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Posted: 4/4/2013 8:47:30 PM
I mean, I totally understand the idea of scrapping your everyday life. I like everyday photos also. I guess I just don't see the attraction to that style of scrapping though. The cards, the divided page protectors and such. I mean, I am sure it is much quicker, but is there any other advantage? Is it just a trend that everybody follows now?

I still prefer the traditional method of a full one or 2 page layout, or a mini album. I don't have little kids anymore, so I do not take as many pics that I am anxious to get in an album, so I like to take my time scrapping, trying different techniques, etc. I guess I like the artistic aspect of scrapping the best.

I never understood the Smash Book thing either. Just no desire to make one. Now, I do not mean to hurt anyone's feelings, but it is just totally not my thing- neither the Project Life nor the Smash Book. Anyone else feel this way too?


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Posted: 4/4/2013 8:52:21 PM
It's supposed to be quicker and easier than scrapping many LO's for all of those pics.




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Posted: 4/4/2013 8:58:18 PM
I think it's more geared to those that like the look of a scrapbook but have no intentions in getting into it.
I showed PL to my cousin and she loves it because she can now put all of her daughters pics in a nice album with some journaling and filler cards instead of having them stored on her computer. Plus she can keep all the scrapbook pages I make for her in one album.
I'm using this system to finally put all my pics that are stored in photo boxes into albums and then I just take out the ones I actually want to do a LO.

Hope this made sense.


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Posted: 4/4/2013 9:03:43 PM
I am not into PL. Firstly, I have boys and they are not going to haul those albums around throughout life. I suggested that they take out the pages in their scrap albums that they want to keep and toss the rest (after I pass on of course). We have albums going back to grandparents' days...way too much. I will probably scan the pics.

Secondly, I simply do not like the 'pages' once all the pockets are filled in. Imagine if you created a 12x12 layout that looked just like that (ignoring the plastic pockets). Ugh. I can think of so many other ways of accomplishing the same thing. I agree with someone who once said her everyday was kind of boring. PL seems sort of silly. Could use that money for my kids college education. However, I am not willing to spend money on a boat either. So, different strokes for different folks.


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Posted: 4/4/2013 9:32:18 PM
I'm just starting into it. The attraction is quickly scrapping the normal. I never appreciated the normal until my son had a seizure so bad that he spent 5 days in the hospital. I missed my normal. I missed cooking dinner and sitting around the table as a family. I missed helping the kids with their homework. I missed the snuggles on the couch with my husband while we watch tv. I want Project Life to help me capture those moments. Sort of like a Project 365, but without the pressure of one photo every single day.



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Posted: 4/4/2013 9:44:36 PM
I don't think that I see Project Life the same as some others. I simply do not take enough pictures to do weekly/monthly spreads and I wouldn't want to document what I eat everyday.
I am starting PL with no pressure at all. I am not going to have weekly pages or anything. I am just going to make it a random book filled with random moments (mostly using Instagram pictures). I take a lot of pictures that don't warrant a whole 12x12 page, so this will be perfect for a PL project. It might take me 2 or 3 years to fill the album...but so what!



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Posted: 4/4/2013 9:46:33 PM
I don't do weekly or everyday or whatever else PL is marketed towards. I just use it like any other scrapbook or photo album. PL is just easy for me. I am not creative nor do I have a desire to make a layout with just a few pictures. It allows me to put pictures in an album and add some journaling. Nothing revolutionary with PL, other companies have done it and still do it.

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Posted: 4/4/2013 10:00:02 PM
I get the attraction, it's just not for me.

One thing I know for sure, and it's bringing people back to the paper hobby again, and that's a good thing. We were losing far too many to other hobbies and digi.

BH started it to "simplify" scrapping but of course, people are finding more and more ways to fussy it up, buy more products etc. I say it's good for the industry.

Why, just last month a NEW Scrapbooking store opened up in my town. We now have three lss's in my valley and I'm thrilled about it, I know what a rare thing that is.


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Posted: 4/4/2013 10:30:29 PM
Hi Yvonne, would you share what stores you are talking about? I'd love to check them out. Thanks.

