all about project life: why i love it

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Ok, friends, it’s going to be a full week dedicated to Project Life here on the blog.  And for Day 1, we’re going to start from the beginning…

why i love project life

Simply put:  Project Life allows me to USE my photos and document my family’s story.  [And BONUS – in a way that’s simple to do & beautifully designed!] 

How many photos do you take on your phone or camera in a week? [don’t worry, there’s no judgment… I’m pretty positive your number won’t exceed mine.]

And how many of those photos do you print? [again, not judging]

Do you ever wonder ‘why am I bothering to take all these photos of my food/pet/kids when they just sit on my phone?

Do you ever stumble upon an old photo and think ‘oh, I totally forgot about that!  I wish I’d written that story down!

Does this make you feel sad? [me too.]

Friends, Project Life solved all those problems for me.

I started using Project Life in 2011. And I’m still using it today. The fact that I’ve been able to commit to something for this long gets to the core of why I love this project: It’s simple.

What is Project Life? A super simple system for documenting your life and USING your photos!

the history behind project life

Becky Higgins, the genius behind Project Life, revolutionized the scrapbooking world when she created a system where you take your weekly photos, print them, and slip them into pre-designed pockets. You take her fabulously-designed-perfectly-coordinating note cards, write quick notes, and slip them into the pre-designed pockets (which became known as ‘pocket scrapbooking’).  Then, in 2014, Becky revolutionized everything again when she released the PROJECT LIFE APP!  Now, you open the app, tap on the squares to insert your photos, fill out a quick journaling card and you’re done.  One full week of your life documented.  In seconds.  (I’ll be sharing a video later this week where I walk through that).

Truth be told, I was never a “scrapbooker”.  I tried it once my freshman year of college, quickly got majorly overwhelmed, and realized I didn’t enjoy it at all.  But the idea of Project Life didn’t strike me as “scrapbooking.” It seemed more like a yearbook or a journal.

What is Project Life? A super simple system for documenting your life and USING your photos!

one more reason to love project life

It’s truly for anyone.  You don’t need to be a certain age.  You don’t need to have a significant other.  You don’t need children.  Heck, you don’t even need to do ‘interesting’ things.  You just need to have photos.  When I started back in 2011, it was just me, my husband & our puppy, Colby Jack (he dominated the album, for sure).  My albums now primarily focus on the kids because my life primarily focuses on them.  I only wish this simple system existed back when I was in college because, dang, there were some hilarious stories I wish I’d written down in the moment.  Or high school!  Oh, reading the drama of teenage-Casey would be so fun now!  Anyway… it’s never too late to start, friends.  There’s no need to get overwhelmed.  Start by making a book for 2016.  You’ll love it!

 

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing more about exactly how I do Project Life (with a video of me creating a page in the app) so you can SEE how easy it is to do!  Stay tuned!


49 comments
  • Carly

    I can’t wait to see who you used to print your book. I’m already a Project Life App user. I’m way behind on my 2015 book, but I am working towards keeping up with 2016. I make it a little harder on my self, cause I will use Photoshop to add digital components on to a photo that I will then drop into the app. I also like you don’t feel that its the same as scrapbooking. It is much more like a yearbook. Thanks for the post and I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for your series.ReplyCancel

    • Carly, I print with Blurb… I’ve done 6 books through them & have loved them all! (more on that coming later this week) I know Becky is adding a photo book functionality to the app sometime this year and I’m excited to give that a try for my 2016 book!ReplyCancel

      • Shanan

        Please tell us more about how you printed you 12×12 project life app pages into a hard bound album. I have been Scrapbooking for years and I am running out of scrapbook space in my house. I think hardbound books will take up less space. I started using the PL app last year and I love it.ReplyCancel

        • Hi Shanan! I print my hard bound albums through Blurb. I’ll be sharing a video tutorial on Thursday. They are so sleek & take up sooo much less space! Becky has also mentioned that the Project Life App will be adding photo book functionality this year so it’s going to get even EASIER to make hard bound books!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Keeling-Carreau

    Im glad I found your blog andI’m so looking forward to learning how to add text. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Liz! I use an app called ‘Over’ to add the text on top of my photos… before I bring them into the Project Life app. I don’t do this very often though, as I usually can write all I need onto the Project Life journaling cards. Thanks for checking out my blog!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I found you through Becky’s Instagram. I go back and forth on digital vs traditional PL. There’s something I like about being able to pull a picture out of its page protector if I want to, but the protectors sometimes begin to rip, and I worry about the wear and tear over the years. Also, the regular albums take up SO MUCH ROOM and I wonder where I’m going to put them all, where the printed books would save so much space. But I also like putting things in my albums, like mementos and so forth. Anyways, I’m looking forward to reading about your process and following along with your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Kim! I’ve done digital from the beginning because, like you said, I like the sleek/slim design of the printed book & we live in a small space so I don’t have the room for storing all those binders. I also like the idea that, if something were to happen… like a fire or something horrible… I could always print another book online. I do have a couple tips for mementos in my posts coming later this week. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!ReplyCancel

  • Elisa

    Hey Casey! I also found you through Becky’s IG post, it seemed like the perfect inspiration that I needed to start journaling again for my little family.

    I’m so torn bc back in the day I would just blog about everything to document what my family was doing, and I’ve wanted to turn my blog into a book for years now but still haven’t found the time to tackle that project. It seems like double the work blogging about it and then having to transfer everything over to blurb, although I’ve heard it pretty much lays it out for you. I feel so behind with journaling and never can find the time to blog anymore.

    I’m thinking of starting fresh this year and doing books directly from blurb like you have with the PL digital packs. Needing some advice, do you think it’s worth it to continue to blog and then try and transfer and make books later on or just use blurb directly to make my yearbooks? Just seeking for some input or advice bc I’m feeling overwhelmed with wanting to catch up on all of our memories, but want to do it in the most efficient and timely way! Love your blog, thx for sharing all your wisdom! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Hi Elisa- I have heard the same thing… that it’s really easy to turn your blog into a book with Blurb, but I also have never done it. For me, personally, I prefer the Project Life app for documenting my family because there are certain photos or stories that I’m not comfortable sharing with the internet via my blog for privacy/safety. Also, I’m often including photos of tiny everyday moments that wouldn’t really justify a blog post. I would recommend trying the app- it’s much easier than the digital project life kits- and may save you so much time that you’re still able to blog the highlights. Also, later this year they are adding photo book functionality to the app so that you won’t need the extra step of sending all the pages in to blurb!ReplyCancel

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