This is a guest post from Tiffany Perry, owner of Owl Tree Studio, one of this week’s sponsors of Simple Scrapper.
It’s January, so along with lots of talk about resolutions comes chatter and excitement about Project 365. Today, let’s discuss a few ways to keep your sanity with this rewarding project AND give away an awesome quick book so you can create your book with minimal stress.
1. Don’t stress out!
A Project 365 should be all about capturing your year in photos so you can look back on it later. It should be fun, not a cause of stress. It’s almost guaranteed that you’re going to miss a few days – that’s okay! Fill in the missing days with photos of your daily life or include a few extra photos from a special event to fill in the gap.
2. Include photos of objects and places in addition to people
If you chase your family and friends around with a camera every day, you’re going to alienate (at least) a few people. At least, this was my experience in 2010 when my fiance hid my camera for a few months because he was completely over having his photo taken on an almost daily basis and felt like that was the only way to get relief from my paparazzi-like stalking. In hindsight, I really can’t blame him.
When you’re planning your photo of the day, keep in mind that it is 100% okay to take photos of your surroundings, the food you’re eating, the activities you are completing, your hobbies or your environment. You’ll document the tiny details of your life and your loved ones will thank you for their break from the lens.
3. Get a system
Aside from remembering to take your daily photo, having a simple system is the most important aspect of finishing your Project 365. Veteran Project 365-ers Joey Lynn Designs and Wild Blueberry Ink both discovered this when they were completing their own projects and have created an awesome quick book for you to use in order to complete your project with minimal fuss.
This Project 365 quick book is the ultimate solution for your project layout needs. You can use it straight out of the packaging or you can invest a little extra time to make it your own with different papers and elements. Here’s what the package includes:
- 52 weekly psd templates
- front and back cover sized for printing
- title page
- 11 hi-lite pages for times where more than one photo is needed to tell the story
- six 365 stickers that are also psd files so you can customize them!
- Over 100 photo ideas and journaling prompts for days when you are stumped
With this book, the paper and dates are already done for you. All you will have to do is add your photos or journaling for a completed book. All of the templates are in .PSD format, so you can also change out the papers, add elements, resize photos or rearrange your pages to fit your needs.
We’re very excited to be giving away a copy of this book to a lucky Simply Scrapper reader. Just leave a comment below letting us know why you participate in Project 365 by noon on Sunday, January 9th.
Tiffany Perry runs Owl Tree Studio, a digital scrapbook community focused on providing high quality, creative digital graphics for scrapbooking and hybrid crafts. Their flagship product, the Owl Tree Studio Hoot Club, offers a fresh variety of new digital goodies each month for one low price and their full store is home to new releases weekly.