Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.

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project life advice

I love that there are so many approaches to using Project Life – and documenting life in general. I know many of you have really settled into a rhythm with how you use the product and we are so pleased to see and hear about little bits and pieces from you every day. Emails, testimonials, comments on facebook, pictures we see on instagram, a smorgasboard of ideas floating around on pinterest.

I am keenly aware that there are always newbies who want to start Project Life and they’re not exactly sure how to get started. For those of you who are thinking, yep – that’s me, you might be seeing a lot of fun examples online. There is a LOT, and it’s super inspiring – but I totally know it can feel overwhelming seeing all the different ways people are using Project Life.

Layout by Shelly Jacquet

1. Please be sure to check out our Getting Started slideshow that I made just for YOU. It’s like I’m holding your hand, step-by-step, in getting your album set up. AND … it really shows how I designed the product to work. Which is, no nonsense. No techniques or scissors or adhesive or tools. Simple. Simple, simple, simple.

2. Just in case you’re not already aware, ALL of the items have arrived to Amazon for the Olive Edition and Seafoam Edition. Core Kits, Binders, Month Dividers, 12×12 Designer Paper. It’s all there (after being separated in transit, unfortunately)! As usual, you can get direct links to Amazon from our Products page.

3. Yesterday I was on the Paperclipping Roundtable and the entire show is about Project Life. Elise Blaha Cripe and Catherine Davis, both brand-new to our Creative Team this year, also joined the discussion and we had a lot of great discussion about different approaches to using Project Life, as well as the benefits of keeping it really simple. If you’re interested in listening, it’s right HERE. I even talk about how I documented life on a weekly basis last year … until June. And then life took on some unexpected twists, and the whole last half of my 2012 book is still unfinished. However, as you listen you’ll gain insight as to WHY I’m not stressed, and HOW I am planning to easily and quickly wrap up the remaining 6 months of my 2012 book.

4. We asked a handful of our Creative Team alumni (2012) to share their advice as many of you are getting started with Project Life. Here are their thoughts, in their own words.

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advice from seasoned project lifers

Deb Duty

I am happy to be starting my fourth year of documenting the everyday with Project Life. I started this project in 2010 using the photo a day approach. I have gradually changed to a weekly summary which is less pressure and so much easier for me. I use my iPhone for my photos a lot! It’s so convenient because it’s always with me. There were weeks in 2012 when I was so busy I didn’t take a lot of photos. When that happened I would just combine two weeks into one two-page spread. Even if you have an off week and take no photos, just keep going! If your album is missing a few weeks here and there, that’s okay! You will still be thrilled with your big album of memories at the end of the year! In 2013, I’m sticking with the same plan – weekly summaries, lots of iPhone photos, and combined weeks when necessary. I truly love doing this project and what I love even more is looking back through all the memories that I surely would have forgotten, had I not documented them with Project Life!

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Sheri Horton

What worked for you?

Including as many or as little photos as I wanted! In the past, I would only include one photo per day, but always felt like I had so many more photos I wanted to include to tell the story of that week. This year, I let go and incorporated as many or as little as I wanted! It felt great!

What didn’t work?

Trying to stay current! I was doing pretty good, but eventually got behind. We use the word “behind” like it’s a bad thing. It really isn’t! As long as you’re still documenting life, it’s all good. Just because you don’t have a weekly layout completed doesn’t mean it didn’t happen! If you stay caught up, that’s great, but if you don’t, just remember to continue to take pictures and write down the stories you want to share. Then when you have time, you have everything you need!

What will you do differently in 2013?

Right now, I don’t see me doing a whole lot differently this year than I have done in the past. I will be using a few new Project Life kits to document with. For instance, right now I am really enjoying using the Childhood Mini Kit – Mayfield Edition in my weekly layouts. I have two girls in school, so it’s perfect! I don’t stick to just one kit, I use almost all of them! The joy of doing it digitally! As far as my process goes, I am going to do a better job of putting things in place now that will make things easier later on. For instance, I am going to set up all my monthly folders on my computer to save my layouts to.

What do you wish you had done in 2012?

