project life 2013 | weeks 1 + 2

so far i'm off to a good start this year. i am keeping up with my project life pages. i decided to create more structure for myself and see how it goes. the biggest hurdle for me is photo editing. it is something i always get behind on. i have hundreds + hundreds of photos that have never been edited. and sadly, they probably never will get edited. so instead of getting all bummed out about that and trying to figure out how to find the time to go back and edit my old photos, i am putting my energy into moving forward with a plan to deal with today and how i edit from now on.

keeping up with project life last year, really kept me on track with getting my photos edited - at least on a monthly basis. i was not perfect and still have lots of unedited photos on my computer. but at least the best of the best - the ones that tell our story - those have been edited. so, no wasting time look back on what i have not done.

this year i am trying out a weekly routine for editing my photos on one day of the week - sundays. my project life weeks are monday through sunday so instead of trying to edit all week long, i am just going to wait until sunday nights to sit down and edit all of my photos at the same time. just like how i do laundry - all in one day to get it over with and not have to keep doing it all week long. works for me.

i'm also going to answer a few questions i've received about photos, photography and my project life pages:

- i use adobe lightroom and photoshop to edit my photos.

- i shoot my photos with a nikon d300 camera body, a nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens and a nikon 24 - 70mm f/2.8 lens - and my iphone 5.

- the fonts that i use on my journaling cards are avenir and amelie.

- i love cathy zielske's week in review cards, so i created my own version of them to work with the design, fonts and color of my project life pages. here is a link to cathy's week in review cards and a great video tutorial she made about them.

- to make life simple, i keep track of everything going on in our week with the day one app. i have it on my iphone and my imac - and both of these sync up nicely. when i put together my week in review card, i just copy and paste from day one onto my week in review card in photoshop.

- i make my own templates for all of my photos and journaling cards - including my weekly instagram 6 photo collage - in photoshop.

and now, welcome to my project life 2013!

here is my title page for my 2013 project life album. i wanted to keep it simple so i added some family photos, printed out the year on the 3x4 journaling cards and found a nice quote on pinterest that i printed in photoshop. (i used avenir and learning curve fonts.)

week 1:  the start of our new year. saying good-bye to 2012. a college football game (my alma mater). and more everyday life.i used my iphone at the florida state football game and the photos printed out great. i made a simple calendar journaling card with this 2013 calendar brush set. i love the little circle brush that came with this set so that i can highlight any important dates - like circling tate's birthday in blue. i am also taking ali edwards' one little word workshop this year and i included a journaling card with my word. (learning curve font used.)a little journaling card about the football game and a photo of tate covering his ears from the fireworks. due to the overload of photos i took in december, i pick up my big camera less in the beginning of the year. just some everyday photos and some cute things the boys said this week.

week 2:  tate's big 3rd birthday week and our trip to disney + legoland.

project life 2013 creative team | www.tracy-larsen.com/blogtate's 3 year old photos that i took at the park this week along with some instagram photos on 3x4 journaling cards. project life 2013 creative team | www.tracy-larsen.com/blogi love cathy zielske's week in review cards and created my own version last year to coordinate with my project life pages. i decided to continue adding this card every week to the upper left corner of my weekly pages. i tweaked it a bit and changed the font, added the days of the week and highlighted some things from the week. cathy just posted this great video tutorial about her week in review cards - go watch it. project life 2013 creative team | www.tracy-larsen.com/blogi love how little moments are caught with my iphone. project life 2013 creative team | www.tracy-larsen.com/blogfor our trip to disney + legoland, i only brought my iphone and my little blue canon point + shoot camera. we go to disney quite often, so i felt good about not dragging the big camera around with me. i ended up with lots of photos, so i put my favorites into my instagram 4x6 collage templates that i made in photoshop. (i will share these templates on my blog soon...) we met up with some friends and i was determined to get a group photo of everyone - even if we had to use the flash (which we did). it is not the best photo of any of us, but i love that we are all in it together. project life 2013 creative team | www.tracy-larsen.com/blogi love these "favorites" journaling cards that i made for each of the boys. it is a great way to capture what they loved the best this year. (avenir and amelie fonts used.)project life 2013 creative team  |   www.tracy-larsen.com/blogextra insert: this week i added an extra insert - design h - to put in the photos i took documenting tate's birthday day. i designed the photo templates in photoshop myself, added the time and wrote a little about what he was doing.

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