Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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in the spotlight – Jen Geigley


We’re so happy to share another of our Creative Team members with you. Today the spotlight is on Jen Geigley!


Jen, how long have you been using Project Life® to document? 

I have been scrapbooking for years, but I have only recently begun using Project Life. Last fall, I took a trip with two of my close friends who are also scrapbookers. We talked about scrapbooking like only true scrapbookers can. I shared my frustrations about wanting to document my kids’ lives in a doable, realistic way. I longed to make a photo book that told the stories alongside my favorite photos … but still looked cool. One of my friends looked at me and said, “You should really just try Project Life.” And she told me all about it. I went home, went through my hoard of scraps, printed some photos, and jumped back into scrapbooking. Project Life has changed the way I scrapbook and has given me a new outlook on what I can realistically document for my children, my family, and myself. My love for scrapbooking is back.


How do you use Project Life?

I am using Project Life on a project-by-project, album-by-album basis. I am starting out with baby books for my two children and I want to do them right. Luckily, I wrote down lots of monthly notes during each of their first years of life so even though I’m going back in time, it’s easy to look back at my notes and add writing to go with my favorite baby photos. I want to tackle their important childhood milestones after that and make a yearly school album for my oldest child. I also want to make vacation albums to hold all our fantastic photos from trips over the years.


How often and where do you print your photos?

I print most of my photos at home as needed using my Canon Selphy CP900 printer, but I also turn to Persnickety Prints when I want to print in bulk or if I need enlargements or odd-sized photos. I love having the flexibility of printing with the Selphy because I always know I can print a couple more photos whenever I need them. When I’m scrapbooking, I always feel like I *need* that one special photo. But it’s always a photo that I forgot to print. Or a photo that’s still on my iPhone. And that’s when my trusty Selphy comes to the rescue.


How do you organize your photos and supplies? 

I organize digital photos on my computer with iPhoto. After my photos are printed, I label and store them in chronological order in photo boxes. I keep most of my pocket protector pages in a metal locker basket and I keep a small grouping of favorite Project Life cards in a small metal desk organizer. I also keep a storage box full of ticket stubs, stickers, and tiny paper treasures that I like to incorporate into my scrapbooks whenever I can. I try to keep my supplies minimal and portable since I typically move everything from a closet to our dining room table (or the living room floor) when I’m ready to spread things out and get to work. I don’t feel like I need a million different supplies to get a bunch of pages done and that’s the beauty of Project Life.


What are some of your tried and true tips for Project Life success?  

Simple is cool; stress is not cool. It’s okay if your cards don’t match the colors in your photos. It’s okay if things don’t line up exactly or if some of your corners aren’t rounded. It’s all right if you don’t have time to type/print your journaling and it’s totally cool if your handwriting isn’t perfect. Focus on telling your favorite stories and using your favorite photographs … and the rest will fall into place.

Inspiration from Jen

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How cute is this girl? Completely ADORABLE!!

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Storage solutions help keep things organized + portable.

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Collecting memorabilia in a box or other storage container keeps it in one place and easy to access when working on pages.

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Here is the Canon Selphy CP900 that Jen uses to print many of her photos.

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Getting creative in her workspace.

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A sneak peek at Jen’s desktop/workspace.

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Layout featuring the Plus One Mini Kit and Sunshine Edition. Left page is Design G.

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Layout featuring the Sunshine Edition. Left page is Design Q (part of Small Variety Pack 4).

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Layout featuring the Sunshine Edition. Left page is Design P and right page is Design Q (both are part of Small Variety Pack 4).

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Layout featuring the Midnight Edition. Page layout is Design G.

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Layout featuring the Midnight Edition.


10 Responses

  1. Natasha says:

    I find this SO inspiring!! I have used Project Life for 2 years and have LOTS of embellishments that I hardly use. This reminds me to keep it simple and that’s what works for me! I also love the idea of a pretty box for holding memorabilia. Genius! Less is More if you have the right products!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been hearing great things about persnickety photos. I definitely will be trying soon. Hoping there is a collaboration between project life and persnickety with the new app coming out soon??? Need to start using my canon selphy again too. Thanks for the great tips!

  3. Whitney says:

    I am interested in the Selphy so I can print photos easily from my iPhone. Can anyone tell me if the Selphy can print smaller sizes than 4×6? I’m hoping to print 3×4 also for Project Life.

    • Aussie Mum says:

      I bought a canon selphy a while back. Just thought I’d suggest you talk to others who own one before you purchase one… To be honest I was very disappointed with mine. I found the colours were not true to life at all. I did a number of tests where I printed a photo on the selphy then had the same photos printed at my local store. The difference was significant, the store prints were so much better. So sadly my selphy sits unused on my desk now and I visit the store weekly. Just thought I’d mention as it might save you some money and disappointment.

    • Jennifer says:

      I LOVE my Selphy! I know that is an opposing view from the previous response. However, the reason that I love it so much is because it does print smaller than a 4×6 and I am able to get more photos on a layout. I hope this helps! ; )

    • Whitney says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Aussie Mum and Jennifer! I appreciate it!

  4. Andrea says:

    I love Jen! And I was in exactly the same place – traditional scrapbooking was becoming too overwhelming for me, but I missed touching actual pictures and albums rather than just digital photobooks. Project Life is the best solution, and I love that it can be as simple or as embellished as I want!

  5. yay us!! come back now pls. xo

  6. Love your style. Thanks for sharing your photos. :)

    Mary from NH