There was a big update on Becky Higgins’ website sometime in the last few days – I’ve been stalking it frequently checking for new Card Design Reference PDFs. Everything that’s been released digitally, except the 6×8 page sets, now has a card design reference! I’ve been waiting for some of these for a while, so I’m quite excited to get them printed out.
Does this mean I have to revisit the sorting by colour thing?!
The Complete List of Project Life Kits page has been updated with links to all the PDFs. They also announced several kits are retiring, so I’ve updated that as well.
For about the past 6 months, I’ve been debating sorting my Project Life cards by colour. I got really close at one point – I sorted my Aqua kit, but then I couldn’t bring myself to start adding a second kit to the piles!
A few weeks ago, I decided to go for it. I have partials of all my kits, so I wasn’t dealing with 10 of each card, but I split each design into two sets, and sorted by each side.
I found one big problem. I have a few kits that really don’t work with anything else and that pile started getting bigger and bigger. I didn’t want to have some of my stuff arranged by kits and some by colour.
I know there’s lots of cards that complement one another, and I think sorting by kit would make it easier to mix and match. But what won out is the part of me that loves that the kits are designed to coordinate and it takes a lot of the guesswork and thinking out of the process.
So, after spending the better part of an afternoon getting about 2/3 of the way through the process, I spent the evening going back and rearranging by kits. Yes, my husband spent several minutes laughing and shaking his head at me.
I’ve ended up with everything sorted by colour within the kit and I think I’ll be happy with that. I got a some new combinations out of the process – did you know Happy and Desktop look really great together? And I still have the ease of just grabbing cards from one kit and knowing they will look awesome. I got some scrapbooking done last weekend, and I did way more picking and choosing between kits just by having them sorted this way.
I have goals of using up my stash this year rather than adding more, and I can see sorting by colour becoming more appealing when I start using up cards. Once more card design references are available and I can get one printed for each kit I have, I would probably be more comfortable organizing my cards outside their kits.
After feeling like the rug was completely pulled out from under me in early January, it seems like we’ve adjusted to our new normal.
To complicate things with my dad’s hospital admission and diagnosis, two days later they were scheduled to move into their long-awaited condo. But they’re finally in and mostly settled. We spent as much time as we could giving them a hand. Lucky me, I get to unpack a house twice this year! My dad has started chemo and is doing well so we’re very thankful for that.
On the blog front, the Complete List of Project Life Kits post is up-to-date with new links to all of the card design reference PDFs that are available. As well, I’ll be updating the printable checklist once I get my laptop charger back this weekend (long story).
Also to come, my adventures in sorting by colour, some thoughts on the Project Life App, and scrapbooking the difficult times.