I bought a small starter kit of the 5th & Frolic edition from Life Documented Manila and used it in their workshop that I participated in a few months ago. I fell in love with a lot of the pretty cards in this collection, enjoyed using them to my heart’s content and soon enough, a few weeks into the project I ran out of some of the cards for a layout of a mini album I was trying to complete. So the hunt was on.
The Project Life core kits I bought in London were more expensive (at around £30) than the ones I was able to buy here (each kit at ₱1500), but I have been unable to find this specific core kit in Manila. I don’t regret getting it when I had the chance.
The palette of colors is wider than what I usually go for, but the colors are still well muted to suit my preference. I think that going for the more pastel instead of brighter hues did this collection good. As a result, the colors did not eclipse the darling designs.
True to its name, there are a lot of playful designs among the cards, including popular sketches like typewriters, a camera, ampersands, and keys. But I love that apart from the usual symbols and still life, 5th & Frolic also features nature elements - a couple of animal designs and a bunch of tree illustrations that I really like.
If you were wondering which card I badly needed more copies of (hence the additional core kit) it’s this illustration of a pair of foxes (?) that I find so adorable. This card reminds me so much of Forest Friends stickers, a collection of animal stickers & designs (like rabbits and foxes) from my favorite Quill & Fox, which I buy for my niece all the time. She is a little big sticker enthusiast and she loves identifying animals (so that’s two birds in one.)