An ad for Stampin' Up's collaboration with Becky Higgins' Project Life popped up in my Facebook newsfeed a few weeks back – and I was instantly intrigued. A simple, colorful approach to scrapbooking? As someone who used to spend hours cropping photos, poring over paper scraps and searching for just the right sticker, scrapbooking lost all of its magic for me and, unfortunately, the special moments I wanted to document. But Project Life promised to erase all of that and bring the joy and simplicity back to saving those special photos and mementoes, all thanks to their pocket scrapbooking system.
You probably know at least one friend or family member who has caught the scrapbook journaling bug, and it's easy to understand why. The journaling approach offers a place to jot down silly quotes from your children, a home for a worn concert ticket or a small Instagram photo you had printed online – but aren't sure what to do with. Ranging in various sizes from small to large, the binder portfolios allow you to add page after page of ephemera collages instead of the over-the-top designed scrapbook pages. For someone who doesn't have a lot of time on her hands but would love to save favorite family memories, it's the ideal approach.
Becky first created Project Life in 2009 because she felt frustrated with time-intensive scrapbooking – it was just taking too long. Her blog shows off inspiration from her creative team as well as sharing moments that define what the good life is all about.
I asked Stampin' Up if I could try a few of their new products created with Becky, and they were happy to oblige. After sitting down to work on my first pocket pages, I'm hooked and can't wait to create more. Here's what you can expect!
In the most simple way to get yourself started, you simply select an album size (6-by-8 inches or 12-by-12 inches) and the corresponding pocket pages, a card collection and a journaling pen. From there, you can add all of the paper bits and photos you've been meaning to display somehow.
|The card collection gets you started down your pocket scrapbook path. I focused on the "Happiness Is" theme for this review. In your card collection, you receive a sample of larger and smaller cards.|
Cards are printed on both sides so that you can add content to both and still have it visible thanks to the clear pocket pages. Some feature fun designs perfect for adding a photo to, while others prompt journaling opportunities or allow you to write down lists, quotes and more.
Prefer to print the pages yourself? You can purchase a digital download of the cards, too.
|The accessory packs feature matching washi tape, textured letters and stickers and 2D embellishments to add to your designs. The cork letter stickers in my accessory pack added dimension to my design without being bulky in the album.|
|If you enjoy stamping, Stampin' Up has you covered, of course. The clear stamp clings work with any stamping block for precise positioning. Ranging in price from $4.95 to $29.95, the supplies hit a wide range of budgets, especially after you make your initial investment.|
|Once you have a plan in mind of what you'd like to capture, your pages come together quickly. While you can create an album to represent your family, the approach is easy enough for children to get involved with, too.|
|An album could be made for a friend moving away, as a way to thank a teacher at the end of the school year or to celebrate the end of another fun baseball season.|
One of my favorite parts? I can tuck many of my accessories, cards and even the super-fine journaling pen all into the sturdy card box. When you find you have a few free moments to work on your scrapbook, you're ready to go.
It's perfect. If you've ever wanted to try the pocket/journaling approach to scrapbooking, Stampin' Up's Project Life is an easy, convenient way to get started.