Saturday, February 8, 2014

I'm so loving Project Life (But in my own way)

Well hello there! Long time no see, huh?  I'm still here! And here, too! 
It's a new year and that means the dreaded new year's resolution.  Every year, like everyone else, I write down a few impossibly optimistic things I'd like to accomplish and I inevitably fail, hard. Not this year, no. I've set the bar so low it's impossible (mm, well, let's go with improbable) to fail:

1. Read 50 books by 2015
2. Finish a whole year of Project Life, but on your own terms.

Not so bad. (And if you're wondering, I'm right on track with the reading thing. Yeah!) Many of you may know that last year I started project life mid-year and blogged about it here. I wanted so badly to keep up with it, but like many other things in a 22-year-old's life, it got monotonous. I can't explain it other than things like this always happen to me: I go through what I mentally deem love this/hate that cycles. Dizzying obsessions lead to crippling complacency. I'm sure psychologists have a word for it, but it kind of comes with the twentysomething territory. 


Cards: Polka Dot Party by Dear Lizzy; Studio Calico "this moment" & "Adventure" clear acetate; Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper; Studio Calico Handbook pages; Studio Calico wood veneer; Heidi Swapp "hello" stamp; Freckled Fawn polka dot washi.

Anywho, I've been inspired by Tracy and Cathy to work on what I'm calling "small format" project life; a 6x8 abum rather than 12x12. It's amazing! I'm taking a fluid approach to my spreads, so they're not necessarily weekly. 

Cards: Amy Tangerine Plus One mini kit (plus sign); Sunshine core kit (stripes); Midnight Core Kit (perfection); Just Add Color core kit (HSN exclusive) 2x2's ("awesome", camera); Caylee Grey "Feb" card (resized); October Afternoon Daily Flash orange washi; Freckled Fawn polka dot washi & neon pink airmail washi; Studio Calico Thataway star stickers; Typo.com.au "LOVE" stamp; Heidi Swapp "this is" stamp; American Crafts Thickers; October Afternoon Daily Flash 2x2 page protector (right).

I'm using a Studio Calico handbook that I've painted a teal-ish color. I quickly found out that the Studio Calico inserts were meh, so I ordered some by Becky Higgins as well as October Afternoon (which you'll see here above on the right-hand side, 2x2 pockets great for instagrams.) BUT note, if you plan on using inserts of a different brand, be prepared to bust out the hole puncher as the holes will inevitably not line up. 

Cards: Sunshine Core Kit (all except "to do", which is Studio Calico.); Michael's yellow washi; Target dollar bin alpha stickers; everything else is from Studio Calico kits.
Small format and simplicity seem to be working for me. I find myself way less overwhelmed and more focused on the photos than trying to just fill up the pages. I also don't do a lot of journaling, as you may notice. It works for me.

Cards: Left side, both from Midnight core kit; Studio Calico "&"; We R Memory Keepers floral; Dear Lizzy Neapolitan mini kit hearts (on top of floral card.); October Afternoon daily flash pastel washi; TwoPeasinaBucket.com Kraft heart sticker; Studio Calico Thataway Louisana and heart sticker; Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday "I heart Travel" and "Here We Go" stamps; Lawn Fawn hand-drawn alpha stamp (on & card).

I hope you made it all the way here. It was a longwinded one, I know. I've really missed blogging and I hope you all are having a great year thus far. What were your resolutions? Anyone else working on Project Life? I'd love to see your work! 


15 comments:

  1. I love your pages. I look forward to seeing more.

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  2. I LOVE the idea! Actually what always prevents me from starting with PL is that I don't like the 12*12 format, I'd rather have something smaller. Where do you get the small pocket pages from?

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    1. So sorry for the lateness in responding...I'm glad you like the smaller format idea! You can buy Becky Higgins PL 6x8 albums & inserts at michaels in the US as well as most online retailers. The other brands are usually just carried online! Hope this helps x

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  3. love love love your pages! i started using the 6x8 format too but i haven't really started yet. can't wait to see more

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    1. wow thank you! your blog is luscious! i'd love to see what you're working on PL wise! xx

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  4. Love it!!! Are you doing a page per week or how does it work exactly? You always have such beautiful and creative projects!

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    1. hi hi! thank you :) sorry for the late response, but yes. i'm usually doing a spread per week (2 pages side by side) and sometimes i'll even fill up 3-4 total pages. It totally depends on the week, how into photographing I was during that week, and how inspired by those photos I end up being when I actually sit down to scrap it all up. If that makes sense :) xx

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  5. Omg, I just fell in love with your blog. Seriously - I love your Filofax, project life stuff... What the .... All of it looks so lovely and amazing :o

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    1. thanks girlie! you made me smile x

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  6. I just found your blog & already wish we could be real life friends! I can't get enough of the pretty Filofax, project life, Dear Lizzy... oh my gosh. Beautiful beautiful work! Can't wait for more posts :)

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    1. Awh! Sorry for the late reply (I'm dreadful!) But your comment made me so happy! Hugs! x

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  7. Hey there,
    I see you're a fellow book lover!
    Any suggestions? Good books you've read lately?
    :)

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  8. I really want to start Project Life but there was a fear that I would not keep up with it! But now after seeing this post I'm a little bit more motivated to go and start! I hope you're well and hope this way of doing PL has worked for you :) X

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  9. Man this is so neat, I love it! xox
    purelybeingher.blogspot.com

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