Today I'd like to share my secret for handing all of my 100s of travel photos. I love having them in scrapbooks, but my regular, paper/ribbon/sticker-style scrapbooking just won't work. It takes too long!
After a trip I like to get my pictures in an album as quickly as I can - for me to enjoy more easily and because OTHER people want to see them, too!
So, this year, after taking 2, rather large, international trips, I have chosen a new way to handle my travel photos - The Project Life App.
Back in March, after we came home from the UK, I downloaded the app onto my smart phone and my ipad. (It's cheap and easy to do!) I also signed up for a Dropbox.com account so that I could store my photos online and access them while I worked on the app.
Uploading my pictures on dropbox.com was very easy - I just created folders for each place we visited and dropped in the photos.
Once my photos were online, I opened the app on my iPhone or iPad and got to work. For each layout, you begin with a large square that has been divided into smaller boxed frames. These boxes are where you add your photos from Dropbox. When you buy the app you get a beginner selection of frames, but you can choose to buy more for a few dollars extra. As you can see, some layouts have only small photo boxes, some have large and some have a real mix of both. If I had a photo I really wanted to feature, like the pictures below of the Amalfi Coast and the hills of Positano, I picked a page layout with a big photo box.
Once you've added your pictures, you have a basic mix of title cards, journaling cards and filler cards you can add to your layouts. (You can buy more of these for a few $$, too!)
On the layout below, I used journal cards to add my title and my journaling.
Once my photos are uploaded onto Dropbox, I find I can create a 1-page layout in about 10 minutes. Isn't that great?? Even though I love working with paper and glue while I do my traditional scrapbooking, it just takes too long. When I need to make 53 layouts, like I did for my Italy scrapbook, I simply don't have time and thought of it simply stresses me out!
How do I get my layouts from my computer screen and into a scrapbook? I send my layout files to a company in the US called Persnickety Prints. They will print my pages, 12x12, for about $3.00 a sheet (including shipping and the conversion to Canadian $$) This is the cheapest I have been able to find and I think it is more than reasonable!
Once I place an order for prints, they arrive within 5 days. Then I slide them into 12x12 page protectors just as would traditionally made scrapbook pages.
Sometimes I feel the need to "gussy-up" my digital scrapbook pages, so I add flowers, ribbons and raised elements, right onto my 12x12 printed pages. For example, if you were to see the layout below in my scrapbook, you would see a large camera sticker stuck right above the title. I also added some small jewels to the centre of the flowers in the "So Happy" box in the middle. It adds some texture and some extra interest.
This morning I finished the 53rd layout for my Italy 2015 scrapbook. I uploaded all my pages to Persnickety and I expect to have them in my hot little hands by the end of the week!
So, in less than 3 weeks, I was able to put together a gigantic scrapbook made up of 100s of pictures. I've already made coffee dates with several of my friends just to share my photo book . They can't wait to see it either!
(I have no affiliation with the Project Life App or beckyhiggins, com, I just really like the app and wanted to share it with you!)
Til next time,