Get ready for it: a long post about what I use for Project Life , including a cost break-down. Not your thing? Come back another day, friend. ;) We’re all about the Project Life today.
(See this post to ready about why I’m doing this project, and visit the official Becky Higgins’ site for product info.)
These are the supplies I recommend to start this project—the necessities. (Optional goodies are going to be listed in their own post.)
3-ring binder. Any binder would do, but I personally wanted something pretty, not too girly, and 12×12 size. My first album was this white one (now discontinued) on Amazon for $15. After about 8 months, I filled that baby up, so I just moved into the Midnight Edition polka dot album that’s pictured above. (I got it 40% off at Michael’s, heck yes!)
Photo pocket pages. I started out with these “Design A” pages*. I bought the small pack of 12 at first. After a couple months, I bought the large pack of 60 — and that felt like a big commitment, ha!
3×4 cards. I like these 3×4 grid cards to write on. The Design A pages have 8 slots across the middle of the page in a 3×4 size. Those slots are perfect for iPhone photos (they’re also perfect for cutting a 4×6 in half). But, having these little 3×4 cards is perfect: no cutting required, just jot down a note and stick it in the slot.
Paper cutter / scissors. I think the official Project Life site says that you don’t need a cutter or scissors, but it’s on my necessities list. I can’t imagine doing this project without them. You probably already have a pair of scissors anyway, right? ;) I have a cheapie paper cutter; I’ve had it for years and it’s still trucking. I buy replacement blades when I need them.
A pen. Again… I am willing to bet you already have one of these. I just use my regular ol’ favorite black pen, which is a Sharpie fine point.
Photos! (Duh.) From your iPhone, from a real camera, whatever you’ve got. I print through Walgreens or Costco depending on my mood. The prints aren’t the best quality but one-hour photo is my friend. I spend $2-3 per week.
Getting Started Cost Summary:
- 3-ring album, $15
- Starter pack of pocket pages, $15
- Paper cutter, $15
- 3×4 Journaling Cards, $5
- Total: $50 ← that’s not bad, right?!
(This is definitely the first time I’ve ever used the words “cost summary” in a blog post. I feel weird about this.)
What I already had:
- Paper cutter
- Paper (lots and lots and lots of it)
And of course… prints of my photos. As I said, I spend ~ $2.50 per week on those prints.
This is just my personal take on how to get started with this project. There are some items notably missing from this list… But don’t worry, I’ll be back with another post on other goodies! It was just too long to smush it all together. (Umm, hello, spell check, “smush” is definitely a word.)
If you have questions, leave ‘em in the comments!
*You might notice that some of the Amazon links say the items are out of stock. I think the stuff is just really popular! These products are also carried by some retail stores, like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, so that’s also an option.