Getting Started with Project Life

After sharing Henry's Project Life Baby Album, I thought I'd write a more detailed post on everything you need to get started with an album. The initial cost of Project Life can set you back a bit, but it really is a worthwhile investment if you're interested in printing photographs and documenting memories. Hobbycraft and Amazon are where I source most of my Project Life items, although there are a few independent online stores which also stock the brand.

What You Need: Album + Core Kit + Page Protectors
a) A 12x12 inch D-ring binder  
b) Although a core kit isn't essential (you could simply use plain 3x4 journalling cards instead, which would also cost less) I love the uniformity of using a kit for an album, and it's the easiest way to get started. Henry's Baby Edition Core Kit featured pale yellows and greys, and now I've started our 2015 family album, I opted for the Heidi Swapp Dreamy Edition, which is full of oh-so pretty pastel prints and whimsical quotes.
c) Page Protectors - I use the Big Variety Pack 2, (Design A and Design D) which allow me to feature both landscape and portrait photographs, but there are a whole host of others available.

Photo Printing:
You can choose to get your photos processed or print your own. For me, printing my own isn't an option as I haven't yet got to grips with my printer and figured out how to fit multiple photos on an A4 page. In the future, I'd love to be able to print my own - the convenience and flexibility would be ideal. Instead, I use an online service (Photobox and Snapfish are my favourite) and print in batches to bring the cost down.

There are all sorts of extras available when it comes to Project life. Mini Kits, embellishments and dividers can all be purchased to enhance an album, although I stick to a few basics. A corner rounder gives smooth curves to photographs to match the shape of the core kit cards, all in a few quick punches. Washi Tape is fun to add to photographs or cards, and I love to add 6x12 page protectors occasionally as they enable me to include blog posts I've written. And an essential rather than an extra is a good pen. After trying a variety, I discovered this pen was best for journalling in my Project Life album.
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Besides the above, all you need to complete a Project Life album is time. To keep up to date with my Project Life album, I set aside a few hours each month to sort through my photographs, categorise them, and select my favourites for printing. It's a small time commitment and allows me to enjoy our favourite moments all over again!

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