First I have to say that I am in love with this Project and so happy that I somehow kept with it (wrting on my daily planner, taking pictures and getting their printed and in the album and so on). I will eventually get everything together (journaling + photos + memorabilia + album).
It is important to me that I finally found my voice, my way of doing PL. It might be not the way that most of the people are doing but it is the way it works for me. I am definitely not trying to make weekly spreads in the future. I am happy with my non-weekly approach and how the album flows.
1. That week I only worked on Project Life. Everything else had to wait, mostly because I did not had space in my desk LOL It started pretty organized but I soon had small bits of paper and journaling cards everywhere.
2. One can never have so many journaling cards. Seriously. Different sizes, colors with more or less room for journaling.
I used mostly the journaling cards I designed (available as physical product and as printables in my Etsy store, Dawanda store and at Two Peas in a Bucket). I do not have a PL core kit. It is not available for sale here in Germany and the shipping costs from UK are simply to high for me. I am not ready to spend as much as the price of the kit in shipping costs. I am so in love with the new Olive edition. It is so me! I’ll sure purchase the digital edition of it when it is available 🙂
3. Put those paper pads to a good use.
I have a growing collection of paper pads. And I forget about them. When I need a piece of paper I usually look in my scrap box and the paper pads remain untouched. The small sized patterns are great for Project Life! I had so much fun using the small pages to design some cards and as journaling cards too.
Be sure to check the beautiful selection of favorites that I have available for sale on my dawanda store.
4. The perfect little touch: wood veneer and washi tape.
It seems that you can’t find a page in the galleries which does not include some washi tape and/or wood veneer actually. And you won’t find a page spread in my PL album without them too 😉 The perfect size, a fun little touch and I love the dimesion they bring to the pages.
5. Print your photos first
It totally works FOR ME. I had my photos printed without a plan. I simply got they printed, put in the album and them started the journaling part. I moved photos when I had more journaling, had to insert a page protector here and there, changed my mind about including layouts in the album during the update week. It went like a breeze. In two occasions I wished I had another picture about an event (you see the blank pockets in the photo above). I left the pocket empty and will get a picture printed for this place next time .
6. Save your memorabilia.
Be sure to have a dedicated place for memorabilia. A little box where you can throw the things you want to save for your album. And use it. Seriously. Put the little bits of life in this box, so they do not get lost or dirt or something. Bring the box to your desk when you are scrapping your PL page spreads.
7. Bring me on the stamps!
They are everywhere in my cards: a little camera here, an arrow there, an airplane… love how easy is to make a journaling card unique with a bit of ink. I overused my favorite date stamp and decided to keep only with it (even if I have 4 different date stamps) for an unified element through the entire album.
8. Use you handwriting
I usually print my journaling on my scrapbooking pages. I only handwrite journaling in cards or tags. But I decided to go with the easiness of getting a pen and journaling cards to get my PL pages done. And do you know what? I love seeing all that handwriting of mine in the album. Really love it. And the next generations will know that I could write, not only choice fancy computer fonts LOL
9. In love with divided page protectors
I have to confess that I love pocket scrapbooking 🙂 For my album I have a combination of a variety pack from We R Memory Keepers, some Design A pockets and lots of American Crafts protectors with (6) 4×6″ pockets. Love those because I get them for a fair price and because I can use the pockets the way I want, to hold one large picture or a smal + journaling card or two journaling cards as you see in the page above (detail below).
10. Stay strong
This is my goal right now. I want to keep with my (almost) daily notes system and get the album updated ASAP. In fact I want to work one one month behind (get the photos printed in the end of the month and get them scrapped). But first I have to start June LOL. And get the August pictures printed.
I hope that my journey as project lifer can encorage some of you out there to work on your albums and find your pace.
This project is so cool. Let’s go for it.
Here is a list of the products I used to update my Project Life album, available on Two Peas in a Bucket. If you are in Germany or in Europa please visit my dawanda.de store, as I carry mamny of these product there and the shipping costs are much more afordable.