Oh my stars, this is long. But it’s worth the read. I bet you’re wondering about a couple of these same things regarding Project Life. Plus, example layouts at the end. Woo-hoo!
Q: When will I get my Project Life?
A: The kits have been in transit and are expected to arrive to the warehouse on Monday, December 28th. They will begin shipping some of the orders that day and the next day. So most of you will be receiving your Project Life kits next week (yay!).
NOTE: We have been notified that our bulk shipment was broken into two containers. The first will arrive on Monday, as I just mentioned. The second container will arrive Jan. 4th and will ship out immediately.
If you ordered on Nov. 28th or later AND your order number is #3338 or higher, you are in that second batch of shipments and your product is scheduled to ship that first week of January.
Clarification added: In reference to the Google Checkout numbers, which are really long numbers … and to clear up any confusion … if you ordered before Nov. 28th, you are in that first batch no matter what your number is. Note: The shorter 4-digit numbers are the Becky Higgins LLC order numbers. (The first few hundred orders don’t have a BH LLC number, but don’t need to worry. They are for sure in the first batch.)
We are sorry about this, as it was our understanding that all the kits were coming in one container. HOWEVER … do not despair! If you wanted to begin your Project Life on January 1st, you can still totally get started on it without having the physical kit in front of you. I promise.
I’ll be posting about that before the New Year.
Q: Project Life was supposed to be a Christmas gift. Now what?
A: We knew all along that the kits would probably arrive the very end of December, and we were upfront about the timing from the beginning (you had to go through a disclaimer window before placing your order). We tried to be very clear about this. In any case, here’s a solution that I posted earlier, in case you missed it: Click HERE and you’ll see a JPG all ready for you to print and put under the Christmas tree, notifying the recipient that they’re getting Project Life & it is on its way soon!
Q: What if I need to make a change to my order?
A: All orders in the first batch are currently being processed. Should you need to change your quantity or cancel your order for any reason, you’ll have to just ship it back when it arrives (or you may just want to sell it or give it as a gift so you don’t have to pay the shipping).
Q: How will I know when my order ships?
A: You will receive a confirmation email when your order ships. Remember to check your junk/spam box in case the email goes there.
Q: More information on the digital Project Life please?
A: A digital version of Project Life has been in the works, as you likely already know. We’re so close to being able to show you the digital product and this should be ready in time for the New Year. In the meantime, this is what you should know: The way the digital product will work is that you will be able to sign in to your account whenever you want and add your photos & journaling to your project-in-process. It’s just like the physical product, except the digital template is already laid out for you.
Whenever your book is complete you can request that your book be printed & bound & shipped to you. For example, if you’re doing a picture-a-day concept for a calendar year and starting January 1st, your book would be complete on December 31, 2010. Or perhaps you are doing your baby’s first year and choose a handful or pictures per month. However you choose to use Project Life, it’s ready to print when you’re done adding your photos and journaling.
Just to clarify, the digital version of Project Life is not a digital “kit” where you download pieces & parts and put them together and print as you go. It’s more like an online book that you’d put together through Shutterfly or iPhoto. The design will be the same look & feel as the physical Project Life kit. The printed book size will be a horizontal format, 11″ wide and 8.5″ tall.
More information coming soon.
Q: I noticed there are arrow stickers in the kit. How are they supposed to be used?
A: Those simple, classic arrow stickers are meant to direct your eye from the journaling block to the photo that it goes with. See below for how I used them on a layout.
Q: Does this kit only work for horizontal pictures?
A: The page protectors in Project Life are designed for 4″ x 6″ horizontal pictures and 3″ x 4″ vertical journaling blocks (which are included in the kit). However, this kit is yours and however you choose to use it is entirely up to you! So if you wanted to put a couple vertical images on one 4″ x 6″ horizontal print, then go for it. If you want to print small vertical pictures to go in the 3″ x 4″ pockets, great! Research shows that most people take the majority (or all) of their pictures horizontally, so that’s why we made the page protectors the way we did.
