Digital Project Life
A Week-by-Week album You'll Make Throughout the Year!
Fully Updated for 2019, plus lots of new content!
What's In A Year? (Hello, 2019)
DIGI BEGINNERS WELCOME! With each new year comes new opportunities, especially when it comes to personal storytelling! It's so exciting to think about what the new year will bring, the experiences we'll create and the memories we'll collect! But scrapbooking an entire year's worth of memories may seem like a daunting task. That's why I LOVE Project Life by Becky Higgins*, where each week you create a two-page spread you can pack with your stories, big and little. It's a great, flexible system, and best of all? I've created a DIGITAL version of the same approach, with techniques in Photoshop that you'll use to make gorgeous pages to tell the stories of your life this year!
Our Goal: Document "A Year In Your Life"
Project Life* is more than a way of scrapbooking. It's an entire approach to memory keeping, even a new way of looking at, photographing, savoring, and saving the bits and pieces of your life. As a revolutionary new take on the traditional paper Project Life approach, I've devised a series of easy-to-use templates and digital materials to help you create Project Life pages in Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements), so you can complete an entire gorgeous, detailed album in a year, every year. You'll use these techniques again and again in other albums or digital projects you create, too! If you're new to Photoshop, this is a great place to start!
What You'll Learn
This self-paced course is fully updated for 2019 and the newest versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. We'll start at the very beginning (Mary Poppins had it right when she said it's a very good place to start. ha!) with video instruction in the very basics of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements: how to open and close documents, arrange elements, add type, and save our layouts in printable format.
We'll progress right along to creating Digital Project Life pages using one of my favorite Photoshop techniques: clipping masks. I'll even show you more advanced techniques, such as adding digital brushes, creative type treatments, and additional layout styles in Photoshop.
Since you're completing these tasks in the context of actually creating pages, you'll be learning Photoshop in a way that's easy and fun, AND memorable. These techniques translate to every project you'll make from here on out, so this course is an investment in future projects, too! (hint: you can make baby albums in a snap using the Digital Project Life format).
What To Expect in Class
In this course, you'll receive:
- Detailed HD-quality video lessons for creating your own Digital Project Life pages
- Companion instruction PDFs, which you can print out for future reference
- A template set that includes layouts for each month of the year, as well as 7 different layout arrangements to mix and match.
- A digital kit that includes dozens of Digital Project Life cards and embellishments from designers such as Basic Grey
- Super-responsive support via in-class forums or our help ticket system
I'll Be Right There With You
Digital Project Life has the ability to change your life. At the end of class, you'll have developed your own workflow, that works for YOU. You'll be well on your way to completing your first album of a Year In Your Life. That story that you will be creating will be yours, and it is the creating of that story that I wanted to share with you. Register now, and I'll see you in class!
*Project Life is a registered trademark of Becky Higgins, LLC, used with permission.
Hi there! I'm Jessica Sprague, owner and instructor here at JessicaSprague.com. I founded JessicaSprague.com in 2007 to share the creative potential of Photoshop for crafting. I've been teaching Photoshop and graphic design, photo editing, digital scrapbooking, e-commerce, and online school development for a decade. It's my goal to help you build the skills and knowledge that will last you a lifetime. Learn more about me. Are you ready to start the journey? Join me!
StartLesson 1 Introduction & Course Kit Download!
StartTask 1: Download & Install the Bebas & Bitter Fonts (7:20)
StartTask 2a: Set up Photoshop Elements (9:08)
StartTask 2b: Set up Photoshop CC (8:49)
StartTask 3: Open & Explore the January Template (5:18)
StartTask 4: Add a Tag to Your Page (5:15)
StartTask 5: Copy Layers (4:03)
StartTask 6: Save Your .psd File for Print & Web (6:35)
StartLesson 1 Summary & Discussion
StartLesson 2 Introduction (2:06)
StartTask 1: Open & Explore the 2-page Template (11:41)
StartTask 2: Clipping Mask Intro: Week Header Card (2:37)
StartTask 3: Add & Resize a Card & A Photo (6:47)
StartTask 4a: Type in Lines & Paragraphs - PSE Version (10:15)
StartTask 4b: Type in Lines & Paragraphs - CC Version (7:48)
StartLesson 2 Summary & Discussion
StartPost Your Layout Here!