Project Life Plan for 2013

As you all know by now, I’m completely obsessed with Project Life. I went overboard with my Project Life 2012: it’s THREE albums and it might be FOUR before I’m through! I also started using the format to document 2011, a year that overwhelmed me after we did a 365 project. I love documenting weekly, I love filling in the little pockets, I love that it takes off the pressure to make everything I document meaningful enough to warrant a 12 x 12 space, and I love the speed at which I can get those layouts done. I love that I’m still so excited about it a year later. Love it. Love everything.

Though I’m a big believer that you don’t have to stick out a format that isn’t working for you, 2013 feels like starting fresh. I thought I’d let you in on what’s changing, and what’s staying the same.

Photos from Persnickety

Photos Last year, I mostly printed photos from home. It worked for me–I love the instant gratification–but I’m to the point where I can’t stand the low quality. I’d love to save up for a better home printer (I have an HP Photosmart 7510 and I WANT an Epson Stylus Photo R2000). Until that can happen, which will be months and months down the road, I’m mostly outsourcing. I tried Persnickety, but saving up a few week’s worth of photos to make the $5 flat shipping rate worth it threw me off for the rest of the year. I really do like doing it on a weekly basis, while the memories are still fresh and exciting. There are also the costs to consider. And though I’ve been pretty happy with my switch to my local CVS so far, some of the photos are grainy… basically only natural light photos look good. And anything bigger than 4×6 is WAY overpriced. The quality is better than my home printer, which I used for most of last year, but lower than Persnickety by far. Also, if I order weekly, I’ll end up paying a bit extra for placing an order under $5, which would end up being about what shipping costs are. So I might just have to suck it up and decide to order photos once a month, as much as that will annoy me. And there’s also Snapfish to try. I’ll be better with my decision once the results are in on the photo service side-by-side comparison I’m doing this month (stay tuned!).

Look what was on my doorstep this morning! #projectlife #scrapbooking #seafoam

Supplies As those of you who follow me on Twitter already know, I got a little crazy with the indecision revolving around whether or not to go with the Project Life Seafoam Core Kit. At first I was all about it. Then, as launch date loomed closer, I started to over think it. I decided I wouldn’t get the kit, because there’s no way I’d use all of it. Then I realized that I could totally also use it to organize my box of my childhood photos into PL albums with photo sleeves and the odd PL journaling card thrown in. Then I started looking through my 2012 pages, realized that I loved using my stash, and worried that my style would be compromised by using a kit. And I realized that I already have too much scrapbooking stuff as it is. So I thought I’d just get the Seafoam 12×12 Paper. Then I decided that I REALLY love the design and Elise Blaha Cripe, so I thought I’d get the digital kit and sprinkle it in whenever. Then I realized that printing the cards out would cost more than just buying the dang kit. Then they appeared on Amazon, and I read the description, and I was shocked to see how much was in the kit for the money. For (much) less than what I spend on coffee a month, I can sprinkle some Seafoam into 2013, and have enough kit to make my way through most (if not all) of my childhood photos. Obviously if I spent this much time thinking about it, then I really want it. So I bought it, and I’ll just sell some of it if I don’t end up using it all. Which, btw, doesn’t seem likely to happen judging by how much I love browsing through it.

And now you all think I’m crazy. And rightfully so. But I thought I’d throw it in because, at the very least, it made you chuckle some.

As for the rest of my supplies, I’m using Project Life Seafoam Binders and I’m planning on alternating the binder colors by year. I’m using a mix of Project Life Page Protectors (mostly Design C and Design A), and I’ll still use the page protectors that I have flying around from last year, like the We R Memory Keepers Multipack. Also in the mix: American Crafts 6×12 protectors and regular thin page protectors from the office supply store in smaller sizes for inserts.

Otherwise I’m sticking with pretty much the same supplies as 2012, and I’m going to try to link up to them at the bottom of the posts.

Project Life 2012 | April Cover Page

Project Life 2012 | January Review

The Format When I started Project Life in January 2012, I was worried about what I’d do with my traditional 12 x 12 pages. I didn’t want them breaking up weekly spreads, so I decided to leave space for a monthly cover page and a end of the month wrap up at the end of each month. I thought I’d slip in any extra layouts into this space.

But they bulked up my already-bulky-insert-happy albums A LOT, and I didn’t really use them for what I wanted to use them for.

Project Life 2012 | Week 40

Project Life 2012 | Week 37

I found that if I wanted to make a traditional layout, I just made it in 8.5×11 or 6×12 and used it as an insert.

Project Life 2012 | Week 32

And if I got the itch to make a 12×12 page, I just made that page half of the weekly spread.

So I’m doing away with the monthly cover / wrap-up thing. Hopefully this will mean less bulk, but it will probably just result in more inserts.

Otherwise I’m not changing much, except to try to make room for more words.


That’s the plan for 2013! I finished editing and ordering all of my 2012 photos yesterday, so I’m working a bit on those and I’ll start on 2012 next week after we come back from Denver. I’m loving that because I take photos and write as I go, it doesn’t REALLY matter when I get the memories into the albums. I’m using my Daily Doc workshop documentation for 2012, and this year I’m using my Blurb planner to write down a bit about each day to jog my memory when I put the pages together. I’m feeling pretty together.

How about you? Are you doing Project Life 2013? Are you making any changes?

P.S. You might like my 5 Lessons from a Year of Project Life post over at Document Life Workshop!

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