PDS031 – Like a Monkey on a Cupcake

As you can tell from the title of the show, this episode is about Project 365. ;-)

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  • Cmputrgrl

    FaithSisters.com introduced “Providence 365: One Year, My Journey, His Blessings” this year! In their words: “Providence 365 is the opportunity to journey through the year, growing in your individual faith walk, and discovering His blessings that surround you.’

    I have committed to this project! It is a first “year-long” project for me! I am excited about this unique project!

    Love listening to the podcasts! Thank you for doing it … thank you for the great discussions, ideas, suggestions, and links!

  • Char

    Hi there! I haven’t listened to this podcast yet, but love the show every week. I am wondering something though. I have been digi scrapping for about a year (was paper before that and still do a bit of paper here and there). My question comes to photos. When I was a paper scrapper I would just pick out the photos and print them as I took them, then I had a plethora of photos to use when I wanted to scrapbook. I kept a digital copy on my hard drive (and backups) of all my photos as well. Now when I am digital scrapbooking, I don’t know how to “mark” the photos I want to scrapbook. I am not a chronological scrapbooker, so I am scrapping photos all over the place. I was wondering if the panel (and others!) can share how they organize their photos aside from their “originals”, so they remember what photos they would like to scrap? I am on a PC too, if that makes a difference. Char

  • Great show! Like many others, I attempted P365 once… in fact, those were my first digital pages! Since I’m now hosting a year-long challenge at a site, I’ve been thinking a lot about the many different options. Really, though, the most important thing to remember is that whether you do it for one year or one week, it’s still a chance to document the little things in our life, authentically.

    And, for the record, I only made it two months. :P

  • Anonymous

    Great question! I remember Anna Aspnes talking about creating folders for photos she wanted to scrap in an earlier episode and I thought that was a great idea!

  • Anonymous

    I mentioned a few links during the show that I wanted to include here in the comments.

    The post on The Daily Digi with TONS of links to Project 365 resources + other alternatives http://thedailydigi.com/project-365-other-alternatives/

    The post on The Daily Digi about using the calendar as a journaling tool (and the reader tip about PSE in the comments section) http://thedailydigi.com/using-the-calendar-as-a-journaling-tool/

    My own Project 365 (from 2008) set on Flickr. The photos aren’t always exciting, but it might help to see how I completed the entire year and some of the photos I captured. http://www.flickr.com/photos/scrapbooklady/sets/72157603599877614/ My monthly mosaics are at the end of the set.

  • I know some people that just add a tag that says “Need to scrapbook,” and remove it once they’ve done it. When I used PSE, I had the option to “favorite” a photo, which would be another way to temporarily mark it until you have a chance to use it in a page.

  • I separate all of my photos by year. Then within that yearly project, I star
    my favorites that I think I might scrapbook. After that, I create an album
    (or folder) within that project for each quarter of the year. My starred
    photos go there. It’s great to be able to just look through the photos I

    As a note — my albums are a kind of smart album of sorts — the photos
    within them show up in both places — the yearly project AND the album

    Here’s an article that explains my process and a few different ways that you
    can do the same thing with whatever software/computer you have:


  • Artisteyes

    First off…love the show. I am using a 7 Gypsies library tray to document my year found here. http://store.scrapbooking-warehouse.com/450439.html. I was so inspired by the year in review podcast that I realized I wanted to get something going for 2011. Project 365 intimidates me as I’m not sure I could do a photo a day. The library tray allows me to print a few photos a week add some journaling add to the tray and keep going. I too use the Log Your Memory notebook – my first year for that and I’ll be ordering them from now on! Thank you for sharing your passions….

