Project Life: I Caught the Fever!

It’s happened.  It’s no surprise, really.  The funny thing is that it has taken me this long to get started on some sort of album/scrapbook/memory book.  Or maybe it’s not funny at all, considering I’ve been running around after these cunning girls for the past four-and-a-half years.  In any case, I finally caught the fever and it’s the Project Life (or “ProLi” as I like to call it because it amuses me) variety.  It’s marketed as the fast and easy version of scrapbooking but I’ve managed to complicate things already.  You buy a book, filler pages, and a kit of cards and if you’re not me, throw a week’s worth of pictures together in mere minutes.  If you are me, you buy a partial set of cards and then use them as a template and cut pages out of magazines to use as backgrounds and gather materials from all your old projects and spend hours on each week’s layout.

Two of my favorite bloggers have ProLi projects they post about regularly.  Elise Blaha creates very beautiful, modern pages filled with her gorgeous photography.  Her pages feel like meditations.  She has also designed a line of journaling cards for ProLi… No surprise.

And Cameron’s blog Krug the Thinker, proves that ProLi can be done without throwing down a bunch of cash for a kit and its many accessories.  I LOVE that kind of creativity and resourcefulness!

So, based on those two models of excellence, I bought myself an old-school album at my favorite thrift store.

I love these old albums.
$3.99 and I got an extra 30% off because I bought it before noon on a Saturday.  Thanks ACTS!

It came with these photo pages which I’d originally planned on using but have since ditched in favor of the ProLi official pages.  At first I’d thought I could use them both together but my measuring skills were on vacation the day I calculated the pages to be the same size.  Boo.

Old school album pages.  Remember when 3x5 was standard?
Old school album pages. Remember when 3×5 was standard? Neither do I.

So here’s my first attempt at a layout.  I had some great input from my friend Bee, who encouraged me to let myself be scrappy rather than minimalist with this.  Despite loving Elise’s design, I tend to be more of a collector and this layout felt much more me once I’d started cutting and punching and layering.

ProLi.  Week 1.
ProLi. Week 1.

Another piece of it that makes this project time-consuming is the way I work.  This is what happens whenever I try to do a page:

Craft love.
Craft love.  It gets messy.

I even brought out the hair spray!!!

Reader beware! ProLi is highly contagious as is evidenced by M and R’s recent projects:

R's page
R’s page
M's page
M’s page

Before you know it, you may be dreaming about sliding photos and journaling cards into cute little slots in album pages!

Are you journaling or scrap booking? How do you keep up with it? I’m afraid I’ll lose steam with this and abandon it around week 20, which would be ok too.  19 weeks of organized photos is better than what I’ve got now.