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Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Seven Brands!!!!

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Seven Brands!!!!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to Finish It September! I thought it would be a good opportunity to do a product review of scrapbook Page Protectors, so that is what we are going to do today! You can watch my video here.

 

As I was working through the details of this product review I wanted to be clear about the features that were important to me when choosing which page protectors to use in my scrapbook albums. I have used so many over the years and on the surface it might seem like all are just the same, but there are distinguishing features that, once you are aware of them, might sway you. These are the features I have compared:

  1.  Size of the pockets. Some brands use 3×4 pockets that are true to size. Other brands make those pockets just a bit smaller, at 2.97″, in order to accommodate the seams of the page protector. Most brand name pocket page cards are also cut down to the 2.97″ width, and many digital designers size their digital cards the same. So it is important to know what your favorite brands do in this regard. Any card can be cut down a bit, although I know some people get frustrated by that. Others might feel frustrated by having cards that are too small, or fit loosely in the pocket.
  2. Strength of seams. This is something that is a concern if you use lots of dimensional products on your pages, or if you have small children. It definitely can be frustrating to purchase a pack of page protectors and have them rip as you are sliding your cards in and out of the pockets!
  3. How they look. How they look in your albums, how they look when used with other brands, and also how clear are the page protectors. I have a set of protectors from We R Memory Keepers from several years ago that are blue tinged! They may also be different sized depending on how each brand accommodates the seams, which means some might be wider than others.

These are the things I have taken into consideration in this product review, so let’s take a closer look at each brand I have reviewed. This is by no means comprehensive, I am sure there are many I have missed. These were just the brands I am most familiar with and have access to.

Scrapbook.com (link to purchase)

This brand is relatively new to the page protector and album side of our industry, and promises to be a welcome source for this product. I ordered a new pack of page protectors from Scrapbook.com just to see how they are, because I had never tried them before. My opinion of these is that they probably need a bit more reinforcing on the pocket seams but they are a good product. Here is what I found:

  • Nice page weight, feel pretty good in your hand, fairly clear.
  • Pocket tore a bit when I pulled on it.
  • Consistent pocket page sizes, sized for 2.97″ cards
  • A bit larger than Project Life page protectors.
  • All design styles available.
  • Reasonably priced at $0.39 each on sale.

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Becky Higgins Project Life Design A

Becky Higgins Project Life (link to purchase)

Obviously, we don’t really know what the future holds for this brand, however they are the page protectors I am most familiar with and offer a good comparison point. They are an excellent option and are still available so here is what I know about them, having used them for so many years:

  • Nice page weight, they feel great in your hand, and are clear pages.
  • I have never had pages tear from Project Life, I know this is something she has worked hard on.
  • Pocket sizes are fairly consistent but there is always one 3×4 pocket that is a tiny bit smaller.
  • All design styles available for a limited time.
  • Reasonably priced at #0.49 each, when you buy the Big Pack.

Simple Stories  (link to purchase)

I have used these off an on for years and love that they have a slightly different variation of the traditional Design A. They also have a page protector with the 6×8 photo which is great for when you want to use a larger photo for emphasis. Overall I love using this brand!

  • Great selection of page protectors and different varieties that other brands don’t have.
  • The 6×8 slides in sideways, just for your information.
  • Clear pockets, excellent page weight.
  • Strong seams, appear to hold up well.
  • Slightly larger than the Project Life page protectors.
  • Page styles available are slightly different than Project Life branded.
  • Downside: Simple Stories it seems is retiring their 12×12 page protectors so these will not be available for much longer.

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Simple Stories

We R Memory Keepers (link to see availability)

These have long been favorites for me, and are probably ones I buy most often because I purchase their albums most often. Here is what I find:

  • Trusted brand, not going anywhere.
  • Great quality with strong seams and clear pages.
  • I have one batch that is blue but that seems to be a one-off.
  • Good variety of options.
  •  Limited page styles are available, standard Project Life Design A is not.
  • Affordable at $0.32 each for 12×12 pages.

