Project Life 2016

In January 2015, I decided to start scrapbooking using the Project Life system and it was the best decision I made that year. Without even realising it I managed to document some of the best trips I’ve ever been on and our pretty spectacular engagement, so there was no way I was giving it up in 2016. I still really love scrapbooking but have found I’ve settled into a style with my layouts which really makes things a lot easier (and I’m not hoarding supplies like a crazy person).

project life 2016 Liz Tamanaha Everyday Edition kit layout

At the start of the year I bought the Liz Tamanaha Everyday Edition kit which is just the most perfect selection of cards to suite my style. I loved the challenge last year of creating layouts using a different colour theme every month, but there’s something about the cohesiveness of this year’s pages that just gives me old big heart eyes.

project life 2016 Liz Tamanaha Everyday Edition kit layout

Can you tell I like black, white & gold? I love how this kit has those colours in abundance as well as some key accent colours which I can use when the mood strikes me. Here’s some of my favourite cards from the past few months.

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I probably won’t be sharing my Project Life spreads every month like I did last year, but maybe every now and again I’ll pop in a post to share some of my favourite moments throughout the year. The main thing is, I love Project Life and there is absolutely no stopping me!

Complete: December Daily 2015

Time to show off my December Daily album for 2015! I really enjoyed putting this together as a totally separate entity and I can only imagine that I’ll do the same this year 🙂 It may be even better if I followed some prompts… Not sure whether to make up my own or follow someone else who’s doing it online? Anyway, here’s my full album in all it’s glory!

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Having a prepared December Daily kit really helped me save so much time when scrapping this album, and sticking to only 2 paper pads as well as random scraps really makes the whole thing flow so much better. It was great not having to rummage around for supplies for embellishments so I’ll definitely be using this method more throughout the year. I can see now why pre-made kits are so addictive! I thought I would struggle with getting photos from every day but it was actually fine! This 4×4 album was perfect for scrapping each day and the 2×2 pockets allowed me to use a few pictures for the one day if I needed to. So that’s all my projects for 2015 completely finished! I was going to share my monthly project life spread for December but it seems a bit redundant now. Looking forward to cracking on with scrapbooking for 2016!

Project Life 2016 – Liz Tamanaha Everyday Edition

I enjoyed scrap booking so much last year that I’ve committed to doing it again in 2016! For Christmas I got a couple of Hobbycraft vouchers and what better to spend them on than Project Life 2016 supplies. I decided to get a new kit as well as an album and I finally settled on the Everyday Edition.

project life everyday edition Liz Tamanaha album

project life everyday edition Liz Tamanaha album

It’s so beautiful! This is the 12×12 album from the Everyday Edition designed by Liz Tamanaha. The gold plated hardware is a lovely touch and I really love the script on the front and spine.

project life everyday edition Liz Tamanaha core kit

Above is a selection of my favourite cards from the core kit. This kit comes with gold foil accents which is one of my favourite things about it! The cards are really well designed, with an extensive selection of filler and note cards.

project life everyday edition Liz Tamanaha core kit

I bought small variety pack 4 of the page protectors which comes with designs L, P, Q and R to mix up my layouts a bit. I also bought some full page 12×12 protectors to have a go at doing full layouts too! I’m pretty pumped up about continuing to scrapbook. I find it so therapeutic and going back through 2015’s album makes me smile so much! In 2016, the plan is to still have 2 pages per month with separate spreads for events like holidays and birthdays. I enjoyed doing December Daily in a separate album (which I’ll be sharing soon) so I might do the same this year. I want to add more mixed media into my spreads and challenge myself to do some full 12×12 layouts which I find a bit intimidating. That’s why I love Project Life so much – you have the ease of photo pockets when you have zero time to scrap but then when you do, you can really go all out with heavily designed cards and spreads. I’m probably not going to share each spread every month as I don’t know if it’s interesting to many of you so maybe I’ll only post the layout’s I’m really proud of. Anyway, there’s plenty more scrapbooking in my future!

December Daily

Ooh-cha Beastie! I’m taking my scrapbooking obsession to a whole new level this month and participating in December Daily where I scrap every day for the whole month! This excites me to no end as I love both Christmas and Scrapbooking, and this is definitely the month where there’s a lot going on!

december daily title card 2015

I’ve decided to use a small 4×4 album which I picked up earlier in the year by We are Memory Keepers but I have purchased a few special things to make my album all the more festive. I thought it would be a good idea to make up a bit of a kit that I could have on hand, ready to go for the whole month so that I’m not raking about for supplies every day. This also means that my scrapbook will have 1 general colour scheme running through it for the whole month which will make it a bit more cohesive.

Most of these supplies are from Hobbycraft which I bought during their Black Friday sale weekend – can’t beat 20% off the entire store! I’ve checked their website and most of the thing aren’t there but I’ve tried to link to as many things as possible so if you see something you fancy, I’m making your crafty shopping that bit easier. Call me an enabler 🙂

december daily scrapbooking kit

I’ve put the whole December Daily kit together in a small carry folder so it’s easy to grab when I have a minute to update the album. For photos, I’ve just decided to print them at home to save me having to go to boots every few days. Thankfully my printer is pretty good for photos – it’s a HP Photosmart 6520e if you’re interested!

