my project life

ETA: Oops! I just made it very clear that the example Project Life page I used was TOTALLY random from a quick Google search, ha! I gave credit to the wrong crafty lady! Looks like Jessica, from themomcreative.com, had this posted on her blog as a guest post… oops! So Kayla Aimee, from kaylaaimee.com, is actually the one who made the spread! She’s also doing her spread in a non-traditional way. (Though still super cute!) For a better representation of what I was trying to explain, see the side by side comparison further down. Sorry! ❤

babies!

I’ve been Project Life-ing a TON this week. They recently had a sale (still going on for a little bit today!) where all in-app purchases were only $0.99! At first I was hesitant about the whole thing. Scrapbooking on my phone? How would I get my photos? How many in-app purchase would I have to make to make just one page?

This is Project Life:

Random adorable spread from random Google search. Credit to themomcreative.com and kaylaaimee.com.

So, photos go into pockets and then cards go into the other pockets. There are filler cards, journaling cards, title cards, etc. You might remember this kind of scrapbooking from my video about our trip to California and our time spent at Legoland the Lego Chima Waterpark. Jessica, from themomcreative.com, Kayla Aimee, from kaylaaimee.com, uses a lot of super cute embellishments and totally makes it look different which I love… but I’m very much a noob and that’s another post!

So, Project Life: it’s pocket scrapbooking – things go into the pockets. Easy, quick, fulfilling, and oh-so-cute.

Now bare minimum, in order to do this, you need a book (or pages that will go into a larger book), photos, and cards. You could use scrapbook paper, cut and trimmed. I used paper as well in my completed book, but I also love the Project Life cards. (Some of the cards in the video in my Legoland album are We R Memory Keepers, they’re available at Walmart and fit almost perfect in the pockets and are interchangeable.)

A “kit” contains 4×3 cards and 4×6 cards:

Example of a “Core Kit”

The price of the kits varies depending on what you get, whether it’s a new or discontinued kit, etc. Kits are wonderful, I love having them to chose from, organizing by color, playing with them while scrapbooking, etc. But! While some cards are repeated in the kit (depending on what size kit you get) once the card is used – it’s used. That’s it. For some cards, you wouldn’t want to repeat them over and over, and I totally get that. But some cards are definitely made neutral and with a matchy, reusable type design and I might use them as a neutral filler or a favorite journaling card – BUT – eventually the repeats run out too.

Enter Project Life app. This app is SO fun. It’s just like Project Life that you put together on your desk or table, but app style! You can start out with a few selected kits for free and then when they had their sale – I went crazy! Even at their regular (inexpensive) price, these aren’t printed cards, people! They’re unlimited! *enter emoji with heart eyes* You order “kits” just like you do IRL but they’re digital. During the sale at just $0.99 per kit (ANY kit) it was an absolute steal!

You make your pages the same way you do with paper photos and cards. Select which photo you want to go in which spot. Done. There are different layout options and even background color options, though I’ve stuck with a simple white so far. If you’re iOS it uses Dropbox and your gallery to sort through for photos to scrap, and if you’re Android it uses your gallery and Google Photos. Just, love.

Once you’ve completed your page(s) you can print, slip into a non-pocket page (think page protector but 8×8 or 12×12 size) and you’re set! They look almost identical. Look! Click here to see them side by side! (These are Jennifer Johnson‘s pages. She was chosen for the Project Photo Rescue done by Becky and her team. DREAM! I guess that’s the disadvantage to being a little crazy about organization… you don’t win a chance for Becky to come help!)

Here are a few of the ones I’ve been working on:

Page for Charlie’s book

(star is just added for a cover-up)

Page for Liv’s book

I’ve been enjoying myself and my bazillion new “kits” on the app. I’m officially doing all my kids’ albums in the 8×8 size which is such a relief. I’ve always wanted to do scrapbooks for each child plus family and couple books, but was so overwhelmed by the task. Now having them all digital makes it so much more manageable. I’m not printing multiple copies of certain photos that I want each child to have, I’m just putting them in digitally!

This won’t be the last thing you’ll hear about Project life, that’s for sure. I’m almost done with Las Vegas and Mexico in our Anniversary Vacations album. Just in time for our cruise, ha! We have a specific Disney Creative Memories album that will house our Disney vacations – so Disneyland, from the same trip as Legoland, will go into my Creative Memories album like our wedding and honeymoon.

Embracing the crazy mess of differences and enjoy the evolution of my personal scrapbooking is what Project Life is all about. And I’m enjoying it.

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