Thoughts on Project Life®

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I haven’t shared a Project Life® spread for many months now. I am still doing this project and still love it although my love dimmed slightly in 2014. And I think I’ve worked out why.

Last spring I bought a large pack of different style page protectors. I think they were in the sale somewhere and I Like a bargain and thought it might be fun to have different sized pockets to try. Wrong!

It was not fun. It was not fun at all. It was hard work.

Because I don’t print my photos at home anymore and upload them to Photobox I had to plan each layout then edit the photos to fit the pockets of the page protector I had picked for that week and then upload the photos. I began to do it in batches on a Saturday morning I would work on the editing and planning then few weeks later I had a new batch of photos to get printed.

I also got behind in the summer which meant I was trying to sort through months worth of notes and photos.

But anyone who knows me knows I’m stubborn so the idea of just going and buying a new pack of design A page protectors wasn’t going to happen. I would carry on with what I had. So I did and I kept struggling.

As of right now I have photos printed up till the middle of November and now as we are into a new year I’ve finally given in and am going to finish 2014 with design A page protectors. Simple and done.

Here are a few highlights from last years album.

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Loved using my typewriter to add journalling to the cards I even ran that heart and arrow one through the sewing machine.

I added lots of wood veneer last year.

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And used cut down page protectors. The spread below has a design D page cut to 4 x 12 which gave me two vertical 4 x 6 pockets to fill up.

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And on the back of that page I added memerobilia.

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Here is a spread with a mix of lots of handwritten journalling, different sized photos and a few label stickers too.

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Two different page protectors here and some stamping along with more typewriter type in that speech bubble on the left.

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Another example of one and a half spreads. My aim is only to use one page a week but sometimes there are too many good photos. Adding a half sized page is a great option and I like the design H pages, two 6 x 4 and two 3 x 4.

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I even tried my own handwriting.

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So going forward into 2015 I am still doing this album but only using design A (unless I have lots of portrait photos one week.)

Looking forward to getting last year finished and on to this year.

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Project Life® is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. I am using the Honey and the Fifth and Frolic ‘Dear Lizzie’ Core Kits and the Seasons Mini kit in my pages.

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2 Responses to Thoughts on Project Life®

  1. Mary-Lou says:

    Your pages are lovely. As I read through I kept saying to myself, me too, me too. I like using my typewriter & finally found (online) a supplier of ink cartridges for it, so back in business with it. I also bought different pocket page layouts during a moment of thinking I need to be more creative … no more needs to be said there. I have been missing traditional layouts & find I am blending in more of those with my A pocket pages. I guess for all of us, it’s finding that balance, the happy middle & then just doing it. Photo of Bud sizing up his piece of the cheesecake made me smile (broadly). I think I have the same photo of Jodie Foster for a hair example 😉

    • mel says:

      I just had to include the Jodie Foster pic and what my hair turned out like… it took me a few days to laugh about it though and I’ll never take a photo to the hairdresser again! Everything cycles with me so I haven’t been making layouts either. I’m sure I’ll get back to it.

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