Project Life Tuesday: Our Project Life Stories


Hi guys! For today’s Project Life Tuesday post, we wanted to share a little bit more about our own PL stories. Some of you may have been doing PL for years, while some are just beginning… we’d love to read about your PL stories too! Feel free to share in the comments 🙂

We’ll be answering the following questions after the jump:

1) How did you first hear about Project Life? How long have you been doing it?
2) Why did you decide to do Project Life?
3) What’s your favorite Project Life edition?

It’s gonna be a long post, though, so be warned!

How did you first hear about Project Life? How long have you been doing it?
CH: I’ve been following some of my favorite scrapbookers like Ali Edwards, Becky Higgins and Cathy Zielske since 2008, so it was through one of their blogs that I remember first hearing about Project Life. It was similar to a project Ali Edwards used to have which I loved, called A Week in the Life. I’ve been doing Project Life for a year and a half now. I have a half-filled 12×12 album from 2012 (I got so overwhelmed! And honestly didn’t have time to complete it), two 85% complete 6×8 albums for 2013 (almost there!), and so far, a 6×8 album for 2014. Hope I see it through!

CH’s 2012 title page – attempting the 12×12 size

YAM: I first learned about a similar project through Ali Edwards because I’ve been following her work for years. She had a Week In The Life project and I remember that she would use divided page protectors intended for trading cards/baseball cards. Checking her supply list, the brand We R Memory Keepers (WRMK) produced divided plastic page protectors with different configurations back then as well. I tried to participate but only posted my documentation on my private LiveJournal account. When Becky Higgins came out with her first batch of Project Life products, I still learned learned about it primarily through Ali because she used it in her 2010 Project 365 / Project Life album.

I’ve always wanted to start my own album, but I didn’t really like any of the earlier designs of Project Life products from Becky. I just hoarded my other scrapbook supplies, photos, and memorabilia. I didn’t commit to doing a year-long documentation until December 2012, when I saw that new Project Life editions were being released. I managed to commit to a 2013 Project Life, and with the ease of use of the system, I plan to assemble albums from 2012 (and earlier, but let’s take it one at a time).

PINKY: The three of us have been friends for more than ten years already. We met on LiveJournal (I know, we’re revealing our age here…) and followed each other across various social networks. Sometime January 2013, I saw Yam and CH tweeting each other about Project Life and I asked them what it was. They sent me a link to the intro video at Becky’s site and it was definitely love at first sight for me.

At the time, Scraplicious (a scrapbook store in Singapore) was the only official retailer for Southeast Asia. It just so happened I was heading to Singapore the following month  so I quickly made arrangements to purchase a bundle composed of a full core kit (Clementine), 12×12 album, dividers, and a big pack of pocket pages. And I happened to be VERY excited so I also purchased a second bundle of Seafoam at the same time. Big, big mistake. I will never purchase a full core kit again! Too many cards (I remember it was at least 10 cards per design… who needs that many, really?), too overwhelming for a beginner like me. I’ve sold and/or given away more than half of the cards pictured below. Project Life was way more manageable after I did that, and I’ve stuck to it, so it’s been a little over a year.

clementineseafoamPinky trying to figure out what to do with all the cards

Why did you decide to do PL?
CH: The same reason why I love scrapbooking—I just imagine myself, 20 years from now, flipping through these pages and laughing or remembering the little everyday moments. That’s my main motivation, really: Christine in the future. Because I already love looking back at moments six months ago, all the more 20 years! 🙂

YAM: Years of hoarding paper, photos, and memorabilia resulted in me having boxes of stuff around my room. Then, owning an iPhone made it easier for me to take photos, most of which just ended up in my hard drive. I didn’t want all these things to never see the light of day, so I decided to use the PL system to make albums. I did a weekly type of documentation for 2013 and am doing the same this year in order to record memorable moments – big or small; it depends per week which life events I want to highlight.
Committing to my first annual documentation (2013) made realize just by looking at my finished pages that I made a lot of memories in one year alone. I have a lot to be grateful for 🙂

PINKY: I’m a travel junkie. There’s nothing quite like the rush of booking plane tickets, know what I mean? But the past few big trips I’ve taken (never mind the small trips) were just photos living on my hard drive or in Facebook albums. I really wanted to make these memories — and everyday memories, really — tangible in a way.  I can honestly say that doing PL weekly has changed my perspective about things. I am much more appreciative and grateful for all the good things going on. It’s so easy to get caught up on work stress or personal stress but I just browse through my album once in a while and I remember how much I love spending time with people who matter to me.

Pinky trying to catch up on throwback travel albums with the Midnight edition

What’s your favorite Project Life edition?
CH: I love them all! But my favorite has got to be Midnight—the simple color palette is so versatile and really allows your photos to take center stage. A close second is the fun color palette of Kraft, too—I love kraft paper and this kit has kraft cards, so it was fun to use.

YAM: As of now, my favorite is still the Jade edition designed by Lili Niclass. I love it for the following reasons: color palette, fonts used, overall design. I really hate it when I like the color palettes of a kit or certain set of cards, but then the designer seems to have forgotten about getting nice fonts, or choosing the right mix of fonts. With the Jade edition, there is not a single card in the edition that I don’t like!

yam-jadeYam used the Jade edition for an album about her nephew’s birthday party.

PINKY: These 14 months with Project Life have made me more aware than ever about my personal taste and style. Isn’t that funny? It turns out that I am more drawn to clean and simple neutrals. The Midnight kit designed by Liz Tamanaha suits me perfectly. My weekly PL revolves around a specific color across different kits (you’ll see more of that soon) but I’m trying to stick more faithfully to PL editions for my travel albums. Aside from Midnight, I really love Seafoam because of its beachy colors and big (but still clean) graphics. Elise Cripe is a personal PL idol of mine!

That’s it for now. Let us know if you have any other questions and we’ll try to answer those in a succeeding post 🙂


2 thoughts on “Project Life Tuesday: Our Project Life Stories

  1. I’ve been doing traditional scrapbooking since 2006. I found PL while I was on maternity leave with my youngest in 2012. I think I saw PL in one of Jessica Sprague’s Pinterest (when it was still quite new). I ordered my PL binder and pocket pages via Amazon but intentionally did not buy a kit since I still have a lot of scrapbook stash. Loved PL because it allowed me to record our family’s memories with dates and journaling, which I didn’t get to do much of with my traditional scrapbooks (which consisted mostly of random pictures). I’ve (mostly) completed my 2012 album mid-last year, my 2013 is still unfinished and i’ve started my 2014 PL. Although I love all the PL editions, I am still using up my current scrapbook stash and making my own filler and journal cards.I also use different products – WRMK albums and pocket pages, along with PL pocket pages.

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