Project Life.. no kids? and a couple of questions
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Posted: 12/26/2012 2:20:10 PM
Okay, I wanted to do this last year and I was talked out of it so I didnt, and I still really want to do this. I dont know to much about it, but is it basically scrapping a picture a day? I do not have kids so would that be silly? ( I do watch my neice 2 days and my nephews 3 days) so I dont think I will have to much trouble taking pictures, but what else is it about? I dont have much spending money for scrapbooking so if I was to find a kit on the for sale or trade board for a good price is that all I will need?

Thanks for answering and feel free to share some tips.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 2:28:11 PM
I believe it is about documenting your life. The little bits, the big bits, and the in-between bits. I don't think it would be silly for you to do Project life. It's life, so document it :0) Also, I don't think you would need a kit. Just page protectors and an ablbum. I have heard the page protectors fit in most 12x12 D ring albums. I bought a WeR Memory Keepers album. I did buy the core kit and wish I would have just used my stash.


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Posted: 12/26/2012 2:37:56 PM
Project Life can really be anything you want it to be. While many PLifers have kids/families, I think the concept can fit for anyone.

I'm at a "no kids, no spouse" part of my life and I can still make it work for me. I tend to have a lot more of the world around me in mine - news events and their impact, daily doings/goings, work, hobbies, pets, nature, the cost of things (i.e. gas prices), etc.

Re: supplies, while the traditional approach has been the pocket page protectors, you can make whatever supplies you have work for this concept. If you are a 12 x 12 scrapper and have those page protectors, simply arrange your photos and journalling cards on the paper and you are done, If you want one page per week or two pages per week, the choice is yours.

The point is simply to document (in words and pictures) your life. So go crazy, get creative, go simple, use your own stash or buy new. Just record and document.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 2:38:46 PM
great answer @whimpysue!

You can make it how you want it to be. A photo a day. A few photos for the week with journaling. Add in tickets, receipts. You can get a kit or use up a scrapbooking supplies you already have. If you don't have any supplies and are not wanting to buy a kit, that's fine! I would maybe start with some 6x6 or 8x8 pads and date stamp. It really can be as simple as that! Of course you can add in stickers, decorative tape and lots of other scrapping embellishments. It also doesn't have to be 12x12. You can do a smaller size if you think that might fit your needs better.

I'm starting PL in the new year. We can all support each other!

I think you'll find Two Peas and the message board to be a great place for Project Life ideas and encouragement in 2013



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Posted: 12/26/2012 2:41:14 PM
Check my gallery. I did my own thing last year, no kids, just me and my husband.



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Posted: 12/26/2012 3:01:58 PM
Yes it is doable without kids. I am childless and have completed 48 weeks this year. I am little behind due to computer issues right now. I had plenty to take pictures of. I love looking at my Pl album. There are lots of online free journaling cards. I used the Clementine digital edition, page protectors and 2 American Crafts albums. Plus lots of my stash.


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Posted: 12/26/2012 4:07:43 PM
Thanks so much everyone, I needed the little push to take myself over the edge! I don't think I am going to get a kit. I will just use the paper I have and buy the pages and an album to put it in.

I appreciate all the advice!

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Posted: 12/26/2012 4:14:48 PM
Target has WRM albums, Michael's has a lot of page protector choices or you can order the PL protectors on amazon. I bought a WRM album from Archivers with a coupon :0)


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Posted: 12/26/2012 4:22:38 PM
I did Project Life in 2010 and am doing it next year. I don't have children. I have two grown stepdaughters who I seldom see because they live so far away. Our albums are about my husband and I. We have work, hobbies, a pet, other family, vacations, and all kinds of day to day stuff. There are plenty of things you can cover without children.

I use my photos on regular pages. I don't use the divided pages. The concept of taking a photo a day is what is important to me.


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Posted: 12/26/2012 4:27:39 PM
i made it throught this year w/ no kids - i have 6-8 pics a week - all kinds of different things - basically, our first year married.



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Posted: 12/26/2012 5:00:12 PM
No kids certainly doesn't mean no life! And even those PLers with kids are often doing the memory keeping for themselves, not their kids. I'm a university pea starting PL in 2013, and I'm excited! To be honest I don't take photos all that often, but scrappy fun and journaling are enough for me!

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Posted: 12/26/2012 5:03:08 PM
I am new to PL and have no children. I would suggest watching youtube videos if you can, this helped me understand the concept. Some are very detailed and others not so much, it's all in how you want to approach it.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 5:10:18 PM
I also have no children and am starting PL for the first time. I've kept journals off and on since I learned to write and always used pretty pens and stickers. Once I began scrapping in July, then learned about PL here on the forums, it seemed only natural for me to journal this way. I did not buy a full kit, but since I am relatively new to scrapping, I needed a new album and more papers, so I went with a simple stories album and a few pieces from the kits. I hope this is enough, along with what I already have. Good luck this year and I'm sure you will find plenty of things to document.

