A few months ago I decided I wanted to start putting together a physical photo album. I have years and years of digital photos but they are difficult to go through and even harder to enjoy with others. I had tried scrapbooking in the past and always felt it was way to much of a creative item versus being a memories storage device. Although beautiful, I knew i didn’t have the time or energy to come up with creative spreads for everything. I wanted a streamlined fill in the blank system and I found that with Project Life. Project life is a pocket page system with preprinted cards to help you decorate your pages based on a season, theme, or emotion. As soon as I saw the system at Michaels I knew it was perfect for me. It gave me the creative license to use my photos however I’d like along with the pre-made cards to help guide the pages and keep everything together with matching cards and color schemes.
Project life is most often used with a 12×12 binder. Most of the pockets are both vertical and horizontal 4×6 and 2×3, as well as some 2×2 pockets. This gives lots of options for photos and cards on a two page spread. I went with a smaller 6×8 book as I enjoyed how the smaller book felt in my hands. Although I love the large spreads of 12×12 binders, I didn’t love their large size to hold and work with. The company also makes smaller binders as well.
Many Project Life users (Project Lifers) Like to do a spread for each week. This is a great way to keep up with the day-to-day doings of your family but was too much for me. I went ahead and have my albums grouped by event with the intent of one or two small albums per year. Currently I have 3 albums. One for from 2011-2014, one album for wedding events and them my wedding, and one for 2015. Once every few months I go through my Picasa albums and my phone album and order prints for my book. I always check Snapfish, Shutterfly, and Walgreens.com for deals. Some have special offers for photos ordered with your phone.usually over-order on photos and then decide with I get them which ones I actually want to use. The prints are cheap enough that I am fine with this. Next I go through the prints and place them in my album how I want them. Project Life makes many different styles of pocket pages so I go though and see what layout works the best for the photos I want to use. I After I have the prints situated in the pages then I start adding Project Life cards and embellishments to my pages. I started with one Project Life Core Kit for my cards. Core Kits are lager card sets with 3 rows of 2×3 cards and one row of 4×6 cards. I picked the seasons core kit for my first one because I liked how it would work all year and give a great seasonal feel to all my photos. I highly recommend this kit for new project lifers.
One of my favorite aspects of Project Life and the pocket album system is journaling cards. These cards can be used to write down information about the photos or the day they represent including how you felt, as well as details about who was there or where you were.
Project life also sells smaller kits for holidays, babies, wedding, ect. I have the Southern Weddings card pack which I used in my wedding album.
The pocket album idea is done by other brands as well. A popular one is We R Memory Keepers. Many of the items by the brand and other similar brands are compatible and you can always cut other items or scrapbook paper to fit the pockets.
Overall, I really enjoy the Project Life product line and the way it has made scrapbooking and memory keeping doable for me. I love going back and looking at my albums and reading the cards knowing that I will always have these. I also throughly enjoy the creative process. It is almost like putting a puzzle together. What goes where? Does it fit? Does it match? What if I try this? Its kind of like creativity for the analytical mind. I do have to give a warning though; Once you start you will want all of the super cute embellishments, cards and albums.