Do you ever feel like you’re battling with Project Life?
I know Project Life is designed to make scrapbooking simple, fast, and easy. And I believe it does that for people who have not been scrapbooking a whole lot like you and I have.
When I look back on the years I’ve tried on and off to do PL, I realize I’ve been battling with it —
- battling with its colored cards to keep everything from looking chaotic and disjointed
- battling with the pocket orientations
- battling with the time it takes to get it done
But the battle is over.
Over the past year I’ve figured out solutions to all these problems and I want to share them with you. These tips are not rules and they’re not the only way to make your Project Life pages look awesome. These are the tactics I’ve come to love as the way that I make the pages attractive, while letting my photos shine, and still keeping it simple and manageable.
Three Tips for Minimizing Chaos with Project Life
(For the scrapbooker like you and me, who may be a bit of an over-achiever when it comes to memory-keeping).
1. Limit Color
Here are options for how to use color that have consistently given me Project Life pages I love…
- Use one color per 2-page spread.
- Use two colors in small amounts as accents, with black and white being dominant.
I’m not referring to the photos here. I’m talking about the cards, papers, and accents. In the image above from my video tutorial, you can see that I did the two-color accent option, with black and white being dominant. It’s fresh and energetic, but doesn’t distract from the photos.
2. Use the same 3×4 card across your spread.
I got this idea from my favorite pages in Izzy’s Project Life album and I shared an idea for doing it with washi tape from my December Project Life pages as a way to reduce chaos.
If you have more than two or three journal cards across a spread, you’ll want to break up the repetition with one contrasting card for variation to make it look interesting. Here’s why this looks so good (in addition to keeping it simple and easy!)…
- It unifies the page.
- It leads the eye across the page.
- It won’t compete with your photos.
When you vary each card, especially if they’re all a different color or design, you’re adding contrast. Everything that contrasts is trying to get your attention.
What happens when you have lots of different kids all trying to get your attention? Overwhelming? Yeah — that’s how those pages can feel, too.
3. Use embellishments as a solution, not a problem.
Don’t add embellishments only for the sake of adding embellishments. That leads to all kinds of problems and frustration. Think of embellishments as a way to solve design problems. You’ll still have pretty pages and embellishing, but you won’t overdo it and make your pages chaotic.
Need help with some of these Project Life problems?
You can see it all in action on video! I made a tutorial this week where I go through a month of pages (3.5 spreads), and show you how to do all three of these tips, plus additional ones!
It is because of these tips that my most challenging page ended up being my favorite.
I also share my process for completing a month in a quick, simple way that still leads to attractive pages.
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