  • Amjohnson

    This was an awesome show this week. I am not a Digichick but listen anyways so this weeks show really kept my attention because it wasn’t all digi language. I will still listen even if you do talk digitalk.
    Anyways, I did Project 365 2 years ago and won’t do again until maybe 2019. It was like a love/hate relationship. Fun taking pictures and documenting but did not like the mundane of putting the project together. I guess too looking back at the photos and not very excited on what on took. The outcome is great but yeah not an every year project for me.
    For 2010 I stumbled upon Cathy Z Year in Review templates and like Katie I did that. Finished it last weekend and what an awesome project. Will continue to do this every year. I quit chronological scrapbooking several years ago and did more in the moment stuff thinking these pages someone might want some day. I am a kidless scrapper. When I put the year in review album together, which did fill a whole album I was very satified at the results and told myself “so what if I in 20 years I have 20 albums, at least they will have meaningful documentation” I have even included my Week in my Life pages in this album and which made it complete.
    I am very intrigued about the weekend project that Peppermint does and this might even spark me to start a blog, which I have been toying with for months now. It would give me something to write about but not necessarily need it in a scrapbook.
    Great show, keep up the work, love to hear it every week. ~Ann

  • Ina

    I loved listening to this podcast, I definitely could relate! I did Project 365 for the first year of my son’s life, and I LOVE going back to look at all his photos. Granted, I missed some of the days, but I would just substitute another photo I took in the same timeframe and not really worry about it. It was hard keeping up with it, especially while he was a newborn, but it was SO SO worth it. Now I just need to go back and complete the book! LOL. I only have the last few pages to go, so you’ve given me the jumpstart to go back and finish it!

  • Kathy28

    I love the idea of doing a P365 starting at a different time of the year. The beginning of the year is to over whelming to have to add another thing. Last year I did Layout A Day in October. I didn’t think I would finish but I did and now am trying to figure out how I am going to manage it in Feb when I’ll be traveling half the month. I think the most important thing is to do SOMETHING–If you sit around and think about it, you’ll never get anything done. My favorite saying right now is “You fail at 100% of the things you don’t try.” Try Something!

  • Sherrie M.

    Hi! I haven’t finished listening to this episode yet but thought I’d just chime in totally off the topic of scrapbooking and say that grocery shopping online is HUGE here in the northern NJ & NY area. We have about three different companies competing for our grocery $$ by offering online & delivery services. Its been a lifesaver when my three girls were young and it was impossible to go to the store with them as well as when we return home from vacation and having the necessary groceries delivered within hours of our arrival. Hopefully you’ll get to enjoy this amazing experience someday! Off to listen to the rest of the show now…… :)

  • JoRoFan

    Loved the episode!! I’ve wanted to try project 365 for a while now. A few weeks ago on the Roundtable, Stacy Julian mentioned shuttercal.com as her pick of the week. I started on January 1st and LOVE IT! I even got my Aunt and a few friends who are not generally scrapbookers to do it too. Every night we look forward to checking out each other’s pics. It’s a great way to stay motivated!


  • Anonymous

    Thought I would post the FAQs about the amazon mom program. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000535321 It looks like any parent can get the free 3 month trial period. To continue on the free prime membership, you do need to make a purchase from the baby store on amazon. I’m happy I tried it out because even if I can’t continue on with the amazon mom free prime membership, it got me to try prime and now I’m hooked!

  • Peg in CO

    Here’s one more. It’s called Project 12 on Scrapbook and Cards Today Blog. They provide a Becky Fleck sketch each month to document a month of the year. She keeps the sketch tied together across the year to give some cohesiveness and they offer a gallery and I believe at least some prizes for those that get it done in a timely manner. Here’s the link: http://scrapbookandcardstodaymag.typepad.com/scrapbook_cards_today_blo/project-12.html

  • StudioWendy

    I’m on a Mac, and that allows us to color-code files, so what I do is mark photos I want to scrap with one color and photos I have scrapped with another color. I also sort my photos by date, with each event in it’s own folder. So, when I’m done scrapping an event, I also color code that folder as done. I don’t know if the PC offers such a feature, but for Mac users, it’s a great way to keep track. If I’m working on a large project, I will actually create a folder for each page, copy only the images I need into those folders, then mark the originals as done. That might be another option for you.

