our family yearbook + project life app tips

I’m about to begin my fifth year of Project Life.  If that doesn’t speak to the simplicity of this system, then I’m not sure how else to convey it.  [you can see some of my earlier albums here:  2012 I 2013 ]

PROJECT LIFE APP: printed pages from app & helpful tips!

I used the Kraft edition for my 2014 album.  The first half of the year was made using the digital project life templates in Photoshop.  But after the release of the Project Life App, I switched over to creating pages on my iPhone for the second half of the year.  So simple!  I made pages while laying on the couch.  While waiting for an oil change.  While sitting in the waiting room of the doctor’s office.  While nursing.  Amazing.  I will most definitely be using the app again for 2015.

I’ve gotten a few questions about the file & print quality of the app versus computer files.  There is absolutely no noticeable difference.  The app files are perfect.  Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison.  You’ll notice the tan background of my digital pages doesn’t quite match the white background from the app page.  It’s a small design difference [not a printing problem] & even though it irked me to have mismatching pages, there wasn’t a tan option in the app and it wasn’t worth going back and adjusting all my finished pages.  I’m using the app for all of 2015, so this won’t happen again.  I like the look of the crisp, white background.

PROJECT LIFE APP: printed pages from app & helpful tips!

I printed my book with Blurb again this year [using the method I outlined in this post].  I upgraded to the image wrap cover and the premium paper and, as usual, I love the finished product.

awesome tips for the Project Life App!

Project Life App Tips

If you’ll be using the Project Life App in 2015, here are some of my favorite tips!

  1. Dropbox:  I edit photos from my DSLR on my iMac, then put them in a Dropbox folder.  The Project Life App automatically accesses Dropbox so there’s no need to transfer photos to your phone!  [sidenote:  I rely mostly on my iPhone camera for my Project Life album though… I’d say less than 25% are from my fancy camera.]
  2. Eyefi Card:  Speaking of DSLR photos, this memory card is WIFI enabled which means you take a photo on a camera AND IT SHOWS UP ON YOUR PHONE INSTANTLY!  Yup.  Changed my life.
  3. PicTapGo:  This app is my favorite way to edit photos on my iPhone.  The Project Life App has some limited editing functionality, but PicTapGo is the best.  AND if you use your fancy Eyefi Card, you can edit photos from your ‘real’ camera here as well.
  4. Memento:  This app pulls together all of your social media feeds into one simple timeline.  It’s a perfect way to refresh my memory on details of past events, since I typically only make my pages once a month and my memory SUCKS these days.
  5. Over:  I use this app to add text on top of my photos.  I don’t do this often, but it was especially handy when I was adding bump photos to my album and I wanted to label them with ’20 weeks’, ’32 week’s, etc.
  6. Drag & Drop:  It’s likely this feature was obvious to many people, but it took me awhile to notice and then it made everything EVEN BETTER!  Just hold your finger down on the card/photo you want to move and drag it where you want it to go!


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  • Sarah

    Can you tell a difference in the drop shadows? One thing that bugs me (very slightly – I’m not THAT OCD! :)) about the app is that the individual pockets don’t seem like they have the same drop shadows that are in the digital version, which makes the pages look a little different. Is it noticeable in print?ReplyCancel

    • Yes, Sarah, there is a slight difference. The drop shadows still exist in the app files, but aren’t as pronounced as the files from the digital templates/photoshop.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve just became a follower and have really enjoyed your postings. I am a experienced traditional scraper and have done a few digital books. I am anxious to learn more of digital Project Life app but unfortunately I have a Android … waiting, waiting, waiting. In the meantime I guess I need to learn invest time with using Photo Shop Elements. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • shirley

    When using blurb for photo books, did you have any of your photos cut off when made into a book. some photo books there was a bleed. current pages on the app i was too worried that it was to close to the edge of the photo.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    How did you export your pages without compression? My email says the file is 3 MB but when I check it after I download it the file is only 1.47 MB and blurb says the resolution is too lowReplyCancel

    • Hi Nancy- I export my pages from the Project Life app as 12×12 and send them to Dropbox. I haven’t had a problem with compression. My files also appear to be 1.0-1.5 MB in size.ReplyCancel

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  • Darleen


    Love your website!

    I am very interest to know more about the comparison from Project Life Digital to Project Life App. I have created in Photoshop and printed with persnicketyprints.

    I even compared them again my hand-made scrapbook papers. Looking from a distance, the persnicetprints created via Photoshop templates looked like I created by hand. I would like to know how they compare with the in app creations! Could you advice? How is the shadows behind each photo? Quality of images? I see you export pages and print into a coffee table type book. I like printing separate 12×12 images and putting in a protector sheet in my album!

    Thank you,

    • Hi Darleen! I’ve never printed my pages from the app using Persnickity Prints because I print a bound book at the end of the year through Blurb. I have not noticed any difference in image quality moving from Photoshop to the app. There are small drop shadows in the files from the app too, but less noticeable than the Digital Project Life files. I can see the drop shadows most around a white journaling card. I think you’ll be happy with the quality of the app files!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda

    How many pages are in your books that you get printed?
    Do you do a weekly 2 page spread or a monthly?
    I do a 2 page weekly spread with the pl app.
    Approx how much do you pay for each book.
    Thank youReplyCancel

    • Hi Lynda! There are usually 106 pages in my books (a 2 page spread each week + first/last page). The books usually cost $100-130 depending on what sales Blurb is running when I order.ReplyCancel

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  • Kim

    I just found this post as I am trying to print a photo book with Blurb from the pages I created in the project life app. I don’t have LR, so I am using book weight. I’m trying to figure out how you managed to get the space around you layout equal, like in the app! Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!ReplyCancel

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