Have any of you forsaken ALL traditional scrapbooking to only do PL?

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Posted 3/13/2013 by amanda1050 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 3/13/2013 1:43:21 PM
I am about 90% sure that I am going to unload almost all of my supplies and only do Project Life. It seems so drastic to me but I am SO behind and I feel like having too many options is too overwhelming. If you've given up traditional scrapbooking and only use PL do you have any regrets? Thanks in advance!

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Posted: 3/13/2013 2:11:24 PM
I haven't really scrapbooked a whole page in almost 2 years. I have been working on cards and designing files for myself in the Cameo instead. The last few albums I have worked on are PL format, for now, it is mainly what I really like so I think I will stick with it.


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Posted: 3/13/2013 2:16:13 PM
I've been doing mostly PL for the past 2 years & although I haven't done a traditional page in quite a while, it hasn't crossed my mind to sell off all of my other supplies....now you've given me something to think about, lol. I do only buy supplies for my PL album, it seems....mostly journaling cards from SS & EP, washi, little embellishments & stickers. If you did sell your other supplies, what types of things would you sell that you couldn't incorporate into your PL album?

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Posted: 3/13/2013 3:07:18 PM
I have only done PL for five years now. Use my stash in PL or for ATCs


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Posted: 3/13/2013 3:43:08 PM
I don't know why you would feel the need to get rid of your supplies in order to do a divided page protector form of scrapbooking (AKA Project Life).

I would recommend that you sort your supplies so that you are less overwhelmed by the amount you have out. Pack what you don't want to use-- stuff that takes too much time and effort (you aren't tossing it so there should be no guilt about wasted money). I did this a couple weeks ago and I am so happy that I did!! I packed my Grungeboard, "artsy stuff", stamps that I wouldn't use (too big for a 4x6 format), etc. I found papers that coordinate (cardstock and patterned papers and cut them into 4x6) and packed the rest (at least 18 inches high). I kept out small labels, stickers, tags that would work on a 4x6 or 3x4 format and a couple ink pads. I have several punches that I know I will use and my container of Washi. Now, I can sit down, pull out my envelope of the week's pictures, my album and just deal with a small amount of products and supplies and get the job done. I am more efficient-- and I am not adding to my stockpile of stuff or tossing supplies that I spent good money on!!

I am already considering what 3 colors I want to use next year for an album. When I choose (probably in fall, 2013) , I will go back to my 18 inches of paper and find sheets that work and chop those down to 4x6 for 2014!!

By the way--- every now and then I will do a "traditional" 12x12 or a 8.5x11 and put it in the album.

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Posted: 3/13/2013 4:08:42 PM
I haven't made traditional scrapbook pages for the last 3 years unless it was for a swap and PL (just started this year) is a PERFECT system for my needs. Now by no means have I gotten rid of my supplies, I have an entire room with custom-built shelves that still stores it all plus I create lots of different things with my scrap media.

I do make mini albums once in awhile though. But my scrap stuff is used for PL, my crafty swap, projects, gifts, decor, party decor, etc.

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Posted: 3/13/2013 4:43:34 PM
Nooooo way.... I could never I have 4 kids and I can't document all their special moments in PL

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Posted: 3/13/2013 4:59:07 PM
I mainly scrap using divided page protectors, but will occasionally add in a traditional 12x12 layout. I wouldn't get rid of anything just yet if I were you.


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Posted: 3/13/2013 5:50:34 PM
I can see myself going in that direction, though not yet. I am in the process of simplifying a lot of things, including my scrapbooking. I just started the divided page protectors format a few months ago, and I'm doing it monthly for now. My next step is to reorganize my crafting space to make it fit this style. And, in the process, I know I will purge items that I think will not be used in this new format. However, if this year goes well, I think it will just become the new way that I scrapbook just as my style has evolved since I first began. I will still make 12" x 12" based on what I want to do with photos, but it will go in an album among the other divided pocket pages.


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Posted: 3/13/2013 7:47:24 PM
Almost all my supplies are PL specific, but if I ever want to make a trad layout, I just use my PL stuff to do it.
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Posted: 3/13/2013 7:52:48 PM
I am doing only PL style albums for 2012 and 2013.

However, I have no problem including a 12x12 layout in there every so often if I feel like it.

I have decided to do DS's school album PL style as well.

I find I actually include more details this way than when doing traditional layouts.

I don't do weekly layouts. I just scrap the same stuff I would have scrapped before, only it actually gets done now. I had 5 LOs in Jan. & will have 7 for Feb., for instance.

Oh, I'm also not using any PL kit at all. I am using all of my regular stuff, so obviously I need all of my supplies.


