Monday, December 19, 2011

Project Life

Happy Monday!!!!!  I have something very exciting to discuss with  you today.  I have decided to delve into the world that is known as PROJECT LIFE.  My reasons for taking the Project Life plunge might be different than some.  I started out as a scrapbooker, about five years ago.  I took pictures of EVERYTHING.  I scrapbooked EVERYTHING.  But, over the years, I have gotten overwhelmed with scrapbooking.  I only pull out my camera for 4th of July, first day of school, Halloween, Christmas and birthdays.  The last couple of years we I have had the same layouts in the girls books and it makes me sad.  I WANT to do more but the thought of having "pending" layouts bothers me.  I like to be "caught up" as much of the time as I can.  I'm slightly OCD :)  For this reason, and others, Project Life appealed to me.

I've been following along with MICHELLE WOODERSON'S Project Life posts and have been so inspired by her.  She seems to be so organized, even when she GOT BEHIND!  Back in early 2011 she said something that really stuck with me, I don't remember it word for word, but it was something to the effect that the small 2x3 canvas was much more workable for her because she was a cardmaker.  It seemed less daunting to her than a 12x12 scrapbook page.  Now since I started out as a 12x12 scrapbooker you would think it wouldn't seem daunting to me, but over the years I've become a cardmaker so the 2x3 canvas is MUCH more appealing to me.

So, enough jibber jabber.  Here's what I've ordered so far!  (notice I said so far)

I ordered these 6x12 page protectors because I think they're really cool and I love the idea of working in the girls school work or awards and such into the album.

I ordered the big pack of Size A page protectors.  I "think" this might be the most common style used, but I'm not sure.  I ordered the big pack so I won't have to re-order in the middle of my album :)

I ordered the Clementine Core Kit.  I really liked the colors and patterns and thought it worked best with my style.

This is just a picture of the kit packaged up.  Kind of neat how it's all compact in case you want to take it on the go.

Theses are the 4x6 title cards?  I'm not sure what they're called exactly.  On the backs are some layout ideas.  I'm sure I'll use the ideas, at least in the beginning.

Those boxes, in the above picture, this is what was inside one of them.  I think they're journaling cards.  Check out those notebook paper cards!  Uh...LOVE!

So, my plan.  TAMMY and I were talking last week about Project Life and all it has to offer.  She had some great advice!  A lot of people have done a picture a day (way too ambitious for my lifestyle) some do a layout a week (might still be too ambitious for my lifestyle).  I think I'm going to try a month at a glance.  If I have more pictures, it might be two, two page spreads for one month. We'll see how it goes.  My whole goal here is to 1) take more pictures and 2) get them scrapped  I'll be sure to share my progress.

I'm also on the look out for a cheapy point and shoot camera that I can throw in my purse.  I was looking at a Sony Cybershot yesterday and also a Nikon Coolpix (is that the one Ashton Kutcher advertises?)  Any suggestions?  I think I would take more photos if I didn't have to lug my big camera around all the time.

If you're still with me...thanks :)  Any feedback is appreciated.  Are you going to try PL in 2012, in any form?  Daily, weekly, monthly?  What about cameras?  Have a fab Monday and I'll see you back here soon!  Thanks for coming by today!


  1. oh becky, i have been wanting to do this for the last couple of years but with working full time and 2 kids (just as you) this project seems so overwhelming to me but I too have been batting the idea of doing a monthly recap. i can't wait to see how this goes for you! i love the page protectors--my friend from scrapping on my monthly crop was working on hers and i totally fell in love with the cards and everything--good luck

  2. I'm very excited to see your progress with Project Life! I won't be starting this at the beginning of 2012, but when I get married in May, I hope to document the everyday life of my husband and me. I want to take pics of new recipes I might try (and might mess up!), new purchases for the apartment, and just the mundane trips to the supermarket! It's all new and exciting to me, so that's something I want to have documented. I don't have Project Life though; I have a ton of We R Memory Keepers page protectors from this past year when I just never had a chance to start scrapping!

    Anyway, like I said, I'm very much looking forward to seeing your progress!

  3. I don't think I'm organized enough to do project life! lol It's a great concept thought that I've thought about doing. I don't mind having projects waiting though. I can't wait to see what you do with it though.

  4. Project Life rocks! And it's quick and easy. I have 1/2 of 2008 scrapbooked in an "old fashioned" scrapbook. I printed out 2009 pictures and slapped them in a PL book and it was done in no time. I'm going to catch up 2010 and 2011 like that too. For 2012 I'm going to give weekly layouts a whirl. It can be as simple or fancy as you want it to be!

  5. I love the idea of project life! I can't wait to see how yours comes out. I love that you are doing it by each month, it makes it seem much more manageable! I am just way too intimated by it, I tried to do a mini version for just one week...that was August, and its still not done!

  6. Thanks for sharing your idea of doing PL once a month. This seems more managable to me. I am having trouble keeping up with DD, so a daily project life would be impossible for me. I can't wait to see your album when you start.

  7. can't wait to see how your new adventure turns out!

  8. LUCKY YOU!!! I want to start a Project Life project as well but I need to get organized first, and to get a new phone that takes good pics, so I don't have to take my huge camera with me!

    Good luck on your project, and most importantly, have fun!!!!

  9. This is one of the reasons I started my blog. It was a way to document my project 365.
    I am behind on my P365 from last year.
    I do take a photo everyday, crazy eh....even if it is my magot filled garbage can, lol.
    I have the Sony Cyber shot.....its actually my second one. I love that I can take it with me everywhere. Even though I don't use 1/2 of the settings, teehee.
    I will have to check out that blog you recommended.

  10. Yeah! So excited for you. Love what Michelle said - 2x3 canvas is nice and small and easy for card makers to relate to. I think you'll do fine and as Michelle showed, you can catch up if life gets crazy! Once a month is a great idea.

    I am always on the hunt for a good point and shoot camera. As soon as I buy one, something else comes out and I wish I had waited. I have a Kodak right now - whatever was on sale at Target the day I was there - but if you find one you love, do share!