Project Life has been so fun so far … What am I on? week 6 I think?
While I finish up the recent weeks for a bigger post, I thought I’d break down my process some … first up: Photos!
I’ve been using both my ‘big’ camera (Canon 5D w/ assorted lenses) and my iPhone for taking photos. But my iPhone is OLD so the photos are just OK. I really just carry my Canon around all the time. Just in case. It works out, since I want to take photos of our house progress anyway….
(note to self: I need to do a real photo-gear post)
I also have my Instax mini camera (only used 1x so far) and all of my other ‘toy’ cameras, but I haven’t actually used them yet. I might still in the future. We’ll see.
Luckily for me, Andrew (bless his heart) is more than willing to take photos for me when we’re not together. He’s been posting photos to Instagram so I can just download them to my computer. He takes photos of his recording sessions, in particular, which I think is such a fun part of our Project Life week.
I don’t actually own Photoshop.
I do all of my actual PHOTO editing (color balance, changing the levels, etc) in Apple Aperture, and then in Picasa I add text and make photo collages specifically for Project Life.
For example: In this page below, I added the text to the 3×4 photos … and then I put2 3×4 images in one 4×6 canvas to be printed.
In the case of the library card image in the bottom left, I just left both images in 1 4×6 photo. Or, I cut them apart for the 3×4 pockets.
Or, for example, the green-painting photo on the bottom right … the image of the paint can is about 1/3 of the 4×6 canvas.
Here’s a screenshot of what all my collages look like in Picasa ….
I am really loving having the option to create photo collages and include more than 1 image in a 4×6 photo. Otherwise I have no idea how I could edit down all the photos to just this 2page spread.
I was trying to figure out the best way to get actual photo prints made – not at home, preferably not by mail (due to the cost of shipping) – and finally realized my best bet for photo printing would be Costco.
I love Costco. I’ve been getting my film developed there since I got my first camera (when I was 12 or so). And now, *cough*cough* years later, I can upload the photos to their site, and my current job schedule has me driving by our local Costco (with just a slight detour). I’ve used their photo printing A LOT, and am confident in the quality.
The only problem was I no longer had a Costco card! As soon as I turned 18, my mom made me the 2nd cardholder on her account (so I could go pick up my photos, coincidentally) – and it’s only in the last month (literally) that she’s taken me off. But that’s a separate story entirely
SO – I went on Costco.com and signed up Andrew and I for a Costco membership. ….. And I’ve ordered photos for Project Life every week now. If I really need the images soon I can go pick them up in an hour after ordering …. OR they don’t charge shipping, so with gas prices the way they are I’m actually saving a little bit of money, just by waiting an extra couple days to get the photos.
What about you? What do you use for your Project Life photos?
Do you have other Project Life questions for me? Ask away!
P.S. Also fun? I showed the slideshow and products to my sister-in-law…. and based on her excitement, I’ll be getting her a whole set of Project Life goodies for her baby’s first year album! Can’t wait!!!
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