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Posted 7/4/2013 by treyaut in General Scrappin'
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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:22:07 AM
Project life bandwagon. I do incorporate divided page protectors in with my traditional layouts. I have been for years. But it seems to me that PL negates what it was created for in most of the posts in the forum. Simplicity, stress-free, and faster results. I thought PL was created to simply Scrapbooking and take some of the stress and pressure that "traditional" Scrapbooking brings. BUT most of these PL post reference being behind, stuck, bored with the same routine, having to get caught up, switching to monthly, because daily/weekly was too much, too many duplicate cards, what size photos should I print, etc. that's sound pretty stressful to me.

Hey, maybe it's just me but it seems many have taken the simplicity out of such a simple concept.




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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:24:53 AM
No, you're not. I couldn't take the stress of keeping up with it and scrapping chronologically. But, I do use the cards on regular scrapbook pages.




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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:27:24 AM
I also don't PL. I don't have the time nor do I want to really stress myself to get the weeks done. And I know it's not stressful for everyone, but I know I would. I do want to pick up a kit or two though to use in regular scrapping.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:29:18 AM
No, I've not become a "Project Lifer" yet either. I'm so dis-organized; PL just doesn't seem like it would fit with me. Also, my life is pretty boring and "nothing to write home about" . I do like the idea of using some of the divided pages in regular albums though. Maria

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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:34:03 AM
To each her own, but it's not my thing and I'm good with that. I think it's great that there are so many forms of scrapping so we can all find what works for us.




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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:36:28 AM
Honestly, I've never seen the appeal. Too much else I'd rather do (12x12 layouts and mini books, and art journaling). I've never been a chronological scrapper. and I just don't have (or take) enough photos to effectively carry it off. I do think it's a great concept for other dedicated scrappers, just not me.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:38:38 AM
I don't do the weekly Project Life, but i do the Project Life style pages (mixed in with some regular 12x12). Mine are pretty simple, so they are taking me much less time than my traditional pages. It's been a huge help in getting a lot of photos scrapped, since I hadn't scrapped for a couple years and wanted to 'catch up' on my kids' photos!

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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:38:42 AM
I just recently bought my first PL kit, Midnight, which I planning on using to help document a 3900 mile road trip this fall which will include several days in Las Vegas for my daughter's wedding. I'm also planning on purchasing a kit (or 2) for using with my old photos back to 1982 when I got married. The old photos are now in 12x12 binders placed in 4x6 divided pages just like a photo album. I want to go back and add a little documentation and labeling to those old pictures and I think the PL inserts will make the albums a little more interesting. I have no desire to do a "traditional" PL by documenting with weekly or even monthly pages. That requires too much structure for me.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:45:49 AM
Of course not! I don't do it or use divided page protectors at all. However, there is a possibility I will be living in a different city next year just for the year, and if that is the case I think it would be fun to do a weekly PL. I probably won't buy all the cards and such though, I would just make them using my existing stash.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:50:19 AM
No you are not. Like you, I use divided PPs in between my scrappy pages to hold all the extra pics. I don't Art Journal in the way that has become popular either, requiring special booklets and a whole lot of extra supplies.

That being said, I have always pasted "stuff" and pictures into my diaries, so I have been documenting my life in a simplified PL style since my school days. When I started 12 by 12 scrapping I also started keeping a series of ring-bound notebooks on my counter in which I test colours, try out stamps and paste examples of techniques I try with notes of what does/n't work. I am sure my efforts wouldn't satisfy the purists, but they work for me and I am "caught up"...

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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:51:58 AM
I haven't. I agree with you.

I have toyed with the idea here and there of using divided page protectors, mostly because I have so many photos, generations of them handed down already (and I mean boxes of them, huge plastic containers, in multiples).

I might use some PL style elements, and I have some, but planned on using many of those on regular layouts or mini books. But I wouldn't do PL - as in the everyday photo, or monthly or whatever. I had pretty much figured that I would do traditional layouts also and disperse them throughout, right along with the divided page protectors.



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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:53:28 AM
Nope. I have no interest in Project Life. It seems like a nice concept since it gets people to include more of their daily lives and routine things that would never get scrapped otherwise, but it doesn't suit me.

