Project Life 2013: the title page

Project Life title page by Rachel Swartley

Life is full of moments I want to remember.

So I take pictures of some of those moments, I eventually download them to my computer, and then I ignore them. Unless I post my pictures on Facebook or Instagram, my friends and family can’t enjoy them, and unless I print them, my kids can’t see them. I’m not a scrapbooker, and filling a traditional photo album with a bunch of prints seems boring and old-fashioned, so most of my pictures are stuck in my computer.

When I was a kid, I enjoyed looking through our box of photos that my parents and grandparents had taken, but since all of my photography is digital, my family doesn’t have easy access to the pictures I take. Last year it started to bother me that my husband and kids couldn’t see most of the photos I took of our family activities, so I framed a few more photos, I printed a Blurb book full of pictures from our week of vacation in Chincoteague, and I discovered Project Life.

Project Life is described as a “back-to-basics approach to memory-keeping” that “takes the scrapbooking out of scrapbooking.” The album is a 12×12-inch binder that uses plastic sleeves (similar to baseball card collections), and to me it feels like a hybrid between a regular photo album and a traditional scrapbook. The photo at the top of this post is my Project Life title page for 2013.

I bought an album and plastic sleeves, but opted not to buy the core kit, even though it’s considered to be an essential component. I want my album to reflect my own personal aesthetic, so I’m planning to create and design everything myself. There are various styles of page protectors that have different layouts, but I’m just using Design A. The large pockets are 4×6″ and the small ones are 3×4″.

A lot of people who do Project Life create a two-page spread for each week, but I want to fill up my album at whatever pace seems right to me. At this point, I’m planning to divide my album into monthly sections, and some months will probably have more pages than others. My album, my rules.

Here are a few close-up shots of my title page:

Project Life: hello twenty-thirteen - with stitching

These little flags are made of washi tape.

Project Life: washi tape flags

I love the textured papers — it gives the simple design a bit more depth.

Project Life: 2013 title page - textured papers

So that’s the beginning of a project that I’m looking forward to working on throughout the year.

Are you familiar with Project Life? Is this the first time you’ve heard of it, or are you already an avid Project Lifer? If you have experience with Project Life and have any advice to share, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

18 Comments on “Project Life 2013: the title page

  1. That looks fantastic! I’m not familiar with Project Life, but it looks cool. Like I mentioned before, I’m doing a photo book for each year….I work on it as the year goes, but it’s still pretty time consuming. I’m going ahead and starting my folders for 2013 and may actually start the book so I’m not dragging into the next year. Photos are so fun to look at, and it’s much more fun when it’s not on the computer.

    • A photo book for each year is a great idea too! Even while I’m doing Project Life, I’ll probably still do a photo book for each year’s summer vacation. I’m so thankful that we have so many things in life that are worth remembering. :)

  2. Wonderful title page Rachel! I love what you did with the washi tape – so simple yet so clever. :)
    Ronnie xo

  3. Love the whole layout and all the wonderful touches you put on your cover page! Would you mind terribly telling me the name of the fonts that you used? – I love them! 😀

    • Thanks, Kylie! The script font is Halo Handletter and the other is Florence. Both are available for free if you google them. :) Oh, and I used Cubano for the cutout numbers.

  4. Just came across this looking for title page inspiration, and it’s stunning! One of the nicest PL title pages I’ve seen. Thanks for the inspriation!

  5. Starr Thompson on Monday, September 7, 2015 at 4:40 pm said:

    I love the card “life if full of moments we want to remember”. did you make this card?

  6. I love your title page and I’m so going to use it as inspiration for my title page for 2016. I’d love your word art “life is full of moments…”. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love your layout. I would also love a copy of your word art for “life is full of moments…” ?

  8. Another fan of the life is full of moment card … found you on pintriest.

  9. Hey! If your willing I would also move the life is full of moments quote! Thanks!

  10. Lindsay Fryer on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:54 am said:

    I love your title page so much. Was wondering if I too could get the “life is full if moments” card? I would love to put it in my title page for this year.

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