Q: Will I be able to fit all of my Project Life pages in the one album, even with an entire year’s worth of pictures from every single day?
Q: One thing I’ve heard from other scrapbooking celebrities over the past several years is that scrapping your photos chronologically makes it more difficult to make connections and tell the stories behind the photos. What do you think about this? Will Project Life still get my stories told and show connections?
A: This is an excellent question. I can see why scrapbooking enthusiasts may have this concern. Here’s my personal philosophy: Think about your friends, neighbors and family members who would like to scrapbook but they’re not. Why aren’t they? Lack of time, scrapbooking is too expensive, lack of interest in trying to “figure it all out”?
Valid excuses. Very valid.
This is exactly why I love Project Life. This is the solution to help people actually DO something with their pictures. With Project Life, you simply print your pictures and jot down a note or two about the pictures. That’s it. No cutting & pasting & cropping & attaching brads & ribbon & measuring anything. None of that. Only the simplicity of slipping pictures into page protector pockets and writing short journaling blurbs on cards that are already designed & cut to size.
So back to your question. If Project Life is used for chronological purposes (that’s how I personally choose to use it), then that means that I’m actually doing something with my pictures. If I have good intentions to create lovely “connections” type of layouts in a traditional scrapbook … but I’m just not able to get to it because I’m so busy … well then, nothing is being done at all.
I choose to do something with my pictures.
Additionally, I want to remind and reassure anyone reading this that Project Life is what you make of it. It doesn’t have to be a chronological picture-a-day type of project. In fact, it can be all about connections! The title cards that you place in each layout are completely flexible for you to label however you want. As I have done this project in 2009, I have included several days’ worth of “connection” type of photos, so while my album is a chronological sequence of daily pictures, it’s a total mix of everything from events, mundane happenings, things sitting around the house, people that we love, and … well … even connections.
Q: Could you please show us some pages using Project Life? Please, I need some ideas!!!
A: You bet! Here are a few ways that one could use the Project Life kit to preserve & display photos:
1. Picture-a-day. I know this is something that many of you have done in 2009 and many of you aspire to do in 2010. Our family has been doing this. We’re only 9 days away from completing an entire year’s worth of memories in daily pictures and I am being completely honest with you … this has been the most fun, most liberating, most complete way of telling our family’s story. And we’re doing it again in 2010 with Project Life. Of course.
2. Month-at-time. If taking a picture every single day seems daunting or just plain impossible in your world, Project Life is still a solution for you. Simply choose a handful of your favorite pictures from the month, do a little journaling to explain those highlights, and you’re done “scrapbooking” for the month.
NOTE: You could even try taking daily pictures and when it gets too hectic and you fall behind, just do a monthly layout here & there so that you can keep going and keep preserving your photos. You can always get back on track with daily pictures when you’re ready. It’s all one, on-going story in the same scrapbook.
Isn’t that cool? Okay, moving on.
3. Event-based layouts. Let’s say you go on a trip for a couple days and you want the entire layout to be about that vacation. Or you have a birthday or wedding or some other event. Simple. You label your title card accordingly and do your pictures and journaling. Want to include more pictures? Then it goes on to the next layout and the next and however many layouts you want to do.
NOTE: Don’t forget to get your kids involved. The journaling on the Disneyland layout was written by 13-year-old Kayla and 8-year-old brother Cameron. Maybe you know a youngster that would enjoy doing Project Life all on their own!
4. Baby’s First Year. Expecting a baby soon? Have a friend who is expecting? I smell a great gift idea. Consider Project Life to hold baby’s photos & highlights & milestones & memories. In this example, it’s Avery’s 6th month (isn’t she gorgeous!?) so the layout highlights favorite photos and notes from just that month. And so it goes for every other month in baby’s first year.
Whew! Okay, that was a lot. But hopefully it answered a lot of your questions.