Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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finding your best fit


The thing about scrapbooking is that it is so very personal. Not just in what it means to each of us and why we do it… but how we do it.

These days, there’s so much inspiration that is accessible online and on social media. We can see what everyone is doing and how they’re designing pages or putting together albums. Ideally, this inspires us. Realistically, I have a feeling that sometimes it’s just downright overwhelming to many — particularly those who still have yet to dive into scrapbooking at all or for those who have been “taking a break” and need some motivation to get back into a routine that has them scrapbooking again.

Browsing is a great idea for getting those creative juices flowing, but if you find that all that looking still doesn’t lead you to doing… it’s time to put the phone down, step back from it all, and do a little personal assessment. Ask yourself — What do I want to get out of all of this (besides completed pages)? What’s going to be the approach that helps me stay motivated because it’s my way of doing things? If I want my family to be involved, which approach will make the most sense for them so they’ll want to join in the fun?

You might crave the tangible touch-and-feel aspect of paper-crafting. Or maybe you’re 100% a fan of scrapbooking on-the-go (or in bed!), and in the palm of your hand. The cool thing about Project Life® is that this little idea that started as this “one thing” has expanded and stretched and evolved to become so much more. It’s not only more widely available, but Project Life is offered in various formats while still holding on to the original concept of pocket scrapbooking to make the memory-keeping aspect of your life … more simple.

We have added a new page to the website called What Is Your Best Fit? I encourage you to check that out. Read about each of the six main ways that you can obtain Project Life and then ask yourself — What’s my best fit? Which way suits my lifestyle best? Which way will keep me actually scrapbooking so that I’m doing something with those pictures and memories? Is there just one way that’s the perfect fit for me? Or am I better off taking a couple different approaches, depending on my memory-keeping projects?

I’ve asked myself these questions (about a hundred times over the past 20 years as a scrapbooker) and I’ve always strived to do what works for me at that time in my life. It’s not always the same. I have allowed myself to evolve (and all of my scrapbooks are evidence of my evolution) so I’m always scrapbooking in a way that has me actually doing it. Right now, there are two main approaches that are floating my boat and keeping me scrapbooking: 1) the Project Life app – for our family yearbook; and 2) the physical version used in the ultimate simplest way — photos and cards in pockets — for each of the kids’ ongoing albums that holds all their “stuff.”  This video is a few years old, but it’s still pretty much my system for the kids’ albums in case you want to check that out.

So… what is your best fit?



4 Responses

  1. Wendie says:

    The Project Life App is my best fit these days. I’ve been scrapbooking for almost 20 years and I find the app to be convenient, fun, versatile, and easy to use. I don’t scrap chronologically, but scrap what inspires me at the time. Just placed my first print order (easy process) and am looking forward to seeing my pages!

  2. Jenny B. says:

    Great post, Becky! The best fit for me right now is a combination of things. I love designing my weekly Project Life pages in Photoshop using the digital products. I print the sections as 4×6’s to slip into the Design A page protectors. I also love digital photo books, and I plan to get a copy of my Project Life album printed as a photo book at the end of the year (which is easy to do since they begin as digital pages in Photoshop). I wrote up a blog post about my plan for 2015 here: Project Life: Finishing 2014 and Plans for 2015

    I’m also working on a few smaller albums. One is for a vacation, and uses more “traditional” digital layouts that I’ll print in a photo book. The others are birthday books for my boys. For those I’m using the same digital design process I use for my weekly PL layouts, but the photos will be placed in the Project Life Mini Albums (one for each boy). Anyway… so many projects, so little time! :) I do enjoy the variety, though. I will say that I am definitely a digital girl at heart. Cutting apart the 4×6 photos into 3×4’s is as close to “paper scrapping” as I get. Anything more than that feels overwhelming and wears me out! :)

  3. Monica says:

    The PL APP is my very best fit. I just whip my phone out and WOOLA! When I’m on the plane I can do so many pages and if I’m watching a movie with my husband, I can do a ton of pages as well – – I love this APP – – I’ll never (paper) scrapbook again.

    Seriously, I can’t stop talking to everyone about it.

    This is a gem!

  4. Lynette Ballard says:

    While I love the idea (and absolute cuteness) of project life, I haven’t the time or energy to do a full blown project life. So, I started out documenting my first baby’s memories with a photo album with six 4 X 6 photo slots on a 12 X 12 page, and then taking one 4 X 6 slot for a journal page. I have had my eye on all the eye candy that project life holds for quite awhile. Now that I have 2 very young kids and am well behind where I want to be, I decided to take the plunge, and get a core kit that can be used for both kids (I chose happy because of all the gender neutral designs) and a few extras to make it faster for me to put the kids’ albums together. I can’t wait for my happy mail to show up, and I can get started on baby girl’s album, and catch up on big brother’s. I am confident that these kits can help me tackle my albums 10 or 15 minutes at a time. :)