What is the attraction of project life?

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Posted 4/4/2013 by Jadie in General Scrappin'
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Posted: 4/5/2013 10:41:10 PM
Just have to say something to this:

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.

OClittleflower - we must be polar opposites because grids make me feel like I'm welling up with joy inside. ha-ha!!! That just cracked me up. If a picture is tilted or not straight on the page, I always say it makes my left eye twitch. Too funny.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:17:36 PM
I have been taking a photo a day every year for 5 years now and PL is just so simple for me - slip in the photo, write a little bit about it and ta-da - done! I am very busy (work 60-80 hrs a week) and don't have much time for traditional scrapping so this is a good fit for my life. Plus I look at those albums all the time - I'm really amazed at how often I look back at them and re-live the memories in those photos.

I still love traditional scrapping when I have the time and sometimes I will add a full LO or two in with my PL album.

I'm with you on the smash books though - I just don't get the appeal. I am not a fan of digital scrapping either.

But I guess that is why scrapping is so great - different products, different styles and you find what works best for you and your life.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:34:14 PM
I like Project Life because it's easier - I don't take photos everyday and I don't do the whole weekly/monthly journalling/photo taking ordeal. I take photos how I want to when I want to and just put them all together.

I don't like traditional scrapbooking - I never have. I don't understand why anyone would want to put one 3x3 photo on a 12x12 layout... It's a waste of paper to me and it's more pages in a scrapbook. With Project Life you can fit 6+ photos on one page. It makes more sense to me... But yes, different strokes for different folks.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:45:09 PM
I've done traditional layouts and I love doing them but in the grand scheme of things I'm really not being as productive in getting my scrapbooks done. I've been Scrapbooking since 1998 and I only have two scrapbooks done where others can actually sit down and enjoy them. The speed of PL interests me a lot and I like the format, I still do regular layouts but like being able to mix it up.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 3:08:32 AM
I don't know.

I do Project Life style weekly scrapping on a 12x12 piece of paper, just like a regular layout. I like the idea of scrapping the little moments, documenting everyday life, but I don't have any urge to use the page protectors, kit, or "style" of the BH Project Life.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 5:07:37 AM
I just stated this Jan and I already love looking back to previous month's. My daughters come over and that is the first thing they look for is my album. I love working on it. I still like traditional 12x12 pages, but i like I can look back and remember the little things. The only thing for me is I wish it had been around when my kids were younger.


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Posted: 4/6/2013 7:41:48 AM
I just started PL this year....but to be honest I didn't start to follow a trend, I thought about it for several months last year before I decided to give it a try. See even though I previously scrapped events and everyday moments, there was still a lot missing from our albums. I didn't journal on all my LOs and I never did layouts that weren't primarily focused around my son. I love my pre-PL albums but I love my PL album more. And even though I still embellish and scrap my PL layouts, they take me less time than before. And I have a reason to get a little craft time in every week to keep up with my weekly layouts. And I love it because its working for me and I already go back and read all the stories I captured from the beginning of the year, but not because it was the "in" thing to do.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 12:37:57 PM

PL is too much of a grid for my taste -- I like layers and off kilter and having a bit more freedom.

That's why on every page of mine you'll find some tilting or layering happening in the large pocket area that I do scrappy stuff in.

I feel like those pages give me the best of both worlds...a little bit of clean line and a little bit of whimsy.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 12:53:56 PM
I did it the first year it was our. Back then it was Project 365 I think.

My kids loved looking at it.

Fast forward to 2012. I have a couple sudden cardiac arrests and loose years worth of memories do to a lack of oxygen in brain.

You know what. That album is now priceless. I don't remember it. I don't remember doing any of the things documented in it.

But I can look at it and at least know some things that happened on a daily basis. It provides some continuity.

Now I realize this might be one case out of millions. But it's mine. And I love it for that.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 2:45:04 PM
I didn't read all the responses yet, but I was attracted to Project Life on HSN. Not because I plan on using it for a daily/weekly/monthly album. I haven't actually scraped in ages. My scrap area was buried with stuff when our daughter moved back home. I have yet to get it unburied. I do, however, want to get my stacks of pictures into an album. And with the kit I think I can do that in a way that I will like and it won't take so much time. I love to scrap, I love the therapy of scrapping. It's just not something I've been able to do lately and I miss it. I am hoping that by using the project life kit I purchased that I will feel a bit accomplished and not so overwhelmed in getting my pictures scrapped.
Also, I can always do 12 x 12 layouts and add 12 x 12 page protectors to my album if I want.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 3:05:23 PM
My PL from HSN will be my first experience with this type of memory keeping. I hope that it will allow for additional photos to make their way into an album and perhaps, a bit of journaling.

I still enjoy my paper scrapping, but finding time is not always easy. I've done just a few digital pages and I understand the attraction for some. I'm a bit computer challanged, but I try.

I hope I enjoy PL and that it helps me accomplish a bit more; Lisa B sure made it look easy and enjoyable on television.


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Posted: 4/6/2013 5:25:29 PM
for me it's completely changed my frame of mind. Now I can include those little "paper ephemera" from everyday that might just get tossed aside in a pile, it's help me to MAKE ME take more photos of my week. I never used to take enough of the "everyday moments" but now because I know that I want photos for the week I make myself search out those moments & it's so awesome. I even have my husband on to the "oh, better get a photo for project life!"

