How to use it all!- Daybooks/smash books/scrapbooks and project life!

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Posted 4/26/2013 by dasootas in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 4/26/2013 3:25:20 PM
Hey everyone!
I dont know if you guys have come across this, but it has really been on my mind the past few days. I have a Smashbook from K & Company, I work on scrapbook pages and just got my hands on the Amy Tangerine Day book. I really want to get into project life.

My dilemma is, do I use all of these at the same time or do I have to choose just one? My Smashbook is somewhere that I usually put memorabilia and not too many photos, scrapbook a photo or 3 on a page and write about it. So by adding the other 2 things, how would I manage that or should I just let go of the day book?

I am so confused and overwhelmed! Help please!


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Posted: 4/26/2013 3:32:17 PM
I gave up on trying to keep up with it all a long time ago! I guess what you need to figure out why you memory keep? I know that I don't ever want my memory keeping to turn into something that stresses me out! Project Life looks like enough work without adding anything else on top of it. I'm trying to see if I could do a PL type of idea in my regular scrapbooking. Then I could still focus on my albums, that would just be another layer. Does that make sense?

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Posted: 4/26/2013 3:37:13 PM
That's good to know. I guess I haven't really thought about it that way.
Right now I keep my smashbook just to throw in things I think are cute, like if I pick up a nice vintage post card or a piece of paper that I think is really pretty, or when I get a new punch or new product I test it in the smashbook, along with any business cards from restaurants and such.

I scrapbook events, things that happened that I was excited about or a trip I went to. Recently I went to Chicago so I am working with the pictures from there and gave a travel smashbook where I have Chicago brochures and things in there.

I think I will start project life at a significant moment in my life, maybe if/when I get engaged or married and that way my daily life will have a significant enough change to keep memories from the change


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Posted: 4/26/2013 3:39:56 PM
Sounds like a good idea to me! I can see how PL would be a great way to document an engagement! How fun!

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Posted: 4/26/2013 3:47:24 PM
Whew I don't know! I just purchased the Dear Lizzy daybook that I plan to use with my daughter (5 years old) this summer after seeing May Flaum's recent post.

I absolutely LOVE the look and feel and idea of Smashbooks, but I simply don't have any reason to use it. Anything I would use it for, I put in my Project Life instead.

I have found the Project Life and Scrapbook layouts go very nicely together. Project Life is wonderful for the memories that aren't quite big enough for a layout and it's a great place to reference when I'm looking for memories I DO want to scrap about.

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Posted: 4/26/2013 3:55:14 PM
I think of PL as anything and everything. It's not a photo a day or weekly in my mind. It's a way of using divided protectors and journaling cards to simplify scrapbooking. I love mixing it up with some divided protectors and some traditional layouts. My albums are really a catch all of my life. The things you mentioned putting in your Smash book I would put in my regular album. I think the Smash albums are perfect and fun for smaller singular projects. Again, to each their own.


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Posted: 4/26/2013 5:10:45 PM
Thats a good Idea, using PL an scrapbooking together, almost like they work together. I am not familiar with the May Flaum post about daybooks. I just purchased one and had no idea what to do with it!
I am excited to start PL and fingers-crossed, it'll happen soon! Until then I think I may stick to smash book + scrapbook combo.


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Posted: 4/26/2013 9:46:33 PM
I use divided page protectors in the same album as my "traditional" 12x12 layouts. The divided protectors work great when I have more that 4 photos that I want to use to tell the story or document an event.


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Posted: 4/26/2013 11:06:08 PM
I don't have any daybooks but I assume I would use them like a mini album, to scrap one topic or event.

I do traditional paper pages (in all sizes), I do Project Life monthly, and I have a few Smash books. One of my Smash books I use for scrapbooking on the road. It is mostly journaling with some memorabilia and a few iPhone photos. And it's a place for my kids to draw me a picture if they get bored on car trips. Another Smash book I have is just for random bits of memorabilia. My PL is monthly, not weekly, and photo-heavy, so I often have cool little bits of ephemera left over. I find this Smash book is the perfect place to keep it, with a bit of washi or glue, and maybe a note of journaling and the occasional date stamp. I also toss older bits in there from before I started scrapping.

So I think it IS possible to "do it all." But first you have to decide what purpose you want each project to serve. And it is definitely easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you're new or haven't scrapped in a long time. I'd suggest starting with just one, seeing how that goes, then evaluate if you need/have time for/have creative energy for another project. Good luck!



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Posted: 4/26/2013 11:12:37 PM
No two albums of mine are the same any ways. I have a a couple vacation albums and a couple family albums, minis about trips or events or whatever, two current Smash going, project life (I'm only behind because of classes I swear).

Project Life is not harder but so much easier than scrapping regular layouts for me. Truly simplifies the process as you don't have to buy tons of theme stuff in packages when you only want or will use one item in the package over the next three years or whatever. I do random stuff in Smash that doesn't fit the other formats and so on and so forth but they fit my life.

My kids are grown and most of my family other than my oldest son are pretty much a random thing here and there as we are truly all different and doing different things at different times so our paths don't cross much. I work full time surrounded by rude people so no pics there . It's the randomness of my life though that requires different projects for different things going on.

Today there are so many great applications for scrapers and paper crafters to amuse themselves that...well why not have fun playing with it all no matter which way we do it.


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Posted: 4/27/2013 12:24:01 AM
I agree with a couple other Peas - I love Project Life for day to day photos that don't really warrant a full layout. However, I don't use it in a daily/weekly format - I do a 2-page spread every MONTH but then I plan to mix in regular, smaller layouts right into my PL album.

