Catching up on Project Life

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I’m rather behind with Project Life and being laid up with morning sickness for two months hasn’t helped me catch up. We already know this so I won’t ramble on about it, instead I’ll tell you my plan to do something about it.

Enter the Collect App

A lot of people praise Collect and for good reason. This nifty iPhone app keeps track of your daily photos and creates print ready cards on export. The cards are either 3×4 or 6×4 and feature your photo, the date, and any journaling you added. The layout is clean and there’s a few styles to choose from. For my catch up plan I’m using the 3×4 sized cards.

Note: I have the paid app. Some of the features I talk about may not be available in the free version. Check which features are available to you if you have the free version and want to follow my plan.

The Plan

1. Sort out your photos. If you’re really far behind you may have already deleted photos from your phone. I only had from June onwards on my phone, but fortunately I’d already sorted my April and May photos into weekly folders on my PC, and tagged the ones I wanted to use. I used iTunes to sync these photos back onto my phone.

2. I mainly used Instagram photos to make the process less time consuming, but if you need to edit your photos, do that now. I like apps such as Pic Tap Go and Little Moments for editing and adding filters.

3. Open the Collect app and start adding your photos and journaling. I did this step yesterday and it took around two hours to add 150 photos into the app with journaling.

4. Export your photos to your camera roll. I think you need the paid app to do this.

5. Upload the photos to your computer. (If you print from your phone, you’re on your own until step 8. You’ll need to use an app like PicFrame to put 2 3×4’s onto a 6×4 canvas, then print from there)

6. Prepare your photos for printing. I put two 3×4 cards onto one 6×4 canvas using a free program called Photosheet. This program is easy to use; you drag and drop all your 3×4 cards into one side, specify what you want to output selecting 6×4 as the size and Grid 2 as the layout, choose where you’d like to save the photos and a minute or so later you’ll have all your 6×4’s ready to print.

7. Decide how you are printing. I am set up to print at home, but as I had 75 photos to print I uploaded them to my local Camera House.

8. Yay you have your physical photos! Once you have your photos, you’ll need to cut them all in half if you are using 3×4 pocket pages, then it’s just a matter of slipping them into pockets, adding filler cards, embellishment, and additional journaling.

Of course the last step is probably the most time consuming of the lot, and is where I am up to now. I’ll update on my progress in a few days as I’m determined to have my Project Life up to date before I embark on Ali Edward’s Week in the Life in a couple of weeks time.

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Photos waiting to be sliced up and put into pockets.

Pros and Cons

The biggest pro for my plan is that it’s allowed me to get a lot of photos off to the printer and into an album in a small amount of time. The journaling is attached to the photos and my memories are preserved. The Collect cards have white space so there is room to stamp and further embellish them. I’ve also seen people cut them out and mount them on patterned paper to add more colour.

The cons though, are that you will have much smaller photos than you may have had when completing pages other ways. I usually print 4×4 photos which will probably be more pleasurable to look at and stand out more than these pages when I flip through the albums in the future. I’ve also found from previous layouts I’ve done using these cards is there can almost be too much white space if you aren’t prepared to add a bit of embellishment here and there. That said I was almost at the point of giving up on this year’s album, so the cons are outweighed for me.

Why the Collect App? Why not the Project Life App?

I’m sure some of you are wondering why I didn’t use the PL app. The PL app is great, but there’s a few reasons I haven’t used it in my catch up plan;

  1. Most of my photos are square. Before I could use them in a standard pocket I’d need to use another app to put them on a 3×4 or 4×6 card, thus making the process longer.
  2. Printing. The cost of printing one 12×12 is expensive compared to what I pay for 6 4×6’s. If I printed 12×12 I’d then need to purchase pockets for them.
  3. I have a lot of digital collections on my PC but not in the app, and to put them all in dropbox was more work than I wanted.
  4. I still want to use my physical products!

So there you have it! I hope this post is useful to someone else who is feeling quite daunted about how far behind they are. Let’s get that mojo back!

Ricotta and Silverbeet Rolls

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In an effort to both cook and blog more, I will be periodically be sharing some of our favourite recipes on the blog. I intend to go back and add all my recipes to the plug in I’m using for this one which will then create an easy to find index.

