Ok, so pretty much everyone knows what Project Life is at this point, right? If you don't, here's an introduction. I'll wait while you go read about it.
Moving along. ;)
I think the great thing about Project Life is that you can start with the materials and the general concept, and make it into something that works for you. I decided that I was going to approach Project Life as a month by month look back on our lives. Rather than creating the pages in the moment as life happens, I decided to go back over the last couple years when I haven't been keeping a scrapbook (but have been Facebooking faithfully.)
At first I thought I wanted to do one month per single page side, but as I started looking back over the first two months - Dec. and Oct. 2011 (what, I don't have my mom's Thanksgiving pictures yet), I realized I needed a full spread to tell the story.
Since I got my materials at the beginning of January 2012, I started by reviewing the month of Dec. 2011 on Facebook - everything I had posted. The Timeline feature actually makes this really easy. First I clicked on "Activity Log" on my profile.
Once in the Activity Log section, I adjusted the settings so I was only looking at my own posts.
Once you do this, if you look to the right, the chronological timeline (2012, 2011, 2010) opens up, and you can skip to a particular month. This is going to be handy when I get further back (like December 2010.)
Anyway. After scrolling through the whole month and taking notes (you could copy/paste into a Word document, but I was taking notes by hand because I think better that way), I went in search of photos. I organize my photos by month (camera as well as cell phone photos) and I created a new folder on my desktop to work with. I copied the groups of pictures to choose from, then sorted them within the new folder (deleting the ones I didn't want to use, and winnowing them down to a workable number. Be sure you COPY pictures over, don't DRAG them - because then they're gone from their original location.)
At right is one set of dividers I ordered, while the other is just a regular 6 to a page divider, so I drew two charts as a guide and planned out where to put each photo or set of text. Planning it out like this made it easy to move to sizing the images in Photoshop.
What I've descibed thus far was the hardest part: looking at a month of my life and deciding which pictures and commentary to include in the layout. After that it was just a matter of sizing the pictures in Photoshop and throwing them together with the Clementine core kit I bought. :)
You'll notice that I often decide to divide a 4x6 (or 6x4) photo spot into two smaller spots. Photoshop makes this super easy. I also deliberately leave a little room to include some scrapbook paper, because I think the addition of the paper elements really brings the photos together for the two-page spread.
I occasionally used a corner rounder punch where I thought it made the pictures look better, and I used digital stiching a few times to pull together a group of photos like the one above on the bottom right. Oh and I used digital elements to create the month labels. I also tuck journaling cards behind the photos here and there when I have more to say than will fit on the layout. :)
Happy Scrapping, friends!