It's just one more example IMO that "one size does not fit all" when it comes to scrapbooking.

I'll just keep doing my own thing, thank you.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 8:59:50 AM
No. I have not tried project life. I have thought about trying it but just like 12x12 layouts much better. Scrap when I am in the mood kinda girl.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:09:07 AM
I haven't jumped on yet either but have started buying kits to incorporate those types of pages into my scrapbook.

There is no way I could keep up with it as much as I'd like to.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:11:25 AM
I don't do it either. I have a hard enough time trying to get in my regular scrapping let alone try to do a monthly or weekly scrapbook. Nope think I will just stick to the regular old scrapbooking. To me its alot more fun and you can get as creative as you would like.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:12:44 AM
Nope not here, I can't stick to stuff that forces me to do abc so a weekly spread - fugedaboutit! I might consider a monthly one though


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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:13:59 AM
Ps I'm not sure I understand the "stress" s rap booking is meant to be, even when I was on dts it was my hobby and my way of relaxing so I don't see a need to distress scrapping, plus to me it seems MORE stressful not less....


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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:17:21 AM
There are some people who have a hobby of creating stress for themselves.
Or at least making it look like they are stressed.. as if being stressed is some kind of goal to shoot for.

I haven't started on PL because it doesn't seem to meet my needs or desires as a scrapbooker.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:17:52 AM
I just started PL this year and I usually make 1 page per week. It seemed to take me forever at first but I've got a routine now and I love it. I started scrapping chronologically 11 years ago and quickly got behind and that stressed me out. With PL I get our life documented quickly and I put photos aside for the bigger stories and layouts I still want to make as 12x12 layouts. I "feel" more "caught up" even if I still have plenty of 12x12 layouts to complete. So PL is a "Win" for me.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:18:00 AM
I haven't done it... I picked up some page protectors and the cards but I'm just not really interested in it. I still love traditional layouts.



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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:28:57 AM
I do PL weekly and I enjoy it...but I totally see your point of view!!

I agree that the simplicity has been taken out of PL!! Last month (or it could have been May) Becky posted her design team inspiration layouts with the directions to only use the kit and a pen... not many could do it. Even "the team" added in alphas and other stuff. I think most people take an idea and add to it... and add to it.. and add to it... and in the process it becomes overwhelming.

I think we self- impose rules and guidelines and then we end up fighting them...and that's when the angst/complaining starts. We may start with a vision and then when it can't be attained, we are disappointed/frustrated.

I applaud you for sticking with what you like!!

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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:35:21 AM
I haven't jumped into PL. I did buy the first kit in early 2010 - I had just moved to Germany and thought it would be fun to document the first year, as so much in my life changed.
I lasted until about mid-April. Then I started daily language lessons, and life settled down and became more busy at the same time. I still have the album, PP and cards, and I will probably find a way to use them in my 'regular' scrapping. I like the idea of using the divided protectors to add extra photos to an album of 12x12 layouts, but I'm not sure I could do a full album using the divided pages.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:40:17 AM
Right now PL is all the scrapping I can do while working full time and studying for the bar. I do it weekly, although I admit some weeks are simply a 4x6 card with a few notes jotted down because I was so busy studying that week, other weeks are 1 page spread with no embellies, just journaling cards and pics, while others are embellied out. I think it only gets stressful if you let it. In 5 years, am I going to be disappointed that some weeks are plain? No, I am going to be thrilled I have this year's memories preserved. PL should be what you want it to be or not be

I find it funny that the DT for BH couldn't do it with the kit and pen only, I think more spreads should be released like that so people can see all the different ways to do PL, simple, blinged out or not at all.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:43:58 AM
It seems to me that many will stress and complain about anything that has to do with this hobby, like another pea said. Being behind, ahead, not good enough, not having the exact color of washi, not liking trends, being too trendy, and so on and so forth and yadda yadda.

A hobby is what you make it and I think some like to make it more stressful, maybe it makes them feel like they are doing something important. I dunno.

