Project Life 2015

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

 

Just a Note!!!

Hi guys!!!! So yesterday I completed my 2015 Project Life album and I decided to just make a quick video talking about that album being completed and also to announce what I plan to do in the future in my TBT series! So take a look!

That was all I wanted to post today, so I will see you guys back here on Monday! Have a great scrappy weekend, ok?!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2015 Final Layout! Weeks 27- 30

Alright, guys, I am so ready to finish up this album and I have literally smashed four weeks into two pages. Have a look at my process video for these last two pages in the 2015 album!

Ok, so these layouts are back to back, and I placed them into the same photo to show you the layouts to start:

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

And these are the layouts completed:

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

So for both of these layouts I didn’t have a lot of photos, and the dates on the photos span a total of about four weeks. And you know what? That really is ok. At this point in the album, it is safe to say that I have documented the year of 2015 rather well, and so smashing these weeks together really is ok. For the first layout, Weeks 27 & 28, I chose some of Shimelle’s products to bring the layout together.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

These products are from Shimelle’s True Stories collection, and I chose it because of the bright, happy colors and the fun elements. The transparency is an older one from Allison Kreft/Webster’s Pages from several years ago.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

I have used that transparency across the page and then I like to staple elements to the top of the page protector on this side.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

One of my favorites embellishments from this collection are the wooden buttons! They are a little thick for the small pockets, but I used them anyway. They are too much fun to not use. Here is a look at this layout inside the album:

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

For the next layout I still used the same collection, and now I chose one of Shimelle’s journaling cards for the date card.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

For the transparencies on this side, I simply used red line tape to adhere the elements on top of the page protector. I also love the look of the vellum word strips on top of this red flower. So pretty!

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

In the spirit of simplicity and getting things done, I left the yellow card just as it was. Notice how I have used the floral embellishments in the corners so they don’t take over.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

I used another flower in the bottom corner, this one is blue. These colors are a lot of fun to work with and they seem to flow seamlessly in with the rest of the album.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

Here is a look at this page in the album:

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

Part of me finds it hard to believe that this project is done, but the rest of me is incredibly excited. I will post a video tomorrow to celebrate completing this and to announce what is coming up next in the TBT series! I will see you then!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 25 | Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss

Hi guys, it’s another TBT layout and I am working with a layout from my Project Life 2015 album, Week 25, using Pink Paislee’s Citrus Bliss collection. I am also still using Gossamer Blue’s June 2015 kit. Here is a look at the process:

I decided since this was about the last day of school, to include an insert. The layout itself shows our elementary school children with their respective teachers, and the insert shows the one who graduated from elementary.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 25

Here is Side B of the insert, and the layout that will be part of next week’s process:

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 25

Here is the layout plus Side A, completed:

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 25

And this is insert Side B:

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 25

If you are wondering why only three children are shown here, keep in mind that middle school children no longer invite parents for the last day of school! So last days become extra important in elementary school, because they are truly numbered. I think it is important, when possible, to capture our children with their teachers. I haven’t been able to do that every year, but this year I was able to and the children were each excited to have their photo taken with their teachers. 

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 25

I included a tiny bit of journaling about who each teacher was and how the school year had been for each child. For me, it is important to document these small details because these actually become the spark for our children’s memories themselves. In future years, I hope that our children will be able to reference these photos and be able to actually remember for themselves what it was like being in Mrs. Flynt’s classroom. That is hard to do if we can’t even remember her name, or what year it was. The information gathered on these cards becomes more than just a hobby, it becomes an active portion of memory recall.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 25

I am so thankful that Project Life provides space to tell these smaller details that might get lost on a traditional layout.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 25

And even as I do Project Life more and more, for longer periods of time and over several years, the telling of these stories gets easier and more obvious. And even though this story is filled with smaller stories, it is also an overall telling of the story of the last day of school. But notice I didn’t even have to spell out in big title letters, “Hey ya’ll, this is the last day of school!”

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 25

It is actually the journaling that tells us this is the last day of school, and it tells us a bit more than that. For Nick, this was the end of something he had been doing for six years – getting on the same bus, walking the same halls, eating at the same lunch tables……and again, this becomes part of his memory bank.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 25

So that is all for today and all for this week. I have a wedding show coming up on Saturday that I cannot wait to tell you all about on Monday!!! So I will be preparing for that and then on Monday I hope to share some photos of how that went and how I set up my booth! I’ll see you then!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24B | Amy Tangerine Rise And Shine!

Hi there, so I had split this week’s layout into two and last week I showed you the left side, now it’s time for the right side. Take a look at my process video:

You might not recall what it had looked like, so here is how this layout had started:

TBT Project Life Week 24B

And here is what I changed:

TBT Project Life Week 24B

I decided that the events of this week and the following week really weren’t told in the best way using the Collect photos. I went back in my archived photos from last year and found some really fun photos – some of them taken with my DSLR and some taken with my iPhone. The story of this week was about Nick’s 11th birthday, so I chose and printed a few more. I also changed the page protector to Design A, in order to accommodate those larger photos.

Here is how the layout turned out:

TBT Project Life Week 24B

I realized I had a bit of the Sophia transparency left over (this is from the Rise & Shine collection), and even though it was a bit short, I left the manufacturer strip at the bottom. I added a stamped sentiment and my title. And yes, the silver key is upside down just because.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24B

Inevitably, whenever I ask all four kids to pull together for a joint photo, many outtakes result because it takes them a minute to calm themselves down enough for the shot. These photos actually are important, because their true personalities show through, so I included several of them here. While these smaller ones are not created in Collect, I did create a border around them so that this side would be tied into the other side. And since I added the white border around those, all of the photos in this layout have a white border.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24B

I think one of my memory keeping strategies has long involved a concern for being fair to each of the children when photographing them and when including them in my scrapbook layouts. This is sometimes a challenge, when one child does not wish to have their photo taken on that particular day. And sometimes, I fail miserably at being fair and I just scrap the photos I want to. But it is important to note that while this is Nick’s birthday, all of the photos show him with others. Birthdays are family events for us, and that is one thing I wanted to convey in this layout.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24B

And then I have to be honest and tell you that this is one of the reasons I scrapbook. This photo right here. I know that I am focusing heavily on Nick right now, and that is ok because he and I went through some trauma together! He is the kid who made me a Mom, and he and I share a unique bond because of that. This photo makes me so very happy.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24B

This photo might not be the most perfect photo in the world (and trust me, it’s not!). It’s got some technical challenges and my hair is plastered to my head and my mouth is open way too wide. But this photo encapsulates a feeling I want to remember long after all the children move out. 

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24B

And this is the photo of all four of them, celebrating, having a great time, and being together on this day. 

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24B

It felt really good to get these photos and story told and it felt really awesome to do some work with Design A page protectors again. I think if I were to recommend using the Collect app, or were to go back to using it, it would be similar to this layout. The end result of a combination of smaller photos + larger photos, the white borders, and the physical products, all come together for a really fun layout. Alright, I’ll see you again soon!

~Theresa