Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.



an engagement story


Let me tell you why these are two of my favorite people on the planet.

Karolyn has been one of my very dearest friends for about 15 years now. We’ve shared many laughs, many tears, good times and difficult times. Through it all – Karolyn’s positive energy, charitable spirit, super fun nature, and a million other admirable qualities – have been a blessing in my life. She’s a rock star. She has been a single mom for the past four years, demonstrating her undeniable strength in cultivating a good life even through the heavy challenges that come from divorce.

You can imagine the joy I’ve experienced as a friend, seeing Karolyn fall in love. Ryan is her main squeeze, the love of her life, and someone I know absolutely adores her in every way. And so that automatically makes him one of my favorite people now. Plus – we think he’s a pretty great guy.

Say hello to Karolyn and Ryan. On May 10th, they will be married and ready to embark on a new journey with their families. All of us who know them are bursting with excitement about this.


I have to share with you how Ryan asked Karolyn to marry him. This is 100% his idea, which is worth noting because some of you might think I had a hand in this. No way. He totally thought it through – start to finish. I was simply a listening ear and he asked for my opinions a couple of times. It was so fun for me to know all about this before Karolyn had a clue.


So this is how it went down. Ryan put together a Project Life® Mini Album called “A Bucket List with my Favorite Person.” All he needed was the Mini Album. He came up with designing all of his custom cards. For Valentine’s Day, he gave her the gift of a hot air balloon ride. As they were high up in the air, he presented her with this romantic (and also humorous at times) book of memories … all of their “firsts” and the memories associated with them.

First date, first kiss, first time having all of their kids together, first fight, first Thanksgiving, and on and on. He had a date and a picture associated with every memory. He included screen shots of text conversations. He included favorite quotes that are particularly meaningful to them. He included inside jokes. It’s all there – in this little book.


At the end of the album, the question was right there on the last page … and he was right there, getting on his knee inside a hot air balloon way up in the air. Karolyn was so wrapped up in the album that she simply didn’t see it coming.

And she said YES.


Seriously – how great is this? Ryan scored major points for his thoughtfulness and creativity – not only with Karolyn but with all of us friends, Karolyn’s daughter Sadie who was particularly impressed and can’t believe he proposed with a scrapbook – how cool is that!? – but I’m guessing also probably many of you now.  ; )



35 Responses

  1. Gale says:


  2. Kari says:

    I would say he is definitely a keeper! What an awesome story. Thank you so much for sharing and a BIG congratulations to Ryan and Carolyn.

  3. Paula O says:

    So romantic and sweet

  4. Nicole says:

    What a creative way to propose! So sweet.

  5. Katie says:

    SWOON!!!! What an amazing idea! Love it!

  6. Grace says:

    Congratulations to your friend and her family! So nice to know that there really are good men out there somewhere! They are both very lucky and blessed. Thanks for sharing this story. Grace xoox

  7. Nancy Coultas says:

    That is so incredibly awesome! Congratulations to both of them. For him to think of this and present that memory of all their firsts shows he is a keeper. His thoughtfulness speaks volumes that he would do this for her and loves her this much! So happy for them!

  8. Karen says:

    What a fantastic keepsake, even before they start married life. Great story. I hope they share a great future together.

  9. geezee says:

    Congrats. What a cool memory for her.

  10. Sarah says:

    What an amazing story of there two. Love them both. Ryan is for sure a gem. Can’t wait for may 10th!

  11. What a lovely memory for their story! It’s so uplifting to hear that romance, thoughtfulness & creativity still abound. :) best wishes to your friends!

  12. Wendy says:

    Love this couple and absolutely LOVE Ryan’s proposal! So so Happy for them! Great post Becky. :)

  13. Nancy P. says:

    Amazing story, LOVE that he put it all together. What a beautiful album that they’ll treasure always (O:

  14. Sheryl Pyle says:

    I think this is honestly one of the most precious and amazing proposals I have ever seen. So personal and something they can revisit throughout their marriage and life together. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations to both Ryan and Karolyn, May God Bless their new life together.

  15. LB says:

    This is so so so amazing and wonderful memory for life

  16. Ruth says:

    He’s a keeper!! Congratulations to them both.

  17. TC says:

    Romantic!!! This guy for sure is a keeper. And to make up a mini album!!

  18. Monica says:

    SHUT UP!!!! The greatest, most thoughtful, cutest, most romantic way to do it! LOVE THIS!!! (Ha, knew she had to be a friend, she wears the same colors as you Becky) :)

  19. Joy Shimabukuro says:

    Wow! This is so sweet! Congratulations to the both of the and their families. sounds like they will have a wonderful life together.
    I can’t help notice that Karolyn could be your sister!

  20. LaRae Corey says:

    He is a keeper and so is Karolyn. They are darling together and we couldn’t be happier for them. They make a pretty great team! Ryan’s Mom

  21. Nathalie Nass-Peltier says:

    Thank you for sharing and congratulations to them!! So happy for them! I wish them all the best for many years to come.

    Nathy from France

  22. Kate says:

    Wow! That is absolutely amazing! What a guy! Impressive, thoughtful, kind … Really amazing!
    Best of luck to them :)

  23. Rhonda Steed says:

    oh my heck that’s sweet!!! Congrats to them!!

  24. Rachel says:

    how very special x

  25. Carrie says:

    That is fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

  26. Heather says:

    Does he have a brother?!?!

  27. Wow! What a romantic and very thoughtful man he is! Congratulations to them both. I love a love story, thank you for sharing this.

    Mary from NH

  28. Katie says:

    Can we clone him??? Much congratulations to Ryan and Karolyn! Great story!

  29. Taslima says:

    Oh my goodness! I was just reading your post as I often do (Love you Becky)….I KNOW RYAN! How amazed I was to see him in this post! I have to admit I am very jealous that he knows you ;). He is an AMAZING guy! I wish him the best…please give him a big hug for us!

  30. Debbie says:

    So precious! Through out their courting, he was really present in that he could document so fully the firsts. Quite an amazing story. Blessings to Ryan and Karolyn as they begin their life together!

  31. Leslie S. says:

    What a beautiful, thoughtful way to propose. That is an awesome story. Congrats to Karolyn and Ryan!!

  32. JenniferL says:

    My 3 favorite earthly things are Disneyworld, Hot air balloons and Project life. The only thing that would have made this more perfect for me is if the hot air balloon was flying over Cinderella’s castle when it happened. What a GREAT story! So sweet and memorable. And I’m completely jealous!

  33. Kathy Hoffman says:

    This is an AWEOSME story of an awesome guy. By these actions we can tell that he truly does love her…best of wishes to the new couple on their journey through life.

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