Project Life – Organizing and Planning Layouts

Ok, so today I want to talk about how to stay organized and plan your project life pages.  First, let's talk about HOW I am approaching my layouts this year.  How you are going to actually approach Project Life will make a big determination in how organized you need to be and how much planning you need to do.

I am going to be working on my pages on a weekly basis.  Essentially, the goal is, to have 52 (or maybe more) pages in my album for the year.  My goal is to do my weeks' page on Sunday every week.  You may be doing more of a monthly thing, or maybe you want to do it quarterly.  The great thing about Project Life (as you'll hear me say over and over) is it is completely individualistic.  You can do it how you want to.  There is no right or wrong way.  So, I plan to do a page a week.  This means, one 12 X 12 page, not a double spread.  BUT, I'm not going to be too harsh on myself.  If I miss a week, that's ok.  If it was a crazy, busy, important week I might do three pages.  My goal is to let this be a free flowing project and enjoy getting the photos printed and telling the story.  How are you approaching your Project Life this year?

Planner

So, because I want to do a weekly system, I think it will be important for me to keep notes throughout the week so I know what to journal.  This will include awesome things my kids say, dates that we did certain things on and the general feeling and emotion of the event.  I decided to get a planner and try to stay as organized as possible.  When I spoke with a group of veteran Project Lifers, most of them recommended Marcy Penner's planner.  This is a set of PDF's that you can buy and print on your own time as you need.  Super simple and I love the fact that I can print as many or as little as I needed.  I also picked up a planner at staples to put it all in.  My favorite part of my planner; it only has three rings on the inside (not five or six like others).  I got the size 5.5 X 8.5 making it even easier to print my pages (fewer cuts!).  And, after also speaking to the same group, I decided to go with the Pilot Frixion Pens for note taking and journaling in my album.  The gel pen is eraseable… yup, wrap your head around that!!

Planner Open w Pen

The bulk planning of my pages will start on paper.  One of the cool things about Marcy's planners is they come with a Project Life planning sheet.  I usually sketch out my design anyways, but I think this step will be even more critical with Project Life.  That way, I can choose my cards based on what I want the page to look like, and I can mess around with the arrangement and photos without wasting a bunch of materials. 

Alright, I hope this has helped you a little bit in how to get organized to make the most of your Project Life… If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks for stopping by!!

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