I decided to start PL, but I am not doing it weekly just monthly. I'm turning 30 so I wanted to document it since it might be a big year for me. I subbed to a kit to make it even easier for me. There will be no stress, no falling behind, none of that. And if I don't like it I'll use the kit in regular scrap booking.




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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:45:29 AM
Nope, I haven't either. You are not the only one.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 9:57:25 AM
I'm not into it. So I guess that makes me a hater


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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:19:01 AM
Not a hater, but not my style. I love mini books like the Simple Stories binders, etc. and use the cards in those, but I know I couldn't keep up!

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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:27:35 AM
I do not do PL either. I love making 12x12 pages with my favorite pictures. I always wanted to scrap when my kids were growing up but knew I could never do it .That is when I wish there had been PL because I would have put all the pictures in divided page protectors with alittle bit of journaling and been done with it. I love to scrapbook and will never let myself be stressed about "keeping up". I take way more pictures than I will ever be able to scrap, so I may start adding page protectors in my 12x12 albums.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:30:28 AM
I tried it for almost 3 months and didn't like, prefer 12x12 but considering 81/2 x 11.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:37:43 AM
I'm doing PL this year and it's working for me and I like it. It has been fun to track the year through little notes and pictures. But I definitely get your point - many people do seem to have taken it on as another scrapping "obligation". The posts that drive me the craziest are the ones where a person feels like she should do PL, but thinks her life is too boring to do it and is seeking the opinions of others. I definitely don't think it is a good project to take on if you go into with not only a preconceived notion of how "pretty" it needs to be, but also a preconceived notion about how "interesting" your life needs to appear to others.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:38:09 AM
Me neither. And i love (and bookmark and pin) PL projects, it's simply not something that would suit my personality. I am self aware enough to know that.

+ i dont scrapbook chronologically... I dont scrapbook my everyday life so to speak.
I scrapbook moments and life lessons, prayers and the wisdom i long to empart to my girls.
And i dislike any feeling ever that i am behind on something... So this will drive me nuts



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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:46:52 AM
PL was designed for a people who wanted to simplify scrapping. It is not supposed to be a one size fits all system but target a certain group. What people do with it, adding stuff, is inevitable but doesn't change the simplicity of the original products. I think part of the beauty of PL is the ability for it to be very simple or very creative and artistic.

Regardless if it doesn't appeal to you then it is not for you. No biggie. I don't do mists or sprays nor do I want to, it is not me. The gallery would be a much different place if we all did the same things. You can think of PL as another technique if it works for you great, if not find something else that does!
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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:56:27 AM
I wasn't interested in project life...But then I saw a demo done at a local store and I see the possibilities. I thought it took a lot of the creativity out of creating a layout, and it does. However, The gal who did the demo showed her album that she did actually "scrap", she added embellishments and her own personal touches to make it more like a traditional page. We were given a page protector, five PL inserts and a PL pen to create for a page challenge, and I loved it. I can see using this for an annual album for my family. But I won't be giving up my traditional scrapbooking.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:56:41 AM
No you are not the only one. I hate doing anything on a daily basis. The thought of having to take pictures, save reciepts, AND write something cute every day about my day seems to me like torture! My husband and I are both in our fifties with grown children who no longer live at home. I don't think my life is boring, but I do have routines that aren't that interesting. Going to work, coming home and watching TV, band practice for him, scrapbooking with a friend for me, and dinner and a movie on the weekend, plus gigs for him here and there. That's it. We like our life, but keeping track week after week of "Today I watched Supernatural, Today I ate a hamburger." seems awfully tediuos.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:56:55 AM
I have not. I like taking my time and creating my own layouts. I may be a few years behind in scrapping the photo's but PL just seems to add to much pressure to "get it done".

