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Monday, August 19, 2013

Using Project Life: Organizing My Blog Photos

"This post is a part of a paid campaign with American Crafts, but all opinions are my own."

As a creative blogger, I take a LOT of pictures. I spend hours editing them and figuring out photo shoot ideas. But I have to admit I'm not very good at actually printing my photos and when I do, they usually end up sitting in those red envelopes in a drawer somewhere. I have been wanting to change this... maybe I'll get into scrap booking someday, but that someday never comes. But I do need a way to organize and make a record of not only the many projects I've sewn for myself and the girls, but my DIY projects and my whole life!

So I was thrilled when American Crafts sent me a box in the mail with a photo organizing kit called Project Life from becky Higgins. I was sent the The Dear Lizzy Fifth and Frolic Core Kit edition, a Memerology photo album and the Project Life photo pages designed to hold everything. You can now find it all at Micheal's Craft stores.

 Some of you crafty types might recognize Dear Lizzy. I'd seen her work and watched her speak at the SNAP Creativity conference once, and was excited to be working with one of her products. An array of light blues, pinks, and airy neutral cards are decorated with cute birds, trees, houses, foxes, and old typewriters, with little spaces to describe and write notes on either the pictures or anything that strikes your fancy. I think it's totally adorable!

I had never heard of Project Life before, so while I was excited, I was a little scared that it might be too much for me, not having ANY scrap booking experience.
It turns out Project Life is perfect for what I want to do. The cute little cards are designed to be put into the large photo pages that hold the cards and my 4 by 6 inch photos. There is no cutting, gluing or stamping necessary, but the cards themselves alongside my photos create a pretty collage effect, similar to a scrapbook. But without all of the work. So it's perfect for a newbie like me.

So how am I going at organizing my blog's photos? It's a slow process because I printed out about a year's worth of photos at once. And then I am going back through my blog posts to find out when I made the projects and other details that I can write about on my Project Life cards. But I am so happy that I'm finally doing this. What if somehow my blog gets deleted and I have no hard copies of all of my hard work and my girls wearing the things I made them? That would be sad and I don't want that to happen.

Maybe someday I will sit with my grandkids, flipping thorough my Project Life pages and showing them pictures of their parents.....


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