Echo Park (link to purchase)

This is also a brand I am not particularly familiar with but have used in a pinch. They call their divided page protectors Photo Freedom and have limited options but it is a brand that is available. Here is what I found:

  • Great quality, trusted brand.
  • Clear pages, feel good in the hand.
  • Three styles available, full 12×12, all 3×4 pockets, and the Design A style.
  • A bit more expensive at $0.54 each for divided page style.

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Echo Park With Hybrid Layout

Hobby Lobby / Paper Studio (link to purchase)

I discussed in my video my reluctance to share this brand because of some of their business practices, but they are a readily available brand in many states and can be a reasonable option for many. Here is what I found:

  • Page protectors are light and thin overall.
  • Fairly good clarity.
  • Full 3×4 pockets so Studio Calico cards, for example, will float a bit.
  • Larger than Project Life pages.
  • Standard 12×12 and divided Design A style available.
  • Expensive at $0.60 each, although you can use your coupon for 40% off, which would make them $0.36 each.

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Studio Calico | Bermuda Honeymoon Album

Studio Calico (link to purchase)

This brand is sort of the industry standard for page protectors and they have come quite a long way over the years! I love using this brand and always find their quality to be above average. Of course they have gone to the 9×12 size which means making a decision to go smaller. Here is what I found:

  • Great quality page protectors that hold up over time.
  • Look great in albums and have a great clarity.
  • Sized for Studio Calico cards (and of course, Ali Edwards as well).
  • Consistent pocket sizes.
  • Options available are in 3×8, 6×8, 6×12, and 9×12. The 9×12 protectors are available in four different styles, a full page, a modified Design A, (9) 3×4, and (9) 4×4.
  • Expensive at $1.05 each.

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | 2018 Project Life

I hope this has been a helpful resource to you as you navigate different page protector options that are available. Of course none of this is designed to be comprehensive, there are brands such as Creative Memories and Close To My Heart that I have not reviewed but I encourage you to try any and every brand and find your own favorites. My main purpose in writing this post is to show that there are other options out there, and while it is a bit sad to see Project Life not offer physical products for the foreseeable future, we wish Becky Higgins all the best in the future and are incredibly thankful for her contributions to this craft. As a long-time Project Lifer, I am incredibly thankful to have a way of memory keeping that helps me document my own family life in very powerful and meaningful ways!

Chat soon!

~Theresa

 

December Daily 2018 Final Album Flip Through (Narrated)

Larkindesign December Daily 2018 Album Walk Through

Hello Lovelies, it is time for the final video of this series, the December Daily 2018 Final Flip Through! If you’ve missed any part of this series, I invite you to check this link here to get all caught up: Larkindesign December Daily 2018.

Thank you so much for joining me on this amazing journey! It is always such a joy to create and share these albums with you each and every year. See you back again soon!

 

Larkindesign December Daily 2018 Album Walk Through

Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to #scrappychristmasinjuly! Today I am sharing my process for the last few days in my December Daily album! If you’d like to see the entire series I invite you to check out this link: Larkindesign December Daily 2018. Here is my full process video for these pages in my album.

The days leading up to Christmas are so very special and getting these pages completed in the album is a bittersweet and happy moment! The days tend to run together, and I wanted that sort of feel in the album as well, so these pages will feel different in a way. Let’s start with Day 23.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

We celebrated Christmas Day a day early this year due to custody and so our Christmas Eve was on this day. We have the kids bring all the gifts down stairs and we make it a really big deal. Of course they are all so excited and anxious and happy, and it’s so much fun to gather all the gifts under the tree! I captured a few special photos here and then added two journal cards from Paislee Press.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

One of the cards was bold red, so for my lines on my journal card I used red ink, just to add a bit of color and repeat that color once again. It’s a tiny detail that adds a little pop!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

I added a vellum in between these two pages, one from an older Dear Lizzy collection from years ago. In the video I debated adding the number onto the vellum, and in the end chose to place those onto the photo underneath instead.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

 

My photo underneath the vellum is the star of the show: the Christmas tree. I found the long green chipboard strip in my stash and added the acrylic word on top, and the chipboard number underneath.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