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Posted: 7/4/2013 11:05:37 AM
I have not gotten into PL but I've been thinking of doing that style for my puppy's album when I get him next year. I think a divided page album would be a great way to document his life and the dog sports I plan on putting him into

But for my normal style of scrapping, I prefer more traditional layouts.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 11:34:31 AM
No, I haven't either. My life isn't that interesting and I know it would stress me out. I also get pretty busy with just "life" and would not keep up with it.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 11:57:54 AM
I don't PL either. A) I don't find the little cards all that interesting. my handwriting is AWFUL... so it makes my pages look cluttered and I stress out every time I do it. C) I don't need to start spending a bajillion $ on one more avenue of picture preservation. D) Not crazy about the various color palettes and E) which is a personal problem, I know, but I am super rebellious. When the world went apple, I went the other way. Everyone snowboards now instead of skiing - I know it is probably a blast but I'm so stinkin rebellious. Same with PL - I dug my heels in and said no way. Its so so silly but I seem to be hardwired that way.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 12:03:36 PM
My life is not exciting enough for PL and I'm not one of those people who want multiple pictures of my starbucks drinks or newly painted toenails.

I have been purchasing and using PL "stuff" for my traditional scrapping since the beginning, when it was called "project 365".


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Posted: 7/4/2013 12:06:21 PM
I haven't hopped on that wagon yet either. I love using the divided page protectors (especially the ones with all 4x6's) with my layouts to incorporate more pictures, but could never keep up with the everydayness of actual project life.

I did however buy some of the PL Honey kit because I love the bright colors on the papers and I have a thing for journaling cards, so I bought the box to use for journaling on my layouts. Other than that it's good old traditional 12x12 layouts for this girl.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 12:08:49 PM
OP: I'm trying to figure out what my issue with PL is. From the start I wasn't going to fool myself that I can maintain the weekly pace, so I started monthly. So far I've done only January . You can attribute that to a move, and selling our home stress, but now that I'm set up in my new scrap room, I'm on a roll of doing traditional LOs and loving it! Every time I think of PL, I feel like I 'should' be doing it, but I don't 'want' to be doing it. I found that any prolonged commitment in the realm of scrapping takes out the fun for me. I like to just be inspired day by day and have the freedom to choose what I want to scrap, and not feel I should be doing this not that.
And you're right about the simplicity of it...Many scrappers (myself included) have a hard time of just sticking so so photos and ephemera inside the pocket pages....there's that urge to coordinate, embellish, perfect, and create little works of art.



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Posted: 7/4/2013 12:42:54 PM
FYI- no one ever said that PL has to be used for chrono (daily, weekly, monthly) scrapping.
They are PRODUCTS use them if they work for you they way you usually scrap. You don't have to change what you are scrapping to use PL. If it doesn't work for you then use whatever does.

Project 365 is the chrono scrapping/photo taking. That doesn't fit my process or desires. But I USE PL (I don't DO PL) for my kids school albums and our house construction album.

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Posted: 7/4/2013 12:53:24 PM
I started doing monthly "reviews" in the pocket pages on January. I enjoy it, it's nice getting some photos and memories in there that I probably wouldn't do a full layout for. However, it doesn't replace traditional scrapbooking for me and takes no less time. I could never do weekly, just thinking about that stresses me out.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 1:15:53 PM
I think Project Life is a state of mind. I see scrappers who use divided pocket pages, document things in a roughly chronological order, and even buy kits sold for PL but still say, "Oh no no, I don't do Project Life!" And likewise I see scrappers who do 12x12 layouts, but consider themselves to be Project Lifers. I think there's a backlash against PL and I kind of don't understand why, to be honest.

For me, a 12x12 layout takes a long time, and if I only did "real scrapbooking" for my photos, I would be very stressed out and behind. But thankfully, there is no "right" way to do this hobby. A combination of pocket pages and larger pages is what I've found to be just right for me. I don't really care what other people think about my work because I don't post it and don't need the validation. I do it for me.

I see crafters of all varieties expressing the same sort of frustrations in balancing real life and craft time. Getting stuck, getting behind, not having the time, buying a new product but not sure about where or how to use it, switching up a routine, etc... PL certainly doesn't have a monopoly on that, not by a long shot.

All I know is that I see a post on this topic pretty regularly on this board, and I kind of don't get why. It's not a competition. For many people, PL works very well and makes them happy. Others just say, meh, not for me. It's perfectly fine to not like something, or find it not to your taste or not fitting in with your schedule. Why does it matter what other people do with their time and their photos and their lives? I mean, we're all mooning about paper here, it's not like this is a high-stakes game.