I honestly don’t think I would change a thing! This wasn’t my first time, so I think that helped me, as I learned a few things the first two times. I did get a lot of inspiration from others, so there were things I wasn’t doing at the beginning of the project that I am now incorporating into my layouts.  One that comes to mind is including those amazing QR codes to be able to scan and watch videos I’ve posted on YouTube. Love this idea, especially for those short in-the-moment videos that I often take of my girls.

What would your number one piece of advice be for someone starting Project Life?

Pick a few items that you want to be consistent with from week-to-week. Because I do Project Life digitally, things like the font I use for my journaling and how I date my photos I kept the same each week. That way I didn’t have to think about it. The number one advice I have is to stay true to yourself and remember this is all about documenting everyday life through photos and words! Everything else is just extra … fun and creative extra, but not necessary to make this project work! You’ll see so many different ways that others are doing Project Life. View these are inspiration for yourself, but don’t compare or think you have to do it like someone else. Enjoy the journey, because it truly is life-changing.

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Lindsay Teague Moreno

I am so glad that I decided to start Project Life in 2012. It was my first venture into digital scrapbooking and I’m getting ready to sell ALL of my paper supplies, if that tells you how well it went! I love the lack of products around the house! This year, I’m going to print a 12 x 12 book of my layouts (including the week in the life series and the 31 things series I did). I’m then going to print additional 8×8 copies for my 3 girls to keep. I’ll be able to send these yearly books with them when they leave the house and start their own adventures. How cool is that? No extra products to buy, just a few clicks. Last year, because my children were so small and we really didn’t venture out much, I only captured the events that we took part in. This year, however I’m going to do the weekly layouts. I’m nervous and excited about doing it this way. I wish I had stayed up to date with my 2012 pages toward the end of the year, but we went through some HUGE life changes (new career for my husband and a move to a new state) and I’m happy that I can go back and do them now without feeling like I forgot what happened. Whew! My best advice for anyone that wants to start Project Life is a) go digital, I love it; and b) start simple — just the cards, photos and journaling. You can add your flare once you get a hang of the routine of putting the pages together.

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Jennifer Woodbury

What really worked for me in 2012 was staying organized and having a set routine that I followed: 1) editing weekly photos; 2) posting photos on my blog with journaling; 3) sketching out my PL layout for the week; and 4) printing photos + journaling cards and putting my pages together. Sometimes I got a little behind, but sticking to these steps and knowing exactly what I needed to accomplish helped me not to feel too overwhelmed. My biggest downfall when it came to Project Life this past year was staying caught up during busy times (vacations and holidays). Those were the times I tended to fall behind and I found it difficult to find the time to catch up. I still haven’t figured out exactly how to avoid this. My biggest advice to anyone starting Project Life is to KEEP IT SIMPLE. Try not to get too distracted by what everyone else is doing or all the “extras” out there. Stick with the basics and remember that documenting memories is what matters most.

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Monica McNeill

My biggest piece of advice for someone starting to use Project Life would be to be kind to yourself if you fall behind. I remind myself to not lose sight of the longevity of this project. I began using Project Life because I was overwhelmed with fitting in traditional scrapbooking in my limited free time. So, even if I only complete 50%, 60%, 75% of my weeks I am still telling more of family’s stories that I was before and that is a win! So even if you never go back and complete all the missing weeks the project as a whole is complete.

The biggest thing I’m doing differently in 2013 is that I purchased a Moleskin weekly journal to keep notes on my weeks. I loved this journal because on the left I can keep notes daily and on the right there is a note page for me to jot down funny things the kids say. The last two years my Project Life has been picture-driven. This year I want to capture more of the stories of our life that don’t necessarily have a picture to go with them. This will also be a great memory trigger when I work on weeks that aren’t fresh in my mind.

 

COMMENTS

60 Responses

  1. laura g. says:

    i have about 4 months of PL to catch up on…plus start 2013…have loved doing it, but was diagnosed in november with breast cancer….not sure how to document this in PL…don’t want to be all ‘gloom and doom’….the good thing is that i will have time off from work to hopefully ‘catch up’….start my chemo today…have had many blessings along the way; great health professionals, friends and family stepping up in support, etc. started PL as a way to keep up with all the pics of grandkids i have taken…they love looking at it!!!

