Project Life 2019

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

 

Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to my Summer Travel Mini Series! Today I am sharing the last process video from this series and there will be one more video where I will share a walk through of these layouts in the album itself! I hope you will subscribe to my newsletter to find out what next month’s exciting theme will be! Of course if you are new here, or if you have missed pieces of this fun travel series, be sure to visit this link to get caught up: Summer Travel Mini Series.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

During the last week of May this year we traveled to the Outer Banks of NC, namely Kitty Hawk, Duck, and Nags Head areas. You can view my full process for this layout here:

Let’s have a closer look at this layout! This was of course a photo heavy layout and I really wanted the ocean and beautiful skies to be the stars of the page. I chose Maggie Holmes Sunny Days collection from Crate Paper to help add pretty things to my layout.

 

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

Beginning with the first 4×6 card, which is typically my day card, I used the circle patterned paper as my background. This patterned paper became sort of the starting point for my colors in the layout: the blues, yellows, and pinks are perfect for beach photos. I added the number 22 from the cut apart specialty sheet and added the Outer Banks using the gold glitter slphabets. The filler card underneath is not embellished at all, and stands alone just as it is.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

I took a selfie while we were lounging under our umbrella and made sure to include myself in this layout. I added sunglasses from the sticker sheet and a simple word sticker to that photo. The boys spent a bit of time digging in the sand just for fun, so I snapped their photo as well and added the word sticker to that photo as well.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

This little lady on the float is one of my favorite elements in this collection, so I placed her in the upper corner of the photo of our girls, and added a word strip. It’s so cute! Another of my favorites is this navy card with pink floral. I trimmed it down to fit in the 3×4 pocket and just love having it there. One thing I thought would be fun is to have elements in the pockets that are smaller than the pocket, so I left this journaling spot just as it is. We will see later on in this album how I handle the back!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

No beach trip is complete without a photo of feet in the sand! The only thing I did to that photo was add a circle embellishment using my Tiny Attacher.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

The right hand side of the layout carries the same colors throughout. Along with blues, pinks and yellows there was also a bit of orange in this collection so I have included that too, just for fun

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

The sky was stunning on this day, so I have featured it in this photo and added the transparent word on top. I also added a word strip from the sticker pack beneath. So so pretty.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

The coral card and the Let’s Go tag are left untouched, but I needed a bit more space for journaling. I cut up this mint paper below so I had lines plus a bit of word art. Of course, once I cut what I wanted it wasn’t quite big enough for a 4×6 pocket, so I layered it on top of the orange paper. That paper is also an easy favorite in the collection! Pick your favorites to use first!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

For one more journaling card I layered this piece from the cut apart sheet that also had lines. I layered it over the pink and white polka dot paper and again stapled the elements together. I mentioned in the process video that I never actually used any adhesive tape runner, just the Tiny Attacher on this layout!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

One final photo of the kids together. Some of them did not seem interested in photographs today so I just took this one of them observing waves. The water was under a severe rip tide warning that weekend so no one really got in the water. They still hung out in the surf and found seashells. I love capturing them all together.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

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

~Theresa

Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 04 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to this Summer Mini Series all about Documenting Travel In Your Project Life! Today I am sharing one last layout from our Gatlinburg trip. This is a total of three layouts from this one trip and I must say I just love them all! Have a look at my process video here:

My favorite part about Project Life is the flexibility it provides to include as many (or as few!) photos as you want to. I knew I wanted to include lots of photos from this trip because they were all so fun and happy, and spreading the trip over three spreads gave plenty of room for them. I did not worry about whether the photos were chronological, or by day, or by event, I simply chose the photos I wanted to include and placed them wherever they seemed to belong. I encourage you to give yourself permission to print and include all the photos you love without getting bogged down in the quantity or the order of things.


larkindesign in my pocket memory keeping class
Want to learn more about my entire process of memory keeping, using pocket pages with the Project Life system? Check out my self-paced memory keeping class called In My Pocket! Project Life is an method of memory keeping designed and marketed by Becky Higgins. I am not affiliated or sponsored by Becky Higgins, but I have found this way of memory keeping using pocket pages to be an inspiring and satisfying way to document our busy family life. I think you will love it! Click the image to learn more and to join me in the classroom!

