Trendy Tuesday – Project Life Kits
by Katherine Elliot
If you have never heard about “Project Life,” then peek your head out from under that rock where you”ve been hiding and check out these attractive and popular scrapbook kits. I admit I felt like one of those rock-hiders when I first discovered how prolific this scrapbook trend is in the blogosphere. It is inspiring to see how easily a scrapbook project goes together with one of these kits. The kits can be used in other paper craft projects and mini albums, too, so you do not have to be a traditional scrapbook addict to enjoy these.
Here are a few images from some original Becky Higgins” Project Life kits…
Seafoam Edition Core Kit for Project Life, image source Enjoy It by Elise Blaha
A complete kit would include an album or binder, divided photo sleeve inserts, and a selection of coordinated pre-cut card stock and designed papers that fit in the inserts. You simply slip in photos and the pre-cut designs where you want to easily complete a layout that is ready to go or can be further embellished how ever you like.
Core kit inserts shown in a divided photo sleeve, image source BeckyHiggins.com
The easiest transition from a plain old photo album to a Project Life album may be to simply use a photo “as is.” However, there is something stunning about re-sized or enlarged photos cut to fit the divided slots. This is one of my favorite examples of a very creative photo display on one of these pages…
Project Life layout by Mary Ann Perry, image source Cherish Everyday
The divided photo sleeves can also hold other items that you”d like to include in your album, like ticket stubs, keepsakes and personal notes. The designs can be as simple or as complicated as you like.
Studio Calico Project Life, image source Studio Calico blog
The Project Life craze has inspired many companies to come out with additions, accessories and kits to help you create your own unique books and projects. Studio Calico has monthly kits that include the latest styles and embellishments to keep your project on trend.
Studio Calico Block Party Project Life kit, image source Studio Calico
Other companies like We R Memory Keepers and Echo Park Paper Company also have their own scrapbook kits. They offer albums, divided photo sleeves and coordinating journaling cards, papers and embellishments.
We R Memory Keepers” line is called Albums Made Easy.
Webster Journaling Cards for Albums Made Easy from WeR Memory Keepers
Echo Park”s Photo Freedom kits come in many choices to create your own signature style.
Echo Park Photo Freedom layout by Linda Auclair, by image source EchoParkPaper blog
Echo Park designer photo sleeves, image source EchoParkPaper.com
Echo Park Scoot Journaling Cards, image source Two Peas in a Bucket
The papers and journaling cards offered are great for these album kits, but they are suitable for other projects, too. Some journaling cards are often sold as 12×12 pages. Cut them to fit any of your cards, mini albums, as well as traditional scrapbook pages.
Card by Wendy Sue using an Echo Park journaling card, image source Two Peas in a Bucket
Accordion fold project using Echo Park journaling cards by Ann Vento, image source Raindrop Echo Designs
Scrapbook page using 3×4 card elements, designed by Summer Fullerton, image source LilyBeeDesign
Other scrapbook papers are easily adapted for use in a Project Life album or similar kit. Some are ready for you to cut or already sized for the photo sleeves. Patterned papers like the ones shown below from My Minds Eye and Fancy Pants Designs offer even more style options to add to your scrapbook album repertoire.
Life Stories paper from My Minds Eye, image source A Cherry on Top
Fancy Pants 4×6 Brag Pad, image source Two Peas in a Bucket
Scrapbook layout featuring Down by the Shore, Fancy Pants Designs Brag Pad, by Nancy Damiano, image source Two Peas in a Bucket Gallery
Jenni Bowlin Studio and Simple Stories also offer journaling cards to use in albums or as a focal point on a card or other project.
Journaling cards from Jenni Bowlin Studio
Card by Ranjini Malhotra using Jenni Bowlin Studio Journaling Card, image source Jenni Bowlin Studio
Card using Simple Stories Journal Cards, image source Simple Stories
Simple Stories 24/7 Journal Cards, image source Simple Stories
Of course you can create your own inserts and trim paper for one of these albums with what you have on hand, but wait, there”s more! The digital world is filled with even more options and some of them are free! Web sites such as Inspired by Peanut & Bean and One Velvet Morning offer some links and free digital print outs for your projects.
Digital Family filler card from One Velvet Morning
These kits provide an awesome way to complete an album and provide you a layout that may help you shorten the time needed to complete a scrapbook. However, the huge variety of products may mean it will still take a long time to decide what your favorite design may be. Luckily, just add or remove an insert or photo and your album can change with your mood.
If you are a card maker, like me, you may find a kit like this easier to start scrapping using the “smaller canvas” of the 3×4 or 4×6 inserts. A bonus, whatever insert you don”t use in an album is ready to go onto your next card.
Happy crafting everyone!