Project Life by Campfire Chic

I’m working on finalizing my “year 27″ set of Project Life layouts and I’m glad that they’re coming along so quickly now that I have some Project Life-specific items coming to my door each month. That’s right, I finally bit the Studio Calico subscription-bullet so I will be able to get some fresh products each month instead of trying to force myself to use a HUGE kit for the entire year. I still have a TON of Seafoam and Midnight kit pieces, so if you’re interested, let me know.

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My plan for the remaining layouts (and honestly, I think I have a handful of layouts that could use some help from “year 26″) is to keep things simple. I want to do the least amount of cropping as possible, I want to use up the products that are currently in my stash (especially now that that stash will grow each month), and I want to just finish.

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These layouts are from last fall, which includes some fun things like:

  • Going to San Diego to try to go apple picking (but went pumpkin picking instead)
  • Attending a wedding and spending time with my highschool girlfrends
  • Stan Lee’s Comikaze & Designer Con (that’s just a Dr. Who lookalike!)
  • Portable Settlers of Catan 
  • Our move out of the apartment but before we moved back in

PL27 Week 38 Project Life by Campfire Chic PL27 Week 39 - Project Life by Campfire Chic

Yes, you’re seeing that correctly…more journaling in these layouts. Why? Too fill space, of course. I’m not big on journaling, I feel like my writing seems really fake when I journal and I feel like there is too much pressure with the whole spelling thing…

How do you keep up-to-date with your Project Life projects?

Project Life ebook Project Dig Deep - Campfire Chic

For more ideas on how to add more stories to your Project Life layouts, I’m going to recommend the Project Dig Deep ebook? I contributed to this ebook in 2012 and I still look back through it for ideas on ways to include my travels and adventures into my Project Life binders. Some of my favorite Project Lifers contributed to this ebook, too, and I’m still so inspired by their stories.

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I started another year of Project Life® last Monday with my birthday — I’m pretty smitten that my birthday landed on a Monday this year to tell you the truth…For my “27″ album, I switched from the Sunday – Saturday week schedule to the Monday – Sunday schedule so my weekends would stay on one layout.

The plan for Project Life® #28

Project Life by Campfire Chic

 

The Basics:

  • American Crafts D-Ring Binder in Red – I LOVE the American Crafts 12×12 D-ring binders and this year I’m going with the bold red color they offer. Previous colors were lime green and black. I used the red 8×6 American Crafts binder for my December Daily™ / 30 Days of Lists and loved the look of it
  • Project Life® Page Projectors // Design A ONLY – I used the mixed packs of page protectors in the past and I think it was a BIG factor in why I slow down mid-year and fall super fall behind. I want to honor this project as what it was designed to be — an easy way to quickly document my life. Worrying about if I need portrait or landscape photos each week is a thing of the past as I go forward and use only the classic Design A pages. I plan on adding inserts, as needed
  • Layout Notes – I used Microsoft Word to create a super basic page I can use to make notes about my layouts each week. I’ve seen so many people use similar notes that I figure it’s worth a try! It’ll be easy for me to keep a sheet in my purse each week and make notes as I go. I’m hoping this will help me cut down on ordering unnecessary photos (or worse, multiples!)
  • Studio Calico Project Life® Monthly Subscription – I am hoping that having a kit each month will help me stay on top of the layouts I’m making – some of the layouts that got left behind last year was because I couldn’t find a “filler card” that felt right and it could be because I realized I wasn’t thrilled with having so many multiple cards from kits and also too many options. A monthly kit only has so many pieces and I want to be able to use it all or send them to somebody else (let me know if you’re interested in swaps!)
  • Currently Lists (not pictured, but you can see an example here) – My #26 Project Life® layouts all had a weekly “thankful” card where I wrote down one thing each day that I was thankful for each week. It was fun but I wanted a break during #27. For #28 I’m going to do a weekly Currently List using the designs from the rukristin papercrafts shop. There are physical cards, digital options, and the new “Instagram-friendly” square version. If you’re interested, the square version is free if you subscribe to Kristin’s newsletter
  • Weekly date cards – I’m using these weekly date cards (one side of the card is in greyscale and the other is in color) because I start out being super creative with my weekly cards and things go downhill when I run out of certain letters (W & K) and numbers early on and I get a little bit upset that things aren’t cohesive looking. I already loaded these cards into my album to not have to worry about it later
  • Studio Calico Inspiration – Now that I’m a Studio Calico subscriber, I’ll be utilizing the site more and hopefully becoming a part of the community. If you’re on there, let’s be friends! That’s how that works, right?
  • Printing from PostalPix – I am still using the PostalPix app to print my photos. It’s easy to use, the shipping is quick, and the quality is pretty great. The app is available for both iPhones and Androids

 

Are you doing Project Life? What are your favorite products?

