Hey there! I’m so excited to be back again (even on a Saturday!) with these amazingly talented bloggers to bring you another Saturday Share post and Linky Party! Before we get started, it’s also time to announce the winner from last week’s party! The prize pack goes to…. Brittany Sheets! We will be emailing you, my dear!
I’ve done a lot of posts about Project Life. A lot about new products that are coming out. I love the system and I love seeing all the new elements and ways people are using it.
BUT, I have heard from a few friends (*cough cough* you know who you are!) that they still don’t really know where to start. Some even bought all the stuff and haven’t opened anything yet! It’s okay, I’m not mad…When I started this crazy Project Life journey 4 years ago there was only ONE kit. It all came in a box and had ONE design of sheet protectors. You didn’t even have to worry about which design to buy! Now there are a lot more options (Congrats, Becky – you’ve made it, girl!) and it can definitely get overwhelming.
So today we’re going back to the basics, folks! So bear with me, I’m breakin’ it down for you. Because I get a little overwhelmed sometimes, too! (There are also great resources on Becky’s blog for PL newbies!)
You will need to purchase 3 things to get started: a Core Kit, Photo Pocket Pages and a Binder. Here are my recommendations if you’re brand new!
Core Kit: You can choose any kit – but I would start with JUST one! I know, it’s tempting…and it is fun to mix and match. But if you’re overwhelmed, get ONE kit. You can even get a smaller amount of cards in the Mini Kits. There are themed kits for baby, travel, heritage pictures, but most designs are usable for ANY pictures! Some of my favorite neutral kits are: Midnight, Kraft, and Jade.
Photo Pocket Pages: For the least overwhelming approach, I would suggest starting at the basics with Design A. These have 4 slots for 4×6 horizontal photos, and 4 3×4 slots for vertical journaling cards. So side by side it would be perfect for a week (7 pictures) plus one Title card. There is also a variety pack of the 2 most basic designs – Design A & Design D. (And there are TONS of other formats when you’re ready!)
Album: Almost any 12×12 ring album will work, but the Project Life brand binders do come in adorable matching colors and are really good quality. These beauties just were released this week!
When you just start out, I would suggest sticking with one size of photo – 4×6. For Design A, this means get all 4×6 horizontal photos. I know you’re thinking, well…I take pictures in vertical format, too! You can either edit them down to fit 2 on a 4×6 print, or use a photo page that fits 4×6 vertical.
When I started out, I stuck with all 4×6 horizontal prints for the whole year. This would be good for those who want to use Project Life for moving forward – you can try to take mostly horizontal format. Here is an example (using my very first kit – the Cherry Edition!)
I’ve printed mainly at Costco, and some at home, some through Persnickety Prints. They all have different pros/cons to weigh as far as quality, cost and convenience. You can also order prints from your phone – see this post! No matter how you choose to print, start with 1 or 2 sizes and then add more as you get more comfortable!
Once your pictures are printed, it’s time to get them in the pages. Guess what? This is the easiest and most fun part of Project Life! You don’t need scissors or glue or anything extra. Just place your pictures in the photo pockets and add journaling cards (or “filler” cards for places you don’t need or want to write) and you’re done!
Now, start writing. I think this part gets overlooked sometimes! No, you may not love your handwriting…but I believe your posterity will. I can’t even imagine what a treasure something like this would have been had it been around when my mom was raising 3 kids! You can simply write about the photo, recap the week, jot down a quote or a thought of gratitude. Remember to keep it simple!
There are probably a million things I missed, but I didn’t want this post about not getting overwhelmed…to overwhelm you! Please, please, please leave any questions you might have in the comments (or email us!) and we will get back to you!
And now, time for the Saturday Share Linky Party! Link up your Project Life layouts, tips, tricks, printables, and anything Project Life related. We are so inspired by you!