    • april says:

      Laura,

      I think you can still document this stage in your life and it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Probably easier said than done. I think you can journal the facts and also point out the positive things. I think that is probably the trick. I think there is also room for the bad stuff, because cancer isn’t sunshine and lollipops, for sure. Talk about it. It may be theraputic even. But don’t let the bad stuff get you down and keep you down. I would guess it would be about keeping it balanced. Keeping it honest and real is what is going to make it good, though!

      I am praying and rooting for you!

      April

    • laura g. says:

      thank you April! for every rotten thing i have experienced there have been many blessings! drawn closer to friends and family, and God. mine is curable, and caught in an early stage! thank you for your prayers, i really appreciate them! l.

    • I agree with April…

      I am going into my 4th year of PL… At the start of last year my twin boys were diagnosed with a condition callled Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) and I cannot tell you how valuable my family PL album has been in this journey… not only from a sentimental point of view but for a very practical purpose too… I have facts and figures at my finger tips… the how / who / what /where and when of it all… I have the doctors and nurses convinced I have a photographic memory… and in a way I do right? MY PL ALBUM! ;) Why don’t you do a whole album just about you… imagine having one of your own mother / grandmother… your kids and grand children will love you for it.

      I can’t recommend highly enough of putting it ALL in there… the doom, the gloom, the ugly and hideous too… just try to make an effort to balance it with positive thoughts and moments too… I promise you will be glad you did… therapeutic journaling is so valuable… plus you have a really useful “diary” of what’s going on with you through this challenge you are facing. Sending you much love and support… I have this idea about “loving” our boys better… love your boobs better… I am convinced the power of love is going to trump cancer. ;)

    • laura g. says:

      i, too, am convinced that the power of love will trump cancer!
      good idea about putting in all there. balancing the bad with the good, although i think there is more good than bad!
      i cannot imagine having my children diagnosed with a disease, am glad this is me! prayers to you and your precious boys! am not sure what Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis is, so i am going to look it up.
      yes, doing PL is theraputic and i hope to work on a large part of it today!
      i cannot say enough about the health care professionals that i have been working with, all have been GREAT! the treatments so far have been fairly painless etc. will see how the rest of chemo goes!
      hug those boys for me!! l.

    • brandi@beckyhiggins.com says:

      Hi Laura,

      We area ll sending good vibes your way! Hang in there. I recieved an email from another PL fan who saw your post but was having a tough time responding to your post. She asked me to post this response for you:

      Laura,

      2012 was my second year of doing PL and I was diagnosed with breast cancer Feb 29. I decided to continue to do it, and as I’m finishing up my 2012 album, I’m so glad I did! I have 3 young kids and want to be able to look through the photos with them and talk about it in the years to come. I also included cute little stories of them through the process (like my 3-year-old telling me a bedtime story of the three bald pigs!). I also documented as much “normal” as I could – my kids playing in the back yard with the sprinklers as I watched them, kindergarten graduation…I think you’ll be grateful to have a record of how strong you’ll be through this process.

      Do take it easy on yourself as far as expectations go. I took a LOT of pictures on my phone and didn’t take out my “real camera” as much as I normally would, but I still have the photos, and I’m grateful.

      Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about treatment or fears…I completed treatment the end of October – I had stage 3, triple-negative breast cancer and am happy to say I’ve gotten the “all clear” from my doctors (who weren’t this optimistic when I got the diagnosis). Hang in there, sister!! Wnebenson@hotmail.com

  2. Judy Pasley says:

    I am on my 5th book. Just love looking back over the good and bad times. I hardly ever fall behind on my pictures, but I do on my journaling. Is there any way of coming up with digital journaling cards that we could journal in our comupters and then print them off and cut them out. I love the hands on version. Makes me feel like I am accomplishing something, but I would rather type than write. Becky! You are the best. I LOVE this process and my hubby had prostrate surgery the day after I started doing this. {Lisa B gave it to me for a gift} and it is precious to see our journey!

