Why I’m Choosing to Do Project Life in 2013

If you browse any craft blogs, you may have noticed the sensation that is Project Life. In a nutshell, it’s a different way of approaching scrapbooking/memory keeping. It’s meant to be a much more casual approach, a no rules, no stress method for documenting the everyday.

I first heard of Project Life last January, when Elise shared her decision to jump in & document her experience with it on her blog, Enjoy It!. I followed along each week as she created her layouts and shared how she loved the process. How easy it was; how quickly the layouts came together, how it continued to excite her. And, with each of her updates, I got a little more interested.

I scrapbooked a bit when I was in high school, but I didn’t really stick with it. When I went on my senior trip to Disney World in 2005, I came home with over 1000 photos (it was only a 3 day trip!). I knew while I was there that I wanted to turn my photos into a scrapbook, so I collected supplies and printed out all the snapshots when I got home. The first few pages were great. I loved the process, I loved writing it down, recording it.



But, pretty soon, I had a book that was busting at the seams.




And when I ran out of room, I ran out of steam. Now, nearly 8 years later, the massive memory book is buried deep in the back of my closet, still unfinished. I’ve got a huge box of old supplies, mocking me. Yet, I wouldn’t give that book up for the world. It holds so many happy memories. I felt so creative when I was working on its pages.



Project Life hints at giving me back that excitement for documenting – and, since this is the year of courage, I’m going for it. After all, what better way to document where my One Little Word takes me in 2013. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Elise designed one of the Project Life Core Kits for 2013 – hello Seafoam, can’t wait to get you in my hands!

In order to stay on schedule & be accountable, I’ll be sharing my weekly layouts every Sunday. Starting today.

I’ll be running my weeks Monday-Sunday, and I’m planning on sharing a week behind of the actual date. So, instead of posting January 1-6 today, I’ll be sharing it next week. This gives me time to live my full week and still print the photos & document it before sharing with all of you.

Which means instead of week one, I have something else for you this week.

Behold, my 2013 Cover Page.


So far, I love this project. Once I decided on the photos to include, it all came together really quickly. I’m excited to see what it will look like and how I’ll feel about it at the end of the year.

How about you? Are you a Scrapbooker? A Project Lifer? Do you have any tips for a newbie like me?

Supplies Used: Becky Higgins journaling cards, design A Project Life page protectors, Digital Seafoam Papers (Can’t wait for the paper kit to be in stock at Amazon), MT gold dot washi tape from Amazon, number foam stamps from my stash (& so old that I don’t remember where I got them), kraft stars cut from wrapping paper left over from Christmas, wax paper subbing in for vellum in the bottom left photo.

2 thoughts on “Why I’m Choosing to Do Project Life in 2013

  1. leida says:

    I am a scrapbooker and all around paper crafter. Congrats on your project life decision. This year I have also embarked on a year long commitment. I am doing the 365 challenge (again!) I have commited to taking a photo a day for one year. When I did it before I began in the middle of the year, when I was done it was really humbling; the things that happen in one year and how much things change when you see it documented all in front of you day by day! It was a struggle, but you know that, (posting everyday for a month), and you also know that when it was done you felt a great sense of satisfaction for committing and completing such a task!


    • Emily says:

      Thanks! I haven’t tried the photo a day project, but somehow I’ve still ended up with over 1000 photos on my phone. You’re exactly right, though, the change you can see when you look at them all in front of you is amazing. I’m super excited to see what my Project Life albums hold at the end of the year 🙂 Best of luck to you with your photography!


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