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June 07, 2013

Project Life 2013 | Week 10 by Megan Anderson
Hi everyone! I'm Megan Anderson, a self-professed Project Life addict. I love Project Life and have made it my main form of scrapbooking-- I've even posted over 100 Project Life posts on my blog in only a little over a year. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to give up on "traditional" scrapbooking! I love including layouts in my Project Life album, and today I'm sharing 5 ideas on ways to include those traditional pages in your Project Life!
Project Life 2013 | Week 6 by Megan Anderson
1. Include smaller page "inserts" in the center of Project Life spreads.
I love using this technique to create traditional pages that relate to my weekly spreads. Creating smaller pages, such as 8.5x11 or 6x12 layouts, helps me to focus in on a single topic I'd like to highlight for the week without interrupting the flow of my Project Life album. The variety of size options also keeps designing these small layouts interesting!
You can see an example of this in my super insert heavy 2013 Week 6 and my 2013 Week 10 spread, which included a layout with a handmade stamp background about my yoga progress. I included another layout on the backside, but other options include adding extra journaling or simply backing the layout with a pretty patterned paper.
2. Stick full-sized layouts in-between Project Life spreads.
Another option is to simply put whatever 12x12 layouts you are making in-between everyday life spreads. This option works really well for those Project Lifers that don't adhere to a weekly take on Project Life. I like to do this sometimes, but want to make the weekly time-frame of my albums obvious as well, so I use 11x12 layouts and cut an inch off of a 12x12 page protector. I then seal the protector with washi tape or a sewing machine (a trick I learned from Ali Edwards).
I used this technique to document my son's birthday with a pocketed page protector birthday spread and a traditional 11x12 layout. This example is from my Week 52 2012 spread. I love that using a large traditional page helped to visually separate my son's birthday from the documentation about our holiday festivities.
3. Create breaks in your albums to leave room for traditional pages.
In my 2012 albums, I made it work for me by creating monthly review and introduction pages in between weekly spreads. This left room for traditional pages in between each month.
I'm not repeating that technique this year, because the extra bulk from the monthly review and introduction pages, in combination with my insert addiction, resulted in four albums for 2012! I'm going to keep it to three this year. But I can see this technique working very well for those doing monthly Project Life spreads.
4. Use a traditional page as half of your Project Life spread.
If you'd like a break from pocketed page protectors every once and awhile or want to draw focus in for a particular event, you might try combining a traditional layout and a pocketed page protector in a Project Life spread.
I did this in my 2012 Week 51 spread in order to highlight my daughter's school Christmas party. I knew I wanted to use a lot of journaling, so a traditional page was the best way to go! Wondering what happens on the other side? Sometimes I make another traditional page, and other times I mimic the look of a pocketed page protector (I did the latter in 2013 Week 8).
Project Life 2013 | Week 7 by Megan Anderson
5. Stick them in at the end.
Probably the least complicated option for including traditional layouts in a Project Life album is to simply add them into your album. This essentially breaks the album into two sections: a Project Life section (which may be chronological) and a traditional section (which may be thematic). I'm planning on doing this with any layouts that don't quite fit into my weekly spreads this year.
I hope these tips on including traditional layouts in Project Life was helpful! I'd love to hear how you work traditional layouts in.
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Megan Anderson is a crafty nerd, aspiring novelist, and avid life documenter obsessed with her Project Life. She reads piles of books, loves city life, and blogs about her projects and nerdy family life with her husband Jake at the Nerd Nest. You can also find her at Document Life Workshop, a creative space made to challenge and inspire memory keepers. She is a contributor to the Ella Publishing eBook Project Dig Deep .
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Deb, you can see an example of the pocket mimicking here: http://thenerdnest.com/2013/03/project-life-2013-week-8.html Glad the ideas helped!
Posted By Megan Anderson  |  June 08, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Thanks Megan...great ideas...like the idea of mimicking the look of the pocket page on a 12x12!!!
Posted By Deb hyden  |  June 08, 2013 at 09:49 AM

Deb, A solution for you might be to cut down pocketed page protectors (cut off the part with the holes) and slip them into the 12x12 page protectors, so you have a traditional layout on one side and a PL style on the other side. I've done this with 6x12 layouts, where I have a 6x12 on one side and Design H pocketed pages on the other. For that, you have to double up page protectors, so it may be easier to mimic the look of pocketed page protectors by adhering photos and journaling to plain cardstock on the back of your 12x12. I say go with whatever fits your perfectionist tendencies!
Posted By Megan Anderson  |  June 07, 2013 at 08:22 PM

Thank u for this...I have decided to switch to a project life format for the scrapbooks I have for each of my kids. I didn't want to totally give up traditional scrapping but just don't always have the time to spend on layouts. I was wondering how I was going to handle the transition from the traditional layout to project life pages without having empty pages or just pretty paper on the back of 12x12's. I really hate my anal retentive perfectionist tendencies somedays....
Posted By Deb Hyden  |  June 07, 2013 at 06:25 PM

I keep my PL bi-monthly. Two spreads each month and I think I will try your idea for the monthly intro pages. I already put most of everything that I create into the album no matter the size but the tip for making it an 11x12 is great. Thanks for all of the great ideas.
Posted By Ami P  |  June 07, 2013 at 11:11 AM


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