project life - doesnt give me the same joy

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Posted 1/12/2014 by pcarr in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 88,155
May 2003
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Loc: Australia

Posted: 1/12/2014 1:43:04 AM

I haven't done a lot of project life style pages, but today I worked on a couple of pages, but I just don't get the same sense of job and pleasure when I finish a page, doing a regular 12x12 page just fills me with joy and happiness when I have finished it

does anyone else feel this way?


PeaNut 598,310
December 2013
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Posted: 1/12/2014 2:53:36 AM
One thing I am not sure if you are remembering is that Project Life is still scrapbooking. No matter how you look at it scrapbooking is scrapbooking. Some people like doing it and others hate it. It's ok not to like it or to hate it.

One thing that I don't like are 8.5x11 layouts. I know it's a stupid thing to say and it is still scrapbooking but they make me frustrated. They just do.

Remember our hobby is supposed to be fun! That's why we do it. No matter what form or other!


PeaNut 578,104
January 2013
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Posted: 1/12/2014 3:38:58 AM
If I only used the kits, like Becky Higgins' I would feel the same way. However, I use my stash and techniques that I use on 12 x 12 so to me it is just scaled down in size for 4 x 6 or 3 x 4. I also journal more and that gives me great satisfaction. I use 12 x 12 paper cut down or 6 x 6 paper pads and I find that double-sided paper provides me with a well coordinated set of cards for a page or spread, plus I never get bored with the same ole cards over and over.


PeaNut 343,879
October 2007
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Loc: Germany

Posted: 1/12/2014 4:48:28 AM
I don't get as much joy finishing a spread, but I love it when the book starts to fill up. I do a mix of BH Core and my own stash pages, but I'm starting to gravitate towards using a core kit or three and letter stickers and labels.


PeaNut 154,780
June 2004
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Layouts: 162
Loc: Poland

Posted: 1/12/2014 5:14:21 AM
I felt the same way. But once it started filling up and once it was finished, I love the album. I just didn't love doing each weekly spread.


PeaNut 44,618
August 2002
Posts: 304
Layouts: 16

Posted: 1/12/2014 6:59:04 AM
I understand just how you feel. It is one of the reasons I don't do it. The sentiments seem too cheesy and too similar after a while. And I used to put photos in sleeves before I started scrapping. That said I have admired many PL pages I have seen. They end up turning out very nice and as others have said, once your albums fill up they will be even better. I liked the suggestion to use some of your stash to add to the pages, giving it your own touch. Good luck!

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PeaNut 197,200
March 2005
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Loc: Sate of Random Scrap

Posted: 1/12/2014 7:01:24 AM
could have been written by me!

Megan Liane

PeaNut 551,624
April 2012
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Loc: Tennessee

Posted: 1/12/2014 8:42:35 AM
I have felt this way before and I think it is definitely a little different "satisfaction". Like others I really love it when I look back on it so that is what kept me doing it. I feel like I have found what works for me...meaning an enjoyment of it plus the memories documented later. I plan to mainly due one side of a page protector per week and I have started getting the Studio Calico PL kit again. I try to use supplies I love and that helps. Hope you find balance with it but if not, then don't worry about doing it...scrap booking should be fun


PeaNut 474,516
July 2010
Posts: 525
Layouts: 46
Loc: Utah

Posted: 1/12/2014 9:02:40 AM
I only did project life for about 12 weeks before I got sick of it. Although I LOVE seeing those twelve weeks of our life at a glance, it felt like a chore to me so I stopped doing it. I felt bad if I wasn't "caught up" and this is my hobby! It's supposed to be a stress reliever not inducer! I admire all those who continue on with project life, but in the end, it wasn't for me either!

Amber Girl

PeaNut 197,200
March 2005
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Loc: Sate of Random Scrap

Posted: 1/12/2014 9:08:40 AM
Jens3 did you considering doing PL monthly vs. weekly? I knew I'd never finish weekly, so I do a monthly spread. I'm up to July, and at this point it has turned into a chore, but one that I'll manage to complete. I don't foresee PL in the future, and can't wait to do random subject, traditional pages.