Ricotta and Silverbeet Rolls
Print Recipe
Ricotta and silverbeet rolls are a favourite quick lunch or dinner at our house. You can easily substitute the silverbeet for spinach. The basic recipe is targeted to young eaters, but you can easily add variations to suit your taste. See recipe notes for ideas. Please note that this recipe is metric.
Servings Prep Time
2 large rolls 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 large rolls 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ricotta and Silverbeet Rolls
Print Recipe
Ricotta and silverbeet rolls are a favourite quick lunch or dinner at our house. You can easily substitute the silverbeet for spinach. The basic recipe is targeted to young eaters, but you can easily add variations to suit your taste. See recipe notes for ideas. Please note that this recipe is metric.
Servings Prep Time
2 large rolls 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 large rolls 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: large rolls
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 200 degree Celsius
  2. Heat oil in a non stick frying pan and cook the onion until soft
  3. Add the silverbeet and continue cooking until it has wilted
  4. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs, then add the ricotta and mix together. Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. Add the silverbeet and onion to the ricotta mix and stir to combine
  6. Lay out the thawed pastry sheets onto a greased oven tray and divide the mixture between both sheets, placing it down the centre of the sheets only
  7. Fold the edges of the pastry to the centre, overlapping each other to create a roll. They should stick to themselves but you can use a little milk.
  8. If desired brush the pastry with milk
  9. Use a fork to piece pastry several times
  10. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes, or until the top is nice and golden
  11. Cut into desired serving size and serve with salad and a tomato relish
Recipe Notes

This recipe is easy to vary, some ideas for variations are;
Pinenuts - toss some pinenuts in the frying pan with the silverbeet and onion
Feta - add crumbled feta to the ricotta mixture
Poppy and/or sesame seeds- sprinkle these on to the pastry after brushing with milk

Instead of large rolls, make small rolls, triangle, or even a pie. You will need to adjust your cooking time accordingly.

Font Love – One

I’m a bit of a fontaholic. In fact it’s safe to say I have no idea which fonts I have. Quite regularly I’ll see a nice font, only to realise I installed it a year ago. In my defense this usually happens when I go searching for the perfect font for a scrapbooking card I’m designing, and I’m not great at managing the rejects because I might need them one day!

Recently I was cleaning some non-font clutter from my computer and I found a template I’d come up with a year or so ago to share fonts I really like. It seemed a shame to not post it, so here’s the first of my ‘font love’ posts which may become a regular feature.. we’ll see!

These fonts are all available free for personal use. Some are ok for commercial use, just check the license before you do!

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| Lillybelle Regular | Windsong | La Belle Aurore | Lasermetal Regular | Dancing Script |

Creating… a person!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve regularly blogged, and at least six weeks since I’ve blogged at all. I can finally reveal why…

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These are bought slippers, not crafted by me!

We’re having a baby in January! I’m due January 1st and admit I’m hoping it doesn’t arrive early for Christmas unless there’s time for us to be home for Christmas day! I’m not going to lie and pretend everything has been rosy. I’ve had much worse morning sickness (read all day sickness!) this time round which has been quite isolating and left me feeling really down and alone for many weeks. It’s finally eased though, and I’m back out and about doing things, trying to catch up with Project Life, and aiming to return to blogging more often.

I’m also itching to get back into sewing and have plans to whip up some maternity clothes as well as a new quilt or two for the baby. I’ve already started a ripple blanket using Lucy of Attic24’s lovely Neat ripple pattern given I’m not the fastest of crocheters and would like to have it finished before bubba is due. I recommend this one if you’re looking for an easy to follow ripple pattern.

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Five rows down, many, many more to go!

If you’re still following me, despite the big gaps between posting, thank you! What about you? Any exciting news to share?

On reassessing Project Life

Hello! Do you have a hobby that feels like a chore? That’s how I feel about Project Life at present. I’m so far behind that the mere thought of trying to catch up sends me running towards another task. I was having trouble sleeping a couple of nights ago, and while mulling over some things, I realised what has gone ‘wrong’ with Project life for me. Below are some of my earliest layouts. These particular ones are hybrid as I tended to mainly do hybrid in the beginning. While they aren’t necessarily the style I would choose to do now, they are real snapshots of the week, that not only give a bit of information about what we did, but they very much talk about things I liked, things Elijah said…

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Move on to the layouts I’m creating 18 months later and it’s all very ‘today we did this..’ and rather than letting some of the photos speak for themselves I seem to have to explain everything. I don’t know when this shift happened, but even though I’m probably including more journaling now, I was including more interesting journaling back then. I love looking back on these 2013 layouts.

It’s given me something to ponder and think about, and as I play catch up on the past 20 weeks I’ll be very much trying to achieve layouts that I think will be interesting to me in 5, 10, 30 years time, rather than something I’ve rushed out in order to catch up, or the journaling is at the expense of embellishment.

How do you overcome Project Life slumps?