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Project Life 2013 Catch-Up: Birthday Parties All Around!

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Ahh, now that our home remodel project is finally over and I have a brand-new craft studio, I got back to finishing up my 2013 Project Life album, and have started thinking about what to do for 2014.

The last spread I completed was back in October, so I was a bit out of practice. Since I have been working on client projects here at The Papercraft Lab and slowly working through my own photo backlog, I'm still in the groove with respect to sorting and editing photos in Adobe Lightroom so that part was a breeze.  Since it was the second half of September, it included several birthday celebrations for my older daughter and the joint party for both of our girls, so I had plenty of photos from which to choose.

But when it came to printing them out, I was fumbling around trying to get it right. I forgot that I usually choose the page protector style first so I know how many photos I need and what orientation. Then I couldn't find the previous page I had completed, to use the back of that page as the first half of my layout. After a bit of confusion, I finally sat down in my new craft space and printed out my photos. 

I printed a few too many, and realized I had already included one in the previous layout. I'm a long-winded journaler, so I ended up taking out one of the "just cute" photos of BabyM in favor of a card documenting the highlights of September. 

After all that, I just wanted to get this spread finished, so I didn't spend a ton of time on pulling the perfect items from my whole crafty stash.  I stuck with a couple of Pebbles journaling card pads (so last year, I know, but then again, so is this layout!), some adorable 3D crystal hearts, and a few die-cuts from the bowl that lives on my desk.  I was also excited to use one of the clear Project Life 4x6 photo overlays I ordered from HSN (left side, bottom right photo).

I've also found it helpful to collect bits and pieces to include in Project Life in a file folder so when I sit down to work, the ticket stubs, little pieces of art from my 4yo, and other miscellany are handy. I try to date everything when I put it in, but if I don't, it's not a big deal. I don't think the Scrapbook Police are going to arrest me for including a picture T drew in October in my September layout!

I find myself lamenting that I'm "so far behind" but I know I'm going to finish, I'm excited to do it, and I want to enjoy the process.  So here I am, slowly posting the results! I'm planning to alternate 2014 layouts with 2013 ones, just like I did in 2012 when I got really far behind after we spent a month in Ireland. I got "caught up" then, and I'll do it again.

Here are all of my Project Life 2013 pages:

I'd love to know any tips or tricks you could share on "catching up" with your photos and albums!

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