Project Life : The Process

Hello & welcome to my blog! I've been asked many times in my Instagram feed on my Project Life pages. Questions like how I print my photos? What app am I using? How do I include the journaling in my photos? ... and many more.  So I thought it is the right time to share with you on my project life process. 

If you are new to Project Life by Becky Higgins, pls click HERE & HERE

I am so grateful for the existence of Collect App. I can store my photos daily and it has a daily reminder for me to do so too. How awesome is that? This app is set up to export a 4"×6" or 3"×4" print. You can also store more than a photo a day. And of course, before I store my photos into Collect app, I will edit my photos at Pic Tap Go and also other photo editing app. 

My personal goal is not to input photos daily but to document whenever I can. Well, we all know that staying at home most of the time won't result in taking photos daily. Haha. 
TIP > To include the journaling right below your photo, you have to type it at the title column instead in the notes column. 

Exporting Photos

Once you tap on the Export icon (arrow at the right top next to the plus) of the monthly view, it'll lead you to the Export. Choose the start date & end date. Then tap Export Style. At the Export style, I'll choose 3"x4" (3:4) - Portrait & on the add print bleed with the Standard card design. Add print bleed so that your photo will not have grey border. I export all my photos (seldom single) to Dropbox simply because I do my printing on the desktop. At the Dropbox, you will find your photos in the folder called Apps. By using Dropbox, it will ease the process especially transferring photos.

TIP > To export the proper card from the Collect App, you must use the paid version. It only cost $1.99! You'll never regret it! 

I bought this printer almost 2.5 years ago. It has a wireless printing option. I absolutely love it because it is so convenient. I can print anytime! Really... it is not too expensive to print photos at home. The best part is the ink + photo papers (4"x6") are sold in a pack. It is also finished with a nice laminating coating. Absolutely worth investing in!

You may refer to this link to take a peek on how the printer works : 

 Printing Process
Once I download all the photos from Dropbox to my desktop, I'll open up the Canon Selphy Photo print program. The CD program is included in your selphy purchase. Just upload it into your desktop. 

At the Selphy Photo print program (be sure your printer is on), I choose layout print with the bordered option. Select bordered x2 and you can input two photos into one photo paper. Basically that's how I got a ticker border for my photos. 

TIP > For android users, you may want to consider the latest Selphy CP910. 

In 2014, I decided to create bi-weekly pages instead of weekly. It was taxing when I first attempted Project Life back in 2013. To be honest, I have yet to complete 2013. Therefore I decided on the bi-weekly system. So happy that it worked very well for me in 2014. Yes, I completed 2014! Will tackle 2013 someday :p

The Creative Process
After printing the photos, I will cut them into half with my faithful Making Memories trimmer. 
Next, I will lay the photos according to the dates on top of the pocket pages. I use the Becky Higgins photo pocket pages Design F. Laying the photos onto the pocket pages will give me a better visualisation on how I would like my photos to be arranged. Once that is done, I will position the base of the cards or project life cards. And once I am happy with the position of photos & cards, I will slot them into the pockets so that I will not forget the position.

TIP > Snap the position of your photos & cards by using your camera phone so that you may refer later. 

I keep each card with a simple + clean concept. That way I do not spend too much time on each page. It's not easy to 'steal' time when you are a stay-at-home-mum with a sticky toddler. It's definitely helpful when you pull out all your supplies before you begin so that you don't have to spend too much time looking for that certain papers & embellishments. You may also want to consider to work with the same collection or certain color scheme, that way will save you time too. This will make your pages look cohesive. 

 Project Life is never meant to be difficult or super time consuming. All you have to do is to spend some time in one the weekend, get your photos sorted & printed, decorate the cards and you are good! In a month, I'll print my photos in 2 batches since I do bi-weekly. Be in a system that works for you. Most importantly be consistent. Once you lost the momentum, it will be hard to catch up. 

Here are my pages for Week 1, 2 & 3. I used the Project Life Heidi Swapp Gold Foil kit + September Skies ephemera. They matched perfectly well!

Project Life Week 1

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Project Life Week 2 & 3

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I hope you have a better idea on how I create my project life pages. I absolutely love the Project Life concept because the thought of sharing this to Katelynn when she is older makes it worthwhile!

By the way, do you know that you can include the weekly marker (on the furthest left) in your iPhone?

Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Week Numbers (swipe on)

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them at the comment section.
Thank you so much for coming by!

