I’ve been working on a post on Project Life since starting out in December 2014, but I never got around to finishing it because it always ended up being too long. I figured I’d split them into parts (if anyone wants me to expound on anything, that is) and just begin from the beginning.
Developed by Becky Higgins, Project Life is basically a scrapbooking or “memory keeping” system that, in theory, is the easiest, most fuss-free shit to do on the planet. It involves 3 basic things:
An album or a binder, page protectors (kind of like the ones you use to keep basketball cards in), and photos.
The album I’m using now is 6×8-inch but the more common size is a 12×12-inch. I’m looking to move up to that size; I’m just waiting for my album and protectors. The idea is that you just slip things into the pockets et voilà—instant fun layout.
Journaling Cards? Core Kits?
Aside from photographs, an arguable necessity to the Project Life are the Core Kits, a set of cards in a color scheme, sized 3×4 inches and 4×6 inches. These slip into the page protectors really easily. Core Kits have hundreds of cards and, in my opinion, aren’t that necessary when starting off with Project Life. I bought “shares” (or core kits in a smaller quantity) from Life Documented Manila, but even then, I find the amount of cards to be too much.
Although I enjoy some of the designs of the Project Life Core Kits, they repeat designs too much. I prefer buying from sites like Studio Calico and these Kelly Purkey ones designed by Ch of LDM.
Journaling cards provide a break in the images, space to write thoughts in, or a base to slip in photos that are too small for the pockets. My favorite cheap alternative to this are the Corona 4×6 index cards:
I split them in the middle so they’ll fit into the 3×4 pockets. I’ll stamp, paint, or draw patterns on them if I find white too plain. Here are examples of the pages I’ve made so far:
My first spread: featuring my BFFs, Isa (now based in Alabang huhu) and Barby (now based in Chicago), as well as gross photos printed from a home printer.
One of my 2015 spreads: I used big photos and found patterned paper (first slot) from a brochure about coffee.
I started Project Life because I was looking for a kind of comeback into the world of scrapbooking (I was into it as a child, lol) but the “traditional” way seemed so complicated. This was easy enough for my feeble mind to comprehend, and it’s easy enough for it to remain therapeutic and stress-free. Right now, I’m doing a weekly “spread,” though I sometimes go beyond the allotted pockets.
I also saw so many awesome layouts that kind of reflected the kind of “scrapbook” I wanted to make and keep. Here are a few of them, to hopefully inspire you:
Kelly Purkey (photo), Ch Herrin (photo), Geralyn Sy (photo)
I’m not sure if I should go on about my process (lol what process), materials, methods, and whatnot as there are already a lot of people who make better pages that are showing bits and pieces of their processes online. I do intend on posting some of my spreads, though.
I know a few people who’ve also started doing Project Life, and I hope this helps you make up your mind if you were thinking about doing it, too. :) Please let me know if you have any questions!