Project Life 2012 | March
In addition to my regular Project Life weekly spreads, I am putting breaks between each month in my 2012 Project Life album with a monthly cover page. I explain why I’m doing this in depth in the January cover page post, but mostly it’s because I want to be able to fit in traditional scrapbooking pages in chronological(ish) order in my PL album without sticking pages in the middle of a week’s spread.

*If you aren’t familiar with Project Life, you might want to start here.

At the end of the month, I pick my favorite photos of each of us and a little blurb about what we did that month. I like these to be laid out more like traditional scrapbook pages, but I am working with the page pockets of the weekly spread on the back of the cover page. I pretty much ignore the pocket breaks, lay it out the way I like it, and then cut the photos and papers to fit. I try not to cut through the center of someone’s face or the middle of words so that breaking things into pockets doesn’t effect the readability of the page. I also don’t round the corners of pieces that are broken up, so that it is apparent that there is one photo block spread over multiple page protectors.

Project Life 2012 | March
One of my main concerns with these spreads is cohesion. To make it look like one page without having a background that goes over the entire layout, I used similar patterned papers throughout and used only one background paper for the first column and another (very very similar) paper for the second column. To connect the photos in the third column to the rest of the page, I overlapped the flower embellishment and included patterned paper that visually spreads from column one to column three. It’s hard to see in the first column, because it’s under the “stem” design, but it’s the paper that looks like a tab in column three.

Project Life 2012 | March
I stuck some dimensional accents on the outside of the page protector because dimensional items don’t fit well inside the pockets. I tried cutting the pink flower in half and sticking it in the pockets, but it wasn’t working. So on the outside it went, along with a ton of chipboard leaves. I love the texture and dimension. This probably won’t be a go-to, however, as I’m trying to keep the thickness of the album down so I don’t end up with three binders for 2012.

Project Life 2012 | March


I forgot about my February cover page, so I made that today too! Sorry about the poor image quality; this page uses American Crafts page protectors, and the divided protectors are much thinner, wavier, and reflect light badly. This is strange, because the American Crafts 12×12 protectors and 6×12 protectors I use are great. For divided protectors, I’m defiantly favoring We R Memory Keepers, but the Becky Higgins Project Life brand is awesome too.

Project Life 2012 | February
February had two photos that seemed disconnected from the layout just like March did. This time I hand cut and doodled little photo corners out of the main background paper for the photos on the bottom row so they’d be tied in.

Project Life 2012 | February
I had fun mixing lines for this one. There’s a lot of Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook, which is my new obsession, and the New Dear Lizzy line.
My friend Allie brought up mixing old and new products in this Two Peas thread, so I took up the challenge and used old Love, Elsie rub-ons for the title and used up a whole pack of old Valentine’s rub ons from K & Company to create a “patterned paper”. I punched holes from the rub-on decorated paper and added them on (detail below).

Project Life 2012 | February
I’m working on some traditional layouts to include in PL, which I’ll post about over the weekend, so this whole monthly cover thing will make more sense then.

Are you doing Project Life? Are you going to make traditional layouts this year too? What will you do with them?


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*Some products are not listed, as they are discontinued.