I’m really excited about my Project Life scrapbook. I have been interested in scrapbooking for many years. I subscribed to Creating Keepsakes magazine for quite a few years because I loved Ali Edwards’ memory keeping style. I like the idea of combining photography and storytelling.
I started some digital scrapbook pages a few years ago, despite the fact that it seemed a little uncomfortable to be scrapbooking when I didn’t have kids. (In my head, it seemed like having kids was a prerequisite for scrapbooking, but it’s really not). I really wanted to scrapbook but I didn’t know a way that would work for me, until now…
What is a Project Life Scrapbook?
This spring I read about a scrapbooking style called “Project Life®” or “pocket scrapbooking” and it was love at first sight! All you need is a binder, plastic page protectors, my photos and some journal cards.
I LOVE how this project combines my interest in photographing our everyday life, and creating interesting designs.
You can use the pocket pages however you want; some people are using a double-page spread to scrapbook a month of events, but the most common is to document one week per two-page spread. Here is my cover page and first weekly spread in my Project Life scrapbook:
I decided to try doing one week per spread, going from Sunday-Saturday. I am choosing the photos that best represent our week, so there won’t necessarily be a photo for each day.
Since I found out about this style of scrapbooking in Spring and got the supplies in September, I didn’t start in January, which felt a little strange but I’d rather start now and have a partial year than wait till January 2014 and have nothing from this year.
I started scrapbooking so that I can regularly print the many photos I take so our girls (almost 4 and 1) can look at the photos. I also want to record the stories behind the photos, especially the funny things the girls say and their milestones.
I blurred out the details on the First day of preschool journal card for privacy.
My Review of my Project Life Scrapbook
- Printing photos. I love this project! I love having my photos printed (this week they are all photos from my iPhone). I love telling the story behind the photos.
- Changing pocket sizes. I’m not sure that I like the different sized pockets (4×6 and 3×4), and would consider using square pockets instead (all the same size), like this one that has 9 pockets that are all 4″x4″.
- Downloading digital journal cards. I think I might chose to buy a digital set of Project Life® cards rather than the physical copies, so that I have only the cards I want to use and can print on a slightly thicker paper.
- Printing the photos at home. I don’t like some of the tools I’m using, specifically the HP Photosmart ink jet printer I’m using to print the photos. We got the printer for free with the purchase of a laptop a few years ago, so it’s not something I researched and purchased, and it’s really not doing that great a job. However, it does print better than our local Walmart, and it allows me to print from home, which is more convenient.
- Cutting the photos to fit the pockets. I don’t like the paper trimmer I’m using, it just doesn’t cut straight. But I don’t know of a better trimmer to buy. The reviews on Amazon are pretty mixed on all the paper trimmers.
My Project Life Scrapbook Supplies
- We R Memory Keepers Faux Black Leather 3-Ring Binder,
- Project Life® Photo Pocket Pages – Big Pack of Design A,
- Project Life Core Kit – Midnight Edition by Liz Tamanaha
- Paislee Press – Liz Tamanaha – Gallery Frames No. 4
- Paislee Press – Liz Tamanaha – Road Trip Journal Cards
- Neenah Premium Cardstock
- Fiskars 12 inch Classic Rotary paper trimmer
- Brother HL-2140 laser printer (for weekly date journal card)
- HP Photosmart C4180 inkjet printer (for photos and journal cards)
- Mrs. Eaves font
- Weekly date journal card – my own design
- Highs/Lows circles journal card – my own design
- First day of preschool – my own design
- We have a story to tell, 2013 journal card – my own design
- Let the story begin journal card – my own design.
See all my posts about scrapbooking.