Thursday, June 27, 2013

A post expaining my Project Life setup!

I have been keeping a Project Life album for the last 4 years, and I can honestly say it is the best thing I have done as far as memory keeping is concerned. The fact that I have recorded almost every day (in a photo or with journaling), of the last four years of my family’s life is amazing. My kids and I love to look back and remember what we did on a specific day in years gone by! Up until now I have had to import my products, so the fact that SCRAPBOOK STUDIO is now stocking Project Life products is fantastic!! Let me share with you a little about my Project Life setup and album for 2013.

This is my Project Life station which I have set up in our family room. My album is always open, ready for me to add a bit of journaling or to print a photo and to slip it into a pocket. I try not to get more than a couple of weeks behind so that I can remember the details of what happened on that specific day. I more often than not will sit down and have a session where I print out my photos, and then I add the journaling and extras here and there when I have the time!

The first product you will need to buy is the album. The next thing is the plastic sleeves that are used inside the album. I normally buy the pack that includes enough sleeves for the whole year.

I LOVE that you are able to buy journaling cards, fill-in cards, and the 4 x 6 cards that are used for you to fill in the date (in this photo that is the green card with the black arrow). I have been keeping a PL album  for a number of years now, so to make this album a bit different I use hand journaling, text from the computer, and an old typewriter to write my journaling. Hand writing is obviously the quickest option to use. I normally buy the card pack that includes enough cards for a whole year. I took my cards out of the box that they came in and moved them and some other “stuff” into this metal container which I bought from a street vendor. 

These are the dividers that separate each month of the year.

These are the products that I use all the time in my album. I round all the corners of my photos, and use the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to attach any memorabilia or other bits or bobs that I would like to include with a photo.

Here is a week’s spread. Sometimes I don’t do a journaling card for a specific day, and sometimes I print more than one photo for a day. It is all entirely up to you!! Project Life is all about you, and YOUR memories.

Here are some photos of some of my pages. I like to add some stickers, do some journaling on strips, include memorabilia when I have it and add washi tape strips. I use a computer program called Picasa to edit and print my photos; it can be downloaded for free off the internet.


I hope you have been inspired to take up Project Life!!!


Juls said...

It looks amazing!!! Hugs Juls

Sharon said...

Love your Albums Rene. Just not sure if I have enough going on in my life to fill an, me not having young kiddies anymore. I may have to start with a mini Album hugs Sharon x

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

I love posts like this, where you get to see someone's space and learn a bit about them too. Fab stuff :)

Denise van Deventer said...

Gorgeous Rene....I really think I must start somewhere....and you make it look so easy! I think the difficult part for me, would be keeping up from week to week! I must try! ;-))

Lynette said...

Very inspiring Rene...something that I wish was around when my children were still small.

Erica said...

Hi Rene
Thank you so much for a fantastic and very inspirational article!
I am definitely going to look closer into Project Life now! :~}

RiNNE said...

I'm only starting PL this year and I love it! Thanks for the cool post!!

Rosalie said...

What an amazing album!!!Me and my partner just had our baby I think this would be a great idea to make a first year album for all I need is some organization skills that I extremely

Petra Swart said...

WOW, this is a stunning project, Rene! I wish I was organized and dissiplined enough to do something like this!! TFS.

cat said...

I get totally excited when I find another Project Lifer - and such an experienced one too!

Elena Pienaar said...

Love the post
Where do you get your Journaling cards

Elena Pienaar said...

Love the post
Where do you get your Journaling cards