These are my Project Life Essentials. They are all products that I use week-in and week-out. They sit on my table when I’m making my pages, and today I’m going to share them with you. I only recommend products that I use consistently and really love. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or leave a comment at the bottom!
- Becky Higgins Page Protectors — these divided page protectors make it easy to break up your week into little snippets and document all the fun everyday moments. I mainly use the Design F pages, but the Design A, and Variety Packs are also popular.
- Project Life Core Kits (currently unavailable: expected mid-august-september) — these kits have enough cards to get you through an entire year. I tend to use them sparingly throughout my book, but they are great to have on hand for quick pages and jotting down lists or notes. I have both Clementine and Cobalt; but I’m also liking the look of the new Cherry kit as well.
- Project Life Grid Cards (currently unavailable) — I use these all the time; both for Project Life and for various notes and lists I write for myself. I even use these cards to sketch out my Project Life layout for the week, the grid lines help to keep everything even.
- Fiskars Softgrip 8-Inch Scissors – I’ve tried lots of scissors, and these are the ones I always come back to, especially for Project Life. They are a great size, not too big & not too small. I use them every day, and they clean very easily for a brand-new feel every time.
- Corner Rounder — This EK Success punch is the one I use. It’s small and fits on my desk. It works every time and never gives me any problems.
- Silhouette Cameo — I use my Silhouette all the time, It’s great for cutting out titles, and making lots of journaling cards. This starter kit from Amazon is a great deal: Silhouette Cameo Starter Kit Bundle Cutter. There are lots of different retailers who sell the Silhouette Cameo; I bought mine off Amazon because of the reasonable price and the super fast shipping. Here’s a list of all the free Silhouette cuts that I’ve created, please feel free to download and use any of them.
- Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher — This is by far my favorite little tool. It’s a strong mini stapler that has a good reach. Its great for attaching ticket stubs or any other memorabilia, and for adding a little bit of texture/dimension.
- Zig Millennium Markers — These are my main journaling pens. They are a pure black color. I use all the sizes but I’m most partial to the .005 for fine writing, the .03 for regular journaling, and the .08 for a bolder look.
- India Ink Pen — If I had to use just one pen for the rest of my life; this would be it. It has a great feel, and it writes super smooth. The color is a bit of a faded black, which I really like. Sometimes the Zig markers are just too harsh of a black, and this India Ink pen has just the right amount of fade to blend into pages and pockets that are a bit more muted.
Paper & Embellishments
- 6×6 Paper Pads — I love working with the smaller size paper for Project Life, the prints are all shrunk down and look better in the smaller pockets. A few of my favorites: Studio Calico: Classic Calico (probably the best neutral 6×6 pad out there), Crate Paper: Storyteller (love the muted tones & map pages), Studio Calico: Hey Day (love all the various & well coordinating colors).
- Clear Stamps — Stamps are definitely the most economical embellishments, I use several of the same sets each week. I keep them right on my desk with a couple of ink pads and integrate them into almost all of my PL pockets. Here are a few of my most used sets:
- Hero Arts Shadow Inks — I love the saturation of these, they ink a bit blotchy at first, but then spread out as they dry to a really pretty color. I use wet cement the most, followed by soft pool & butter bar. I just recently ordered soft pink & the new neon colors.
- Prima Inks — I have these chalk inks in lots of colors. Its a great way to expand your ink colors without breaking the bank. They’re also small and don’t take up too much room on the desk/in the ikea cart. Starter color recommendations: Ladybug (a real red), Moss Lawn, Teal Damask, Attic Dust, & Old Road.
- Washi Tape — I have lots of washi. I use washi on pretty much every pocket. You get a ton of it on a roll, it can act as ribbon, patterned paper, sticker, access. Two Peas had a great tutorial on using washi in Project Life, I was lucky enough to guest design for the challenge. Washi suppliers: Freckled Fawn, Love My Tapes, & Two Peas has a good selection.