in the spotlight – Kelly Mobley
Today we’re shining the spotlight on one of our Digital Creative Team members. Enjoy getting to know Kelly Mobley!
Kelly, how long have you been using Project Life® to document?
I have completed two years of Project Life – documenting every week with a two-page spread and I recently started my third year, 2014.
How do you use Project Life?
My format for Project Life is to document every week with a two-page photo and journal spread. Last year I started incorporating more pictures that my kids are taking with their iPhones – for two reasons: they don’t always want their pictures taken and they take great pictures! I still take over 80% of the photographs for my pages. In 2013, I also started incorporating more pictures from my phone. I love the flexibility it offers when I don’t have my camera with me.
How often and where do you print your photos?
I print my pictures and layouts with Persnickety Prints. I print quarterly or semi-annually. I am super happy with their service and the quality of their prints. The price is very affordable as well.
How do you organize your photos and supplies?
I keep my photos and supplies on a Drobo external drive. I love this external drive system because it is expandable over time, and it is designed specifically to back itself up if/when a disk fails which is a terrific feature! My photos and supplies are VERY important to me; therefore, it is important to have a reliable back-up process in place.
I organize my photos by year-month-day within Lightroom. I love using LR. It works as a browser on my computer while storing my photos on my external hard drive. I can do lots of organizational and editing tasks with LR. It is very helpful to have my pictures organized by date for creating my Project Life pages. One of my goals for the new year is to further investigate the benefits of using LR to organize and tag my digital supplies. Currently, I use a program called Shoebox to browse and search through my digital supplies. It works well enough, but it doesn’t have a good tagging feature. I store all my kits on my external hard drive. They are sorted by design shop: AC Digitals, Two Peas, Jessica Sprague, The Lilypad, etc. Within this sorting system, I categorize my kits by specific designer: Splendid Fiins, Just Jaimee, Amy Tan, Paislee Press, etc.
What are some of your tried and true tips for Project Life success?
- Organization is key!
- Never leave home without your camera or phone.
- Be aware of your surroundings however small or insignificant they may seem in the moment.
- Have fun, be silly and get creative – this will make everyone involved enjoy the experience.
- Don’t set rules or boundaries for yourself. Some weeks are more photographic than others.
- Journaling is ALWAYS an option when you don’t have as many photos.
- Ask your family to participate–give them your camera/phone.
- Don’t forget to incorporate yourself!
Inspiration from Kelly
Kelly’s neat and tidy workspace.
Layout featuring the Midnight Edition
Layout featuring the Jade Edition.