Project Life

My Scrapbook Philosophy Part 1 or I Flunked Project Life!

Hello, and welcome back! Today I am going to start a short series of posts about my scrapbook philosophy. I have lots of pictures and words to share, but I'm going to break it up into sections that I will share throughout the week. Even so, I think they will be long posts! So, grab a cold drink and let's get started.

I have been scrapbooking for many years now...I think 15 or even approaching 20! (But, I'm not going to tell you how old I was when I started.) Even after all of this time, I still love the process. I enjoy taking pictures, and have learned how to make some simple edits so that I am happy with the printed photos. About two weeks ago, I helped a friend with 3 small children start her scrapbooking journey. It made me reflect on why I continue to do this hobby. For me, I like the creativity involved in making pages, looking through my photos, deciding what story to tell and completing the pages and albums. It's the creative expression that keeps me coming back for more.

I make traditional 12x12 scrapbook pages, mini albums, Project Life / pocket pages and even digital scrapbook pages and albums. At different times I had decided to try and use only one or two of these approaches, but now that I have been reflecting more I believe I will continue on with a little bit of each of these styles of scrapbooking. At the beginning of 2012, I tried to start a second year of Project Life, where I took a picture a day, and made a pocket page spread for every week. Here is what worked and didn't work for me in that process.

I liked:

  • Focusing more on the little every details of my life. These are easy to miss if you only make pages about holidays, events and vacations.
  • Including things like cards from restaurants, concert tickets, etc.
  • Including every day pictures of friends, work and other smaller events that I mostly now capture with my phone's camera.

What I didn't like:

  • Having to take a photo everyday, and inclulding hand-written journaling everyday.
  • Having to make a two page spread for every week.
  • Having to go in chronological order.
  • Feeling like I was getting behind.
  • Trying to fit the pieces of ephemera into one of the pockets.
  • Trying to decide whether to journal about my photo, or the ephemera or finding room for both.
  • Trying to match days for all of the elements.

In the end, all of the above decisions just bogged me down and I gave up continuing on with the album. Then, I read this post by Jennifer Wilson, and the lightbulb went on. I have read Stacy Julian's book Photo Freedom before and have taken her corresponding classes on the Library of Memories system, and this is the overall approach I have chosen. So, I loved Jennifer's post about removing the chronological part of Project Life, and blending the two. This is what is working for me. I'm just adding pocket pages into my larger albums for All About Us, People, Places and Things.

So, it must be time for some photos! I'm going to share my pocket pages from December 2012 and some of the details of creating them. I used whatever vertical pictures I had for the month to fill out this page. Also, for my titles I chose the same font to add to my pictures whether I edited them on my computer on on one of my cell phone apps.



Some of the Stampin' Up products I used are retired now, but you'll get the idea. I cut up part of Snowflake Season Simply Scrappin’ Layout Kit for the title 12x6 slot for the month. And, even though it says December Daily, I don't have a picture for every day.



For the cards, tickets and tags I wanted to include for the month, I attached them to another piece of 12x6 cardstock with washi tape "smashbook" or "This and That" style. I had more vertical pictures, so the next page holds 12 4x6 photos or cards.



A close-up of my ephemera for the month attached with washi tape.



I diecut the Merry frame from My Digital Studio download with my Silhouette e-cutter. I also used some Textured Impressions Embossing Folders and our Core'dinations Cardstock to finish out this card.



More vertical photos, pieces from the Simply Scrappin kit and dry embossed pieces on the left page. The right page I switched to horizontal photos and a 6x12 journaling space.







Here I journaled about our family Christmas Dinner and the gifts I received.



For my regular or "daily" journaling, I made entries into an iPhone app called Memento. Then, I exported this content and printed it out onto a 6x12 piece of cardstock and added it to the left page. The next page is all horizontal 6x4 photos started on the right side.



The reindeer is from a My Digital Studio download, cut with my Silhouette ecutter. The other pieces are from the Simply Scrappin' kit.



The sentiment is part of another MDS download cut with the Silhouette, paper from the scrappin kit, a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper and some rhinestones.



More horizontal pictures on the left, and then the start of 4x4 Instagram photos on the right.



The snowflakes are from the Simply Scrappin' kit, and I colored the woodgrain pattern from the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper with Whisper White Craft Ink. On the bottom left, I included an index print of all of the creative projects that I made for the month. I love having a record of my creative endevors for the month to glance at.