It helps me capture little things like girl scout meetings that you know, in the grand scheme of things might not be enough of an event for a layout but for PL it can get a photo & a description of what happened.

My kids love to look at the PL albums WAY more than my other ones.
I dunno, I see it as a way of capturing life & for my family, it's all positive.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 5:51:16 PM
I purchased both kits off of HSN and ended up using one for all of my old high school pictures. I love the way it turned out and it was an easy way to get them scrapped without doing traditional layouts. That would have taken years! I decorated just enough to made it fun and quick. I am amazed how much of my old stash I was able to incorporate.

I am using the other to document all the fun summer activities we have planned such as amusement parks, baseball games, etc. I collect the "stuff" that goes along with the events such as tickets and things. I picture it as being similar to December Daily... just Summer 2013.

PL is supplementing my scrapbooking. So now I do paper, digi and my own form of PL. It really works for me!



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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:00:23 PM
I'm not into the PL either. I just like the old fashion way to scrap.



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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:01:30 PM
I'm not into the PL either. I just like the old fashion way to scrap.



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Posted: 4/6/2013 10:11:18 PM
For me, the attraction to Project Life was the simplicity. My life has changed and I have less time to scrapbook than I used to; but, I still crave the creative outlet of paper crafting. I don’t take a photo every day, or make a weekly spread; I make about one 2-page spread per month. But, it gives me the place to put those memories that I did decide to capture. I have also worked with smash books and it too gave me a place to put ephemera, which I liked. The difference is that PL is chronological and I do like that better.

What I like the most about PL, is that it has helped me pause and appreciate the blessings that are all around me. Things that I used to take for granted I now pay more attention to. I love to write and I do more journaling with PL than traditional scrapbooking. I am looking forward to reviewing this album in 2 or 5 years or 10 years from now. Already I see how things have changed in my life just in the past few months and when I look back on one documented memory today I thought, “Gee we didn’t realize that was going to be the last time we did that.”


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Posted: 4/6/2013 10:16:35 PM
I usually do mini albums for vacations, concerts, etc. My favorite photos I traditionally scrapbook (12x12) and leftover photos I want to still have in an album I use PL for. Quick, easy & still documenting the "extra" photos I have.


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Posted: 4/7/2013 1:57:48 AM
I'm new to PL so I can't say how the experience will be for me once I start, *but* I think it will work well for me. A few years ago, I went on a crafting binge buying spree with most of the items being scrap related. Then I got some albums and quickly realized I was way intimidated and didn't enjoy full layouts (12's or 8's). I did however enjoy making mini albums, but rarely got to the point of putting pictures IN them . I think I will like PL because I can use a lot of my stash, record everyday life pictures (which is what I mostly take), and it can be a fun outlet for me rather than something stressful. Right now I'm in the process of organizing my craft desk some (since it's been out of commission for a while). I plan to get some photos printed early this week and get started.


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Posted: 4/7/2013 5:41:16 PM
Thanks for everyone's opinions. Very interesting. I just remembered I started this thread, and went to look for it, LOL!

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Posted: 4/7/2013 10:11:58 PM
I have so any photos, I would never, ever be able to make pages for all the stories I want to tell. I use project life style pages to document chronologically and then I feel free to make pages with all my old photos and the really special current ones.

PL also uses a LOT less product.


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Posted: 4/7/2013 10:14:47 PM
For me, the appeal is being able to document our every day lives much faster and far more completely than a regular scrapbook page. Admittedly, I am a slow scrapbooker when doing so in traditional format (3+ hours for a single layout).

Project Life was introduced just after my first child was born, and provided a solution for me. I did not want to give up scrapping but, I needed a faster way. I loved it from the start. All of a sudden, I was able to scrap a weeks worth of memories in less than an hour and had and easy way to save ephemera without the headache of figuring out if or how it would look best on a single page.

My first year of PL (2010) I stuck just to the kit. Now, I do have a bit more time and use my monthly Citrus Twist PL kit to personalize my pages and pockets much more. I can still get a week scrapped in very little time but, am also fulfilling my need for a creative outlet. There are hundreds of little moments captured in my PL albums that I never would have has the time to scrap traditionally. With two very young and quickly growing children at home, that makes all the difference for me.

Adding: it is also a huge space and money saver! As a SAHM, that is very appealing.

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Posted: 4/8/2013 9:00:29 AM
I never did well with 12x12 pages. 8.5x11 worked better for me creatively, but of course, I fit less photos per LO that way.

So, I only ever made a few dozen 12x12 LOs.

I just went through my old 12x12s this weekend, and found that I really don't like most of them. But the ones I do like, remind me of PL.

They are more linear. They have many photos. They have journalling done in blocks.

So apparently I liked the look of PL before it ever existed.


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Posted: 4/9/2013 8:01:14 AM
I just started PL this year. One of the reasons I am loving it most is that it is a more portable form of scrapbooking. I have two little ones under 3, so it is hard to take out all my supplies and work on a 12x12 layout (I don't have a dedicated scrap space.) I can take out my PL cards and put them in the page protectors while the kids are sleeping and not have to worry about a big mess. then when I am ready I can add a few embellishments while hanging out watching television with the hubby. best thing that ever happened to this scrapper!
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