Tuesday, December 7, 2010

“Project 5/52”

I guess that is what I will call it! So, I have a couple friends that do this “Project 365” where they take a picture every day. One a day,  every day for the whole year. They upload them weekly to their blog. CUTE pics..anything from kids, husband, good hair day, home, sports, activities..anything! I enjoy looking at them..the poses, etc..and hope to one day be a much better photographer myself, but that is not what I am doing! I have decided on a different twist…

SO, MY GOAL in this “Project 5/52”  is to create 1 Digital Scrapbook page/day -5 days a week for 52 weeks (@least)! Only 5 days because I need to give myself a day or two leeway in case I am too busy..I’m not just snapping a quick picture.. this will take a little more time. But I can also do 2 or 3 in a day and get ahead too! I will upload them once a week to my blog. I hope I can keep it up. Then, by the end of one year I will have 250 pages of my scrapbook done and ready for printing! I have been married about 4 1/2 years and am WAY behind... about 2 kids worth! I probably won’t be doing the pages in any order..I’ll jump around a bit. Hopefully I’ll get it all caught up in a year!! So, here it goes.. Wish me luck!

I use Adobe Photoshop for creating, and I think I will be using Blurb.com for printing. There are tons of digital scrapbook papers and embellishments that can be found online, many in kits and MANY for free..here are a few of the new (new to me) sites I have found that I love!  The Blog Trains are FANTASTIC and FREE!! You just have to visit a number of blogs and download a portion of the kit from each, but by the end you have a HUGE kit that is color and theme coordinating. Or, if you choose and LOVE a kit enough, you can buy them too.

If you don’t know where to get started..jump on this journey with me, and I can answer any—well most-okay, some questions you have. I’m not a pro at Photoshop either, there is a LOT to learn, but I am excited about it! Lets learn together!

LDS Blog Train

Stuff to Scrap

Let Me Scrapbook

If you know of any other GREAT digital scrapbooking sites, please share in the comments!

WEEK 1

Jan 2010 - 1jan 2010 - 2

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*Step one would be to decide what size you want to make your book. What printer company you want to use and what size books they have available/what cost you want to spend. I think I’ll be doing mine a 12x12 Hardbound.

BLURB prices

SHUTTERFLY prices

*As you create your pages, make sure you give yourself about 1/2 inch on the side of the page that will be tucked into the book for binding.

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Trying to decide if you want to switch?

My Pros vs. Cons:

I LOVE to paper scrapbook. It gives me a chance to get out of the house and have fun with friends, some “me time” and that is why I have not switched before. But I have come to realize, time and money are not always available and that is why I am not keeping caught up. Also, storage SPACE is an issue, with all the other crafting I like to do as well. So, this is all contained on a {little} external hard drive that I have. It’s fabulous! AND it’s cheaper (after your initial purchase of Photoshop, and the occasional printing of your book) since I won’t be having to buy all the paper and embellishments and machines, etc.. Although I know from time to time I’ll still be pulling out the paper-I’m still not ready to give it up completely. I do like the look of paper scrapping better, the 3D and all, but that too takes more space, besides w/digital, the paper and colors are endless because you can adjust them to whatever you wish! Also, you can {fit more}pics on a page as you can just adjust the size and crop to whatever you want..not just your 4x6 or 5x7 or 3.5x5. Besides, my lappy is portable, I can still go to my friends/or have people over to sit and scrapbook together!

2 comments:

Tara said...

Very cool project, Ashlee - I hope it goes well!!! Thanks for the great links, too -- I'd never seen those before.

Joy said...

i have been telling myself I was going to do this for years and just havent't gotten any scrapbooking done in a long time! Would love to see all your ideas and tips! Following now! Joy
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