Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Project Life

I discovered this new technique of scrapbooking recently! Well, I don't know how new it is, but it is to me. The idea is to have pre-cut, colored and patterned paper in a particular theme as inserts that you simply place into the pockets of the assorted 12 x 12 pages along with your pictures. The layouts vary, but the idea is simple. It's called Project Life.

Project Life Page 1 2013

There are assorted sizes of pockets to each page. You print standard 4 x 6 pictures and just fill in the pockets.

Project Life Pg1(2) 2013


Project Life Page 2 2013

It took me a couple of pages to get the idea! I bought the Olive Edition designed by Heather Bailey, but quickly discovered I could add in my own decorative papers and plain papers along with my embellishments.

Project Life Page 3 2013

You can make this as hard or as simple as you want.

Project Life Page 4 2013

In the beginning I started googling images for "Project Life." I began to doubt my work as always after looking at everyone else's pretty work. It's hard not to compare yourself to others and their styles, but I think I found what works for me.

Project Life Pg 4 (2) 2013

I found the best thing is to not try to recreate others' works, but to borrow ideas and concepts and make them my own.

Project Life Pg 5 (2) 2013

The one thing I've always disliked is my own handwriting (I think most people do). But, everything you read says to use your own writing if you can. So, I did...

Project Life Page 5 2013

Sometimes you just have to develop a system that works for you. I don't want to spend lots of time on every page, but I do want things to be documented instead of having thousands of pictures floating in space (aka Flickr).

Project Life Page 6 2013

If you haven't ever heard of Project Life, give it a Google image search and see what I mean!

Project Life page 7 2013

And, be sure to check out Becky Higgins. She created this cool stuff! I'll be sharing more pages as I complete them. How do you keep track of your memories?


Jamie Oliver (@va_grown) said...

Love the idea! I think whatever style makes you actually DO it is the right style for you!

And I can't stand my own handwriting either--mine's way worse than yours! :)--but I know how much I cherish any little scrap of my parents handwriting now, so I've started sucking it up and writing more. I also think it's so important to include your own words (I either skipped words at all, or used stickers and stuff) because one day someone will cherish YOUR words and YOUR thoughts as much as the pictures!

Anne-Marie said...

That's such a super creative idea! I love how everyone has their own individual way of scrapbooking. =)