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personal yearbook – digital exclusive

As our month-long birthday celebration continues, we are so delighted to share something special with you every single weekday throughout the entire month of October. Today is special indeed–not only because we’re halfway through the month now but because today we are releasing a brand new product in digital format. It’s the Personal Yearbook, and it’s available right now on DigitalProjectLife.com!

Some of you will know exactly what this is all about, but there are so many newbies to my blog these days – I certainly want to be sure everyone’s up-to-speed on this fun idea.


The back story: Ever since Porter was in preschool (he’s a 5th grader now) I have volunteered in my kids’ classrooms to help each of them pull together a Personal Yearbook over the course of the school year. The concept is simple. Each child gets a little book/folder/album/scrapbook … whatever you want to call it (I call it a Personal Yearbook) … at the end of the school year. This Personal Yearbook is a review of the student’s school year on a month-by-month basis.

Each layout has a theme of sorts – but not necessarily “big” school events. One month it’s the students at their desks, another month it’s recess, another month it’s about a certain unit they’re studying, and another month it’s lunch and I’m actually in the cafeteria photographing each child eating during their down time.

This tradition has become a fast favorite in our family – and among many others who have joined me in this effort to help kids document their school life. We now have 3 school-aged children and yes, I’m carrying on this project for all 3 classrooms (I know … a little ambitious … but I love doing this for the kids!). Certainly this is something you can do for just your child. The concept is applicable to any age or type of school situation – public, private, charter, homeschool … whatever.


Samples from the past: To see more about how I’ve done this in the past, here are a few posts you may be interested in:

  1. Back to School Personal Yearbooks
  2. Wrapping Up Personal Yearbooks
  3. Scrapbooking with School Kids


Personal Yearbooks – Project Life style! Well … naturally, I’ve been wanting to make this project available in Project Life format for quite some time. So I got in touch with one of my favorite graphic designers, Liz Tamanaha, and she agreed to work with me on this project to make some magic happen.

Today I am pleased to announce that this is now available in digital format. We are offering it in two ways — The Mini Kit has all the cards, just like a typical Project Life Mini Kit. You don’t have to be a digital scrapbooker to use these. We have all the files set up in PDF format if you want to just print the cards and trim them to use.

The idea is that each student would have a Project Life Mini Album and the cards and photos would slip into the Mini Album for a very nice version of a Personal Yearbook at the end of the school year.


Click here to check out the Personal Yearbook Mini Kit, which comes with all the cards as shown above.


The other way we are offering these designs is in the form of pre-designed 8.5×11 pages, already set up so you literally print the full pages and slip them into 8.5×11 Page Protectors. No cutting anything. The cost of Mini Albums can certainly add up so if you’re doing it that way, you’ll want to enlist other parents in helping to pay for those. This option with the pre-designed 8.5×11 pages will cost less and still looks really great. Each student would just need a folder with the 3 prongs and 8.5×11 Page Protectors (instead of a Mini Album).


Click here to check out the Personal Yearbook Pre-designed pages as shown above.


Of course we wanted to be sure that you have the option to buy the bundle of both variations for those who may want both – and for a discounted price. Click here for the Full Collection.



And now … I’m going to stop writing and let the rest of this post speak for itself as you look through an entire sample album to catch the vision of the finished project.

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27 Responses

  1. This is so AWESOME!!! I LOVE Liz’s designs!!!

  2. Emily says:

    Love this… Will it be coming out in a non digital format??

  3. Kristie says:

    Like you, I am in my third year of doing personal yearbooks in three of my kids classes. This is awesome, but not really cost effective. Do you have any ideas of how to supply three classes with albums, page protectors,and color copies of the pages?

  4. Julie says:

    Wow ladies – I predict this will. Be a huge seller – people will love it for year books but also to get BH PL month title cards and the cute wee frames to draw in – what a great score and the clean tidy feel of the kit will appeal to many
    Congrats Liz and Becky … Now if I only had a printer ;)

  5. Rene says:

    I am so excited about this – but I have to say I am even more excited about the evolution of this project in general. Looking back at your old layouts really shows how far project life has come – congrats to you! It is amazing and I can’t wait to create a yearbook for my daughter’s class

  6. Tbone says:

    What does it say under the month name on the 4×6 month cards? “Featuring”? Just a guess from the past projects.

  7. Kimberly says:

    I love this idea but curious on cost too. For those doing these in the classroom, who has paid for everything?

    • Kristie says:

      I have done this for three years using the personal yearbook layouts available on this blog. I have tried to get parents to help with the cost, but haven’t got a good response. I have used the three prong folders. I get them at the back to school sales for 15 cents each. I find page protectors on sale, and have had some donated. The teachers have all willing bought the cardstock. I was lucky last year and had a ton of scrapbook paper donated. I am still using it this year. I pay for the printing of the pictures. I would love to use this new product, but am not sure how to spring for the color copies and the albums.

  8. Amy Mize says:

    Bless you, Becky Higgins and Team. I am in looooove with these products.

  9. Chrystal says:

    I LOVE that these don’t have the rounded corners like the other PL kits!

  10. Debra says:

    I saw the title of the kit and was soooo excited. Then I looked at it and saw it was for kids. Big bummer. I want a kit like this for adults!

  11. I love this idea and am going to approach my kids’ teachers about it. I am drawn to the 8.5×11 pages but I am wondering how the kids will add their writing and drawings? Are their special pens we should get for the kids to write on photo paper?



    • Emily S says:

      use American Craft slick writers. I believe Becky is going to start offering some through the Project Life line as well.

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  13. Joelle says:

    Also thinking this will be fabulous for my kids’ individual PL books. I do the scan/print of their homework suggested by Becky and then include a few pix from that month in each 2-page spread. I used the Childhood kit cards last year, but this would work GREAT for this year. WOOHOO. :)

  14. Emily S says:

    becky, I am not a digi scrapper so I am THRILLED that the mini kit can just be printed as is. Thank you!

  15. Cheryl says:

    Oh my gosh – already purchased! I do project life albums each year, one for our family, and one for our son, but the school stuff didn’t seem to quite fit the way I’d like it to. This fills that niche perfectly! Can’t wait to get started!

  16. Stephanie says:

    I can’t quite tell what’s on the bottom of the 8 1/2 x 11 pages. Is it just gray dots? It’s filler for empty space?

  17. Shaela says:

    Oooooh, I want a REAL kit of this!! I would get them for my kiddos every year!!

  18. Tammy says:

    I think it’s a wonderful idea and treasured memory. The problem is most schools won’t allow a parent to take pictures of other people’s children without signed release forms & waivers. Towards the end of school last year; I wanted to take a picture (close up) of each of the students in my daughters class so we could present the teacher with a flower bouquet, several parents wouldn’t allow it.

    • Sara says:

      What a bummer, Tammy. I have done this project for 4 years, with one of my daughters, and never had had a parent say anything about me taking pictures. We live in a small town though so maybe that’s why.

      How nice of you to offer to do that for each child. I am sure the kids that did get their pictures taken loved it.

      My favorite part of this whole project is seeing their smiling faces, at the end of the year, as they look through books they have made themselves. It is priceless!

  19. Brittany M. says:

    I LOVE these designs! Such great work…can’t wait to get the 8 1/2 x 11 size for my kiddos :)

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