Project Life was brought to my attention by Lydia Sparkles & Amy Antoinette via Instagram and Twitter. As a huge stationery fan, I’ve always liked finding new forms of crafting but I don’t really have much time for just-for-the-sake-of-it hobbies any more. However; Project Life looked like a brilliant way to craft and save memories too!
Project Life is basically a album based way of scrapbooking using a file and inserts to keep photographs, notes and other memories in one place. It is easier than scrapbooking (no glue!) and looks very elegant too. The idea is that you work out a system that suits you so that you can record your life easily, because I know too well that it’s easy to run out of time for things like scrapbooking.
To begin with you need a 12×12 Binder, a “Core Kit” (or you can make it up yourself as I did) and some photo pocket pages. This concept was created by Becky Higgins, so if you Google her, you will all the possible component designs you can buy. I chose the green design (purchased from Hobbycraft) but there’s a nice selection on eBay also. I chose mixed wallets from a pack (60 wallets) which I think fills about half of a folder.
I must really say that this kit is an expensive investment (in my opinion). I spent around £80 just on the three components mentioned above, so this is not by any means ‘cheap’ to do. If you don’t want to spend that sort of money of a binder and refills, then you can absolutely 100% get any big binder from a stationers, photo album refills and print off your own cards – it could be done for a fraction of the price.
I made the investment because I like the look of the finished Project Life folders I have seen and the idea that the cards already fit the spaces of the plastic wallets – so I spent the money partially because of laziness, partially because I just like how the kits look. But it IS expensive for essentially a file, some plastic wallets and some card. Price aside…
Instead of buying the ‘Core Kit’ which is a selection of cards that fit into the wallets (as this was around £30!) I chose my own sheets from a website called Craftie Charlie (I found them via eBay).
I got a basic Becky Higgins Kit called ‘Live Brightly’ then a selection of sheets that were only about £1 each – they DO REQUIRE CUTTING OUT YOURSELF – obviously I will delegate this to Mr C because I can’t cut in straight lines to save my life.
I prefer doing this actually because in my head I know what things I want to cover (basically, H is two now so I’d like to be able to have some memories for him, then also for Baby no 2) and there are lots of different sheets and designs I can use whereas a Core Kit is quite same-y. For examples one of my sheets has French and Paris related themes, which will be great for our Paris holiday memories.
Another key component is PHOTOS!
Basically you can work with 6×4 or 3×4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=047wIcUWD9Iwill show you how to prepare 3×4 images on a 6×4 sheet using PicMonkey. I did this until my eyes turned square and I couldn’t take it any more (put it this way – I have about 21,000 images of Harrison, and thats just on my mobile phone). I printed the rest in 6×4 cos it’s much easier!
Due to the volume of prints, I used TRUPRINT, which was the best value as there’s a 50% off code plus 50 free prints for new customers. I got over 500 photos for around £12!
Finally I got a few key crafty bits and bobs, like hole punches, crafting pens from Amy Tangerine (from TK MAXX) and a corner rounder punch!
I haven’t actually started yet because I am quite busy at the moment and I need a few hours to sit down and cut out the paper and photos. I will show you what I have done once I am done! Hopefully after covering the first 2 years of Harrison’s life, I will be able to keep up and do a sheet per week!
Have you used Project Life?
*I bought everything from Hobby Craft and Craftie Charlie. Sign up to Hobby Crafts newsletter to get 15% off.