Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Introducing: Project Life!

Introducing: Project Life 2013
Read all about Becky Higgins and Project Life HERE.

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may have noticed the recent decline in layouts. In fact, I think I've only made 4-6 layouts in the last few months. There are several contributing factors to my slump -- I don't have as much time to create (prioritizing my time between home and school, preparing for baby), I've been taking less pictures (it's been a slow fall/winter season.. busy busy busy but not always a big event but lots of candids), and perhaps most attributing - I was overwhelmed with all my supplies, pictures, albums and need to "catch up". Insert, Project Life :)

Project life always interested me, it's been around several years. But It always scared me because I thought it would take away the creativity that I really love about scrapbooking. As the trend REALLY caught on - I realized that what I loved MORE about scrapbooking was displaying our photos and telling our life's story... which sort of has gotten lost this past year. I'm really excited to get that back. Deciding to do Project Life in 2013 has rekindled my love of this hobby and going to bring the best of both words -- documenting and creating :)

Although the idea of Project Life is simple, for me it took the last several weeks of organizing and pre-planning to convince myself to go for it. I don't want to crash and burn after 2 weeks. ;) For the most part, I'm going to use what I already have - patterned paper, my cricut, etc. But I couldn't resist mixing in new product:

I will be using one of We R Memory Maker's Designer Albums for my 2013 album. I just love them and believe my Michaels will be carrying them so I can use a coupon ;) Once the blizzard clears, I'll be spending my Christmas $ to get one. I will also be using some of the WRMK page protectors.

Photo Freedom is Echo Park's answer to Project Life. Page protectors, journaling cards, patterned papers, and more. I have always loved Echo Park and this is just another reason why.

Although I'm not using Becky Higgin's Project Life kits.. I did get the 3x4 and 4x6 grid cards from my hubby for Christmas :) This way, I can embellish with my own supplies - while having a unified look throughout my album for handwritten journaling.

I *plan* on having all of 2013 in that one album, so the pages can't be too bulky. Thus, I went back to my first love - stamps. I purchased several new clear sets for Project Life including -- a days of the week, months of the year, and (a few!) more.

Lastly, I've gained LOTS of inspiration from bloggers and Pinterest that has me so excited for this project. I hope you'll join me on this journey this year :) I'd love to hear your thoughts and see your pages if you're doing some form of PL in 2013, too. Leave a link so I can check them out! :)



Danni said...

So excited to follow you on your Project Life journey!! Yay!

Dawn said...

I can't wait to see what you do with PL. Great blog post. Like AE stamp sets. The link you gave for PL is great. I love the way she organized.

Lili Sulastri said...

I'll try and follow your PL journey and try to get some ideas and inspirations. Who knows, I may consider starting it for 2014. Good luck.

Theresa said...

Suzanne, you have always been a big inspiration to me. i can tell it will continue with your PL journey.

stefani said...

I love that WRMK album. I have never seen it before.

I am jumping on the Project Life bandwagon for 2013. I look forward to seeing your pages.

Emily Leiphart said...

I'm excited you are doing PL, Suzy! Those stamps are amazing and I've not seen them yet. I just have to figure out where to get all this stuff! Thanks so much for stopping by during the Paper Smooches December DT Blog Hop!

Valerie said...

Hi Suzy:
Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I love your list of things you want to includ in your PL. Let's keep each other motivated.

Kristine said...

awesome Suzy!!! we can do this !!! i look forward to seeing your work ;-) thanks for commenting on my blog post!

Happy New Year ;-)

Kristie said...

I think you are off to a rockin' start already. I have that same CTMH set and can't wait to actually use it this year!

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