Do you do traditional scrapbook AND Project Life

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Posted 11/28/2012 by ladybug4233 in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 248,678
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Posted: 11/28/2012 10:09:40 AM
There are a lit of things that appeal to me about project Life but I am not sure if I could do that and do traditional scrapbooking. What works for you?



PeaNut 198,489
March 2005
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Loc: Sunny Orlando, FL

Posted: 11/28/2012 10:22:46 AM
I do both!

My scrapbook LO's tend to be about big events; birthdays, holidays, vacations etc. I do throw in a few everyday life LO's but not many. PL captures our everyday stuff with a bit of events thrown in here and there. It's a nice balance for me personally.

Im a very slow scrapper and VERY far behind. I probably have about 300 LO's to do to finish up my DD's scrapbook albums. I used to fret about whether I should scrap the current stuff or go back and work on the earlier stuff. At least with PL I can let go of some of that because the memories and stories are there and recorded.

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PeaNut 37,419
May 2002
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Posted: 11/28/2012 10:57:33 AM
This year, I've done mainly Project Life, but I have done a few layouts when I want to showcase something, or there's an angle on the story that I would like to explore through a layout. If I have lots of photos, I might do a photo collage style layout (eg. from DD's Halloween party) and use one photo in my regular weekly spread, or conversely, showcase a couple of photos on a layout (eg. from a friend's wedding) and include extra photos in one of the pocket pages with a longer journaling block. I haven't done a LOT of layouts, as I say, but it is nice to have the flexibility within the Project Life system to add regular layouts in. And one other thought: there's a really cool e-book that just came out, called "Project Life Dig Deeper", and it talks out using an inspiration spark from one of your regular Project Life spreads to do something more in-depth on a topic -- like a family ritual, or a personality portrait, that sort of thing -- to tell more of the story. My favorite spread was one about a family's tradition of going to the same place for breakfast for years and years. It's available from Big Picture Classes, through their Ella Publishing e-book division.



PeaNut 507,726
May 2011
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Loc: Tampa, Fl

Posted: 11/28/2012 11:01:04 AM
i have never done project life, but am thinking about doing it next year... If i like it, I might go back and do a project life for each of the girls. And I will definately continue with my traditional scrappin' i love it too much to give it up! I just really like the idea of the pl right now... we shall see how that plays out though...


PeaNut 260,218
May 2006
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Loc: Missouri

Posted: 11/28/2012 11:07:54 AM
I don't scrapbook PL. Meaning I don't spend so much time embellishing the pages that I don't have time to traditional scrapbook. I use one style page protector, one side instead of two per week, I use a kit and I don't make mini masterpieces in each square. I keep it fairly simple. So I have time and I am still inspired to scrap the stories I love.


PeaNut 439,654
September 2009
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Posted: 11/28/2012 11:39:25 AM
When I did Project Life, I used my photos to do regular scrapbook pages. Sometimes I put a week's worth of photos on a single page or a double page spread. One two occasions, I did a double with a months' worth of photos. Extra pages were added for things that needed more coverage like my stepdaughter's wedding or travel.

All my pages were not the same format. I used papers and embellishments that fit the week or time period I was scrapping. But I did take and scrap at least one photo every day.


PeaNut 521,220
September 2011
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Loc: Woodstock, GA

Posted: 11/28/2012 11:50:24 AM
Yes, I do, but I have found that my traditional scrapbook pages have fallen off. I don't do nearly as many as I used to, but I also feel less stressed about it all because all of the big events are covered in PL. My friends and family much prefer looking at my PL albums anyway.


PeaNut 268,593
July 2006
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Posted: 11/28/2012 12:14:54 PM

Yes, I do, but I have found that my traditional scrapbook pages have fallen off. I don't do nearly as many as I used to, but I also feel less stressed about it all because all of the big events are covered in PL. My friends and family much prefer looking at my PL albums anyway.

I could have written this. After taking a realistic look at how many albums I would end up with in say 10 years, I started doing less traditional pages. I love the creative process though so I still make them when the mood strikes.


PeaNut 510,368
June 2011
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Loc: Washington

Posted: 11/28/2012 12:22:14 PM
I do both project life and traditional layouts. I actually have scrapbooked 2012 more than any other year! I like the fact that there's no stress because if I dont make another layout 2012 is documented! I figure if i want to do more I can always look back on my project life and figure out what we did that year!

