Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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scrapbooking without words

Sometimes you want to create pages or even an entire album just to showcase pictures from a particular occasion or theme. Sometimes you want all the focus to be on the images. While I highly encourage photos AND words, I totally get that sometimes, no words are needed.


We recently found out about how newly-married Molly Porter pulled her wedding album together with Project Life. Inspiring.

Molly has never scrapbooked before Project Life and mentioned that she probably wouldn’t have started without the system. She said, Pre-Project Life, I followed along with bloggers as they shared their traditional pages. I would get very inspired, buy a bunch of stuff, and then I had no idea what to do with it. I tried it, but I just didn’t get it and it didn’t click with me. I decided to try Project Life because, again, I was very inspired by others and the investment was pretty low for me if I didn’t end up doing it. But I did it, and I got it and (bonus) I was able to use up the “stuff” I had on hand from my other attempts at scrapbooking. There is something about slipping the photo or journaling card into the pocket that makes it feel finished. Even when you’ve done nothing but print out a 4×6 photo, if it’s in the pocket, it’s official. I love that feeling of being finished.

Regarding her wedding album, Molly goes on to describe her experience:

I knew that 2012 was THE year to document since it was the year we were getting married! I wanted someplace to keep all these changes that were happening in our life. I had no problems documenting the before, or the after, but the wedding? So tough. How was I supposed to choose just 16 photos to fill those Design A slots and tell the story of our fantastic day? What was I going to SAY about our fantastic day that would fit on a 3×4 grid journaling card? I couldn’t figure it out so I just left it blank. For months.

As we were looking back through the 2012 album a few weeks ago, I realized that leaving the week blank because I couldn’t decide was just silly. So I started small…or I should say big. I printed 2 divided 12×12″ photos and was ready to call it good and done. But what actually happened is that I was finally inspired to do it. The  starting of this important week was the hard part, not the doing. So I added 3 additional Photo Pocket Pages between these 2 large photos and after about an hour, I was done! No more gaping hole in our 2012 album.

Molly added that when choosing the photos for the inserts, she tried to choose the pictures that might have been considered out-takes or just the extras from the photographer. She said, I used one of my bridal portraits that had a man in the background wearing a Superman t-shirt. I think it is hilarious, but in the big wedding album, I chose one without the man (call me traditional). We were married in the middle of downtown Chicago, so that Superman in the background totally reminds me of that fact. I am so glad that I have a place for this picture.

You can read all about her process here.






19 Responses

  1. Marie says:

    This is really lovely! Nicely done. :)

  2. Lisa W. says:

    This IS very nice…I just love how everyone puts their own little “flare” on PL…awesome, Happy Wedding day to you too:)

  3. Lori Barrow says:

    So cool! All these posts with weddings is really making me want to get my wedding in an album!

  4. Kami says:

    This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! A picture really is worth a thousand words. Gorgeous!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I am new to project life so I have a question that is probably obvious to everyone except me! I love the look of all the pockets filled with one large picture-it is stunning. How do you do this? It says printed a divided 12X12. Do you just print it full sized and cut it or is there a short cut? Thanks so much.

    • Molly Porter says:

      Thank you! I print at home so I cropped my large photo into 4×6″ & 3×4″ pieces before printing in Photoshop. I think that getting a printed 12×12″ from Persnickity Prints would be the easiest though!

  6. Sheryl Pyle says:

    Jennifer I too don’t know how to do the 12×12 print. Love that idea. I love how she worked such great pics into PL.

    • Molly Porter says:

      Thank you! I mentioned in the above comment as well, but …. I print at home so I cropped my large photo into 4×6″ & 3×4″ pieces before printing in Photoshop. I think that getting a printed 12×12″ from Persnickity Prints would be the easiest though! :)

  7. kate says:

    I love the look of this, and I love that sometimes, you don’t need words, based on the event. What a fantastic idea, that I’m gonna borrow from as I get my sister’s wedding pics in my PL

  8. Regina White says:

    Jennifer & Sheryl the 12×12 prints can be printed via Costco or Persnickety Prints and then you just cut them down to fit in those Design A pages. Not to many local places print that specialty size but I know these two place do.

    I agree with the other post. I love that no word nor cards were needed to express the feeling of this georgeous wedding. I personally don’t do a lot of journaling. I am just not a writer. I do one card with a review of whats going on and that is it. I think in 10-15 years people will just want to know the just of it and a small snipit of date, place and what happen. I love looking at everyones individual PL pages. Love em.

  9. Robin Gibson says:

    First, Gorgeous Wedding Photos! Congrats on that AND a job well done on the album! Very inspiring to me! This is also my first uear doing PL (after many years of scrapping traditionally). As I sat down last night, in fact, to get a bit caught up, I realized I didn’t have many photos for a particular week. I did end up journaling a small bit. But I decided that is was totally OK to have mostly pictures! In fact one was actually a pic from Dec 2011, but is an absolute favorite of my hubs & me:) I put them in a different sized page protector, and put patterned papers, and a few of the printed sides of the 3×4 cards in some pockets! It looks great, and I love that it’s done, and I’m inspired to work on more tonight!
    I’m loving this! I can always do some more ‘traditional’ projects when I have a bit more time. But I’m getting my year documented, and that’s never happened!

  10. Valerie says:

    Love this… Thanks to those that shared how to do this.. I had no idea to do this OUTSTANDING PICTURE…

  11. Debbie says:

    Wonderful story, and again a success of project life!

  12. Wendy says:

    This is amazing. I love it.

    I just finished my first project life ‘project’..here’s a link to my blog post


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