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Okay I think I’m getting the hang of this now. Not in an “I’m amazing at it” kind of way but in an “I’m no longer afraid of it and I’m moving through the weeks a little faster” kind of way. 

February was a really busy month so a couple of the weeks had more than the normal two page spread.

Week 6 we had visitors over from Canada and Chile so most of this week’s spread is about spending time with them.

The start of week 7 was mostly about a shopping trip with Layla for her birthday present. The second half of the week I went to Dubai so it was very picture heavy with pictures of me and Dane and some cinema tickets thrown in. Week 7 continued onto the next page with normal couple stuff like cooking and shopping. They’re not the standard pictures you would expect from a visit to Dubai but I’ve been there 5 times so I’ve done the tourist things already.

Week 8 had a lot going on. The first part of this week started with an entire page dedicated to a picnic. I really love picnics. What girl doesn’t? The second page of week 8 was all about a sunset. I dragged Dane about an hour away to go and see an animal sanctuary but it was closed. Oops. Ah well we enjoyed the sunset. We also went for some dinner in TGI’s in the Dubai Mall on the way home which is on page three of week 8 before I went home early the next morning.

I got home on the Saturday of that week and my Godson Lorenzo was christened the next day so I finished off week 8 and February with another 2 age spread dedicated to his christening. 5 pages in all for week 8 – wow!!

I’m up to date with March so I’m hoping to stay that way and March’s spread up early next month.

Anyone else trying Project Life for the first time this year? 

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I know I said I’d be sharing my Project Life spreads at the end of each month but I’m a newbie and I didn’t realise how long it would take for me to complete it and be happy with each week.  So  naturally, I’m a little behind. I’ll be sharing January’s spread today. I was very impressed with myself today telling my Dad that I had up to week 6 complete and that once I got up to date  it would be fine because then I could just do it every week. He looked at me like I was crazy and said it reminded him of a college assignment and that it sounded like something I was ‘getting out of the way’. It made me realise how much I really love the idea of Project Life. A couple of times over the last few weeks I wondered if it was really for me. I was kind of overwhelmed by it. Now that it’s well under way I have a great feeling of satisfaction which is the exact opposite of how I felt at the end of a college assignment. I must have looked back over it 50 times. The truth is I love scrapbooking and I love the idea of documenting the day to day things that would eventually be forgotten. I look forward to this challenge and I can’t wait to finish February and share it.

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1) Some of the postcards,  2) rounding the corners

It took me a while but I’ve finally realised that postcards are almost exactly the same size as the 3×4 cards used for Project Life. I’ve always had a thing for postcards and I have a LOT of them (more on that later) so I was really excited by my discovery. I did mention that it took me a while. 

I found these postcards in Paperchase last week and loved them. I used my corner punch to round the corners so they’re the same as the PL cards. Now I cant wait to use them. 

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1) The spine of the album,  2) The cover page spread (excluding photos),  3) The title page for the year

Okay so I know I’m kind of late to the party but I’ve finally come around to the idea of Project Life. When I noticed it during the Summer on Instagram and the various blogs I follow I knew it was right up my street. I really love the idea of scrap-booking and I’m not just making excuses but a lot of work goes into it so Project Life seems perfect for me. I put in a special request for a project life album and starter kit for my birthday in August and I had every intention of mixing it up a bit and completing an album from birthday to birthday. Then I completely bottled out. I wasn’t happy with the picture quality of my printer, I felt I didn’t have enough materials, blah blah blah. I printed some pictured and started half-heartedly but it didn’t feel right. I decided to wait and I’m glad I did because when shopping in Cork with my Dad earlier this month we found a craft shop that sells Project Life materials. Needless to say, I got lots more PL products for Christmas.

 Now I’m prepared and ready to go. I also received this perfect Ikea trolley as a Christmas present (Spoiled much?!) so I’m going to use it to store any materials I might use for this years project. That way I can move it from my craft room into my bedroom if needs be. I have also completed my cover page and plan to add some photos from New Years Eve.

Finally, I’d like to point out that I enjoy organising craft materials as much as I enjoy crafting and scrap-booking so I’ve mixed all of my PL kits together in some kitchen drawer organisers. They look great and take up a lot less space than the boxes the kits come in but it also means I’m not going to be able to differentiate from kit to kit. The kits I’ll be using this year are;  Midnight Edition Core Kit, Blush Core Kit, Sunshine Edition Core Kit, by Elsie and Emma at A Beautiful Mess and Polka Dot Party Mini Kit by Elizabeth Kartchner at Dear Lizzie so it will be one of those kits at any time and I’ll be updating my PL progress here monthly.

I’d love to hear other people’s Project Life stories. Does anyone have any tips? 

For more information on Project Life and how it works, go to beckyhiggins.com