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 and welcome back! It has been a few weeks since I have posted and I thought I would share a little chat video with you today to get you caught up! I am so excited be back creating and sharing with you and am excited about the fun things coming up this month!
I invite you to be sure and sign up for the newsletter so you will be getting the latest updates on the In My Pocket Kids Album class coming soon! You can also get a look at previous process videos from my 2018 Project Life album on my blog here: 2018 Project Life series. I also would love to see you in the classroom over at In My Pocket Vol 01 and 02, where you can go even deeper in my 2018 process.
For the month of September I will be finishing up my 2018 Project Life album and will be sharing that with you here. I seriously have two layouts left in that album, if my memory serves me correctly, isn’t that hilarious?! I can only laugh and then commit to getting that done. I am so happy to have you along on the journey, see you soon!
Hello Lovelies! Today I wanted to share the layouts I have created for the Citrus Twist design team that I created in the month of March. I am loving being on this team and love creating with the beautiful Life Crafted Kits each month! I hope you will scroll all the way down, where I have a bonus process video for you!
I could not wait to begin working in the Life Crafted album. This is a navy travelers notebook sized binder that is perfect for standard size layouts. One of the things I love about it is that even though I love travelers notebook layouts, I really want them to feel more permanent. This album is perfect for that and gives those layouts a beautiful home. These albums will look beautiful on your shelf!
I began my album with an introduction layout about who I am and how I plan to use my album. I created this adorable little pocket that was included in the March Life Crafted Kit, adding a bit of embellishments and a journal card to go inside.
I added a photo of myself and lots of tags, die cuts, and labels along the edge of the photo, all of which tell the story of how this is a new chapter in my life. You can view my blog post for Citrus Twist via the link here.
I also shared a fun bonus layout on my IGTV this month.
I was inspired by the Butterfly cut file that is part of the Subscriber content on the Citrus Twist website. I cut the file using double sided card stock (CTMH) and backed some of the butterflies using a patterned paper from the March kit.
The other butterflies I layered cut outs using the lighter side of the butterflies. On this side the cut file is layered on top of the chevron patterned paper, so the solid card stock allows the butterflies to pop against the pattern.
My last layout (so far!) with the March Life Crafted Kit was a Pocket Life layout I created for October in my 2018 album. You can see the blog post on the Citrus Twist blog here.
I love using all the fun elements of the kit for pocket page layouts, and here are a few highlights.
The alphabet stickers were perfect for creating my date card and adding a working title to a photo! I also had great fun combining stamp sets to form word sentiments that help to tell the stories I wanted to tell.
I also love layering journal cards, as you can see with the blue Bits & Pieces layered over the stripe card, and then repeating that pop of blue throughout the layout.
I created a bonus process video of my first layout I created in my Life Crafted album. I hope you will watch that here!
Thank you so much for joining me today! See you again soon!
Hello Lovelies, today I am sharing a Project Life process video from my 2018 album for Weeks 22 and 23! This is a hybrid layout using the Sahlin Studio You Are Here digital collection. You can see my process video here.
This layout was part of a two page spread with an insert, and I found there actually weren’t so many photos for this week. So in the end it all worked out great.
The Sahlin Studio collections always allow lots of room for journaling, and that means there is also space for some fun filler cards along the way. I created a title card with the Here & There card and made it a summer edition with a wood veneer piece from Crate Paper.
Nick’s birthday was the 4th of June. He is now 14 years old, so his birthday celebrations aren’t big parties like it used to be. He simply wanted to play video games, have cake and presents, and have his girlfriend present. I kept the layout simple as well, with just a fun photo of him with his girlfriend playing video games. These two have been best of friends for a really long time, three years now, and it’s fun to see them hang out together.
I have always talked about how products can help us tell our stories, and the Routine Photorounds do an excellent job. Summer days are quiet for us when all the kids are gone, so we spend a lot of time working on those days. Simple word art helps me tell that story here.
Typed journaling is so much fun, even if you aren’t the best at using a vintage typewriter! I love mixing fonts with handwriting and typewritten words and it all tells a story of a quiet but meaningful summer time.
Thanks so much for joining me today! See you again soon!