Friday, 20 September 2013

Project Life - Capturing the Everyday Moments



Do you think i love this style of scrapping - well of course I do...

How many photographs do you actually print, let alone scrap and put into an album? I know myself, with digital photography these days, many of mine never even get sorted properly let alone get taken off the computer and actually printed. As for getting my favourite photographs scrapped and into albums there is no way I could do it scrapping traditionally and only using a couple of photographs per page.

As a "traditional" scrapbooker within the Industry, Im often asked do I like Project Life? - well yes I LOVE the concept and yes i own numerous of the packs in the current format, amongst lots of other similar products and brands.   You have to hand it to Becky Higgins for making it trendy again - would like to personally say thanks.....

Pocket Pages are NOT a new concept. Believe it or not I was a consultant with Creative Memories for 10 years and we had PicFolio Milestone Albums for many years where you just slipped photos into these albums - they called it Slip in Simplicity” for a reason.   But we definately have Becky Higgins to thank for bringing it back to the forfront and starting Project Life with a back to basics approach along the same lines, originally through We R Memory Keepers - now American Crafts, to encourage people to get back to documenting those special memories that make us who we are. Whether it be Project Life, Photo Freedom, Simple Stories, WRMK Albums Made Easy or even Kaisercraft's own Easy to Scrap Pages that come with every collection, the idea behind them is the same.
Many of us are time poor, busy working, raising families and just doing the everyday things that take time, but still really want to have a designed photo album. Using this concept, you can now do this. 
How many times have you seen a beautiful embellished scrapbook page and say - “I Love It, that but its too hard for me” - if this is the case then maybe this style of scrapbooking is worth a try. Maybe its time to get back to the basics a little and start to document the everyday little things/occasions that you don’t want to forget using pocket pages
- all you need to do is slip in photo’s and add a journal card. Even this has been made easy for you with predesigned cards with quotes and sayings on them if you are short of words. Compare this to how long it would take you to traditionally scrap the same amount of photographs and Im guessing you may give this a try.
I recently ran the pages shown above in a class to some ladies who pretty much wouldn't have anything to do with this style of scrapbooking but have to admit by the end of it we had converted a couple of them - especially for photographs that you have heaps of such as traveling on a holiday and Christmas.
For those of you who are more advanced, this way of recording memories can works for you too. Sometimes we wish we could use more or all the photos that were taken from an occasion but they aren’t always good enough for a traditional scrapbooked page. Maybe you just have too many (I know that problem) to put on a page. But if you look closely, its those photographs (especially where the kids are mucking up) that tell a story and need to be shown in some way.  You know the ones that you have 1001 ridiculous looking selfies on your camera that they took whilst you weren't watching..

Use the pocket pages to tell the WHOLE story and capture all the little moments you want to remember. Keep them simple or if you have more time on your hands you can take it to another level and further embellish if desired. 
But WAIT.......... there is more........
the part I love the most, is that you can also....
HIGHLIGHT your favourite photos by scrapping a whole page traditionally and store in the normal Refill pages.  Insert these refill pages between the pocket pages in your album for added interest.
THIS WAY YOU GET THE BEST OF BOTH SCRAPPING WORLDS and we need to get back to basics and and tell the stories behind our photographs for our future generations.

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