Monday, January 2, 2012

Are You Doing Project Life?

I have to admit this is something I've had floating around in my head since I did Week in The Life this summer. What solidified it was a conversation I had with my friend Amy. I mentioned I was not sure if I had time for this, and she pointed out it is not really a project, but perhaps a different way of scrapbooking. That made sense to me. I really have no idea what my schedule is going to be like once I start classes, but I don't want to stop documenting our life for what could be 3-4 years of school. Ali had a really great post this morning on her blog explaining her approach to PL. I know I will not manage daily photos, but I can take photos of what is happening during our week and that is how the stories will be told.

One would think if I had been thinking of this since the summer, I might have planned it out a bit better! I decided not to get a Project Life Kit, but would not hesitate next year - to make things more simple. I went to Treasured Memories last week with PL in mind and made my own kit and here is what I came up with.

 These are some of the fun things I picked out. I am using the Crate Paper - Random Collection elements and papers. I also picked out some Jillibean soup - Sweet & Sour Soup papers. I love the buttons and ephemera I picked out as well. The Glitz alphabet letters and Jenni Bowlin Studio stickers will come in handy as well.

In the middle here, you can see I have cut all my papers into 4x6 so they are ready to go. I bought some Hambly overlays and have cut a few of those up as well. I already mentioned I am using Crate Paper & Jillibean Soup papers, but I also picked out some Glitz (most of the navy blue ones), and Graphic 45 - Tropical Travelogue Collection. I managed to pick up some of the Crate Paper journaling cards, but didn't think it would be enough. So I did purchase the Celementine journaling cards from Jessica Sprague.

Becky Higgins has all of her Project Life kits available in a digital format at Jessica Sprague. I created pdf files of the cards and can easily print them off throughout the year when I need more.

The only thing I will need more of are the page protectors. I did get some at TM last week and I have some left from WITL.

There you have it. What about you? Are you doing Project Life?


  1. I'm in awe of the way you put things together. As much as I would like to take part, I've realised I'm rubbish at following through on classes. So I think I'll watch you with interest and just keep wishing I'd taken part :)

    Happy new year to you. May 2012 bring you all the happiness

  2. I've just done 8 months of PL and really enjoyed it. I've also chatted to Amy about the pros and cons ~ I'm continuing in to 2012.

  3. Short answer - no. I think if I had a printer for my photographs I might do it.

  4. No.... not because I don't like it but because I don't trust myself in following through.... I have so many unfinished projects I can't justify starting that big of a project! I can't wait to see yours though! By the goodies you have picked, I am sure it will look fabulous!

  5. Somehow PL is right up my street but also I know that I can't do it! It's not the commitment, it's the planning that fails me and there would no way for me to get a kit over here. I love the idea and really kind of want to do it, but somehow I don't! I've restarted my photo a day project but that is a bit more random. I'm looking at other ways to encapsulate the everyday in my pages.

    I'll be watching here with interest and who knows, maybe next year :-)

    Oh and I agree with Sandra that you are so good at preparing things - so very impressed!

  6. I always enjoy your choices Ginger - this is going to be one gorgeous, colourful album! I'm not sure a whole project life is for me - it sounds so intense, but at the same time I can really really see the value of doing it even for one year. I'm conflicted! One thing's for sure - I'm going to enjoy watching you at work

  7. yes, I've been doing it for a few months and will continue. I made my own kit too - from my stash.

    I want to include some other things in it next year - like photo classes, memes etc.

    I do one side of the double spread per week - and sometimes an insert A4 too

  8. I'm going to happily sit on the sidelines and enjoy your beautiful creations. I have neither the time nor inclination to do PL... I never even finished WITL last year! If I can't finish one week, I hate to think what a mess I'd make of a year long project that requires constant documentation!

  9. What a glorious spread of colour! This is going to be a wonderful project ... I haven't decided yet how to scrap during this year, so I admire your determination!

  10. Oh you've done a splendid job of pulling stuff together - I'll be following how you get on with it. I'm doing it too, but decided to start with the kit, because I can always add to it. Wish me luck, as I wish you.