    • Judy… you CAN get digital journaling cards… at ACDIGITALS… I just open the card in Photoshop… put on a text box… type my journaling… flatten the image… print it and viloa… DONE! ;)

    • I mean Voilà of course!

    • april says:

      You can probably run your PL cards through your printer. I have done it. It takes a little trial and error though.

    • Sheri says:

      Judy, if you want to see instructions on how to do this…visit 2012 PL CT member Jennifer Woodbury’s blog. She did a post about this exact thing last spring. I am sure if you do a search on her blog you’ll find it :) Good luck!

    • Scrapflicka says:

      You can either purchase the digital kit (for the core kits you can buy parts of the kit so you can get journaling cards only), computer journal and print, run regular journaling cards through your printer (that’s what I do) or you can print your journaling on transparency sheets (from any office supply store), cut the transperancy to the right format and just slip it on the photo pocket over your journaling card.

    • Paula O says:

      oh i like the printing on transparency idea!! i never thought of that! endless possibilities of see through overlays!

      Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Jenn says:

      If you google, you should be able to find a tutorial on how to print directly on the paper journal cards. I have heard people mention it in PL groups on facebook; it might be worth a web search.

  3. Ellen says:

    Laura,

    2012 was my second year of doing PL and I was diagnosed with breast cancer Feb 29. I decided to continue to do it, and as I’m finishing up my 2012 album, I’m so glad I did! I have 3 young kids and want to be able to look through the photos with them and talk about it in the years to come. I also included cute little stories of them through the process (like my 3-year-old telling me a bedtime story of the three bald pigs!). I also documented as much “normal” as I could – my kids playing in the back yard with the sprinklers as I watched them, kindergarten graduation…I think you’ll be grateful to have a record of how strong you’ll be through this process.

    Do take it easy on yourself as far as expectations go. I took a LOT of pictures on my phone and didn’t take out my “real camera” as much as I normally would, but I still have the photos, and I’m grateful.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about treatment or fears…I completed treatment the end of October – I had stage 3, triple-negative breast cancer and am happy to say I’ve gotten the “all clear” from my doctors (who weren’t this optimistic when I got the diagnosis). Hang in there, sister!!

    • laura g. says:

      congrats and hugs to you!!! i was surprised at how many people have been diagnosed with cancer! while waiting for chemo yesterday i ran into a former classmate i had not seen in awhile he has stage 4 colon cancer and is doing great!!
      knowing you were able to do chemo with three small children gives me courage! my kids are grown and helping me alot. i just wish i could be around my grandkids more, but if they have coughs they can’t come to nana’s house. my husband really doesn’t know what to say or do, he just hangs in there. lol is never one to be emotional etc (that would be me!)
      what is stage 3, triple negative breast cancer? mine was stage 3 not lymph node involvement, but because of the high grade , i get chemo. i elected to have a bilateral mastectomy, my mom had breast cancer and didn’t do any treatment, and then had colon cancer 5 years later and she passed away from that. the surgeon was a bit reluctant to do the ‘aggressive’ surgery, but precancer was found in the ducts of the other.
      will have reconstruction later hugs to you and thank you for your encouragement!l.

  4. karen says:

    I have put off my own PL for the last year, and now feel as if I need to get started (how things have changed so much in the past year). Still so undecided on how I want to approach this as it is just me now. I lost my husband 8 months ago, the kids are grown and on their own all over the us and in Europe, and I totally feel that each day is the “same old, same old”. I think that is what keeps me from just throwing myself into the project and plain old just doing it. I am going to reread all this advice and figure out my own approach to document life now.

    • brenda says:

      You might want to take a peek at 2013 design team member Donna Gibson’s blog – she has grown children at home and away and seems to be including photos and journaling about their lives as well as hers. You could alternate featuring each of your kids each week/month.

      http://365daysofdonna.blogspot.ca/

      You might also want to just try something like part of a 2 page spread (whether it be a week or a month per spread) about what’s happening in your (and extended family’s) life right now and the other part on things that had happened in past years. Sort of a way of capturing/celebrating what’s going on now and contrasting it a bit with what had happened the past year or decade during a similar week/month. I’m sure you’re still very sad about the loss of your husband, but this could be a way of going back and remembering/celebrating all the things that things that were similar/different about your life in recent years.

