how i use digital ‘project life’

New to Project Life? Make sure to read my first post!

I’ve chosen the digital version of Project Life to document my story [available for purchase here]. Since I use Photoshop almost daily, the choice was easy for me.

This is my third year using this project, so I’ve developed a bit of a system. It works for me. I’m not promising that it will work for you, but I’m sharing anyway.

I spend 20 minutes per week on Project Life. It’s typically Monday, during Colin’s nap time.

  1. I create a folder for the week. I upload my iPhone photos using Lightroom.
  2. I upload my DSLR camera photos using Lightroom. If necessary, I do some minor editing.
  3. Using Adobe Bridge, I review the week’s photos & flag my favorites. I try to narrow down the favorites to around 8-12 photos.
  4. I open the Project Life templates into Photoshop.
  5. I insert the photos I flagged as favorites.
  6. I insert the filler/journaling cards and add my notes.
  7. I’m done! And free to use the rest of nap time for other things… like laundry or snuggling my favorite pup [guess which one I usually choose].

One way that I make digital Project Life SUPER simple is by choosing one design per year. For 2013’s book, I’m using the Seafoam Edition. That prevents me from getting overwhelmed by design possibilities. At the beginning of the year, I spend a little more time each week on the designs- choosing the note cards, filler cards & title cards I love most.

After about eight weeks, I recycle the same page formats (in order). This way, I don’t have to even do step #6 above. I just open the design I already used (2 months ago), and insert my new photos. It looks like a totally different page, but it coordinates perfectly into the book!

[Look! It’s the same design as the April page I shared above, but the pages turned out very different.
They are separated by 2 months so the book won’t be monotonous.
]

Recycling designs isn’t for everyone. Certain people love infusing creativity, embellishing their pages with special touches, etc. I’m not one of those people. Getting the pictures into the book is what matters most to me. And I’m more than thrilled with my pages using the most very basic form. Keep it simple!

Still think digital may be over your head? Click here to buy physical Project Life kits.

Have questions about my experience with Project Life? Leave a comment below!


25 comments
  • Just found you through Becky’s FB post…this is SUCH a great post – even coming from someone who has done Project Life since 2009! I have started digital and gotten overwhelmed and then end up with nothing to show for it! I love the idea or “recycling” the designs – you have no idea how mind-blowing that idea was for me to read! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your pages and pictures are beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Dee

    Cute book! Did you create your own hand writting font? If so, what did you use to create it? If not, what is the font you used? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Dee! I actually downloaded the handwriting font from Becky Higgins’ website. It’s called CK Jot. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • THANK YOU!! Thank you for sharing that it’s okay to keep it simple! My digital PL pages are simple, like yours, and I “recycle” my pages too. Nearly all the others that I have seen are embellished and have entirely different layouts for each spread.

    Happy to have discovered your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Emily, I know what you mean. I am overwhelmed & often discouraged when I see other pages that are embellished and creative. But the truth is- I love my books. Even though they are as simple as can be!ReplyCancel

  • Koren

    Thanks for sharing! Where do you have the books printed?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Koren, I print my books through blurb.com. I upgrade to the highest quality paper and the outcome is absolutely lovely! Great quality!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley S.

    I love your photography and your Project Life! Your son is adorable. I read a post from you where you detailed your process for your son’s baby book. Any chance for another post? I’d love to see more pages!ReplyCancel

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  • This is a great way to get it done fast! I doubted your claim of 20 minutes at first, but I can see once you get the bank of layouts ready to go, that it might be possible. I am just insanely slow, and usually fall asleep while editing photos (not kidding!). 🙂 I might think about trying this for next year!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Hey, you’re pages are awesome! I noticed that you said you uploaded and printed your pages through Blurb. I was wondering how you did that to ensure quality. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

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  • […] is the only way that works for me, personally.  It’s all I’ve known & I have a system that works well for me (takes about 1-2 hours/month).  If you have any questions, you can always send me a note!  I love […]ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Casey,

    I started a Project Life scrapbook using photo prints and their kits, but the scrapbook shop I worked at and had my photos printed at is closing 🙁 I am not sure how I should proceed. I’ve contemplated switching to the digital version, but am too overwhelmed by the Photoshop Elements to know where to start. I can open the template I downloaded from the Project Life site, but now what do I do? Any advice as to where to start or how to learn to add the photos and cards into my templates?

    Thanks!
    KarenReplyCancel

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  • […] some of the page designs look familiar this month?  As I’ve shared before, I love to recycle my pages, in the name of simplicity & time saving.  With different pictures […]ReplyCancel

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  • […] some of the page designs look familiar this month?  As I’ve shared before, I love to recycle my pages, in the name of simplicity & time saving.  With different pictures […]ReplyCancel

  • […] some of the page designs look familiar this month?  As I’ve shared before, I love to recycle my pages, in the name of simplicity & time saving.  With different pictures […]ReplyCancel

  • Jamie

    Where do you have your digital project life pages printer or turned into a book??? I would love jump into project life, but I’m not a fan of shutterfly. I want a higher quality finished project with a nice cover. Thabks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • […] some of the page designs look familiar this month?  As I’ve shared before, I love to recycle my pages, in the name of simplicity & time saving.  With different pictures […]ReplyCancel

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