Project Life 2017

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 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two Plus Giveaway Announcement!

Hello lovelies, today I am sharing one of the last few layouts in my 2017 Project Life album! This is my layout for Week 46. I am so excited to be wrapping up this album, so be sure to stay tuned for the next layouts. In this layout I have chosen to work with some of the One Canoe Two products, including Hazelwood, Creekside, and Twilight.

Have a look at my completed layout here.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!

Our stories for this week included the kitty in the bowl, Alan hard at work in his office upstairs, the girls creating their own Advent calendars, and a lovely origami fox family that Natalie created. I also finished up my Christmas morning photos class that week. This is at the end of the year in November and so I am admittedly very light on photos at this time, because I typically prepare for December Daily in November. I still like to include the photos I do have and take the time to reflect, ponder, and cherish this time.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!

To begin my creative process I cut one of the patterned papers as the base for my date card, and layered a label on top. I then stamped my dates with a Studio Calico date stamp set that is designed by One Little Bird and added the floral element sticker. Such a simple but very beautiful formula for creating your date card.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!

The Twilight collection had a cut apart sheet, so I have used several of the elements from that sheet as journal cards. They make for great layering pieces that you can add labels or white card stock to, for your journaling.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!

I had a sequin pocket from the week before, which is particularly fun! I just made sure those colors are continued in this layout as well. That isn’t really hard to do, if you feel intimidated by see through elements. I really loved carrying the pink and the gold into this page.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!

I just love this project still, after so many years, and I love the opportunities to include these quiet everyday events in our lives. Thank you for joining me today!


And now to announce the give-away winner!

Last week I released a brand new collection called Lovin’ the Sun and I asked you to tell me what your summer vacation plans are. It is so much fun to hear your plans and I am looking forward to our summer here as well. We are planning a stacation, no plans for travel for us. 

Our winner for this give away is Lizzy Hill, who tells us she is visiting the USA from Australia this summer! I hope you enjoy the collection and your trip! Thank you all for playing along!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

Hello Lovelies, I am so excited to share my Halloween layout from last year with you! I am so very close to finishing this album and only have a few layouts remaining because I finish up in November each year. My layout today is the layout for Halloween, which, if you know me, is a favorite layout every single year! I am using collections from Pebbles: Midnight Haunting; Pink Paislee: Spellcast; and a bit of One Canoe Two Twilight!

Here is a look at the completed layout.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

Oh goodness, this layout has my whole heart. Here are the details.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

For this week’s layout I chose one story, Halloween. This is an all-time favorite in our house, and this year I am cherishing that everyone still wanted to dress up and go out! It may be the last year they all want to, I don’t take that for granted, and it makes this layout even more special to me!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

I wanted to use the Pink Paislee Spellbound collection even though there isn’t much of it still available, and I also added a bit of Pebbles Midnight Haunting to go with it. For my date card I began with that amazing hexagon patterned paper and a banner. The week number was created with Thickers from One Canoe Two. 

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

One challenge when using traditional scrapbook collections is finding places for journaling. I always pull plain white card stock for plain white cards, and add a few lines with stamps. There was a weird cream vibe in these collections, to be sure, but the Spellcast collection also has some white in it, so I have used both in this layout! Gasp!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

This year we had a fox, a goddess, a business Narwhal, and a character from Assassin’s Creed. (Our kids do not play that game, but the costume is just that – fun dress-up!) I always love to take their photos in front of the garage on that day. We get dressed a few minutes early so that there is time to take photos and then get on with the fun!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

On the left side of the layout my photos were of all four kids together, and on this side I included each person’s photo by themselves. I have always tried, wherever possible, to give each child their moment in the camera lens so they each know how important and cared for they are. It is so much fun every year to embellish their photos!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

The spider on Addison’s photo literally did fall out of the package and scared me half to death! Ha! And that is where it landed, so I attached it right there and I love it! I also did another journal card here with plain white card stock and a lined stamp – and I added the circle sticker across the bottom. So very simple and uncomplicated!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

I have also added a few of the stars from Pinkfresh Studio The Mix. There were some black ones and orange ones that fit perfectly onto this layout and add the right little touches to my photos. They are awesome!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

Thank you for joining me on this scary adventure today! I always love sharing these layouts with you and I hope you feel inspired as well!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

Hybrid Project Life 2017 Week 36 | Using Sahlin Studio You & Me Digital Kit

Hi everyone, today I am sharing a lovely layout from my 2017 Project Life album for Week 36. I am using a kit from Sahlin Studio called You & Me and I just adore how it turned out. Follow my process here.

This is my completed layout for Week 36 in my 2017 Project Life. Our stories include welcoming fall, with cooler weather and a big clean-up around the house. We put down new pine straw in the flower beds. The boys played lots of video games, although that isn’t anything unusual (ha!)

