Monday, 10 June 2013

Project Life Using a Filofax

For a few years now I have wanted to do a daily journaling book or smash book, and then I found Project Life. It's an organised system, where you can create a scrapbook for the year, using small journaling cards and adding them into a binder.

 After looking into it, Project Life seemed quite expensive to start up. You need the binder, the plastic sleeves (these are sectioned so you can add different cards into the different sections), the journaling cards, plus things to decorate. One of the most expensive things was the plastic sleeves.

So, while I was shopping for my secret swap stuff, I came across one of these business card holders in Wilkinsons, and it spawned some new ideas in my mind.

"I wonder..." I thought, "could I use the sleeves from the business card holder, put them into a personal Filofax and use this as a Project Life system?" I Googled it, I can't find anyone that has tried this, so I guess for the sake of all scrap-kind I should pilot it. We're already half way through the year though, so maybe that's a project for 2014.
My idea was to trim the sleeves down, punch them and put them into a Filofax, I have plenty of scrapbooking paper and card to make my own journaling cards, and on days where I receive birthday cards or business cards I can use those instead. I can add journaling, sparkly bits, keepsakes, it'll be an inventive way to record memories without having to spend too much money on it. Plus, the cards will be small, so it shouldn't seem too daunting.
When the year is over I can either bind the sleeves together and make a front cover, or punch the corners of each of the cards and ring them together, like this:

With all these creative ideas, and no money or time to execute them, sometimes I feel being creative is more of a curse than a blessing.


Anonymous said...

That sounds like a really good idea - I'd be tempted to try it next year as well!

Hetty Stratton said...

Something I tried but I'm not entirely sure about as the pockets are a little small is the 50 x Ultra Pro Sleeves For Pokemon & Yugioh Trading Cards costing £7.50 including p&p on Amazon. These are double sided making 100 pages but as I said the pockets are small. They do fit in regular binders though. With certain projects they might work.

MySummerTouch said...

I would leave those sleeves in the holder without cutting them because :
1) what is the point of carrying the project life around?
2) these sleeves will take up much more ring space in FF than 30 mm rings, so you will need several FF, which adds up the cost.

I cut out those sleeves to carry my gtd lists, or just to have spare pockets in my ff. Great idea anyway!

laura jane said...

I wouldn't carry it around, as you said there is no point, it would just be to keep everything together. Just an idea at this stage.

laura jane said...

Thanks for the comment :)

LJ said...

I considered attempting this, and then realised that I just don't have time/am too lazy to keep it up, so it's on the back burner for a while. However, I am very much looking forward to seeing how you get on with this, and then I can learn from you :o)