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Project Life: Getting Started!

I am a Project Life convert through and through. I first heard about Project Life a couple of years ago by reading Ali Edwards’s blog. I was so intrigued by the whole concept. It seemed so simple to focus on taking photos and recording memories—something that I had been struggling with in my personal albums.

I have loved memory keeping for a long time but I just dabbled in it because it overwhelmed me. I am such a perfectionist, and I would spend hours and hours on my scrapbook pages. I had so many photos and so many memories I wanted to record. There was never enough time to document everything, and I was always so behind.

After having my first daughter in 2009 I got really jazzed about recording our new journey. I started a baby album and tried so hard to stay on top of it, but I was spending too much time on it and getting nowhere. After a little while I pretty much gave up because I was so behind and overwhelmed by the whole thing.

When I came across Project Life I knew I had my answer. I love everything about Project Life. I love all the pockets that can so easily be filled with memories and photos. I love all of the predesigned pocket cards. I love that I can get so many of my photos off my computer and out for my family to look at. I love that I have a place to document the simple everyday moments along with the big ones. I love that I have a place to save all of the little ticket stubs and mementos that I gather. I love adding fun little embellishments to my cards and photos when I have the time and I need a creative outlet. I love that if I just want to get my pages done quickly, I don’t have to fuss around with embellishing things . . . but my pages still look great. Everything about Project Life makes me happy.

If you are new to Project Life, I have put together a few tips I have learned along the way to help get you started recording your life.

Take photos with intention. What are the things that you want to remember? If you made something awesome for dinner . . . take a picture of it. Did you have a fun girls’ night out? Take a picture! Did you go for a walk with a beautiful sunset? Take a picture. We all know to take photos of the big, important events in our lives, but I think the simple moments in our lives are just as meaningful and important to document.

Decide which approach works best for you. Do you want to record your life on a weekly basis, on a monthly basis, or just whenever? There is no right or wrong way to do this. I like working on a monthly basis and adding inserts when I need to, but that might not work for you. Play around and have fun finding out what makes this process of recording your life the easiest and most enjoyable for you.

Jot down the things you want to remember. Carry a notebook in your purse, write ideas in your phone, or write in a journal at the end of the day. When you come across a quote that moves you . . . write it down. When your kid says or does something that you don’t want to forget . . . write it down. If you had a great day . . . write it down. This makes it so much easier when you want to add journaling to your pages.

Save things from your life to include in your album. A tag from your shopping spree, a bag from your favorite boutique that you can cut down to fit into a pocket, happy mail, a birthday card, a ticket stub from a good movie—there are so many fun ways to include bits and pieces from your life.

Set aside time to work on your pages. Make it a priority in your busy life to sit down and get your memories written down and your photos printed off. Doing tasks in chunks is easier than trying to do everything in a big marathon session. Take an hour to go through photos and print them off. Later, sit down for another hour to write down memories onto cards and slip things into page protectors. Take another hour or 30 minutes to play around with embellishing and getting creative if that’s what makes you happy. Again, there is no right or wrong way to do this. Just have fun, and in the end you will have something that you and your family will cherish forever!

Arika B.
Concept Artist

P.S. A few of our Project Life (US/CA) products are available for purchase right now! Head on over to the store and check ‘em out!


  • tawnya

    Feb 10

    I who makes the page protectors you are using with the 2 verticals and 4 horizontals it looks like an 8 x 12 page. Thank you.

  • EsteeDarla

    Feb 10

    I feel in love with the pre packaged up ideal of this i bought two of each package to bring home to have fun with our family and friends gathering up to crafty share ideals and have fun and everyone had a blast with these cause so much comes in one package that's always lots left over can't wait to post what we have done this past few weeks

  • Julie Rae

    Feb 10

    Arika, sorry, submitted without text! I wanted to thank you for your post. So many people get 'hung up' thinking PL is just a weekly method of memory keeping and I thank you for repeating that PL (or any scrapbooking method) is what you want it to be or as you say, "what makes you happy." I like your philosophy about PL and love your pages. So excited for this collab with BH. Thank you SU for what will be an eye-opening experience for a lot of SU customers who thought they could not or would never scrapbook.

  • Jean Nolan

    Feb 10

    So identified with this! Scrapbooking became too overwhelming!! Love the bits of time to document! I already do that in my cookbooks! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Virginia Poppert

    Feb 10

    So excited about this!

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    Feb 10


  • Brenda Jpnes

    Feb 10

    Sounds great...

  • Katina Martinez

    Feb 10

    Amazing new product, I am in love and over the moon! SU ROCKS

  • Lois Rusch

    Feb 10

    Interesting and simplified concept for scrapping. Since I'm a 'fallen behind' scrapper, I may try it to help me catch up!

  • Colleen

    Feb 10

    I too have so many pictures and stopped scrapbooking as I was overwhelmed. I so can't wait tonstart

  • Kay Kalthoff

    Feb 10

    Thank you, Arika! I was able to scrapbook and journal all of the pictures I had from the Fiji Incentive Trip in about three hours. If it weren't for Project Life - they would still be in my computer. I'm going to be a BIG FAN of this system. Thank you for all your tips!

  • Arika Bauer

    Feb 10

    Three hours……that is so awesome Kay! I bet it feels so good to have that done. :-)