Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.



in the spotlight – Denise Beatty

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

I’ve been using Project Life for a year. I use it to document my life on a weekly basis. I tell the story from my perspective, but I include all the events that happen in our family’s life.

How often and where do you print your photos?

I scrap digitally and print once or twice a year as prints go on sale. I print at Persnickety Prints – they do an amazing job and they are fast! I organize my albums chronologically. I have separate albums for my Project Life pages and ones for other scrapbook pages.

How do you organize your photos and supplies? 

I take almost all my photos on my phone. I’m a photographer and I’ve got amazing equipment, but my phone is always with me and I’d rather document a moment than miss it! Periodically, I download all my photos to my computer and organize them chronologically. Then I use my Collect photo app to remind myself of the photos I collected each week and what was going on in each photo.

My supplies are all on an external hard drive. They are organized by designer. I love knowing that when I use a particular designer, I can look through that designer’s folder for things in the same style and it makes my layouts feel more cohesive.

Just a side note – Last year my external hard drive crashed and I lost an entire year of photos and a 10-year scrapbook supply. I kid you not. It was devastating. I had just dropped my online back-up service because they wanted a king’s ransom and I hadn’t picked a new one yet. My hard drive was so damaged – I had to send it to a specialist and they opened it in a clean room. They wanted $1500!!! I couldn’t afford to have my data retrieved and it’s still a sore spot!

So one thing that is really important is to make sure I’ve got my data saved in more than one place. Now I use Backblaze and the peace of mind is worth every penny!!

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

I use the Collect app to keep track of my photos by date. I also use Instagram to keep track of individual events and happenings and use what I wrote to prompt my journaling.

It’s easiest for me to scrap the previous week each Monday when everything is fresh. But when I fall behind, I have those online reminders of what was happening. I try to keep my pages simple. I start with my photos and place them first. If I have too many for a two-page layout, I might do another two-page layout for the week. By keeping my layouts in two pages per week (or some other even number), I ensure that all the pages fall properly in my album.

After I place my photos, then I put in as many journaling cards as I need to document the week and then fill in the rest with filler cards. It’s simple. It’s clean. And it’s doable in a very short period of time. That way I know I’m saving my memories and doing it in a way that fits in with my busy family life.

Inspiration from Denise

2013 week 22 page 1resize

Layout featuring the Blush Edition and Design F Template (modified).

2013 week 29 page 1resize

Layout featuring the Teen Girl Themed Cards and Design F Template (modified).

2013 week 30 page 1resize

Layout featuring the Celebrate Themed Cards and Design F Template.

2013 Week 342-page layout featuring the Teen Girl and Teen Boy Themed Cards. Left page is Design F Template and right page is Design U Template.


9 Responses

  1. Carrie says:

    It seems like all the designers use iPhone/iPhone apps (collect app/iPhoto/etc). Would love to see what Android users/designers use to aid with their PL

  2. EmmaJ says:

    Yay Denise! Love your pages!

  3. Christine says:

    I love seeing digital project life pages! I really like the way Denise used one photo in the 4 bottom slots of the Design F template on the 2-page spread. I think I’ll try that myself – thanks for sharing Denise! :)

  4. Michelle says:

    Oh, I love seeing digital scrappers featured! Great post and great ideas. I’ve been a digiProject Life fan for almost a year now and it is awesome. I can’t get enough!

  5. Barbara says:

    So awesome, Denise! This looks like a super way to scrapbook!

  6. Jenn says:

    Denise is amazing <3

  7. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for the reminder about the importance of multiple backups!

  8. Louise says:

    LOVE these pages!! Do you make your weekly (the big number) cards? Or are they for sale – if so where? Thanks for sharing. Louise