Something I couldn’t share with you when I was talking last month about my goals for the year (because it was Mr D’s Christmas present, and a secret) was our Project Life album.
We lost a lot of photos when our laptop broke at the beginning of the year, so I collected the remaining ones together and backed them up. Then I thought, we never look at these, which seems a shame. I considered making a photo book, but organising 300+ of our favourite photos at once seemed rather daunting!
The great thing about Project Life is you just slide the pictures into the looseleaf page pockets. So you can change your mind, swap the pages around in the folder, add notes and embellishments as you go along, or come back later.
This album – 18 double sided, 12 x 12 inch pages – took me three months to put together. I could only work on it when Mr D was out for the day (his office is across the yard so he can appear at any moment), so it was quite intense and surprisingly tiring to do. But I LOVE it.
So, if this is new to you, what do you need? The basic kit for Project Life is a ring binder, plastic pocket page protectors, and some photographs.
Then you can add journalling/filler cards, alphabet and number transfers, and other embellishments. You can stitch the pockets and add floating embellishments – as I’ve done with the snowflakes above.
I chopped up some of our Christmas cards for the Christmas pages.
The layouts are a fantastic way to tell stories, like Hetty’s first weeks with us –
Or a longer story, like our barn conversion (this is only a part of it) –
My approach is centred on the photos at the moment, but I would like to include some journalling, so we can remember all those funny stories! Mr D loves the album and wanting to add to it has already encouraged me to take more photos.
I’ve started a Pinterest board here if you’d like to get some inspiration. There are some beautiful pages on the interwebs – I am such a beginner, but I have such fun doing it!
Project Life 12 x 12 inch album (there are other sizes, but this is the easiest to get supplies for, especially in the UK)
Project Life page protectors in designs A and L
We R Memory Keepers page protectors 10x10cm squares
Midnight Core Kit (these are the filler and journalling cards – you can buy part kits on ebay for a few pounds)
Fiskars A5 Paper Trimmer
FancyPantsDesigns double alpha rub on transfers
Tattered Lace snowflakes