Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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in the spotlight: Bobbi-Jo


Today we’re sharing the first post in a series of Creative Team spotlights that will continue through the year to showcase the fantastic team members who are creating + sharing their work with us each month. With each post we will spotlight one member of our team – they will be answering questions about their Project Life® process and showing off some of their favorite layouts along with some peeks at their workspaces and organization!

Today we are getting to know Bobbi-Jo Grunewald!  

How long have you been using Project Life to document?

This is my 6th year using Project Life to document the life of my family. I started way back when Becky Higgins introduced the idea of a photo-a-day and called it “Project 365.” [ Note from Becky: I don’t claim to have come up with the “Project 365” term. It’s been used in the photography industry for a while. I just came up with the product that we called “Project 365.”]  *wink*

How do you use Project Life?

I mainly have kept to the photo-a-day method, so my layouts are usually done weekly. Last year I branched out to create a vacation album using Project Life, as well as creating a mini album as a gift, using photos from a family reunion. I am also planning to tackle my four daughters’ school albums this year – I can’t wait! Our main album for each year will continue to follow the “photo-a-day” system though.

How often + where do you print your photos?

I generally print my photos about once a month, and I like to order from Costco (though Wal-Mart is closer and I often order through them). I find almost any photo lab works when doing just 4X6 photos, but I really do like Costco or London Drugs best.

How do you organize your photos + supplies?

I have a little plastic tray organizer that I found at Michaels where I keep my Project Life cards from all of the kits I own. It makes it easy to flip through them and find what I’m looking for. I organize my photos first on my computer, in albums for each day, week, month, and year. That way it is easy to find photos from specific dates. I don’t store many photos in my home because I generally pop them right into a Project Life album as soon as they are printed. My older photos, though, are stored in photo boxes, organized chronologically.

What are some of your tried + true tips for Project Life success?

Keep it simple! I see the gorgeous, embellished layouts and drool over them, but most often my pages are done using JUST the PL cards, my photos, and a pen. When I get in the creative mood, I will spend a little more time embellishing a layout and having fun with it, but my realistic goal is just to get these photos into albums. The Project Life kits are designed to be SO CUTE and versatile that, most often, I don’t feel like my pages need anything else.

Another thing I found saved a lot of time was, in the past, I went ahead and placed every single journaling card and title card in the album for the entire year – right at the beginning. Then, as I printed my photos, I didn’t have to think about the placement or colors, I just popped them in and wrote (or typed) on the cards. DONE! This year, I am trying a new approach and adding them to the album week by week. I’ll let you know which way I prefer at the end of the year!


Inspiration from Bobbi-Jo

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A glimpse into Bobbi-Jo’s workspace

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Card Organization

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Kraft Edition, Seafoam Edition, and Midnight Edition Core Kits along with a Midnight Mini Album, Kraft Album (Michaels), Seafoam Designer Album, Clementine Designer Album, and Midnight Faux Leather Albums (currently unavailable) as well as coordinating Designer Dividers and our Scrapbook Dividers.

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Layout featuring the Seafoam Edition


Layout featuring the Kraft Edition. Left page is Design B


Layout featuring the Midnight Edition


 Layout featuring the Midnight Edition


9 Responses

  1. I have been following Bobbi-Jo’s blog for the past 5 years. It was through her blog that I found out about Project Life. Love her style and her beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing Bobbi-Jo. :)

    Mary from NH

  2. Karen says:

    LOVE LOVE Love your goal layout with each person’s pic and goal.

  3. LB says:

    Love the cute layouts and basic tips. Wondering how you print right onto your cards???

  4. Kris F says:

    Always love to see everyones workspace and to hear how they approach PL.

  5. Veronica says:

    What I totally love about Project Life is that there is very little needed… and therefore doesn’t mess up your art table a whole lot… easy to pack and crop with friends.

  6. LW says:

    How do you print onto the cards? How can you put title and journaling cards into the album in advance? I choose each page depending on the number of photos and if they are horizontal or vertical and then choose a color scheme. I would not know where to put the cards in advance. I have been a traditional scrapbooker for over twenty years and I am having trouble adjusting!

    • Bobbi-Jo G. says:

      I use the photo-a-day approach, so I always know that I will have 7 photos per two-page spread. Until this year, I mainly only printed in horizontal 4X6, so I could easily put in all of my title and journaling cards ahead of time. This year I’m trying the week at a time approach. We’ll see if it sticks ;)

  7. Marie says:

    Love this new series !