 
 

Project Life ebook Project Dig Deep - Campfire Chic

For more ideas on how to add more stories to your Project Life layouts, I’m going to recommend the Project Dig Deep ebook? I contributed to this ebook in 2012 and I still look back through it for ideas on ways to include my travels and adventures into my Project Life binders. Some of my favorite Project Lifers contributed to this ebook, too, and I’m still so inspired by their stories.

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Project Life by Campfire Chic

 

My birthday is in less than a month, which means I’ll be starting a new “year” of Project Life…

Maybe I should finish the current year before then? The last layouts I shared were from weeks 20 and 21…so, as you can imagine, I’m a bit behind with things. But that’s nothing an evening or two with a craft beer and cheese plate while marathoning Grimm won’t solve! I’m frantically sending photos to get printed, using up the stash of products I currently have on hand, and just going with what I have. It’s hilarious, actually, because I’m super at keeping little tidbits from my week (oh yes, this would be perfect for Project Life she whispers under her breath as she slips the piece of paper into her purse) but I’m SO behind with things.

Today’s layouts may not be 100% done, but they’re done enough to share. Sharing makes me feel like I’m making progress. Progress is good. Finishing is better.

Simple Project Life Layouts - Campfire Chic

Project Life Album Layouts - Campfire Chic

Week 25 Layout for Project Life Scrapbooking Challenge - Campfire Chic

Big Themes:

  • Keeping things simple – very little embellishment done for these weeks
  • More journaling – I needed to fill some spaces so I added some basic journaling. This was super awkward for me, but I’m sure I’ll appreciate the information down the road
  • I’m obviously obsessed with my cat…
  • …and food

Wedding Layout for Project Life - Campfire Chic

Basic Project Life Layout - Campfire Chic

Everyday Scrapbooking with Project Life - Campfire Chic

 

Big Themes:

  • Self-love – treating myself to some solo-workout time, plenty of yummy food, and and new computer
  • Spending time with friends – a wedding, breakfast on the beach, and testing out the new taco from Taco Bell

Easy Memory-Keeping with Project Life - Campfire Chic

Combining Two Weeks in Project Life Layouts - Campfire Chic

 

A few things about the last two layouts:

  • That tank top I’m wearing in the top photo is from Fabletics and is super comfortable — like, I want to wear it to bed sometimes. You can find that tank and more on the Fabletics website (you can get your first outfit for as low as $25 right now!)
  • If you’re thinking of doing Project Life, I highly suggest investing in a Fuji Instax camera (like this one) – those tiny instant photos are perfect in the 3×4 pockets!
  • The last layout combines TWO weeks. I’ve never done that before — but it’s my project and I make the rules

I’m still working to catch up on other layouts — like camping in Yosemite with Amy, our trip to Washington, and all of the layouts since October! It’ll work out in the end…I’m determined to finish.

How are you doing your Project Life album? 

 
 

Project Life ebook Project Dig Deep - Campfire Chic

For more ideas on how to add more stories to your Project Life layouts, I’m going to recommend the Project Dig Deep ebook? I contributed to this ebook in 2012 and I still look back through it for ideas on ways to include my travels and adventures into my Project Life binders. Some of my favorite Project Lifers contributed to this ebook, too, and I’m still so inspired by their stories.

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Project Life Page Protectors for Telling a Story - Campfire Chic

I’m diligently working on getting my Project Life albums (I have two for this year) up-to-date. I am noticing a common theme: Slide Page Protectors.

Have you ever wanted to share more of a story but didn’t want to take up too much room in your album? I’m a big fan of layering smaller page protectors between my 12×12 weekly pages. In fact, I’ll use the Design H pocket pages if I only have a few additional things to add, but let’s be honest…when I’m traveling, I take a TON of photos.

In order to fit those photos into my album without adding a TON of pocket pages, I use slide page protectors (specifically, these ones).

Project Life - Adding Extra Stories to My Weekly Layout - Campfire Chic

I use an iPhone app (Diptic) to create a square grid of 4 photos to get printed out (using PostalPix) so I can easily cut the 2 inch by 2 inch photos out and quickly slide them into the slide page protectors. It’s a quick and easy way to document your Week in the Life photos, too!

Now, sometimes I don’t need the full 40 pockets (I’m counting the front and the back) for a week, so I will trim down the page with my paper trimmer. Another option is to fill the extra pockets with other things like tickets, decorative paper, or other souvenirs.

