Project Life-ers in the UK are currently quite poorly catered for when it comes to finding journalling cards. I've tried every craft/paper/art shop in my city and my only offline buying options are the standard "core kits" from the Project Life range in Hobbycraft. Luckily, there are wonderful online shops that import all of the pretty special editions, collaborations and brands that do Project Life compatible sizes, for great prices too! So next time you see a new release that's a "Micheals Exclusive" and you don't have any American friends... don't fret! Here are some of my favourite supply spots. Not only do they carry the core ranges, but most of them also import loveliness from the US and have a host of tempting ephemera to add in to the shopping cart!:
Although Hobbycraft carry a very limited range of Project Life supplies, it is a great place to start. They have a online exclusive deal on a Project Life start-up set which includes an album, page protectors, journalling card and a Core Kit for £50. They also have a WHOLE SHOP full of things to add to spreads to prettify them! Glitter glues, chipboard shapes, stickers, pens...!
My go-to spot for new limited editions! The ladies at HLM are always on top of a new release and put so much work into hunting out coveted American goodies for us UK fans! They run some amazing deals too - my favourite is their scrapbook paper "lucky dip" packs, 20 sheets for £3.99!
Another great place for limited editions and designer collaborations. Craftie Charlie also operates on Amazon Marketplace which is handy when you *need* to add a scrapbook item to your DVD box set order ;) (shh!)
I have grabbed some amazing prices of Project Life supplies via the Amazon Marketplace. Purchases often take a little longer to arrive using Marketplace as a lot of them are based in America, but if you can wait I recommend these sellers in particular: BIC Warehouse, SupermarketUSA and American Crafts.
Of course, the beauty of Project Life is it's simplicity and flexibility. Armed with a pair of scissors/guillotine/punch you can easily make your own Project Life supplies! I often find discounted branded scrapbook paper in my local TK Maxx and I use my WRMK card punch to create my own cards! I have reviewed the punch in this review and if you would like more card-making inspiration why not try some of these ideas?
Magazines - I buy a Vogue every season and when I'm done reading, I punch out the pretty editorial photographs into beautiful 3x4 inserts. I have also previously used National Geographics and New Scientist magazines!
Postcards - Perfect for your 4x6 card slots! I often take a quick look in Paperchase when I pass. Their postcard designs are more design-led than tourist-y!
Wrapping paper - practically free if you have a celebration coming up! Great for themed spreads too, think Xmas, birthdays, parties etc.
Packaging - This probably qualifies me as a bit of a hoarder, but I won't throw a box away until I've scavenged it for pretty bits! I recently bought a phone case, and the back of the box it came in had a cute robot pattern. Only a little bit of that purchase was motivated by the box, I swear!
Next time in the Project Life Series, I will be exploring supply subscription services. See you there!
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