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The 365 Project

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I still, a year later, get so many questions on how I added the dates on my photos 2010 (above) so I thought I’d pass on the link to those cool date overlays once more now that a new year has begun and I’ve understood that quite a few of you are going to do the 365 project this year.

The dates are digital overlays that you layer over your photos using Photoshop (Photoshop Elements is good enough). I’m not going to explain the whole process (to be honest I can hardly remember all the steps and shortcuts) but you can get Ali Edwards’ overlays from Designer Digitals here. Instructions on how to use digital overlays in PS elements can be found here. The instructions are for how to use digital overlays in general and not these 365 ones in particular but it will give you a general idea if you’ve never used overlays before. I hadn’t when I embarked on the project two years ago and it does take a bit of figuring out (I used Photoshop)but once you get going you have a whole year to perfect it :). Also try googeling if you run into any trouble along the way. I did that a lot in the beginning and there is a wealth of information out there if you ask Mr. Google nicely.


Januari 1

The 365 project is actually more of a 366 project this year with 2012 being a leap year and since I like to try new things I’m using a different method to add the dates to my photos this time around. My photos will simply have a thin frame around them with the dates printed under the photo to the right.

To achieve this look I use Photoscape, a free photo editing software (sorry Mac users it’s for PC only) and tweak one of their existing frames (I use Slidemount 2) and add the date at the bottom with the T (text) tool. Easy peasy.

I got the idea from Weronica who used some similar frames a few months back and she was actually also the one who introduced me to the Designer Digital overlays over two years ago. Thank you, Weronica!

So there you have it. Now only 365 days more to go.


  • Benita, happy new year to you!! thanks for the photoscape tipp, i´ll try that. one question though: do you still work on your pics with photoshop before or are you doing all the editing in photoscape? i saw it has quite some features..
    thanks for an info and have a good one 🙂

  • Tack för tipset! Ska kolla in den länken.
    Kram och ha en fin dag!

  • elisa says:

    oh, i do like this year’s clean look. beautiful image. taking a photo in the short winter hours is the tricky bit for me, it gets to be tripods and chiaroscuro on these stormy days! x

  • Tess says:

    I’m also trying to remember 365, how do you remeber to take photos everyday? I remebered yesterday when I already where in bed, but I couldn’t miss taking a photo at day TWO! 😛

  • Pixie says:

    I am a regular writer in one Finnish discussion board. Inspired by you, I spoke there about the 365 idea and was well received: there is now 16 people + me who started the project for this year – thanks to you! 🙂

  • MelD says:

    I love this project (having enjoyed blogging daily in Advent!) and would like to try it, too.
    I will have to see what can be done on a Mac!! 😉

  • Carin says:

    Looks like you are off to a good start Benita! Love the clean new look. I’m new to it this year and don’t own photoshop, so I use Picasa. It works great too and is free.

  • Inger A says:

    Believe it or not but yesterday I looked at your blog after just Photoscape that I know that you or someone else had mentioned in your blog.
    Gave up after a little searching, could not remember the exact name.
    Thought about whether I should send an email and ask, but I left it to “tomorrow”.
    So now I wonder how did you know Benita that it was exactly what you would write about today!!!!
    Many have called you miracle girl and after this, I’m inclined to agree with them to 110% 🙂
    So many thanks and God fortsättning på det nya året!

  • I keep the camera out all the time where I know I’ll see it at the end of the day at least which is on the coffee table or dining table. That way I won’t forget. I did on a few occassions almost forget last time around and took a couple of very dark and grainy photos as a result 🙂

  • Our days are also so very short, we only get about 5 hours of daylight which is really frustrating so I’ll probably bring a point and shoot with me some work days so I’ll be able to get at least a few day shots during the work week. And as you say, I’ll be sure to keep the tripod out too.

  • I do still edit photos in Photoshop but I’ll be editing the 365 photos in Photoscape, that way I won’t have two softwares for one project.

