project life for kids
Most of you are designated “family documenters.” That’s my role, too, and I know many of you relate. One thing I want to put out there as a friendly reminder is that those of us with kids old enough to do memory keeping should be encouraging them to do so! No sense in keeping this party all to ourselves, right? In fact, I’m a huge fan of scrapbooking being a family affair. Sometimes I need to remember that I’m not the only one in my family who knows how to take a picture or write a sentence about a particular memory.
Kids who are old enough to be participating in documenting life, should be involved in documenting life.
I’d like to introduce you to Lance. This handsome kid is the son of a Project Lifer. His mom, Annette Spaniel, is part of our 2014 Creative Team, and their family lives in Washington state. Annette is a great example of helping to cultivate a love of memory keeping in her son, and Lance is a great example of being a young life documenter. And for these reasons, we wanted to share a little bit of his Project Life® with our readers!
I enjoyed a quick Q&A with Lance and we’re also sharing his very own Project Life Mini Album that he’s been working on.
I N T E R V I E W W I T H L A N C E
Becky: Hi Lance! So how old are you right now?
Lance: Hi Becky, I’m ten years old.
Becky: Do you remember when you first became familiar with Project Life?
Lance: Toward the end of 2011. My mom was getting ready to start Project Life in 2012.
Becky: Your scrapbook is awesome. Is this Mini Album the first scrapbooking that you’ve done or have you done other memory-keeping projects?
Lance: Before I started my own Mini Album, I helped my mom with our family Project Life album.
Becky: It’s pretty remarkable to me that a kid your age is totally grasping this concept and I find it really inspiring. What’s one piece of advice you would give to other kids about getting started with documenting their life?
Lance: Just getting started and digging in! : )
Becky: Who takes the pictures that you include in your album? You? Your mom?
Lance: Me, my mom, my dad and even my Pop.
Becky: When you hear “cultivate a good life,” what does that mean to you? How do you personally cultivate a good life on a day-to-day basis?
Lance: Cultivating a good life means realizing the good things. It means trying not to be disappointed with the bad stuff and knowing it will get better. It means being present in the moment. On a day-to-day basis, I cultivate a good life by reading, spending time and/or talking with Pop, playing with friends, and just hanging out.
Becky: What’s your favorite game to play, snack to eat, and family activity?
Lance: Basketball, Snickers, camping.
Becky: What are your plans for the future? What do you see yourself doing after high school and then when you’re an adult?
Lance: I see myself going to college after high school. And then I’ll be a pro basketball player with a law degree or a lawyer.
Isn’t he awesome? Lance, thank you for being an example to kids all over the world. Our three kids (ages 11, 8, 5) are each working on their own Project Life Mini Album and I can’t wait to show this to them. They add to their Project Life albums pretty sporadically and I’d love them to get motivation from someone closer to their age. : )
N O T E T O P A R E N T S
I have found that a Project Life Mini Album is an excellent place for kids to start. It’s smaller, more manageable, and, in fact, more portable for taking places when they want to work on it away from home (summer holidays and road trips, anyone?). Plus, all the pages are sewn into the album so there’s an added convenience with that. We have several colors in our shop to choose from. Pair that with any of our Mini Kits and you’re good to go! Add your photos, pick up a great pen, and those four things are literally all you need!
Mini Album + Mini Kit + Journaling Pen + Photos = All your child needs to get started with Project Life and complete a project!
Note: Lance has used cards from several different PL kits. Mixing & matching is great, too!