Project PL | Save Time by Saving Text

Project-PL

Today  I have a super quick and super easy tip for you.. This is something that once you do it once, it will save you oodles of time over and over and over again!  Woohoo!  😀

So – I’m a bit of a freak about things matching and being consistent throughout a project. I’ve given up on this with my regular scrapbooking pages, but knew when I started our family PL album this year it was something that was super important to me and could definitely be achieved due to the nature of the project. I found the fonts I wanted to use and as I created the first weekly spread – tweaking to get the spacing, size and color just right – I added the text layers into their own file called “_text source” that I saved along with my other layered files (the underscore keeps at it the beginning of the list so it’s easy to find).  As I’ve added new types of text – for replicating FB posts, for example – I’ve just copied that layer into my “_text source” file to have for later use. Here’s what that file looks like, along with descriptions and link to fonts..

2015-06-08_Text-Source-File

A: Used for dating each weekly spread. Font is Slaberlin.

B: Quick hand written font used mainly for short descriptions of videos embedded in a QR code. Font is KD Life by Karla Dudley (I couldn’t find it in her shop.) The arrow is my own and I keep it handy so I don’t have to re-create it each time.

C: Used to replicate FB posts. I’ve found the screenshots are a bit too small for my liking, so I just re-build the content to fit the space allotted on my page. Font is Tahoma Regular (system font on most computers).

D: This is the bulk of the text on my pages – details of the day-to-day. I separate each narrative with the date in Bebas in a neutral navy color (originally to coordinate with the MPM Folio kit, but it’s ended up working great for the entire year). The typewriter font is The Dorothy, part of The Golden Friends bundle by Heather Joyce.

When it’s time to start a new page, I simply open up the source file along with whatever other templates and supplies I’m using and copy the text layers over as needed. Using this system has saved me SO much time as I’m putting my pages together.. I love that the color and size will be consistent throughout my book, and because I’m naturally very indecisive, having this already mapped out is such a lifesaver! I’d love to hear if you’ve done something similar to help you along your Project Life journey – leave me a note in the comments.. 🙂

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BONUS TIP!

This is one of my favorite tips – I end up sharing it on forums & FB groups over and over again, but I don’t think I’ve ever shared it here..

Not all fonts are created equally, so when you’re deciding on what size text to use for your journaling, hold a ruler up to your screen and zoom until the ruler in your scrapping program (ctrl+R in PS) matches the real ruler. This is the actual size your pages will print if you print the same size you scrap – not reducing to a smaller size for printing. It’s a little different for everybody based on monitor size, screen resolution, etc, but for me it’s about 33%. If you’re like me and print something other than 12×12 just zoom until your layout matches whatever size you print at – it’s about 21% for me to do 8×8. 🙂

Amber has been designing in the digital scrapbooking industry since 2008, and for the paper industry since 2013. She loves reading, board games, and all things chocolate!

7 Comments on Project PL | Save Time by Saving Text

  1. Kimberlee
    June 8, 2015 at 6:15 PM (5 years ago)

    I totally love both of those tips. I hate that I’m never able to remember what fonts I’ve used from week to week. I’m totally going to work on this for the future. You are a genius!

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    • Amber
      June 8, 2015 at 6:17 PM (5 years ago)

      Yay! Glad I could help! 😀 xx

      Reply
  2. Donna
    June 8, 2015 at 8:55 PM (5 years ago)

    Cool idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Monica
    June 9, 2015 at 10:13 PM (5 years ago)

    So smart! I could definitely save time doing this. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  4. Kelly
    June 30, 2015 at 8:20 AM (5 years ago)

    Love this idea! Thanks!

    Reply
  5. Janice
    August 25, 2016 at 2:48 PM (4 years ago)

    So many times I’ve received my printed LO and thought that I should have used a smaller font size. Your tip about the ruler is fabulous and is going to be so helpful!

    Reply
    • Amber
      August 25, 2016 at 5:45 PM (4 years ago)

      Great – so happy to help! 😀

      Reply

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