UKS End Of Summer Blog Hop - Project Life!


Welcome to my blog and to UKS End Of Summer Blog Hop, You should have hopped over from Karen's blog! - I decided to talk about Project Life, and how I 'do' project life and the fact that there is no right or wrong way to 'do' Project Life!
I started to investigate PL back in 2009/2010 when it wasn't available in the UK, there wasn't really such a thing as divided page protectors either! At the beginning of 2011 we could finally order PL via Amazon.co.uk.  It took forever to arrive and was stuck in customs for weeks, mine arrived in June 2011. Soon after that PL was available via Scrapbookers Inner Circle and their European distribution centre.  Now PL is available from many scrapbooking retailers!  I got started PL using my current photos from 2011 - and now here I am in my 3rd year of PL and I still love it.  I love how you can scrapbook everyday snapshots and journal about them, the photos that probably won't make on to a 12 x 12 scrapbooking page and some photos that are traditionally scrapbooked.
 I don't PL, a weekly set of photos - not even monthly!  Some months like January I take a handful of photos - July/Aug where we have school activties, birthdays, holidays etc I take more photos.  Some days/months have one or two pics from an event, others have lots!  This is a very photo heavy blog post so if you get fed up with my pages - skip to the end!! ;-)
 Sometimes throughout my album I add other pages and different sizes - this photo above is a 6 x 12 page, it could have gone in a different scrapbook, but its my niece so wanted to keep it in PL.
 I use a mixture of PL 4x6 and 3x4 cards, I also use Simple Stories too.
 These pages are Becky Higgins PL page protectors, but I use other Page Protectors too such as WRMK and American Crafts - I love the variety of different Page Protectors.

 This is another variety of page protector - I wanted to include lots of photos from a trip to the Zoo!


 Another page - designed to hold 5 6x4 pages

 None of these photos would have made it on to a 12 x 12 page - but I wanted to record the event, such as flooding in June and Fire Engine visiting the hospital where I work (not that this is unusual, but they were there for our department!)
 A WRMK page - designed to hold 9 3x4 photos/cards - I've filled it with school sports day photos - both sides...so there are 16 photos and 2 journalling cards.
 I don't just put photos and jounalling in my album but other important 'stuff' - like the front of the cupcake box of the Hummingbird Bakery cupcake I received!
 An 8 x 8 page - a baby announcement from my cousin!
 A different format of pages. 
 A birthday!
 School shoe shopping receipt! and a trip to Nandos.

 another 6 x 12 page

 This page has the front of a Trollbead gift bag - I've trimmed the bag and used it as a jounalling card to talk about my new beads and why they were so special.
 The original PL albums were bigger than the standard AC 12 x 12 albums and wouldn't fit on my Expedit bookcase from Ikea - so I switched to 12 x 12 black AC albums, however now AC are making PL albums they maybe the same size as AC standard albums.
 The reason I love PL is its a quick way to get my photos and their story in an album, I still scrap 12 x 12 pages very often as I get kits and I complete UKS challenges, I just pick and choose favourite pictures.
My best purchase to date is the PL pens - they are lovely to write with, and the fantastic WRMK 3 x 4 punch - it makes trimming photos so much quicker!  When I'm not in the mood for full on scrapbooking or I've not got the room (like when we go to the caravan on holiday), I can take my current PL album, a bucket load of photos, some page protectors, little guillotine, my new punch and a few cards/papers and fill up my pages - sometimes I fill the pages with photos and go back and finish the journalling when I get home!
Thanks for looking and I hope I've not bored you too much - I just wanted to share how I 'do' PL!
Now you need to hop over to Emy's blog
Love and Hugs Sarah x x x x

Comments

jill said…
Not at all boring looking at your project life pages. Thanks for sharing. ukscrappers name Lemonblossom
Gorgeous, I am just starting to do my albums like this and use more of the hundreds of photos I take, thank you for the look through yours.
Mary Evans said…
I've started PL this year and am really enjoying it. Like you, I'm using different products and protectors. Scarymary555 on UKS
My simple life said…
I've been considering starting project life and think these beautiful pages are the push I needed :) Gemmasteele on uks
misteejay said…
Thank you for sharing your PL pages - how lovely to have all these extra 'memories' so easy to view.

Toni xx (misteejay on UKS)
Karen said…
I am doing my first PL type album for December Daily, it's lovely to look at one completed so thanks for sharing :) Kitty Crafts UKS
Just learning about project life and love what you have done :) Thank you for showing
xx
new2this said…
I'm not into PL but having seen yours I can see why other people are! Thanks for sharing.
Leigh said…
looks great, I haven't tried project life yet but I like how you can combine things like shopping receipts with photos. uks simplyme
Lyn Masters said…
I love the idea of PL but I'm not sure I would be able to keep it up. Your album looks brilliant.

Lyn M UKS Lyn55
Susan said…
I've resisted PL so far but am very tempted...thanks for sharing

scoobiesue - UKS
Pauline said…
I love pages - so full and interesting, thank you so much for sharing them - they have inspired me to get my act together and get PL-ing!!! Thank you
PaulineD UKS
Pauline said…
I love pages - so full and interesting, thank you so much for sharing them - they have inspired me to get my act together and get PL-ing!!! Thank you
PaulineD UKS
Jo said…
Ooh, lots of lovely pages that have inspired me to get on with mine! Thanks for sharing UKS Wonky
I bought a whole selection of AC pages recently. Now I just need to fill them! Thanks for sharing yours :o)
susibee said…
Loved reading about how you do your PL and it's nice to see your pages.

