Project Life and a confession

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Project Life

I have a confession to make.

Since I released my book, Life Scraps, how to scrapbook your life through storytelling, last spring…gulp…ready?

I have not scrapbooked even one 12 x 12 layout.

There.  I said it.  It’s on the table.

There are a few reasons why.

  1. I was a bit burned out.  I think I made about 70 scrapbook pages for that book.  Whew, that is a LOT of scrapbooking.  Since it takes me up to 2 – 3 hours to make a two page spread, I was a bit burned out.  That’s a lot of hours!
  2. Do I need to make more scrapbook pages?  All that time was worth it, because of HOW I was scrapbooking.  All 70+ of those pages told the stories of our life…those pages told about our personalities, traditions, values….so honestly, if I never made another page, it would be “okay” because I have created important pages. Pages that really mean something and get to the core of what our family is about.

Since I released the book, I have seen a huge change in the scrapbooking industry.  I am finding the trend is going more to, Smash Books and scrapbooks like what I have here with sleeves.

I ordered cards and pages from Project Life a few months ago and just really dove into it this weekend.

WOW!!!!!  PEEPS!  This was EASY!  I can still use my idea of TELLING THE STORY as I taught in my book, but instead of 2 -3 hours per page, I was cranking out page after page after page.  In 2 hours I think I did eight pages.

Project Life

For some of my spreads, I used the pre-printed journaling cards.

But because I am who I am (and that is crafty…) I HAD to do some of my own, as you can see here.  I used some of Stampin’ Up’s new Halloween Stamps and papers and the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set.  It really only took me a couple minutes to make up these journaling cards.

If you would like to learn more and get inspired to tell your family’s story, be sure to check out my book:  Life Scraps, how to scrapbook your life through storytelling

Leave me a comment…are you scrapbooking?  Are you doing the “traditional” 12 x 12 pages?  Journals?  Smash Books?  Project Life?  I’d love to know!   I’ll be sharing another page on my Facebook page, so be sure to hop over there and join in the conversation!

  • Pitchoune57 August 26, 2013, 5:12 pm

    lovely project life, I like vintage and I realise pages, cards…, bye from France

  • Tink August 26, 2013, 7:52 pm

    Catherine, this is the way I scrapbook. I did buy the project life pages because they were not varied enough for me. Instead, Stampin Up was offering 12×12 divided protector pages in many sleeve configurations. I made my own journal cards from SU supplies and stamps, including other brand stamps as well. I found that using those protector pages and later found protectors pages made by other companies very cost effective.

  • Catherine August 26, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Thank you for poppin gin here Pitchoune!

    I’m so glad you have enjoyed the SU pages, Tink! It’s a really great way to scrapbook quickly and making your own journaling cards is a great way to add that personal touch.

  • Maddie August 27, 2013, 5:28 am

    I have a smash journal that I just use as a personal journal for me, and I also bought the clementine project life. I love the concept but haven’t managed to get it into an album yet! I have been doing 1-2 12×12 pages each week and have filled an album as of today. Am loving the creative aspect of it at the moment!

  • Kim August 27, 2013, 10:46 am

    I’m thinking about Project Life. I used to be a big scrapbooker. But now I find it overwhelming. I think Project Life would be great because it would take away some of the aspects that overwhelm me.

  • Stephanie Wright August 27, 2013, 11:26 am

    I first saw Project Life a few weeks ago and really like the look of it… can’t wait to get started after completing a mammoth project getting the last 3 years worth of photos printed!

  • Sunshine August 28, 2013, 11:12 am

    I am a traditional scrap-booker. I do some quick pages and some story pages. I do like my pages to tell what is happening. Some emotions, some traditions and lots of fun.

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