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My process :: using the Project Life app to create a Shutterfly book

May 20, 2015

Hello again! Whether you have been following for years or this is your first time, I just want to welcome you to my blog. This poor blog has been neglected (you can read why in a previous post), but I’m hoping to breathe a little life into it with this post and more to come in the future.

The Goal
I wanted to create an 8×8 book featuring my favorite photos from our disney trip and using the Simple Stories Say Cheese digital kit. After creating the pages using the Project Life app and Photoshop I wanted to upload them to Shutterfly so I could redeem a coupon for a free 8×8 book.

The Process
Step 1: Upload my photos and the Say Cheese digital kit to my DropBox account. The Project Life app doesn’t recognize non-Project Life kits as such, so you need to treat them like photos.

Step 2: Start creating pages with the project life app. There were a few pages that I wanted to merge a few photo spots to make one larger one, since there isn’t a way to do that in the app I either filled all spots with the same photo or left them blank with the intent to make this edit using Photoshop. I didn’t realize the app would let me export a “completed” page with blank photo spots, but it does, it just asks you to confirm that you are sure about doing it.

Step 3: Once all pages were as complete as I could get them in the PL app, I exported each of them at 12×12 and emailed them to myself. I exported them at 12×12 even though I was going to create an 8×8 book, because I wanted to start out with as much resolution as possible.

Step 4: I made a list of what needed to be done to all of the files (resizing and border adjustment) and another list with what needed be done to each file (moving photos, adding borders and journaling). I really like lists, they help me see what I have done and what is left to do.

Step 5: I opened each file up in Photoshop and performed the following adjustments to each one

A. Open 12×12 original from Project Life app in Photoshop
B. Resize image to 8×8 (making sure “resampling” is not checked, I want to keep all the file’s resolution)
C. Increase Canvas Size to 8.5 x 8.5 (I like a wider white border are the parameter and it keeps the art from falling into the gutter of the book)
D. Save an 8×8 psd file

Step 6: This is the most time consuming part in the Photoshop process. At this point, I made any visual adjustments that I wanted, like adding a border, moving/enlarging a photo and adding journaling to my layouts.

Step 7: Once my page was to my liking, I saved a high resolution jpg that I uploaded to my Shutterfly account.

Step 8: Shutterfly has a ton of templated books to choose from, I picked a portfolio option because I wanted a simple photo collage for the cover of my book. For each page layout, I choose the 1 photo layout that took up the entire page and dropped my 8×8 photo in place. This was the quickest part, in a matter of moments my book was ready to order.

Here are a few Before and After pages with a couple details you may find helpful.

SBS_PAGE01On this page, I overlayed a full image in place of the 3 shown in the upper left corner. The day after I did this, the PL app update included this layout. I also added my journaling and a fun embellishment.

SBS_PAGE02On this page, I swapped position of the Dreams card and the 2 vertical photos to give the page a better sense of balance. I also shifted the entire photo collage over to the right and added the red border. The “Big Cheese” card is from the Say Cheese kit that I dropped my photo into and saved in my DropBox account to use in the PL app. I did have to create my own clipping mask for the photo, the card did not come that way.

SBS_PAGE05All I wanted to do with this page was merge some photo spots together, by doing a larger image overlay and add the horizontal border. I cold have just left the spots blank, but didn’t realize at the time.

SBS_PAGE06By this page, I had learned that the app would export your file without all photo spots being filled. I just added the border and my journaling to this page.

SBS_PAGE12On this page, I just shifted the photo collage to the left to make space for the half page border and journaling.

The End Result
Below are my completed pages that I used to create my shutterfly book.


SBS_SPREAD2 SBS_SPREAD3 SBS_SPREAD4 SBS_SPREAD5 SBS_SPREAD6 SBS_SPREAD7 SBS_SPREAD8 SBS_SPREAD9 SBS_SPREAD10 SBS_SPREAD11I hope you’ve found this helpful. I also just wanted to mention that this is not a sponsored post. Please don’t hesitate to leave questions in the comments.

Have a great day!

Jessica Sig SM


Project Life | Fall Family Photos

April 11, 2014

Welcome back! These photos were taken back in November last year. Anytime we have family photos taken, I like to dedicate an entire spread just for them, but this time there were no portrait photos to go into the 3×4 areas. So I did the usual “story of the day” card, the quote card and then I created some fun filler cards using a variety of Ali Edwards Brushes.




IMG_0430Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Jessica Sig SM


Project Life | January 2014

April 7, 2014

Hello again, thanks so much for stopping back by! I want to start sharing my Project Life spreads here on the blog. I have gotten so much inspiration from fellow Project Lifers out there and I’m hoping to help others feel inspired. I am still trying to figure out how to best photograph my spreads with natural light, no glare and rich color. Please bare with me thru this process.

