Project Life is a fabulous simple system to get photos scrapbooked and stories told, whether you are a paper or digital scrapbooker. The new collections coming out (baby and childhood) in addition to the new core kits make it easy to create beautifully coordinated pages with minimal effort. That being said, I think going the digital route has some distinct advantages.
The Advantages of Digital Project Life
1. Templates are the best thing that ever happened to digital scrapbooking, and there are so many Project Life digital templates to choose from. No more spending hours designing the perfect layout. Simply find a layout you like, add your photos, some journalling, and embellishments if that’s your thing, and you’re done! For 2012 (and again in 2013) I am using a one color per month design, which means that each week I “Save As” on my current layout, then swap out the pictures, a few accent cards, add some journalling and I’m done.
2. Digital supplies can be used again and again. I used one $3.00 paper pack for my entire 2012 album. How much would 104+ pieces of cardstock cost? I also used this $4.50 set of digital stamps by Ali Edwards every single week. The savings can really add up.
3. Digital layouts are so easy to share. When they are sized for the web, they can be posted on Facebook, your blog, or emailed with the click of a mouse. You don’t need to worry about getting the perfectly focused, glare-free photo of your finished layout. (I also keep them on my iPhone.)
4. It is SO easy to make copies. This is probably my favorite reason for digital scrapbooking, especially since starting Project Life. Each year I create an 8×8 photo book of my Project Life album for each grandparent in our family, along with copies for my girls (which they will receive when they are adults). I had been ordering my books from Snap My Life Creations (formerly Inkubook) but they went out of business at the beginning of the year, hence the giant stack of photo books pictured above. I had to order them while I still could! I would love some photo book company recommendations for next year.
5. Two words: Spell check.
There you have it, my two cents. Before you take the digital leap, keep in mind that you do need to figure in the cost of printing your layouts and the initial purchase of photo editing software.
TIP #1: I buy print credits from Persnickety Prints when they have their semi-annual sales to help reduce my printing costs. I also wait to order my layouts until I have a substantial number to print to reduce my shipping costs.
TIP #2: Some digital scrapbookers resize their 12×12 layouts to 8×8 before printing to reduce the printing cost.