I’m going to admit it. I have a new obsession. And with me…when I find something to obsess over…I really obsess…
Let me introduce the Project Life App…a.k.a. my new obsession.
The Project Life App is an extension of the ever favorite Project Life Scrapbook Kits and supplies. It has taken the idea of Project Life and made it even easier. It’s total scrapbooking with your phone!
This app has totally changed the idea of scrapbooking for me. I went through the scrapbook craze about 8 years ago. I enjoyed it, but let’s be honest…it’s a lot of work and very time-consuming. You can work for hours on one page. Truth be told, I still have unfinished albums.
Now, I can finish a page of memories in about 5-10 minutes! When I’m done, I have the page printed and I’m left with one large photo that is set-up like a traditional scrapbook page.
I think I paid $1.99 for the app when I bought it, but friends of mine recently got it for $0.99. It’s definitely the best money I’ve ever spent on an app!
~Exactly How It’s Done~
Check out my screenshots from the real app on my phone…
It all starts with the layout for your page. When you open the app, you can choose from different layouts. The app comes with several free layouts, but you have the option of purchasing more. There are several sets of 10 layouts for $0.99.
Once you have your layout chosen, you can then choose the kit you want to use for your page. Just like the layouts, several kits are free with the app, but you can also choose to buy more kits. Each kit has a theme, so you can always find the perfect one to go with your photos. For example, I purchased the Road Trip Kit to use when scrapbooking my photos from our west coast road trip.
Some cards from the kits are simply decorative while others are journaling cards. Each square or rectangle can be filled by simply clicking on the section and choosing from the cards from the kit. Below, you can see that I used the Dazzle Mini Kit for this page. You can also see the different choices of journaling cards from this kit.
The journaling cards are great to use for personalizing your page. There are different fonts, font sizes and text colors to choose from to make your page perfect. You can also adjust line spacing and justification of your text. It really allows you to get as creative as you like when it comes to personalizing your scrapbook page.
You can further personalize your pages with different colors for your background. Each kit has a set of colors that you can use, so that the colors you use will coordinate perfectly with the cards you chose.
You can also see in the screenshot above, the different choices of layouts available. Even with the finished page above, I could change the layout if I wanted to. It’s so easy to make changes when you want, whether it’s the layout, the photos, cards, fonts, colors, etc.
~What Happens When The Page Is Finished~
The Project Life App keeps your work, so you can leave a page unfinished to work on later. It keeps your finished work as well, so you do not have to print your pages immediately.
When it does come time to print, you get to choose between having the page printed as an 8 x 8 or 12 x 12. I love the 12 x 12 printed pages. You can print your pages directly through the Project Life App for $1.99 a page. It’s really quick and easy…completely done on your phone, through the app.
You can also order them through Persnickety Prints for the same price. The only difference is that you have to upload them to Persnickety Prints online or through their app. They both do a great job with their shipping. The prints arrive in a sleeve and completely protected in cardboard.
You can keep your pages in the Project Life Albums, which you can find online at beckyhiggins.com or you can also find them at Michael’s Craft Stores. But to be honest, any 3 ring binder and 12 x 12 page protector will work fine. I do love the Project Life Albums. They are great quality and they can be labeled on the spine. I recently found a huge choice of them on sale at Michael’s for less than $9 each.
~A Few Tips~
- Once I have completed my scrapbook page, I export the page to my camera roll on my phone AND I email it to myself. *The reason I do this is because I have heard of others that have lost their completed pages due to a problem with their phone or the app. The app does keep the completed pages, but does not have the ability to recover any lost pages. So, just to be safe…when I have the page exactly as I want it, I email it to myself. Then I can save it to my computer as well.
- I order my 12 x 12 prints in bulk. Shipping is $5 whether you order 1 print or 100, so it makes sense to wait until you have at least 10 or more before you order. I have ordered through the Project Life App and through Persnickety Prints. *It is much easier to order through the Project Life app, but since I email the prints to myself, it’s not that hard to upload them to the Persnickety website. A bonus with Persnickety is that they offer deals and coupons occasionally. Recently, they offered a day where you could order prints at $1.50 each and they also allowed you to order print credits at $1.50, which never expire. That’s a good savings when you are ordering a lot of prints. I also think that Persnickety is faster on their shipping. This week, I ordered some prints on Tuesday and I received them on Thursday. *The Persnickety Prints App is not that user-friendly, so I would recommend using their website. If you do use their app, you can get access to the photos from your camera roll on your phone, which eliminates the need to upload them to the site.
- Check Michael’s Craft Stores for their 40% off coupons, which they often have weekly in their ad. Use it to buy a 60 count package of Recollection Page Protectors. They are regularly priced at $19.99, but if you use a 40% off coupon, it’s a great savings! The page protectors can really add up if you buy the packs of 10 at $4.99 each.
Another great thing is that you can choose how you want to scrapbook. Some people may want to create themed albums or albums created for different members of the family. You could dedicate an entire album to vacations or birthdays. Personally, I have decided to create yearly albums. Any event or occasion throughout the year that I want to remember will go in the 2015 album…or albums…at the rate I’m going! Then, in January, I’ll start the 2016 scrapbook.
If you love the idea of scrapbooking or just simply having a printed copy of all those photos that we keep on our phones, then the Project Life App is perfect for you. I enjoy looking back at special events and memorable occasions. It’s so much better than keeping those digital photos lost on phones and computers. You can actually share and enjoy them!
I’m afraid my obsession could be taking over…I catch myself telling the kids, “take pictures for the scrapbook pages!”
*BTW, I was in no way compensated for this post. I just simply LOVE this app!
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