Let’s have a closer look at the details of this layout!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

For the left side of this layout I had the back of the ephemera layout, which established two pockets as somewhat opaque. I left those just as they were so this layout was still connected to the elements on the previous layout. I have always loved transparent and opaque elements so you can peek through to what is behind!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

The Ali Edwards Travel kit had a beautiful color palette with some of my favorite colors: pink and mint green! I began this layout with the pink 4×6 journal card and treated it rather lightly, just my handwriting, a few stamps, and the cork heart. The Let’s Go stamp is from the Drive Story Kit and my date stamp is an old one from Target.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

The kit also had these transparent hexagon shapes with word sentiments on one side. I adhered my photo on to one of the map 4×6 cards and then attached the hexagon on top. I also added a bit of journaling using a Sharpie marker right on top of the transparency. It seems to have worked perfect.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

The two pockets from the previous layout? They are right here together. The tickets I just left so the backs show, and I love that they have the date stamped on them. Also notice the map peeking through as well. For the back of the folded bad I added a chipboard heart. It is simply adhered on top of the page protector, easy and simple!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

We did an Escape Room in Gatlinburg and absolutely loved it! We chose The Legend of Atlantis as our theme and I took this photo of the mural painted around the door. I then layered one of the 2×3 cards on top and added my journaling. Notice the repetition of sideways words throughout the page?

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

The right hand side of course repeats colors from the left side.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

I had taken a photo of the on/off-loading building at Anakeesta. The girls rode to the top of the mountain with Alan while the boys and I stayed safely on planet earth (ha!) but I love the strong angle of the roof. I cropped the photo so I had a bit of space for the Go stamp and geotag, plus a bit of journaling. Those metal icons are to die for you guys!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

I used the map journal cards again on this side with the 3×4 card layered with a mint circle from Pinkfresh and a mint circle from Ali Edwards. I also used the grey word strips from Ali on my two photos, but must admit they blend in a bit. I recommend layering those over top of another label for a bit of contrast.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

Alan took a selfie with the girls as they flew back down to earth. They all said they froze to bits up there, hence the hoodies and blue lips. Ha! I added a simple word sticker and another tiny cork heart.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

One more cork element is found on the stripe card. I also added just the top portion of the travel log that was included in the Travel Kit. That log is really awesome and I could see doing a ton of creative things with it! I also included another photo of all the kids, and one of the staircase that led to our cabin. We really loved staying there and I highly recommend it! We found it through Air BnB and will totally go there again when we have the chance.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

I hope you have been enjoying this Mini Series! I do have one more process video to share with you, and I will also film a walk through video so you can see all of these layouts altogether in the album itself. Thank you so much for joining me, see you again soon!

~Theresa

Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

Hello Lovelies! I think you are going to really love today’s travel post! If you’d like to see all the amazing layouts in this summer mini series, check it out here: Summer Travel Series. I was inspired by all the ephemera, you know the bits and pieces you pick up along in your travels, and I thought I would create another layout from our Gatlinburg trip using those papers and pieces! Have a look at my process below!

The best part about adding ephemera to your pocket pages is that you can use what you want, and then toss the rest. So all of your tickets, maps, retail bags, and other things have a home. They also incorporate some of the feel of the place you visited and help you remember the places you were. Let’s look at the details of this fun layout!

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

I began this layout with the large map on the left side. Ok, I have been incorporating maps into my Project Life layouts for a long time, and everyone always loves them! This map is from the main strip in Gatlinburg and I chose it because it is more stylized than a regular old street map.

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

The map really is the star of this side of the layout, as it takes up 8″x12″ but that still allowed a bit more space for other things. I brought in a few elements from the Ali Edwards Travel Kit to embellish just the tiniest bit here. I have used the debossed strips from the kit and one of the 2×3 cards on the map itself.

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

I really love these 2×3 cards because they are the perfect layering piece and they have the perfect space for journaling! I added it over top of a part of the map that was the legend and love having just that little bit of space to write.

 

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

I also added a few photos from our day at Dollywood, and this one is from the entrance at the part. I used the street as a spot for my journaling, and then added one of the rubber banners from the Travel kit as well. So very simple! I also cut up just the part of the Savannah Bee retail bag that I wanted, and slid that into the pocket. It really didn’t need anything else!

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

The left hand side was now filled with color and lots of visual interest, so for the right hand side I opted a bit more neutral and light. There are a few transparent pockets, florals, and some graphic elements as well!