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Posted: 12/26/2012 5:24:42 PM
I have no kids or spouse and I'm on my 3rd year of PL. For me it's much like a journal with photographs included. I include my dog, family, friends, students (I teach at my LSS), home, etc. I usually have more than enough to fill my pages. I'm sure you can do the same!

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Posted: 12/26/2012 5:40:49 PM

i made it throught this year w/ no kids - i have 6-8 pics a week - all kinds of different things - basically, our first year married.


^^^ exactly this!!!



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Posted: 12/26/2012 9:13:01 PM
I'd also suggest using your daily "scraps" on your pages: packaging, receipts, mail, business cards, menus, etc. I'm starting mine and will be using mostly photos, memorabilia/ephemera and journaling rather than buying a bunch of stuff. I'll use SmashBook type stickers, washi tape, etc. to do a little embellishing. Fun and inexpensive!


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Posted: 12/27/2012 3:41:35 AM
We have no kids but I love to document our life anyway. I started PL in June and it's really like a photo diary for me. I used to keep a regular diary for many years, but recently I haven't had the time and patience to sit down and write any lengthy journals about my life. Taking a photo a day and add a little bit of journaling is the perfect substitute and I love this format! Definitely going to continue with PL in 2013.



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Posted: 12/27/2012 2:25:25 PM
I struggled with that when P365 first came out and thought I wouldn't have anything to take pictures of, but I defintiely found stuff. There was stuff around the house, around town, photos of me, my pets, my hubby, other family events, etc. So there was plenty. I got bored with it after a few months (as I tend to do with EVERYTHING!) so it didn't last. But I did do PL this year and have stuck with it. I do have a son now, but I find that there's some weeks it's all pictures of him, and some that are none! I tend to like the balanced weeks where maybe I have one photo of him but the rest is just everyday stuff.

it was still overwhelming to do a two page spread a week, especially with a little one, so I plan to just do a two pager a month in 2013 and if I happen to have more I want to include, I will just use inserts, but not stress myself out about HAVING to do a layout a week. I'm still glad I did it for this year, but I defintiely learned how altering ti a bit next year will work better for me.


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Posted: 12/27/2012 4:38:40 PM
To me it is a time capsule. I am going to document 2013 to the best of my ability...FOR ME that means no picture a day...no weekly spread....no divided page protectors. I am going to do one two page layout a month filled with some of the pictures I took. I am going to use regular 12x12 paper and protectors...since I don't like the divided look.

I personally think PL is just scrapbooking but with a goal...sort of like a really large mini album..instead of just highlighting a vacation...I will be highlighting the year.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:20:10 AM
Here's a link to give you some ideas.

PL without kids

I've seen a lot of youtube videos or blogs about PL for single adults. I've seen some high school or college age women have some really cute albums. They tend to document a lot more of the cultural aspects and places they've been, shopping, etc.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:25:29 AM
I am planning to try PL in 2013 for the first time as well. No kids, just me, my husband and my furbaby. I am nervous about being able to make it work but I really want to give it a try this year. I look back at my 5 years of marriage and we really dont have any photos or memorabilia to remember that time which is really disappointing.

After doing some research, I found Shimelle's class from 2010 called Document 2010 which I think is the approach I am going to use. Here is how she describes it - Four pages each month. One holds a collection of things from every day life – cards, receipts, ticket stubs. Two are divided pages where you can break down little things onto their own 4×6 block, making them easier to record than having to create a full page for each thing you want to remember and the final page focuses on one thing you want to highlight with a bit more detail. Here's a link to her gorgeous pages - Document 2010



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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:54:00 AM
Would anyone be interested in doing a childless PL check in post? I know there used to be a post for childless scrappers, but I think that stopped awhile back. I think it would be great to share pages, ideas and see what each other is documenting.



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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:18:11 AM
I have not done Project Life, although I believe I attempted it one year. What deterred me from getting past a few days was not an inability to take pictures, but the amount of time it would take to do the weekly spreads. What has deterred me other years, and will surely do so this year, is I start the New Year with a bunch of photos I want to scrap traditional style, and there isn't time to do both.

The photos I took were sunrises and other nature scenes, what I do on my daily routines, friends we visited, etc.



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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:17:18 AM
i'd be interested in another childless thread... there was one - aerynkelly still posts one once in a while...



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Posted: 12/28/2012 2:52:41 PM
I'd be interested in a childless thread


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