Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.



this is what it’s about.

Catherine Davis on our Creative Team made this little video to capture what Project Life means – and how it is valued – in her family.

I have no words. The video speaks for itself.

Okay, I do have words: Is that the cutest thing – EVER!?

You guys know I was a big puddle on the floor seeing these sweet children love the Project Life album their mom put together. This is just another reminder that scrapbooking isn’t just a fun hobby for mom. It’s such a beautiful way to show love and in fact help children feel their great worth and know how valued they are.

And for those who are scrapbooking without kids (which I myself did for about 10 years before we had children) … we all know there is so much value in documenting life, whatever that life is. Kids or no kids. Traveling the world or never leaving your hometown. Extensive social life or homebody.

I am truly so grateful for the fact that Project Life means something different to each individual, each family.

What does Project Life mean for you?



58 Responses

  1. Stephanie m says:

    The video is so precious. My girls (12,9,4) and I love to go back and look at prior PL albums and see what we did on this day in a certain year (09,10,11,etc). Was there snow, an everyday moment, a milestone, etc. often times I hear, “I forgot about that!” It reassures my commitment to cultivating a good life and documenting it.

  2. Lisa W. says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh THIS is TOTALLY just made my day. Not only are they adorable, but this is priceless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please give that Mom a BIG hug for sharing, and you nailed it. It’s not just about Mom doing a hobby she loves, its showing how important her children and all those in her life are!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. scrappysue says:

    Oh my word, that was the cutest thing ever; absolutely brought tears to my eyes. And what adorable little ones; I just loved it when the little girl told her sister to move out of the way so that she wouldn’t get hurt again after she accidentally caught her in the face when she was turning the page! And all the cute comments they made! Totally priceless, thanks for sharing.

    Makes me even more determined to get caught up with my album from last year, baby steps ……

  4. Nicky from Canada says:

    How precious

  5. This is the exact scene at my house! We have 4 kids {16,14,5,4} I started PL right from the beginning, 2009, the youngest was just 6 months old. Not only has this process caught our everyday life but it has chronicled the youngest two in the their early years like I would have never been able to do otherwise! {I do a pic a day}.

    I get all teary eyed every time I see the kids pulling out the PL albums and going through them. Yesterday I heard “I can’t believe my hair was that short!”, “Oh I remember that shirt, it was my favorite!”, and “I loved that water park, I hope we can go again”.

    I can not say enough great things about this product and just keeping them in your living space and available to your family. The rewards are never ending!

  6. Irene says:

    A-DOR-A-BLE!!!!!!!!!!!! As we say down here in the south, I could eat them with a spoon (which is kinda odd, I know, but I think it means that the emotion is so overwhelming that you want to gobble it whole).

    As for putting what Project Life means to me in words, wow, that would be so difficult. It is my anchor that keeps grounded in what is real.

  7. Shelley says:

    That’s awesome. My 7yo often asks to look at our albums (some traditional, last few years PL) for his bedtime story. I love that!

  8. Melissa S. says:

    “back up you might hurt yourself” “okay” (flinching away) — so funny!

    They are absolutely precious!

  9. Sue Alger says:

    Yes, this film captured PL perfectly. I “caught” my 2 sophisticated teenage granddaughters looking at my PL from last year and I just wish I could have captured it on film. They were giggling and retelling the stories behind the pics. This reaffirmed my primary reason for continuing with PL–leaving a legacy for my grandkids. Thanks for sharing

    • Angie Ulseth says:

      When my daughter was a senior, she and several friends had time to kill between activities. They stopped by our house with the sole intent of looking at scrapbooks. Her friends had a running contest of sorts to see how many times they appeared in our family scrapbook. I loved hearing their comments and resharing of memories. Made me see how important our scrapbooks are to even non-family members.

      Oh, and this video … Priceless! What an amazing memory caught.

  10. Molly Porter says:

    hahha that is so cute…!! my favorite part is “sorry..sorry sorry..so sorry”

    adorable :)

  11. ana roat says:

    My grandbaby Reagan is only 19 months old and is already looking through my album. She recognizes her family, toys, the dogs and our home. She also recognizes “fishy, fishy” swim class and her swim buddies. She squeals with delight at pictures of her papa coloring with her. My initial response when she first opened it was to put it up so that she wouln’t distroy it but what the heck. She’s the greatest reason I document our life. It’s her book, her family, her little world and her story. Why wait to share it…

  12. Cindy McDannold says:

    What a beautiful video. Isn’t it wonderful Becky, for you to actually get to see what a lasting impact you have made on peoples lives? Those little girls will be able to pass those albums on for generaltions. The love continues. Thank you.

