Project Life 2016

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

 

Project Life 2016 November Round-up Layout

Hi guys, today I am sharing my layout for the month of November in my 2016 Project Life album. This is the final layout for 2016 and so next week I will share full walk-through videos of those albums. I created this layout in the Project Life app, printed at home and then embellished on top.

Here is a look at the completed layout!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 November Round-up Layout

This layout represents the entire month of November and so it just includes a few random photos from throughout the month. November is typically a month I take off from Project Life in order to prepare for December Daily. At this time I have two full albums from 2016, which is fantastic documenting.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 November Round-up Layout

I used this photo of our Thanksgiving table as a focal point on the layout. I love capturing the dinnerware and check out the already-consumed cheese ball! This dinnerware has special significance as it belonged to my Mom many years ago. I have added a few pieces myself over the years via Etsy and always love using it on this holiday.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 November Round-up Layout

I used the Beginnings collection from Project Mouse for this layout. Even though it is not specifically fall-themed, it works beautifully alongside the Maggie Holmes Gather ephemera. And just look at the girls on their ride-ons – they look so small and I just know that these images of them playing in our neighborhood will invoke such wonderful memories over the years. I will miss them being this little and this close. 

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 November Round-up Layout

I love the light that fall gives us – the photo of Alan and I captures that light and it makes me so happy every year. Notice how I used the tiny touches of gold from the Gather collection to carry the gold throughout the layout.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 November Round-up Layout

One of the things I love most about Project Life is being able to carry forward proof and hope of a good life. Especially as our country bombed another country last night, I am pretty sure we all wonder what the future holds. You guys, I don’t want to get political but I do want us to remember there is hope. There is hope that good will over come and we must continue.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 November Round-up Layout

Some days it feels overwhelming, watching news and seeing so much pain in the world. Several years ago Alan and I were each living separately, rebuilding our lives and struggling to keep hope. We had no idea what the future held for us. For some the struggles of today might be shocking because maybe it’s the first time reality has hit so hard, I don’t know. But I do know that years ago Alan and I cried some really hard tears and our children cried tears that no children should ever have to cry. Today I am able to share photos and reminders of how we each came through that, found each other, and rebuilt our families. Look at these smiles.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 November Round-up Layout

I am so thankful to be able to share our family stories with you all. I am so incredibly grateful for our life today, even though it is far from perfect we are doing so well. No matter what the future holds, always remember there is hope. We will come through.

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout!!!!

Hi guys, today I am sharing my Halloween layout in our 2016 Project Life album! As always, one of my favorite layouts every single year, and this year is no different. I created the layout using the Project Life app and then embellished on top.

The digital journaling cards can be purchased at The Lilypad here: Project Mouse Halloween. The photo templates were part of the Project Mouse FANniversary celebration challenges, and all of that can be read here: The Lilypad FANniversary challenge | Photo Templates.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!!

I began with the title card that simply says the date and event. No date card here, no week number.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!

I made a point to document the names of the characters they were each dressed up as. Nick’s character is noted on the photo template and for Addison I stamped his character on his photo. They are so cute!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!

I used several of the journal cards for journaling, and then others for fun filler cards. I love the opportunities to add tiny embellishments and pops of color and dimension!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!

The right hand side features the girls with their costumes. For Emberlynn I added my journaling to the template in Photoshop, which suits her character perfectly. She is more austere than the others and carries off her costume perfectly! So cute!!!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!

Natalie saw these layouts as I was creating them and insisted that I type What a Cute Little Foxy on her photo template. Ha!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2016 | Halloween Layout ft. Project Mouse Halloween!!!

Thanks for following along today! See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!

Hi guys, today I am sharing my layout for Week 43 in my 2016 Project Life album! I created the layout in the Project Life App, printed it off at home, and then embellished on top using Maggie Holmes Gather.

My stories for this week included a robotics competition for our daughter Emberlynn and a wonderful afternoon spent with some dear friends from seminary. I had a combination of vertical + horizontal photos for this layout, so I used Design G in the Project Life App.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!

When you use the Design G layout in the App, it gives you a layout that is 10″x12″, rather than the usual 12″x12″. Of course you can leave them that size, but I decided to add strips of patterned paper on each side, just to experiment and see how it looks!

Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!

The strips on each side gave a fantastic home for additional embellishment clusters, and the leaves from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection are perfect. I particularly love how even though we did not have any photos from the robotics competition itself, Alan took these two quick snaps when he dropped her off. Just look at the excitement he captured on her face!

Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!

The colors in the Project 52 core kit in the App were perfect for these photos, and the Gather collection carried those colors through as well – the navy, coral, and yellows are warm and happy!

Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!

The chocolate muffins are totally random and just happened somewhere in the week, and I love that Project Life provides a home for those random but good memories! I also tried something different with my date card – I used the gold numbers from Gather and drew lines to designate the dates. I don’t know if it works or not, but it was fun to try and I love the pop of gold.

Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!

I had the pleasure of sharing lunch with two very dear friends of mine, Dr. Dora Mbuwayesango affectionately known as Dr. Dora (center below), and Andi Shores (right below). We shared classes and experiences and world views in seminary and getting to see them was fantastic!

Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!

My friend Andi is now serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Faith and the Arts in Salisbury, NC, and I was so excited to get to visit the Center that day! You can find out more about her organization and the work they are doing in Salisbury here: Faith and the Arts.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 43 | ft. Maggie Holmes Gather!

What a great week, thank you for following along with me! See you again soon!

~Theresa