Smash book/ project Life monthly approach

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Posted 1/29/2013 by andtyler in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 251,639
March 2006
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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:58:24 AM
I am not on the Project Life bandwagon - yet... I can't ignore how many people seem to be in love with it... I have been using a Smash Book the past couple of years to capture the life stuff... Usually I use two pages (rt side left side) per month and then add invitations, etc as needed. It's fine and it works but I don't feel the same level of excitement that the PLifers seem to... What are you loving about it? I think that daily would be too much of a commitment for me and not enough happens... Any monthly PLifers out there?

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PeaNut 509,811
May 2011
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Posted: 1/29/2013 11:02:22 AM
I think using a smash book is a great idea! Especially if you tend be more sporadic in your pages/pictures.

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PeaNut 479,858
August 2010
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Posted: 1/29/2013 11:29:53 AM
I don't do project life, but I have started documenting very small shots of our life taken by my cell phone. Those are the everyday moments, and I have done them on a very odd paper size that three days of memories will be brought together on one 12x12 page. I didn't want tiny pictures or pockets to fill, but I did realize that a full 12x12 was too big.

It includes very PL-y type things, an example is a photo I snapped of a new leaf emerging on our sago palm plant. My littlest and I would look at it each morning and ooh and ahh over it, we even named the new leaf (because we are nuts like that!) So, the picture reminds me that my littlest and I find joy in natural shapes (the frond unfurls in such a cute way!) and we like to notice the same things.

I may make a monthly title page, or I may just have the monthly moments sprinkled throughout my albums willy nilly. Right now, I scrap for me, non-chronologically, with photos that inspire me without a strict goal for the finished (album) project.

ca angel

PeaNut 400,602
November 2008
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Loc: So Cal

Posted: 1/29/2013 12:50:21 PM
PL is NOT a picture a day. You can use it in what ever way makes scrapping easier for YOU.

I am using the system for my kids' school books and a construction album of our house. I like that there is not much to figure out layout wise, it is already done for you (with pockets).
ca angel


PeaNut 271,585
August 2006
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Loc: Jersey City, NJ

Posted: 1/29/2013 12:53:02 PM
I started and never finished PL in 2011 and 2012. I realized that I just didn't like the format of the big 12x12 album. It was too much for me to fill and when I wanted to lay in bed to look at it, it was just too large! So this year, I decided that I would make it more "manageable". I chose a large Smash book and printed my photos small (around 2 inches each) and just glued them on the page. Each page covers a week. Then I just add journaling to describe the picture, quotes, other ephemera (mostly flat embellies), and I have to tell you, I LOVE it! It's low stress and I keep it by my bedside (along with my PictureMate) and I look at it all the time (even though it's only been 4 weeks!

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PeaNut 257,999
April 2006
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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:17:13 PM
I've just started doing PL and I am definitely not taking one photo a day. Some days have multiple photos, many days have none. Some weeks will be a two page spread, some will be one side of a page, and sometimes two weeks will be combined into a spread. I am trying to stay very relaxed about it, and it is lots of fun so far.


PeaNut 518,528
August 2011
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Loc: IN

Posted: 1/29/2013 2:26:29 PM
I used a monthly approach last year, my first year of doing it and I plan to keep the monthly style I just don't have enough to do a weekly. Some months have a 2 page layout some have more it just depends on what I did that month and how much I want to include. In fact I've been bad so far at getting pictures this month so jan. may have only one page lol

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PeaNut 188,761
January 2005
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Posted: 1/29/2013 3:08:26 PM
I am new to PL this year also and planning to use a Smash-type binder. The only concern I have is that it will get too thick to close....even without embellies-just adhering small pics. Does anyone have previous experience to share? I have my pics ready and now deciding if I should adhere or buy 2x3 pp's instead and a different binder....

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PeaNut 426,757
June 2009
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Loc: Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Posted: 1/29/2013 3:19:50 PM
What I am loving about PL so far is that you get to document those little stories that just arent enough for an entire layout. I would feel a bit weird doing a whole layout about a card game that we've been playing since christmas but dedicating one pocket in a divided page protector seems fine.

