Friday, June 6, 2014

Seriously though...Project Life? SO.IN.LOVE.

So my loads of Project Life stuff I ordered (40% off PLUS another 15% off...I couldn't resist!) FINALLY came today!!! Yes, right in time to go pick Dylan up from the airport. So I had to wait a bit to play with it, but I busted it open when we got home and OOH LA LA!!! I'm not kidding, this is FAAAABULOUS! (I hope you heard me singing that.) It's the perfect blend of scrapbooking and plain old albums. Here are a few pages I busted out in about an hour WHILE playing with kids. See? EASY!




Here's what I LOVE about the "traditional" Project Life:
1. SUPER EASY. Just choose your photos and cards, and slide 'em in!
2. There are SOOO many fun cards and designs!
3. Seriously easy to stay up to date. (***TIP***I've always heard you should record where you're at NOW and move backwards. That way you don't forget the little details.) Which leads me to my next point...
4. You can journal on the cards now, and save them to add to the page when you get your photos.

Here's where I think I'll have a problem:
1. Waiting for my photos to be printed, supplies to arrive etc.
2. The layouts are mostly one direction of photo, but it didn't cause too much of a problem, I just did a 2-page spread. Also, I saw a Pin about making pocket page protectors in any layout. Pretty cool, but time consuming.

So here's how to solve my issues:
DIGITAL Project Life. I love love LOVE Stampin' Up's program called My Digital Studio. It's VERY user friendly. Also, you can use cards, papers, embellishments etc. from ANYWHERE. You can print from home, or wherever you prefer, AND it's only $19.95! Seriously can't be beat! (Plus, you can download a free trial for a month. You don't get ALL the papers, stamps, embellishments etc. in the free trial, there are a TON included with the software. It would probably overwhelm you.)

One benefit of digital scrapbooking is that the finished albums take up a LOT less space, and look so nice and uniform on the shelf. Another benefit of going digital is that it's completely portable (especially if you have a laptop). I've decided to do our 2013 album all digital, and our 2014 album with the albums, page protectors, printed photos, and cards. One thing I thought of is that while I'm traveling, I could even create a digital layout with the photos I take so I know which prints to order, and I can have them waiting for me at home. Best of both worlds? Yes, I do believe so! Anyway, here are a few digital pages I created while waiting (im)patiently for my goodies:

I've been playing around with this cover for awhile.
It started out as 8 1/2 x 11, another benefit to digital,
you can change the size of project without starting over.







So what do you think? Digital? Traditional? Hybrid?