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Easy Scrapbooking with Project Life Scrapbook Kit

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Sometime in the mid to late 90’s I became obsessed with scrapbooking.  I was graduating from college and wanted a place to put all my photos and mementos.  Then I took a job travelling the world and I had even more amazing photos I needed to find a safe place for.  These were the days, of course, of rolls of film and developing every shot you took.  I accumulated quite the collection of scrapbooking materials and it soon became so overwhelming that I did nothing.  Once the babies started arriving, I officially called it quits and gave away all my scrapbooking supplies.

Scrapbook kit

About a year ago I ran across a blogger who was writing a series on her blog about Project Life.  I read a few posts but it seemed like a new scrapbooking system I’d have to learn and fuss with.   When I was asked a few weeks ago to try out a Project Life Kit and create a layout to share with you, I was still a little leery of having to learn a whole new scrapbooking system.  But I want a non-digital option for my photos so I agreed… and I’m so glad I did!

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Project Life is hands down the easiest scrapbook kit I have ever seen.  Once you purchase your kit, all you need to do is print your photos, grab a pen and give yourself about 20 minutes to do a few pages – and most of that is writing out memories.  Project Life requires no scissors, no glue, no tools and no skills of any kind.

Scrapbook kit

Project Life kits require three basic parts – the album, the page inserts, and the decorative cards. Once you have those three things you are set to go.  My set is called 5th & Frolic but there are other designs to choose from.

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I spent a few minutes, literally, one Sunday morning putting together a two page spread of lunch at Disneyland. I was waiting for my husband to make breakfast and was done before my breakfast was ready.

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You can mix and match – everything matches within the set.  I spent most of the time leafing through the cards trying to decide what I wanted to use.

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So easy! And now my photos have a home and I won’t forget the details.

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So where do you get this super fabulous set? Michaels!  Michaels carries one of the largest selections of Project Life, including two exclusive core kits and several exclusive albums.

There are several different Core Kits you can purchase with different themes and colors. The Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Core Kit features an array of light blues, pinks, greens, yellows and airy neutrals. The fun icons include birds, trees, foxes, houses, keys and clipboards. The edition has a distressed feel.  The Vintage Travel Core Kit features deep blues, reds and browns, along with a variety of darker neutrals.  The icons in this Edition include trains, airplanes and maps. You can find something for any occasion!

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  • Jenn Fox
    August 17, 2013

    I feel pretty much the same about scrapbooking as you do. I started about when my 1st child was born though with the intent of giving every child a nifty baby book. Well, 5 kids later, only 3 of those children have a baby book. I too have so much scrapbook stuff and being busy that I have slacked at the scrapbooking thing. I feel bad for my 2 youngest whose most of their pictures are on the computer. I was told about Project Life by different people, but was confused by it, I thought it was some crazy digital scrap booking that would be expensive and complicated to learn. This looks very doable, so thank you for sharing! I do have a question for you though. So, you print your pictures, and then pair them up with whatever cards you’d like that come in the kit? Also, are there special sheet protectors that are included that fit the specific cards and pictures? It looks like you’d have to have a specialized sheet protector for the lay outs, and I was just wondering if those were included with the kit. Sorry, for the lengthy comment!

    • Camille
      August 18, 2013

      Hi Jenn! If it makes you feel better, my mom gave me my completed baby book when I was 30 and had just given birth to my first child! LOL

      When you buy Project Life, you purchase three products: the album, the plastic insert pages that go in the album, and then a set (or two) of the decorative cards. There are numerous styles on the cards – like baby themed or wedding themed or just life in general like mine! The cards are made to fit right in to the plastic insert pages. Each insert page holds up to 4, 4×6 inch photos. Then you fill in the insert page with the decorative cards – and write memories or info on them (or not!).

      The album itself did come with large, 12×12, insert pages – but they don’t have the openings for the decorative cards. The cards come large and small sets so you can pick and choose what you want to use.

      I hope that helps! Let me know if it’s not clear, still!