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Posted: 4/4/2013 10:40:21 PM
I like it because it's faster and I can get more accomplished. I don't do daily or weekly though but more like a regular scrapbook just with pocket pages. I'm just organizing by month. I've done a few monthly highlight spreads too but mostly so far it's been like an "event" if you can call going to the pond or playing in the yard and stuff like that events If there isn't an event, it's just everyday pictures as they come. I enjoy regular pages like always but I had this constant nagging feeling in my mind that I was missing so much. There was no way I could get all the pictures I wanted scrapped. And I don't even mean caught up, I just mean getting all the ones I loved actually off the computer and into an album for us to look at. So it's faster, I can document more, and I can play around and decorate as much as I want to with it. It takes a lot of the time consuming design decisions out of it -the major ones anyhow - I mean you can get creative in the confines of the pockets and I like that because right now I have a 5 year old and a 7 year old and things are just moving too fast.


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Posted: 4/4/2013 10:58:32 PM
In December 2009 I was on a forum and someone said "Is anyone doing Becky Higgins Project Life?" and I thought "picture a day... I could do that..." so Project Life was just a place to house those daily photos. I'd take a picture, do some journaling.

I love being able to look through the events and day-to-day, having it in an album like that always makes me pause and appreciate how great my life is. I have layouts, and I love looking at those and I love creating traditional layouts but there's just something unique about the perspective you get when you see things that happened every day.

Traditional layouts are beautiful and fun, but sometimes I don't want to think about the pattern paper and where things are going to be placed and what the title is going to be; Project Life is basically "pre-planned" scrapbooking. I have the photos, I have the layout already defined and my kit is all I need. If I want to break out the stamps, pattern paper and embellishments, it's still fun and sometimes it feels good to only have to fill a small space.

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Posted: 4/4/2013 11:12:01 PM
I haven't actually started PL yet, but I plan to. I love traditional scrapbooking and I especially love making interactive minis...but PL is super attractive for all the day to day pics that are too humdrum for a regular album, but too precious to leave buried in some backup harddrive where it will never be seen again.

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Posted: 4/4/2013 11:36:56 PM
Neither Project Life or Smash Books have entered my house. They aren't for me.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 12:29:32 AM
Well I resisted for years and felt the same way you did but I finally just jumped on the PL bandwagon with everyone else and I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!!

I'm doing it MONTHLY. So all those pics on my iPhone and pics with my good camera that really have nothing to do with anything else but are still great pics - now they have somewhere to go.

We have an overall view of our life one month at a time. Sure - I could do the same thing on a month in review page but the PL products are just so darn cute. I love all the cut apart journaling cards and the look of the album. I don't overly embellish mine and mine is mostly filled with photos so maybe that's why it still looks clean to me. Some PL's seem to be all memorabilia and embellishments with hardly any photos and I knew that wasn't something that appealed to me. But if the person making it has fun making it, then more power to them!!

I really didn't get how fun it was until I tried it myself and now I am letting go of some of the guilt of not scrapping for a while because even if I don't scrap anything earth-shattering - I have SOMETHING done. It's really as easy or hard as you make it and you can use it for basically anything you want.

Plus, I just like being in the PL club. If everyone's talking about it and doing it - it seems fun to join in!!!

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Posted: 4/5/2013 1:01:35 AM

Hi Yvonne, would you share what stores you are talking about? I'd love to check them out. Thanks.



Absolutely!

First, and the best IMNSHO is Treasured Memories in Oak Park, (by Westlake Village)
Then there is Scrapbook Blessings in Newbury Park,
And the new one s Scrapbooking Forever in Thousand Oaks..she's small but a mixed media a queen so she fills a niche.

All the stores are about 10 minute drive from each other


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Posted: 4/5/2013 1:05:17 AM
I love the everyday. The everyday has changed so much since my daughter was little. I wished PL was around when she was younger


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Posted: 4/5/2013 1:22:44 AM
I enjoy Smash books -- I use them more for journaling or travel though. And even then it's journaling the trip when it happens.