  13. Veronica says:

    I get the same reaction from a house of teenager boys/men looking through our family’s project life binders.

  14. Marie says:

    Right now my 2-year old daughter is on my knees, and she just watched this cute video whith me. An now, she is saying “encore” (which means again in French). Soooooooooo, what can I say??? She doesn’t speak english but she looooooooved this video! What else?

  15. Nicole says:

    That is so sweet! Reminds me of my boys, my 13,6, & 4 year olds love looking at our albums too, my 18 month old is starting topoint at them too.

  16. Sarah Swann says:

    OMG – how cute are those two??? I’ll have to sit down with my four-year-old and look through my albums for 2012 and see how she reacts to them. Seriously – adorable!

  17. Sheryl Pyle says:

    Those are the cutest little girls and I just smiled watching them. That video is priceless and as they grow the reactions will be so different. One of my favorite videos.

  18. Annette says:

    Your right way to cute! we all love looking through picture of our life remembering the people and the the things and places where we have been! it so cute to see it through these to young girls eyes, so sweet.

  19. Jennifer says:

    This will keep me smiling all day – just precious!! The video really captures why we love to do Project Life. I love to watch my own daughter page through the albums I’ve made and see all the memories we’ve created. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Super cute happiness at its best experiencing and watching

  21. so stinkin’ cute!! I just that there going “aww” and “eeee”, what darling girls.

    Side note: How could they NOT ooo and ahh over Design Editor’s fantastic pages?!!

  22. Maureen Mathis says:

    Saw Ali Edwards’ tweet about this video, and since I’m starting PL for the first time this year, I thought I check it out. Several years ago, the Today Show even did a segment on the value of scrapbooking after yet another one of those teenage suicides. They explained that older children are often very resistant to the hugging and other displays of affection that are so easy to deliver to younger children, but that they still need to receive those messages of love at a time in their life when they need it the most. And even if they don’t look at it often, or even at all, that they KNOW that evidence of their family’s love for them EXISTS and HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED. Very often, they said that teenagers will actually open the scrapbooks from time to time, but often when no one is around, but that even placing it on the coffee table every so often to increase the chances of it being opened is a good idea. I was thrilled to see this segment, and wish that they would showcase the value of this effort more often. So thank you so much for putting this idea out there, and providing us with the tools and inspiration necessary to make it our own!

  23. Leslie says:

    This was the cutest video ever!! Those girls are so precious. I feel the same way when I look through my books!

  24. Erika Hayes says:

    So I just started PL for the first time this year.. for 2 years I couldn’t decide.. I didn’t want to “take away” from my scrapbooking.. but the truth is– this video show WHY we scrap more than anything, to look back and remember how awesome our lives are… I was more than cute.. it was heart-warming. My kids are bigger.. much bigger (youngest is now 15) and they look at my scrapbooks and are often excited to share memories –but these stories we keep.. they are more than memories.. they are love letters to our families.. and what I have realized is PL is like a love note to our family every day — it can’t get better than that! When I am gone… my kids will know me.. they will look at these books hear my voice, see my love for them.. and that is all a mom can ask for, that her KIDS know she loves them from the deepest recesses of her being!

    Thanks for sharing this video because it confirmed my reasons for buying and taking part in project life…

    • Kerry says:

      That is so adorable! And what polite children. I just finished doing project life for 2012 for the first time. I used shutterfly and really enjoyed it. Does anyone know if shutterfly will continue to utilize the different templates? I really hope so. It was so simple and not complicated which is why I switched to this way of scrapbooking.

  25. Katy Link says:

    That is the just the motivation I needed to get started on finishing up my 2012 album!!

  26. Steph H says:

    Oh I just love this! My 3.5 year old has started asking me “read the scrapbook together mama?” and it just melts my heart. I had some crop time at Archivers recently and when I came home the first thing he wanted to do was sit on the couch with me and look at the new pages. I love hearing the stories in his little voice and seeing what memories the pictures jog for him.

  27. Taniesa says:

    that warmed my heart. Thank you for sharing…. this is my first year joining Project life and I hope that my children treasure their family album as much as these sweet little girls do.

  28. Angela Moore says:

    This is exactly why I do Project Life. It’s about showing our children, and other loved ones, how much we value our lives…the little everyday moments and the biggest celebrations.

    Yes, it’s fun to be creative and use awesome, solution-based products…but truly it’s so much more fun watching my 21 month old son look through our project life albums while pointing and smiling! Thanks for the reminder that it’s not about the most artistic album, it’s about having many of our memories documented in an accessible way. Although the products do make me giddy….especially the new releases available in May.

