May 09, 2016

This week on Global Design Project we have a themed challenge for you to enjoy or participate and this challenge is all about Project Life.

So these are my very first  Project Life pages with pictures of my baby boy Harris!

For very first time I thought   I would need to skip a GDP challenge  because the closer I have been to memory keeping was 4 years ago when I designed a printable book as Xmas present for my husband, that was before we got married.

Now my husband and I are  planning to get our wedding pictures into a  Project Life album!  I also want to rescue our  nice memories  from  forbidden digital files. How exciting is that?

To join  this week challenge or to see what everybody have made

  click here or in the image below

In this first attempt I printed some of the pictures I like the most in different  colours.  And I realized that I defo like more the originals ( effect or filter free). 

I  was thinking  in making "thank y baby  cards" with the pictures in the image above and in case you were wondering   I used (free online photo editor)  to edit all my pictures and add  filters to some of them just to make the colours more even or balance the colors . As I don't own any Project Life card kit at the moment  I used DSP for pictures background and I also used my MINC foil machine to add some shiny element to the cards. 

I'm waiting for my Project Life Moment Like This accessory pack  and new pictures to complete this project! and  I would like to share with you a couple of things I just learned  as I think this  could make  the  experience of memory keeping even more enjoyable:

 I thought I could save money by printing my own cards

I sadly find myself spending a lot of  time and energy  searching online for free project life downloads and  printing wasn't a straight forward process. Due to the format of some designs I had to print the sheet of 6 cards but I only liked 1 of them etc etc so  I used all the ink left on my color printer trying to get this done. Then I didn't like the results. The cards didn't coordinate whit each other or with my pictures and  I also spent extra time thinking in which   stamps or  accessories  I could use.

My last resource  was using  a laser printer  I got  to specially print black and white images to  be used  with my MINC foil machine, the foiled images were nice enough but  I missed the colour and then again  I struggle to make the free download  designs work together.

Lesson learned:  A  collection of cards, accessory packs or bundles  will make my Project Life adventures  easier, quicker, more enjoyable. The cards are   beautiful, I don't need to print or cut anything as all the hard work have been done for expert designers  and the price is amazing.

Orientation of the pictures printed  vs photo pockets layout

I printed some pictures and then I discovered that they didn't fit the pages photo pockets due to their orientation ! Noooo!! I had to trim  vertical pictures to fit  horizontal pockets so you can only see Harris face, you can not see his body or hands  in the page above. Then  I used DSP to fill the gaps at the sides. I manage to make it work,   however  the orientation of the photo pockets   might be something to consider before buying the photo pocket pages or printing pictures, I think that some pictures won't look  nice when trimmed in parts. 

Lesson learned:  Minimum planning required. 

Project life photo pockets pages and albums sizes: 
  • 12"x12" inches 
  •  6"x8" inches. 
*You can get albums according the size of your pages.

The pockets in the pages comes in 3 sizes
  •  6"x4" inches 
  •  3"x4" inches
  •  2"x2" inches 
  • the orientation  of larger pockets can be horizontal or vertical ( this do not apply to 2"x2" pockets as they are squares).
Different  photo pockets layout offer :
  •  Variety pack  (different pockets layout ) 
  •  Pack with the same photo pockets layout.

Too see the wide range of  Project Life products in offer simply click in the banner below 

 I really hope you enjoyed my project, it is just amazing I have never tried Project Life before as I'm crazy about card making but I', truly Loving Project Life. 

 If you would like to place an order for any of the products used in this post  or any other Stampin' Up! supplies, simply click HERE  to go direct to my online shop 24/7.  And don’t forget to use the hostess code (if your order is £20+ and less than £150) to receive a free thank you gift from me.

  Thanks for stopping by and do not hesitate in leave a comment. I would love to hear form you! 

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  1. I am so glad that you got to do some Project Life® by Stampin' Up!® Bibi. I knew that you would be incredibly amazing at it as your photos are just amazing. You are such a good photographer and an amazing artist so you were born to be amazing at Project Life®. Thank you for sharing your tips. Great advice in your post.

    1. Aw thank you Kylie. I'm loving Project Life because of you. such amazing and creative business woman. Honestly I have never been attracted by memory keeping but is awesome! Love it!More thing to add to my wish list. I want the leather album filled with my wedding pictures :)

  2. You were born to do this type of memory keeping Bibi. Just look how beautiful these pages are - subject aside. So happy you have found a new passion with this side of Stampin' Up!

    1. I agree with you wholeheartedly Paula - Bibi was meant to do Project Life® by Stampin' Up!® You have such a natural talent with your creativity and photos you are onto something very special. Can't wait to see some videos Bibi!

    2. Thank you very much Paula. x

    3. you will see videos Kylie! x

  3. Oh Bibi, I love your pages and your little man Harris is adorable. Thankyou for sharing your pages and your process. I love that we are all being challenged and encouraged to dive into Project Life by Stampin' Up! and being so wonderfully surprised by the simplicity of the process - why reinvent the wheel right? Here's to your next amazing layout my friend xox

    1. Hi Deli, absolutely agree with you. why reinvent the wheel? all the elements are done to make this project easy and sooo nice. it is also perfect for a workshop... cant wait to share my wedding album.. I have to order everything to get it done. :)

  4. This is adorable Bibi! That little face ... and foot! Great tips too. TFS. xoxo

  5. So absolutely adorable the pictures and I love the layouts you created.
    It´s such a cool idea to play with the colours and bring dramatic highlights.
    I really, really like your creation.


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