Project Life 2013: Neon + Graphic

Hi friends! This is my third year scrapbooking week-to-week with the Project Life memory keeping system by Becky Higgins. I can’t quite remember when or how I discovered Project Life, but it wasn’t long after Joshua and I moved in together and just months before our wedding, so it seemed like the perfect time to start a new scrapbooking venture.
I’m not at all caught up on 2011 & 2012, but that’s okay. I do plan to go back and fill in the gaps for those years, but in the meantime my first goal is just to get started and keep up with it this year. For 2011, I did the Amber edition. For 2012, I did the Cobalt edition.
For 2013, I decided to use up some of my scrapbook stash and make my own edition. I’m still using Becky Higgins’ albums, pocket pages, and 3×4 grid cards, because I love how everything is just the right size and fits together so well. It’s all such excellent quality.
I’ve also signed up for the Project Life monthly kit at Studio Calico, which is just beautiful. Between the kit and all the scrapping goodies I already have, I couldn’t justify buying a kit this year. I’m also a bit of a shopaholic and I love to pick up new products throughout the year, so I’d rather put my extra money toward that.
For whatever reason, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with neon lately. Not in-your-face 1980s neon, but neon accents. I also love bold and graphic patterns, like chevron and diagonal stripes. I’ve slowly been collecting anything that fits these descriptions as I come by them.
Lastly, my “One Little Word” (a yearly exercise & online workshop by the super talented Ali Edwards) for 2013 is BLOOM. So of course, I’ve been incorporating florals whenever they fit. All in all, I’m loving the eclectic feel it’s giving my album this year.
So here are some photos of my album, title page, and the goodies I’ve been collecting! I’ll be sharing my first few weeks of 2013 next week.
I chose the Becky Higgins White Signature Binder to go with my DIY edition this year. It’s clean, simple, and oh so pretty. I believe these are sold out now, but I stocked up on two of them while they were on sale recently. Happy I did!
This is my title page. I used pieces from the Studio Calico kit along with some cards I made myself from scrapbook pads or washi tape. That black & white chevron card in the lower right corner is just wrapped in washi tape.
I mixed my own handwriting along with the Studio Calico kit stamps and labels.
I love including a photo of our little family on the first page of my yearly albums, and this one was taken just a few weeks before the year started while we were on Christmas vacation in Florida.
I set up a little “neon station” at my new workspace so that everything I need for the album is in the same place. It all fits neatly in this Vera Bradley desk organizer… which of course is also in neon colors. I love when things match up.
These are some of the 3×4 Project Life cards I made with washi tape. I have so much washi tape and this seemed like a great way to use some of it up! I just wrapped the grid cards with it. Maybe it would look better on solid white, but this is what I had on hand and that’s what this year is about for me.
All of the washi tape cards I made:
I made more 3×4 journaling cards by cutting up some smaller paper pads. I bought 2 of these this year and had two of them already. The colors somehow just mesh well together and give it the vibe I’m going for.
I also made some solid neon cards out of cardstock.
All in all, I have plenty of 3×4 cards to get me through the next few months at least.
I did the same for the 4×6 cards and cut up some paper pads I already had in my stash. I’m planning to incorporate these with a lot of white to break up all the patterns and screaming colors!
Here’s a close up of some more of the goodies I’m using, including some neon washi tapes, Studio Calico labels from the kit, and hot pink tabs and wood chips from Freckled Fawn.
These pens are another item I already had on hand, and they work perfectly for Project Life. I’m able to write on photos with them, color in stamps, and write on dark colors.
I want to incorporate more stamping into my album this year. I love that stamps can be used over and over again… not only is it great for cohesion, but it’s also a great way to save money! I just picked up these neon stamps tonight and I can’t wait to use them.
I put all of my stamps into this cute little basket. My favorites are my new(ish) ones from Elise Joy and Amanda Rose. They’re tiny enough to work just right on 4×6 OR 3×4 pocket cards.
Last but not least, this is what inspired my neon + graphic theme this year. I’m obsessed with these Day Glow alpha letters (and packaging) by Heidi Swapp. Such a fun combo!
That’s all for today. If I can answer any questions about any of it, just ask in the comments! Or if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Thanks for reading!