Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.



in the spotlight – Linda Roos


We know that all the buzz right now is on the Project Life App, but we also appreciate that Project Life® continues to be available in other formats as well — physical and digital (aside from the app). Having options is the best! Choose what suits your needs best. Today we’re thrilled to share more about Digital Creative Team member Linda Roos and I’m sure many of you will be inspired by her.

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

I have been documenting my everyday life with Project Life since August of 2013. I thought for the longest time that my life is too repetitive and boring to be documented in detail – I mean how many pages could I make about going to meetings at work – but decided to try and do something for my last year in my thirties. I felt it would be cool to see what would come of documenting what life is like for a 39 year old. So I buried my fears about being boring and started the week of my birthday. I am so thankful I did. A little more than a year later, one that was a tough one for me, I have a beautiful album that shows so many wonderful little moments to be thankful for. Moments that I am sure would have been easy to forget otherwise. My life isn’t filled with happy and confetti, but it is still worth documenting, remembering, and sharing.


How do you use Project Life?

I make a two-page spread for each week and that fits me really well. The focus is on my life, my thoughts, and my feelings. That naturally includes my husband on many pages, but for me it is important to not just document the events of life themselves but also the thoughts and feelings about what happens. That is what makes it real for me.


How often and where do you print your photos?

I decided to make a photo book with my pages and right from the start I made the perhaps unusual decision to not follow the calendar year. I started the week of my 39th birthday and finished my first book that same week one year later. I had the book printed by Blurb once that year had passed. It was a long wait, I admit. I guess that is the drawback of doing photobooks – it will take a full year before having the physical product in your hands, but on the other hand it’s flat and pretty and full of glossy pages. That seals the deal for me.


How do you organize your photos and supplies? 

Even after a full year of doing Project Life, I am still finding my way when it comes to organization and simplifying the process. I do find that less is more for me when it comes to organization. I want to spend my time doing creative work, not tagging or organizing. So I keep my photos in monthly folders and the kits in their own respective folders.


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

I assure you that I am an organizing fool, but for some reason simplicity works for me when it comes to scrapbooking. I have written a couple of blog posts on my approach, from how I put the pages together, to photography, to using multiple kits on the same spread.

Inspiration from Linda


Layout featuring the Midnight Edition and Seafoam Edition.


Layout featuring the Just Add Color Edition, Midnight Edition, and Just Add Color Photo Overlays.


Layout featuring the Midnight Edition, Coral Edition, Just Add Color Edition, and Winter Themed Cards.


Layout featuring the Coral Edition, Midnight Edition, Just Add Color Edition, Plus One Mini Kit, and It’s a Man’s World Themed Cards.


Layout featuring the Happiness Is Edition by Stampin’ Up!


9 Responses

  1. Paula O says:

    Those pages are Gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing

  2. Robin Gibson says:

    I absolutely LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! While i have done & still do PL, I have long awaited this type of inspiration for using PL stuff on traditional layouts! I know others do it too, but this is absolute perfection, in my humble opinion :)

  3. Betty says:

    I love this so much, just beautiful.

  4. Dynn says:

    I just simply love the style. This is so very me! Thank you Linda.

  5. I’m not really one for using PL supplies in the pocket style but I so love the designs and adding them to my traditional layouts, and these layouts are so freakin fantastic! Absolutely love your style and the continuity between your layouts. Gorgeous.

  6. Christine says:

    I really love Linda’s unique take on Digital Project Life. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Sue T says:

    Oh wow! These might just be my favourite Project Life layouts EVER :) :) Did you use a template Linda? So, so gorgeous; no wonder you had them printed in a book!