in the spotlight – Juli Jones
We’re excited to share another creative team spotlight with you … today we’re getting to know Juli Jones!
Juli, how long have you been using Project Life® to document?
The first Project Life kit I purchased was actually not for me; it was a gift for my sister. It was the very first Cherry Edition. I was secretly testing it out on her to see how she liked it since she scrapbooked more than I did at the time. However, it didn’t take me long to realize that Project Life was the solution I needed! I soon ordered the Turquoise Edition and I started with my first book in January 2011.
How do you use Project Life?
I use Project Life to create family albums. The last couple of years I have stuck to doing weekly layouts. Everything goes in the family albums…big events, little events, vacations and everything in between. Last year I started on separate albums for my boys featuring their school work and everything related to their sports/hobbies. Also, if there is a specific story related just to them it goes in their book, as well. I absolutely love working on these books for them! I have a long way to go, but with Project Life I do not feel overwhelmed by the task like I used to. My family typically isn’t part of actually creating our albums, but I love that they know my process and will save things for me that they think I might want to include. “Hey mom, do you want my ticket stub?” or “Do you want to keep this program?” or they will specifically give me something they want to keep for their book. My husband will also text me pictures of the boys if they are doing something without me. So in a way, it is a family affair.
How often and where do you print your photos?
When I am doing good and staying on track, I print my photos here at home. When I get behind and have a lot of photos to print at once that are recent or if I have a fun extra little project I’m working on, I’ll use Persnickety Prints. If I have a lot of older pictures I need to print at once (like for my boys’ books), I use Shutterfly since all of my older photos are stored there. I will also use Costco in a pinch if I decide to do an enlargement in my weekly spread.
How do you organize your photos and supplies?
I am a chronological girl when it comes to organizing my photos. On my computer I have folders for the years with sub folders for the months and within the months specific events and so on. When I print my pictures, they don’t sit too long before they are in an album since I’m usually printing what I’m about to use. I just keep them on my workspace in a shoe box or something until I’m ready for them. (I still have lots of forgotten years though that are in need of printing, but again, I know with this system I will get to them.) I also have a small little studio space in our basement with a couple of great pieces of furniture that help me keep all my supplies organized in the drawers. However, when I’m working it all kind of ends up in a mess on my table. :)
What are some of your tried and true tips for Project Life success?
These days my iPhone is never more than a few feet away from me so I pretty much have access to that camera at all times. My DSLR is also always out on my kitchen counter as a visual reminder to pick it up too, plus keeping it out makes it easily available when I see moments that I want to capture with my big camera. I am also a huge list maker and journal writer, so I always have a notebook with me readily available to jot down anything that comes to mind or something that was said. I also use the DayOne App on my phone to do a lot of my journaling, especially at my boys’ sporting events. I have my phone out and am keeping track of their scores and writing the play-by-play as they go. It’s great, however, there is just something about my notebooks…they will never be replaced by an app! Those things help me immensely in having Project Life success.
Inspiration from Juli
Layout featuring the Cobalt Edition
Layout featuring the Cobalt Edition
One of Juli’s favorite simple pages because of the photos + journaling (letter to her son). Left side is an 8 1/2 x 11 vertical page protector cut down and sewed along the edge and right page is Design E.
How cute is she? This is Juli with her very first Project Life kit!
Some peeks of Juli’s studio space. Her basement is unfinished but they laid down a piece of carpet and set up her space and she couldn’t be happier! As long as she has a little space heater she’s good to go!
We think you rock too, Juli!