Another glimmer snowflake and white woodgrain combo.



The sentiment is another MDS download cut with my Silhouette, on cardstock from the scrappin kit with Washi tape at the top and bottom. This was before Stampin' Up sold Washi tape, so this set is by Teresa Collins.



Some more Instagram 4x4 photos. I also used the Phonto iPhone app to add the text dates. My other apps used are Pic-Tap-Go for general edits and cropping, and Diptic for making photo collages. The font I used was Ostrich Sans Bold which is a free font. I print most of my photos at home. Even though Stampin' Up doesn't carry these page protectors now, you can find the same pages from We R Memory Keepers. Here is the set I used (the second 12x12 ring multi-pack).



Whew! That is all for today. All of these pages will live in my "All About Us" album since they are about my everyday experiences in December. So, have you tried Project Life or pocket page scrapbooking? What did you think? I'll have a mini album that features a vacation cruise to share with you tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

Project Life Week 4 and Week 5

I have two more weeks of Project Life to share. This post covers Week 4 and Week 5.

For the title card of the week, I added a piece of dyed seam binding (made with Glimmer Mist), cut slits around the circular element of the title card and ran the ribbon behind it.


I also added a folded circle punched out of one of the Clementine papers, and stapled it to the top of the second journaling card. For the upper right corner, I combined 3 different pictures of my doggy in various poses enjoying a treat. And, I continue to use a digital date stamp from Katie Pertiet at Designer Digitals in the corner of each main photo.


For the last journaling slot, I added one of the filler cards and put down 3 scrunched pieces of washi tape from A Muse Studio. I am really using the main core kit, but occasionally I am adding in pieces of both old and new scrapbooking items from other lines.


Now, on to Week 5. Here is the full spread.


On the title card for the week, I added three rows of twine, and stapled it to the edges of the card with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I stapled part of a business card from On The Border to the journaling card for that day. And on the filler card, I added a piece of ribbon with a banner cut on the end and a wood flag from My Mind's Eye.


The right page is pretty plain. I'm still using the date stamp from last year's kit on all of the journaling cards, and the digital date stamp on the pictures. On the fourth journaling card, I die cut a circle from thin wood sheets from Stampin' Up, and stamped and die cut a spool image from Maya Road that I layered on top of the wood circle. I'm loving this look...faux wooden spool buttons!


A Day in the Life

About 2 weeks ago, I participated in Ali Edwards A Day in the Life documentation process. I am also working on Project Life this year, so I didn't want to stray too far from that process. I chose to use a different style of page protector for my pictures and also for my journaling.


For this page I also used Ali Edwards free download of the Day in the Life digital brush, and cut it with my Silhouette. I stapled it to the top left photo. I added a file tab that I printed on matte photo paper to the photo in the bottom row and stapled it to the top. I also cut some of the patterned papers with punches, stapled a circle to the bottom of the lower right photo and stitched 3 rows to a plain grid card. Then, I stamped at the top and bottom of the card. In addition to regular photos, I took a few screen shots from my phone to show the Weather Channel site and an e-mail I received in the morning. The page is sort of plain and simple, but now my photos can take center stage!


This is the back side of the same protector. The love banner in the upper left corner is from the digital elements. I printed it on matte photo paper, and then trimmed it out. I printed one of the circular embellishments from the digital kit, punched it with a circle punch and another slightly bigger circle to matte it with. I also diecut an even larger pinked edge circle from a different patterned paper as a 2nd matte. I diecut some banners using my Silhouette from other patterned papers, and stapled those along the left edge of one of the small photos. These page protectors are great for multiple pictures and other items. I really liked them for this project.

*Edited to add: I decided the top of this page needed something more. So, I used My Mind's Eye little chipboard banners threaded through some cotton thread. Then, I moved the printed document strip to the bottom of the half page below.*


I cut a piece of patterned paper in half for my journaling for the day. I printed out my schedule on vellum and stapled it to the left edge. I also printed out the word Document from the digital kit, trimmed it and adhered it to the top of the page.

*Edited to add: I added a teal ribbon in the middle of the upper right edge of the page below. It needed a little more color, and a third element there.*


On the back, I printed out my meals, some statistics about how many calls and e-mails I received, and some additional observations, gratitude and favorite moment journaling. I added a banner and tag that I printed from the digital kit at the top right edge, and an Amy Tan dog paper clip at the lower left edge.