      This could be a way to ‘catch up’ if you’re behind on getting photos and stories from other years scrapbooked.

  5. Paula O says:

    Great inspiration and advice!! This is my second year doing project life, I do weekly and bi weekly spreads sometimes. I needed to let go of getting behind last year too, but exactly as alot of ladies said is that I still ended up with more than i had before and my kids and I love looking through the past year! I just did a montly round up of 2 two page spreads for some months where i had gotten “behind”, just the highlights.

  6. Lisa says:

    My biggest lifesaver for finishing PL2012 was to work on what was happening now – I did get behind, MANY weeks behind, when I was taken off work early before hte birth of my son, and then for a full 10 weeks after he was born. I was so very behind that it was daunting to go back and ‘catch up’. So what I did instead was to leave those pages for a bit, and work on my CURRENT week. Once I got back into the flow of things I started adding an extra week here or there from the weeks I had missed, so catching up became more manageable with working on smaller chunks at a time.

  7. […] this week, so I thought in lieu of not posting at all I would add my own advice as an add-on to the great stuff I just read over on Becky’s Blog. Here are my two cents on Project Life for those just beginning and for those just beginning to […]

  8. Jane says:

    Laura, for what it’s worth, I think it’s well worth doing. I began PL very enthusiastically in 2010 with my brand new kit, and three weeks in my husband fell very ill with a stroke and a suspected aneurysm. It came out of nowhere as he is an athlete and very healthy. During the time he was ill I took few photos but kept a journal. When he was released from hospital I started taking photos again with a vengeance, and used the journal to “catch up”. I’m so glad for the few photos I did take, and I wish I’d taken more. We love looking through that period now. As a previous post says, it’s a great reminder of how strong you really are.

    Stay strong and positive. So many, many more survivors now. I have two friends who are completely disease-free five years on from breast cancer. Thank goodness for modern medicine. Good luck and I wish you dozens of healthy and happy years.

    • laura g. says:

      Good advice! i am expected to make a full recovery as it was caught in an early stage. i am a stronger person because of this i know! Many blessings and a whole new respect for the health care professsionals and the discoveries that have been made!

    • Jane says:

      I’m so pleased your condition was caught early. I agree absolutely that these things make us stronger, and so much more appreciative of the everyday. I often think PL is best done by people who have had a reason to take stock of their life.

      I am thinking of you, and I hope you keep us posted with news of your way back. I participate in a breast cancer walk each year, and I will add your name to my survivors list!

  9. Pheeebzzz says:

    Great advice and inspiration, thanks for sharing !!

  10. Jenn says:

    Just wanted to let you know that when your site is listed as a result in Google Search, it has the “this site may be compromised” warning under it. If someone was to search for scrapbook solutions or Project Life, that warning may deflect traffic when your site shows up in the results. I’m sure you get plenty of traffic, but thought you might want to know anyway, just in case the site really has been compromised somehow.

  11. Katie says:

    NEW to PL but love it! I have always been a scrapbooker but just can not keep up scrappin the way I was with every single page being a huge piece of art ;) I love this for the simplicity but ability to add to it the few full page layouts I still occasionally like to do!!! So here is my delimma …. I am finding it hard to journal ! I have so far only purchased the clementine set and having a hard time because most of my pics are vertical requiring horizontal 3×4 cards… I don’t love my own handwriting either ! How do you use the 3×4 cards and print on them like the layout at the top of this blog topic?

  12. Margie S says:

    Laura, I too would encourage you to keep going. Maybe cut back on the number of photos, etc. if you are not feeling well. You might also use it as a way to focus on the positives in your life when you might be feeling down. Anything you have will be cherished in the future. This year I really want to take a photo a day. Often when I m feeling down or stressed, I don’t take photos. So my challenge to myself this year is to take a photo of something I am grateful for any time I am not taking pics for this reason. So far it is working wonders. It lifts my spirits and then I inevitably end up taking more and I get meaningful photos on a day I wouldn’t normally have pictures. It has really helped me stay focused on the positives and the blessings in my life in a much more conscious way.