When you turn the page, Day 24 begins. I did not add a number on this layout, and I am cool with that. I have photos of the kids underneath the Christmas tree, two photos of the boys opening presents, and a 6×8 of the presents under the tree.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

For these pages I chose a few products from the Sahlin Studio Home For the Holidays collection. You can find that collection over at The Lilypad via the link here: Home For The Holidays. For the large photo I added a journal spot and layered word art plus a wooden button for simple and fun embellishments.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

To allow the photos to shine, and in the interest of getting it done, I kept the embellishing to a minimum on these pages. I added a simple gold word strip and a few red puffy hearts below and left the other photos untouched.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!! Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

Turning to the next page, I had more photos from unwrapping presents. I printed one photo of each kid opening gifts, and then two photos of the scene as well. I kept the journal cards very simple in black and white.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

I added the Be Merry puffy sticker, from Paislee Press.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

The Merry & Bright card was perfect to write a few thoughts down, with hand drawn lines, and then I added a cork tree at the top. That tree is from the Ali Edwards Main Kit 2018.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

I had a little tree shaped clip in my stash, so I added that plus a little word strip at the top of the photo of me and Natalie.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

The Merry card is so fun and random, and I added a few little red stars also in a random pattern. They were from Studio Calico a few years ago.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

Turning the page again is more from Day 24 and 25. I am still continuing to use journal cards from Home For The Holidays here. My photos are from our Christmas breakfast, which is always a big feast!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

The 4×6 card is a great home for my journaling here, and I added a tiny black word strip to it as well. I also added a chipboard sticker at the bottom of the photo.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

Don’t you love when you have a favorite card, AND you have the perfect opportunity to use it? The Eat, Drink & Be Merry card is the best!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

We are now at the closing page of the album, and I chose this black and white buffalo check from Crate Paper to close it out. I added the gold puffy stickers to say Merry & Bright, and that is all until next year!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 23, 24, and 25!!!

 

Thank you all so much for following along with me on this journey! These albums are my absolute favorite albums every year and finishing them is a big deal! Yay! I hope you are inspired in your own December Daily journeys, and I am excited to jump back in again in November this year. See you tomorrow for the final walk through video!

~Theresa

 

 

Scrappy Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to #scrappychristmasinjuly! Today I am sharing more of my 2018 December Daily for Days 21 and 22. This project is winding down and I am so happy at how smoothly the process has gone. I hope you are inspired to create in your own albums as well! If you’d like to see the entire project you can check it out here: Larkindesign December Daily 2018.

 

Days 21 and 22 once again share a two page spread, which makes it easier to make product and design decisions across the layout. I am working with Pinkfresh Studio today, mostly from the Holiday Vibes collection. There were blues and reds in my photos and the product choices flow beautifully!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

Day 21 begins with a photo of our presents all wrapped and stacked up in our bedroom closet. We shop throughout the month of December and wrap as we go along, and then on Christmas Eve we have the kids carry all the gifts down stairs. I wanted to take this photo and include it in the album as a show of incredible gratitude for these amazing gifts. Years ago after my divorce, I had only $80 one year to spend on Christmas for Nick and Natalie, and now to have grown and moved beyond that, to have faced all the obstacles and to be so incredibly privileged is humbling for me. In my pocket above the photo I added a patterned paper cut to 4×6 and then layered a label from a cut apart sheet plus the die cut on top. The stamped sentiment is from Kaiser Craft.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

To divide the two days in this spread I added a polka dot transparency, which I believe is from Fancy Pants. I chose number from Sahlin Studio and added one to each side in black and white, as contrast to the red polka dot. You can find those digital numbers at The Lilypad via the link here: Sahlin Studio December Days No. 02.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

Of course, when you turn the transparency, you find the 22 and the layout for this day. I have been living gluten free for almost two years now, and for Christmas we wanted to try some gluten free chocolate crepes! They turned out amazing! I cropped my photo to fit vertically into two 3×4 pockets, which left two other 3×4 pockets to fill.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

I chose a journal card from Pinkfresh and layered a little blue birdie, then I stamped some journaling lines and added my words. I cut another piece of patterned paper to go in the pocket beneath, and then layered two circles, a red circle and the gold and white North Pole die cut.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

I also added the floral medallion to the top of my photo, just for a bit of embellishment at the top.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 21 and 22!!!!

