Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.

Mar

18th

Feeling behind?

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We received this email, and with Stephanie’s permission, I’m sharing it with you today.

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Dear Becky,

I’ve actually been meaning to write for sometime. I have been in love with your products after my bestie introduced them to me starting with the release of the Amber Edition. (Yes, I mark years by Project Life Edition). I bought the kit and went to work. Editing photos, adding cards, etc. I was thrilled about this new way to scrapbook. But first let me rewind and give you a little history.

As a former scrapper before scrapping was cool I loved making books in the early to late nineties. Then mission, career, marriage, and kids and in a blink of an eye I have 10 years of nothing documented except via negatives and portable hard drives. (Believe it or not, snuggling up with your kids to cozy up with the laptop and view old pics isn’t ideal in my mind). Fast forward to now…

Time for honesty. Life is insanely crazy. We added a baby to the mix almost one year ago and he has some unique health challenges that keep us hopping and living around his med schedule. I work full-time and when you add eating and sleeping, there isn’t really anything left. My confession is that my good intentions have gotten me: 1 Amber edition half done but no journaling, 1 clementine edition with first and last pages put in but nothing else, 1 baby boy edition with first and last pages, 1 baby girl edition with first and last pages, 1 olive edition still in the Amazon box that it was delivered in last week, a secret desire to order a mini kit and album for my 7 year old, a half-taken Project Real Life class, and a whole lot of feeling behind, a little guilty, and not knowing where and how to start digging myself out without missing the sweet albeit sparing moments with my family as it is.

I know you have a balancing act with career and family, and we’re about the same age… How do you do it? It sounds silly because project life makes things so simple but I’ve almost wished that there was an answer for people like me that just want to be told exactly where to put what and simply don’t have time to think or be creative in the least bit at this stage in the game. I love the first and last page cards for that reason. I only wish the whole album was like that. Nothing to think about unless you wanted to. A quicker than quick solution to slap things in without much thought. Scribble down a note or two and move on. I know, you’re thinking, we’ve made it so simple already… But just letting you know that I am out here waiving the white flag (while meanwhile logging on to Amazon and buying the latest insanely cute edition). Love your products, love the concept, and love the passion you have for what you do.

All the best,

Stephanie in Texas

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Brandi is our awesome Customer Service Manager who literally manages several inboxes for our company (I used to manage them all and I can not not tell you what a blessing it is to have Brandi helping to field the concerns, answer the questions, and offer the guidance as a representative of our company on a daily basis. I wanted to share with you Brandi’s response to Stephanie because it’s a message to so many people who feel similar to how Stephanie feels:

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Hi Stephanie,

I wanted to let you know we received your email. Your story is so similar to so many of our customers, which is, as you know, why Becky created Project Life. Life is busy. Our priorities cannot be scrapbooking when our time should and is spent doing do many other things. We get that. Cut yourself some slack. Of course, we also get that you want to complete an album. As you said, there is something about snuggling up and looking through a finished album versus scrolling through the computer screen. I have a few suggestions for you, that I hope will help you feel motivated to get started (again) and will relieve some of the overwhelming feelings you may have when you look at how far behind you feel you are.

It seems silly to say, and it might be hard to do, but only think about 1 album at a time. As a long time Project Lifer, I have learned that if I think about the catching up I need to do, I feel defeated before I have even started. Realistically speaking, your family has survived this long without a finished album – they will continue to be okay, so don’t stress about the past photos, yet. Focus on your most current year – 2013. We are only 3 months in. This should take no time at all to get caught up (a few hours in front of the TV while doing your album will do the trick).

Once you are caught up, find a time system that works best for you. This might be adding your photos every day, week, month or (as I do) one time at the end of the calendar year. Yep, I take 1 day in December, when my husband takes the kids for the day, and bust my entire year out, because that is what works for me. Do what works for you. Once you have figured that out, begin to work backwards, one album at a time. So, while you are staying current on 2013, you will add 2012 to your plate also. Once you have completed 2012, you will start 2011, and so on until you are “caught up”. Keep in mind your past years can be a lower priority. So no need to stress over it, but know that if you are caught up on 2013 and are hanging out one night, you can always pull 2012 out and bust out a few pages/months. Eventually, you will be caught up. I am 100% current with my memory keeping, using this process, and it feels great!

