Ready for this infomercial-style post? Here we go!
Imagine that I’m yelling this from your TV: Are you bummed that you didn’t get the Project 365 kit? Do you have a friend who could really benefit from doing Project 365, especially since there is no “scrapbooking” involved? Do you wish that you could at least have those cute journaling cards from the kit? We have the solution for YOU!
Okay, seriously. No more infomercial. I’m just so happy that we can share this with you … a FREE DOWNLOAD of some of the designs from the kit.
When you click on that link, you’ll notice that a file is immediately downloading onto your computer. When you open the folder (called “Project 365″), you will notice a folder of JPGs and a folder with a PDF in it. There are some title page (and ending page) cards, some “week of” cards, some journaling cards, and a couple designer cards (to use as a background when you have smaller memorabilia on some days, instead of a photo). This certainly isn’t everything from the kit, but it is definitely enough to help you do Project 365. You’ll need to get some 4″ x 6″ divided page protectors, a 12″ x 12″ binder, and you’re good to go. See the post just below this one for resources.
I realize that everyone has different levels of being tech-saavy, so I’ll explain this as clearly as possible so as to not scare anyone away. : )
[ PDF ]
When you open the PDF, you’ll notice 7 pages for you to print. For best results, print on a color laser jet printer. Don’t have one? Try your local copy shop. When you go to print, the most important thing is to notice that you have the option to change the scale of what you’re printing. It’s probably set on some default setting right now, like “fit to page” or “shrink to printable area” or something along those lines. You don’t want any of these. CLICK ON “NONE”. Then print, cut, and use! Of course you’ll only need one print-out of the title blocks. Since you’ll want several of the “week of” cards and the journaling blocks, just print those specific pages however many times you want. Once you cut everything to the appropriate size (4″ x 6″), these will slip right into any 4″ x 6″ photo album or page protectors (see previous post for people’s recommendations on where to find these).
[ JPG ]
For those of you who are a little bit more digital-saavy, and you have some photo-editing software (such as Adobe Photoshop), you’re going to love these JPGs. First of all you can print the title cards just as they are. You’ll have photo-quality cards and you’ll be saving your own ink (printer ink is expensive!). As for the “week of” and journaling cards, simply open the file you want to use in Photoshop, add your text (whatever font & size you want), save it as a JPG, and print it just as you would print any other picture that’s a JPG!
Where to print? Most photo-printing services (such as Shutterfly, Snapfish, Scrapbook Pictures, and Costco) will mail your prints right to you. Here’s one of the journaling cards, so you can see what to expect, and then a sample of journaling that I did on one of the JPGs:
So you would print this out and then stick it in one of the 4″ x 6″ slots on the same page as those 2 days’ worth of photos. Make sense? Plus — you could also just print out the JPG journaling blocks as photos, and use a photo-safe pen to handwrite your journaling (instead of typing it in Photoshop).
If you have questions about these downloads, please leave a comment here. If you have alternative suggestions for Project 365, please leave them in the Comments of the LAST post so that those looking for ideas will see yours there.
Just a few more notes before I leave you alone. : )
1. I’ve never posted a zip file on my blog before, so I’m not sure how this will go. It’s also quite possible that my blog will be slammed with many of you getting this file all at the same time. If there are any technical problems getting this file from my blog to your computer, just try again at a later time. Or if we see that it’s more than just “high traffic” issues, we’ll see what needs to be done differently. Okie-dokie?
2. I know many of you are still wondering if we’re going to reprint the kit. I wish I knew. We’re still working on that possibility, but it takes time. The answer right now is: I just don’t know. SO … since that means that there is a chance at getting the Project 365 kit in the future, you may want to just print journaling blocks a week or two at a time until we know for sure. That way, if we DO a reprint, then these journaling blocks you are printing & journaling on will go right into those page protectors in the kit.
3. As I’ve mentioned before, there are many people working behind the scenes on Project 365 … to correct mistakes, to work on solutions, to help make this work for you. The graphic designer behind this project is someone I truly enjoy working with and her name is Lori. She not only interpreted my ideas into the perfect output of colors & patterns that are just so fun in this kit … but she’s the one that pulled together these PDF and JPG files for you to use. I’m just so grateful to her, and so many others that have contributed to helping ALL of us this past week. : )