I don't know if I can really define my process. I pull stuff out and make a mess before it all comes together, but I will try and give a little run down. All these photos were taken with my phone, but you should be able to get an idea of what is going on.
When I first started doing project life layouts I created on top of the album so I could get things placed spatially, but having the album out was really bulky and the children always wanted to see my progress and it would make a mess as they flipped off the current page I was working on. So I grabbed a thick poster board I had in storage (the opposite side has one of the value girls printed on it from this download) and using my big square quilting ruler drew the basic page protector lines. Even if I use a different page protector I can get the spacing that I need and if I need to move the page before I'm finished the board is thick enough that it's a fast move.
Next I add the photos in the potential placement. Nothing is concrete until they are moved into the page protectors. I am currently using my instagram photos that I have printed as polaroids at persnicky prints. I adore documenting the day to day drama of our lives on instragram and being able to quickly download, upload, and print is a wonderfully easy way to work on our project life pages.
For this particular layout, I had these days of the week stickers and if there is a particular product I want to use it comes out at the beginning stages. This is also the point when I start pulling out the decorative cards and I print any extra pictures I want to fill in the week.
This is the final layout. It probably took me an hour from start to finish. I don't know if that is fast or slow, but I'm not worried on the time it takes. I am also not overly concerned about working in week increments. With the instagram photos it just works out that way, but nothing is set.
I sew, staple, and lift using foam tape to add some dimension, but I keep things fairly flat for the most part. I don't mind cutting up and altering the printed cards. I am also okay keeping things untouched. No rules.
I also went through my old pattern paper and cut it up into 4x6" and 3x4" cards to add variety. I get tired of using the same core patterns so I'm all about mixing up kits and styles. However that is nothing new with my general style in the past or with quilt fabrics.
I have loved using color! An entire album filled with only this format might get old, but intermixing it with other pages and styles makes these pages a fun mix. It also helps me know what kinds of cards I use and what I might want to make for future layouts.