Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Scrapbooking with Project Life // How to get started

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Becky Higgins Project Life Scrapbooking and memory keeping

This is a glimpse into my personal life today.... some snapshots of my favorite hobby: SCRAPBOOKING!! Tavis and I are professional photographers as a career, but deep down I think it's important to nurture creativity in all aspects of life. To succeed as a photographer I need to CREATE in areas outside of work... this keeps things fresh so my work creativity doesn't grow stale either! When clients hire us they are trusting our vision, style, design, and of course creativity... so why would I limit all of those things just into a work environment? I assume when people hire us they are looking at all aspects of our life, so there are many reasons to push my creativity and design within my personal life as well.

I've been thinking about this blog post for a long time because scrapbooking is just so fun I would love for everyone to join me! Not only is it a great hobby, but I'm investing time into my family's history book and legacy. Scrapbooking gets pictures into books, and words onto paper so these precious everyday details aren't forgotten. We're in an age where photos stay on phones and computers, but I want things to be tangible in my family room so I can enjoy my memories without flipping though pictures on a screen.

When you think of scrapbooking do you imagine hours on end dragging out all of your supplies, agonizing over placement and design, and then barely getting two pages done before packing up? This used to be my reality, which is how I got 6 years behind on my scrapbooking! In 2013, my friend Amanda introduced me to a brand of scrapbooking called Project Life by Becky Higgins. It's so simple and easy I was actually able to back-scrapbook all of those years I missed and now I'm 100% caught up to date! Crazy you think? Here's how to get started with project life:

  1. Choose a 12x12 Album - all Project life supplies can be found on the Project life website, amazon and various craft stores around (like Michaels, Jo-Ann's and Hobby Lobby in Yakima)
  2. Grab some page protectors - the plastic sleeves hold all of your photos and papers which makes it easy to organize and protect your photos
  3. Pick a Kit - the kit has papers in it to fill in and jazz up your pages. There are also journaling cards in there so you don't miss a beat on the details of what was happening in the photos and happening in your every day life.
  4. Print your photos - My favorite sizes to print are 4x6, or cut in half they are 3x4. Almost all of my pages consist of these two sizes! 
  5. Assemble your album - Mixing papers, journal cards, photos, and extra keepsakes you've collected. (like ticket stubs, birthday cards, etc.) Sometimes I even put everything in place first and then go back and write later. My favorite journaling pen is the Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pen
  6. OPTIONAL: add little embellishments. My favorites are washi tape and these puffy stickers called "Thickers" - You can also pick up some of your own paper pads and insert different papers of your choice. I also have a few punches so I can add little labels to some of my pictures.

Another option is to use the Project Life App on your phone and create pages digitally! You can order your prints right from the app, so all you have to do is pick up an album and 12x12 page protectors! I actually do a mixture, so sometimes I will make a page digitally, but I also do the traditional way with adding papers and pictures into different slots.

Becky Higgins Project Life Scrapbooking and memory keeping

Need more inspiration? Just google project life and you can check out what everyone else is doing with their memories!

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