07 February 2013

Project Life Week 1-2


Can you believe it is already February? I am shocked how fast time goes by as a mother. I don't feel like I achieve a great day most days other than meeting her needs and a little (not nearly enough) keeping the house tidy... okay that bits probably a lie. I spend the time I should be cleaning being creative. Thankfully Lily is a great baby so each day I manage to squeeze in some sort of crafting. Especially since I am now the newest Project Life addict.

For those of you who do not know what Project Life is, it is a simplistic style of scrapbooking and memory keeping envisioned by Becky Higgins. Essentially it takes the time consuming part out of traditional scrapbooking as Becky has put together kits that pretty much have everything you need to throw together a yearly scrapbook. Her core kits come complete with enough journalling and filler cards to fill an album. In fact, Becky offers starter kits with an album, page protectors and a core kit so all you need to add is your photos and journalling really. Easy.

Here is the link to Becky Higgins blog if you're keen to learn more: Becky's Blog

But in saying that, I have never been that simple so Project Life isn't always as quick as that if your style is a bit more like traditional scrapping, which is my preference. I am only a newbie but I already like to mix it up a bit with different kits or using bits of my stash for embellishing too. Its up to you what you want to do with your Project Life. Same goes whether you want to be a daily record keeper, weekly or just event based.

So that's enough on the educational stuff... now onto the actual photos. My title page is incomplete as I plan to have a family photo session organised soon and will use photos from that shoot for my cover page. So not much point sharing that as it is really just using some Simple Stories SNAP free printables. 

Now you may laugh... I actually completed January around a week ago. Then decided I wasn't overly impressed. I thought I would prefer a monthly style PL, but decided I did want a weekly breakdown so I ended up re-doing my entire January. Oops!

Here are weeks 1-2 full page spread:
Materials: Becky Higgins page protectors; Becky Higgins digital seafoam collection; Becky Higgins Mayfield kit; Becky Higgins grid cards; Simple stories SNAP free printables; SNAP paper; American crafts thickers; Studio Calico wood veneer; EP alphas; Martha Stewart ink; D-lish scraps doily; Dymo labeller.

                                                                   Week 1 close up:

Week 2 close up

The Becky Higgins Seafoam collection - digital (Can be purchased here).

I have also included a quote on my cardstock which can be downloaded as a freebie along with lots of other well known inspirational quotes from current Project Life DT member Elise Blaha here. I thought it was a great quote to start off the year. Elise is also the designer of the amazing Seafoam edition.

Also in the past couple of weeks since learning of Project Life and starting my own PL journey, I have discovered a whole big world of freebies out there. I have also learnt a few basic editing tricks in Photoshop Elements... something I had no clue about a week or so ago. Yep, even I am amazed I purchased elements from a digital kit! But keep an eye out for freebies for those of you who are just starting out or considering the digitial scrapping option.

At this stage, Becky Higgins products can be purchased from Craft House in New Zealand for Aussie customers however come May, it will be available for purchase from many local Aussie retailers, in time for the new release products. And there are so many of them. I cannot wait to get my hands on a few of the upcoming core kits!

So... have you tried Project Life? I'd love to hear other people's experiences and reasons for PLing!

Holly xo

1 comment:

Alanna said...

Love it!! I purchased some of the new Echo Park photo sleeves recently and plan on using them to incorporate a bit of "Project Life" inspiration into my albums. My goal for this year is to get my 21st scrapped, and these photo pages will help a lot.

Thanks for the links to the freebies etc, will be keeping an eye out for those in the future!! :)