I jumped on the Project Life bandwagon this year, and I have to admit — it is working perfectly for my life and the time I have to devote to memory-keeping right now. But it hasn’t been without some bumps in the road, I’ll admit. One of the things that I had to struggle with early on was figuring out how I wanted to structure my album.
Some people stick to a really specific format: each week equals one two-page spread. Originally, that’s how I intended to arrange my album. But after a couple of weeks, I realized that extra pages (which could easily be inserted into a PAPER PL album, but require some preplanning when you’re going all-digital) meant that sometimes my weekly spreads wouldn’t work.
My fix was simple enough. I start off each month with a 4×6 card containing the month. After that, each week gets a 3×4 card with the dates included on a small label (I love these, these, and these, btw). This way, it doesn’t really matter how many pages I end up using for each week or month, and I can have all the pages printed into a bound album without worrying about the layout of each spread.
Of course, there are lots of other simple fixes when it comes to documenting dates for your Project Life pages. Here are a few layouts I pulled from our Pixels & Co. gallery, along with some products from our shop.
Barbara’s layout features a simple calendar card(by Robyn Meierotto) in the upper right corner. This is a fun way to mark an entire month, or you could use a series of small shapes (circles, hearts, stars, etc) to mark the week you are featuring.
Dates don’t have to be indicated by a numeral, as evidenced on Aria’s layout. She uses a fun cut-out card from Deena Rutter (a great technique for digital spreads) to mark the day of the week and include a bit of journaling too. But these cards don’t have to be used just for journaling — you can attach another photo to the space with tape, staples, or other fun digital hardware.
Rachel marks her weekly spreads with a large title indicating which week it is (week 11, in this example), but she also makes sure to include the date. This first block in a spread makes for a great spot to include weekly summaries. Gennifer Bursett’s Writer’s Block: 2013 are great weekly journaling cards, and Robyn Meierotto’s Keeping Tabs cards are another cute alternative.
Kate’s layout uses simple date stamps on the corners of her photos; Shannon McNabb of Scotty Girl Design has a number of products that fulfill this purpose. Try the This Year collection, featuring Monthly, Weekly, and Daily brushes, as well as two sets of date stamps (Set 1 and Set 2).
I love how Jen Hignite sticks to a set of date stamps to mark her photos; not only does this provide a consistent look and feel throughout her album, but it also frees up space to include more design and filler cards. Gennifer Bursett’s To Date photo overlays would be a great alternative. I also love the look of Karla Dudley’s Coded: Everyday elements and Wild Blueberry Ink’s Kraft Photo Tabs.
Of course, it’s really simple to just add a handwritten date over the top of your photos too — that’s what I’ve chosen to do in the layout above. I alternate between using Robyn Meierotto’s Written: Days (shown above) and Deena Rutter’s A Kind Word: Days and Months.