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Posted: 3/13/2013 9:25:17 PM
I have given up my 12x12 pages, for the most part. For 2013, I have a small number of either 12x12 or 8.5x11 layouts. If I have an important photo, I like to highlight it by giving it its only page. I guess I haven't abandoned traditional scrapbooking...but it's pretty close.

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Posted: 3/13/2013 9:42:35 PM
I have basically given up "traditional" scrapbooking. But... I did buy 12x12 protectors for my 3 ring binder and do the occasional full page. I didn't get rid of any of my supplies, I'm a hoarder.


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Posted: 3/13/2013 10:58:04 PM
Meeee! Sort of. I hadn't really scrapped anything since my youngest was born because of decreased time and budget. PL coaxed me back into scrapping because I want a way to document things that I can do quickly and easily. I like that I can spend more time on it if I want to, but I don't have to. I've gotten rid of anything I don't foresee myself using in my PL album or that isn't just general craftiness.

It's all about simplicity for me right now. Fewer supplies means less time spent digging through and less space I have to devote to storage. BUT I did hang onto my stuff for about 4 years waiting to start scrapping again. Once I found PL, I knew I'd never go back.


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Posted: 3/13/2013 11:08:29 PM
I had not made a layout in 4 years (crazy!!) although I did make mini's. This year, I'm back at it! I'm doing a monthly version of PL (very doable) with 8.5x11 layout mixed in (my standard size) and some enlargements mixed in too.

I would NOT get rid of your supplies. One of my favorite things about PL is that I can use my stash. I don't use any kit, just things I already have and a bunch of those cut apart journaling sheets I bought.


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Posted: 3/13/2013 11:18:49 PM
I haven't tried PL, but I don't think it would save me any time since there are several cards I would need to make/embellish versus just a single page albeit a whole lot bigger....at least that's what I've noticed when using divided page protectors in my albums. So, no...I don't think I would ever do only PL.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 7:16:01 AM
Pretty much. Every once in a while, I'll create a traditional layout. It cures me for a while as it's so much work. I like creating in smaller dimensions such as 4x6 and ATC's.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 7:33:24 AM
This was my main concern starting Project Life. Although I think I am going to approach it in a non-strict way. I am not going to do weekly/daily PL layouts...just when I want to document those 'everyday' moments otherwise I will feel like I have to take photos of random things and document them.


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Posted: 3/14/2013 7:40:17 AM
There is no way I could get rid of my supplies. I do Project Life but don't use many embellishments. My 12x12 layouts allow me to be more creative and use all my fun supplies that I love so much!
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Posted: 3/14/2013 12:42:08 PM
Thank you for all of your responses. You have all given me a lot to think about. I have decided to keep most of my embellishments for now but I'm thinking about selling the majority of my stamps. I went through a stamp buying period but I never actually used them and I've come to realize that I don't really enjoy the process of stamping (I'm a quick and simple scrapper) so I don't see myself missing them. I'm going to keep the ones that I can use in PL and also in card making.

I went through my embellishments last night and decided that I have a lot of things that will work with the PL format but I think I'm going to purge the majority of my "lumpy" embellishments. Again, I never used them often and I want my PL albums to be relatively compact.

I am really enjoying the Project Life method and it's flexibility. I am going to scrap it month by month and it will just be according to the amount of pictures I have for the month. I tried Project 365 when it came out and stopped after only 2 weeks because it was too much to keep up with.

Tracy, you gave me a great idea...I think if there's something I want to scrap in the traditional way, I will make it in 8 1/2 x 11. I've never scrapped that size but it should fit nicely in my PL album and hopefully won't consume as much of my time.

Thanks for all your help ladies!

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Posted: 3/15/2013 12:27:32 PM
This is my second year doing PL and I find that I now only buy for that. I have purged a lot of the stuff that I know I will no longer use -- like cute PP for kids (my kids are now all over 10), 12x12 sheets of PP that have a large format graphic, and other stuff that I no longer like or need. It has helped me to become more creative because I don't have all that junk in the way of the stuff I actually want to use. I have sold/ will sell the unwanteds on ebay or at the lss yard sale.
I haven't scrapped 12x12 in about 4 years, I took about a year off because I just wasn't feeling it. PL brought me back to scrapping. It is all I have time for/want to do now. I do a two page weekly spread.



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Posted: 3/15/2013 12:33:06 PM
I felt like I had last year when I was doing PL. That is actually why I'm not doing PL this year. For me, it kind of sucked the fun out of regular scrapbooking.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 12:35:51 PM

I am going to scrap it month by month and it will just be according to the amount of pictures I have for the month.

This is exactly what I am doing.

During the month I draw out ideas for "LOs". At the end of the month I order my pics.

Then the following month I work on the LOs for the previous month.

So right now, Jan. is done. I am working on Feb. pages and occasionally sketching ideas for March photos.

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