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Project Life Organization (on a budget)

November 3
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Project Life Card Organization on a budget with free printable! amberdowns.net

So as you may gather by my last post, I am a big Project Life fan. I love collecting the little cards and using them for my albums as well as other craft/personal uses. However, as soon as I purchased more than one pack, I knew I was going to have an mess. I wanted a simple, organized system to keep them, and I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg. (Really, I didn’t want to spend anything, I’d already spent enough on the project.)

I saw the cutest stuff on Pinterest with little carts, clear containers, wooden containers, so much stuff, but they were way over my non-existent budget so I started looking around at home.

 

 

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These are the lovely boxes in question.

I have an obsession with these $2 photo boxes from Michaels. OK. Technically they are $3.99, but they are on sale all the time for $2 or less. I find them at $1.67 and then sack a 20% off coupon! Anyways, I found one that I haven’t even used yet and went to work. One of the boxes we purchased had these cool little dividers in it. They were fairly flimsy and kinda ugly, but it gave me an idea.

I took the divider and made my own in my computer and printed them on card stock. I then added the titles of the categories to them and put them in the box. I considered decorating them with washi tape, but I wanted the tabs to be easy to find among the cards so I kept them the plain gray color of the card stock. You could of course decorate them if you wish.

 

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These are the categories I am starting with:
Title Cards
Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter
Christmas
Pinkish
Black and White
Wedding
Love and Valentines
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My camera really didn’t want to focus on this correctly. Sorry.

These categories work well based on the kits I have, but your categories may be entirely different. In making my categories I sat down in my living room and divided them up and made my selections as I went. This way I could really get a feel for what I needed and what would work well for my personal Project Life style. FYI I have the Seasons core kit so that definitely made dividing everything up easy, it also makes making my spreads easy as I have a place to start theme-wise.

I have attached the PDF file of the dividers to the bottom of this page if you would like to make your own. Print them out full size and cut along the lines. Its that easy! Also, I am pretty sure the boxes are on sale at Michaels this week.

Now to figure out how to organize the rest of my scrapbooking supplies…

Here is the PDF file of the template:

Photo box dividers template
Enjoy!

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Project Life- Or why I love pocket scrapbooking

October 25
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Project Life- or why I love pocket scrapbooking. All about my experience with Project life and why it is a great scrapbook and memory keeping system for me.

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.

This is a spread from my Husband's album

 

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.

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This spread utilizes the Seasons core kit.

 

 

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.

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From http://www.shopbeckyhiggins.com/

 

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.

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From http://www.shopbeckyhiggins.com

 

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.

Here are a few of the embellishments I use in my albums.

Here are a few of the embellishments and supplies I use in my albums.

 

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.

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Painting Craft Pumpkins

September 21
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Painting craft pumpkins

In case you live under a rock, fall is here.  Even here in Florida we are getting into the spirit of the season.  I decided that this year I wanted pumpkins on my front porch but was worried about them rotting as it is still pretty hot out.  So I had these lovely pumpkins for my front porch but they needed something.  I din’t have the time or energy to do a lot, and I wanted them to look real, so I painted them.  After glancing around the internet I realized I wanted to do something with chalkboard paint to give it a nice matte finish.  So I headed back over to my favorite place, Michael’s, and bought some paint.  I grabbed acrylic chalkboard paint as well as orange and gold.

 

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I decided to mix the chalkboard paint with the orange  a a little gold for my all over color.  I then did some accent strokes with the gold and orange and then just the gold.  These were to give the pumpkins some dimension so they looked real.

Easy craft pumpkin painting

The whole painting project took only 15 minutes and I left them to dry.

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Here is my finished project.

 

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Overall I am happy with the results.  My craft pumpkins look realistic and won’t rot in the hot Florida sun like the real thing will. I love the matte finish given by the chalkboard paint. The best part? This was so simple that if next year I want to do something fancy I can just paint over this and not feel bad about it.

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