Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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in the spotlight – Krista Noorman


We’re pleased to spotlight another one of our Creative Team members and share in a very special giveaway. Let’s get to know more about Krista Noorman!

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

This is my fourth year using Project Life and I love it more each year.


How do you use Project Life?

I use Project Life in a weekly format, one two-page layout for each week of the year. This year, I also plan to complete an album of pictures from the time Jake and I lived in Germany when he was in the Army.

Most of the time, it’s just me documenting our life, but my daughter, Chloe, has her own album and kit now and has started to show more interest in it, as well.


How often and where do you print your photos?

I usually print my photos every two to three months, editing and sorting them into a folder called “Print Order” on my computer desktop. I’m kind of picky about print quality since my years as a wedding photographer and have always loved and recommended Mpix.com. This year, though, I’ve been creating more layouts as part of the creative team, so I tend to run to our local Walmart for prints just because it’s convenient.


How do you organize your photos and supplies? 

All my photos are organized into folders on my computer by year/month/day. For example, I have a folder titled “2014” containing 12 monthly folders – 01 January, 02 February, 03 March, etc. Within those are dated folders – 01 New Years Day, 04 Noorman Christmas, 06 Snow Day, etc.

I keep all my kits and supplies organized on a small IKEA Expedit bookcase that sits by the dining room table, which is where I do all my Project Life’ing.


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

My best tip … keep a daily journal, notebook, calendar, or document on your computer! It doesn’t have to be an in-depth journal of all your deepest thoughts, just somewhere you can jot down or type out the important things you did that day or something you want to remember to put into your album.

I have a document on my computer that I open each night and type out what we did that day. It has become a habit for me now after doing this for four years and it is the first thing I open when I sit down to work on a layout. If I didn’t do this, I would be lost trying to figure out what we did from week to week. It’s been my lifesaver! And I think it will also be interesting for the kids to someday read through these files because I tend to write out a lot more of our everyday routine than ends up in the Project Life albums. The daily journal also helps me not to stress out over being weeks behind. I don’t always have time to work on my album every week, so this takes the stress off. As long as I’m keeping track of what we’re doing each day, I’m all good!

Also, when I get a new kit, I lay all the cards out on the dining room table so I can see what I’ve got to work with. I am one who puts all the cards in the album at the beginning of the year and adds the pictures and journaling as I go. That’s the beauty of this system. Everything coordinates so you don’t have to spend a lot of time laying out the pages.

Inspiration from Krista


This is Krista’s very first Project Life album using the Project 365 kit that I created with Creating Keepsakes magazine before starting my own company and calling it “Project Life.”


This image shows how Krista sets out and organizes the cards in her kits when she gets them. Love the organization from the start!


Layout featuring the Seafoam Edition.


Layout featuring the Seafoam Edition.


Perfectly organized supplies … doesn’t the sight just make you happy?


We are excited to let you know that in addition to Krista being a valued part of our creative team, she is also a published author! She released her first young adult novel – The Truth About Drew – in May of this year … what an accomplishment! We are honored to offer the chance for one of our readers to win a copy of her book that has been signed by Krista. Just leave a comment including your name and city/state/country before Monday, August 4th, and we will draw a random winner to receive this special edition! Be sure to check back Monday to see if you’re the winner so we can get your shipping address.

Updated 8.5.14

Congratulations to Yolanda B. of Stevenson Ranch, California. Please email toni@beckyhiggins.com to claim your prize!


79 Responses

  1. Caitlin says:

    Caitlin Murphy
    Winchester, MA USA

  2. Alyssa Faith says:

    I saw this book on Goodreads a while back and I want to read it so bad! :)
    Alyssa Faith Washburn
    Sacramento, CA

  3. Christine says:

    I love how you journal and make it a habit!!! Looking forward to seeing more of your creativeness :) congrats on your publication!!

  4. Jessica B says:

    Jessica B
    Keller, TX USA

  5. TJ Jay says:

    TJ Jay
    Lugoff, SC

  6. Katrina H says:

    I’m always looking for good books to read. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Sandy, UT

  7. Susan M. says:

    Susan Murphy
    Wenonah, NJ

  8. Amanda damiano says:

    Amanda Damiano
    Pembroke ont canada

  9. Fluty says:

    Thank you for the inspiration and now I would like to go to my craft room and start making my PL page!

  10. Pat Chatt says:

    The more I learn about Project Life, the more excited I am.
    Mesquite TX USA

  11. Chelsa Roberts says:

    Love your ideas and YA LIT!


  12. Audrey Davis says:

    Audrey Davis
    Hillsborough, NC

  13. Paula O says:

    Love the organized supplies!
    Paula O
    Vancouver, BC, Canada

  14. Mony Baumgartner says:

    Pick Me :) I love books:)

  15. Natalie says:

    Commack, Ny, USA

  16. Sue Wood says:

    Goodyear, AZ USA
    I have two teen daughters who love to read!