  • A comment about 12 of 12. The blog has now moved over to Facebook. We would love to have some new folks to jazz things up a bit. You can find the FB page here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=246184797265. I’ve recently finished my 2010 12 of 12 album as well as a Year in Review Album for 2010. What a great sense of accomplishment!

  • capriMOM

    I’ve officially stated my intent to the world that I’m doing P365/52 this year. It can be overwhelming but I don’t feel the same pressure I felt the first time I attempted it (I only got one month done that year). Taking a photo every day is an attempt to get my camera out of hibernation. If I take photos 250 days out of the year, I consider my P365 successful because mainly I just wanted to take more photos. My P52 (a layout a week compiling photos taken throughout the week) is an attempt to create a year in review album. If I skip a week or two, I’m fine with that. I’m basically aiming for 80% completion which is completely horrifying to the perfectionist in me but if I were to follow my perfectionist tendencies, I’d have already given up because I’ve missed quite a few days of taking photos and I still haven’t created a weekly layout yet.

    As always great show and thanks for the love of my screen name LOL!

  • I tried a P365, and like Steph, fizzled out in the first couple of weeks of January. However, I do want to document my year. So, I decided to take the pressure off and document my year using Biograffiti’s [URL=http://www.oscraps.com/shop/product.php?productid=25994&cat=366&page=2]My Life and Story[/URL] templates. Basically, it’s a set of 2 page photo grids (plus add-ons) for each month of the year. It’s freeing not to have to stress about getting a photo every single days and lets me drop in all my favourites from the month, even if 9 of them were from one birthday party, for example. Also, I can have multiple pages for one month (August is usually my busiest photo month) and only one page for another month (February is my photo-blah month). The templates also includes space for journalling, which is a must for me. I’m doing it in true photobook style — no embellishments, no shadowing. Just photos and journalling. This “project” has so few rules that I think I can keep it up!

  • Laurel

    I loved this episode. I did 365 in 2009. It was a huge year for us – a move across the country, a new job, a new baby. There was a month early on that I have a 2-page layout for instead of 4 pages, but I still say I completed 365. Just do as much as you can. You’ll never regret what you did, and you won’t worry about the stuff you didn’t! Don’t stress it! I’m on board again this year. Already, looking back over the pictures I’ve taken in January, there are the little stories about my toddler that I would have forgetten because I wouldn’t have done a layout about it. Just do a little here and a little there, and you’ll have something you (are your kids/friends) will treasure. Life is in the details :) Love the show! Keep up the great work.

  • Somehow Amazon knew I was a mom and sent me an email with a free trial. Luckily, my one year old still needs stuff from the baby store on Amazon, and so I’ve been able to get a whole year of free shipping. I’ve been ordering her baby food from there just to extend my free trial! I’m hooked though, so once that year is up I’ll definitely be renewing!

  • Anonymous

    Hi – I was wondering if you were going to print your photos out? And if so, what would you do with them? I tried it out for a few weeks this summer – yes it is fun. I like the idea of this to share online, but I have yet to print mine, mainly because the journaling is on the back. I’ve maybe considered using the Kolo Catalina 2 up binder, and taking out the paper insert, so you can read both sides of the photo. Anyways – much luck & fun in adding to this. (p.s. check out Katie’s Daily Digi Post about 365 ideas below.)

  • JoRoFan

    I want to print everything at the end of the year. Unless I think of something better before then, I’ve been saving the pictures as an iphoto album and will likely print them in a book. If I can find a template that lets me transfer the journaling with the photos even better! My journaling is only a sentence or two so i won’t need much room. I won’t mind if I have to retype it. I’m not sure what service I’ll use yet, but right now that’s my only idea.

