I am a self confessed photo-a-holic – and until I started using Project Life – all of those photos lived on my iPad or iPhone destined to stay in the memory forever. I would pull off a few photos here or there to demonstrate my photo skills, but sadly many were relegated to be taken and never seen again! Enter, Project Life by Becky Higgins the app that brought my photos to life! I have two kids and love to take photos of them as they change and grow, as many moms do. Unfortunately, even with my best intentions they would get stuck on my iPhone or iPad never to be seen again. Several months ago a friend of mine, who is a big scrapbook lover told me I HAD TO TRY THIS APP! I downloaded this digital scrapbooking app and within a week – I was hooked. My family and friends love all of the photos I am sharing and best of all – I don’t need to worry about the backlog of photos at the end of the year when I’m trying to do my photo book. My current year photo book is almost done! I don’t have to worry about pulling out lots of scrapbook supplies that I will need to put away when I am done – instead I can focus on my photos and trying to make them look nice to share with family and friends. We even have done school homework using Project Life – my son had to do a study of the wind as part of his science homework – we took a bunch of photos, scrapped them into the app and within 10 minutes of completing the photos had the story told and ready to share with his teacher!
First you pick a layout in the app – you can either do a collage or a scrapbook page. The collage pages are either 4×6 or 6×8. From there, you add in and position your photos with the pinch and zoom method and then you can fill in the empty boxes using the added digital scrapbook packs. It’s really easy and quick to do a page, and you can “tell the story” in a moment with your photos instead of leaving them to tell the story. Photo pages can be exported in 8×8 or 12×12 which are perfect for Shutterfly or other photo books. The collages can be exported and inserted into your pages as well. The app includes a few pre-designed templates (more can be purchased) as well as designer cards which you can insert into the collages. It’s easy and fast to import your photos which you can easily move around within the app if you don’t like the placement and the pages in progress can be saved if you can’t finish them at that moment in time. Pages can be shared via social media like Facebook, Twitter, email and text as well as saved to the camera roll on your device for use in other apps.
My pictures are now free! Now, I take photos and can scrap them on the go while waiting in a car line, if I have a few minutes of downtime and I share them with my family more regularly. I love how easy it is to make pages and put them into my photo book which will eliminate the end of the year scramble for me. I also find that I’m sharing my photos more regularly with others rather than letting them sit on my iPhone never to be seen again. I like to use Project Life in conjunction with Tinybeans which allows you to easily upload photos on a day by day basis to share with family and friends.
In terms of improvements, I wish that there was either a subscription based model to purchase the “kits” or a “bulk” purchase method. When I first downloaded the app, I downloaded several kits as well as formats and spent about $15 in in-app purchases, for me because I use the app frequently it was worth it. I’d love to see a “premium” version of the app that includes all of the kits and is updated regularly. I also wish there was an easier way to sync finished pages across devices, you can use Dropbox, but I’d love to see iCloud included in a future update.
This is my “go to” digital scrapbooking app. I love how easily I can take photos and convert them from a “stuck on my iPhone” to sharing them with family and friends at a moment in time. It’s easy to use and makes much less mess than traditional scrapbooking and the best part is that my pictures are now able to be seen by everyone rather than just hidden on my iPhone or camera! Win – Win! There are in-app purchases and no parental gate since this is an app designed for parents – as always I encourage you to switch off in-app purchases in your device via the settings.
by Becky Higgins LLC
Price: $2.99 USD
Imagine scrapbooking without scissors or adhesive or tools … or without having to print photos! Never before has scrapbooking been so easy, so fast, or so available in the palm of your hand! The Project.