consists of a left and right page – and sometimes I include inserts depending on our activities for the week. I try to keep the inserts down because I usually have three volumes for each year. When my son was born in February of 2011, I used Project Life to record his story. He now has three year’s worth of stories – in his own books.
How often and where do you print your photos?
To stay on top of documenting our daily life, I print at home. If I can, I try to print the photos daily. Otherwise, I print the photos weekly. For bigger projects, I often use Costco.
How do you organize your photos and supplies?
I keep my stash visible. I have a small workspace — specifically, a section of our living room. I share it mainly with my boy whose toys often take up most of the area. I work best when I can see all of the Project Life cards. I take them all out of their boxes and store them in vintage refrigerator glass containers, old sewing machine drawers or fun boxes I pick up from thrift shops. I am a big time thrifter and I’ve found lots of neat storage pieces that way.
Except for the photos I print for my Project Life albums, my photos are organized and stored in my external hard drive. I use Lightroom to organize and manage my photos. I do some minor adjustments in Lightroom, but most of my editing is done in Photoshop. I am a big fan of Totally Rad.
What are some of your tried and true tips for Project Life success?
Keep things simple. I am a school teacher and a mom of a three year old. My project time is limited so I have to keep things simple. I keep the cards in open containers so I can have easy access. The best way for me to stay on top of my daily Project Life albums is to print my photos at home. Before I had my son, I would upload my photos weekly to Costco and do a routine Sunday pickup. Nowadays, I often work late at night so it is convenient for me to print at home (although it tends to be much pricier). I also keep PL cards all over the house to encourage my husband to record stories.
I rarely complete 12×12 pages now, so when I have time I like to embellish my 3×4 journaling cards. I love letter and word stickers so I keep them organized in a basket. Everything is stored in open baskets for easy access and helps me remember what I have.
Project Life is rocking my world right now. And I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
Inspiration from Autumn
Lots of creativity happens here.
An overhead view of Autumn’s workspace and organization.
Perfectly organized cards *swoon*
Autumn organizes her cards by kit and keeps them in view and at arm’s reach to quickly + easily find what she wants to include on her pages.
For this layout, Autumn used 3×4 and 4×6 White Cards. She used acrylic paint to paint the words “around here” on the 4×6 card and then printed the black lines on the 3×4 cards using one of Ali Edwards‘ digital files. Left page is Design F and right page is Design V (available as part of Small Variety Pack 5).