Question about quality of Project Life cards from M's

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Posted 9/10/2013 by capegina in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 9/10/2013 7:21:28 AM
I bought some of the project Life Cards at M's when they were on sale. I'm not really into project life really but want to use the pocketed page protectors to get some photos in albums and tell some stories as well as document some trips. So, this was the first time buying one of the kits.

My question...these cards are really flimsy compared to a lot of my patterned paper. Is this what all the project life kits are like or just because they are at M's and a cheaper quality? TIA


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Posted: 9/10/2013 7:32:46 AM
They are all like that, not just M's.


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Posted: 9/10/2013 7:43:20 AM
Did you buy actual Project Life branded cards? I believe they are of a lighter weight paper because they are going into plastic pockets and don't need to be heavier weight cardstock.

There was a time, not so long ago, when anything that wasn't actual cardstock (i.e. Bazzill, etc) was lighter weight paper. Pattern paper on heavier weight is a rather recent innovation.

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Posted: 9/10/2013 7:44:42 AM
Thanks. Interesting...


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Posted: 9/10/2013 7:57:48 AM
They aren't a super heavy weight, but once you put them into the page protectors, you are looking at 2 per sleeve, and sometimes photos too. So you could have 4 layers of paper/photos in one pocket once you get them back to back. I think the weight of the paper is decent. But it's certainly not super heavy duty like cardstock.

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Posted: 9/10/2013 9:32:02 AM
I have bought the BH PL kits from Ms and the ones from Amazon. They're equally flimsy.
I would prefer them thicker too. But that won't stop my from using them

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Posted: 9/10/2013 11:11:27 AM
The nice part about the PL paper weight is that the thinner version allows you to fit more pages in an album. I made my own kit one year with cardstock and patterned paper (no inserts or bulky embellishments) and it wouldn't fit in one album. However, the PL version did the next year without any issues. So, I love the thinner cards! They are still great quality, especially in the pages...but without the bulk.


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Posted: 9/10/2013 5:25:43 PM
Once they're in the plastics, you can't even tell if they're thin or thick cardstock. If you like to embellish and layer, you'll appreciate the thinner cards at the end of the year. I try not to compare the weight and look more at color saturation and crispness. That's the real difference between good and mediocre quality PL (style) cards.
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