I was pretty irritated about it to be honest because, for the first time in months, I was excited about scrapbooking. I have been following quite a few bloggers who have enjoyed project life and I knew it was something I would enjoy too.
The big thing holding me back at the end of last year was cost. After adding up a core kit, album, page protectors etc, the cost was really mounting and on my budget wasn't feasible. I also had no way of printing photos at uni on a weekly basis.
So reluctantly I shelved that idea and thought that perhaps, sometime in the future when I am settled, I will be able to do P.L.
Fast forward to a week or so ago and I was playing with photoshop elements. I often download elements for free from various digital sites and it struck me that maybe there was a way to do P.L digitally.
On a whim I typed " digital Project life" into google.
Everything I needed. Template, core kit- from one of my favourite bloggers, Elise Blaha- and photos on my computer.
And the price? £10 for the whole lot.
Now, a few years ago I was very skeptical of digital scrapbooking. I couldn't understand why anyone would want to give up glue and paper. I talked more about it here.
Now, I totally get it.
I am so excited to share my week 1 pages.
I wanted to keep digital P.L as close to how I would do it in paper. Therefore I combined my own handwriting in certain parts and chose just two fonts to use in the whole album. Arial in capitals and then this lovely, free, handwritten font called PR8 Charade.
The first page focuses on my one little word for 2013, the thoughts around that and the decision to start project life. I didn't really follow any pattern, just popped photos and writing where I thought they looked best. My goal with P.L is to focus on the story. Plain and simple.
The second page was based around my previous blog post and contains more photos from the shoot the boy and I did at New Year. There is also some journalling with instagram photos from the week.
My title page was so fun to make. I combined a lot of my favourite elements and photos to try and get a visual picture of where this project is going.
How I think P.L is going to practically pan out:
The advantage of going digital is that I can have photoshop up on my computer, and load photos into it as and when. Therefore I see the page taking shape over the course of the week.
I aim to post each Monday with my two page spread.
I am planning, at the end of each month, to send my completed pages off to be printed and then slipping the prints into a 12x12 album. I really want a tangible album to flick through. This really does though depend on cost but hopefully by doing a few each month it won't be too high!
I am so excited for this project. A project I never thought I had the time to do or afford.
Scrapbooking-I'm coming back!