Hi there! I hope you’re going ok? I have been really getting into Project Life style scrapbooking in the last year or so. I really love it.
I want to give you advance warning of the length of this post… You may want to get a cup of tea before you continue!
My love for this style of scrapbooking started a couple of years ago when I was finishing my Japan scrapbooks. I was lucky enough to get to visit this amazing country over 10 years ago. I had started to scrapbook all my photos shortly after my trip, but then I lost enthusiasm for traditional scrapbooking & put my album away. It gathered dust for many years until I decided to revisit my layouts.
I don’t consider myself to be any kind of scrapbooker, I have learnt what I have been doing for the last couple of years by watching YouTube & soaking up all the amazing spreads very talented people put together. When I flicked through the pages I had already completed, I did not like them one bit! They seemed so basic & I felt the need to pull the photos up from the layouts & start again. Reflecting back now, perhaps I was a little too harsh on myself. My origins layouts had been completed about 10 years ago… Things were different back then.
I spent a good chunk of time pulling up the photos I had already stuck down on these completed pages & tried to salvage them (I had no spare copies of these photos!) for use on new layouts. About this time, I discovered Project Life & was delighted to see that you could purchased digital versions of the journaling & filler cards to be able to print off as you liked. I started to collect these cards & was itching to use them.
Here’s a look at some of my pages before they were re-designed:
As you can see, some of my photos & memorabilia had been cut into weird shapes. This would prove to be a challenge. Here’s a look at how I transformed some these pages:
I really liked how these turned out. I embraced the strange shaped photos & went with it! I added journaling to some of those cards later from what I had written down on the original pages & referring to my journal from my trip.
I am so glad that I kept a journal whilst I was there as it helped massively when it came to writing the stories down from the adventure.
As I was working through this album, in chronological order, I was starting to find the odd day where I had too many photos for one layout & not enough for 2. Or my photos were the old style panoramic ones which wouldn’t fit without really chopping them up.
I found myself starting to incorporate the odd pocket-page/project life style page protector & just found it so much easier & quicker. I then started to add more & more to my albums, until I ended up completing this style for every layout going forward.
I just love it so much & still can’t believe the simplicity of it. I don’t say that to belittle the style of scrapbooking at all. As someone who was not a scrapbooker, I found 12×12 layouts more than a little daunting. The idea that you can slip photos into pockets & write the story of the photos of the day into a small card to sit in the pocket next to it is amazing. If that’s all you wish to do, you can. If you want to embellish your cards or add things to your photos you can do. You can do whatever you would like to do. You can read all about Project Life here.
I then embarked on a proper project life style scrapbook album, but choosing to document the highlights of my month rather than the weekly format preferred by most. I started that project last year & am onto my second album! I made the switch in April to the weekly format to see how that works. So far? It’s working out well. Some weeks, it feels as though there isn’t much to document but that’s ok. I can fill the empty spot with a filler card.
My completed albums now sit on the bookcase in my front room so they can be pulled out & flicked through.
If anyone would be interested in a video flip-through of any of my albums, let me know in the comments below. I’ve never filmed anything before, but willing to give it a go!!
Sorry once again for the lengthy post.
Thanks for stopping by,