I stumbled upon the wonderful world of Becky Higgins one lovely afternoon during naptime… oh those were the days, quietly enjoying some R&R while the small children do the same. Much to my demise, Ben has since decided napping is not his thing, oh well… I had a good run. Anyway, I was reading a blog post about creating a family binder (something I’ve been rather haphazardly putting to use for a little over a year now, a work in progress for sure) and she mentioned keeping her family binder on a desk in her kitchen (readily accessible to all) next to her Project Life binder.
“Hmmm…. what’s Project Life?” After a quick Google search I was introduced to (and fell in love with) the world of Project Life.
I had been a ‘scrapbooker’ for years. Spent countless hours creating carefully designed page spreads to preserve the memories of our new family. Then I had child #2 and far less time to devote to my hobby. Once #3 arrived my scrapbooking hobby was down for the count. Thousands of dollars of supplies sat untouched for months at a time and the photos lived on my computer. Enter that fateful afternoon, and the great Becky Higgins, which changed how I view memory saving forever!
Binder, core kit (pre-cut cardstock in MANY different ‘editions’), page protectors and you’re ready to go.
NO cutting or gluing necessary and SUPER FAST!!!
One of the best things about Project Life is that it can be as simple or involved as you’d like. I’ve been going WAY simple as I have little to no time to devote to our albums. Still, I have our pictures off of our computer and into a book where we can enjoy them AND they’re fun to look at AND include little notes and stories about the photos. In order to purchase my first kit (about $75 total) I listed all of my traditional scrapbooking supplies on a local yard sale site. Looking back, it would have been nice to hang on to some of those items to embellish my pages a bit but money was tight and I desperately wanted to try PL so it was what needed to be done at the time. I have started to pick up some little stickers etc again and have plans to begin incorporating them into our albums soon.
My goal when I purchased my first kit last January was to have our entire year of memories documented and ready to enjoy shortly after the new year. I am very happy to report that I reached my goal!! Shortly after New Years, on a cold winter afternoon, I was able to finish the last pages and present a completed album to my husband and kids.
We very much enjoyed carefully going through each page remembering all our family had done during 2012. It was a very special time that I hope to make a tradition for our family.
So far in 2013 I have our book up to date through my daughter’s birthday (March). I had planned to print a stack of pictures (usually around 200-300) when one of the photo sights are running a special print deal and spend an afternoon getting up to date. Yep, I can usually get a stack of 200-300 pictures organized, journaling complete, and into the album in less than 4 hours… TOTAL.
Well… I missed my summer date, my summer has been NUTS! So I decided to hold off until we get through our family vacation (NEXT WEEK!!!) and the ‘first day of school’ pictures then spend a quiet Saturday afternoon in September working on our album.
There are TONS of blogs out there who take PL to the next level and, using the core kit as their base, make beautiful spreads that would make any seasoned scrapbooker swoon.
That said, in my current season of life, simple is definitely better. I love Project Life, even have plans to get all my old photos into PL binders, and can’t see myself ever going back.
Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you have used Project Life!