Here’s a peek at my “Project Life Station”. Supply gathering is really a fun part of Project Life for me!
I found this shelf at a local store when it was closing out. Other than the alphabet stickers that fit so perfectly in the middle slots… the rest is (or will be) devoted to Project Life.
Right now I’m using American Crafts Modern D-Ring albums. They’re the same albums that all my scrapbook layouts are in.
On the top shelf I have some wire baskets and another bin. In here I keep paper pads, journaling cards and other things I use in my album. I’ll elaborate on this in a little bit.
On the bottom I have some bins that are currently empty. I’m anticipating storing some new Becky Higgins products in here.
Not shown: I just emptied a drawer right across from this shelf underneath my punches. I’m planning on keeping all my plastics (page protectors) in here.
FAVORITE SUPPLIES - When I started Project Life I didn’t want to invest a lot of money since I already knew I had tons of stuff in my stash. I wanted to make sure that I would follow through with this project before breaking the bank. I purchased Page Protector Design A and the grid journaling cards and started. (Now, it may work way better for you to purchase a core kit and start in that way. This is just what I did.)
That said, I’m very excited to get ahold of the new products that Becky has out. Especially Clementine. Yum! The variety in the journaling cards alone is going to be great.
1. For journaling - I don’t use journaling cards a lot in my scrapbooking traditional layouts but they’re a little addicting when you get started with Project Life! I love filling those 3×4 pockets.
One of my favorite things to journal on are little post-its. Some of my favorite little post-its are from Russell & Hazel, Studio Calico (scrap pads), Smash Stickies, and the old Heidi Swapp Journaling Spots.
Some of the journaling cards that I use are the Jenni Bowlin Memo Pads, October Afternoon journaling cards (although I have to trim them just a touch), the Smash Pads and Elle’s Studio Lil Snippets (among others). I’m also loving Paislee Press journaling cards that I can download and print whenever I want.
Last week I spent some time creating my own journaling cards with Illustrator and Photoshop. With a ledger and office paper backgrounds these will be perfect to print out over and over. I’m so excited about these!
I also keep a stack of index cards on hand. These are perfect for the larger 4×6 spaces and also the 3×4 spaces when trimmed in half. I often decorate these with patterned paper and stamps. When I started Project Life all I purchased was the page protectors and the grid journaling cards. The journaling cards are a perfect base, whether I have some premade or blank. I will continue to have these in my stash! They’re perfect. Pre-making journaling cards in neutral or often used colors is a great time saver.
I use the We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper to round the corners when necessary. The 1/4 side seems to make the curve of Becky Higgins journaling cards almost perfectly.
I use a combination of hand journaling and typed text depending on my mood and/or time. Who am I kidding… table space also plays a factor! hee hee. Sometimes there’s just no room for the typewriter! I’m okay with using both together. It fits my eclectic style.
2. Stamping - I keep some days of the week and month stamps in my basket, but truth be told, I always forget I have them! I’ve recently organized my stamps so I’m hoping that I’ll dig them out more.
Label stamps more often make an appearance on my pages. My favorites are from Jenni Bowlin, Papertrey Ink and Scenic Route.
I also store a date stamp and black ink pad with my Project Life stuff. Easy access is key for me. If it’s put away I won’t use it.
3. Paper - I store my 6×6 and 8×8 paper pads in one of the wire baskets on the shelf. I’m not a cardmaker so these small-sized pads are something I’d never really looked twice at until Project Life came along. But they are perfect for this project. With the pattern of a full 12×12 sized sheet just shrunken down they make quite the impact. I’m loving the Crate and October Afternoon pads right now.
Beside my typewriter I also have a scrap basket. The majority of the paper I use in my spreads comes from either the paper pads or from this bucket. Generally pieces of paper that are less than 5″ wide go in here. I also have book pages, cool packaging, map pages and more stuffed in there. This bucket always comes out while I’m working on a week.
I haven’t used them yet, but I also want to incorporate the papers from companies such as Crate that are sectioned into little journaling cards. I think they’d be perfect. I think once you start looking through your stash you’ll find a lot of things that translate well into Project Life.
4. Other products - other products I have put aside for Project Life are mostly products that fit nicely in the small pockets. I love all these mini products. These include Smash Pockets, October Afternoon Flash Cards, shipping tags, glassine envelopes (great for looks and function) and Studio Calico Journaling cards.
Washi tape is great for tacking down photos and other things. I have a jar of them sitting on my desk so I’m more apt to use them. Washi tape and my Tiny Attacher are my go-to for decorative attaching. Paper clips are also handy. They look particularly cute with a little fabric or washi tape attached to the top.
Badges (especially weekly ones) and label stickers are also in my stash and often used.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section and I’ll be sure to answer them!
Up next… how I put it all together.
Project life is a system created by Becky Higgins to help you simplify how you document life and preserve memories. You can find out more about Project Life here. You can find more of my Project Life posts here.