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions on how to get started and I would be happy to help walk you through the process.

Brandi

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Me again:

I whole-heartedly understand where Stephanie is coming from, and I whole-heartedly agree with Brandi’s response. You have to find an approach that works for you. As always, I encourage simplicity. Your family cares far more about being able to actually enjoy memories and pictures than how you think you “should” creatively display them. Let go of creative pressures. Seriously. Be creative if you have the burning desire or the innate love to do so, but please don’t embellish your scrapbook pages with a bunch of product because you think that’s what scrapbooking is “supposed” to be. Project Life is simple for a reason. It’s helping us get our scrapbooks done.

In light of what’s happening one week from today (Project Life makes its debut on HSN), I encourage you to tune in (or visit HSN.com that day, since you can also purchase online) and consider taking advantage of one of the two Project Life KITS we are offering that day. I know 99% of you have the desire to “catch up”. Me too. I get it. I want to be sure you know that what we are selling on HSN on March 25th is such an amazing deal that you will not want to miss out on this opportunity to use one of these kits (Blush or Jade – or both) to “catch up” and stomp all over those feelings of guilt.

COMMENTS

42 Responses

  1. Lynnsey says:

    I love this post and agree with the response as well! I decided to PL last year and am digging out on 9 years worth right now. To stay up with my current albums, I do a PL quarterly weekend. I mark my calandra 4 times a year and prepare ahead of time by ordering photos I need. I don’t stress about it this way because its marked in my planner that I will tackle this on certain weekends. If I find myself with an itch to do something one day, I might journal a bit about our weekend or tackle an old album. Yesterday I worked all day during the snowstorm and completed my middle son’s Cobalt toddler album! Years 2008-2010! It feels so good to have his memories safe and together for him to enjoy someday. My 2 year olds album are completely caught up so now I need to tackle my oldest daughters preschool and toddler years- I will work backward. All the while keeping up with 2013 quarterly. Just do what you can!

    • Amber says:

      What a fabulous idea Lynnsey! Last year I was able to keep current on my PL album, but this year I am now feeling stressed and overwhelmed. I love, love, love your idea of scheduling a quarterly PL weekend and am going to plug dates into my calendar right away! Thank you for sharing your awesome idea!

    • Lynnsey says:

      Awesome! Thanks so much for responding. It has really worked well for me since I have 3 small kids. Doing PL seasonally- 3 months at a time is really doable.

  2. Kimberley says:

    Great advice! That was me before I discovered Project Life…….way behind and overwhelmed. Now, I am doing exactly what the advice says, I am keeping up with this year and working backwards on my other years. It has been awesome and Project Life makes it fun and easy!

  3. laura g. says:

    hi stephanie! guess what?? i am behind too!! with a chemo schedule to follow, and sick days after, it’s hard to find time even now that i am off work, but i really want to catch up on my PL….so i think the best approach is to SCHEDULE a time to do my PL…AND get the pictures printed up and organized a little at a time….once the pics are printed and organized i put them in pockets.. then i go back and journal and if i feel like it i add the stickers and pretty stuff…i use sticky notes to write down thoughts that pop into my head while i am putting the pics into the pockets and the dates…GOOD LUCK to you!! hope this helps!!

  4. Lisa W. says:

    OK I want to hop on a plane right over to Texas and help Stephanie AND then hop back on a plane and help Laura G. We would have a great time catching up your albums. !!! Good luck girls, and its all going to be ok, promise. OH one more thing, I am a little behind to, BUT not to bad. And 2012 never happened. I bought a kit and “LIFE” just got in the way…its ok…I am carrying on with 2013. :)

    • Jackie says:

      Where do you live Lisa? I am in NH, am soooo behind! Come on over! ;) my oldest son is 10 yrs old, that is where I want to start, when he was born. I didn’t get into scrapbooking until he was 5, and even then I only scrapped our Disney vacation. So now, 10 years later and add on two more kids, 6yrs and almost 3yrs old, it is overwhelming! My OCD is fighting the working backwards thing along with feeling guilty not traditional scrapping. Of course I can always add in traditional pages……ok I am rambling.

