I recently posted some myths about taking on a Project 365. If you haven't read that post yet, go here to read it, then come back here for ideas on how to complete it!
I've nearly completed 5 project 365's now, and each year I've done them a bit differently, so I wanted to share the ways I've done them, plus a couple more you could do, so you can find which one works best and rock your own P365 in 2017!
#2: A digital version: where you have templates on your computer and use Photoshop to make the scrapbook pages. (I haven't used this method from Project Life, but did do scrapbooking one year on my computer using other templates.)
#3: An app for your phone: where you can buy kits and just drop them, along with your phone pictures into assorted templates. This is the method I've used the past 3 years, and is by far my favorite as I use my phone most of the time for my P365, along with the Collect App (which I explain later). There's a look at a page using the app, it's different, especially since I do one week per page. (The pictures end up a bit smaller, but my albums are 12x12, so it's not terribly small. I wouldn't do this with an 8x8 album though.)
With the app version, you can print your pages through the app, through a 3rd party (I love using Persnickety Prints) or you can even make a photo book through your favorite book publisher. All very easy, and good for all budgets!
Now, I could go on forever eplaining about why and how much I love Project Life, but, you'd probably end up being bored, so if your interest is piqued, check out the shop and details here.
I've used the Collect App since 2014, and this is my #1 go-to way of keeping up on my P365. (I think this is still only an Apple app, but I'm sure there are some Android ones out there. If you know of a good one, please comment below for other Android users!)
Basically you add one or more pictures a day to a calendar, write a few notes and then export it how you desire. (In a monthly calendar or a card with notes for each day.) You can set up tags that you'd want to look up later, so in a few years if you're looking for a certain photo, it is easy to find.
Some perks of this app are that you can set up reminders, so you don't forget to take your picture. (I have mine set up for 5 pm, so it still gives me a few hours to get a shot for the day.) There is a month calendar view, so I can easily see the whole month together. It also lets you add in more than one picture per day, so you can choose which one you'd rather use. You can change to a few different card designs, and orientations.
Shown above: an exported monthly view, the view on my phone and an exported daily card.
The daily cards like this are what I put in my Project Life album.
All of the above is in the free app, and of course you can buy extras. (All of which I have and use, and I highly recommend them all!)
If you upgrade to the creative pack, you can bulk export to Dropbox, get print sizes for each card, have high res monthly collages and manual backup.
The videos upgrade lets you make a video slideshow with your month or year if you want to add those to your blog or FB wall for friends to see. It also lets you use music from your library, and you can choose the speed of the slideshow and how long it will be.
And lastly, there is the Keep Safe upgrade that syncs your account to iCloud, between devices and keeps your precious pics safe forever! This one is a must in my opinion, so you don't lose all of your pictures if your phone gets lost or damaged. Plus, it's nice to add from various devices, especially if others are adding to your P365!
I love Chatbooks! The best way to do this is through Instagram, see the paragraph below for more detail on that.
The Chatbooks app allows you to add pictures and captions to different books from Instagram, directly into the app or via text messaging. You can add different contributors to a certain book, or make a book with a certain hashtag. (For example, if you only want to print your P365 pictures in your Chatbook, but post other pictures, set up a special hashtag, like #365in2017. That way, only those pictures will go into your album. If you have a really long caption, it gets it's own page, so don't be shy about using those words!
I love the ease of use and did I mention that each 60 page 6x6 book is only $8 shipped? Yep, pretty much awesome! If you want to try them out, click this link and get your first book in a series for free!
I haven't personally done this with a 365, but it would most certainly be easy! There are many simple photo albums you can buy that you just slip a picture into. Then write a few quick words on the side with the date, and you're done! No fuss, and very easy! Just don't forget what you need to write! (The next one may help with that!)
The first 2 years I did a P365, I made a private blog through Google's blogspot. Each day I would upload my picture and type a bit about the picture. (Or even just write the words if it was a picture I took on my nice camera and still needed to edit it.)
I did it in conjunction with my physical Project Life, so that when I got the pictures developed, I'd just have to copy what I wrote. (Because I can't remember what I did yesterday, let alone 4 weeks ago...!) This could easily be your whole P365 though. I know there are some companies that print books from your blog posts, though I haven't done that, so I can't tell you how good they are. It would certainly make it very easy though!
I shared the blog address with my close family, who could read it if they wanted to. It was nice for Grandma's to keep up with our everyday lives!
I haven't done this personally, but it would be easy to create an Instagram account just for your 365. Simply load one picture a day, then write a few words. You can choose whether to keep this account public or private. I'd advise doing it privately, that way you can get your captions perfect with names and locations and don't need to worry about unsavory people seeing your precious info.
A bonus of this, is that you can set up Chatbooks with your account and it will automatically send you a book for every 60 posts! Seriously...could that be any easier?!?
Now get going!
I've given you 6 amazing and easy ways to give you a push to get a P365 done in 2017...now, what's stopping you? I hope you're saying "nothing!"
Have you done a P365? What methods did you use?
I'm a mom of 4 boys, in love with photography, especially landscapes, macro, and silhouettes.
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." -Elliott Erwitt