in the spotlight – Jess Forster
Jess, how long have you been using Project Life® to document?
I started using Project Life in January 2012 after the birth of my daughter; in 2013 it became my primary go-to memory-keeping system of choice.
How do you use Project Life?
For the past three years, I have completed weekly / monthly layouts capturing both personal and family life. In 2014, I have continued to complete our family album as well as started a Project Life travel-themed album highlighting the trips my husband and I took as a couple before becoming parents.
How often and where do you print your photos?
A few years ago I made the decision to invest in a wide format photo printer and that has made all the difference. Seriously, it is the best money I have ever spent! I print all my photos out at home every couple of weeks in big batches.
How do you organize your photos and supplies?
I love me some organizing!
My photos are saved in a few different places: in monthly folders in iPhoto, on an external hard drive, and through Dropbox–a secure online backup cloud system. Also, did I mention that my husband is a survivalist? We also have all of our digital memories saved on memory sticks in bug-out bags at home and work, just in case the zombie apocalypse should happen tomorrow. We update those every three months. What can I say – I really love my photos!
As for my supplies, I am lucky enough to have a small workspace in my basement. I keep all my Project Life cards organized in a vintage wooden box I purchased at an antique shop close to my home. Currently, the box holds my favorite editions and Midnight edition Project Life cards. I also have blank 3×4 and 4×6 Project Life journaling cards in an old Birks box on my desk. My completed and in-progress albums sit on top of my Expedit shelf from Ikea and my pocket page protectors, envelopes, and page dividers are stored in Kassinett boxes, also from Ikea, on my shelf.
What are some of your tried and true tips for Project Life success?
1. Remember why you started. To me, Project Life has always been synonymous with being creative, having fun, and building a family legacy. I truly love capturing family photos and putting them into an album. It brings me great joy and lights me up in ways that I am just beginning to understand. I try not to compare myself to others (which is so hard!) and just put my head down and create.
2. Scrapbook the pictures that you love. Ok this seems like a no brainer, but you didn’t have to include every photo you take. For me, I know that I get easily overwhelmed by lots of pictures. So, I simplified my approach and decided to include only pictures that pulled at my heart. And if there was only one photo that I loved during the week? I enlarged it, embellished it, and called it done. Yes, I love both 12 x 12 and 6 x 12 enlarged photos. This trend is firmly established in my repertoire. Give it a try! You can “finish” so many weeks by just placing an enlarged photo in your album.
3. Recognize that life happens. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss/skip a week or two or three month’s worth of memories. Something is better than nothing. Having completed almost three years of Project Life, I recognize that there are times of ebb and flow. I almost certainly DO NOT want to scrapbook during the summer months or during the holiday season. To me, I would rather be in the moment with my family making memories and enjoying the moments. I know that I can go back to scrapbook these times later….which I can because Project Life is so easy and simple to use!
Inspiration from Jess
Layout featuring the Midnight Edition.
Layout featuring the Jade Edition.