Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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in the spotlight – Kelly Mobley


Today we’re shining the spotlight on one of our Digital Creative Team members. Enjoy getting to know Kelly Mobley!

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

I have completed two years of Project Life – documenting every week with a two-page spread and I recently started my third year, 2014.


How do you use Project Life?

My format for Project Life is to document every week with a two-page photo and journal spread. Last year I started incorporating more pictures that my kids are taking with their iPhones – for two reasons: they don’t always want their pictures taken and they take great pictures! I still take over 80% of the photographs for my pages. In 2013, I also started incorporating more pictures from my phone. I love the flexibility it offers when I don’t have my camera with me.


How often and where do you print your photos?

I print my pictures and layouts with Persnickety Prints. I print quarterly or semi-annually. I am super happy with their service and the quality of their prints. The price is very affordable as well.


How do you organize your photos and supplies? 

I keep my photos and supplies on a Drobo external drive. I love this external drive system because it is expandable over time, and it is designed specifically to back itself up if/when a disk fails which is a terrific feature! My photos and supplies are VERY important to me; therefore, it is important to have a reliable back-up process in place.

I organize my photos by year-month-day within Lightroom. I love using LR. It works as a browser on my computer while storing my photos on my external hard drive. I can do lots of organizational and editing tasks with LR. It is very helpful to have my pictures organized by date for creating my Project Life pages. One of my goals for the new year is to further investigate the benefits of using LR to organize and tag my digital supplies. Currently, I use a program called Shoebox to browse and search through my digital supplies. It works well enough, but it doesn’t have a good tagging feature. I store all my kits on my external hard drive. They are sorted by design shop: AC Digitals, Two Peas, Jessica Sprague, The Lilypad, etc. Within this sorting system, I categorize my kits by specific designer: Splendid Fiins, Just Jaimee, Amy Tan, Paislee Press, etc.


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

  • Organization is key!
  • Never leave home without your camera or phone.
  • Be aware of your surroundings however small or insignificant they may seem in the moment.
  • Have fun, be silly and get creative – this will make everyone involved enjoy the experience.
  • Don’t set rules or boundaries for yourself. Some weeks are more photographic than others.
  • Journaling is ALWAYS an option when you don’t have as many photos.
  • Ask your family to participate–give them your camera/phone.
  • Don’t forget to incorporate yourself!

Inspiration from Kelly


Kelly’s neat and tidy workspace.


 Layout featuring the Midnight Edition


Two-page layout featuring the Cinnamon Edition. Left page is modified Design A and right page is modified Design W.


 Layout featuring the Jade Edition.


Layout featuring the Cut & Paste Mini Kit. Script background paper from the Baby Edition. Template is Design X.


Layout featuring the Just Add Color Edition (including overlays). Template is modified Squared Away 3.


Layout featuring the Just Add Color Edition (including overlays) and Man’s World Themed Cards. Template is modified Squared Away 11.


7 Responses

  1. Loved looking at your pages! Thanks for the great tips. Being silly at any age is so important. :)

    Mary from NH

  2. LB says:

    such fun spreads. Love the ways she has modified some of the templates to work for her.

  3. Veronica says:

    Hi Kelly!

    I noticed you have a scanner under your desk top. Do you use that to scan photos and kids artwork? If so, what machine is that?

    Thank you for sharing your work space and scrapbooking process!


  4. Angela says:

    This makes me almost want to switch over to digital, almost!!!

  5. Kathy says:

    Hi Becky…..I have been using Design A the digital version for my PL and wondered about when you wanted to use 2 of the 3×4 slots to pop in one 6×4 photo. For 2013 year I just copied the photo twice and popped the left part of the photo in the left and the same photo but the right side of the photo on the right which means you have your photo cut into parts. I’ve noticed above that someone has done the same thing but their photo is not cut. I use Photoshop Elements….can you explain how I can just include my 6×4 photo without the break in the middle as I still “clip” them (if that’s the right word to get the photos to sit inside your boxes). Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

    • Julie Rae says:

      Hi Kathy! Not Becky but…I just saw one possible answer to your dilemma on the following blog:


      just scroll down to June 20, 2014 and there is a brief tutorial. I prefer creating a 4×6 with two 3×4 masks to which I may clip my 2 photos, but either way works. If you follow the crop method in the tutorial, remember not to save your photos at the cropped size as you may be disappointed if you ever try to use them again! Hope this helps!

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