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PeaNut 477,798
August 2010
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Posted: 11/28/2012 1:32:06 PM
I do both. PL keeps me "current", and I put more of my everyday life stuff in there. It helps that I journal for PL while things are fresh in my mind, rather than trying to remember back several years. With my traditional albums, I scrap chronologically and am way behind. I manage to keep up with PL because I keep the LOs super simple and it only takes me about 15-20 minutes to finish each one. If I don't have m/any pictures for the week, I just journal.


PeaNut 196,791
March 2005
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Loc: Roseville, CA

Posted: 11/28/2012 2:24:51 PM
I do both. Although PL has monopolized my time enough that I haven't done many traditional LO's, I am adjusting accordingly next year and reducing my PL to one two page spread per month so that I have a little more time for LO's. They are separate albums still and I do still enjoy both! I wouldn't want to EVER give up traditional scrapping!!!


PeaNut 190,252
February 2005
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Posted: 11/28/2012 2:54:08 PM
Honestly I don't see the difference between project life and traditional one is forcing any of us to embellish our pictures, we all could be using 2-ups and writing captions for our every day photos.

There was no rule that said we had to make every photo a work of art...that was a choice made by those in need of a creative outlet and not just a means to store photos.

If I pasted photos from my cellphone on a piece of cardstock and wrote that project life or traditional scrapbooking?

I am doing project life (of sorts) starting in January and as I prepare for this project I don't see the difference between it and the scrapbooking I already do. The main difference I see is less embellishment and divided page protectors.


PeaNut 422,247
May 2009
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Posted: 11/28/2012 3:03:54 PM
less pressure for me but i love trd scrpabooking cant wait to start my first one in 2013


PeaNut 261,868
May 2006
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Posted: 11/28/2012 4:39:45 PM
I do both and they often live in the same album, but then I don't really embellish my project life entries.

For my project life I just jot down notes on the journalling cards by date and then add a picture or some memorabilia when I have the time. But I still like to scrapbook my favorite pictures and events and I also like to scrapbook people and past events, etc. So I think you can definitely do both.

Project Life to me is a daily/ weekly journaling exercise, while scrapbooking is more of a historical thing for me. I'm not using PL to document my childhood (although I suppose you could), but I am making a scrapbook about childhood memories.


PeaNut 469,821
May 2010
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Loc: central TX

Posted: 11/28/2012 4:57:23 PM
I do PL and a family album. I started PL as a place for documenting the "little stuff" that I felt didn't need a whole layout, but that I didn't want to *not* document. I still do "traditional" layouts for all the stuff I normally would and use PL for the everyday stuff ... or the "other stuff".

For example, on Thanksgiving we went to the park and got some goofy photos of us together. THAT is what went in PL because I know I will do a traditional layout about Thanksgiving in our family album, but I have several layouts over the years from us playing at the park and don't necessarily need to do another one. I had one Thanksgiving photo in a flip up underneath the park picture. I hope that makes sense.


PeaNut 454,238
January 2010
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Posted: 11/28/2012 7:14:46 PM
I am like some here. I do both and they live in the same album.
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PeaNut 190,252
February 2005
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Loc: New Jersey

Posted: 11/29/2012 1:13:56 AM
I see what you guys are saying..formal = traditional layout..more goofy/everyday= PL.

I think the issue for me is that most of my pictures are goofy/everyday anyway and that is what I have always made layouts with. So that could be why I am not seeing the distinction between the two albums as clearly.

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PeaNut 37,012
April 2002
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Loc: Lehigh Valley, PA

Posted: 11/29/2012 5:33:15 AM
I do both because I never really documented our everyday life. I always just scrapped the big events like birthdays, holidays and such. I still scrap those in a yearly album. But now I use a Project Life format for the everyday stuff. This year was much more a photo a day thing and I've fallen behind. I'll be tweaking my Project Life next year to be more of a weekly overview. This system captures the best of both worlds for me.


PeaNut 302,923
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Posted: 11/29/2012 8:10:35 AM

the plife is an overview - this is what we did this week - a little of this and a little of that.

my layouts are usually more event-based - special things we did, etc.

the difference is short story (plife) or long story (layout) and how artistic i want to be - plife is alot simpler than my layouts.

hope that helps!

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