PL is too much of a grid for my tase -- I like layers and off kilter and having a bit more freedom. Grids make my left eye twitch. But then, I started scrapbooking because I had photos from a trip to Italy and I hated the look of divided protectors.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 2:25:09 AM
I.love.divided.page.protectors.

PL fits divided page protectors.

Duh.





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Posted: 4/5/2013 2:39:28 AM
For me it isn't faster because I do a lot of embellishing. I've let it go the past two months and just started playing catch up today and realized again what attracts me to it...

- I use more of my stash in fun ways
- I document things I would never bother documenting on a 12x12 on their own, yet they are the bits and pieces that make up my life and that I want to remember.
- It's a place to store and organize the ephemera that I just can't seem to throw out because of the memory.
- I think of it as my visual journal...I do write things down, but I don't need to with everything. The pictures tell the story for me.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 3:43:31 AM
Well I'm YEARS behind in my albums so I plan to use it to catch up. Is been using those photo albums that ha the side journaling anyway in the meantime so this format basically bridges that gap and with the binder I can add traditional layouts in wherever I want.
I don't do the pictures every week setup though, I'm just printing everything I can for a year and putting them in and tabbing it separating by month.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:02:29 AM
For me, this is the attraction:
The kits are nice looking and easy to put together.
I like the divided page look.
It captures everyday life. I have lots of traditional travel scrapbooks - but I'm not going to forget what the Eiffel Tower looked like. I am going to forget, however, my favourite shoes from last season, or whatever.
It's achievable scrapbooking. I just don't have time for making many traditional layouts, because it's a much more open ended initiative. When I have time, I use other elements & personalise it, but I don't have to.
It shows progression, not just one-off events. I love looking at my weightloss progress through it, and how our house renovation shaped up over time.
If you do the picture a day, it does force you to take photos that you wouldn't otherwise.
It improves your photography skills.

But it certainly is a controversial issue. I'd like a dollar for every "I don't get PL" thread. It would be an astounding product indeed if everyone loved it. I never "got" those Prima flowers - ick -but I don't recall the same level of interest!

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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:25:39 AM
I am not doing daily or weekly layouts with it, just accenting my normal scrapbooking with the divided pages, not every single picture can have my full attention, I still scrap the really special things with a traditional 12x12 layout with all the bells and whistles. I have three kids, we work hard and play hard and I like to document that, the format that PL provides gives me a structure and prompts to get more scrapbooking done

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Posted: 4/5/2013 7:19:06 AM
I have been a scrapbooker for years and I love creating my 12x12 scrapbook pages about the people in my life and to document the stories I want to remember. I also love PL and have been doing it in various forms for the last few years. Project Life is not simpler or easier or quicker for me, it's just a different way to document my memories.

The attraction is different for everyone. I am not a chronological scrapper, nor are my scrapbook albums set up that way. And I do not wish to ever change that. BUT. There was a part of me that still wanted to see how my life was unfolding by the calendar. Project Life fills that need.

Also, I have always been an every day life scrapbooker but once I've done a page about something, I like to move on and do something else. I was noticing that I wanted to record the books I was reading again and the movies I went to again and the flowers I picked out for the patio again this year. Yet I didn't feel compelled create more 12x12 pages about things I've already scrapbooked about. All I need for these things is one photo and a few words. Project Life fills that need.

I am also a collector of stuff. I keep movie tickets and concert tickets and post cards and magazine clippings and clothes tags. I have tried to incorporate that kind of stuff into my scrapbooks but wasn't always successful. Project Life fills that need. The perfect place to put that stuff when it happens.

I have transitioned into doing PL monthly now and it's just the right amount. I love the divided page protectors as it adds in some variety. I add in additional page protectors when I need to if there's a lot going during the month. But I still scrapbook traditional 12x12 pages. For me it's not one or the other. There's room for both and both fill different needs for me. To each her own!



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Posted: 4/5/2013 7:32:27 AM
I can see the attraction, but I too, am a traditional 12 X 12 scrapper. I also do a few mini albums as gifts and I've done several altered chipboard albums. (LOVE the look of those!)

