You might remember that a little while ago I waffled on and on trying to decide how to tackle Project 365 this year. Well, I finally made a decision – and it’s only February! I’m going to do it digitally. I know, a HUGE surpriseÂ for this digi-loving girl! I finally made the decision based on the following:
- I know I won’t get my photos printed often enough. Case in point: I have printed a grand total of, wait for it…. wait for it…. 0 of the photos I need for the December Daily project I have been working on.
- This is going to sound a bit odd, but I don’t like page protectors. I don’t like the plastic, shiny, slipperiness of them.Â And the way things move around inside them, and fall out.
- Seeing other people’s Project Life albums come together and thinking about our family life, I am wondering how many pieces of real “stuff” (photos, tickets, receipts, drawings etc) I would actually keep, as opposed to scan or photograph.Â And I am thinking that the answer is probably, “Not very many at ALL.”
So all in all, I think a sleek non-shiny-plastic digital photobook is the way for me to go! Looking back through the photos I took for last year’s Project 365 I am really drawn to the simple little everyday bits and pieces I captured that I wouldn’t have even thought to snap if it hadn’t been for this project, so that’s what I am going to focus on again this year, with bigger spreads for special events, and maybe even some “proper” layouts thrown into the mix!
FreeÂ digital scrapbook template
I made a template from the format I used for last year’s photos, in the layout example below you can see how I swapped the columns of photos round to suit the images I had. I tend to take a lot of upright pictures and this format worked well for me last year! Across the top there’s a text layer I used to highlight which dates my pictures covered (I just changed the font colour for the date range for the page). You can download this free P365 template here:
There are actually two separate layered files in the zip rather than one big 12×24 template. Â I found it easier to work on one page as IÂ tend to work on one week at a time, and my computer likes the smaller file size of a single page rather than a big 12×24 spread! Â If you use theÂ templates, I would love to see what you make so please feel free to link me up! 🙂
Happy Project 365-ing!