#scrappychristmasinjuly is a creative series began by Tracey Fox. You can follow her on Instagram here: @scrappylikeafox on Instagram. 
And be sure to follow the hashtag on Instagram here: #scrappychristmasinjuly.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I will see you back again soon with the last few days in the album!

~Theresa

Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 19 and 20!!!

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 19 and 20!!!

 

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to #craftychristmasinjuly, a month-long YouTube hop I am participating in that is hosted by Heather Little of Heather’s Crafty Life! Today I am sharing a layout from my 2018 December Daily album for Days 19 and 20. To see all the posts and videos I have created in this series, click here: Larkindesign December Daily 2018.

Let’s have a look at Day 19. My photo for this day was of our son Nick, who had a match for the National Academic League that day. This day was notable because the match was held at the Board of Education Building in Winston Salem, so a special treat for them!

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 19 and 20!!!

I chose the burgundy red of Nick’s shirt as my guiding inspiration for this entire layout and made sure to incorporate papers, patterns, and embellishments that also had that color. I added a simple star from Ali Edwards onto the photo itself.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 19 and 20!!!

I had two 3×4 pockets, so I chose a patterned card and a graphic journal card for these pockets. The Falala card contrasts with its handwritten pattern, and I added the felt star along with a word strip as simple embellishments. For my journal card I wrote out my story and adhered the simplest grey star in the corner.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 19 and 20!!!

Adding in little bits in between each page has been a whole lot of fun in this album, and for this layout I chose one of the giant AE tags with the gold embossing. The tag stands so well all on its own, so all I did was add the number 19 with a bit of black and white twine. I then punched it to fit into the album.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 19 and 20!!!

Day 20 was all about Natalie’s chorus concert, which was incidentally held at the boys’ high school. I loved having everyone there to cheer her on! In fact, cheering seemed to be the theme for this layout!

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 19 and 20!!!

I absolutely love this wreath patterned paper, so I cut it down to fit into the 4×6 pocket. I cut it so the circle was in the middle of the pocket and then layered some word sentiments over top. I also added a few wooden stars just to add a bit more dimension to the card.

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 19 and 20!!!

My photo offered a bit of white space for my journaling. I masked off the photo and stamped lines using my trusty old Project Life roller stamp and then added my story. My only tip when masking photos like this: make sure your washi tape isn’t too sticky!

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 19 and 20!!!

Of course I had to do something fun with the back of the tag, so I chose the red and white star pattern and cut it down to fit onto the tag. I added the number 20 and the rubber word sentiment using redline tape, and these two days are complete in the album!

Larkindesign Crafty Christmas In July | December Daily 2018 Days 19 and 20!!!

Make sure you hop over to my YouTube and vote on the names of my reindeer! Also, here is the full list of participants for the YouTube hop. I hope you will check everyone out!

Heather Little: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClNV7UT8pORdDapu40W9k3g…
Lacey Igo Gasper:https://www.youtube.com/user/LaceyBugCreations
Becky Bitting:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtB55Ubawl8UNVg5BR-AL6Q…
Desiree Bee : http://youtube.com/c/N2theSoul
Scrapping Amy: https://www.youtube.com/c/onemommyscrapping
Koren Wiskman:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIJbPjQWQTGCn0i_V8bv7CA
Rachel Reynolds: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-KYTCZ_ZFmWl7U6eogELag
Erin Reed – https://www.youtube.com/c/ErinReedMakes 
Katelyn Clary: https://www.youtube.com/user/kmc71996
Tisa Browne: https://www.youtube.com/…/UCkRu7…/videos…
EricaRose Creates: https://www.youtube.com/user/medga902
Theresawithanh Moxley:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKF0hfwZiFzkUj23PRymsjQ

~Theresa