This was a fun project, and I liked that I could make it fit into my Project Life world. I hope you enjoyed this post, and thanks for visiting!

Project Life Week 2 and Week 3

I am doing a pretty good job of keeping up on Project Life, but not so good at keeping up with the posts here on my blog! Today, I am catching up on a couple more weeks.

Here is the full spread for Week 2:


I am using the Clementine Core Kit and mainly the Design A Page Protectors as well as the Full Clementine Digital Kit to make some hybrid elements. I'm also using digital date stamps from Katie Pertiet.


For the title card for the week, I printed some of the labels from the digital kit, wrapped them over the top of the card and added some small staples. I also stapled a Tazo Chai Tea tag to the filler card.


For the card in the upper left pocket, I created a card on Photoshop Elements with ray shapes that I filled with the digital papers, and a center using one of the digital kit extras. Also, the black journal card I printed after attaching a graphic with the weather stats for the day added to it. Both of these were printed on Canon matte photo paper.

Here is the full page for Week 3:


On the left side title card, I used another label printed from the digital kit along with a piece of ribbon from my stash stapled to the top. I also added some Basic Grey paper lace to the bottom of the 2nd journal card, and a flower added with washi tape to the filler card for that week.


I added a crocheted flower and small silver brad from Stampin' Up to the first journal card. The 3rd journal card is a picture from my iPhone of an e-mail telling us we could leave early from work on a snowy day. In the lower right slot I printed a single sided large journal card from the digital kit. Both of those items were printed on matte photo paper. I wrote my Target shopping list for that day on the card. I'm really enjoying journaling with a dual-tipped marker, the thin end for the majority of the writing, and the thicker end to highlight the main point of the story. On to the next few weeks! I also participated in "A Day in the Life", and I'm almost done with that spread as well. Stay tuned for more info!

Project Life 2012! Cover & Week 1

A new year has come. I figured it was high time that I make my first post in 2012. I decided to do Project Life again this year. I "did" Project Life in 2011, but only in fits and starts. I will at some point go back and print all the pictures that I edited, write (or print) out the journaling that I kept track of and stuff the little bits of ephemera into the correct pockets. But, I'm not going to worry about filling it out or catching up. I decided to start fresh in 2012 with a clean slate and the new version of the Project.

Here is my title page:


*I used the Clementine Core Kit, and the Design A pages. I added Stampin' Up Real Red ribbon, Martha Stewart red baker's twine, black velvet Thickers, aqua foam Thickers, Stampin' Up postage stamp punch, 7 Gypsies red tape, and Making Memoris metal signs.*

This year, I am going to:

  • take more pictures of myself
  • write what I want to write each day
  • pick my favorite photo for the day (or pick another one from that week)
  • not stress out if my journaling and photo don't match subjects
  • keep the embellishments simple
  • write the date on the back of ephemera before it goes into the book
  • prep the cards a month at a time
  • use One Note in Windows Live Sky Drive and the One Note app for my iPhone to keep track of daily journaling
  • hand write or print the journaling out
  • Use both my iPhone and Canon dSLR to take photos

Here is the Week One spread:


Here is the left side:


*I am using the Project Life Clementine Core Kit and the Design A Page Protectors. I also purchased the full Clementine Digital Kit. I used that to print out the large journaling card in the lower left pocket, and also the circle and tag embellishments in the upper left pocket. I also am using my date stamp from last year's kit.* I stapled a part of a business card from the restaurant onto the journaling card. I'm also adding a digital date stamp to each photo using Digital Date Stamps from Katie Pertiet.*

Here is the right side:


*On this page, I cut some of the packaging from new sheets and my new Keurig, part of a business card from another restaurant and made a journaling card from my work anniversary card. I stapled a blank grid card to the left, and added the colored number stickers along the right in a rainbow of 9's for my 9th anniversary in the lower right pocket. I also printed out a journaling card using the digital kit in the upper left pocket. I did this because I didn't want to use the double-fold cards without using the back. I'm sure I have plenty that I could use them, but I'm just being a little thrify.

So, there you have it! I'll share the rest of my weeks of the album soon. I have one week to catch up on, and I need to get better about the picture a day approach. But, it's all good, right? I hope you've enjoyed this, and continue to visit in weeks to come. Thanks for visiting!