    • Lisa W. says:

      I live in Michigan OH how fun would that be:) OH BOY I getcha on the OCD thing. Hoping you have all the pics to go back from birth…a lttle tid bit would be to do your layouts as “this month” not every day or week, at least until your more caught up. Good Luck! Maybee someday:)

    • laura g. says:

      Lisa you sound like FUN!!! i live in Oregon….find out where Stephanie lives and maybe we can all meet at a central point!!! Thanks for offering to help…you made me smile!!!

    • Lisa W. says:

      You are SO welcome…I think Stephanie lives in Texas we need to go there. It is still SO cold here in Michigan…enough, I have had enough already:( Would it not be so SO great to meet!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, maybee some day. Just think of all of us and maybee that will be just the pick me up we all need to get up and get to that Project Life!!!!!

    • laura g. says:

      umm… i am thinking HAWAII is a pretty good central meeting point….

  5. ClPalmat says:

    Lightbulb! Thanks for posting this and thanks for asking the question. I too am WAY behind and have been feeling the same way. I am stuck on working chronologically I guess. I’ve always felt I had to go back and catch up before moving ahead, this as I fall further and further behind! This proves that you don’t have to! Not sure why my OCD self can’t get over it and just do it!! I can totally get the last few months in an album and work backwards. That is doable, and I just needed that post to reset my thinking!! Thanks again!!

  6. Sheri says:

    OH. MY. GOSH! I am in tears. This is me. ME!! I have so much guilt that I have done nothing. And I have like 5 different Project life kits! I think of that and tell myself that I am a putz. I too work full time now and have kids and homework and projects of their own, and events to attend and a husband in the military who is deployed and dogs. And by the end of the day, they just want dinner and my time. So my craft room gets dusty. And nothing gets done.

    But I will figure out what “works for me” one day and all my stashes will be used and viewable and my memories will not just be in a box or on a hard drive anymore.

    Thank you for your words of encouragement, and ideas Brandi and Becky. It is doable. I just really do have to find what works for me. Something to chew on while I’m at work.

    • Gypsy Chaos says:

      (((((Sheri)))))
      Having a deployed spouse has to be one of the hardest situations to handle. I think it’d make me sad about being behind in my story telling.

      Please don’t wait for that ‘one day’ when you’ll figure out everything. As Nike says “Just do it!” Imagine your spouse’s delight when he can open an album and see his children’s messy faces from the ice cream they ate last week, or the cute scene of them hugging each other, or reading together – any moment you record will be cherished as each provides a glimpse into the ordinary things his family did while he was deployed.

      I’m adding a post that provides a step by step at the end.

  7. Malissa says:

    My suggestion is to keep up on 2013 but for the back years, maybe just combine several years into one album rather than an entire album for every year. Just scrap the highlights and best photos and call it good!

    • Katy says:

      I agree! Do a PL 2 page spread for each month – that’s just 6-10 pictures (depending on how much journaling, if you do smaller pictures for the smaller spaces). You’ll have some kind of finished product and can always go back someday and add more if you really want, but if/when that happens, you’ll at least have a quick year at a glance.

  8. monica says:

    brandi sounds like a gem!!! you are so blessed to have her as your employee and friend.

  9. Diana B. says:

    Stephanie –

    I so know what you mean about catching up and feeling behind. I just started Project Life in 2013 and it’s been incredibly freeing. I do it weekly, but not solo. Yes – it’s pretty much me filling the album but I also check in with each family member. We talk about our week and we talk about our plans. Perhaps your adorable daughter could help you? My daughter was very much intro scrap-booking when she was younger. Maybe you could even tuck journal cards in your purse for those waits in doctor’s offices, etc. And maybe your kids will end up looking forward to picking up new photos at the store. (Personally, I find it’s a lot easier to go through a week’s worth of photos — mine and the family’s– and upload them than it is to go through a lot of them but that’s just me).