PeaNut 533,791
December 2011
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Layouts: 41

Posted: 1/12/2014 9:10:05 AM
I understand what you mean. If I create a beautiful layout, I'm so happy. But it's sometimes hard to have the same creativity with pocket pages. I have spent some time working hard on a few of my PL layouts and been very happy with them. Perhaps you might enjoy making a point to make them creative, vs the simple route of photos and journaling cards.
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PeaNut 473,329
June 2010
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Loc: New Brunswick, Canada

Posted: 1/12/2014 9:38:23 AM
I am not doing project life but I am mixing pocket pages with normal 12x12pages for a trip I took in 2012 with DH's family and I am enjoying that. It's helping me go faster which I needed and I still get to do 12x12as well for my Fav pics. Win-win.

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PeaNut 108,542
September 2003
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Layouts: 0
Loc: ND

Posted: 1/12/2014 10:12:09 AM
I don't do any specific daily, weekly or monthly PL spreads, but I do love using divided page protectors to scrapbook. Life is busy and I love how quickly I can get my photos into an album. I mix in the occasional 12x12 layout too. A done album makes me so happy!

My bookshelf is full of traditionally scrapped albums. I just don't have the time or desire to keep scrapbooking that way right now.


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PeaNut 158,747
July 2004
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Posted: 1/12/2014 10:52:30 AM
I'm mixing traditional with PL, just in case I get bored.

I was skeptical about PL in risk of not having the same satisfaction of creating full LOs, until I saw a sale on the products last year and started reading the PL threads, and seeing different styles that appealed to me. I started monthly PL this year, mainly because I've never scrapped in chron order before and felt a lot of the small significant memories were lost. I'll stick to it because it also helps speed up my goal for documenting overall.

I'd go back to traditional, if that's what you enjoy most, and only do pocket pages for huge events.


PeaNut 248,678
February 2006
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Loc: Colorado

Posted: 1/12/2014 11:11:03 AM
I totally understand. That is why I incorporate 12x12 layouts into my PL. I love how they look mixed it. It also allows to include the 5,000 pics I take for one event. (Yes I am exaggerating but you know what I mean.) Do what works for you...NO GUILT!!



PeaNut 516,416
August 2011
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Loc: Florida

Posted: 1/12/2014 3:04:33 PM
I do PL style scrapbooking now. I add die cuts and wood veneer, and stickers, and cut my own paper. I just personalize it, and sometimes my 4x6 cards are like a mini version of my 12 by 12 pages. I do not think I would like it as much if I did not add my personal touches to it. Plus, I still have to add things that go with the pictures. If there are cooking pictures, I use kitchen and cooking embellishments.


PeaNut 356,994
January 2008
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Layouts: 6

Posted: 1/12/2014 3:17:27 PM
It's okay to not find it as fulfilling. We all have different styles and processes in which we work.

I do find PL to be greatly rewarding as I use it to "catch up" on the photos from before I started scrapping, or the remaining photos from each year that I didn't scrap. Thursday I documented 197 photos from 2008-2010 in just that afternoon. Had I used traditional scrapbooking, it would take me months!

There is a purpose for it, but if you don't find it as fulfilling, then that's just fine. Do what works for you - and own it


PeaNut 566,536
September 2012
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Loc: Land of Eternal Snow aka MN

Posted: 1/12/2014 8:09:14 PM
Like a few others, I don't just use the core kit and my photos. I like to mix in my own supplies and integrate more creativity into the layouts. I like that it's making me document more day-to-day activities, break out my supplies and actually create layouts.

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PeaNut 88,155
May 2003
Posts: 2,143
Layouts: 176
Loc: Australia

Posted: 1/12/2014 10:55:27 PM

thanks for everyones responses, glad to hear i am not the only person not getting fully satisfied from PL, i will continue to try and work on this album, but my love is traditional pages

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PeaNut 599,894
January 2014
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Layouts: 0
Posted: 1/12/2014 11:29:31 PM
I feel the same way; I don't think it is for me. I am returning after a break for a number of years and I am the traditional scrapper. I want to sort thru all my paper and embellishments! Just to have my hands on them makes me happy! Call me weird but I love it!! There is no right or wrong way to scrap as long as we enjoy it and it doesn't become a chore


PeaNut 407,791
January 2009
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Posted: 1/13/2014 12:22:00 AM
I actually feel the exact same way when I'm doing the PL layouts . However, when I look back on my work, I love it and love our memories! One previous poster summed it up perfectly -- I couldn't stick with PL if I only used the BH core kit. I love, love the SC PL kits! It makes it much more fun and interesting! (This months SC PL is AMAZING!!)

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