Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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in the spotlight – Nicole LeBlanc


It’s time to introduce you to another Digital Creative Team member! Enjoy getting to know Nicole LeBlanc and learning more about how she uses Project Life to document her life.

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

I’ve been using Project Life to document our lives since 2012.


How do you use Project Life?

I use Project Life to create family albums documenting week-by-week throughout the year.


How often and where do you print your photos?

Since all of my pages are digital in nature, I save them and get them printed into a bound album at the end of the year. I get my albums printed in a bound leather album from White House Custom Color.


How do you organize your photos and supplies? 

Organizing my photos and supplies is important to me and the key to my success in completing a yearly album efficiently. I have a folder for each year. Within my yearly folder, I have a folder for each month of the year. Within my monthly folder, I have weekly folders. For example, my monthly folders are named January 2014 and my weekly folders are named Week01_January1January4. I like to add the dates of the week in the title of my folder because I often document the date on my weekly page. I make all of my monthly/weekly folders ahead of time for the entire year. When I have new photos to upload, I upload them directly to the correct weekly folder. When I’m a few weeks behind (happens to the best of us), it’s easy for me to jump right in where I left off.

I organize my supplies in a similar fashion. I have a folder for every designer. My Project Life supplies are all located in my Becky Higgins folder, which is growing quickly! With all that Becky Higgins and Project Life has to offer, I can always find the perfect card to match my photos.

When saving my pages, I save them three different ways. I have a folder titled Completed. Another folder is titled Print and my last folder is titled Web. My unflattened psds go into my Completed folder. My flattened pages saved as jpgs (full size) go into my Print folder and my flattened pages saved at 600 pixels for the web go into my Web folder. I save my psds just in case I want to go back and edit the page. My pages for printing are also all together in a folder, so when it’s time to upload them for printing, they are easy to get to and all together. I name my pages by the week (example: Week 01) so they will be in order in my Print folder. If I have more than one page for the same week, I name it by pages (example Week01_page2). My web folder stores all my pages for posting to my blog and social media sites.


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

Something unique about my Project Life is that I convert all my photos to black and white. Because I use several Project Life kits throughout the year, I feel like the black and white photos give my album some continuity like someone’s album that uses all the same kit has continuity about it.

Scrapping with Project Life has saved me so much time in the past two years. It allows me to spend more time making memories with my family, which is really what is important in life! I believe that documenting the memories should not take as much time as making them!

Inspiration from Nicole


Nicole does her scrapbooking in this cozy space.


Layout featuring the Strawberry Edition and Design D Template (scaled down to show background paper).


2-page layout featuring the Honey Edition. Left page is Design L and right page is Design C.Week07{page2}1500

Layout featuring the Jade EditionJust Add Color Photo Overlays, and Design Q Template.


2-page layout featuring the Azure Edition. Left and right pages are Design W Template.week29{page3}1500

Layout featuring the Boys Rule Value Kit and Design L Template.


Layout featuring the Seasonal Snapshot Card Collection and Design U Template.


4 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    Interesting… while I like the IDEA of digital scrapbooks I haven’t ventured down that road yet… I do have a similar File System for my Digital Photos but not quite as regimented. While I LOVE the idea of an ANNUAL Printed Digital Bound Scrapbook – doesn’t that limit enjoying it all year? And… to each their own regarding Black & White photos for ‘continuity’… I’d much rather take the small amount of extra time to color coordinate my PL Cards with my photos for my layouts… to me B&W prints may be beneficial as ‘portraits’ or ‘historical’ value but… wow… I think they’re a bit dismal and you lose so much of what the picture wants to say… maybe the continuity could be done using a Core Kit like Midnight so that the accents are neutral against the vibrant prints of beautiful kids enjoying life. Sorry, but I just don’t get it… seems like the kids should take center stage in the layouts instead of the fillers.

    • Steffie says:

      Isn’t that a bit harsh? I actually really like the look of this, although personally I would also print pictures in color because sometimes, seeing the colors is very important, to me at least, like what clothing style do the kids have, what colors are they drawn too, what color is their hair/eyes. But I am sure those things get recorded somewhere, and each to their own! :)

  2. laura g. says:

    I really like the idea of converting the pictures to black and white!! Cute pages!

  3. Amber says:

    Wow these are great! I love what she did with the double design W! Can you get that in plastics or is it digi only?

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