    • laura g. says:

      i think i just need to get started and it will all fall into place. feeling better today and only have to go in for a shot. my grandkids love what i have done and love to look at PL so that gives me inspiration.
      my daughter does PL as a way to catch up on her pictures from last year
      everyone has a different approach and ideas, and it’s great!! l.

  13. J says:

    Can I ask a silly question? Other than glueing the photos together, how do you make sure that the photos line up back to back? I can never get my photos to line up or stay lined-up, so the backs of the photo on the reverse side can be seen sticking out of the edges. Any ideas? :)

  14. kerri smith says:

    I have tried a couple of times with no success. Changing from being a layout scrapper is harder than I thought it would be! As I am studying now and working, with less time i thought i mite give it another go! I take plenty of pics :) I thought I mite do a layout to highlight the main photo and use the pockets for the rest. Will see how I go and tweak it from there :)
    Thanks for all your ideas and inspiration :)

  15. Dale says:

    I believe, I need this.

    Project life, LOVE THE NAME!

  16. Margot Perry says:

    I LOVE project life and have recently started using the digital kits. I was wondering if the names of the fonts used in the various project life kits is published somewhere? I would like to be able to use the same font in my journaling, as is used in the kits. It makes for a very cohesive layout and also satisfies the OCD in me. ;) Thanks!

  17. Kay Curlee says:

    Very good information from everyone. I would like to do digital scrapping. I just don’t know how to start. How do I get started?!
    I love the idea of Project Life. Any suggestions would help!
    Thanks for all of your advice.

  18. Nirvana says:

    The “getting started” link does not work???
    I’m quite intriqued!… I have been trying to figure out how I am going to catch up since I am so behind and how I plan to go forward with my photo albums since I am a traditional scrapbooker but just don’t have as much time once I had kids. I just listened to an old paper clipping roundtable podcast and want to do Project life. I’m trying to get more info and see how it works but the link does not work. Thanks!

  19. Pamela rainville says:

    becky, Where can I find your products? Amazon doesn’t have ANY of the new stuff. The 3 Michaels stores within 3 hours of where I live don’t have ANY of the new stuff. The same with JoAnn’s, and the couple of sites online that I can find. You said you were going to be opening your own online store…is that still going to happen? I LOVE your stuff but if I have to spend hours online looking for it…. It’s very frustrating to not be able to find products that are supposed to be out there. HELP!!!!!!

    • Brandi Nielsen says:

      We are excited to have our brand new shopping cart open very soon! You will be able to find all of our products there. No more driving around :)

  20. Pamela Rainville says:

    Hi Becky, I just tried to order some of your products online and I received a message that you are no longer letting online stores sell your product? What’s up with that? Also any word as to WHEN your online shop will be available…I’ve been hearing “very soon” for months. Is there a list of which Michaels stores are stocking your products. any help would be appreciated.

    • Brandi Nielsen says:

      With the growth of PL & the opening of our new shopping cart (it’s open and ready for you) we felt it was important to limit the number of online stockiest so that we could ensure the best customer experience for all of our customers.
      All Michaels store are carrying our products at this time – enjoy!

  21. Jan Steffens says:

    I’m just learning about this and trying to find out about it. I see in some of the above reviews that they mentioned doing Project Life “digitally” . How do you do that? Is it a program you buy to do it on your computer? Trying to figure it all out. I went to my local craft store to look at the binders and such, but they are all sealed up and you can’t see anything inside of the binders. Are they 3 hole binder?
    The 12×12 seemed to big and the 6×8 seemed to small, do you have an 8 1/2 x 11??
    Thank you!

    • Brandi Nielsen says:

      Hi Jan, Welcome! Our digital option is something you would create within photoshop. You can purchase our digital elements at digitalprojectlife.com and create you layouts to be printed.
      All of our binders are 3 ring binders. Unfortunately, we do not have an 8.5×11 albums system right now.