My Project Life process is very different than the average person’s. I do everything (and I mean everything) digitally using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, then I order my prints and insert them into the Becky Higgins Project Life pocket pages. I’ll create a separate post that goes into greater detail as to what my process actually is.

As you all know, staying up-to-date is almost impossible – I try to keep up with the current months while I work my way through the previous months that have not been completed yet. I let my photos and journaling dictate how many spreads each month or event needs to tell the story. Generally our monthly everyday life has been using 2 spreads with the addition of any special events or holidays that happen during the month. It works for me!

Here is my first spread for January 2014…



And here is my second spread for January 2014…




Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great day!

Jessica Sig SM

Quiet Felt Book

March 27, 2014

Welcome back! I have a project I made for my daughter over this last summer I’d like to share. We had a plane trip coming up and she was going to be a lap baby, so I wanted something brand new, something quiet and something that hopefully would keep her very interested. I had been gathering lots of great ideas for quiet books on Pinterest and decided it was time to make one. At this time, sewing was still very new to me, having only taken my first real sewing class a few months prior to the creation of this book.

I had no cutting instructions of measurements to follow, just visual ideas. From that, I spent about 6 hours total creating what you see below. I did it in 3 parts: Part 1, I planed what I wanted on each page, what colors and how it was going to bind. Part 2, I cut, glued and assembled each page. Part 3, I sewed it all together. Honestly I winged the hole project, at one point my mom asked if I knew what I was doing and my honest answer was “not really”.

IMG_0402ADJI used my Big Shot to cut the heart and hand sewed it to the front after the entire book was assembled.

IMG_0399ADJMy daughter loves buckles, clipping and unclipping will keep her busy for a while. I found a buckle company online that allowed single item orders and ordered a few.

IMG_0398ADJThis was an idea I found on Pinterest, super simple and very fun.

IMG_0397ADJFor this page, I sewed buttons to one strip of felt and cut slits in the partner strip so she could button and unbutton each button. On the facing page, the butterflies are just glued in the center, she plays with the edges and calls out the colors.

IMG_0396ADJI learned a lot from this page. The letters are foam stickers, which I will not use again, because my daughter likes to pick them off. They definitely need to be sewn down. The shoe idea is something else I saw on Pinterest, I love it, but looking back, I should not have used the jumbo eyelets. They are starting to pull out of the holes, the felt isn’t enough to keep them in place.

IMG_0395ADJAnd the very last page is just a zipper that I sewed to two pieces of felt.

IMG_0404ADJI hope you have found this post inspiring. If you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, click here.

Jessica Sig SM

Hello 2014

February 28, 2014

Hello dear blog followers, boy has it been a long time since I have posted anything here. Sorry about that, but I have been very busy enjoying the first 2 years of my daughter’s life and being a full time worker away from the home.


My hobbies have changed drastically since we have become a family of 3, I haven’t stamped in over a year and a half and I have started down sizing the amount of papercrafting supplies I have. I started documenting our new life, Project Life style, it allows me to capture all of our memories with photos and journaling in a quick and creative fashion. I’m able to use my love of design to create all my own journaling cards, which I love all things “custom”. I hope to share some of that here.

I’ve also taken up sewing, I love that I can sew something for our family or as a gift and it can live and be loved for many many years to come.

I’m also in the process of creating a site for you to order some of the cards I’ve made, over 7 years of stamping, I have a few cards I’d like to sell off for others to enjoy. That site should be up and running within the following month (if not sooner). As soon as I launch it, I’ll have a create a post about it.

That’s all the time I have right now. I’ll be back much sooner than last time!


Jessica Sig SM

Paper Parade Wall Clock

October 10, 2011

Hello there, I know it’s been awhile, but I’m still alive and still waiting on baby Abigail to arrive. She’s due October 18th, hope she’s on time.

The project I have to share with you today is one of two projects I created for the UStamp Paper Parade event that is going on right now. If your interested in signing up, click on the banner below or the button on the right side. There are 40 projects that each have great tips and techniques. There is also a pdf for each one to print out and save for future projects. Hope you enjoy!

For my first project, I choose to cover a flat wooden clock. It was really easy and a lot of fun. You can decorate it specifically for any room, just make sure your embellishments don’t stick out farther than the hands. I hope this inspires you to make something 3 dimensional!

Happy stamping!

Field Flowers

August 23, 2011

Card Supplies

Stamps: Field Flowers, En Francais, Distressed Dots
Paper: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Tea Stain (distressing kit)
Accessories: Old Olive Grosgrain, Linen Thread, Modern Label Punch, Sponges, 1/16 Hole Punch, Crop-a-dile

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have a great day!