Different album formats for Project Life

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One of the things to decided on pretty early in the process is what size of album you would like to work with. Where are you going to store them? Can you fit the big 12×12 albums in your bookcase? I store mine in IKEA’s Expedit/Kallax where yes , they fit both with the hight and depth but with the albums I have I can only fit 4 big albums and one smaller when it comes to width. I’d like for them to store 4 OR 5 big ones perfectly, now it looks a little wonky.

How big is your workspace? Can you fit a big album on your table or would a smaller size be better? Do you have friends/family members who can’t carry a big album? Huge albums can be intimidating (and heavy). Do you want a wide selection of options or do you like limitations? Do you like making your own solutions or would you prefer if everything was made for you and you could just go to a store and pick the standard option?

workspaceinseptember-4As you can see, Kallax fits 4 big albums and one smaller

To be able to make these decisions it’s probably good to know what’s out there so you know your options. Here we go:

12 x 12: The standard scrapbooking size, tons of albums and almost endless varieties among the page protectors. This is the size I use most of the time.

9 x 12: A pretty new size and people seem to love it. Harder to find albums and because of the math when it comes to the page protectors there are more limited options. Great for those who still want a bigger format but can’t fit the 12×12’s in a book-case. I use the page protectors as inserts in my 12×12 albums.

10 1/2 x 9 1/4: A pre-made mini album that I’ve only seen Becky Higgins carry. The page protectors are already sewn in. No customizing with your own choices. I’ve used them for gifts; a baby album for a friend and a “This was your house” when my mom sold my childhood home with old photos of all the rooms and different memories connected to them.

Letter size (8 1/2 x 11) or A4: Depending on where you live in the world these are standard sizes for normal printer paper. I’m sure there are some pretty albums in your local bookstore but there won’t be pocket page protectors for this size, just the normal big ones. Works as inserts though, I’ve used them multiple times.

8 x 8: Popular now with the Project Life-app. Limited selection of page protectors. Haven’t tried it myself.

6 x 8: Great size for smaller projects. I use it for December Daily and Freja (my 4-year-old daughter) has her own album in this size. She can pull it out, look and work on it without my help (her baby albums are 12×12 so she needs help pulling them out). Also good for other smaller projects such as vacations, One Little Word, Book Of Me , recipes etc. Good enough selection of page protectors. I love this size, it’s just not big enough for my yearly albums.

4 x 4: I think (correct me if I’m wrong) this was originally for Instagram-photos when the were just square. To me these are way too small to do anything with but that’s a matter of style I suppose. I know someone made an album of selfies in this format and I could see if you hade a theme of your feet or coffee cup or your cat or something. Not my thing, but then again then I’m probably not the targeted scrapbooker for it.

Let me know in the comments what size you prefer and why!

Week 3 for 2016

I had to try my kit from Gossamer blue but boy did I have trouble making it work. I loved my photos for week 3 but the cards that came with the kit didn’t really match up. I had even decided to re-make the whole spread. But. I left it alone for a few weeks and came back to it. Still didn’t like it but it wasn’t as bad as the first time around. With some embellishing I finally came to a point where I liked the result, at least more than when I started. Who knew it was going to be so difficult to use s pre-made kit? I’ve done it a hundred times with the cards from Becky Higgins.

I did make an insert for a trip to Denmark but that one is not finished yet so I’m leaving it out of this post.

Anyway, here’s the result for week three:

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Tiny word stickers, can you have too many? I don’t think you can. So very cute and they work on every single page. I might over use them this winter but hey, I like them! A lot!

Gossamer blue life pages kit subscription

I decided to finally try out a kit club and it turned out to be Gossamer blue. They have a kit focused on pocket scrapbooking with some cards, embellishments and a stamp. Even with international shipping it’s not to bad for what you get in the kit and the quality of the cards is excellent. I’m still not 100% on that I will continue for the whole year but I’ll give it a few months before I decide.

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So far I’ve used the roller date stamp the most and I’ve tried to use up as many cards as I can but since I’m photo heavy I still have some of the 6×4 left. And labels. You can never have too many labels.

The kit is $19.95 and with international shipping ($14) the total cost is $33.95 for someone living in Sweden (depending on the dollar but about 287 kronor in February 2016).

No more messy drawers

I know I wrote about my work space a few weeks ago. Well, now it is completely re-organized. I took all of the drawers out and went through them to eliminate stuff I don’t use for Project Life. The only exception was one drawer for stationary. It took me two days to go through it all and I never would have finished if it wasn’t for George. I’m great at starting these sort of projects but I tend to give up halfway through (as in I want to move and leave the mess behind). He makes sure it all comes together. He doesn’t do the work for me, he makes sure I finish what I started, but he can help and cheer me on along the way.

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It turned out so well and I’m very pleased with the result. De-cluttering is awesome once it’s done. I’ll make sure to post after pictures soon.

The Ink Show on social media

Being on social media is for the most part very inspiring. There is a lot of scrapbooking related posts on Pinterest, You Tube, Facebook and Instagram. To be sure what works for me I need to try it. I actually have accounts on all of the above under the name TheInkShow (and even Twitter but I have no clue on how to use it so I’m not active).

Pinterest is awesome but I already had an account where I had created a bunch of boards and didn’t really feel like re-doing them under a new name. Account is there but not very active.

You Tube is great as well but so far I only use it to consume other people’s channels. I do have ideas and dreams for it though, just need to figure out how to shoot videos by my desk instead of dragging everything to the kitchen for better lighting and such.

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Facebook, well I have a page but haven’t invited anyone to like it yet. Should probably do that.

Instagram seems to work the best at the moment (especially now when you can switch between accounts without having to log in and out all the time). You can find me under theinkshow.

And then of course I have this blog.

What works best for you?