  22. I just recently started Project Life. I decided to start with an album for my grandbaby to document 2013. Because it is an album for last year and I don’t want to feel overwhelmed….I go through my pictures and pick out the events that I know she would love to remember and I scrap them. I love using all my pictures and as an added bonus my granddaughter loves looking over her album. I am adding tons of journalling and even poems so she can read it like a book (someday, as she’s only 2 yet)!

  23. Ginger Bradley says:

    How can I order online? I can’t find the link to the shopping cart? I love the content, but I don’t find the new website to be very user friendly. :-(

    • Ginger Bradley says:

      Ack!! Nevermind ! On my iPad, I have all the links. But on the computer, they aren’t there. No wonder I couldn’t ever find anything. I guess I’ll stick to surfing on the iPad!

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  25. Cindy Costello says:

    Hi Becky,
    Love, love, love your project life concept! I just found it and used it for the first time at a retreat this month to tackle a heritage project with old photos from my elderly parents. It was simple, beautiful, and gave me the ability to accomplish so much more than I could have done otherwise!

    Only problem was that, due to the smaller size of the old photos (too small for filling the 4×6 slots), I had to use the 4×6 cards in each sleeve to mat those photos, which caused me to run out with still more pages to fill in. Would it be possible to buy just the 4×6 background cards in heritage style so I can complete the book? I know I can fill in with solid cardstock and try to coordinate the colors, but I love the look so far and want to keep it consistent.

    Please let me know if there is any way I can obtain extra 4×6 cards in the heritage style in order to fill up the album’s pages (each with 4 4×6 spots).

    Thank you so much,
    Cindy Costello
    Austin, TX
    512-925-5966

  26. Ashley says:

    I just ordered my first kit and I’m jumping out of my skin waiting for it! lol. My husband and I just welcomed our first child the day after Christmas and I really wanted to do the whole babybook thing but it is just SO overwhelming! I think this will make it all so much easier. I post pics of her on Instagram constantly (she even has her own hashtag: #FelicityGrace), and I can’t wait to print them out and document it all! xoxo

  27. Denise Tretheway says:

    I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and have just learned of the partnership with you. I’m very excited, as I have not been much of a “scrapper” in the past. I adore working on mini albums (6×6 or smaller), but I’m really a card-maker at heart. When I heard of the Project Life project I became interested and excited about scrapbooking for the first time! I have just now started to read the information and training you have loaded here on your blog, so I’m very sure there are things I’m not understanding, however I’m noticing something that I’m becoming concerned about. It appears to me that the concept behind Project Life is documenting your day to day life (in weekly format). That aspect doesn’t excite me. I would rather document certain events such as family birthdays, vacations, holidays, etc. I am assuming that this is “ok”, but am I thinking about this all wrong, and should I be concentrating on selling “the week in the life of” concept to my customers? I have many club members that are 70+ years old, and I don’t expect them to photograph and journal weekly. I am however, hoping I can sell it as a way to capture certain events including grand-children and great-grandchildren’s memories. Am I thinking of this wrong, or am I “ok” with my though processes on this? If I’m “ok” to utilize the system to capture events (by theme), would you please consider training us to use the system in that fashion? Thank you so much for time and attention to this matter.

    Sincerely,
    Denise Tretheway
    Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator

  28. mickey cunningham says:

    do you know if anyone has made a NYC vacation album using Project Life? where would i be able to look at one? thank you! i love your products!

  29. Sue Roper says:

    I am new to all this; I was wondering would it be OK to do it monthly as I am not a good diary writer. I would do more if there were more to do, but I am a carer for my husband and don[t have a lot of time to take photos.

    My husband saw the album and asked if I would do an album about the pottery business we used to have.
    would that be OK in this style.

    Love the simplicity of it all.

  30. Ellen Franks says:

    I have been purchasing Project Life elements a little at a time. I am getting my pictures in some kind of order. I just need to gather everything and sit down and make my Project Life book.

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  33. Debbie hill says:

    Hi Becky
    I am do a heritage albam for my kid because life some photo but I am having problem with the story can you help me
    Thank Debbie

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    Where can I buy ProjectLife products in Hong Kong? Thanks!

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