in the spotlight – Sheri Horton
Sheri Horton is one of our Creative Team Alumni (from 2012 – our first team) and is now part of our Digital Project Life Creative Team! Enjoy getting to know more about her today.
Sheri, how long have you been using Project Life® to document?
I have been documenting everyday life since 2009. When I started on this journey, I was aware of Project Life, but being a digital scrapbooker, I wanted to do everything digitally and Project Life wasn’t digital yet. But that all changed in the fall of 2011 when Becky announced that Project Life was going digital!! I was super happy about this! In 2012 I started to use only Project Life products for my weekly layouts! I love the variety with the different core kits, mini kits, and theme packs!
How do you use Project Life?
In the beginning, when there were just a few core kits to select from, I only used Project Life products for my weekly layouts. Now that there is such a huge selection of templates and kits to choose from, I use Project Life all the time! Almost all my layouts are Project Life style. It makes it so easy to scrapbook. I create weekly layouts that contain photos and stories from every week of the year. At the end of the year, I print all those layouts in a bound book. As for my other scrapbooking, I have two girls, so I create special layouts to document things in their lives, whether it be something everyday or something big, such as a birthday.
How often and where do you print your photos?
I don’t print my photos for scrapbooking….those days are long gone and I don’t miss doing that at all. I do print photos to display in my home or to give to family. Because I am a digital scrapbooker, I don’t have the need to print my photos first. Instead, I create a digital layout and then print my layouts to put in an albums. I use Persnickety Prints for this. I started using them long before they became a household name. I love them! They do such amazing work!
How do you organize your photos and supplies?
I really wish I could say I have this amazing system for organizing all my digital “stuff,” but that is just not the case. My organization is very simple. My photos are stored by year, month and then day. As for my digital scrapbooking stuff, I have it organized by designer. For whatever reason, I don’t like to pull the kits apart and store them by papers, journaling cards, filler cards, etc. I know a lot of people do that. When I was paper scrapbooking, I would have done it that way. But for some strange reason, I have this thing with keeping a kit together. For my weekly layouts, I tend to stick with one core or mini kit for the entire layout; therefore, I like having everything in one spot. That being said, I do have favourite journaling or filler cards that I will pull into a layout even if I am using a different kit. That’s the beauty of digital…I can use countless cards over and over and never run out!
What are some of your tried and true tips for Project Life success?
If you want to document everyday life, the key is to make time daily to document something, whether it be taking a picture or writing your thoughts down. Then when it comes to creating the actual layouts, all you need is time once a week. If you make that time every week, it won’t seem like a big project. If you can’t find time every week, then even once a month is fine, too. The important part is documenting life when it happens. If you’ve done a good job of doing that, then putting it all together will be easy, especially if you use Project Life! It shouldn’t feel like work. When it starts to feel like work to me, then I will stop doing it. You don’t just have to use Project Life for documenting everyday life; you can use it to get caught up on years worth of memories, to document a trip, to document your babies first year! Now with all the different options in page templates, core kits, and mini kits, the sky is the limit. Use it however it suits your life!
Inspiration from Sheri