    My kids are a bit older than yours – my youngest is 11. One thing that PL has made me realize is that it’s not only about the “firsts,” it’s also about the every day and the “lasts.” And many times we don’t even realize when it’s a “last.” Routines change, especially bedtime ones, and kids grow up…

    It sounds like you are “cultivating” an amazing life!!! You even mention “mission.” That’s one thing PL (vs. traditional scrapbooking) has blessed me with. It’s much easier to bring “faith” into PL’s pages since PL mirrors our life. “Church on Sunday morning” fills us a 3 x4 spot, just as any other part of our life would. No waiting for the big “faith” milestone scrapbook page.

    It also sounds like you have your priorities very straight. Way to go, Stephanie, way to go…

  10. Andrea says:

    Stephanie- ditto what everyone else said. What works for me is that I don’t solely go on a week to week basis for my PL. I do more of a month-to-month thing. I got tired of starting at empty albums, so I thought out a plan. Twice a month I do my pictures. I print them and slip them in. Done. I set dates to have a certain year done by, and I do it. I started with my daughter’s albums, then the family ones, and now I’m starting on finishing up my son’s. I do our family monthly page, plus those pages, and I call it good. I also let go of adding embellishments and what not. Maybe a sticker here or there, nut nothing fancy. My goal is to get things done, not to have my pages on TV. You really can create a whole album with just the core kit and a pen. That is my goal. An album, not Pinterest likes.

    Good luck to you Stephanie. You just gotta find your groove.

  11. Samantha M says:

    Here’s a quick idea for Stephanie:
    You mention that you don’t have the time/energy to deal with the creativity at all, that you wish that the whole thing could be like the first and last pages where it tells you exactly where to put things. And I get it – sometimes just having to MAKE YET ANOTHER DECISION is just too much. Here’s an idea for card placement: go ahead and lean on the lovely PL designs and just let it be. You can pre-fill the pages (maybe try a couple of weeks/layouts at a time to see if you like that), or if it works better for you just put the cards in when you’re slipping your photos in. As for the designs, here are two options. 1st, just put them in as you take them out of the box. Yes, with all of one color 4×6 in a row! Crazy? Maybe, or it might be like some planners I’ve seen, where a whole month or season of pages is the same color. 
    2nd option – enlist randomness. Just try taking some cards of each kind and shuffling them, shaking them in a box, or spreading them on a table, mixing them around, and picking them back up. 
    The basic thing is – our families are SO not going to care or notice stuff about the supplies. If you want to switch up a few cards later you totally can, but maybe trying to trust the designs, that they will go together regardless (even if they’re all the same on one page, or only two types of card on one page) might lift a little of the decision and time burden off you. 

  12. Regan says:

    I had the same thought as Samantha M.: just stick them in. The beauty of Project Life is that the kits are all designed to go together, so it’s not going to clash no matter how you do it. And you’re not cutting or gluing anything, so if it drives you crazy later, you can switch them easy-peasy! As for journaling, once you get everything in the album, sit down with your kids to look through it, and then write down whatever you say to them as you’re looking through.

    • Megan G. says:

      I love Regan’s advice: “write down whatever you say to them as you’re looking through.” I worried a bit about the journaling aspect but this truly resonates with me. :)

    • Camie says:

      I get it! After several years of doing PL and finding my way to make it work … I do what stephanie says. When i get the kit, I fill it up with all the title cards and 3 x 4 cards and stamp the dates of each week. I am usually excited and ready to go at this point, so i use this to my advantage, so when life gets a little crazy i can just shove a picture, receipt, note, etc in and if needs be go back later and journal (usually at the end of the month). This year i am trying not to add all the extra stuff and that is really helping me stay current.
      My sister does a layout a month, which is totally working for her :)
      Hang in there … And just do what you can for now!
      Hugs to you and your cute family!