I leave you with this video by Becky Higgins. Click HERE! Start creating :)
Xoxo Jessy

Blinks of Life : Layouts with Monaco kit

Hey hey! I'm back to reveal 4 layouts created with the Blinks of Life Monaco kitI really enjoyed using this beautiful kit. Love that the bright colours on the patterned papers & the fun embellishments. They matched very well together. So without further adieu, here are my layouts...

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I always adore graphic lines on my creations & triangles are my to-go-shape! Triangles + the color green are so much fun to work with! *wink*

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Those pretty flower sequins by Teresa Collins are such fun element to add on my layouts. They went pretty well with the delicate flower I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. And the color yellow brings so much joy to this layout!

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I am a sucker for paper embellies like tags. I just adore all the little tags in this kit and decided to just play around with them & laid them in a grid design. Each tag has its own fun elements too!

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Last but not least, a cute layout of my baby girl!

Be sure to scroll down to check my Life Story spreads using the Blinks of Life Monaco kit too. So sad that this will be also my last kit to work with. So grateful for this opportunity!

Till then,
Xoxo Jessy

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Blinks of Life : Life Story with Monaco kit

Hello again!! It's reveal day. Today I would like to share with you 2 spreads created with the Blinks of Life Monaco kit. This is definitely one of my fav kit by far!

Life Story Week 49-50

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Life Story Week 51-52

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You know what... this will be the last kit I'll be designing for Blinks of Life. I truly enjoyed my time designing with all the beautiful kits for the past 8 months. Without these kits, I won't be able to complete my 2014 memories in this way! So thank you so much Blinks of Life & Natalia for this wonderful opportunity! All the best to you, BOL!

Oh yeah, do come back tomorrow to check 4 layouts I created with the Monaco kit. Till then, have a great day at your end!
Xoxo Jessy

Maggie Holmes Design Team : My Heart Is Full

Hi again! I have a layout up at Maggie Holmes blog. Do stop by to take a peek of the full reveal! 

Have a great day!
Xoxo Jessy

Maggie Holmes Design Team : Valentine's Favor Bags

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Are you all ready with your little V-day treats? I'm pretty sure you can fill those treats into pretty bags rite?

 I, personally enjoy personalising favour bags, just because I love the receiver to feel special! So... I challenged myself to create only with these "5 ingredients" from the Maggie Holmes Open Book collection & Crate Paper Kiss Kiss collection. This method helps when I need the extra boost to use up something I have lying around in my box of stash or when I'm low in the mojo department. And of course, this is also perfect excuse to use up all those scraps & older embellishments, huh? I'm sure you wanna stock up on all those new CHA goodies, rite? *wink*

The ingredients include patterned paper, stickers, floral ephemeras, decorative clip & embellishment jar. And you certainly need white paper bags, doilies + crepe paper too. Aren't these things pretty? 

 TIP: I will try to play around with embellishments and papers. I will layer my papers, add embellishments and reposition them as I go. This process will sometimes spark ideas or create a look that I never thought of doing so at the first place. These bags are exactly what I did.

... and here are my completed Valentine's Favor Bags!

Below are the close-ups: 

I hope you enjoy today's post & also hope this inspires you to create your own Valentine's favour bags as well! 

Maggie Holmes Open Book Floral Ephemera
Maggie Holmes Open Decorative Clips
Maggie Holmes Open Embellishment Jar
Crate Paper Kiss Kiss 12x12 patterned paper - Falling For You
Crate Paper Kiss Kiss Accent Stickers

Happy Crafting!
Xoxo Jessy

Maggie Holmes Giveaway Winner

Hello lovelies! The random winner for the Maggie Holmes Confetti sample prize pack goes to...

Kelly Shults said...
 I am in love! Need it all! :)

Congrats Kelly! Kindly email me your name &mailing address to :) 

Thanks to everyone who played along!! So glad that you came by.
Xoxo Jessy

Happy News: Citrus Twist Kits

 Two months ago, Trina (CTK owner) sent me a very happy mail if I would like to join Citrus Twist Kits Design Team and of course I said yes! What an honour... really!

 Yes, I am part of the Citrus Twist Kits Team now! I'll be in the Scrapbook Main team. Absolutely can't wait to start creating with those beautiful kits Trina mix + match each month. 

Stay tuned for my projects starting from February onwards...
Xoxo Jessy