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When I began doing Project Life in 2013, I fell in love with the system because it easily fit my schedule. Some days and weeks I have more time than others so this year I decided to work on multiple albums at once. I've put a lot of time and effort into developing my workflow and finally found something that worked for me.
Here are a few of things I found I've found simplify my workflow and maximize my time:
1. Print all your photos and slide them into page protectors.
Let's face it, printing photos is the BIGGEST amount of time you'll spend prepping an album. I quickly uploaded all my photos to Mpix one evening and arranged for the lab to ship them to my home. Once they arrived, I filled an entire album with chronologically grouped 4x4 Instagram prints. Having the bulk of this part of the project done ahead of time saves me additional HOURS when trying to get some layouts done. I love that I can just flip through the album to pull the pages I want to work on when I have time.
2. Limit your embellishments
Many of you know that I have a pretty simple system for my spreads... I go light on the embellishments and stick to a handful of favorites such as wood veneers, mini flair, confetti pockets, and journal cards. This helps me complete a layout faster and keeps things relatively uniform.
3. Plan what journal cards to use
I like to let my mind do most of the work on my spreads before I actually sit down to put it together. When I come across a great journal card set, I like to print several of the cards that coordinate right then and there and then set them aside. Usually, while flipping through my album full of photos already in the page protectors, a collection of photos will jump out at me as something that will match with a set of journal cards I have already printed.
Having this simple system in place has been a lifesaver for me as I've been working on my 2012 album. I plan to use the same system for albums dating back even farther. Want to see a few of my 2012 pages? Stay tuned because soon I'll be sharing some MORE pages from my 2012 album in the future!
My Favorite 12x12 Album Binders:
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My Favorite Photo/Memory Storage:
White Storage Box | Michaels Craft Store