Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Project Life TSR Style

Hi there ladies!  I'm SO excited to share with you a new feature here at The ScrapRoom:  Project Life.  Just in case you haven't heard, Project Life is a different (more simplistic) approach to scrapbooking.  Using divided page protectors, you document your life in weekly spreads throughout the year.  By the end of the year, you have fifty-two double page layouts about your life.  Of course, Project Life has become such a huge phenomenon that there are many different approaches to it now.  
Here's what I'll be doing here at TSR for you.  Each month I'll be using the Flavors of the Month kit to create my Project Life pages.  Four kits, four weeks.  How perfect, right?  The only difference for me is that I'll be using my photos from 2012.  Aside from the dates, though, I'm doing a pretty traditional version. Oh, and I don't take one photo a day.  I take them whenever and wherever I feel inspired and then pull together whatever I have for my spread.  Sometimes more, sometimes less.  That's the beauty of Project Life.  It is versatile!

Not only will I be sharing my completed pages, but I'll also be posting tips and tricks, downloads, freebie links, and much more.  I would LOVE it if you would join me by posting your layouts in the special Project Life Gallery.  We can all inspire each other.

Ok, enough yapping, here is my title page and the first two weeks' spreads.  (Click on the picture to enlarge.)

Title Page 

For the title and my first week's spread, I used Becky Higgins' Design A page protectors and the Fancy Pants The Good Life kit.  How perfect is the little banner that says "The Good Life" for a title for my album.  Each patterned paper is cut at 6" x 4" and slides right into the pockets.  Each photo is cut at 3" x 4".

Week One, January 1-7

Most of the pictures in this spread were taken one day at the park.  I really loved those photos, so those are the ones I added the most of.  I also scanned in a note that my oldest wrote to my youngest and printed out a Google image of a movie poster.  Since most of my pics were vertical, I printed them using THIS video tutorial for putting two 3 x 4 images on a 4 x 6.  

For all the spots that did not include a photo, I cut patterned paper into 4x6 or 3x4 and embellished with journaling and the die cut tags that came in the kit.  The banner on the title card was created from the Fancy Pants Good Life stencil card and backed in cardstock.  A little twine tied on the end and that's it.

I printed all my journaling cards on the light gray cardstock that came in the kit.  I also used the Pink Paislee mini alphabet stickers to add my week and my American Crafts date stamp for the week.  You can find a date stamp HERE in the store.

Week Two, January 8-14

For this one, I still used Becky Higgins' Design A page protectors but with the Simple Stories Snap line.  Another thing I love about Project Life is how colorful the pages turn out.  I can let go of obsessively matching pictures with papers because the variety of colors just seems to work.

Most of the embellishing for this spread comes straight from the  Simple Stories Snap 12 x 12 sticker sheet.  I did add a couple of die cuts and stickers from my stash.  

These white grid journaling cards are Becky Higgin's.  You could just as easily use plain white cardstock that you cut down to size.  The stickers are from my stash.

So, are you in?  Do you wanna give this project a go with me?  If so, all you need for supplies are some divided page protectors (check out THESE in the TSR store), your Flavors of the Month kit, and your pictures.  If you have any questions, please leave me a comment.  

I'll be back soon with Weeks Three and Four created with Pink Paislee Portfolio and Carta Bella Traditions.  Hope to see you then!


  1. This is great! Last year I got the whole project life kit and its my goal this year to do more so this is my motivation!

  2. This looks fabulous Aphra!!! I can't wait to see your future pages as well. I haven't gotten caught up in the PL approach, but maybe just maybe... you may have twisted my arm a little to try it. ;)