  • Jana_NJ

    I’m here again to say : yes I’m one of the ladies that UPS come to deliver, toilet paper, cereal and diapers, and you know what? I don’t care because what I care is to save money and buy as less as I can from the actual grocery store, believe me if you had a 22 months old that doesn’t enjoy the trip you would do the same. Than more money we save more scrap supplies we can buy, right?
    and to have prime you can buy anything not just diapers and food, you can buy eletronics, books and every $25 you spend your prime is renewed, but if you also subscribe to food you have extra discount.

    Changing directions, I’m going to buy a new camera soon, and that maybe will make me not forget to take pictures more often I know I can’t do 365 but week in a life is in my plans.
    Thanks for the great show again

  • I did project 365 in 2009- and I’m still scrapping it! lol

    Actually I’ve now sort of combined it into a year in review book. I wrote a bit more about what I did with my ‘failed’ P365 :) http://blog.mshanhun.com/2010/11/project-365-fail.html

  • Sarah*Jane

    Hiya PDS, I found this discussion really interesting as I started Project 365 for the first time this year. I’m pleased that I haven’t forgotten a day yet, but haven’t got very far with doing anything with them yet in terms of uploading etc. I like the idea of a week/month collage though :)

    I’m surprized about what you were saying about ordering groceries online, but I guess the demand would vary from place to place. Here in the UK it’s popular, my mum does a big shop online from one of the supermarkets about once every 2 weeks or so with all the heavy, bulky stuff . It’s so much easier than walking or going by bus as we eat more food than she can carry (she can’t drive), and, if she’s ordering from tesco, I add items to the shop using the tesco app on my iPod touch.

    If you don’t fancy spending money on an intervalometer, and have a supported canon camera , you can download use software called CHDK (http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK) which you run from the sd card in your camera and then use an intervalometer script. CHDK unlocks so many extra features and gives you more control, such as RAW, exposure bracketing, focus bracketing, and can give extra control in video mode too.

  • StudioWendy

    I just stumbled across another yearly challenge…

    The Shabby Princess is hosting Project Scrap Twenty-Eleven with some fun free templates, with the goal of a completed album at the end of the year.

  • Anonymous

    You really should check out Blurb – I love it. It’s so much better than the photo album software online. You can create your own templates or alter theirs. For a P365 book, which will have a lot of pages, I think that Blurb is the best deal out there – it also works with Iphoto. Check out this post at Paislee Press : http://paisleepress.blogspot.com/2010/04/blueprints-project-365-albums.html

  • I personally use a Mac and star my favorite photos to scrap in iPhoto.

    However, I use Picasa desktop to index my scrap supplies which seems to work well. You could use Picasa to index your photo folders then tag them to indicate which ones you want to scrap.

  • If you have a student email (.edu) you can get prime free for a year: http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info
    Unfortunately, the free prime accounts aren’t eligible for Amazon’s new movie streaming service.

  • Jen

    Thanks for the ANDROID pick, hehe :)

  • Ronniecrowley

    Spent 7 hours in the car for the past two days and have been listening to some of the shows for a second time and this is one of them. I wanted to add a comment on helping with 365 projects. A while back someone I think Izzy recommended the app Momento on the iphone. Its a great way of collecting this stuff on a daily basis without much effort. If you link your twitter, facebook, flickr and Instagram feed to it then however you share on a particular day will be recorded in one place. You can export a file which includes the photos and feed data. I hadn’t really given much thought to it until the last couple of weeks when on vacation and I have been using it to keep a vacation diary. The app automatically collects anything I post elsewhere but I have been adding more details along the way. This means I have my journalling all ready to add to my layouts when done. I took pictures using my phone and added them to instagram to help record details as well. Most of these won’t make it on to layouts as my Hubbie is the photographer round here but they helped me keep track of where we went and I will be able to match them up with the ‘real’ photos.
    While on vacation I realised though what a treasure this app was as I looked back at what it had collected with no effort on my behalf. I can look at March and see what I posted on facebook and my pictures are tagged to the specific day. So easy and when I listened today I realised that I have my own journal – there isn’t a picture everyday but there aren’t many days when I don’t post something to facebook or twitter! Now I need to consider how best to use this to create something.