  13. Tricia says:

    Hi all,
    I too got behind trying to have everything perfect from the start. One week=one layout, perfect pictures, having some 4×6, some 3×4.
    Here is what I did. My pictures are on my computer by date. I printed all I wanted in order of date, no cropping, no editing. I stuck them in my album with a journal card for each. The top right spot has a 4×6 card with the dates. Could be 3 days, could be 17 days. It doesn’t matter. Now my pictures are in and my kids can flip through the book. (They don’t read the cards anyway)
    So, now I can journal a few when I have some time and when I have more time if I want to go back and edit some pictures or change the format I can. I hope this helps.

  14. MIriam Molloy says:

    Another great idea is to have one day a month where you meet up with your girlfriends and add the last month to your current PL album. This has been hard for me to schedule, I’m due in two months with my 2nd and my husband works a rotating shift. But I’ve been finding ways to make it WORK. I get time away, my album gets worked on, and I return a better wife and mother. Just a thought.

  15. Theresa says:

    Here is an additional suggestion for anyone with kids that can handle the task. While I am ______ (making dinner, folding laundry, getting work done…) hand them a card and have them put on it something from the day and then let them take a picture. We get some REALLY interesting things from my 9 year old son.

  16. MaryRuth says:

    I just do a monthly format… I pick about 10-15 favorite pictures from the month (after the month is over) and stick them in the sleeves with a title card that says the month and a few journaling cards from the kit… and that’s it. I don’t worry about documenting every single memory… although I’d like to but its unrealistic and this point in my life…

    At the end of the year I have an album of life highlights. Some memories documented are better than no memories documented.

    Good luck!

    p.s. I think it would be fun to have a few printables of page layout ideas… I know the system is so simple… but I think sometimes its hard for people to get over the fear of starting… a few ideas where to put the cards (like you did when you showed how to set up a baby album) might help people get comfortable with getting started.

    LOVE PL!

  17. Judy Pasley says:

    I just got my first grandbaby 2 1/2 weeks ago. [precious] I would like to start a book for him and do one for each of my grandbabies. Any suggestions? would the baby one work for a grandmother? Please help :}

    • Sue Alger says:

      Judy, I’m a grandma of 7 and I’ve been creating scrapbooks for them since they were young. For the first year I created an album with a 2-page layout for each month–THIS WAS BEFORE PROJECT LIFE EXISTED. This was a first year birthday present to the parents. Then I created an album starting after one year and created 2-4 pages for each year. I kept the album at my home but shared the album from time to time. At their high school graduation they had a completed scrapbook. My oldest grandkids are in their mid twenties and now married. They still love to look at their scrapbooks.

      Now I complete an annual family scrapbook for each of my 3 DIL as a Christmas present. It is usually around 20 pages. I depend on them to provide some photos for me. Last year for the first time, I created many pages using both digital Project Life and the PL paper version. I can’t tell you the time it has saved me. I’m able to share some of the same pages with each DIL (such as shared family Christmas, etc.) and create unique pages just for their family. I just have to insert pictures specific to their family. I also have my own PL scrapbook which I keep up on a weekly basis. I use my own PL binder as a resource for creating these annual scrapbooks, often repeating some of the same pages.

      My grandkids (ages 9-27) love their scrapbooks. They love “looking back” at their photos and homemade treasures I try to include in my scrapbooks.

      I love Project Life. In my many years of scrapbooking I can honestly say this is my favorite system.

  18. Katy says:

    I know there are people out there – on the creative team or that showcase their pages in galleries/blogs – that add all that extra ‘stuff’ because they are part of other design/creative teams as well. Don’t get to thinking that you have to do that too! I could – I have lots of supplies from years back when I did more traditional books – but I have absolutely no desire to do PL pages with anything other than pictures, journaling cards, and other bits of real life stuff that I might stick in (recipets, cards, etc). And when I say stick in, I mean stick in. Not embellish, nothing fancy.

