Earlier this week, we talked about some of our scrapbooking goals for 2010. One of my "scrapolutions" that many of you share is Project 365. What is Project 365? In a nutshell, Project 365 is a commitment to take a photo a day for a year. Yeah, hard core, huh?
The theory is that by commiting to taking a picture each day, you get several benefits:
- Gradual improvement of your photography skills
- You take the pressure off yourself to create a "perfect" photo shoot so you're more likely to just grab the camera & snap!
- Your photos reflect more of the little, everyday moments rather than only special occasions.
- You never know which photos, later, will turn out to be the ones you're so thankful to have.
- And more benefits that I know I'm not thinking of.
Is this something that you're going to attempt this year? OR, if you're not doing Project 365 but you've still committed to "just" getting your photos into albums, have you thought about how you're going to tackle it? If not, here are two solutions you could consider:
Becky Higgins: "Project Life" Kit
In 2009, Becky Higgins created & sold a kit that to assist you in getting those 365 photos into albums with some basic, coordinated embellisments. The kit for 2009 was called "Project 365." Her new kit for 2010 is called "Project Life."
The Becky Higgins Project Life kit this year sells for $39.95 (plus shipping, etc) and includes the following:
- (1) sturdy 3-ring 12" x 12" album
- (54) 12" x 12" divided page protectors, custom & exclusive for "Project Life."
- (12) clear monthly bookmarks
- (12) sheets of 12" x 12" double-sided designer cardstock
- (1) sturdy box for storing kit components
- (4) playing card sized boxes to store journaling cards
- (360) 3×4 journaling cards
- (56) bifold journaling cards
- (16) designer cards for title page & back page of the album
- (60) 4×6 header cards for titling each layout.
Becky even has an entire blog dedicated to Project Life! Ready to order? Well, you'll have to hold off for now. Her kit was so popular that she decided to outsource the fulfillment of those kit orders to Amazon fulfillment. Orders placed before the transition have already shipped. New orders cannot be placed until the transition process is complete. (Yeah, bummer, I know.) We will keep you posted & let you know when they'll be ready to take your order again.
Simple Stories: "Life Documented" Kit
Another brand new solution for tackling those Project 365 photos is from Memory Works. (Memory Works is a direct-sales scrapbooking company that carries many of the "major" brands that are often found in scrapbook stores. MW has been in business for 7 years.) The Memory Works solution is called "Simple Stories: Life Documented" and is an exclusive product developed in-house.
The Simple Stories kit is a 180-piece set designed to coordinate perfectly with albums and divided page protectors from We R Memory Keepers (also available from Memory Works.) The kit retails for $16.99 (plus shipping, etc) and contains:
- (12) 4×6 monthly title & journaling cards (double-sided)
- (6) 4×6 journaling & quote cards (double-sided)
- (2) 6×8 photo & journaling mats (double-sided)
- (2) 6×12 page elements (double-sided)
- (1) 4×12 title strip (double-sided)
- (3) 4×4 quote cards (double-sided)
- (4) 2 x 12 border strips (double-sided)
- (4) 12 x 12 designer cardstock patterned papers (double-sided)
- (6) 4×6 printed transparency photo overlays
- (1) 12 x 12 cardstock of alphas and other stickers
Here is a link directly to the Simple Stories blog post that shows close-ups of all these fun page elements.
As mentioned, these kits are designed to coordinate with the We R Memory Keepers 12×12 D-ring leather albums (retail for $30) and the We R Memory Keepers 12 x 12 divided page protector packages.
By the way:
Though Memory Works is NOT and never will be a focus of PaperCrafter's Corner, I am actually a MW representative. (Have you ever noticed the MW ads on our sidebar? Those link to my MW site 🙂
I don't talk about Memory Works much here because I want to be your source for info all things scrappy … But this was one MW topic that was just too good to ignore.
(You can visit my Memory Works blog here & subscribe to get MW updates. Or you can visit my MW official site here.)
Whew!! This was a L-O-N-G post today. I hope I haven't overwhelmed you with too much info.
What do you think of these approaches for approaching Project 365 and/or just getting some stacks of pictures scrapped? Becky Higgins Project Life? MW Simple Stories Life Documented? Others?
I know some of you are going to be approaching your backlog of photos with digital scrapbooking solutions this year. In fact, one of you will have a chance to test & review Stampin' Up's My Digital Studio software soon. What other solutions do you have in mind for tackling this particular "scrapolution?"
Be on the lookout later this week for Part III of our series on New Year's Scrapbook Resolutions — tackling organization & clutter!