Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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in the spotlight – Autumn Nguyen


Today we’re introducing you to another one of our Creative Team members, Autumn Nguyen!

Autumn, how long have you been using Project Life® to document? How do you use Project Life?

I’ve been using Project Life since January of 2010. I initially used it to record my pregnancy, but that did not go well because I was mostly on the couch with nausea. Since then, I use it to record our daily life week by week. Each week consists of a left and right page – and sometimes I include inserts depending on our activities for the week. I try to keep the inserts down because I usually have three volumes for each year. When my son was born in February of 2011, I used Project Life to record his story. He now has three year’s worth of stories – in his own books.

How often and where do you print your photos?

To stay on top of documenting our daily life, I print at home. If I can, I try to print the photos daily. Otherwise, I print the photos weekly. For bigger projects, I often use Costco.

How do you organize your photos and supplies? 

I keep my stash visible. I have a small workspace — specifically, a section of our living room. I share it mainly with my boy whose toys often take up most of the area. I work best when I can see all of the Project Life cards. I take them all out of their boxes and store them in vintage refrigerator glass containers, old sewing machine drawers or fun boxes I pick up from thrift shops. I am a big time thrifter and I’ve found lots of neat storage pieces that way.

Except for the photos I print for my Project Life albums, my photos are organized and stored in my external hard drive. I use Lightroom to organize and manage my photos. I do some minor adjustments in Lightroom, but most of my editing is done in Photoshop. I am a big fan of Totally Rad.

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

Keep things simple. I am a school teacher and a mom of a three year old. My project time is limited so I have to keep things simple. I keep the cards in open containers so I can have easy access. The best way for me to stay on top of my daily Project Life albums is to print my photos at home. Before I had my son, I would upload my photos weekly to Costco and do a routine Sunday pickup. Nowadays, I often work late at night so it is convenient for me to print at home (although it tends to be much pricier). I also keep PL cards all over the house to encourage my husband to record stories.

I rarely complete 12×12 pages now, so when I have time I like to embellish my 3×4 journaling cards. I love letter and word stickers so I keep them organized in a basket. Everything is stored in open baskets for easy access and helps me remember what I have.

Project Life is rocking my world right now. And I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.

Inspiration from Autumn


Lots of creativity happens here.


An overhead view of Autumn’s workspace and organization.


Perfectly organized cards *swoon*


Autumn organizes her cards by kit and keeps them in view and at arm’s reach to quickly + easily find what she wants to include on her pages.


Layout featuring the Kiwi Edition (currently available exclusively at JoAnn stores) and Plus One Mini Kit. Left page is Design D.


For this layout, Autumn used 3×4 and 4×6 White Cards. She used acrylic paint to paint the words “around here” on the 4×6 card and then printed the black lines on the 3×4 cards using one of Ali Edwards‘ digital files. Left page is Design F and right page is Design V (available as part of Small Variety Pack 5).

ANguyenCTSpotlight06Layout featuring the Cut and Paste Mini Kit. Right page is Design G.


23 Responses

  1. Sheryl Pyle says:

    Love her storage ideas. I have a problem taking them from their “home boxes.” Must be a security blanket kinda problem….

    • Autumn says:

      Sheryl, I experimented with card storage for a long time. I finally decided that the open system is the most efficient method for me.

  2. Ebony says:

    Awesome space!

  3. Daphne says:

    I have always been inspired by Autumn, her scrapbooks and her handwriting. She keeps it real and rad!!

  4. Julie says:

    Inspiring craft space Autumn! Can I ask where your white desk/shelving system is from? Looks great and practical all at once ;-)

  5. Linda says:

    Great space! Where did you get the small table that looks like it has an adjustable height?

    • Autumn says:

      Thank you, Linda! The table has adjustable legs — it’s actually an old school desk. I found it on craigslist — there are lots of surplus places that sell old school furniture. Have fun hunting.

  6. Giao says:

    I love Autumn’s simple style. She is a huge Project Life inspiratation.

  7. Judi Church says:

    I’d like to know what she uses to keep the 3×4 cards in….top shelf of cart. Thanks. Great organization!!!

    • Autumn says:

      Thanks, Judi! The 3×4 cards are in antique sewing machine drawers. I picked it up at an antique store. I’ve seen lots of them at antique fairs and thrift shops in small towns.

  8. Holly Anthony says:

    Autumn’s storage and works spaces are inspiring. I love the pages you selected as samples too, they show just how PL is meant to be: efficient, beautiful and creative. What type of printer and paper are you using and are you happy with the quality?

    • Autumn says:

      Thank you, Holly. I use Ilford Galerie photo paper in Smooth Pearl and print with my trusty Canon MP970 (a printer I won at Creating Keepsake University years ago). I love the Ilford Galerie paper but I’ve also had great results with Canon Pro Platinum photo paper. Love the convenience of printing at home — and these photo papers do an amazing job. :)

  9. Corinna Mazzotta says:

    Oh wow! I can only assume that PL products are much cheaper in the USA than they are over here. I’d need a second mortgage to be able to afford that little lot! Love, love, love the wooden storage box though! :-)

  10. Sheryl Pyle says:

    I love the aqua cart beside your table.. Is it from Ikea?

  11. Teresa says:

    Lots of good ideas here, thank you. And three albums for a year! I thought I was bad using two but I like to not have to worry about too many photos.

  12. Laura Budde says:

    love all her storage ideas and fun pages.
    I like the idea of printing once a week all the photos needed

  13. Vanessa says:

    Love that you print photos at home! Just wondering what printer you use?

  14. Nikki says:

    I’ve been a long-time follower of Autumn’s blog and love her PL style. Seeing how she works has been inspirational. I need to simplify! For sure! I saw many 3×4 cards but am interested in how and where the 4×6 PL cards are stored. My ikea cart is a disaster but after seeing this, I might spend some time getting my supplies in order so I spend less time hunting for product and more time using it.

  15. Kelly Mason says:

    Love. Love. Love Autumn. Love her photography. Love her creative style. Becky is lucky to have you on her team. Thanks for sharing your work with the world. YOU inspire ME.

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