Summer Series: Project Life

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While my first year went by faster than I wanted, I was lucky enough to take hundreds of pictures to help me remember all the little things. Originally, I planned to make a simple scrapbook, but when I went to Michaels I discovered Project Life! What makes it different from traditional scrapbooking is that rather than having to fill up and plan an entire page filled with paper, pictures, and embellishments, Project Life lets you select a cute binder filled with clear plastic pockets that perfectly fit a standard 4 by 6 picture. Along with the pockets you also purchase a card set that fits in the pockets and adds a personal touch to your book where you can add quotes and journal entries.

I liked the freedom of the Project Life system because you can add however many pages you want and the variety of plastic pocket designs can make for some really stunning designs. Long story short, after many trips to Michaels I finally decided to commit and bought all of my supplies! Check out Project Life here and also look it up on Pinterest for TONS of cute ideas.

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I got all of my photos printed out with the app Print Studio! It takes the photos straight out of your phone’s album and allows you to select the print size and quantity. I ordered 2 x 2 and 2 x 3 prints that come on high quality paper with a classy white border. Shipping was fast and the company really cares for their customers! Check out Social Print Studio!

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I used tape strips to attach everything. The background paper is either scrapbook paper or the Project Life pre cut cards. My plan for this book is to use lots of bright colors and gold ! So far, I have been really enjoying the process and my plan is to hopefully make one of these every summer to commemorate each year of college! Below is one completed spread and I am so excited with how it turned out.

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Would you guys like to see more Project Life? Leave a comment below and stay tuned for more Summer Series posts!

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

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Organization Diaries Part 2: Keeping a Planner

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I started keeping a planner back in elementary school, and since then it has stuck with me as a way to stay organized on both the busiest and the slowest days. I attribute much of my success to my planners, which have allowed me to stay on top of events, tests, meetings, and the endless flow of homework assignments.

Since I am starting college this school year, I decided to fish around the internet and look for something that I could personalize and make my own. I hit gold when I found http://www.mochithings.com, a website filled with all the planners and stationary you could ever want. After browsing through the Schedulers tab, I finally settled on ordering the Orange Seize the Day Daily Planner since it allowed me to keep both a monthly view and a daily view so that I could easily keep track of both long and short term activities.

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I have transformed the opening page into a colorful dashboard to display my class schedule, as well as a really pretty monogram I made. With a mini envelope and some wash tape I made a small pocket that is placed over the original clear plastic pocket, which will be great for small papers when I finally start school!

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The monthly pages are basically gridded blank calendars that you fill in with the all the dates and months. This is a little tedious to fill in, but I have found it to be pretty theraputic and it also allows you to start and restart planning without stress over wasting months, etc.

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Having the liberty to decorate each page has been a really fun experience so far as I have started to love washi tape and sort of have a collection now…woops! Since I have yet to start school, I have not yet used the daily pages, but as soon as I have I will be sure to update you guys and maybe either do a few decorating tutorials or review the planner as whole!

Do you use a planner?