    If I was going to add all the extra stuff to my PL book, it wouldn’t be the solution I was hoping and moving towards a few years ago. I love PL because the emphasis is photos and a few words. THAT’S IT. That’s what I want to do and that’s what I will value years from now – – not all the extra embellishments and stuff. We are moving in a few weeks, and I need to go through and get rid of all the scrapbooking supplies I’ve hoarded for so long! I just need a spot for my project life supplies (the few of them) and I’ll be set!

  19. J3SS1C4 says:

    I so get this feeling too! I’m trying to keep up with 2013 (although I’m happy to be up to a month behind on this year as I go), while going back and doing 2012. I also did 2011 in a similar way.

    My process for catching up previous pages is to work in batches. I started out by going through 6 months of photos and choosing what I wanted to use for that period, and sending them off to be printed. This was usually done over a couple of nights, spending 10-15 minutes, and choosing my favourites, and the things that best summed up my life. Once I’d selected 6 months worth, I sent them to be printed.

    Once the photos were back, I put them in date order (this was mostly done with the print order, but a few were mixed around, so I just straightened them up). I would then spend a few minutes at a time as I could where I would put these in the page protectors in order. This is super easy to do if your watching TV, too! Once all 6 months were in the album, I would pull out the journalling cards and fill them in going through a spread at a time. I got through 6 months worth of the journalling pretty quickly… It only takes about 10 minutes to do a spread or more, and I just slid them in as I went.

    My 2011 was weekly, as I’d done a photo-a-day for the year, but 2012 is a monthly format, which works really well. I stick with the basics… I didn’t embellish, just photos, journalling cards and my writing!

    Personally, if I had kids, I would be enlisting their help! Once the photos were printed, I would get them slipping them in the pages themselves, so it’s less work for you! And let them choose the journalling cards for each photo, so you don’t have to do it all… It could then be something you do in family time together… They could tell you what to journal on the cards, you could write, they could slip them in place! Most kids I know would love this! Just an idea!

  20. Valerie says:

    The first 2 years I did Project Life, I did the traditional “daily” picture and journaling. There are lots of empty pages or empty journaling in those two albums. Last year I changed and take the “weekly” approach now – if there’s something big that happens during the week and it takes up 4 pictures spots, so be it. I also now just summarize the week on one 4×6 card. That’s much easier than trying to write a 3×4 card for each picture you’ve put in the sleeves. I also use the pages with (6) 4×6 sleeves rather than the pages with the 3×4 sleeves across the middle of the page. That way I can fit in more 4×6 pictures if I want to, or I can put in (2) 3×4 pictures or a 3×4 picture plus a decorative 3×4 card in the 4×6 slot. It has simplified the process immensely and I’m enjoying the ease! I actually completely finished my 2012 album – no missing weeks or empty spots. One other thing I’ve added is any papers/pamphlets/report cards, etc. by putting them in 5×7 or 8.5×11 page protectors and including them between the 2 pages of my week – Ali Edwards style. This has helped so much with all the extra stuff we tend to want to keep but never know where to store.
    I still would love to have the question answered about old 3.5×5 photos that I already have printed from years ago. Is it possible that Becky Higgins, Inc., is working on making Project Life sleeve pages for these old photos?

    • Gypsy Chaos says:

      Have you thought about using 12×12 cardstock for your 3.5 x 5 photos? You could use the cardstock for whichever kit you’re using, or solid coordinating cardstock.

      You would cut the cardstock into 4×6 pieces, getting 6 per 12×12. Then attach a photo – as simple as one swipe of a tape runner adhesive or one staple. Now the photos are 4×6 and fit.

  21. Joelle says:

    Becky – just have to complement you on hiring the amazing Brandy! When I wrote to “you” (without ever expecting a response) last summer, I received the most wonderful and personal response from Brandy. It made me fall even more in love with PL that you, as a company, would care to respond to a letter that was just a big thank you – no burning question or complaint. So thanks again to Brandy and to you for your very friend-next-door business model!

  22. Jennifer Johnson says:

    Wow, after reading this post & reading through the comments, I am just amazed at all of the wonderful women out there – supporting, encouraging, & loving one another. We all have the best of intentions & sometimes life just gets in the way as we are living it…isn’t it wonderful?!!! How blessed our families will be to have these albums to cherish – even if we never “catch up!” Thank you for PL – I could never express in words what an impact it has made in my life!