  17. Deana S. says:

    Thank you for the chance to win!
    Deana S.
    New Boston, TX

  18. Alex Hunter says:

    Alex Hunter
    Charlotte, NC USA

  19. Laura A in Oregon says:

    Laura A
    Salem, OR

  20. Leah Hearnsberger says:


  21. Carrie says:

    Carrie Bentley
    Chandler, AZ

  22. Andrea B. says:

    Andrea B.
    Spokane WA USA

  23. Aussie Mum says:

    Love the idea of journalling everyday, I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve thought something was special or funny only then to forget it later. You have inspired me to try to take better notes. As a mum to two teen “book worms” would love to win this prize…. Congratulations to you for writing books for young adults…

  24. Anika says:

    I love your organization and writing skill, Krista! Your new book would help me to improve my englisch a bit ;-)
    Greetings from
    Anika Müller, Hessen, Germany

  25. Betsy says:

    I love your journaling idea, and I started this year with the monthly calendar book of Becky’s and I have it right next to the computer so that I can write in it daily or whenever I take pictures.

    • That’s so great, Betsy. Keeping that little journal file on my computer that I add to daily has helped me so much. Writing it down really helps me remember. I need all the help I can get. ;)

  26. Krista E. says:

    Thanks for opportunity to win. By the way, I love your first name! LOL!!
    Krista E
    Portage, WI

  27. I love you keep a daily journal on your computer. A great idea and one I intend to use. I do organize my photos exactly the way that you do. It certainly makes life easier for me. Congratulations! You must be very excited to have your book published.

    Mary from NH

  28. Tiffany K says:

    Can’t wait to read it.

  29. Mindy says:

    Congrats on your book!
    Oceanside, CA

  30. Luanna says:

    This sounds like a great book for my daughter and I to read! Congrats Krista!
    Luanna R
    Scottsdale, AZ

  31. Jennifer A says:

    Jennifer A, Orem, UT USA
    Inspired by the organization. CONGRATS on being a published author. That is huge!

  32. Chrystal says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I love YA fiction!

    Houston, TX

  33. Ann says:

    Thank you for your comments! Love your pages :)

  34. Nicole says:

    Minneapolis, MN

  35. Bristi spinage says:

    I love your organised supplies, so neat and tidy! Do you add many embellishments to your layouts or is it mainly just journalling and photos?

  36. Bristi spinage says:

    Watford, UK
    I just read about your book sounds interesting!

  37. Deiga says:

    Great PL tips. Congratulations on the book.
    Redlands, CA

  38. Yolanda B says:

    Enjoyed all the tips!
    Yolanda B. Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

  39. Emalee says:

    Love the organization in the Expidite cube! I keep having to move my supplies to places that my one year old can’t reach or can’t climb to and get them.

  40. Ariel says:

    Benton, AR

  41. Jessica M. says:

    I would love to win this! It will be put in my classroom library for all my students to read!

    Jessica Madsen
    Hyrum, UT

  42. Jackie Hughes says:

    Jackie Hughes
    Elk Grove, CA

  43. Ana Cabotaje says:

    Love how clean and simple your albums look. Nothing cluttered with the stories and pictures being the highlights.
    A. Cabotaje
    Chicago, IL

  44. Maureen Van Dusky says:

    I think that’s a lot of pre-work that I will most likely change around by putting all of the cards in the album ahead of time. !! But WAAAY more power to u if it works!!
    Congrats on your young adult novel! Would love to read it! Just finished Fault In Our Stars and loved reading a not so graphic novel to classify as young adult and will search fir many more if these in the future!!
    Congrats again!!!

    • Thanks, Maureen. I do sometimes move the cards around, but I like that they are all in the album ahead of time. Of course, this is just what works for me. ;)

  45. Sharon M says:

    Love that you write and PL!
    Canyon Country, CA usa

  46. Laureen says:

    Love seeing the Project 365 layout… and love your pic of how you keep organized! Congrats on your book :)

  47. Joye B. says:

    My girls love to read!

    Cincinnati, OH USA

  48. Jan McCann says:

    Christa, I’m so inspired by your enthusiasm for project life! Thanks for sharing xx
    Jan McCann

  49. Sara says:

    Milan (Italy)

  50. dana j says:

    Irving, tx USA

  51. Jamia says:

    Jamia, Lancaster Calif

  52. Angie F says:

    Angie Fennewald
    Cookeville, TN

  53. Kimberly says:

    I love reading YA books! Always looking for something new to read and also I love sharing books with my 13 year old.

    Kimberly North
    Victorville, CA

  54. Thank you all for such nice comments. And good luck to all who entered to win the copy of my book. :)

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    Yes! Finally something about skin care products.