UKs susibee
Christine said…
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Christine said…
Lovely pages Sarah :) I must get my hands on one of those punches! X

UKS chrisrydal
Weasel said…
Thanks Sarah - for showing that it's OK to mix and match and not PL every day/week lol... some good inspiration here!
UKS-Weaselwise
mrst said…
Interesting. Wanted to see what PL looked like. UKS mrst
akilli melek said…
never seen that 3x4 punch but whata great idea. might try that approach for my honeymoon photos. love you labels on the spine of the albums. really glad i hopped here ;-)
UKS akilli_melek
Ali said…
I've started PL this year too - some fab tips and encouragement to press on!

UKS AliTS
Sian said…
I've very recently decided to start PL and I love it but still feel very new - it's really good to see all these ideas to inspire me. Thanks

UKS Violaceous
Mole said…
Thanks for sharing about Project Life - now I know! And I love the 'you can't buy happiness but you can buy cupcakes' quote!

UKS Mole
AuroraDawn said…
Thank you for sharing your PL pages. I've not scrapped for such a long time but have thought about PL for some time. Think I may have to bite the bullet and give it a go.

UKS Aurora
Jo_annepinc said…
Thank you for sharing, its really good to see some examples of PL, JoPink
Lelly said…
not something I have done before but love looking at others. Maybe one day
UKs lelly
furrypig said…
thanks for letting me glimpse into your methods for project life not sure I will ever actually do it but ecrtain ideas are really useful for general scrapping too.(Furrypig on UKS too!)
Lesley G said…
Love your PL pages, I tend to use PL style for using up the photos I have at the end of the holiday that don't deserve a 12x12!!
cheekymole
Jimjams said…
Glad you have found a way to make PL work for you and love the idea of dotting larger pages in between occasionally.
Jemma (aka Jimjams)
sue jones said…
Wow - what fab pages- not brave enough to do one myself ....yet ;)
debbie r said…
Fabulous pages :-)

Beanpie 11
Jess said…
I like the idea of PL but worry about keeping up, but the way you just grab a handful of photos from a month is a good idea as there is no pressure to do it week in week out.

Jessbaby
chris said…
I've not started project life yet but love what you've done. Thanks for sharing
Chris55
Gill said…
Thank you for sharing how you do PL!
House of Bears said…
We've tried PL a couple of times and love the fact that it can incorporate the every day that maybe wouldn't warrant a 12 x 12 page on its own, also for those holiday snaps where you want to remember everything. Your pages are lovely.
Alison Maddison said…
It's lovely to see how flexible you've been with PL.
Thanks for sharing.
Alimad (UKS)
Effie said…
That's a whole lot of scrapping....some great pages.
Efemera
Scrapdolly said…
Some lovely pages to look at there
Great showcase
Scrapdolly
Scrapdolly said…
Some lovely pages to look at there
Great showcase
Scrapdolly
Scrapdolly said…
Some lovely pages to look at there
Great showcase
Scrapdolly
Scrapdolly said…
Great showcase - I enjoyed it
Scrapdolly
Lindsay Coleman said…
Great pages, I also love pl but have only just started it this year. I love that you can record anything big & little xx
K said…
Your pages are beutiful. I've never wanted to do PL before but you may have won me over.
Sylphraven
Sue said…
Thanks for sharing. I have just ordered some PL cards and and an album. Hope I can keep it up
knitkath said…
Wow, great albums to look back on with stories of your life! Thanks for sharing with us!
MiniOwner said…
Now I get it! PL has been something of a mystery to me but you make it very appealing, Sarah. Thank you for sharing.
Sue x (MiniOwner)
Judith Andersen said…
Love your pages
Hollybank
Niki Rowland said…
I'm considering starting PL next year so great to see how you do your pages.Thanks very much xx UKS: ScrapHappyNiki
Tigs said…
Thank you for sharing your Project Life layouts.
sam said…
Oooo never seen a project life book before, looks interesting

uks darm
scrappyjen said…
that was a great overview! just getting into this myself so you have really inspired me! Happy hopping, jenx
jo burton said…
I keep thinking I should start PL - thank you for sharing. (jo.bee)
Lindsay Coleman said…
Forgot to say I'm lindschick but you know that!
kjjc said…
Not had a go at PL yet. Looks really interesting. Kjjc
Jacqui Godfrey said…
Your pages are fab. I'm thinking about starting project life in January but was worried about being stuck with one size. Love how you mix up the sizes and those labelling tags with the little clips are a fab idea. Thanks for sharing (Jacqui200284 on uks) :)
Fran said…
I really love you pages. I am doing a similar thing with the multi page protectors but not as effective as yours. Thanks for sharing. UKS Hedgie
Wizbit said…
It's fab to get a chance to see other people's project life. I did it for one year starting june 2011 also ordered through amazon! I think I made it too hard doing a photo a day so I like your approach or busier and not so busy months. I have an used kit from scrapbook inner circle so role on January! Thanks for sharing x
Leanie said…
Well done for keeping it up! I start mine soon :) x
Leanie
Lesley Thomas said…
It looks a great system, but on a fixed budget, I couldnt run to it.

I couldn't find anywhere to comment on Karen Lowe's blog either.

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