Today I wanted to do a little Project Life (or Project Italy as I call it) post. Nothing earth-shattering, just how I make it work for me.
Now...if the mere mention of PL causes your eyes to glaze over (I used to be like that before I fell in love with pocket scrapbooking) then today's post isn't for you.
Y'all. I still glaze over sometimes when I see PL stuff. The only interesting PL to me is mine. Because it's about my family and my special memories. So I TOTALLY get if this is not your thing.
Even when I am doing PL (I'm back and forth like a yo yo depending on my mood and the amount of time I have) I don't share it often. I just don't feel like there's anything for me to share, if that makes sense. A PL album is a PL album is a PL album.
But today I want to share the album I've chosen for my Project Italy undertaking. If you stick around to the end there's a giveaway!
I'm also going to share how I make this system work for me as well as some of my favorite products for pocket scrapbooking.
If you've been reading my blog for a while you know that my crafting mantra is keep it fun.
If it gets stressful, or competitive...or if I'm beating myself up about it then I STOP it.
That same concept applies to Project Italy.
Here's how my craft room usually looks when I'm catching up. On the subject of "catching up"...usually I don't. I just do it when I feel like doing it. But this year I really want to not miss a month.
Here's how each week's spread starts off. I use Momento and iPhoto to plan what I want to share. I then use small post-its to label each pocket in the spread.
I print all of my photos at home using either my Canon Selphy or my HP Photosmart. I like to use the Pages program to resize and print all my PL photos on a couple of 8 1/2 by 11 sheets of Photo paper.
Lately I've been back and forth between wanting to do really simple pages and wanting to do more complicated pages. You see, PL is pretty much my only creative outlet right now. I'm not doing many traditional SB pages.
Some weeks I just want to make my pages fancy. So I usually do a few simple/quick/easy weeks and then a more complicated week.
This satisfies all of my creative and memory keeping needs.
Here are a few examples of some easy PL spreads. Washi and cards and a couple stickers. That's about it.
I buy a cheap postcard every time we visit a new town. I love using postcards in my PL.
Yes. I did an entire card dedicated to this skit. I had to. We quote it a dozen times a day! #thatshowwedo #lololololololololol
And I won't even tell you how often Breaking Bad has appeared in my album lately.
As far as the album goes, I'm using a new Simple Stories Sn@p 12x12 leather album.
The Simple Stories albums come in high quality construction, sturdy, faux leather, 6 popular colors (red, teal, black, brown, green, pink), 2 sizes (12x12 & 6x8), unique size (6x8), non-slip, interlocking D-ring binding, stylish contrasting stitch detail, metal corner accents, custom metal spine bookplate in a fun shape.
Simple Stories asked if they could send me this album to review and I was super excited for the opportunity.
The album is sturdy and great quality. It looks chic on my shelf and I love that.
None of the pockets have ripped and I've put a lot inside. I had a problem recently with other page protectors ripping, but these are awesome quality. 100 percent happy with this album.
Whew. Now that was a MONSTER post.
You still there?
Let me share some of my favorite products for Project Italy.
Gossamer Blue Life Pages Kits (I get these every month)
Studio Calico PL kits (I order these every now and again)
MME pocket cards, decorative tapes, brads, enamel dots, labels, and tiny word stickers
Freckled Fawn tapes, badges and veneers
These small doilies (I buy these in bulk and have used them for years).
If you see something you are curious about, make sure to ask in the comments and I'll let you know!
Now for the good part.
Would you like to win a Sn@p leather album and your choice of page protectors?
Leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a winner next Thursday.
Good Luck! Ciao Bella!