Larkindesign Hybrid Project Life 2017 Week 36 | Using Sahlin Studio You %26 Me Digital Kit

The title card for this layout was so much fun to put together. I’ve used my favorite card from the Me & You kit and a set of alphabet stickers from Freckled Fawn to mark our transition into fall. I’ve also created a confetti pocket with confetti from an older Dear Lizzy collection. The pocket is sealed with the Fuse tool.

Larkindesign Hybrid Project Life 2017 Week 36 | Using Sahlin Studio You %26 Me Digital Kit
Larkindesign Hybrid Project Life 2017 Week 36 | Using Sahlin Studio You %26 Me Digital Kit

There were some really awesome round elements in the Me & You kit, which I printed on vellum and punched out so they could be layered on top of photos. To print on vellum I just look for a printable vellum at any local office supply store and print on Draft setting.

Larkindesign Hybrid Project Life 2017 Week 36 | Using Sahlin Studio You %26 Me Digital Kit

I love documenting what we do around the house and yard each year, and love that this album becomes a great home for these photos. This week we were getting the flower beds ready for winter, mainly just cleaning out and cutting back and putting down new pine straw. It’s something that Alan and I enjoy doing together, and for that I am so thankful!

Larkindesign Hybrid Project Life 2017 Week 36 | Using Sahlin Studio You %26 Me Digital Kit
Larkindesign Hybrid Project Life 2017 Week 36 | Using Sahlin Studio You %26 Me Digital Kit

We also undertook a major cleaning project inside – cleaning the floors and rugs. This photo is an awesome capture. Notice how I took the journaling card from Me & You and added my handwriting + a few stamps. The stamps are from the Felicity Jane Autumn kit, and they are perfect for this layout.

Larkindesign Hybrid Project Life 2017 Week 36 | Using Sahlin Studio You %26 Me Digital Kit

My date card was so easy to pull together, with the calendar card and a simple date stamp. This is the Heidi Swapp roller date stamp and I’ve also added a simple puffy heart from Elle’s Studio.

Larkindesign Hybrid Project Life 2017 Week 36 | Using Sahlin Studio You %26 Me Digital Kit

What a fun layout! 

The digital products used in this layout are available at The Lilypad via the following links:
Weekly Calendar Cards
Photojournal | Reason Why

See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing this lovely layout from my 2017 Project Life album for Week 35. I am using the Sahlin Studio Monthly calendar cards and the Like A Boss kit. Have a look at my entire process here.

Our stories for this particular week included a heavy travel week for Alan, so preparations for that, taking care of the kids via solo parenting for me, and some awesome photos that Alan took while he was in Texas!

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards %26 Like A Boss!!!
Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards %26 Like A Boss!!!
Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards %26 Like A Boss!!!

I am loving the beautiful colors on the Monthly calendar cards from Sahlin Studio! In our creative world it can be difficult sometimes to choose a kit or product to use in our layouts, but I’ve used this calendar card as a jumping off point for the whole layout. I looked in the Sahlin Studio shop to see what other collections feature this color, and Like A Boss was an immediate winner! Yay for easy decision-making!

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards %26 Like A Boss!!!

I’ve printed only the journaling cards I needed to complete my layout, and my formula for selecting those is also pretty straightforward: print your favorites. Print the ones you LOVE. I was listening to another scrapbooker a few days ago who repeated this sentiment. Instead of saving the ones you love, go ahead and USE the ones you love. You’ll be so glad you did!

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards %26 Like A Boss!!!

I’ve added just a few tiny embellishments to some of the cards, the leaves here are from Felicity Jane, as is the rubber Home Sweet Home piece. The wood 2017 veneer is from a Gossamer Blue kit several years back.

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards %26 Like A Boss!!!

I have also used a few tiny embellishments from Freckled Fawn. I have to tell you guys, the embellishment kits are always near my desk and I reach for them on almost every layout I make! Here the labels, the chipboard word sticker, and the washi tape add simple touches.

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards %26 Like A Boss!!!
Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards %26 Like A Boss!!!

For the second page I’ve included a photo of the kids while we were having dinner. The story is about Addison trying to tell us all about some things that they were going over in class, but it was pretty far over my head so I know it was over the others’ heads too! He forgets he is the oldest (and no doubt the smartest too!). But I am in awe of him, even when I have to remind him that what happens in his classes needs to stay in his classes, and how bright he is. He has a very acute memory! 

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards %26 Like A Boss!!!
Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards %26 Like A Boss!!!

Since I had most of my journaling complete, and the title card done, this 4×6 card with the fun squares becomes a filler card and just a place to have fun. So I added just the tiniest embellishments that would fit inside those squares! They of course repeat the colors and textures across the page and give an awesome opportunity to use them up!

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards %26 Like A Boss!!!

What a fun layout, thank you for following along today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

The digital products used in these pages are available at The Lilypad via the following links:
Monthly cards
Like A Boss