Hello Lovelies and welcome back to my September Finish It Series! In order to finish up an album it is important to regain your bearings so to speak, and just assess what you have already accomplished. Then you know exactly what you have left to do! In this video I will chat with you about the status of my 2018 Project Life album, and then I will share how I print my photos using the Print To Pocket Action No. 01.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Hello Lovelies! I am just sharing a quick chat video today along with a short walk through of my 2019 Project Life album so far! To see all of the layouts in this series be sure to check them out here. Have a look here.
Thank you so much for joining me on our Summer Travel Mini Series, it has been so much fun to share these layouts with you. I hope you are inspired for your own travels this season! Stay tuned in July I will be joining in with #scrappychristmasinjuly and cannot wait to jump into that project with you! See you soon!
Hello Lovelies and welcome back to my Summer Travel Mini Series! Today I am sharing the last process video from this series and there will be one more video where I will share a walk through of these layouts in the album itself! I hope you will subscribe to my newsletter to find out what next month’s exciting theme will be! Of course if you are new here, or if you have missed pieces of this fun travel series, be sure to visit this link to get caught up: Summer Travel Mini Series.
During the last week of May this year we traveled to the Outer Banks of NC, namely Kitty Hawk, Duck, and Nags Head areas. You can view my full process for this layout here:
Let’s have a closer look at this layout! This was of course a photo heavy layout and I really wanted the ocean and beautiful skies to be the stars of the page. I chose Maggie Holmes Sunny Days collection from Crate Paper to help add pretty things to my layout.
Beginning with the first 4×6 card, which is typically my day card, I used the circle patterned paper as my background. This patterned paper became sort of the starting point for my colors in the layout: the blues, yellows, and pinks are perfect for beach photos. I added the number 22 from the cut apart specialty sheet and added the Outer Banks using the gold glitter slphabets. The filler card underneath is not embellished at all, and stands alone just as it is.
I took a selfie while we were lounging under our umbrella and made sure to include myself in this layout. I added sunglasses from the sticker sheet and a simple word sticker to that photo. The boys spent a bit of time digging in the sand just for fun, so I snapped their photo as well and added the word sticker to that photo as well.
This little lady on the float is one of my favorite elements in this collection, so I placed her in the upper corner of the photo of our girls, and added a word strip. It’s so cute! Another of my favorites is this navy card with pink floral. I trimmed it down to fit in the 3×4 pocket and just love having it there. One thing I thought would be fun is to have elements in the pockets that are smaller than the pocket, so I left this journaling spot just as it is. We will see later on in this album how I handle the back!
No beach trip is complete without a photo of feet in the sand! The only thing I did to that photo was add a circle embellishment using my Tiny Attacher.
The right hand side of the layout carries the same colors throughout. Along with blues, pinks and yellows there was also a bit of orange in this collection so I have included that too, just for fun
The sky was stunning on this day, so I have featured it in this photo and added the transparent word on top. I also added a word strip from the sticker pack beneath. So so pretty.
The coral card and the Let’s Go tag are left untouched, but I needed a bit more space for journaling. I cut up this mint paper below so I had lines plus a bit of word art. Of course, once I cut what I wanted it wasn’t quite big enough for a 4×6 pocket, so I layered it on top of the orange paper. That paper is also an easy favorite in the collection! Pick your favorites to use first!
For one more journaling card I layered this piece from the cut apart sheet that also had lines. I layered it over the pink and white polka dot paper and again stapled the elements together. I mentioned in the process video that I never actually used any adhesive tape runner, just the Tiny Attacher on this layout!
One final photo of the kids together. Some of them did not seem interested in photographs today so I just took this one of them observing waves. The water was under a severe rip tide warning that weekend so no one really got in the water. They still hung out in the surf and found seashells. I love capturing them all together.
Thank you so much for joining me today! See you again soon!
Hello Lovelies and welcome back to this Summer Mini Series all about Documenting Travel In Your Project Life! Today I am sharing one last layout from our Gatlinburg trip. This is a total of three layouts from this one trip and I must say I just love them all! Have a look at my process video here:
My favorite part about Project Life is the flexibility it provides to include as many (or as few!) photos as you want to. I knew I wanted to include lots of photos from this trip because they were all so fun and happy, and spreading the trip over three spreads gave plenty of room for them. I did not worry about whether the photos were chronological, or by day, or by event, I simply chose the photos I wanted to include and placed them wherever they seemed to belong. I encourage you to give yourself permission to print and include all the photos you love without getting bogged down in the quantity or the order of things.
Want to learn more about my entire process of memory keeping, using pocket pages with the Project Life system? Check out my self-paced memory keeping class called In My Pocket! Project Life is an method of memory keeping designed and marketed by Becky Higgins. I am not affiliated or sponsored by Becky Higgins, but I have found this way of memory keeping using pocket pages to be an inspiring and satisfying way to document our busy family life. I think you will love it! Click the image to learn more and to join me in the classroom!
Let’s have a closer look at the details of this layout!
For the left side of this layout I had the back of the ephemera layout, which established two pockets as somewhat opaque. I left those just as they were so this layout was still connected to the elements on the previous layout. I have always loved transparent and opaque elements so you can peek through to what is behind!
The Ali Edwards Travel kit had a beautiful color palette with some of my favorite colors: pink and mint green! I began this layout with the pink 4×6 journal card and treated it rather lightly, just my handwriting, a few stamps, and the cork heart. The Let’s Go stamp is from the Drive Story Kit and my date stamp is an old one from Target.
The kit also had these transparent hexagon shapes with word sentiments on one side. I adhered my photo on to one of the map 4×6 cards and then attached the hexagon on top. I also added a bit of journaling using a Sharpie marker right on top of the transparency. It seems to have worked perfect.
The two pockets from the previous layout? They are right here together. The tickets I just left so the backs show, and I love that they have the date stamped on them. Also notice the map peeking through as well. For the back of the folded bad I added a chipboard heart. It is simply adhered on top of the page protector, easy and simple!
We did an Escape Room in Gatlinburg and absolutely loved it! We chose The Legend of Atlantis as our theme and I took this photo of the mural painted around the door. I then layered one of the 2×3 cards on top and added my journaling. Notice the repetition of sideways words throughout the page?
The right hand side of course repeats colors from the left side.
I had taken a photo of the on/off-loading building at Anakeesta. The girls rode to the top of the mountain with Alan while the boys and I stayed safely on planet earth (ha!) but I love the strong angle of the roof. I cropped the photo so I had a bit of space for the Go stamp and geotag, plus a bit of journaling. Those metal icons are to die for you guys!
I used the map journal cards again on this side with the 3×4 card layered with a mint circle from Pinkfresh and a mint circle from Ali Edwards. I also used the grey word strips from Ali on my two photos, but must admit they blend in a bit. I recommend layering those over top of another label for a bit of contrast.
Alan took a selfie with the girls as they flew back down to earth. They all said they froze to bits up there, hence the hoodies and blue lips. Ha! I added a simple word sticker and another tiny cork heart.
One more cork element is found on the stripe card. I also added just the top portion of the travel log that was included in the Travel Kit. That log is really awesome and I could see doing a ton of creative things with it! I also included another photo of all the kids, and one of the staircase that led to our cabin. We really loved staying there and I highly recommend it! We found it through Air BnB and will totally go there again when we have the chance.
I hope you have been enjoying this Mini Series! I do have one more process video to share with you, and I will also film a walk through video so you can see all of these layouts altogether in the album itself. Thank you so much for joining me, see you again soon!