I discovered Becky Higgins’ Project Life system soon after it was released. But I wasn’t interested in committing to something that I “HAD” to do every day. So, I completely dismissed Project Life system. Do you feel the same way? Let me tell you a little about my scrapping journey and how I’ve come to embrace the simplicity and freedom of pocket scrapping.
I am a lifelong memory keeper. I have always taken lots of photos. I got them developed right away. I wrote on the back of every photo. And I put them in photo albums. Done! Everything changed around 1999 when I started “developing” my photos in digi format. I stopped printing my photos and haven’t put photos in photo albums since then. In 2000 I discovered the world of scrapbooking. I started creating 12×12 layouts. Over the years, I was taking more photos and creating fewer and fewer layouts. I had TONS of photos that were stuck in my computer. And that was very frustrating.
Late in 2011, I had an epiphany! I could use Project Life as a “photo album” for all those photos stuck in my computer. I dismissed the idea of “photo a day” or “two-page spread per week.” I would do it MY way! I bought the Cobalt Edition Core Kit, Cobalt Binder, and a pack of Design A page protectors. I was so excited! 2012 was going to be my very first Project Life photo album. But the honeymoon didn’t last long. All the 4×6 pockets were horizontal orientation. I wanted to scrap chronologically. But I couldn’t fit vertical photos in horizontal pockets. I can’t tell you how frustrating this was. The pocket pages with vertical pockets seemed like a waste of space.
I scoured the web for ideas. I posted on forums. I felt like I was the only one with this problem! Why wasn’t this bothering other people? I even stopped taking vertical photos, but that made me mad because some photos needed to be vertical. I emailed Becky Higgins and found out they were releasing a variety of pocket page designs. Woo Hoo! My album now is almost exclusively a mix of Design A and Design G page protectors.
Using different pocket configurations through out my book would be great – so I thought. I chose a pocket page for the photos I wanted on the right-hand side of a 2-page layout. Then I turned the page and WHAM it was the totally wrong configuration for my next set of photos. Grrr – this was never going to work. I let my album sit for several months. When I came back to it, I was so far behind that I decided I would just print all the photos for one month and scrap them all at once – regardless of the photo dates within the month. My album is chronological by month, but within that month I put the pictures wherever they fit. When I embraced this approach I WAS FREE! Soon after I had come to this solution, Noell Hyman at Paperclipping.com posted a fabulous article about the many benefits of using a month-at-a-time approach to Project Life – Five Reasons This Approach to Project Life is Easier on You and Your Budget.
“Because you’ve freed yourself from a strict weekly timeline, you can put all the vertical photos on one page with vertical pockets, even if they were taken in different weeks.
Trying to work a week into a page can be a nightmare when you have both horizontal and vertical 4×6′s as well horizontal and vertical 3×4′s. Not only can it be stressful, but it requires you use additional pages.”
Remember, a pocket page protector is just a tool. You decide how to use this tool.
- Simple pages full of photos? YES!
- Amazingly creative pages using design principles? YES!
- A detailed record of your daily or weekly life? YES!
- An overview of a month at a time? YES!
- Pocket page layouts for special events? YES!
- Mix pocket pages with traditional layouts? YES!
Pocket pages don’t have to be scary. There are no rules!
We’d love to hear how you use your pocket pages – comment below!