I like to mix smaller things in and be able to see the pocketed page spread on the sides. So I might put in an 8x8 or 8.5x11 layout or even 6x6! I also love it for mixing in photo enlargements. I've had so many photos in the past that didn't really even need a page - they were just a stunning photo I wanted to enjoy. Now I'm enlarging those to 8x10 or 5x7 and sticking them right in PL.

I do feel ya though on all the fun options available for us now. I have two Smash Books I've never used. About 100 blank mini-albums (not kidding), two Daybooks, etc. I just try to do a little here and there and use it all since it's all fun!!

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Posted: 4/27/2013 1:18:10 AM
I don't have a Daybook so I'm not sure how to use that but I combine my regular scrapbook pages with a PL style monthly page in one album. I use D-ring Modern Albums by American Crafts so I can add a variety of page protectors. I use my Smash Book strictly for memorabilia. If I had a daybook I would probably use it for jotting down notes, quotes, song titles, lists, etc. that I want to incorporate into my scrapbook pages.

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Posted: 4/27/2013 1:23:58 AM

I think of PL as anything and everything. It's not a photo a day or weekly in my mind. It's a way of using divided protectors and journaling cards to simplify scrapbooking. I love mixing it up with some divided protectors and some traditional layouts. My albums are really a catch all of my life. The things you mentioned putting in your Smash book I would put in my regular album.

That.


I use divided page protectors in the same album as my "traditional" 12x12 layouts.

And That.



I think I'm the last person on earth who hasn't figured out the appeal of Smash books yet.

Someone has put pretty papers in a book that I'm supposed to cover with my crap..... just seems so wrong!

I can buy perfectly dumb composition notebooks and put my crap in them and never cover a piece of pretty paper.


I am *so* not the person to answer your question.








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Posted: 4/27/2013 5:08:05 AM
Tracie I adore your idea of sticking enlargements into Project Life spreads, no layout, just an awesome photo. I am SO doing that! Thanks!



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Posted: 4/27/2013 8:27:49 AM
I do Project Life as a one photo a week project, so that is easy for me to maintain. (I did daily for three years.)
When we go on a fun trip (just got back from Disney) or I pick up something cute, I put it in the smashbook. I did more fun stuff along the way with Disney than I would ever put in a traditional scrapbook.
And, I still scrap layouts that are 12x12. So the Disney photos would go in there. I just do what is fun for me because scrapping shouldn't be one more thing or something that adds stress. Have fun with all the cool stuff!


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Posted: 4/27/2013 8:29:25 AM
I do it like that:

PL- for everyday stuff. Some pictures that don't make it to layouts, some can even be double, one in PL, one on a layout

Daybook- for special events, like travel or a specific subject, like any mini-book

Smashbook: I use it as a collection for inspirational material OR as a place to try things out.

another thing would be using it as a normal, but fancy notbook.

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Posted: 4/27/2013 8:42:03 AM
Smash / Day books are usually about short trips or themes for me.

I catch upon Project Life once a quarter.

My main Scrapbooking is 12x12 or 8.5x11.


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Posted: 4/27/2013 10:48:01 AM
I do PL weekly, Smashbooks for certain topics/themes, and rarely do 12x12 layouts.

I'm very interested in mini albums and in using a daybook to document a musical festival I attended last year.

Except for PL, I'm never "caught up". I like to be able to choose between different types of Scrapbooking, depending on my mood



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Posted: 4/27/2013 11:41:38 AM

PL- for everyday stuff. Some pictures that don't make it to layouts, some can even be double, one in PL, one on a layout

Daybook- for special events, like travel or a specific subject, like any mini-book

Smashbook: I use it as a collection for inspirational material OR as a place to try things out.


Oh, I like this. Although I've been keeping ideas and trying things out in an art journal.


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Posted: 4/27/2013 11:50:24 AM
I do a smashbook based on themes also.
I have never done pl, but would love to start (maybe when I start on my masters degree this fall)!
And I'm so out of the loop I don't know what a day book is!


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Posted: 4/27/2013 12:25:49 PM
The only smash book that I have done was for our Summer last year. we collected our ticket stubs or stuff from where we went. basically it was more of a document of summer from my kids' point of view.



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Posted: 4/27/2013 2:18:12 PM
What's the difference between a day book and a smash book? There isn't a product description in the store for the day book.

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Posted: 4/27/2013 3:29:01 PM
I used a smash book last year as a "junk journal," sort of like a mood board in book format. I include collages, stuff I find in magazines etc, usually work on it while i am watching tv or a movie. Also i have used these journals for fluffy topics I wouldn't necessarily do a whole scrapbook page about, and playing with new product.

I've usually used composition notebooks, but the smash book was on sale somewhere.

Another project I've done are seasonal collage/junk journals, like an autumn or winter inspiration book.

I have used Amy Tan day books for travel mini albums and for Ali Edward's Week in the Life.

AND (!!!) this year I am doing a monthly project life in my traditional 12x12 2013 album.
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Posted: 4/27/2013 3:43:56 PM
I always seem to have several projects going at one. I'm working on a Smashbook from last summer, a traditional scrapbook documenting a road trip, and I'm still working on pages from something I started 2 years ago. I've decided not to start anything new until these are finished, but I just work on whatever I'm inspired to do at the time.

If you're using PL to document a year or a specific span of time, I don't see a problem with working on other projects as well. If you keep up with it, PL is set up to be done in a short period of time, leaving you free for other scrapping projects.


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Posted: 4/27/2013 4:48:50 PM
All I have right now is a smash book that I put photos in like a scrapbook page. Some pages are like a Traditional scrapbook and some pages have one picture with washi tape and journaling behind them and a movie ticket glued in etc. I'm interested in PL, but I'm not sure I like the idea of being confined to certain spaces, if that makes sense.
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