in the spotlight – Denise Beatty
Denise, how long have you been using Project Life® to document? How do you use Project Life?
I’ve been using Project Life for a year. I use it to document my life on a weekly basis. I tell the story from my perspective, but I include all the events that happen in our family’s life.
How often and where do you print your photos?
I scrap digitally and print once or twice a year as prints go on sale. I print at Persnickety Prints – they do an amazing job and they are fast! I organize my albums chronologically. I have separate albums for my Project Life pages and ones for other scrapbook pages.
How do you organize your photos and supplies?
I take almost all my photos on my phone. I’m a photographer and I’ve got amazing equipment, but my phone is always with me and I’d rather document a moment than miss it! Periodically, I download all my photos to my computer and organize them chronologically. Then I use my Collect photo app to remind myself of the photos I collected each week and what was going on in each photo.
My supplies are all on an external hard drive. They are organized by designer. I love knowing that when I use a particular designer, I can look through that designer’s folder for things in the same style and it makes my layouts feel more cohesive.
Just a side note – Last year my external hard drive crashed and I lost an entire year of photos and a 10-year scrapbook supply. I kid you not. It was devastating. I had just dropped my online back-up service because they wanted a king’s ransom and I hadn’t picked a new one yet. My hard drive was so damaged – I had to send it to a specialist and they opened it in a clean room. They wanted $1500!!! I couldn’t afford to have my data retrieved and it’s still a sore spot!
So one thing that is really important is to make sure I’ve got my data saved in more than one place. Now I use Backblaze and the peace of mind is worth every penny!!
What are some of your tried and true tips for Project Life success?
I use the Collect app to keep track of my photos by date. I also use Instagram to keep track of individual events and happenings and use what I wrote to prompt my journaling.
It’s easiest for me to scrap the previous week each Monday when everything is fresh. But when I fall behind, I have those online reminders of what was happening. I try to keep my pages simple. I start with my photos and place them first. If I have too many for a two-page layout, I might do another two-page layout for the week. By keeping my layouts in two pages per week (or some other even number), I ensure that all the pages fall properly in my album.
After I place my photos, then I put in as many journaling cards as I need to document the week and then fill in the rest with filler cards. It’s simple. It’s clean. And it’s doable in a very short period of time. That way I know I’m saving my memories and doing it in a way that fits in with my busy family life.
Inspiration from Denise