Digital Project Life : Volume One 2012 off to Shutterfly!

I had a lot of fun putting this together and absolutely cannot wait to hold it in my hands and actually SEE my pages somewhere other than my computer screen. Peek Away!

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If you have taken a look at the book you will see I did a combination of things within it to bring it all together. My weekly pages were always created using Project Life templates, but at month’s end I created different collages using either idea pages (found within the Clementine Edition on Shutterfly) or a grid layout with a Clementine Background. These grids were created simply by using a layout option within Shutterfly, and because I was technically within their version of the Clementine Edition, I was able to use a Clementine “paper” as my background.

Many of you have asked how to get a digital 12×12 page from photoshop to Shutterfly, and for those of you looking at how to do just that I invite you to take a look at my original blog post on this topic. (Another creative team member, Haley Ney, recently did up a blog post on this very topic as well.) Between the two of us I think we have you covered!

And speaking of sharing information, I have completed my first video tutorial on how to recolor digital elements. EEEEeeK!!! It’s uploading to Vimeo now, and will be posted here on Wednesday. I hope I don’t sound like a fool!!! After the 90th take I decided you all were going to hear me “as is” goof ups and giggles and all. Just keepin’ it real……

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  • Jen J - Did you resize your pages down to 11.95? I did, and when I got my shtuterfly book back the pages were slightly cut off. This time, (going to submit volume 2 today!!) I resized them all to 11.85 but I don’t know what that will do.
    Also, how many pages were you able to include in your book? I had to do two volumes for 2012 beause origianlly there was a limit (100 pages or something).
    Thanks
    Your work is fabulous!
    Also- now that you have a vimeo account you can start include QR barcodes (home videos!!) into your pages. One of my very most favoritefeatures.ReplyCancel

    • admin - Hi Jen,

      I did resize them to 11.95, I am bummed for you that that still cut them off. (So surprising, too, as that is the measurement they give on their website to resize to. They need to update their stuff!!!) Because I was afraid of anything getting cut off, no matter how careful I was, I double-matted everything with Jessica’s mat she offered up as a free download awhile ago. (It’s part of her digital project life class now.) I broke my year up into two books as well, 26 weeks in one and 26 weeks in the other. Because I did some stuff at month’s end…I think my book ended up being between 80-90 pages. I am pretty sure you can go up to 104 if you wanted to do all of the weeks (without inserts) into one book. I have never done the QR code thing, but agree that is pretty awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy O'H. - Congrats on finishing 2012!! Looking forward to your video!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Thank you for your reply. I had also talked to shutterfly and they originally said to re-size the photos to 11.95 x 11.95, which I did and still had the cropping problem. Bummer. I called them again to find a way to fix it and they suggested I re-size it even smaller, to the inside bleed measurement. I’ve played around with every size and it all seems to be the same outcome. I love the layered look by Jessica Sprague and have played around with it a bit. My pages are all complete, so now when I re-size them to the 89%, some of them are off-centered so it takes time to get everything aligned. Do you get the layered template before you start doing your pages? I noticed that some of yours aren’t double-layered. Will you layer them later or leave those? I’m just looking for the most efficient way to change my pages. For my 2013 book, I will do things differently. :) ReplyCancel

    • admin - I got the layered template like 20 weeks in. I went back and did all of them that way–and yes it is a pain in the patootie! I had a ton off center too because I tend to clip 12×12 pieces of paper to small pieces of the template…and ugh! It creates a mess. Towards the end of the year I stopped doing it, I seriously think I forgot to, and now I am forced to go back and change them all before I upload them to Shutterfly. Good thing I have a scrapping night with a friend scheduled next week!!! I am with you–I am not going to do this to myself in 2013–I am trying to do it “right” from the beginning.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Wow Heather, just breathtaking. LOVED looking through your book. Thanks again for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Oh my word! This is awesome! Makes me want to do something similar but am too overwhelmed to start. Great inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Jan - I so loved your book…thank you sharing. It was so good to see
    the finished book. I am doing Project Life digitally this year and have been wondering how to print. I took Jessica’s class and will have to go back and see about the resizing etc, and do it now,
    just in case I decide on a book.♥ReplyCancel

  • Dana Klinkner - OMG – I love your digital PL album! It turned out SOOOO good! I love how you added pages of instagram from your Disney trip & all the month recaps about your kids – so amazing! Your album totally inspired me – thanks so much for sharing! :) ReplyCancel

  • The Project Lifer | A Scrapper’s Style Interview with Heather Johnson | Simply Tiffany Studios - [...] I do scrapbook extra things, not too much yet, but now that I really make time for scrapbooking in my life I do a whole lot more. What I did last year is put special things (like trips to Disney) right in my book. You can see what that looks like  on my blog. [...]ReplyCancel

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