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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

 

2019 Documenting Travel In Project Life Wrap Up

Larkindesign 2019 Documenting Travel In Project Life Wrap Up

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!

~Theresa

2019 Project Life Weeks 09 and 10 | Studio Calico Documenter Lucky Charm

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Weeks 09 and 10 | Studio Calico Documenter Lucky Charm

Hello Lovelies! Today I am excited to share Weeks 09 and 10 in my 2019 Project Life album with you! Yesterday I shared how I designed this layout and printed it using the Print To Pocket Action No. 01, and today we are going to get to the fun part: journaling and embellishing the layout. Check out the process video below.

I am absolutely loving the pace I am keeping with two layouts per spread in this album. I always encourage my students in my class to take a good look at the volume of photos they are taking each week/month. Right now my personal pace is matching well with two weeks in a layout, and I am really loving getting two weeks completed at a time. The best part about really setting your pace is that you will feel accomplished in your memory keeping! Let’s take a closer look at the details on this layout.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Weeks 09 and 10 | Studio Calico Documenter Lucky Charm

 

Our stories for Week 09 included a travel week for Alan to White Plains, which meant single parenting for me for a few days! I also was filming for my class, In My Pocket, so I had a selfie from that. Another really wonderful story was about how our former bus driver in our neighborhood went viral on the internet for buying Valentine’s candy for his bus riders. I took a photo of Natalie watching the news story about then journaled about that.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Weeks 09 and 10 | Studio Calico Documenter Lucky Charm

As always, I began my layout with the date card, in the top left corner. I used a journal card that had several colors to pull from, and layered the vellum number on top. I am having more fun with my date cards this year! This one is quite simple: only the week number and the dates.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Weeks 09 and 10 | Studio Calico Documenter Lucky Charm

I am continuing my commitment to get myself into my albums this year, which is helped by filming regularly for my classes! I am not incredibly comfortable in front of the camera, but every week I take a few minutes to take a few photos of myself before filming. It can be challenging, for those of us who weren’t photographed a whole lot growing up, to get comfortable seeing ourselves in photos. I am embracing this practice and actually have been surprised at how pretty these photos turn out. I don’t mean that in a conceited way, but rather in a way that helps me feel better about myself and my photos!

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Weeks 09 and 10 | Studio Calico Documenter Lucky Charm

I was very happy with the written words I had on this layout as well! I used all of the middle 3×4 cards for journaling in some way or another, and that makes me so happy! I try not to beat myself up over the amount of journaling – there is no right or wrong – but the weeks that there is lots to say are cool.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Weeks 09 and 10 | Studio Calico Documenter Lucky Charm

Alan was traveling this week and sent me these two photos from his trip. I love including his journeys into these albums and I especially love writing about how we deal with these trips. They give me the opportunity to parent in ways I don’t normally (such as getting up with our early bus riders!) and these are important stories to include.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Weeks 09 and 10 | Studio Calico Documenter Lucky Charm

Week 10 was back to normal, Alan back at home so we had a few date nights. I also had a chance to photograph our albums in their home in my studio, and it makes me incredibly happy to see them there! We also have been turning on the fireplace lately, and one evening we had a blanket in front of it. Our cat Zoe found the blanket and the warmth to be the perfect spot for her nap, so we joined her.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Weeks 09 and 10 | Studio Calico Documenter Lucky Charm

I had used the vellum number on the left side, so I continued that here and layered it on a different journal card. Still the same colorway, still just functional and so pretty.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Weeks 09 and 10 | Studio Calico Documenter Lucky Charm

I had lots of journaling on the other side, so I didn’t feel pressure to write a lot here. Notice how I always alternate journaling cards so there is a mix of text with photo, color with black and white.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Weeks 09 and 10 | Studio Calico Documenter Lucky Charm

Thanks so much for joining me today! What a fun layout and a great project for memory keeping. See you again soon!

~Theresa

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing a layout that was previously part of the In My Pocket Memory Keeping class, Volume 01. All of the content related to this class, plus my BRAND NEW process videos, can be seen in that class. Click here to join us!

The layout I am sharing today is an event based layout from January of 2012. There were two stories for this layout: Addison’s testing in karate and a Valentine’s Day Father/Daughter dance.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

You will notice my photo placement in these layouts: the upper left hand and lower right hand corner pockets are available for journal cards, and the rest are filled with my 4×6 photos. Where I have 3×4 photos I alternate photo/journal card, so the layout is balanced. I almost always follow this formula in my pocket pages.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

I decided to work with a Studio Calico kit in this layout, this is the Documenter kit from January 2017, Roman Holiday. I wanted a combination of boy-ish products for the karate photos plus girl-ish products for the dance layouts.

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

For the 3×4 cards I chose a good balance of journal cards and filler cards. Each of them is layered with all the good stuff – journaling, stamps, and ephemera. The Roman Holiday kit had some great ephemera and they were so easy to layer on top of the journal cards.

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

For the right hand side I began with a fun title card. I just had to use this floral card and then I layered one of the journal cards over top to provide a home base for the title itself. I also added just a few tiny stamps and a touch of washi tape.

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Look how tiny the girls were! I think Natalie was just five and Emberlynn seven. They had the most adorable dresses from a now-out-of-business company called Naartjie and they were so excited to wear them. They definitely felt like princesses that night!

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

I kept the embellishing to a minimum on this layout, just adding a few ephemera to the photos. The gold foiled journal card stands beautifully on its own.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Lastly a journal card that sums up my personal feelings about their evening together at the dance. Journaling the past can feel like a challenge sometimes, but I always encourage my students in my classroom to journal about their feelings today, whether today is right after the event or years after the event.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Thank you for joining me today! See you again soon!

Project Life 2013 Week 10B | ft. Studio Calico Golden Hour Documenter Kit

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing a layout in my 2013 Project Life album for Week 10B. A few weeks ago I shared the first part of this layout and here is the conclusion. This layout was created using the Studio Calico Golden Hour Documenter Kit. You can view my process video here.


This layout has an insert, and I shared the first half of the layout several weeks ago. This is what that part of the layout looked like.

Here is today’s half of the layout.

I began the layout using the Golden Hour kit, and so it seemed simple to continue the layout using this kit. These colors are beautiful, and even though this kit is designed for more fall-like colors, it goes perfect with our spring day at the zoo.

On the back side of the insert I included this photo of the four kids together, looking out a window. The color of this photo is primarily turquoise, so I have repeated this color throughout the layout. Look how little they are.

Adding an insert means you have a little more flexibility and you can play a bit more, so I created a filler card here. In addition to the hand-written journaling, the text on this journal card also tells some of the story.

When we went to the zoo on this particular day, they had opened up a new area to educate us about bees, and this structure was built to resemble the inside of a beehive! It was so cute! I took color cues once again from the photos and on this side used the pinks and yellows.

I cut out the floral element from the black 4×6 journal card and layered it onto this ombre effect card to create a title card. These colors are just amazing! Thank you for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa