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Preparing for Project Life.

I know exactly where my interest in Project Life came from, Essie’s blog Mama Finch. I’d been a long time lurker on her blog and had seen her mention Project Life (see the posts I was inspired by here) but had never done anything more about it. Finally I realised I couldn’t go any longer without looking up Project Life, I found the relevant section of Becky Higgins’ website and started reading. The more I read the more I fell in love with the idea and decided it was a crafting activity I really wanted to get involved with.

From Becky Higgins’ website:

Project Life® is an ultra-simple, über-stylish solution for getting your photos off your phone and computer, out of boxes, and into albums. Gone are the days of cutting, pasting, buying oodles of supplies, and spending hours on an album. Or even hours on just one page.

Enter Project Life. Simply choose a Project Life Album, select a Core Kit full of artfully-designed cards, and slip them into our Photo Pocket Pages along with your treasured photos and you’re done!

I’ve always loved the idea of scrapbooking / journalling / memory keeping crafts but have always found them really daunting. Crafting that involves paper is far from my comfort zone – my crafting centres around pointy sticks, threads and / or fabric. The more I read though the more I could see how Project Life could be a gateway to a whole new set of crafting activity.

I duly tweeted about my plans to start Project Life at some time in the near future, Essie spotted the tweet and proved what I’ve always said – crafty people can be some of the nicest people going. Not only did she instantly give me loads of recommendations of bloggers I could/should be following she also offered to put together a package of goodies to help me get started. It’s arrival made me very excited:

So much loveliness!
So much loveliness!

I then proceeded to choose my album and order a starter pack of the plastic sleeves – I don’t know what my style’s going to be so I thought a multipack with different layouts would be a good starting point:

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Another care package came from Essie:

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And I had a lovely birthday package from good friends:

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I’ve been adding all sorts of bits and pieces to the box that is now home to all of my Project Life stuff, that first package along with reading blogs and browsing Pinterest meant that shopping trips to anywhere that had any craft supplies suddenly had a new purpose (and I’ve been buying for two so that I can put my own package of goodies together – these sorts of purchases are all the more fun if you’re planning on sharing the goodies). All I needed was to choose a start date.

My initial plan was that I would start my Project Life record when I got a job and moved. That’s still a work in progress so I decided rather than wait any longer I would start with the new year. I’ve read as many posts about starting, and continuing with Project Life as I can. I’ve browsed many layouts and found things I love and can’t wait to try. All that’s left is for me to actually get going. I’ve spent the last couple of months thinking about how I might capture the things I’ve been doing, I’ve even dreamt about layouts a couple of times.

My plan at the moment is that I will blog my weekly layouts at the end of each month. I’m going to get my photos printed rather than doing them myself, I’ll be ordering these on a monthly basis to start with at least so then I’ll slot them into my pages and take the photos so I can share my spreads. I think it’ll take a while for me to find my rhythm and to find the way that works best for me – I’m going to try putting together layouts leaving the spaces for the photos but have no idea whether this will actually work for me. I also think it’s going to take some time for me to find my own personal style (though I have a feeling it may always be a little on the eclectic side, there are just so many lovely things out there and I can’t imagine choosing some over others). However it goes I think the learning and experimenting is going to be as much fun as the creating!

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