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Project Life vs. Standard Pages – Paperclipping 229

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You’ve got photos and stories to document.

You do a regular Project Life album. But you also scrapbook standard pages.

How do you decide what goes in each format?

If you haven’t chosen clear parameters, you probably feel overwhelmed and are less likely to commit to as many pages (of either type) because of the lack of sureness.

Clarify Your Intentions

Here’s the key to doing both:

Make a clear distinction between your different types of albums. Choose a specific purpose for Project Life that is different from your standard albums.

You also need to know what your specific purpose is for your standard albums.

I tried doing Project Life for three years alongside standard pages, with a general yet slightly vague idea of why I was doing Project Life and what it’s purpose is for me. As a result, I’ve been on again – off again. I’ve had brief moments of enthusiasm and weeks of inaction and the question of whether to keep it up.

Once I had a clear intention for my Project Life, distinct from my other standard scrapbooking albums — one that I could put into words as a simple phrase — it all fell in place.

Not only do I feel more excited and motivated now, but I’ve also found that it’s easy to know which photos and stories to put in it, and which ones to hold off for my standard albums. In most cases I know in an instant which photos to include, and which not to.

If you’ve been struggling with the same confusion or less than stellar commitment, maybe a clear intention for what you’re trying to say with your Project Life album.

There’s no right or wrong intention. It’s your choice. Decide what would excite you with a Project Life format!

See It In Action: Project Life vs. Standard Scrapbook Pages

Want to know what my own intentions are for Project Life, vs. my standard scrapbook albums?

Maybe it would give you some ideas for how you want to clarify things for yourself.

This week I tackled a month’s worth of photos, ephemera, and stories from October. On video I share what I chose for Project Life, as opposed to leaving it for viewing on my computer or putting in a standard album, and why. I put the month together in my Project Life and you can see it all come together.

While your desires and purposes might be different from mine, it should give you some relevant questions to ask yourself and some ideas to explore.

The video is available now in the Paperclipping Member’s Area and on iTunes. You must be a member to view it.

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Five Ways to Mix Pocket Pages with Standard Scrapbook Pages

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Do you lament the day 2-page layouts disappeared from publication?

Not only do I still do 2-pagers, but I do 3-, 4-, and even 5-pagers sometimes. But I do them by mixing pocket pages with standard scrapbook pages.

I absolutely love the way they look, in addition to the ease of them!

Here are five different ways to put together a scrapbook story with a mix of standard and pocket pages.

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A Vacation Scrapbook with Project Life – Papercipping 218

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Every scrapbooker needs a good exit strategy.

And an entrance strategy.

What for? For those big overwhelming projects — such as vacation and travel scrapbooks — which most of us tend to procrastinate or never finish. Or both.

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How Izzy’s 4 Easy Tweaks Make Project Life a Truly Simple Approach to Scrapbooking

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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!

Journaling Approaches:

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

3. Share A Sampling of Your Photos.
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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.

Click here for help on how to choose fewer photos.

4. Use Repetition for Easy — But Good — Design.

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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?

A Process for Project Life – Paperclipping 203

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Where do you start?

You start with the big stuff.

What am I talking about?

Oh, just about any subject that has to do with filling spaces.

I once saw a video by Stephen Covey, author of Seven Habits for Highly Effective People. If I remember right, he had a bunch of rocks he wanted to fit into a container.

But when he dumped them in we saw there was no way they could fit

There was a trick to it.

He started over and he put the big ones in first. Then he dumped all the small ones in. As long as the big ones were in first, the small rocks were able to fill in all the little gaps and everything fit just right.

He calls this the third habit of highly effective people: Put first things first.

This applies to scrapbooking, too. It’s why I decide how I want to place my photos before I start wandering into other territory, like what colors or patterns I’ll use.

It’s why I focus on building a foundation (photos, bigger papers and important lines) before pulling out embellishments. The embellishments are the detailing.

If you have a good foundation, the detailing comes easily.

This applies to standard scrapbook pages and Project Life, as well.

This week I decided to make a video of me putting a Project Life spread together from beginning to end. I also show how I keep up with this project, even though I can’t get my photos printed weekly.

The video is for Paperclipping Members, so if you’re a member you can go check it out now!

Want to learn about a membership? CLICK HERE!

Shine On,

Composition for Grids and Pocketed Pages – Paperclipping 199

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Have you ever noticed that gridded layouts look powerful and amazing…except those times when they don’t quite turn out that way?

You’d think grids would have a 100% success rate. After all, a grid is a formula and if you just plug in the content, the formula works. You have these compartments all lined up in a way that makes a powerful impact and all you have to do is fill them, right?


We still have to look at how the items we place in those compartments affect the whole layout. The grid doesn’t give us everything. The more we get design, the better we’ll work that grid.

So be sure you’re applying those design principles and looking at your pages as a whole, even when you’re just plugging things into their spots!

There are tons of design-related video tutorials in the Paperclipping Membership and you can take any of them and apply them as you put together a gridded page (including Project Life pages, which are grids). But there are two very specific design principles that have the biggest impact in making grids look great.

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This week I decided to do an entire episode on this topic specifically.

In the video I show a standard layout with a grid of photos that just did not work. I show why. Then I show another gridded layout that had the exact same dilemmas as the first, but the page is one of my all-time favorites and you’ll get to see why one worked and the other one didn’t.

You’ll be able to avoid this same common grid-busting problem after watching the tutorial!

We’ll then take these concepts and look at a bunch of Project Life pages so you can see how these principles apply directly to pocketed pages. We’ll even assemble one week’s layout so you can see it in action.

This video is for members. Please click here to learn how you can get access.

Project Life: Wk 13 – Half Spreads for Small Weeks (and other helpful tips)

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It’s been a while since I shared a Project Life spread!

In the week before this one I only took three pictures. Everything fit into the left side and the front of a 6×12 page protector. Since it concerns me to have so many massive scrapbook albums, I like to shoot for a single page instead of a double when I can. It saves space and resources.

What do you then do with the following and the other half of the spread? Continue reading Project Life: Wk 13 – Half Spreads for Small Weeks (and other helpful tips)