  29. Rachel says:

    Such a cute video! As much as I love PL, it has been my own 2 year olds response to the album every time she sees it that has me starting on a third year of PL. I keep the finished pages on a low cedar chest and she LOVES paging through it! And the awesome products and memories I Find I have already forgotten about don’t hurt either (;

    Love, love, love it all! Thanks for such a great system!

  30. Jeanette says:

    Precious!!! OMG my heart melted! TFS!

    And a sidenote:


  31. This is so cute! I love when the page hits the girl on the right and she cries, “OWW!!!” and the girl on the right says, “Sorry, sorry, sorry.” Sounds just like the kids in my 1st grade class…lol

  32. Anna says:

    Precious! My daughters also love looking back through our old albums and seeing all the pictures of their littler selves. That’s what it’s all about.

  33. price.less. and ohhh so precious.

  34. Tanya says:

    Great video – my kids are DEFINITELY the reason I keep scrapbooking – with or without project life!

    A product question: I LOVE the mini albums. I have been anxiously awaiting for there arrival, but I am not sure which editions they would go best with. Would the Kiwi mini match/coordinate with the Cobalt products?

  35. TeriBeri says:

    This is just ADORABLE. I have viewed it a few times. I love to see my kids look through the albums but they are 10 & 11 so after all the giggles and stories about the pictures, they argue about which album they are keeping when I am no longer around lol

    Great Job Catherine!! Your daughters are beautiful.
    Hugs and Blessings, T

  36. Very sweet. Aside from the twin interaction (which is adorable), that video could have been recorded at our house. :) My almost-3-year-old LOVES her “photo books”, aka my Project Life 2012 albums. And she also points out “empty pages!” on weeks I haven’t done yet. LOL.


  37. Rose E. says:

    Really sweet!

  38. Jamie says:

    HIL.AR.I.OUS! Oh my word I love them. My favorite part is when the brunette clips the blonde in the eye and then says “sorrysorrysorry.” Oh, scrumptious!

  39. Jess says:

    I loved this video. So cute. :)
    I dont have children so for me PL is what my life is like. My Mum has no photos from when she was growning up until she got married and I would like to see what it was like “back then”. I take photos of everyday things that one day may be non-exisitent (DVD’s, Books) or will have changed significantly. I like showing where i live, what i do, what i eat (there is a lot of food in my album), who i spend my time with. I like to think that one day when i do have kids, they will look back and see what my life was like. You never know how much life will change over the years. PL is great for recording the little stuff that may not make it onto our facebook newsfeed. I’m addicted and I love it. :)

  40. I have a 3.5 year old and he reacts the same way to my PL binder. I love it!

  41. Felicia Young says:

    Love this video! Those two are the cutest ever and you are right, it’s not just scrapbooking, it’s documenting precious moments in your life.

  42. Fiona says:

    So cute! I also love seeing how excited my kids (1,3 and 5) get about seeing themselves in our album. Thanks for a great system!

  43. sherry c says:


  44. Robin Gibson says:

    A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E! Love the video and their reactions to seeing their favorite parts of their everyday, recorded! I love too how it reinforces to anyone who sees it, how important documenting our lives is! I don’t have kids, but I still take tons of photos. Lots of cute puppy shots, (as my husband likes to remind me, lol). Lots of everyday photos, and special ones too! This is my first year making a PL album and I’m beyond excited! And I’ve been scrapping for many years now. I love how easy & flexible it is! And that I can drop some pics & journal cards in and be done, or I can dress it up if I want! SO MUCH FUN! Thanks for sharing the great video!

  45. Catherine says:

    A big thank you for the super nice and complimentary comments about the video! I’m thrilled that the “Maggie and Charlotte Show” made you smile and think about the positive, lasting impact these albums will have on our families. Thanks again to Becky for starting it all!

  46. Julie says:

    These 2 cuties had me at ” be careful! ” so funny one telling the other to lean back so you don’t get hit by a PL page protector! So funny ! Laws to live by :)

  47. Maggie says:

    Catherine is one of my very favorite PLers and my cheeks were hurting from smiling so much by the end of the video. Now I’m a little bit teary just imagining my little girl flipping through our album. She likes to flip through it already, but she’s not talking yet, so I can’t wait to hear what she has to say about it when she can. Thank you for sharing this very important reminder of just why we take the time to document our memories.

  48. Kristin says:

    Hahaha! “back off!” love it!

  49. Susan says:

    OH my gosh -this is so cute – i have watched it over and over again!! and shared it with family too!! Thank you so much for sharing with us!! :D

  50. Theresa says:

    Adorable – my twin girlies are almost 10 now. I forgot how cute they are at 3!

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