I’m a total pack rat. Throughout my thirty years on this planet I’ve compulsively collected postcards, tickets stubs and dried flowers, expired IDs, sea shells and playbills. Tiny bits that combine to form a mosaic of memories. Scrapbooking has always been a big part of my life. I used to save my lunch money to buy craft supplies. Back then scrapbooking was a humble hobby – within the pages of my early albums created during Jr. High and High School years are lots of photos, stubs, stamps and other little scraps.
Rob & I honeymooned in Mexico several months after our wedding, it was a dreamy vacation filled with street tacos and cold beer, walks along cobble stone streets and lazy days on the sand. The photos and mementos from our trip have been sitting in a box waiting to be scrapbooked for nearly four years. One of my 2014 goals is to capture more memories – what better way to start than to create an album as special as our trip?
I’d wanted to try Project Life for a few years now, but was always intimidated by the thought of creating an album that would document a year of my life. I didn’t know if I had the crafty attention span to make it a whole year! After perusing Pinterest, Google images and lots of Project Life-focused blogs I decided to test the waters with a mini album. I put an album, core kit and a few other supplies on my Christmas list – Santa spoiled me and brought everything I needed to get started.
It took me a few months to unpack all of my goodies and dive in, but for the last few weeks, I’ve had so much fun working on my mini album. I’m using the Project Life Sunshine Core Kit designed by Elsie & Emma from A Beautiful Mess. The cards from this kit feature bright, cheery colors and imperfect, quirky patterns. They remind me of Mexico! I love the pocket pages because I can work on more than one page layout at a time, which is ideal for crafters like me with a short attention span.
I’ve corralled all of my supplies into a small basket, partially so that I can work on my album in my art room or move out to the back patio when the weather’s nice and partially to keep me from hoarding too many supplies. Aside from the Sunshine Core Kit, so far my favorite supplies have been SN@P! Studio Pocket Pages, my Dymo Embossing Label Maker and the Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Stamp from American Crafts.
I think I love scrapbooking so much because every time you sit down to work on a page layout, you get to relive lovely memories!
Have you tried Project Life before? What are your favorite supplies?