  23. Heatherle says:

    Stephanie,
    I did my own childhood pictures as my first PL album, so I know a little bit about working from the past. The photos were already printed, so I sorted by decade, then eyar as best as I could. I bought some colored cardstock to supplement and help me work around weird sized stuff. I made myself a little bucket full of the supplies, glue sticks, pens, corner tool, scissors, whatever you want to stick in there, and I kept it in the main part of the house. When everyone else was watching tv or whatever, I picked away at it. It took the better part of a month, and that was with older kids and a hubby who wanted it done so I would quit leaving corner roundings on the carpet.

    So let yourself take time with it, and don’t feel like you need to put in every photo. Be OK with putting pictures with like ideas — pictures of the pets on one spread, or of grandparents from different events — don’t be so tied to time order.

    Also, to save your mind, (Becky — cover your ears) toss all the weird stuff like greeting cards in 8.5×11 page protectors, then sew them on the sewing machine to a size that will keep stuff from slopping around. Trim with a paper cutter. Your older kid could be in charge of the stuffing and then you could batch sew them.

    OOOOORRRRRR….
    Also, could you declare it a FHE and have the fam help you? Or make it part of Sunday time since it is family history? Or confess to your sisters and aunties and mom that you really want to do this, but you need help? There are plenty of people who put the product into the page protectors, and then put pictures in as they go and other people could do that for you.

  24. carrie says:

    Some of the BEST ideas here!! I need to print this or book mark it for reference and encouragement!
    Thank you Ladies!!
    Carrie

  25. Gypsy Chaos says:

    I took Stephanie’s request literally – give me a way to do this that doesn’t require me to think! So, I captured the system that worked for me.

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    {unless you allow yourself to get carried away with which card goes with which week. Swallow all OCD tendencies and just do it.}
    1. Put those photo pocket pages – Design A probably – into your album.
    2. Take the 4×6 week cards. Shuffle, stuff one into a 4×6 pocket on each two page spread.
    3. Grab the 4×3 filler cards. Shuffle, stuff one into a 4×3 pocket on each two page spread.
    4. Shuffle the 4×3 journaling cards. Mix them up well.
    5. Pick up a stack, and fill the remaining 4×3 slots.
    Now you have only seven open pockets per two page spread – for photos, or receipts, or notes, or whatever.

    1. Add each weeks’ dates to a 4×6 week card.
    2. Stamp the date on each journaling card. And/or add a day sticker (Mon, Tues, etc).

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    1a. Jot down on the next empty journaling card the memorable moments – before bed, in the morning – whatever works, but establish a habit. Write or stamp the date on the card!
    1b. Or write cryptic shorthand notes on 5×7 sticky notes, one per week. And write the journaling cards once a week. Or once a month. Don’t forget to date the card!
    2. Stash paper stuff (receipts, tags, comic strips, letters, whatever) in your album, loose, between the pages for the week.

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    {time depends on what you have to do, such as upload photos to your computer, edit each, upload for printing.}
    1. upload, edit, crop. [recommend auto enhance and cropping only!]
    2. Select your photos
    {Don’t forget you don’t HAVE to have seven per week; check for loose items you stashed.}
    2. Copy them into a “print these” folder.

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    1. Order and/or print photos in “print these” folder. Empty folder for next time. Do this once a week, or every two weeks, or month – whatever works.
    2a. Tuck a photo in each pocket. Slap a day sticker on each {Mon, Tues}. The sticker will tie the photo to its journaling.
    2b. Stick a day sticker on receipts or other items. Fold if needed to fit in 4×6. Tuck these in pockets.
    3. If you wrote sticky notes, write the journaling on the cards. Stamp date and/or add day sticker.

    and look at what you’ve accomplished! Smile with pride.

