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Inside My Erin Condren Planner: Holiday Planning + A Giveaway!

Paper & Glam - Inside My Erin Condren Life Planner Holiday Edition YT

Happy Thanksgiving!

Want to see how I'm staying organized and inspired this holiday season?

Grab a cup of coffee and some pumpkin pie, today we're talking holiday planner organization and inspiration! Since my last planner video, I've implemented new techniques for managing the busy holiday season including Project Life cards, a DIY dashboard, and new stickers from Karolina Krafts!

For a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to Erin Condren, leave me a comment below.

Giveaway will remain open through Friday, December 5th!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Project Life: Let's Get Started!


Happy Monday and welcome to Project Life 101!

What is Project Life?

In 2009, Becky Higgins created Project Life as a sustainable alternative to traditional scrapbooking. Instead of spending hours designing the perfect scrapbook page, her revolutionary system makes memory keeping as simple as printing your pictures and sliding them into pocket pages.

On Friday, Becky Higgins & team released this beautiful I Am Project Life video giving us a fresh glimpse into her vision:

Let's Get Started!

If that video gave you chills and you're wondering how to get started, here are my 8 Project Life Essentials:

Paper & Glam - Project Life Essentials

  1. Paper Trimmer: First thing first, we'll need a rotary cutter to trim our pictures and paper. For the last decade I've remained loyal to this trimmer from EK Tools. It's held up like a champ, magnetizes your paper in place, and the blade lifts up for maximum control and precision cutting.
  2. Precision Cut Scissors: Same story with these EK Scissors. Your ribbon cutting will never be the same.
  3. Project Life Cards (Core Kit): Core Kits contain 4x6 and 3x4 Project Life cards that slip right into the pocket pages. These kits come in many patterns and colors to suit your personal style. In addition to a core kit, you may want to pick up a few cards geared towards our seasonal moments for holiday memories.
  4. Corner Rounder: Project Life cards come with rounder corners which means we need to round the corners of our photos to create a uniform look.
  5. Journaling Pens: Great colored pens to record our stories.
  6. Adhesive: If you're like me, there may be embellishments and ephemera you want to add to your album, in which case this adhesive from Tombow is my fav.
  7. Pocket Pages: These are the pages for your album that come in a variety of sizes to accommodate any photo size from enlargements to Instagram.
  8. Album: Lastly, we'll need a lovely place to store our finished layouts.

What are your Project Life essentials? Did I  miss anything?

Storytelling is at the core of my calling. Writing stories with pictures and pixels is what lights me up. If you'd like to hear more about my journey into scrapbooking (and ultimately Project Life), or more information on getting started, I created this video:

Hope you enjoyed this first look at Project Life in 2015 and have a great Thanksgiving this week!

Project Life is Coming!

Paper & Glam - Project Life is Coming!

Happy, happy Friday!

It's been quiet here on Paper & Glam so I wanted to pop in and leave a quick note about what I've been working on this week. 

My number one request here on Paper & Glam is for content (or a monthly series) on Project Life. Sidebar: If you're thinking, what's Project Life? This video explains it in just over a minute.

As a result of your sweet notes and requests, I've been working early mornings to get organized and editing so I can bring you some glamtastic Project Life videos and blog posts.

If you're a fellow scrapbooker/project lifer/memory keeper, or you requested a video/blog post to learn more, what are you interested in seeing? Here are the most requested Project Life topics I've received so far (and plan to create!):

  • An inside tour of my pre-Project Life "traditional" scrapbooks (This sounds a little like watching someone's vacation slideshow, but if it's something you want to see, I'll film it. :)
  • Project Life organization system and supplies
  • Monthly process video showing the creation of a project life layout from start to finish

What did I miss?

On Monday, the first video/post in the Project Life series will be waiting for you. We're starting with some highly-requested basics:

What is Project Life?
How did I implement the Project Life approach to memory keeping?
What do I need to get started?

Thanks for your patience while I got organized. I've said it before, but organization before creation!

Have a great weekend,

P.S. After we talk Project Life on Monday, there's a Thanksgiving Home Tour, and Holiday Planning with Erin Condren + A Giveaway all in the next week. It's a Glamgiving extravaganza!