2014 will forever be remembered as the year my memory documenting changed forever – the year I started Project Life. I’m proud to say that I was able to keep up with it all year and 2014 is 100% documented! What a great feeling! I’m looking forward to continuing with Project Life for 2015 and am excited to share with you my list of Project Life ‘must-haves’. Maybe you’re thinking of starting Project Life this year (please do! You’ll love it!), or maybe you’ve been doing it for years and are looking for some fresh ideas or tips. Either way – check out my list and happy PL’ing!
Pocket Page Templates
Save yourself some time and frustration and invest in some pocket page templates. If you’re trying to stick within a budget, just buy one set to start. You can re-use the same set over and over again while still being able to achieve a different look every time. My favorite PL templates are Traci’s Stitched Grids. Each set (she has 7 of them!) comes with several different templates and coordinating stitches in both black and white.
Choose your template and your stitching color and you’re off and running! No trying to re-size boxes and cards to fit perfectly on your page. It’s all done for you – just clip your photos to the boxes. Here are the links to all of Traci’s Stitched Grids:
- 365 Unscripted: Stitched Grids
- 365 Unscripted: Stitched Grids 2
- 365 Unscripted: Stitched Grids 3
- 365 Unscripted: Stitched Grids 4
- 365 Unscripted: Stitched Grids 5
- 365 Unscripted: Stitched Grids 6
- 365 Unscripted: Stitched Grids 7
Kit(s) Geared Towards Project Life
While you can really use ANY kit for PL, I find it’s quickest and easiest when using a kit that’s geared towards PL. These kits include cards sized to fit the pockets, smaller alphas, and elements/word strips that are meant for documenting everyday life. Traci’s Monthly Pocket Life Collections are PERFECT! Each month she comes out with a new Collection including coordinating papers, elements, cards, alphas, and stickers. I purchased every single one of her PL Collections for 2014! I can’t get enough! Again, if you’re on a budget, start with just one of her collections. Her Collections are a bargain at $20 and are packed full of things that will keep your pages fresh even if you have to reuse them for more than one month. She also sells the different parts of the Collections separately so you can pick and choose which parts you think you would use the most. However, the best deal is always the full collection.
A Variety of Brushes
I am a brush fanatic! I love them and can’t get enough because they’re especially great for Project Life pages. I love to add little captions or doodles directly onto my photos or use them to make my own cards.
I love this set of brushes that came with the Pocket Life: March Collection. Another great thing about brushes is that you can choose what color you want to use, so I have re-used these brushes over and over again with different kits. Here is a page where I used several of the brushes from this set:
Here are some more of Traci’s brushes that I think you will find useful:
- Pocket Life: May Stamps by Traci Reed
- Pocket Life: September Hexagon Stamps by Traci Reed
- Pocket Life: Roller Dates by Traci Reed
A Couple of Go-To Fonts
Of course you will use a large variety of fonts on your PL pages, but the fonts I’m referring to here are your journaling fonts. When it comes to journaling on my PL pages, I like to keep it pretty consistent. The majority of my journaling for the year was done in 3-4 different fonts. I like to choose fonts that most resemble my actual handwriting or a typewriter font for journaling. All of my go-to journaling fonts were free and there are thousands to choose from! My picks: American Typewriter, Noteworthy, and Journal your Life Script by Darcy Baldwin. Have fun choosing yours!
This is where I partially went wrong in 2014. I didn’t really have a plan. I took it week by week – my only plan being to NOT get behind. And that plan worked. I was always either working on the current week or the previous week. I never got more behind than that which was great. But this year I have a lot more on my plate and I see a much greater potential for falling behind. Therefore, I’m working on devising a plan on how to keep my memories organized until I get a chance to get them recorded. I need a spot to jot down quotes, stories, ideas, and inspiration. I have a Plum Paper Designs planner that I use for everyday stuff and I plan to dedicate a section to keep track of the memories I want to include in my Project Life pages. However, if you don’t already have a planner and don’t want to spend $40+ on one, you’re in luck! Traci has one that you can print at home and it’s designed for organizing your daily life for creating pocket pages! It even has grids so you can plan out your layout in advance. Amazing! Check it out! It even has printable stickers! A bargain at $9.99!
Part 2 of the plan is deciding how and when you’re going to print your PL pages. This is where I REALLY went wrong in 2014. I didn’t print any of my pages. That’s right. I currently have about 110 12×12 pages that I need to print. Imagine my printing bill on that one! I recently purchased a new printer that will print 12×12 so starting in 2015 I plan to print my layouts at home and get them in my albums as soon as they are completed. However you decided to do it, just do yourself a favor and set yourself up for Project Life success with a plan!
Thanks for reading and here’s to a bunch of amazing 2015 PL albums!
About the Author: Jenn Ward lives in Maine with her husband and two children. She has been a stay-at-home mom for most of the past 9 years, but has recently started substitute teaching. Jenn loves all things crafty, particularly documenting her family’s memories. You can follow Jenn on Pinterest and Instagram.