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

Up first were our tickets from our time we spent at Gatlins, which is an activity space on the main strip. When you purchase your tickets you then have choices about which activities you want to do, such as I alsoblacklight mini golf, bumper cars, the escape room, and other things! I had several of those so I layered them over top of one of the map cards from the Travel kit.

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

I also had the seed packet from Savannah Bee. I set the seeds aside and cut the seed packet down just a little so it would fit in the pocket. I also really loved the quote card from Anthony Bourdain. We definitely loved this area of Tennessee and definitely felt the culture and also a bit of the needs of this community. When the fires went through we decided that we needed to visit there once they had a chance to rebuild, so we could contribute to their economy and show support. The community still shows signs of struggle, and this quote really summarizes that well.

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

Another photo from Dollywood here, of one of the buildings at the front entrance. I added a simply chipboard banner, again from the Travel kit. I have always loved transparent elements in my pocket pages, so the Dollywood bag was just folded up to fit into the pocket, and I added the Anakeesta bracelet as well. That will show through on the next page as well!

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

The Dollywood tickets were a great save as well, so they are simply stapled inside the pocket with my Tiny Attacher. The GO card is one of my favorites from the Travel kit, because it is bold and graphic. All it needed was a simple date stamp.

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

At this point I was loving the layout so much, and still wanted to be sure to include a photo of the most important subjects, the people, US! Ha! So I added this photo from the tram at Dollywood with a banner from the Travel kit as well. Soooo many amazing elements to this layout! Thank you so much for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

For today’s layout I am sharing my full process video for a pocket page layout in my 2019 Project Life album! This layout is all about our trip to Gatlinburg, TN, over Spring Break, and I am using Pinkfresh Studio Out & About collection. This is the first of three layouts for this trip, so be sure to check back to see all of these awesome travel layouts! You can view my full process video here:

Let’s have a closer look at this fun layout! The story begins while on our Spring Break trip to Gatlinburg, TN. We rented an Air BnB cabin and spent a few days exploring and visiting the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. It was a beautiful location and we had such a wonderful time! I decided, after looking at all of the fun photos I took on our journeys, that I would definitely want to include more than one layout in my album. I love having this kind of flexibility in my memory keeping!

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

I began the page with a panoramic view of the Great Smokies while traveling up the mountain. I printed this at home and then added the title using the Pinkfresh puffy alphabets. I love how striking this title is: it immediately tells the reader where we are and what this layout is all about.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

As I spoke about in my previous post, the Pinkfresh Out & About collection provided some fantastic opportunities through product choices. The cut apart sheet was a jumping off point for me, and the GO card + the circle card appear right here on the left side. These two cards really set the tone and colors for this layout and everything sort of grew from here. Everything else on the layout repeats these same colors in some way.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

We made some new friends while here, including this adorable bear statue. I love how easily our kids agree to pose for photos – they have the option to say no but almost always do pose, and I try to make it as quick and painless as possible. A simple arrow from the ephemera pack makes for the simplest embellishment.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

The red tag shows up on this side as well, layered over top of the grey patterned paper. I attached it with my tiny attacher and then added a tiny geotag just for a bit of dimension. We visited the most epic candy store on the main strip! All of the kids (and the grown-ups!) had so much fun looking around in that store!

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

For the right hand side I included a couple of favorite photos from different places: the main strip, Dollywood, and the view from our cabin. I wasn’t worried about putting things in chronological order, I just added photos that I love. This makes it so much less stressful to print, simply add the photos you love and don’t worry about whether they match or whether they are all from the same event.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

The view from our cabin was absolutely stunning. I added a puffy sticker from Pinkfresh and a stamped image from an older travel stamp set from Studio Calico.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

I used another tag from the Out & About collection, this mint green one layered on top of the yellow geometric patterned paper. I stamped a few sentiments and allow the stamps to express the words on this journal card, and then added a quick puffy sticker as well.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

Notice the mint green geometric patterned paper which I used as a base for a journal card. I keep plain white card stock on my desk so I can easily add bits to make space for journaling. With a little layered banner that card is done. The black and white patterned paper was also a favorite, and you can see how I layered circle elements on top for a fun filler card.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

So many awesome memories on this trip, and I am well on my way to having it documented! Stay tuned for the continuation later on this week! See you then!

~Theresa