Project Life Starter Kit

As you probably know, I love scrapbooking. It just makes me really happy to have all my memories in one place and I quite regularly sit and flick through the pages of my scrapbooks. While I make proper creative scrapbooks for things like holidays, I also like to keep a Project Life book of just my everyday life where I document little things like concerts, small trips, etc. I find most posts on Project Life quite overwhelming because there's a lot of people out there who take it very seriously and do it really creatively with embellishments and lots of journaling, but I personally like it because of the simplicity of it. When I first started out I didn't really know what to get, so I thought I'd do a little post on things that I would recommend you get if you're starting out with Project Life.

The photo pockets

These are obviously the most important thing in your album, because they hold your photos. I personally didn't like any of the actual Project Life brand ones, so I got some from American Crafts, which hold three horizontal and two vertical 6x4 photos and it's been working really well for me. Unless you do a lot of journaling, I wouldn't recommend getting the ones with lots of small 3x2 spaces because they're quite hard to fill in my opinion.

The journaling cards

These things are amazing for adding titles or filling empty spaces in your layout if you don't have enough photos to fill a page.  You can get a core kit, which has all you could ever need, from title page cards to 500 (!!!) 3x2 journaling cards. However, they're very expensive so I'd recommend you get a value kit instead as they are a lot cheaper and still have loads in them, and you're not limited to one theme but can get several. There are also lots of cheap journalling card sets on ebay and Amazon, and free printables on Pinterest.  

Letter stickers

I find that using letter stickers for titles can make such a huge difference in the way your layout looks, especially if you're not the biggest fan of your handwriting. I have quite a few of these as I use them for regular scrapbooking too, and they're super affordable. I get mine from Hobbycraft most of the time, but the silver glitter ones in the picture are actually from Tiger and they're only £1!

Optional: a corner rounder

I've only gotten this recently and as you can see haven't used it on previous spreads, but I thought I'd include it anyway. I think that rounding the corners of your pictures just makes such a big difference in how your layouts look! It is an extra step which obviously creates a lot more work, but I personally think it's really worth the extra time because it just looks more polished.

So this is my super simple Project Life starter kit. As you start scrapbooking you will figure out what you do and don't like and adjust your kit accordingly, but I think these are some good basics to start out with. Let me know in the comments if you have a Project Life essential that I haven't mentioned!

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