Do you ever wait so long to ask a question that you then become embarassed to ask it? Well, that's me, but now I figure there are enough newbies out there wondering the same thing that I can ask "for their benefit". What is Project Life? I see so much posted about it, and everyone seems to be doing it, but I've never seen anything really telling me what it is. So, I've posted this question for the newbies - yeh, that's it - I'm asking for them!
Edited by dwelch on 03-21-13 07:03 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
Project Life is the same as P365, where people commit to taking a photo every day for a year (with P365, other projects have different time scales like all December, every December, for example) to record daily life.
The photos aren't scrapped as such, they go into a photo album that has 2 or 4 6x4 pockets per page. You can add 6x4 decorated journalling spots interspersed if you want to.
Do a search for it in the Gallery - lots of people post their pages.
Years ago, there was a "Project 365" that started for photographers really. It was taking a photo a day for 365 days or one year. You presumably would get better at photography and try some things "outside the box"....
Some years later, Becky Higgins (a scrapbooker) built on this idea by putting together a system for easily scrapping your life. She put together a 12x12 album, page protectors that were divided into different sized slots and journalling cards.
It was a system that started to make it really easy to just put your photos in the slots, journal on a card and stick that in and you were done. There was no pressure that you were behind. It was easy and fast to do.
Today, lots of other companies are making divided page protectors and "project life" style journalling cards.
The whole idea of Project Life has developed and grown. You can find journalling and photo prompts all over the internet. People have adjusted it to fit their lifestyle....some do it by the week or month, some have done this style to make a baby book or wedding planner or wedding album etc.....
Some people have incorporated the divided page protectors into their regular scrapbooking or vice versa. Some people have added lots of embellishments etc. to their Project Life pages and cards but it's not necessary.
So basically you are taking a lot of photos and scrapping them the easiest and quickest way possible to get your life into albums. Even people that don't traditionally scrapbook can do this and do, do it.
I did Project Life last year and I liked it for a few reasons,
It got me taking more photos and learning more about photography.
I scrapped more about my everyday life.
I think I will enjoy looking back, 20 years from now and seeing what 2012 looked like....
It was also difficult because I was still trying to do my traditional scrapbooking and it is hard to do both....
I am thinking about starting PL and I have none of the page protectors or kits yet but I got off track with my regular scrapbooking cause I didn't have as much time as I used to so with PL being more simple I wanted to try it. We just got a new printer too so I can now print out my photos. Do any of you have any advice or suggestions for a newbie just starting out with PL?
I just picked up a PL kit recently because I thought it would really enhance my quasi-genealogical efforts at scrapping some of my grandmother's photographs. I have been making pages for the photos I know I can work with, but so many pictures have people I don't know and can't journal about so I don't feel I can do justice to them in a regular layout. I chose the Heritage edition because it seemed the most logical for the job. I can put pictures in the pockets and add a pretty card and journal on it later if someone can tell me something about the pictures or people. It has become a great way for me to organize my pictures and do at least something with them.
I also want to get my mom started on this so that she can organize her pictures. She wants to make albums and has asked me to show her how to use my Cricut so that she can make "little thingies" to put with the pictures. I think Project life is a good starter album for her.
We are on our 4th year if project life and we still love it! The first two years we used the Becky Higgins kits and did daily photos and journaling. The third year we built our own books using creative memories products and used photos from each week with a weekly summary eah week. This year we made our own kit out of products I have in my stash and are doing photos from each week with journaling whenever it is needed - much more casual than in previous years. There is no right or wrong way! It is alot of fun to look through our books from the last few years and see our every day life documented.
This afternoon I just finished putting photos from my childhood (1967-1989) into two 12x12 albums and I will be working on the journaling for these books using two different Becky Higgins kits. It is a completely awesome feeling to have all of these pictures out of their old magnetic albums and into something archival.
Doing project life to document our everyday frees up my time to scrap our trips the traditional way and that's what I love most about the system.
I just started it recently. I'm not using it like 365 though - that's way too aggressive for me - if I tried that it would just be one more project that never got done.
I do try to incorporate much more "daily life" stuff. Because it goes together pretty quickly, I feel like I can manage to scrap more than just the big events. For example, recently I did a few pages from a business trip I went on and am doing a page of DH&DD planting the garden today. That type of stuff would have never gotten done before. I think of it as a way to speed up the process so I can capture more in my albums.
I view Project Life not so much as scrapbooking every week but a simpler way to scrapbook using their page protectors and cards over a traditional 12 x 12 page. Now lots of companies offer that type of scrapbooking like We R Memory Keepers.
My wonderful children gave me a PL kit for Mother's Day and I haven't touched it. I love the idea of such a concept, but I'm such a scrapbook snob. So now you're going to get one of these "long story short" stories. Last month I ran into the Mother of one of my high school friends. Her daughter Shirley passed away at the age of 25, Shirley and I had been friends in high school and for several years prior to her passing. Her Mom told me that she didn't have any pictures from any of Shirley's and my many trips. I came home and pulled my old albums out and scanned over 100 pictures. My first thought was to scrap these pictures in a traditional albums for her. But she was only in the area for a couple weeks. I ended up using a 6x8 SNAP album...it was great, it took me all day, and it turned out great. The pictures all went into page protectors, mostly 4x6, a couple of 3x4 and some full pages of 6x8. 3 chipboard pieces in the albums allowed me to be a bit creative...and also on the album cover. No, this isn't what I normally do, and wouldn't want to do it all the time...but I love what I created in one day...I'm pulling my PL kit out now, and will be starting that soon.
I made Project Life what I wanted it to be for me. I don't take a picture everyday, I don't have a kit, I don't follow any "rules," except the ones I make for myself.
I started last year and used a large 3-ring binder album and divided page protectors, and use papers and embellishments that I already have. I do mine weekly, Sun-Sat. I always have three things: title card upper left with week # and dates, a printed card with journalling about our week, and a "this week" card with a few questions that are answered each and every week.
I include things like what movies we watched that week, places we went, funny anecdotes. I have found it to be very worthwhile, since so many of those kinds of stories wouldn't make it into my regular scrapbook. A prime example is me journalling about how after a long Monday at work, I was dreading going to the grocery store, and the young people working there were so nice and helpful, it cheered up the rest of my evening. I would never make a layout about that, but it was a nice moment that I included in my Project Life that week.
Here's a link to my pages and process from last year: HERE Hope that will give you some perspective from someone who does it totally differently than most!
I love scrapbooking in this style. I don't really follow any sort of schedule - I just prefer to do my scrapping in divided pages instead of a 12x12 layout. It's the cardmaker in me that is afraid of large layouts. ;-)
I do my project monthly. I add in a 12x12 for the beginning of the month with a photo of the kids or of the 5 of us and I end the month with a LO about a story that I might not normally tell in my regular scrapbooks. I don't try to worry about a photo a day. I know I would make myself crazy with it and wouldn't keep up with it. I include movie ticket stubs, Gift cards (who knows if they will be around in even 5 years?), business cards from a breakfast place we love, etc. I also add a small calendar with the highlights of the month indicated..for example, football games (my daughter is a cheerleader), birthdays, special events. Sometimes I even add a funny FB post. I make it work for me.