Welcome to blog post #two in this beginners series. We talked about what project life is in the first blog post, you can find that
, I hope you've had some time to have a meander on the Internet & social media to learn more about Project Life. I did forget to give you a link on Saturday to my Project Life Pinterest Board which was really silly as I have over 2000 pins. Oh dear, anyone else hooked on Pinterest? You can find that board
Today I want to concentrate on Albums & Kits. The album size that a lot of Project Lifers use is the 12x12 size. I currently use 9x12 size, & last year I used 6x8 size. I much prefer 9x12, but there are times when I miss the 6x8 size albums, so to compensate for this I just add different size plastic sleeves into my album. Sleeves? They're the inserts that go into your album that the photos and journaling cards slot into.
Where do I purchase my albums & plastic sleeves from?
I currently buy from
in the United States, I use their brand of 9x12 & 6x8 albums. Previously the 12x12 albums I used were
brand & these are available in Australia at Spotlight stores, actually Spotlight have a great range of albums, the last time I was there they had some gorgeous Dear Lizzy American Craft ones... scrumptious.
have a great range of albums, they are in the United States also. The plastic sleeves are sold where you purchase the albums. Generally you purchase the same size sleeves as your album, however, as I said before, I include all different sizes in my albums, there's no hard & fast rule on this.
As previously talked about in #one blog post, if you're creating weekly you will need two sleeves per week, if you're creating monthly then you could use up to 5 sleeves, but again there is no hard & fast rule here either, it's totally up to how much you document during the week or month.
Where do I purchase my kits from?
Okay, I've been dreading answering this question, because it will clearly show I have a big problem. A pretty paper problem. I have ordered monthly project life & scrapbooking kits from
for three years now & I have never regretted it, they have an awesome amount of cards & embellishments to do a months worth of documenting, & some months I have lots left over, only because I don't over embellish on my layouts.
I am currently a Design Team Member of
& they have a Pocket Pages kit that are simply jam packed full of current designer papers, embellishments & stamps that give you a months worth of documenting goodness. Please check them out, you really get your value for money at Citrus Twist Kits.
Becky Higgins of course has the original Project Life kits, these are available on her website, Spotlight Stores in Australia,
in New Zealand & Australia, Amazon.com & any good local scrapbooking store may keep them also.
There is of course hundreds if not thousands of downloadable designs (I've even got some available for you to download
, stay tuned, I've got a few new ones & they're almost ready) that you can purchase & print at home, check out
, I've found some really lovely ones there in the past.
The latest kit I subscribe to is the Messy Kit from A Beautiful Mess, you can find it
. What attracted me to this kit was that it was aimed at the 9x12 size albums, perfect for me as I started the year 2015 in this size. The scrapbooking paper & cards are bright & colourful, yet they add neutral colours in as well, that suit my simplistic approach. I've received two kits so far & haven't regretted subscribing yet.
Homework for blog post #two - click on the links above, look around, see what might suit you. I have only mentioned the ones that I use, obviously I could go on & on with links to many more website offering subscriptions. You will find many more kits out there, so that's your homework, find out which one or if you're like me ones you like.
Hope this helps, & I'll be back soon with another post on tools of the trade & embellishments. Don't forget any questions or suggested blog posts for the future, please leave a comment below.