I'm more attracted to the Smashbook because I've always loved journaling, saving little bits and bobs of this and that. I feel like the Smashbooks are more suited for teens - but they are so dog gone cute! I've been thinking about picking up one to alter as a 2014 "daytimer" instead of a traditional "business looking" calendar.

I do like that scrapbooking has evolved into so many different styles. As one Pea said, she's able to get her pics out of the computer and into an album and actually be able to enjoy them.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 7:42:23 AM
I like the divided page protectors more than I ever thought I would! The biggest plus for me is that I journal (because I have a "designated space" and I use more photos. I don't know why, but those 3x4 cards hold magic for writing that a 4x6 doesn't!!

Looking back at my books from 2005- 2007, I did a lot of 1 picture 12x12 layouts with minimal information about the who and what. I can't stand it now. Looking back, I want to know where we were, what we were doing and why we were there. Going forward from here, that is the kind of info I want in my books.

I also went through a phase of taking "artistic" detail shots of stuff-- I am getting past that now. I want more faces. We were looking at family videos of a trip to the ocean a couple weeks ago. My husband shot video of the waves (which still look pretty much the same) while our daughters were behind him in the sand. You could hear their baby voices talking about the sand and the shells and I so wanted to SEE THEM, but he didn't turn the camera. It dawned on me that while we were in that moment, the ocean was pretty cool to look at, but in time, it would still be there, but our girls would change.

So, I do PL-- or "divided page protector scrapbooking" to easily organize many photos and record important journaling.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:04:32 AM
I've been scrapbooking for over 10 years and I find that I enjoy and can appreciate nearly everything associated with scrapbooking, and that includes the PL look and smash books. I have three large Christmas albums (WRMK) that chronicle our family Christmases back before I was born. Since I have only a few pictures from the early years, those years are either single- or multi-pics per page; later years are two-page spreads. But starting with 2012, I've incorporated the divided page protectors. I love how crisp and clean they look, and I have the ability to make them as plain or as fancy as I choose. I feel it adds variety to the albums.

Although I don't currently do PL, I see the appeal in it. I would especially be into PL if I had small children. I think creating a book of a child's infant to school years would make a wonderful keepsake; something you could keep for yourself and pass onto them once you are gone, or something you can give to them as a gift when they marry or move out on their own.

I smashbook, too. I'm also a journaler so I fell for the smashbooks. I have one devoted to scrapbooking; what scrapbooking is and why I scrapbook, including stash organizational plans. I use another one as a "testimony" book, along with favorite scripture verses, hymns, other testimonials, etc. I have a third smashbook that will be devoted to traveling/vacations; I've yet to start that one.

Scrapbooking can be as involved or as simple as you want it to be. PL is just another added dimension.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:05:46 AM
I wish project life had been invented 100 years ago! I would love to read and see in pictures what everyday life was like for my great-grandmother!

I made a vacation album a few years ago and did it Project Life style. It was an easy and realatively fast way to scrap a whole bunch of pictures. I did throw in a few full 12X12 pages.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:19:05 AM
Here is what I don't understand about Project Life. How do I make it faster?

Granted, I am not really using it for Project Life. I am using it to document a 6-8 week project DH is doing with his 55 Chevy. But one divided page takes me a lot longer than a single layout for some reason.

And I am scrapping 8.5 x 11 with only 3 pockets to each page. Maybe it will get faster as I get used to the process?

Ha! Maybe I should be comparing the one divided page with the number of single layouts I would have had to do to use the same pictures? Is that how it is faster?

I do like the result though.
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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:59:51 AM
So far I have used the project life products to do my "regular" scrapping, which is mostly travel albums. My DD is 3.5 and I *still* haven't started her album (I'm a horrible mommy) so I just bought the PL baby girl edition. I'm going to use it to put together her album, then will use the Blush from HSN to do years 2 on. I fear I will have to make up certain facts etc. b/c I just don't remember everything. I did post lots of updates on FB so I'll start going through it to find old posts/memories.

