Happy Notes

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Flora Bowley ‘s prompt for #bloomtruebootcamp yesterday was Art Abandonment and before I was even past the first paragraph of her explaining it – I was recalling the happy notes Michael and I have planted around town a few times.   I knew that is what I wanted to do for this prompt. Michael and I went to Denver for the day so I knew I didn’t have time to do art and leave it, but the notes would be perfect.
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I took a handful of Project Life cards and decided to use them for my notes.  Many #projectlife cards have designs or sayings on one side and lines for journaling on the other.  I scribbled things like “enjoy your life. every minutes of it.” “Hello beautiful soul. Have a good weekend.”  “You are amazing. Smile.”  Every place we stopped from Denver back to Grand Junction, I left a little note.

 

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Cards in photos are are from We R Memory Keeper’s Chalkboard kit and Captured kit and the one with the yellow hearts in the first photo is from Becky Higgin’s Project Life Midnight Core Kit.

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Apps I use for Project Life

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I started doing Project Life this year. I have been using my phone as my main source of photos, but also helping me organize memories to use for Project Life. I use several apps on my iPhone.  I will do links to all the apps at the end of the post.

The one I use the most is Momento to do journal entries. It allows me to add photos so that I can pair my thoughts with the photos and use as a reference for when doing PL layouts. I like that it will grab my Facebook status’ and Instagram photos also so I can refer back to those if needed.

Photo editing PL photos I mostly use PicTapGo and Snapseed. Although I have a ton of photo editing apps – for PL I usually don’t want artsy photos. At times I will add some of my photos I edit that look old or distressed, but mostly I like bright clear photos for memory keeping. I have only added words to photos a few times digitally with apps. Otherwise I hand write or use stickers and embellishments after to add words to photos. But if adding words digitally I use Over and a beautiful mess apps.


Picstich I use quite a lot before ordering photos. I like because I can create photo collages. I use mostly 2 3×4’s on a 4×6 collage. But sometimes use it to make 4 images on a 4×6. So that I can trim the down and use on journaling cards in PL. 
 
Store apps is Michael’s for their ad and coupons.  I haven’t shopped at JoAnn’s yet for PL, but will download there app of needed. 
 
I have been using Shutterfly for ordering photos.  Only when they have their deals – usually 100 photos for the cost of shipping. Otherwise I go into Sam’s with a jump drive to print photos. But quite a few people talk about Walgreens app and prices so might check that out when printing July pictures. 
 
 

Many PL’ers use the Collect app and I do too. But I haven’t used it how most PL’ers do. They use it because you can journal right there and it prints out like the look of a Polaroid, but with journaling on the wide white band at the bottom.  I might try it after I try out Notica that had the same look, but with a handwriting font. I like Collect for the monthly view of photos. I like seeing if I am taking photos everyday. I also am going to start printing out the monthly calendar to use in my album. I am thinking of printing them on a 8×10 as Sam’s doesn’t do 12×12. 

 
I use my phone for most of my computer needs these days and I think it helped me take the plunge into Project Life as the apps have made it easy to edit and organize my family memories. 
 


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No More Camera

My camera has went out on my phone.  It is like a part of me is gone too. I guess I didn’t realize how often I use my phone camera every single day. When I said that to Michael and my friend Wendy – they both looked at me like “you are kidding” as they see me use my camera.  I went back to look I thought maybe on average 10 photos a day on a normal day. If we are traveling, doing anything special like going to First Friday’s then I will take 100 to 300 photos a day.  But really that is doubled.  Just a normal everyday with chores and work, I take 20 photos.  When it is an event like a day trip it is more like 500 photos.  Right now I am not sure the options for getting it fixed/replaced. So it might be a while before I get a working phone camera again. I told Michael I already know what my Project Life will look like. Black cards and on the middle of the page NO CAMERA with a frowny face and a tear. Because I really am sad to be without my camera.  It is like my art now…I can’t not do it. I need to express myself through photos. So crossing my fingers we will figure out the options for it soon.

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