I too have seen alot of people take the photo a day approach but that's deffinately not the way I'm going to do it. I'm just collecting photos and other things and when I have enough for a page I'll make it regardless of the time span. Sometimes that might be two days, other times it might be a month. The more flexible the more likely I'll enjoy it.

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PeaNut 58,996
December 2002
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Loc: The City That Never Sleeps

Posted: 1/29/2013 4:19:53 PM
I just started PL last August, and I do my layouts monthly. For me, PL actually evolved from One Little Word. As I was choosing my one or two photos each month for my OLW album, I found that I really enjoyed reflecting on the whole month and choosing a few special moments to document. That's when I realized that a monthly PL would work well with my schedule and lifestyle. I use my own papers and cut them up as needed. I still scrapbook "old school" 12 x 12, but now I don't feel like I have to do a large layout for everything. I find that I'm documenting our everyday life with PL monthly.


PeaNut 124,557
January 2004
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Loc: eastern NC

Posted: 1/29/2013 7:05:56 PM
I started PL last year to get back into scrapping, and my goal is to do it monthly. My heaviest months have a 2 page spread for a month with a smaller insert. My lighter ones just take up one page. I love only having to think about the pockets. I can collect all my random photos and thoughts chronologically with minimal supplies, but I can still get a little creative if I have time and want to. It's been the perfect balance for me. I promised myself that I wouldn't let it overwhelm me, and I know that I'm capturing more than I was before at the very least.


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PeaNut 152,107
June 2004
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Loc: Kansas

Posted: 1/29/2013 10:29:07 PM
I use one of my Smash books as a home decorating/ideas. Each page is a different room in the house. Another is for my randomness so it is being filled with random this and that...doodles, writings, ticket stubs, other ephemera thats not bulky, stickers...My PL on the other hand keeps me busy yet not really. I don't have to be creative and i add about 4 pics in a page protector along with whatever and that is one week and the opposing page is the next week. I just browsed like crazy and oogled at the simpleness and have really enjoyed the process.

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PeaNut 93,695
July 2003
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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:37:02 PM
There's actually a new 365 style Smash Book available which would be perfect!

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PeaNut 175,521
November 2004
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Posted: 1/29/2013 11:37:03 PM

I've just started doing PL and I am definitely not taking one photo a day. Some days have multiple photos, many days have none. Some weeks will be a two page spread, some will be one side of a page, and sometimes two weeks will be combined into a spread. I am trying to stay very relaxed about it, and it is lots of fun so far.

This is the approach I am taking. The first week was a two page spread, the weeks since have each been one. I'm trying not to put a lot of pressure on myself. I find that assembling my week takes about an hour on Sunday afternoon. I am not doing anything fancy with the inserts, but if I get in a good rhythm I may make some of my own journaling cards. I think the beauty of this project is that you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want.


PeaNut 251,639
March 2006
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Posted: 1/30/2013 3:59:19 AM
I just realized that for the most part my smash book pages are filled with the ephemera of life - I write notes on business cards, receipts,invitations, etc... My pages are pretty lite on photos... I need to do a better job of adding in some more 2x3s. I guess it may come down to more of a filling pockets vs gluing stuff down issue. I really like the monthly layout ideas... I definitely need to consider that approach as well. Great ideas...


PeaNut 430,324
July 2009
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Loc: Halifax, NS, Canada

Posted: 1/30/2013 6:30:17 AM
I did project life in 2012 in one of the more traditional ways - a two page spread per week, not necessarily a photo per day, with inserts for weeks when something big happened, or vacations, etc. I stuck with it and loved it, but this year I'm not doing it that way at all. I still have lots of PL supplies and pocketed page protectors, so I'm just going to randomly, whenever I feel like it, look through my Instagram and do a pocketed page of what we've been up to, and stick in any ephemera that's lying around. It will probably end up being monthly, but I'm not going to be on a schedule about it at all, because I think that's part of what took the fun out of it for me last year. That's what i love about the pocketted page protector/smashbook approach to scrapping- they are flexible enough to do them whatever way tou want. I think if you're going to do a project like this in your hobby-time, you have to do whatever you can to make it enjoyable for you. Because we all have enough "work" to do in our non-hobby time
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