Right now I'm debating turning the albums into "family" albums after her age 2 album or so. I figure I'll always do my travel albums but would like to find a home for my iPhone pictures of every day stuff, too.

I also do 12 x 12 "traditional" layouts within the divided pages if there is a photo/event I want to showcase.

I will admit that I've been scrapping since 1996 and this is the first time in a LONG time I'm excited about scrapping. It can go so fast and I can get it DONE, which is so freeing.

The most important part of it is to use the products to your advantage/liking and to suit your purposes.




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Posted: 4/5/2013 9:29:30 AM
I started pl for the first time in Jan and am now realizing that its not for me. I have been unsatisfied with just putting pics in pockets with a little journaling. I seem to be all over the page but I am just starting to learn what I love about scrapbooking and am starting to realize that I really like the stories. Not just the who.what.when.where.whay, even those are great I want more.
I just learned this over the last couple of days.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:09:20 AM
To answer your questions..I think PL is a great way to store memories for future generations. It's not necessarily just for you but for your kids and others to look back on say 10 or 20 years from now. I wish my grandparents or even parents had some type of album with not just notes but also some sort of ephemera attached to it. I would have learned so much more about them.

If you don't take many pictures you can always use a smaller album such as the Snap binder or the SC handbook. Another reason why I love the PL album is because you can scrap away with many types of pages and techniques. You can incorporate regular scrapbook pages as much as you want into it. If you really wanted to, you can use a different technique on each card that you insert into the album. If on certain days you feel that you have limited time to scrapbook you can just work on a few cards and call it done.

With a PL album there are no limits!




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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:17:18 AM
For me, I do love being able to immerse myself in the creative process of a traditional 12x12 page. However,the priority in scrapping for me is documenting/story-telling. I am too slow of a scrapper to get all the stories recorded in traditional manner. I also found that I wasn't doumenting daily life. My traditional albums were geared to events. I am now in my 4th year of PL...and they are BY FAR my favorite albums, because they represent our lives better than any other album I have made. From the big to the small, it is all in there.

I am also using PL supplies to play "catch up" because I got SO FAR behind before PL. I just finished catching up albums for my two nieces. I was four years behind for each of them...it only took me two months to get their albums current. With traditional scrapping, I doubt I would even have gotten a year done that quickly. I would have been continously working on it through this year...and even then, may not have finished. Doing it quickly with divided page protectors, opens me up to get other memories recorded this year. I love that I can also include traditional layouts if I want....it is truly the best of best worlds to me, because of its flexibility.

I get that it doesn't work for some people....honestly, if my previous method had been working before, I doubt that I would have sought out another system. However, it wasn't. I had so many memories to record and stories to tell, but not enough time. And as the years have stretched on, some of the little memories have gotten lost along the way. I want to get them recorded before any more is forgotten. So, fast and easy works for me.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:34:18 AM

I this is the first time in a LONG time I'm excited about scrapping. It can go so fast and I can get it DONE, which is so freeing.

The most important part of it is to use the products to your advantage/liking and to suit your purposes.



This is me to So happy to just get all my photos in an album! I can still do embellishing and still do 12x12 pages for my "special" photos.






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CraftyNikki
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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:40:24 AM

I'm doing it MONTHLY. So all those pics on my iPhone and pics with my good camera that really have nothing to do with anything else but are still great pics - now they have somewhere to go.


This is exactly what got me thinking about doing it - all those iPhone pics of random things that would just sit on the phone forever. I got a SC Handbook, so I can try it out in a smaller format. I think the 12 x 12 size might be too much grid for me, if that makes sense. For next year, I'll either go to the 12 x 12 size and mix them in with my regular layouts, or continue to keep them separated into a smaller sized album. Either way, I will definitely continue making regular layouts, because I love 'em too much not to.



melanell
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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:53:06 AM
For me it's much quicker and easier. because I tend to spend so much time agonizing over how to crush a ton of photos into as few LOs as possible and how to arrange them, etc., etc..

