Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.



kids documenting their own life

There are two main uses for the Project Life Childhood Mini Kits:

1) Mini Album: The 100 cards that come in a Mini Kit + your photos + a Project Life Mini Album.

2) 12×12 Album: The cards that come in a Mini Kit can be inserted throughout the full-sized 12×12 pages that go in a standard 12×12 album. I have ideas regarding this format that I think will be very helpful, and that’s coming this week. Those of you organizationally-minded folks will really appreciate what I’m going to share.

But for right now – today – I just wanted to share more about this concept of a child documenting his or her own life by putting together their own Mini Album. Project Life makes it simple + keeps it fun. The end result is something both child and parent can be proud of.

{ supplies needed }

– Project Life Mini Album

– Project Life Childhood Mini Kit (we have 3 editions available + they’re all 20% off this week only!)

– a pen for journaling (the official Project Life pens are coming to stores in May – hooray!)

– 4×6 photos (60-80 will fill a Mini Album, depending on how many 4×6 Title Cards from the Mini Kit you use)


I already shared how my teenage niece and nephew put together their own Mini Albums. If you missed those posts, be sure to check out 15-year-old Ele’s “This is Me” album HERE and 13-year-old Thomas’ album HERE.

I’m going to let the rest of this post speak for itself in images. My very dear friend Jen was all over this idea of having her young children put together their own Mini Albums, so here are some glimpses of the kids enjoying the process. It was a family affair. And I’m grateful to Jen for documenting it.

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 Amaya is using the Childhood Mini Kit: Mayfield Edition + the Rain Mini Album






 Collin is using the Childhood Mini Kit: Bridgeport Edition + the Kiwi Mini Album







 Avery is using the Childhood Mini Kit: Mayfield Edition + the Cherry Mini Album





And no way is Cali going to be left out of this party.  ; )

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And … Lincoln was toddling around the house somewhere while his big sisters and brother were working on their Mini Album. Yes. Jen has 5 kids. No, she doesn’t have their lives all “caught up” in albums as much as she’d like. Yes, she feels behind like the rest of us.

But … Jen can absolutely manage to help them document their own stories, which is a huge help. There’s no reason that full responsibility needs to fall on mom’s shoulders, right? Are you with me on this?  : )


16 Responses

  1. Christine says:

    I love this idea!! My daughter and I are scrapbookers (she’s 20) and this would be a way to include my son (who’s 7) into our little scrap group…going to find out where I can purchase the supplies NOW!! Thanks for taking the hassle out of memory keeping!

  2. Cara says:

    This is an AWESOME idea!!! My step daughter likes to scrap also. A good way for the 2 of us to do it together.

  3. I am doing this with my kids too… I am doing the family album… them their own. I have 5 also (aged 21 to 4 year old twins).

    I just think if I had even ONE album to look back on as a snap shot of my own childhood I would be happy.

    So I figure even if the kids only get an album or two done here and there it will be something… no rules on how much or over what timeframe… just snapshots here and there.

    It will ALL be precious in years to come.

  4. Mickey says:

    Love, Love, Love this idea. My kids are both into their scrapbooks and this is a fabulous idea to get them involved in doing it themselves….I know they are interested in what we were like at their ages, this will be awesome for them to look back on and share with their families later in life.

  5. Iraida Figueroa says:

    Love this idea. I’m going to get one for my daughter who’s seven years old.


  6. judi says:


    Any thoughts on doing a mini kit for high school or college age young adults?

  7. Hailey says:

    Love this! We represent Eagle Bay Elementary too!! Fun to see a local on here. We love our Project life books so much. Will be starting my kids’ books as well. Thanks Becky!! LOVE that you created this. LOVE that it’s do-able. And LOVE that my kids can do it with me!!

  8. Shanon says:

    I appreciate Judi’s question. A mini kit geared for older kids…. High school and college age… Is a great idea! I love the mini albums! Mini albums never appealed to me scrapping traditionally because it seemed like so many extra steps to cut down the paper (and sometimes you even have to create your own album). But a PL-style mini album takes away all if that. Love them!

  9. Lorraine says:

    Love this post Becky, the mini albums are a great idea. Plan to get my Goddaughter to make a snapshot album of her life right now as part of her 10th Birthday present; which she can gift back to me at Christmas and I’m going to keep hold of it and give it back to her on her 30th Birthday.

  10. Laura Turcotte says:

    What a great idea! I love this!!

  11. ChrisyC says:

    Lots of great inspiration in that post Becky…i remember doing similar type projects when l was a child (which we’ve kept over the years) and looking back on them is a blast!

  12. J3SS1C4 says:

    I loved doing stuff like this when I was a kid! Me, mum and my sister’s put in for the Mayfield kit and the cherry album for my cousin (she’s about 10), and I can’t wait to see what she does with it… She loves scrapbooking!

  13. Annette Kelly says:

    Hi Becky, How about a giveaway for all your Australian friends.

  14. Ginny says:

    What a cute idea! You can tell I’m a dance mom, the first thing I notice is the dance photo & the girl with the bun. That photo was caught at a great time, lucky girl. Those can be hard to catch.

  15. Love this idea! And I love seeing children using pens instead of playing on computers!