    Don’t worry about your handwriting. Don’t print your journaling cards. {UNLESS you have illegible handwriting nobody can read; nobody is grading penmanship! If you have illegible writing, learn how to print on the cards – there are several tutorials around.}
    Don’t worry about taking prize-winniing photos. Don’t worry about getting just the right angle. Take what you can, and realize it’s more than the nothing you’d have otherwise.
    Don’t add stuff unless you really want to do so and have the item right there ready to use.

    Your Project Life book will be fabulous! And it will be completed, ready for others to look at. In the end, that’s what counts.

  26. Gypsy Chaos says:

    Hopefully my previous post was deleted by wonderful Brandi, because some HTML does work. I used it by accident, and poof! A bunch of text vanished.

    I took Stephanie’s request literally – give me a way to do this that doesn’t require me to think! So, I captured the system that worked for me.

    Set up, once per year: 2 – 3 hours, including some ‘this with that’ decision making

    {unless you allow yourself to get carried away with which card goes with which week. Swallow all OCD tendencies and just do it.}
    1. Put those photo pocket pages – Design A probably – into your album.
    2. Take the 4×6 week cards. Shuffle, stuff one into a 4×6 pocket on each two page spread.
    3. Grab the 4×3 filler cards. Shuffle, stuff one into a 4×3 pocket on each two page spread.
    4. Shuffle the 4×3 journaling cards. Mix them up well.
    5. Pick up a stack, and fill the remaining 4×3 slots.
    Now you have only seven open pockets per two page spread – for photos, or receipts, or notes, or whatever.

    Add the dates: approximately 1 hour for all

    1. Add each weeks’ dates to a 4×6 week card.
    2. Stamp the date on each journaling card. And/or add a day sticker (Mon, Tues, etc).

    Capture the moments: 5 – 10 minutes daily
    1a. Jot down on the next empty journaling card the memorable moments – before bed, in the morning – whatever works, but establish a habit. Write or stamp the date on the card!
    1b. Or write cryptic shorthand notes on 5×7 sticky notes, one per week. And write the journaling cards once a week. Or once a month. Don’t forget to date the card!
    2. Stash paper stuff (receipts, tags, comic strips, letters, whatever) in your album, loose, between the pages for the week.

    Select week’s photos: 10 minutes to an hour plus

    {time depends on what you have to do, such as upload photos to your computer, edit each, upload for printing.}
    1. Upload, edit, crop. [recommend auto enhance and cropping only!]
    2. Select your photos
    {Don’t forget you don’t HAVE to have seven per week; check for loose items you stashed.}
    2. Copy them into a “print these” folder.

    Order/Print and place photos: order/print time varies; placing photos 10 minutes per week max

    1. Order and/or print photos in “print these” folder. Empty folder for next time. Do this once a week, or every two weeks, or month – whatever works.
    2a. Tuck a photo in each pocket. Slap a day sticker on each {Mon, Tues}. The sticker will tie the photo to its journaling.
    2b. Stick a day sticker on receipts or other items. Fold if needed to fit in 4×6. Tuck these in pockets.
    3. If you wrote sticky notes, write the journaling on the cards. Stamp date and/or add day sticker.

    and look at what you’ve accomplished! Smile with pride.

    Don’t worry about your handwriting. Don’t print your journaling cards. {UNLESS you have illegible handwriting nobody can read; nobody is grading penmanship! If you have illegible writing, learn how to print on the cards – there are several tutorials around.}
    Don’t worry about taking prize-winniing photos. Don’t worry about getting just the right angle. Take what you can, and realize it’s more than the nothing you’d have otherwise.
    Don’t add stuff unless you really want to do so and have the item right there ready to use.

    Your Project Life book will be fabulous! And it will be completed, ready for others to look at. In the end, that’s what counts.

  27. Sharon says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Easy peasy for catching up on journaling. http://www.smpljournal.com to print your journal cards. So, so simple. No glue or tape required. Just print the templates, place your journal card in the slot, and type your stories, then print. So simple!! You can use digital brushes too. Hope this helps!!!

    CHECK OUT – http://www.smpljournal.com

    HAPPY JOURNALING!!!

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