I am now scrapping the same photos, but they are actually getting done.

AND, because I use several of the WRMK pages, I still get to scrappy portions of many of my pages. For instance, there may be a big area at the top for me to do traditional scrapping and then pockets at the bottom, or a big section on a side and pockets on the other side, etc..

I have always felt that it was more fun scrapping smaller areas. I like 8.5x11 better than 12x12, for instance, and I love 6x6 and 8x8 albums. So scrapping a 4x6 space or a 6x12 space is great for me. It's a little bit of scrappy fun, without the pressure of needing to fill so much space. And there is no more agonizing over where to put things, because the pockets create limited possibilities, which is the big time saver for me.

I don't use any kits, so I still get to choose from anything out there in the scrapping supply world. I don't have any weekly or monthly LOs to conform to. I just scrap my pics like usual in terms of what pics go together and how many LOs I have for any given month.

I am scrapping more, having fun, and I have a current album that my family has been enjoying taking out to see every so often.

It's one "pro" after another for me.

Plus, if I decide I do want to do a 12x12 or an 8.5x11 traditional page, I just stick it in there.





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Posted: 4/5/2013 12:20:18 PM
It takes the guess work of design out of it.

I don't have to figure out where to put everything

I have a place to put stuff..tickets, spelling tests, bday cards,ect

A place to put pictures other people give me and maybe a photo I wouldn't ordinarily scrap

I'm not pressured to get 12x12 pages done so I don't lose the memory. I can do it when I'm ready.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 12:22:44 PM
I like many of the embellishments, but the idea of just putting my photos in pockets with cards, doesn't get me interested in scrapbooking. I'm inspired by well developed and executed LOs. I really enjoy the artist aspects of scrapbooking. But, I do say to each its own as well.


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melanell
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Posted: 4/5/2013 12:38:33 PM
I just really quickly snapped 2 pics and uploaded them to show how I do my "PL" *style* pages. Sorry, the pics are just awful. And I had to blur out a lot.

You can see that I definitely still get to enjoy scrapping a portion of the pages in a more traditional way.

First Haircut 2pg spread

(And you can see me using up my stash, too...those papers are old Basic Grey and Kaleidoscope lines! )


Birthday Page from PL album




EllenPea
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Posted: 4/5/2013 12:44:10 PM
I was with you until it came to this year's photos. Because I am a chronological scrapbooker, and because I had a huge number of photos from December 2012, I am still working on December 2012. I normally am "caught up" on my recent photos, and when that happens, I feel more free to scrap out of order and scrap whichever photos work best for whichever inspiration I have.

PL will allow me to more quickly scrap those photos. I'll have the recent memories documented in a way that is what I wanted when I first started scrapbooking a dozen years ago. Then I will have the choice of organizing my supplies better, documenting a ton of older memories, or taking my huge box of unused photos and just having fun with them.

I think that's just me and a few other people, but I think a lot of them are already doing PL.



melanell
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Posted: 4/5/2013 12:48:58 PM

PL will allow me to more quickly scrap those photos. I'll have the recent memories documented in a way that is what I wanted when I first started scrapbooking a dozen years ago. Then I will have the choice of organizing my supplies better, documenting a ton of older memories, or taking my huge box of unused photos and just having fun with them.


I agree. This is exactly what I had in mind when I started scrapping years and years ago.

AND, I have oodles and oodles of other photos I can still scrap any other way. But this is taking care of 2013 and I am so tickled pink about that.



Jane71
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Posted: 4/5/2013 1:02:58 PM
Melanell, what protectors do you use? I love them! Also love both of your pages.

melanell
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Posted: 4/5/2013 1:39:04 PM
They are We R Memory Keepers. They fit perfectly right alongside BH's pages. I mix them up with some of hers.

WRMK Pages


On the birthday page, the bottom pockets are just the 4x6 size, but I drew a line across each insert to make it look more like two 3x4 pockets instead.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 1:54:53 PM
WRMK protectors. I have more of them than Becky's.



not every single picture can have my full attention
*THIS* is why I like the divided pockets.





