Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.



in the spotlight – Donya Gjerdingen


It’s time to introduce you to Creative Team member Donya Gjerdingen!

Donya, how long have you been using Project Life® to document? 

I began memory keeping with Project Life in January 2012.


How do you use Project Life?

I primarily use Project Life to make weekly spreads. Occasionally I’ll have a week without many photos or events to document, so I’ll combine it with the following week.


How often and where do you print your photos?

I use Persnickety Prints and Costco for printing. Costco is so convenient since they can have my prints ready for pick up within a few hours AND they print in matte (my personal preference). Occasionally I like to print digital cards (from digitalprojectlife.com) on card stock and I like to use Persnickety Prints to do that. I LOVE the Soft Texture Art Card Stock they offer.


How do you organize your photos and supplies? 

I import all my photos into Lightroom and have them organized by date. From there I select which photos I might want to include in a spread and export them to my Project Life folder which contains weekly folders.

As far as physical supplies, I keep most of my Project Life cards, photo pocket pages, and embellishments in a drawer unit called Alex from Ikea. I swear it was made with scrapbookers in mind because it works so well. Since I usually choose the cards I’m going to use in a layout based on the colors in the photos I’m working with, I like to keep my cards sorted by color.


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

Keep your photos organized. Take five minutes a day to jot down stories from your day. As long as you have those two things done, an album will come together quickly.

Inspiration from Donya

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This is the spot that Donya stores her albums … isn’t it darling?



Her beautiful workspace. Storage drawers are from IKEA (Alex Drawer Unit).



Perfectly organized cards. Tray is from IKEA (Antonius Basket Insert).



Layout featuring the Kiwi Edition and Jade Edition.



Layout featuring the Kiwi Edition.



Layout featuring the Jade Edition, Kiwi Edition, Strawberry Edition, and Plus One Mini Kit. Left pages is Design V and right page is Design S – both part of Small Variety Pack 5.

Layout featuring the Favorite Things EditionKiwi EditionFoil Value KitOverlay Value Kit, and Color Magic Value Kit. Right page is a 12×12 Page Protector with custom stitching on the bottom to create pockets and allow for the enlarged photo on top.


17 Responses

  1. Teresa says:

    Beautiful pages .. my favorit e is the bottom layout .. the right page specifically. Can you elaborate on how you did this. I’m assuming that you stitched it then cut through a layer. Do you have any tips / tricks? Becky .. would love to have this as a future page style :-)

  2. Debbie Lee says:

    Sonya, gorgeous pages and style… I love following you on Instagram. Unrelated, but can you please share the paint colors you used in both your hallway and the green in your scrap room?

  3. Your work (and your creative spot) is beautiful, Donya! Thank you for sharing! XOXO!

  4. Tammy W. says:

    Beautiful – home, craft space and memory pages. Can you tell me the wall color in your craft space? Thanks!

  5. This is such a beautiful space. And such beautiful layouts. I love it all!

  6. Michelle says:

    Donya, love your organization system for you PL cards. Did you stack two of the Alex units? Also, where you purchased the storage containers inside the drawers from. Michelle

  7. Sarah says:

    I love Donya’s style!..simple, but oh so beautiful! I also love how you have everything so organized..that room is soo pretty! And your two boys are just adorable! Thanks for sharing your PL tips with us :)

  8. meghan says:

    I would love to see how you organized more of the drawers I have the same storage unit but need Ideas!!

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