At the start of March, I wrote my Beginner’s Guide to Scrapbooking, but as I’ve started focusing more on Project Life recently, I thought I’d do a beginner’s guide to that too as it’s a little different. Again, you don’t need all of these, and there are other things that people might consider important that I don’t, such as corner rounders and rotary cutters etc. but these are my basics.
Obviously first things first, you’ll need an album. I have the 12×12 Blush and Jade albums, but I know some people prefer the leather ones, or different sizes. It’s all down to what you want to do with PL and I think it’s worth searching around for inspiration before you start so that you know exactly what you intend to do when you buy all your basics. With this, you’ll also need page protectors, which I didn’t photograph mainly because I couldn’t work out how to photograph them in a way you’d be able to see them! Again, these come in all sorts of different layouts and sizes, so I think buying a variety pack can be good here if you’re not fussed about having a common theme throughout your album.
The next thing that could help with your Project Life is a core kit. To be honest, I wish I’d not got mine as I don’t like a lot of the cards (I just got the Blush ones cos I got the Blush album – a bit silly really, do some research to see which core kit you want if you’re going to invest!) and I wish I’d got something like the Jade core kit as I like more of those cards.
If your album is going to be more photo-heavy, you might not even need a core kit. I really like heylittlemagpie.com for their core kit samplers, as you can get a few cards from a kit for a really great price.
I put letter stickers in my beginner’s scrapbooking post, but I also really love them for PL! If you do title cards then they’re really useful, but they can also be good for layering over photos and adding titles to journalling cards.
One of my favourite scrapbooking essentials is washi tape. I forgot to photograph my washi tapes for my scrapbook post, but I do think they’re great for both traditional scrapbooking and PL just to liven up a page.
The final thing I suggest is a notebook. I like to plan my pages before I do them, as I tend to PL every two weeks/monthly, and I sometimes forget events that have happened. I can also draw up which layout I want to use and make sure my photos all fit together how I want, and so that I know which way round/what size to print them when the time comes.
Do you do Project Life? What are your essentials?
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