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This year I’m using weekly spreads in my Project Life albums with breaks between each month for extra pages. Today I’m sharing the last two weeks of March.

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Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

March 16-22

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: A tea date with my friend Megan 2, saying goodbye to Megan and Ryan (they live out of town), kicking off Spring Break, taking a walk with Jonas, and a playdate that had five kids at my house. The older three started having deep philosophical conversations and then got out a stack of books to share ideas and debate, so I had to document my eavesdropping and amazement.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Layer a 4×6 filler card and 3×4 journaling card to create a title card. This is a great way to use a card that doesn’t fit with your pocket orientations.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: I love using Timer Cam to get myself into the picture, but sometimes hearing that count down beep can keep you from acting natural. I turn the sound on my phone off before starting the timer, so I can get back to whatever I was doing and get a more realistic picture. (And yep, people give me funny looks when I do this sort of thing in a tea shop. That’s fine.)

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Make sure to get full body shots of family members and/or yourself–you’re documenting clothing too, which will change with changing tastes, growing people, and changing popular styles. (I have a feeling this Dalek hat is going to be on Jonas’s head every time we go outside for the foreseeable future.)

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use stickers to cover up parts of cards that aren’t working for you. I included a 3×4 picture on this 4×6 card and the photo cut off part of the second word on the card (“enjoy today”). So I put a sticker over the cut-off word and you wouldn’t even know that it wasn’t part of the design plan all along.

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Going on here: Saint Patrick’s Day insert! Parade with friends and family and then a big Anderson family party.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Have strangers in your shot? Cover them up with stickers. I know that was sort of my last tip, but I used it in two different ways, so it totally counts.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: on the back of the insert, I have visiting my great-grandpa on his 86th birthday, doing yard work, and a picture of my friend Paul at the radio station where he works.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Taking photos of people taking photos can capture a sweet moment.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Let kids take photos! Jonas took this photo of me and his finger is partially blocking the shot, but it’s awesome to spark his interest early and neat to include photos from his perspective.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Dyeing onsies (one of my 52 Projects for this year), Jake’s and my 10th dating anniversary dates, working on growing some starter plants, seeing our friend Jesse’s band The Sexy Accident play locally.

(Speaking of The Sexy Accident, they are releasing their next album as a book with lyrics, paintings, illustrations, interviews, and commentary and a download for the music. I think this is an amazing project and I’m really excited about it. I’m going to share more later, but check it out for yourself now! So cool!)

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Let your photos choose your color scheme for you: the products I chose were based around the colors in the photo of the onsies I dyed.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Slip memorabilia right into a pocket with a photo. All sorts of real-world stuff can become embellishments, like these plastic sword toothpicks that Jake and I had a lot of fun with.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use a Facebook or social media ad or announcement as digital memorabilia for an event.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Don’t be scared to use green and red together. As long as it’s not GREEN green and RED red together, it won’t look Christmasy. They’re complimentary! They belong together! Give them a chance!

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

March 23-28

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

My spreads typically run from Sunday to Saturday, but Saturday was a big day and I decided to give it its own spread. They’re not really rules: they’re guidelines. (And now the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song is stuck in my head.)

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Chillin’ with baby Ava, a before and after of Jonas’s haircut, Eliza getting into Shel Silverstein poems, and planting seeds in eggs.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Add a label to the patterned section of a journaling card to visually distinguish two separate journaling spaces.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Jonas passed out between Paul and I watching TV, me squished between my baby nieces Ava and Avery, a visit from Poppy (my grandpa), Jonas asleep in the car at Eliza’s soccer practice, Jonas cooking as Batman and climbing on our swing set, and a visit to get to have a cousin hang out.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

Tip: I use 4×6 spaces for journaling often, and I run out of 4×6 journaling cards much faster than 3×4 journaling cards. To make up for the difference in my kits, I cut down regular patterned paper to 4×6 to add to my card stash any time I have scraps that are lightly patterned enough for my writing to show up.

Project Life with tons of tips | The Nerd Nest

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Project Life Lessons begins today. Don’t miss it!

Project Life Lessons

For more Project Life tips, check out Project Life Lessons at Big Picture Classes. I’m teaching with two of my favorite Project Lifers, Elise Blaha Cripe and Annette Haring, all about our tried-and-true tips in the areas of photo management, storytelling, organization, assembly, and more! The class starts April 17, but a plethora of bonus materials–including videos, photos, worksheets, a quiz, printables, and a manifesto–already awaits you in the pre-classroom. If you have any questions about the class, I’d be happy to answer them! For you Project Life Lessons veterans: the content is the same, except for a video from each of us updating you on our process for 2014 and refreshed message boards and chats.