  • hi benita! i’ve started the 366 project this year too. i’m adding my dates to my pics in powerpoint. super simple. here’s my flickr stream link in case you want to check out my snaps.
    i plan to install a little flickr widget into my blog sidebar once i have a few snaps stored into this set. fingers crossed it works and doesn’t look messy. xx

  • Stacey says:

    Glad you’re doing it again! I had seen this around the internet for a few years, but was really inspired by your project the last time around. I actually started my 365 project ( on my birthday back in October, as a way to chronicle my 30th year! I just use Microsoft Publisher to place text over my images, which are NOT well-processed camera images like your own. I take them on my phone, because I always, always have it with me. The photo quality is much less fine, but at least it’s easy to remember to take the photo. Good luck with your 2012 365(6) project!

  • erin says:

    i do project365 on my blog too and love it. this will be my 2nd year as well. can you share what font “january” is in on that picture? i really like it!

  • Erin says:

    Thank you for the tip! I’m also participating in the 365 Project this year, my first go-around with it! I’m excited to see what you have in store this year, as I loved your series last year.

  • Hxx says:

    I am more than happy just to observe!!
    Happy New Year x

  • Beatrice says:

    Happy New Year to you and yours. What a great way to keep memories. I was thinking of doing the project as well, but with a little one around, I am on the fence about it. Looking forward to seeing your pictures along the way.

  • Janie says:

    I have to very selfishly say I’m looking forward to this. I love seeing your things. I can live a white mod-Swedish life vicariously while being in my colourful wooden moroccan-ish house.

  • Dulce says:

    Hi Benita! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and I wish I could achieve half your energy, and skill for organizing. You are absolutely amazing.
    I have started a blog, a few years ago, which I haven’t really been taking very good care of, but this project of yours, of taking a photo every day, and posting it, may be a good (re)start for me. I do take a lot of photos, but I simply don’t get them organized, nor do I show them to people, because I never seem to find the perfect way of doing it. I really want it to work this time, so I’ll be joining in. Thanks for sharing so much with us. Happy New Year!

  • Fiona says:

    I’ve started my own 366 Project (inspired by you and by another blogger, a portuguese girl :)) and I hope I don’t forget to get the daily picture. 🙂

  • Lorna from Atlanta says:

    Any Mac users have suggestions for getting the same look?

  • Kristen says:

    Hi Benita! I commented on your other post already that I am doing the 365 days in pictures because I was so inspired by the book you created at the end! All pictures from a year in one book – yes please! 🙂 I am also using Photoscape (and I’ve been using it for a while), so I smiled when I read this today. Great minds, maybe! Anyway, a quick question for you. I love the vertical look of your pictures. Are you taking them all vertically and then just editing them? Also, do you crop them to a certain size, or whatever looks best? Also for some reason on my photos I am adding a black line border around them (which is barely visible) but then when I upload the pictures to my blog (in WordPress), the border disappears! Anyway, just wondered if you experienced any of these issues! I’m still tweaking the format since it’s only Day 03, but having fun! What a great idea, as always! 🙂

  • i love this project… i followed it religiously last time you did it!

  • I only shoot portrait/vertical for this project. In fact I rarely shoot landscape at all. I also rarely crop, only if I’ve accidentally caught something I didn’t want on the side of the image, so I basically always compose the shot in the viewfinder.

  • Erin says:

    Hi, Benita, and happy new year! I’ve been following your blog for quite some time but I don’t think I’ve ever commented. My name is Erin, and I just started blogging a few months ago ( I hope you don’t mind, but I was so inspired by your Project 365 photos that I’ve started cataloging mine in a similar way (with the month in script and the circled date – I had no idea how you did it but I found some fonts I liked online and I’ve been editing them in Photoshop Elements). I’d be more than happy to give you credit for the inspiration. Speaking of inspiration, I always find plenty of it in your blog. 🙂

  • Hello, but could you tell use the name of the font (the handwritten style one) you used in the last 365. Thank you very much!

  • It’s not a font it’s an overlay as described in the post.

  • Heidii says:

    I have loved your 2011 overlay for so long…. 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    If you’re looking for a better book for this year, check out MyPublisher. I have a friend who works there and he says they have all kinds of filters to try and prevent pictures that won’t print well from being used. And they’ll ship to Sweden.