Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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overcoming memory loss with project life

I’d like you to get to know Jackie, a Project Lifer who shared her story with us – and we feel sharing this will inspire many of you as we head into the weekend. In her own words … here’s Jackie Wood:

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In 2011 I woke to eight years of memories gone, a diagnoses of Transient Global Amnesia. In an instant eight years had been erased from my conscious memory. It was a very difficult situation to process through. My daughter was thirteen instead of five, we lived in a new place, and the world around me was completely different.

One of the differences was the scrapbooking world. I have scrapbooked for over 15 years, so I remembered the old days of scrapbooking, but as you know the last eight years have seen huge changes in the industry. I was overwhelmed by the products and online world of scrapbooking and yet the very thing that helped get me through the hard days of memory loss were my old scrapbooks and photos. They were my window into a world that I no longer remembered.

Literally overnight my memory keeping became more focused about keeping current with my photos and stories. I wanted to make sure to capture today in case I forgot yesterday. That is why I turned to Project Life – a system designed to be easy and allow me to focus on the everyday. I LOVE it!

I love that you can keep it simple with just some journaling cards and photos or mix it up a bit and add your personality to the pages. This system makes it easy to capture the moments in life that are hard to remember even without memory loss. Those moments that happen everyday that become so routine we don’t think about how important they are or will be when this season has passed. A system that pulls the whole family into the process, turning memory keeping into a memory in and of itself.

I am thankful to have a scrapbooking system that allows me to keep the big and the little together in one book. A book to celebrate our family and to mend the pain of memories lost. Thank you Becky for creating Project Life and sharing it with all of us, it has been and will continue to be a blessing in my life.

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Here are four layouts from 2012. This was my first year with Project Life and I used the Turquoise Edition.





And three layouts from 2013. This year I went out on my own and designed cards using pattern fabric, denim, burlap and linen. I shared a bit about the process of making these custom cards here. Note: The last layout is in two pictures to show the back and front of the insert, a Design A page cut in half.




You can read all about Jackie’s approach to Project Life + some of her favorite ways to get memories into pockets, here. Plus, you can listen to Jackies recent interview on Paperclipping here.


18 Responses

  1. Lisa W. says:

    Beautiful…simply beautiful!!!

  2. Vi says:

    That’s absolutely amazing.

  3. Paula Oamen says:

    wow! amazing story and reinforces how important the everyday stories, feelings and photos are to everyone in the family and for many reasons!

  4. Wow…what an amazing story! I cannot imagine having to cope with something of this magnitude, but it’s so wonderful that her past scrapbooks were such a treasure.

  5. Irene says:

    Beautiful pages and inspiring story! I enjoyed my visit to your blog as well. It’s really neat how you made your own album inserts with fabric.

  6. Maryangella says:

    What an inspiring & beautiful story!
    I recently purchased my 1’st PL at my LSS and finally printed all my pictures from January 2013 to present and I now can NOT wait to get started because this post made me realize that tomorrow is NOT promised and I need to document as much of our everyday silly, important, not so big day to day for our 6 and 9 year old girls. Thank you for sharing this story with us and for inspiring me

  7. Sarah says:

    Jackie, what an incredible person are you and your family. I salute you. You have taken an incredibly difficult situation that most of us will never experience and turned it into something very positive. I am so impressed by you, not to mention that I love your book!!

  8. Tina C. says:

    Simply Beautiful

  9. Kary says:

    I heard Jackie on Paperclipping a few weeks ago, and am so pleased to see her here as well. A sobering story, and I have thought since about how important it is to tell my stories now–not wait for the “perfect” time, supplies, whatever. I may never suffer the memory loss that Jackie has (more than once!), but someday I will not be here to tell my stories and of course, like any of us, I have no idea when that will be. Project Life is a great help in this regard, an important part of my memory keeping. Thanks for sharing your story Jackie–it has been a great inspiration to me.

  10. L.B. says:

    A wonderful story and inspirational on top. Love the Play layout.

  11. Tracey says:

    Beautiful pages – just beautiful :-)

  12. Angie Hall says:

    Jackie, thank you for sharing your story with us. You are a brave and beautiful woman, and you are an instant inspiration to me. I, too, am beginning to experience memory loss (which my family continues to point out). At this point, it is almost disabling, and I am seeking medical help now.

    Nevertheless, I am continuing to use Project Life, as I have done for almost a year now. I want to remember the everyday moments, the fun stuff, the not so nice stuff, and everything in between, and with PL, I can frame those memories and events beautifully.

    Stay strong, stay creative.

    Thank you!

  13. Tanya Batrak says:

    Thank you, Jackie, for sharing your story! So touching! Your’re amazing!

  14. Dawn F. says:

    I first heard Jackie’s story on Paperclipping Roundtable podcast. I was blown away by her story and it has motivated to get caught up on my Project Life album. It also made me more aware of how important my albums are – I’m on my 4th year of PL. My father-in-law had a mild episode if you will of transient global amnesia several years ago. It made us all aware of the importance of memory keeping and after hearing Jackie’s story, it just cements that feeling. Thanks for sharing your story, Jackie.

  15. Paula says:

    Wow, you are so amazing Ms Jackie! I wish you a lifetime of creating more beautiful memories and capturing them with grace and style. I wish you good health and lots of joy!

  16. I can absolutely relate to this, and I love that you shared this. We sold our house, and moved in with my father who has dementia that has progressed very rapidly. I, too, am using PL to document the day-to-day, even if it’s not the most glorious time in my Dad’s life. I feel like it’s important to document all of life… the good, the bad, and everything in between! It is an amazing tool to help my Father remember that his life was full, even if he wasn’t really present for it. :)

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