As we’re well into December now, I’ll leave you with a peek at some of the completed days 🙂

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November Project Life

My November Project Life spread is probably my favourite one to date! I went with an autumnal theme using papers from the American Crafts Autumn Crisp collection and embellishments from My Minds Eye.

american crafts autumn crisp project life spread

I didn’t have a great deal of photos to include this month but I actually like that there was space available for separate explanation cards. The first page for November details our night out to see Kevin bridges, some more engagement celebrations and also the stress of looking at wedding venues.

page 1 November project life american crafts autumn crisp

The title card is really simple; I just used alphas from Hobbycraft and a big poppy embellishment from a 12×12 MME chipboard pack. The ‘What a Pair’ chipboard piece is probably my favourite thing in this whole spread!

page 1 november project life american crafts autumn crisp

The second page covers a family birthday, some baking, my favourite engagement gift of all time, and Black Friday!

page 1 november project life american crafts autumn crisp

I used a different page protector layout for this spread and I love the way it looks. I think this is design S from the Project Life line and I’ll definitely be using more of it next year. I definitely used more embellishments than usual this month and I love the way it turned out. I especially like the Black Friday section with that wood grain card which makes my heart beat a little faster.

page 1 november project life american crafts autumn crisp

I’ve been wanting to use that large arrow from My Mind’s Eye for ages and I’m so glad I finally found a place for it!

I’ll definitely be doing Project Life again in 2016. It was definitely the best decision I made this year – especially with everything that actually happened! I’m still trying to finish our Engagement spread which I’ll be showing in the new year but I’ll be back before then with December’s pics and possibly a dedicated Christmas spread 🙂

October Project Life

10 months down and I’m still not tired of scrapbooking! Today I’m showcasing 2 spreads from my album for October Project Life. First up is the standard monthly spread

october project life

october project life

I used cards exclusively from the Favourite Things Project Life core kit and kept the embellishments very simple. That’s what’s so great about Project Life – you can let the pictures do the taking and you can spend very little time making a spread which looks really put-together. I quite like that there’s quite a lot of explanation of some of the pictures in the first half of the month, for example I used a full-size group picture to document our day out at Go Ape and added a gold arrow paper clip to point to the description above. The second half of the month is dominated by my best friends which is unfortunately a bit of a rareity. I asked them to be my co-maids of honour and they in turn thanked my with the most beautiful bunch of flowers and really heart-felt card.

The second spread this month was devoted to our engagement party. My parents really wanted to throw a bit of a do to celebrate with our family and it just so happened that the best weekend for everyone seemed to be Halloween so we made it a fancy dress party. Now I LOVE HALLOWEEN. I love everything about it, but most of all getting dressed up. I put a bit of thought into our costume choice and decided it would only be right if we went as Frankenstein and his bride.

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october project life halloween spread title card

I love this whole spread! The title card is made up of a shot of our DIY photobooth sign and some halloween stickers which I think looks pretty good! I used a black and white colour scheme with some gold glitter because I couldn’t leave it well enough alone. The photos really do speak for themselves though – everyone made such an effort! In the 2nd picture above you can see Tee-Total Ken and Clean & Dust Barbie! Their costumes were absolutely fantastic! Special mention, however, goes to my betrothed for his Frankenstein face paint which he insisted on doing all himself. Just look at that skill!

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We Are Memory Keepers 4×4 Album Kit

Scrapbooking nerds of the UK, may I have your attention? This is a friendly alert to say that TK Maxx is currently stocking We Are Memory Keepers 4×4 Album Kit. This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill.

we are memory keepers 4x4 album kits at TK Maxx

Call me crazy but I go into TK Maxx A LOT. It’s right next door to the boots where I get my photos printed, so while I’m waiting on them I usually have a mooch about TK Maxx. It was on one of these occasions at the beginning of the week that I found this little treasure. I’ve been looking for a way to have photos from the day we got engaged out in the living room and I think this small album is the perfect solution. It can go under the coffee table and is much less inconspicuous than my big 12×12 Project Life album.

we are memory keepers 4x4 album kits

This is a full kit with all the supplies you need to make a full 4×4 album. There are 20 page protectors in 2 different styles – 14 with 1 4x4inch pocket and 6 with 4 2×2 inch pockets. I use both sides of the protectors so that’s like 40 full pages!

The kit also comes with a whole bunch of card inserts of which there are:

  • 14 double sided 4×4 die cut cards
  • 14 double sided 4×4 regular cards
  • 16 double sided 2×2 die cut cards
  • 16 double sided 2×2 regular cards.

we are memory keepers 4x4 album cards

we are memory keepers 4x4 album cards

we are memory keepers 4x4 album cards

Finally the kit also contains 3 pre-inked stamps which are a nice little addition!

Now, apparently the retail price of this kit is about £23 and I got it for a mere £12.99 in TK Maxx! This is the ‘Love’ edition and I also spotted the ‘It Factor’ style in the same shop so definitely have a little look out for them in your local shop!