Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.



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!


16 Responses

  1. LindaHAZ says:

    What a great job Lance has done. He will so appreciate looking back at his “younger self” when he is older. What an awesome way to relive your youth!

  2. Great job Lance! I hope my kids will share some of my creativity when they grow up. It would be wonderful to work on albums together!

  3. Robin Gibson says:

    Great job Lance! It really is fun to see your album!

  4. Robin Gibson says:

    Oops, clicked too soon, lol. Wanted to say too, that you are a great inspiration to kids & young adults everywhere!

  5. Lydia Gibson says:

    Well done Lance! Great album. I am 12 years old and I have been Scrapbooking ever since I could remember and started working on my first PL weekly album this year. I love it so much. And since it is my first year of high school I get to include all my bits and pieces from school. I just love the idea of documenting our lives in a simple way expectantly kids.

  6. Monica says:

    Awesome….a kid after my own heart

  7. Jeanmarie says:

    I used Project Life last summer with my kids and my nieces. We are fortunate enough to have a family cabin on Lake Champlain, so while we are up there I have an album going for each kid. Each day, I ask them what their favorite part of the day was and we record it on a 3×4 card, stick it in the album. The girls who were old enough did their own writing and I wrote for the younger ones–my own were 4 and 18 mos last summer. When we get home, I upload the pictures and print them for each of the kids. If they wont be back to the cabin, their mothers help them fill the albums. So even the non-scrapbooking moms can easily help fill in the gaps. My now, so excited about starting kindergarten. 5 year-old can’t wait to get going on her own album next week.

  8. Desiree says:

    How cool! I hope my children will be inclined to do the same thing when they’re a little older (currently 6 and 2 y/o).

  9. Leslie S. says:

    Wow, way to go Lance! Great job on your album.

  10. Charlene Rehder says:

    I love this! Lance~I am so proud of you! You do amazing work! You truly are cultivating the good life! Lots of love to you! Charlene

  11. dawn says:

    Thank you Becky for sharing this, made me totally happy!! So cool to see a kid making his own PL album and enjoying it!!

    Lance, your album looks great! My niece is 10 and she won’t even let me get her picture, so glad your not like that. The answers you gave for cultivating a good life were wonderful and true, keep these thoughts with you always. Thanks for sharing about yourself and your album!! Keep up the good work.

  12. Mary says:

    Way to go Lance! Love your recall of your camping trip and books you are reading. This will be so fun for you to look back on in 10-20 years from now!

  13. Barb says:

    I know Lance! I work at a place where I print their photos . He has shown me his book and he does a marvelous job just like his Mom. He is one incredible kid.

  14. Sandy says:

    I agree that mini albums are a great size for kids. Mine (aged 5 & 8) used mini albums to document their experiences on-the-go during a 14 day cruise earlier this year. The night we got home I popped out to the shops to print their selected photos, placed them in (we had used post-it notes to identify the spaces,) then in the morning they added the finishing touches and were ready to take them to school that day for news. Most of the photos in my 8 year old’s album were ones he took himself. Their albums included photos, journaling, drawings, memorabilia. They mostly used the nautical mini kit but mixed in a few other bright, colourful cards (not my choices but not my albums!)

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