Here is what I don't understand about Project Life. How do I make it faster?

Granted, I am not really using it for Project Life. I am using it to document a 6-8 week project DH is doing with his 55 Chevy. But one divided page takes me a lot longer than a single layout for some reason.

And I am scrapping 8.5 x 11 with only 3 pockets to each page. Maybe it will get faster as I get used to the process?


I have decades of photos in 8.5x11 that I am transitioning into 12x12 for one very simple reason - there wasn't enough diversity in the divided pockets for my photos.

I take vertical and horizontal shots all the time. My old books - with just photos and nothing else - are miserable to look through because the photos had to be put in however I could fit them best and not how they were most consistent.

You may be having a similar problem.







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Posted: 4/5/2013 2:13:23 PM
Here is what I don't understand about Project Life. How do I make it faster?




Everyone has a different approach, but I stay simple with my PL pages. I might add a few embellishments...letter stickers, labels, wood veneer...but I don't treat each pocket as a mini layout. I am okay with just slipping in pictures and journaling cards/patterned paper. Keeping simple means that it is faster for me.

nellej
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Posted: 4/5/2013 2:22:31 PM
I find it a quick way of 'capturing the ordinary'. I do mine every Sunday night for 20 mins or so.

I do sometimes enjoy creating 'proper' layouts too now and then, but I'd miss so many memories if I just stuck to those.




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Posted: 4/5/2013 2:45:47 PM
I personally bought it to scrap vacation pictures. I have so many that I know I would never get to otherwise. I still do traditional paper or digi layouts for 90% of my stuff...for vacations I'm going PL style.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 2:54:54 PM
I have always put all my photos in a regular photo album. You know the ones with the sleeves.
I had a few that not only fit your photos but also a strip of paper at the bottom of each photo to write a bit about each photo.
I loved those photo albums, but can't find them anymore.

So for me PL is the same as those old photo albums.
But with a way to still be a bit more creative.
Nothing earth shattering.

I don't buy the kits...because I am cheap, and I have so many of my own supplies.
So I just do my own thing...but it is the same idea.

I still do traditional scrapbooking pages for special occasions or for certain photos I want to use.

Tracy



melanell
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Posted: 4/5/2013 3:17:47 PM

I have decades of photos in 8.5x11 that I am transitioning into 12x12 for one very simple reason - there wasn't enough diversity in the divided pockets for my photos.

I take vertical and horizontal shots all the time.


Same here. That's one reason why I like those WRMK pages so much. The ones with that giant pocket can be used for any combo of horiz. or vert. pics I want.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:27:05 PM
I LOVE PL. Love love love it! And I AM a traditional scrapper who does 12x12s, mini albums and full themed vacation albums.

I am also a mom of 2 young kids and run my own business. Between that, keeping up with chores and finances and just LIFE, I find that I do have opportunities to take lots of pictures but not a lot of time to scrap them all. I have 15 storage albums dating back to 2005 that haven't been touched. A lot of them are 1-photo layouts. That makes no sense to me, to keep sticking those poor photos into a storage album praying that SOMEDAY I will have free time to scrap.

With PL, I can put all my single photos in there. Easy to keep up with, just print out at the end of the week. Is it massive amounts of creativity and art? No, but the story gets told. I have other opportunities to play with the craft, but with as far "behind" as I am right now, if I were to die tomorrow, there'd be a lot of photos and not much "meat." At least with PL, it's complete up until the present.

Sunny1213
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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:46:02 PM
I'm glad that PL has brought so many back to the scrapbooking industry. I have tried to introduce my MIL to PL because she has an entire lifetime of pictures to get into albums. But I just cannot get into the divided page protectors. They make me batty. They make me lose all ability to be creative and the reason I scrapbook is as a creative outlet so I cannot use them. I do however use BH's 5x7 page protectors all the time to add to a standing album I have and they work out great. I'm glad that PL is working for so many people and helping them to get things onto their pages. I also love how the idea of PL has gotten us to pay more attention to our day to day activities instead of just scrapbooking the events in our lives.
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