first week, done! | project life

Is everyone staying on track? I will admit that getting all of my photos in order, typing my journaling, getting things laid out for printing and creating a digital copy to share here is a wee bit time consuming but so far, I’m still in the “I’m excited!” phase so I was really pleased to see Week 1 finished!

Here is the left side:

Here is the right:

And here is the first week spread side by side:

I’m so happy with it! What really helped me was 1) labeling my photos as I went and 2) creating a little sketched blueprint that’s been sitting on my desk. It was easier to arrange my digital mock-up if I knew where my pictures and journaling cards were going to go. I highly recommend the digital mock-up if you have time because otherwise it would be hit or miss as far as adding embellishments that color complimented one another. But hey, that could just be me.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I completed Project 365 in 2009 and again in 2010. I have digital albums stored with each photo in chronological order plus the coordinating text. However, that’s as far as I ever got and online albums are just not a realistic way to share these pictures with my kids, kids who really enjoy looking back on older photos of themselves. I really wanted physical albums to hold and go through but I never settled on an easy way to accomplish that. It took me nearly 3 years but finally, I had an “Ah ha!” moment last night. I would create simple, clean, streamlined 12×12 digital pages in a Project Life fashion. I would create four layouts per month which would essentially give me room to show-off 24 photos. I liked this idea because not every daily photo I took during the month was worth scrapping or even remembering for that matter. Some were filler pics. By selecting the best of the bunch, I felt I could really concentrate on the fun, important memories.

I finished June 2009 last night (Yes, I completely picked this month at random. I will go back and tackle to the first half of 2009 at some point). The pages honestly came together rather quickly because I have those digital P365 albums working in my favor. I also referred back to older, private Blog entries to fill in small memory gaps. Here are my four layouts. I really had fun looking back on the younger pictures of the kids. :)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and don’t forget to make sure you like my Gina Miller Designs FB page so you can help yourself to these digital journaling cards!






9 responses to “first week, done! | project life”

  1. Vicky Avatar

    Wow!!The 365 project is great!I hope when I have kids I’ll do a 365 p[roject,it’s worth the time and effort.
    Can you help me out with the alpha you used,the word Yum referring to cinammon rolls.Amazing!Thanks!

    1. Gina Avatar

      Vicky, they are CD’s finger paint alphas available at The LilyPad. :)

  2. Michelle Avatar

    You are so brave to go back and tackle past years. I’ve thought of maybe doing that for past vacation photos but then I chicken out lol!
    Your PL layouts look amazing! I laughed at Grace’s assistant tip story. Too cute!

  3. Emily M. Avatar
    Emily M.

    Totally love it Gina! :) And your pictures are as beautiful as always! :)

  4. Debbie Kellman Avatar
    Debbie Kellman

    Thanks for the freebie Gina, I think I might digiscrap my P365 from 2009!

  5. Debra Avatar

    So impressed with this! Your PL scrapping is EXACTLY my style. Now I just need to jump in and begin! I looked in your store for the rounded outline date stamp that both you and Jen use, but I’m not seeing it. Point me in that direction?

  6. Becky Avatar

    I so love these, Gina. And you completely inspired me to go back and get caught up on some of my month in review pages myself. You are on a roll!!

  7. Sarah B R Avatar

    have you looked into the blog to book feature of
    It makes making a book from a blog content super easy…

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