Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.



in the spotlight – Julie Long


We’re excited to share another creative team spotlight with you. Today we’re getting to know Julie Long!

Project Life, how I love you. I never knew how much I would {heart} pocket-style scrapping. I began scrapbooking in 2002, first as a paper scrapper and then all digital by 2007. In 2009, I jumped aboard the Project 365 train and have 2 or 3 years of albums that I have partially or almost done. That was when I decided to stop trying to take a photo “every day” and instead capture life moments when I feel moved.

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

I decided to try Project Life last year (2013) for the first time and it is the perfect fit. I love to look back and see the little moments of our year–things I would never have taken photos of before. It is so fun and gratifying to hear my two daughters say, “Oh, I remember that,” when they see a page I am working on.

How do you use Project Life?

I tried in my first year of PL to do a two-page spread for each week. There were a couple of times I would do one of the two pages as a special event like a birthday or an event where I had a lot of photos and still work them into my book. For Christmas, I decided to do an additional two-page spread beyond the week’s two pages. So try what works for you. I like to do mine for the whole family even though it is my voice and photos.

How often and where do you print your photos?

I decided to try and print a photo book for my 2013 book, but I will admit that I haven’t printed it yet! I’m still playing catchup. I do have a goal to keep up to date in 2014.

How do you organize your photos and supplies? 

I work on a MacBook Pro to scrapbook, so I use a Seagate External Hard Drive (EHD) to hold my scrapbook supplies. Last year I used my iPhone to take all my Project Life photos, so I would import them into iPhoto, but I also created folders on my EHD for each week of the year complete with the dates so I could go back and find all the photos easily.

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

  • First tip to success … don’t be afraid to take photos! You may not use them all, but it is fun to have lots of choices for your Project Life layouts.
  • If you have a smartphone, try the Collect app. It helps keep track of what day you took your photos and you can put captions into the app to remember for journaling!
  • Keep folders by week number and date, and put your photos for that week into the folder to make them easy to access.
  • Try to pick 1-3 fonts you really like and use them on each layout to keep the year looking consistent. I used a bold font for the dates of each week (Bebas was my fave), then I chose a font for journaling (try Claire Hand) and a fun script for little captions on photos.

Inspiration from Julie


Working on a laptop makes it possible to scrapbook anywhere!


 2-page digital layout featuring the Maggie Holmes Mini Kit. Left page is Design B and right page is Squared Away Template 11.


Digital page featuring the Honey Edition and Design Y

Week30 page 1web

Digital page featuring the Amy Tangerine Cut + Paste Mini Kit and Design Q


9 Responses

  1. Christine H. says:

    So happy to see digital PL pages. Love your work and tips! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Laura Halmrast says:

    What font did you use on “week?”

    • Julie L. says:

      Hi Laura-

      I am using “Blackjack” in my 2014 book. In 2013 book, I used a pre-made word art for week from Britt-ish Designs’ Pronto kit.

  3. Walt Norris says:

    I enjoyed looking at your scrap-book! It is so interesting watching your girls grow up….You and Rob have such busy lives and are a wonderful Christian family

  4. Thanks for sharing your pages. They are so pretty. I love the Honey edition and use it often it’s so cheerful. :)

    Mary from NH

  5. Chari says:

    Julie is always full of inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Genia says:

    Beautiful pages and they’re digital too! And great tip on using fonts. I never thought us using the same font(s) throughout a book for a more consistent look.

  7. Alison says:

    Great layouts
    Do you keep your backgrounds consistent too or just go from week to week?

    • Julie L. says:

      I can’t believe I never saw this question Alison about keeping backgrounds consistent, but yes, I do the same backgrounds through the whole year. the kits differ, but not the background paper. I have a favorite from the Midnight edition for bg paper!