Brochure Insert for Project Life - Campfire Chic

Transparency Insert to Project Life Album - Campfire Chic

One addition to the slide page protector that I’m super excited about is…sequins!

There must be something wrong, Kam isn’t a sequin type of person…

You’re totally right. I’m not. BUT I received a ton of sequins in a swap and couldn’t think of anything to do with them. Enter: San Diego Comic-Con. It’s a magical time of the year, and adding sequins to my page protectors just seemed right.

Adding Sequins to Project Life Album - Campfire Chic

I added some stars and red and silver sequins to each pocket along the top of my slide page protectors. I sealed them with a gold and white striped washi tape. I probably should’ve sewed the pages shut with some red or blue thread, but I did what I could. While I’m able to add a few extra goodies to this week, I think having the sequins really helps make this insert extra special…and it’s easier to see through the page to the other side. Pretty neat, right?

How do you add stories to your Project Life album?

Project Life ebook Project Dig Deep - Campfire Chic

For more ideas on how to add more stories to your Project Life layouts, I’m going to recommend the Project Dig Deep ebook? I contributed to this ebook in 2012 and I still look back through it for ideas on ways to include my travels and adventures into my Project Life binders. Some of my favorite Project Lifers contributed to this ebook, too, and I’m still so inspired by their stories.

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Project Life by Campfire Chic

 

I’m woefully behind on my Project Life layouts, so my new plan is to share them as they are complete and skip the ones that kind of suck. Yes, Project Life can suck…what I mean by that is some weeks are SUPER boring. Like the week I had food poisoning? BORING. The week we were in Washington? NOT BORING. So that will be my plan of attack for now. This isn’t a big deal to me because I didn’t finish sharing about 5 weeks work of layouts from last year…Maybe I’ll share those at a later date!

By the way, this is week 32 in my Project Life year, so sharing weeks 12, 20, and 21 is hilarious to me.

Project Life: Week 12 – May 27th through June 2nd

Project Life - How to document a boring week

Week 12 and it was all about eating! There was a happy hour to celebrate a new opportunity for a dear friend/co-worker, hitting the weekly food truck event in Brea with a friend of ours, and a big lunch at Alex’s parents’ house. Oh, and tea! I bought my first climbing helmet at the REI sale, and I’m still waiting to try it out. And this was the week that I spilled hot pink printer toner ALL OVER my glitter TOMS at work.

Project Life: Week 20 – July 22nd through July 28th

Project Life - Including Instagram Photos

I really captured the glare in this photo…yikes. AWESOME week. If you can’t tell already, I really like to eat. The left layout shows some leftovers I brought for our Tabletop lunch (it’s travel sized Settlers of Catan!), a great quesadilla from a great lunch with coworkers, and a closeup of my Pho. My typical solo-lady-lunch. This was the week that I made my 30 Days of Lists album for September’s challenge, Rintu decided to help by sitting on top of it. Our friend Angela came to visit so I took her to Sender One for a lady-date. Alex was ramping up his mileage as he prepared for his half marathon and met me at my yoga studio at the end of his run…he snapped the photo in the far right as I walked out. What a lover.

Project Life: Week 21 – July 29th through August 4th

Project Life Layout Ideas

Now I’m just getting self-conscious about my food-to-other-stuff photos…yikes. So let’s focus on the others! Alex designed some desktop backgrounds that I have cycling on my work computer, and Rintu’s new obsession is screaming at us from the window as soon as he sees us. Like, ‘HURRY, BOY! HURRY GIRL! WHAT ARE YOU DOING OUT THERE?!” kinds of screaming. The right-side is dedicated to some climbing photos, my brother helping me clear out our storage unit, and part of the KEEN Footwear booth at Outdoor Retailer. Boring, but done.

What do these layouts have in common? Food. But seriously…they were finished pretty quickly thanks to different project life kits, Seafoam, Midnight, and 5th and Frolic. I also started using journaling cards from We R Memory Keepers that I found at Target…they’re awesome and pretty fantastic…you can find an example here. I’m still using the Variety Pack of Project Life page protectors and the American Crafts 12×12 binders in black.

Are you working on Project Life? How do you feel about ‘boring’ weeks?

 
 

Project Life ebook Project Dig Deep - Campfire Chic

For more ideas on how to add more stories to your Project Life layouts, I’m going to recommend the Project Dig Deep ebook? I contributed to this ebook in 2012 and I still look back through it for ideas on ways to include my travels and adventures into my Project Life binders. Some of my favorite Project Lifers contributed to this ebook, too, and I’m still so inspired by their stories.

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