Is your experience with Project Life as simple and easy as you thought?
Becky Higgins created Project Life as a simple solution to scrapbooking, but many of us online have complicated it with daily and weekly approaches and a focus on lots of additions and embellishments. For some, those approaches are perfect, but for others of us (me! me!) these daily/weekly/highly embellished pages are more demanding than our original scrapbooking process.
We’ve talked on the Roundtable about how we, as women, often place unnecessary expectations on ourselves. Now that Izzy is doing Project Life, that idea has become more real to me. He blew me away with his simple approach, and let me tell you, I LOVE looking through his Project Life scrapbook!
So if you’re someone who need to simplify your approach to Project Life, (or if you just want to see a male version of the project!) take a look at Izzy’s process…
4 Ways to Have Super Easy Scrapbooking with Project Life
1. Use Project Life Like a Journal.
Izzy sees PL as a way to journal, but it’s more awesome because it includes photos!
- journal about a topic
- record what you did
- record what you’re learning
He doesn’t make it harder than necessary by forcing each spread into a week, or forcing each week into a spread.
2. Design a Spread Around a Topic.
So far, Izzy mostly picks a topic, usually related to what’s going on in his life. He prints related photos and creates a spread on that topic, regardless of whether it filled a week, a day, or a few hours.
For this spread he wanted to talk about working on the editing of his short film so he added in some pictures during the film shoot last year.
Izzy has left the right side of this spread blank because he wants to fill it in with photos from another, future, bike trip. See how you don’t have to tie yourself down with time constraints?
Only once has he done random photos from a specific week.
He also does pages about some things he’s learning.
Izzy is really good at just picking the 3 or 7 photos that fit into a 4×6 pocket. He knows that our other photos are easily viewable for us on the computer, on Facebook, and streaming on our television screen. We don’t even need all of the good photos in an album because they’re viewable these other places.
So his picks a few favorites and they represent.
4. Use Repetition for Easy — But Good — Design.
We love using embellishments to make our pages more visually pleasing but Izzy did something I’ve never seen before! He repeats the same decorative card across the spread. This repetition…
- creates bold contrast between the cards and the photos
- leads the eye across the page
- gives a sense of unity to the spread
It’s a simple way to get good design without having to break out lots of products, tape, etc. And it has great impact, don’t you think?
There’s no right or wrong, and there are other simple approaches you can take for Project Life or scrapbooking. But if you’re finding it difficult to keep up with your current method, these are a few possibilities you might consider if you want to make it easier on yourself.
And by the way, isn’t it cool to see how a male might go about it?