It’s hard not to notice the Project Life concept blazing through paper, digital, and hybrid scrapbooking. Originated by Becky Higgins, it’s a fabulous idea, with multiple companies now offering endless permutations on the basic theme of photos, divided page protectors, and journaling cards. I encourage you to check out Becky’s web site to get an overview of the whole idea.
Do you love the concept, but wonder how it works in digital format? Did you know Project Life works just as well in digital form? As usual, our community of designers have stepped up to the plate and created an amazing variety of products for the Project Life digi gal. You’ve probably seen these products around at pretty much every store, but I’m going to start at the beginning and, through a series of blog posts, take you through several different approaches to a digital Project Life. Whether your style is traditional, quick and easy, cluster queen, art journal-esque, or something in between, I’ll show you examples, products, and ideas for how to incorporate your style into a Project Life-style digital album.
Divided Page Protectors
The basics are pretty much the same for paper and digital – you need photos, divided page protectors, and journaling cards. Today I’m just going to cover the page protectors. In digital form, these come as templates and/or overlays. You can find virtually any permutation of 4×6, 3×4, square, and other rectangle shapes, and this is just a sampling of what’s out there. Check your favorite store’s template section for more options!
In the interest of simplicity and time, however, I recommend you choose a few basic layouts that match your most-often-used photo shapes (do you prefer square/Instagram shots, horizontal or vertical 4×6?) and try to stick with those. The fewer decisions each week, the more likely you are to stick with the program!
These templates offer the traditional layouts introduced by Becky Higgins and the Project Life brand. Traci’s pack includes the clipping masks and page protector “overlays,” while the AC Digitals set includes only the templates/clipping masks.
Mixing It Up
If you want a little more variety in your pages, or you’re a fan of the square format, check out some of these templates and digital page protectors that go beyond the basic designs.
Later this week we’ll talk about journaling cards, the trend that swept the digital world in 2012. How do you know where to start? Do you need to use the same set all year? What size do you need? I’ll answer these questions and more, and give you plenty of gorgeous product examples too.
In the meantime, do you have a favorite divided page protector-inspired template set? What’s your most-used arrangement? Please share with us in the comments!
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