Organizing and Printing Photos for Project Life

How do you keep up with Project Life?

This is the Project Life question I get asked most frequently. The truth is that I sometimes I do fall behind,  but having an efficient process and being organized makes keeping up and working on a week-to-week basis a lot easier. Today I’m sharing part of that process with you. I’ll go step-by-step and explain how I organize my photos so that I print them for Project Life.

Taking Photos

About 99% of my Project Life photos are taken with my iPhone. I strive to take at least 5 photos a day (this way I end up with at least 2 or 3).  Most (but not all) of them are run through the instagram app. All of my photos are then stored on the iPhone’s Camera Roll until I move them to my computer.

Moving Photos from the iPhone to the Computer

There are several great ways to move photos from the iPhone to the computer, but this is the way that works best for me. I use the CameraSync app ($2.99 in the app store) to wirelessly transfer all my photos from the iPhone’s camera roll to a Dropbox folder on my computer. It did take me a couple of minutes to set up both CameraSync & Dropbox, but it’s totally worth the time. After the initial set-up, I just open the CameraSync app on my phone and it does the rest. My photos are then uploaded directly to my Dropbox folder where I can access them on my computer.

Choosing & Editing Photos

I’ve found that choosing which photos I want to print takes up the biggest portion of my time and this is where I usually find myself falling behind. Luckily I was able to make one big change which greatly helped increase my efficiency. I print every photo that I edit/upload. And I decide what sizes I’m printing before I edit/upload. For Project Life, I only print 3×3 or 3×4 polaroid pictures. The time I save allows me to keep up with Project Life and have professionally printed photographs — two must haves.

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I edit all of my photographs in Adobe LightRoom. I think it is the absolute best program for editing and organizing photos, especially on a large-scale basis. I import my photographs from my Dropbox folder into Lightroom. I pick out and edit any photos that I want to use in my upcoming project life spread. Once I’m happy with the edits I export copies of those photos to a brand new folder called ‘Upload to Persnickety’ with today’s date.

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Uploading Photos

Once I’m ready to print my photos, I upload all the pictures in the ‘Upload to Persnickety’ folder to the Persnickety Prints website. Creating copies of the photos and placing them all in one easily accessible folder is another way I’ve made my process more efficient.

I log onto PersnicketyPrints.com and I upload every photo from the ‘Upload to Persnickety’ folder on my hard drive to the website.

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Choosing Sizes and Printing Photos

I only print Project Life photos in 3×3 and 3×4 polaroid. The time I save by doing this lets me keep up with this massive project. It saves me time both when ordering photos, but also when putting those photos into Project Life spreads. Sometimes the less choice we have, the easier it is to make a decision.

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When I get my box of photos, I delete the ‘Upload to Persnickety’ folder off my hard drive. Because I created copies and the original photo files are still on the hard drive, I can delete this folder and keep myself organized for the next time I need to upload and print photos.

Extra Thoughts

  • I print out my Project Life photos every two weeks.
  • I like the soft art paper the most because I journal directly on the photos.
  • I like to have anywhere between 10 and 20 photos printed for the week.

Do you have a question about my photo printing process? leave a question below and I’ll make sure to get back to you as soon as I can!

Remember to catch up with me each week on my personal blog: rukristin.blogspot.com or by checking in on instagram, facebook, or twitter

April 18, 2013
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