Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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in the spotlight – Juli Jones


We’re excited to share another creative team spotlight with you … today we’re getting to know Juli Jones!

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

The first Project Life kit I purchased was actually not for me; it was a gift for my sister. It was the very first Cherry Edition. I was secretly testing it out on her to see how she liked it since she scrapbooked more than I did at the time. However, it didn’t take me long to realize that Project Life was the solution I needed! I soon ordered the Turquoise Edition and I started with my first book in January 2011.

How do you use Project Life?

I use Project Life to create family albums. The last couple of years I have stuck to doing weekly layouts. Everything goes in the family albums…big events, little events, vacations and everything in between. Last year I started on separate albums for my boys featuring their school work and everything related to their sports/hobbies. Also, if there is a specific story related just to them it goes in their book, as well. I absolutely love working on these books for them! I have a long way to go, but with Project Life I do not feel overwhelmed by the task like I used to. My family typically isn’t part of actually creating our albums, but I love that they know my process and will save things for me that they think I might want to include. “Hey mom, do you want my ticket stub?” or “Do you want to keep this program?” or they will specifically give me something they want to keep for their book. My husband will also text me pictures of the boys if they are doing something without me. So in a way, it is a family affair.

How often and where do you print your photos?

When I am doing good and staying on track, I print my photos here at home. When I get behind and have a lot of photos to print at once that are recent or if I have a fun extra little project I’m working on, I’ll use Persnickety Prints. If I have a lot of older pictures I need to print at once (like for my boys’ books), I use Shutterfly since all of my older photos are stored there. I will also use Costco in a pinch if I decide to do an enlargement in my weekly spread.

How do you organize your photos and supplies? 

I am a chronological girl when it comes to organizing my photos. On my computer I have folders for the years with sub folders for the months and within the months specific events and so on. When I print my pictures, they don’t sit too long before they are in an album since I’m usually printing what I’m about to use. I just keep them on my workspace in a shoe box or something until I’m ready for them. (I still have lots of forgotten years though that are in need of printing, but again, I know with this system I will get to them.) I also have a small little studio space in our basement with a couple of great pieces of furniture that help me keep all my supplies organized in the drawers. However, when I’m working it all kind of ends up in a mess on my table. :)

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

These days my iPhone is never more than a few feet away from me so I pretty much have access to that camera at all times. My DSLR is also always out on my kitchen counter as a visual reminder to pick it up too, plus keeping it out makes it easily available when I see moments that I want to capture with my big camera. I am also a huge list maker and journal writer, so I always have a notebook with me readily available to jot down anything that comes to mind or something that was said. I also use the DayOne App on my phone to do a lot of my journaling, especially at my boys’ sporting events. I have my phone out and am keeping track of their scores and writing the play-by-play as they go. It’s great, however, there is just something about my notebooks…they will never be replaced by an app! Those things help me immensely in having Project Life success.

Inspiration from Juli


Layout featuring the Cobalt Edition


Layout featuring the Cobalt Edition


Layout featuring the Turquoise Edition and Tan Arrow Stickers


One of Juli’s favorite simple pages because of the photos + journaling (letter to her son). Left side is an 8 1/2 x 11 vertical page protector cut down and sewed along the edge and right page is Design E.


How cute is she? This is Juli with her very first Project Life kit!


Some peeks of Juli’s studio space. Her basement is unfinished but they laid down a piece of carpet and set up her space and she couldn’t be happier! As long as she has a little space heater she’s good to go!


We think you rock too, Juli!


23 Responses

  1. Alida says:

    Hi Juli, I’m a big fan of your style & photography and coincidently have also used the Turquoise and Cobalt kits, and am a Mom to boys. So wish you’d start blogging so one could see more of your pages. Greetings from South Africa!

    • Juli Jones says:

      Hi Alida and fellow boy mom…I love that! Yes, the Turquoise and Cobalt kits are awesome and perfect for a house full of boys in my opinion:) I appreciate your encouragement to start blogging. I am carefully thinking about it. Thank you for your kind comments.

  2. Kay Curlee says:

    Wow! She’s so cute and talented. She’s encouraged me to get organized and just do it!!!

  3. Kristin A. says:

    Juli, your layouts are gorgeous, but man is your space inspiring! We, too, have a partially finished basement, with the partially finished parts being not used. Love your carpet remnant, your lighting solution and the paper-wrapping folding table. Great tips on how to use my space! I am feeling very inspired.Thanks for sharing.

    • Juli Jones says:

      Hi Kristin~ I find it equally as funny as it is awesome that you have been inspired by my basement set up–lol! Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that when I was putting it together. It literally was birthed out of my desperation to have my own creative space and I just used what I already had. Just goes to show you that you don’t have to have a Pinterest worthy scrapbook room to be creative and get stuff done:) I’m thrilled that you’ve been inspired! Thank you for your nice comment:)

  4. Ashley says:

    I don’t think I’ll be do our first “family album” until next year. I’m focusing on the princess’ first year with this album :-). This was very inspirational though. I love how not all of her pics have rounded corners and some do. Takes off pressure to have it all look perfect.

    • Juli Jones says:

      Thanks Ashley! It most definitely does not have to be perfect, so yes, let that pressure go. To me, just getting it done is perfection:) Have fun with your little Princess’ album!

  5. Patty Ellis says:

    I personally know Juli, and our sons are friends. She is a very talented photographer, and she has inspired me to use Project Life. Thanks!

  6. Lynene Sandbloom says:

    Sweet Juli . . . you did it . . . . your work space is just how you envisioned it to be and it looks like a very FUN place to create! So proud of you and your incredible family. Blessings and much love to you dear friend!

  7. rachel says:

    Beautiful and Inspirstional

  8. rachel says:

    Beautiful and Inspirational
    …. Thank you

  9. I love your area in your basement!!! I am in the basement too and you make it look sooooooo cute!

    • Juli Jones says:

      Yay! Another basement dweller–ha ha! Thanks for your sweet comment. My basement area might be slightly cute but it definitely is still a basement! Thank goodness for my space heater! But hey–whatever works right?!

  10. Monique says:

    Love the layouts!!! They show that simple can be beautiful and have a finished look!! And, I just LOVE the basement space! It is cute and a great reminder that it doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to generate an amazing outcome!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Juli Jones says:

      Hi Monique! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I obviously couldn’t agree more that your space doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to get your creativity on. I’m just thankful to have any space I can get to call my own:) Thanks again!

  11. I love that you used an 8.5 x 11 page to do your journaling. Your photos and pages are wonderful. I used the Turquoise edition for my book in 2011 too. :) Thanks so much for sharing all that you have.

    Mary from NH

    • Juli Jones says:

      Hi Mary~ I’m a little late at responding but I just wanted to thank you for your sweet comment. I appreciate it so much! And yep–that turquoise edition was great:)

  12. Gay Ferland says:

    Wow! Great news about Becky partnering up with the best rubber stampin’ & scrapbooking company in the world…Stampin’ Up! Nope, not another demonstrator, been there, done that! I love the concept of “The Circle Journal” ( you may need to check it out!) they have been doing this concept for many years, except their projects are shared through the USA postage system. Good Luck!!! I wish you a very lucrative journey!!! I can’t wait to purchase “Project Life!” providing it won’t break my bank!! Woo Hoo!

    • Juli Jones says:

      Hi Gay~ I’m so excited about Project Life and Stampin’ Up coming together as well! I think it’s going to be pretty amazing and I can’t wait to get to try it all out myself!