Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Project Life: Why I Converted to Digital



I recently converted to the digital version of Project Life.  I enjoy scrapbooking, but it's not something I want to spend a ton of time doing, and going digital has been a way for me to drastically cut down the amount of time it takes for me to keep up-to-date on documenting our memories.

Why I love digital Project Life:


It's simple. I have all of my cards in one folder on our computer. I can scroll through until I find the perfect card for the page I'm designing.  Generally I know I want a certain color or I want something with text on it to fill in a specific spot on my page.  It's so much easier for me to quickly scroll than to look through my collection of traditional Project Life cards.







Cropping is no longer an issue.  I used to spend a lot of time cropping photos because I wanted to make sure I had the right number of horizontal or vertical photos for a layout.  It may sound silly, but this was stressful to me.  I ended up needing to cut a lot of photos after they were printed in order to make layouts work.  No more!  Digital Project Life uses templates in Photoshop, which allows me to drag and drop a photo onto my page and then size it perfectly for whatever layout I am using.  This feature is HUGE for me.

It's fast.  I usually spend an hour or two on Sunday mornings scrapbooking digitally.  I can get through a bunch of pages during that time, organize and purge the photos on my computer as I go, and not make a mess.










I can use one layout for multiple children.  I like to make one layout per child per month, with extra pages for special events or other occasions.  With the digital version I can design a layout and then just swap out the photos of one child and replace them with photos of another.  It drastically reduces the time I spend on our scrapbooks. I can also have the same page printed multiple times to go in each of our books.





In the past I would have had to put together the above page four times,  (so I could have one for each of my kids' books and one for mine) and use four times the supplies.  But now I design the page once and when the time comes I'll just have it printed four times and add it to the book.  Much simpler!

No mess.  Project Life is all about simplicity and no-mess scrapbooking, but I still found I was making a mess.  I love that I can easily start/stop a digital page without leaving supplies around for my toddler to destroy when I'm not looking.

I am already paying for the Creative Cloud suite, so adding Photoshop doesn't cost us anything extra.

Digital Project Life would be a good fit for you if:

  • You have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements  (I personally think this would be worth the price, even if scrapbooking is all you use it for)
  • You want to make multiple books and include similar pages in each.
  • You have small snippets of time in which to scrapbook and don't feel like you have enough time to haul out a bunch of supplies.

Are you a Project Lifer?  What version do you use?


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