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Layouts: 20
Loc: Citrus Heights, CA

Posted: 7/4/2013 1:20:58 PM
If i printed photos more regularly i night have found my way there. not yet though



scrapcrazed
Pea from Peansylvania!

PeaNut 52,116
October 2002
Posts: 10,534
Layouts: 547
Loc: PA

Posted: 7/4/2013 1:29:24 PM
I don't do PL and I don't think I ever would... it's just not my thing. But, I understand why some people would enjoy it, so I'm glad that if this is their way they are at least scrapping and loving it!


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NativeNewYorker
black eyed pea with soul!

PeaNut 15,878
May 2001
Posts: 25,921
Layouts: 71
Loc: LI, NY

Posted: 7/4/2013 1:38:45 PM
I have no interest in Project Life. I do like looking at some the layouts though. I just don't scrap frequently enough to do it anyway.


Staci
original pea number #3450
This Black Butterfly

3kidmama
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 268,201
July 2006
Posts: 5,579
Layouts: 8
Loc: Northwoods

Posted: 7/4/2013 1:39:49 PM
The "must do it weekly/daily" idea would NEVER work for me, but I already know that I don't enjoy scrapping that way. Simple when you know yourself in terms of your hobby preferences.

However, my main reason for not embracing the "PL thing" is that I have a hard time reading through all the "chaos" that the PL approach creates of a 12x12 space. I watch beautiful pages being created, but the final effect of all that STUFF in one double page layout glazes my eyes over and I (personally)have no desire to read/enjoy the details.

HOWEVER, the past couple of yrs I've been working on our family trees. I WOULD GIVE MY LEFT HAND TO HAVE A PL ALBUM that recorded the everyday activities of any of our ancestors! I would read every.single.pocket and relish every bit of it!!!

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So my current idea is this: In the next yr or so, I'm planning on doing a PL format for about one month to leave a "month in the life of the 3kidmamas" - to leave for future family genealogists. Just to leave a record. But no pressure, and definitely NOT doing a year's worth!

Funny how something that doesn't hold the least bit of interest for ME, is intriguing because of my idea that SOMEONE somewhere might want to know the little details of how we live in 2012.

Tinksmommy
PeaNut

PeaNut 173,057
October 2004
Posts: 205
Layouts: 0
Loc: I'd rather be at Pemberley

Posted: 7/4/2013 1:49:13 PM
You are not alone. I have used a divided page protector along with a traditional 12x12 on two layouts. I was trying to use this as a method to speed up my layouts and incorporate more pictures. My hubby shared that while he liked my work, it took some of the artistry away from scrapbook design. I will still include a few divided page layouts in an album to help me work faster but not on every layout. As for PL, I could not manage to keep up. I work and have a child that plays sports year round. This mom just does not have enough time for PL. It doesn't really intrigue me anyway.

nikomoon14
StuckOnPeas

PeaNut 106,912
September 2003
Posts: 2,024
Layouts: 37
Loc: Tucson, AZ

Posted: 7/4/2013 2:01:24 PM
Let me share my journey through Pl:
I am in college for Photography. In January I was practically taking good pictures everyday. My college Buddy wanted me to do 365 days of photos. So I started the challenge. A couple of months later all I was gravitating inspiration wise toward PL. as I was telling myself I couldn't do PL because the year already started and I didn't wanted to have a year record starting in March, I realized 90% of my job was already done because I was doing 365! Right now I'm still taking pictures but not everyday. College, mommy,husbands and dog owner duties is too much! It became a shore. But I am recording better my life and is giving me the space to do project life this Year. Will I do it again?...I don't know. But I will have a year where our family can one day look back and see what we were up to. I love that idea. I did bunch of other layouts "PL style" before doing a year record of my life. So I knew and was confident that I enjoyed the format. If you are not sure about PL my best recommendation is:
1.Grab those photos of that New years Eve that the photos were so bad you can't make yourself scrap.
2.pick a layout format you like. You don't need the pockets just the format.
3. Are you done? Did you enjoyed the process?
Yes!
4. Then go ahead buy a little bit more PL friendly products and make more PL like layouts. Did you like it?
Yes! Well then you do like PL.
I certainly do!


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