Thursday, February 7, 2013

Project Life: To Kit or Not to Kit

Carrie and I went round and round last year on the subject of ordering a kit to use with Project Life. I argued that she didn’t need a kit – she could just make her own inserts. She did just that for 2012, but this year she ordered a kit. Eh-hm. And so did I.
It is fun to have coordinating inserts for Project Life, and I realize that particular element does help to unify a weekly spread. So, well..I’ll just say it: Carrie was right. {ouch}
But! Even though I’m glad I ordered the kit, I wasn’t real crazy about all of the papers that were included in the one I chose. I particularly liked the journaling cards, but didn’t care for some of the patterned/colored paper sheets. So, I made a few of my own.

Now, before you go thinking that I’m all “miss high and mighty” {"Anonymous" commenter!}, I’m going to tell you that while I think that Project Life is a great way to scrapbook and I do think everyone should scrapbook in some form or another, that doesn’t mean that you have to have some fancy-schmancy inserts or someone else's kit for that matter. Plain and simple would do the trick just as well.

And these were pretty simple to put together:
{A paper trimmer, a few paper punches and a corner rounder, and glue dots. The end.}

And I realize this is really early in the year to be making a decision about next year’s Project Life {2014 – yikes!}, but I’m thinking I will completely make my own “kit” next year using some patterned paper I like, along with some solid {textured} cardstock for shapes and embellishments. I think it would be a fairly easy project. Hm...but that could prove to be fairly time consuming...
We’ll see how much time I have on my hands come December…
{wink}

PS: Here's a link to a great article for anyone who is curious about the basics of Project Life: Project Life Newbies

13 comments:

helena said...

your cards look great Deb. I've been using my own cards but am tempted by soem of the sets due in May for an archive project I have in mind

Sian said...

They're lovely. I'm such a supplies junkie that I will admit to poring over all the PL kits for sale, even though I have no plans to use them :)

scrappyjacky said...

Love your cards,Deb....but am thinking maybe before December might be an idea....you know how christmassy busy December gets!!!!

Abi said...

These are great Deb. I do PL digitally and find that I use a kit to unify the pages but do add in my own elements too.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

It looks great Deb! I think that maybe this year is the best combo of the two - make some, buy some. That way it's all you. I need a craft room!!

Ruth said...

They're fantastic ~ BH should commission you!

Irene said...

I must confess I am one who puts off scrapbooking. But I have bought some kits for when I get back to it.

Amy said...

Heheeee ... I saw Anon's comment last week and wondered if you'd respond?!

Anyhow - I did buy a digital kit but once I got it in my hands I realised that it didn't suit my style. I am not using a kit, but did buy a couple of products from the same designer that sort of fit together. You can easily do your own, Ginger did last year and her pages always looked sensational ... like Jacky says, don't leave it until Dec though!

Louise said...

i love all the PL supplies i see and like how you will use a mixture of them and your own...which are lovely.

Karen said...

What gorgeous cards you have made Debs - so you!

alexa said...

A combination of others' and your own looks sensational - and looking forward to reading what you decide to do for next year. Although Project Life looks simple in its conception, there are clearly lots of decisions in its execution. Glad you are enjoying it.

alexa said...

A combination of others' and your own looks sensational - and looking forward to reading what you decide to do for next year. Although Project Life looks simple in its conception, there are clearly lots of decisions in its execution. Glad you are enjoying it.

Karen said...

I absolutely love some of the products I've seen developed for Project Life, but yours are just as good as anything I've seen! Love the colors!

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