Project Life is a cross between a photo album, a scrapbook and a journal. It is a very simple method of memory keeping and is great for anyone who might be put off by the idea of traditional scrapbooking. I started doing Project Life last year and it’s safe to say that I have been well and truly bitten by the bug. I love watching Project Life process videos on YouTube and pinning great layouts on Pinterest. I am endlessly fascinated with other people’s thought processes and the decisions they make when they’re creating a layout, so I thought I’d share mine.
Now please don’t think that I’m holding my pages up as being technically perfect or stunning works of art. They’re anything but. Mine are simply my family’s memories with a sprinkling of stickers and other pretty bits ‘n bobs on them and they won’t be to everyone’s taste I’m sure. The whole point of Project Life is that you do it your own way. This is mine.
My approach to Project Life is fairly fluid. I like to try to have a week across two-pages but sometimes I find that I haven’t taken enough photos. When that happens I just pop them all on one page and move on, it’s much less stressful that way.
My title cards are my favourites in the album so far. I found these calendars online and added my own month text in Photoshop before printing them out and embellishing them with die cuts and stickers. The current week is indicated by stamps or enamel dots and tucked away on each card is the week number.
When I’m getting ready to work on a weekly layout I have a quick flick through the photos and pick out one or two colours and try to match my cards and embellishments to those colours. I think that having a common colour theme helps to tie all of the photos and cards together and makes for a prettier layout. For week 3 I chose the salmon pink/coral of Bubs’ trousers (on the left) and her top (on the far right).I’ve been making more of an effort to either have photographs of me in the album or share little snippets about me such as on this favourite things card. I think it’ll be fun to look back in a few years and see what interested me and what I enjoyed doing. And yes, I am one of those 40 year olds having a supposed midlife crisis by listening to Taylor Swift.
The great thing about Project Life is that I can dip in and out of it depending upon how much free time I have. Some days I spread all of my crafty bits out on the kitchen table and get a two-page layout done while Bubs plays in the garden. Other days I maybe only have time to fill out a single journaling card or I can go a whole week without working on my album at all. Right now I’ve completed up to the last week in January but I’m not feeling any pressure to catch up. It helps that I have this blog to jog my memory about things we’ve done otherwise I would definitely be up the creek!
You really don’t need a lot of stuff to do Project Life, just an album, the pocket pages and your photos. The rest is up to you. I used to do traditional scrapbooking (and sometimes I still do) so I have a sizeable stash of stickers and pretty paper that I like to incorporate into my layouts but it’s by no means essential. At the end of the day the idea is to have fun and create a record of your life, and that of your family, that will be treasured forever.
If you have any questions about Project Life or want to know what supplies I use and where I buy them from then please let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to help.