Project Life Series | The Supplies

You can find the previous series entries on PHOTOS and EPHEMERA AND NOTETAKING by clicking on the links.


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.

My Project Life album sits perfectly on the top.  I totally lucked out as far as fit is concerned.  It’s perfect!  I leave it open.  On the left side of the shelf I have my little metal bin for memorabilia.  I encourage my kids to deposit things into the bucket during the week as well.

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.

  • Honoré - I have dabbled with Project Life off/on over the past nearly two years, a week here, there but never with any consistency. This year, starting this month, I’ve set a goal to change that picture…I really appreciate this series, your sharing your process and organization. I’m 99% sure my biggest obstacle is a ” staging” area, a place to leave the weekly page protector, if not the album, visible and accessible, along with the basic supplies, pen, journaling cards, date stamp…
    Your series is giving me some good ideas. Thanks for taking the time to share.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - Great information; I can’t wait for tomorrow’s post! I am starting PL this year, 2012, and can’t wait to get started. You’re inspiring! I have two questions: one, are those cute badges in your cart going to be restocked? And two, are you thinking of selling your journal cards, the ones you just created in photoshop?ReplyCancel

    • Marcy - Danielle – Yes to all (I think).
      I need to reorder supplies for the badges but hope to get those up again, as well as some month ones.
      The journaling tags… pretty sure on that too.
      I think I need a personal assistant! LOLReplyCancel

  • Tara - I would just like to say that your studio makes me want to throw my craft room out the window. The end.ReplyCancel

    • Marcy - Ha Tara! I didn’t show you the awful parts though… like the unfinished ceiling! Ick!ReplyCancel

  • lisa truesdell - i want to come steal all your cool baskets. =)ReplyCancel

  • Suz - Love it all Marcy! And, yes, I am loving the 6×6 pads for PL too (as well as my DD) ;).
    Looking forward to the next post (not so patiently-lol).ReplyCancel

  • Allison Waken - Well Lisa is going to have to fight me for the baskets then. 😉

    I love your staging area. I WILL have one before the end of the year. I also loved seeing your list of supplies – thanks so much for sharing Marcy!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Higginbottom-Brown - Thanks for sharing Marcy! I’m starting my first one and this is so helpful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Skiff - Very cool set up, I am green with envy!! Thanks for sharing… I am anxious to start year 2 of PL.ReplyCancel

  • heathyr - haven’t read through the post yet but I have MAJOR ENVY for your alpha collection! so many options!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Ah! Another fantastic post Marcy! I can’t seem to get myself to close out of the screen. I want to keep looking and reading. :) I love that you keep map and book pages. This is such a cool setup. I wish I had something productive to say, like a question…alas, I don’t.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Where did you get those fabulous wire baskets? I looooove them.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - DROOL!!!!!!! THIS IS GORGEOUS!! THANKS for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle LaPoint Rydell - Fantastic post! You’ve given me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Kimber-Leigh - i love seeing how PL comes together for you marcy! really enjoying your series!ReplyCancel

  • Michele H. - I think by the time this series is over I will be jumping on board the PL train! I love, love, love, this post. Your station is amazing. Perfection:)ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Hi Marcy,

    This series is the best! Could you please buy a whole bunch of those wire baskets and add them to your shop for those of us in the USA? I’ll take 6! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tokeloshe - Love it!

    Thank you for sharing 😉ReplyCancel

  • lisa truesdell - i totally assumed those baskets were an awesome vintage find – jealous that you can get them locally!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina - Hello!!

    Your Project Life series is so inspiring! I read this post the first day it was published and immediately started planning my Project Life station. Your idea is brilliant!! I have been doing this project since 2009 and love every bit of it! (I just wish I could find more time to blog about it :) ) I was wondering how you divided your alphas. What dividers do you use? And how do you categorize them?

    THANK YOU for your amazing posts!

    • Marcy - Sabrina – My shelf has wooden dividers. I think it might’ve been used for mail at some point? I have the larger companies divided by manufacturer (ie. American Crafts) and then a miscellaneous slot.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy J - WOW!!! I LOVE your pages!! I spent hours going through all your past posts and feel so inspired. Your style just is perfect to me
    – simple but embellished. I notice your photo first but then my eye goes to the journaling and embellishments.
    Quick question: Will you be stocking your shop again soon? I NEED a few things. 😉

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Marcy - Thank you Tracy. I need to reorder my badge supplies, but they will be restocked, as well as new items showing up soon.ReplyCancel

  • Carmen Pauls Orthner - This is really cool. I have a baker’s rack in my kitchen that would be ideal as a Project Life station for this coming year. I am going with Clementine too. :) Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina - Thank you Marcy for the quick answer!! I will be posting my version of the Project Life station later this week :) Again thank for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Printing More Journaling Cards | Field Journaling - […] is helping to plan out how to organize everything in 2012. I’ve really appreciated posts like this one  that shares good details on how she manages the documentation of […]ReplyCancel

  • Susan robinson - This is probably one of the most helpful pl posts I’ve read!! love your take on pl and I can’t wait to read more from your blog. Thanks 😉ReplyCancel

  • Tina - this blows me away marcy. dang.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Bricker - Love your site. Want to start with Project Life. Can’t wait to order.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Love you pages!! I do have a question though. Are you at all worried about the staples ruining your pictures over time? Do you know if they are normal steel staples? They could rust over time if there is humidity in the air. I so want to use the tiny attacher, I am just scared to because this is the only album I do.ReplyCancel

    • Marcy - I don’t use my stapler on photos a lot, but it doesn’t worry me. With everything being digital I’m okay with knowing that I can just print them out again if anything would ever happen to it.ReplyCancel

  • feedback friday: creative team edition « Becky's Blog - […] Marcy: My Project Life station saves me every week. Everything is organized, accessible and speeds things up tremendously. I’ve rearranged since, but you can find my old space here. […]ReplyCancel

  • Marty - This is unbelievably amazing. I have a scrapbook room but nothing compared to your organization. I adore Project Life and this is my 4th year. I’m doing it differently in that I’m doing more weekly themes/events instead of a picture a day. I was burned out on that. I blog and take a lot of my journaling from there. Congrats on a great space!ReplyCancel

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