My Approach to Scrapbooking: I Use Project Life!

I started scrapbooking when I was just 15 years old. It was all about binders with basic 8 1/2 x 11 page protectors, die cuts, stickers, fancy scissors, and lots of glue. 

I soon moved to 12 x 12 pages. I kept up with the "trends" in the scrapbooking world: inks, mists, masks, SO many embellishments, patterned paper & using lots of time being super creative.

 I loved that way, but after I was pregnant with my 2nd child and I was so tired and sick, AND keeping up with a toddler, I was so interested in, the-new-at-the-time, Project Life.

I bought my first Project Life kit in 2009, the Turquoise Edition. I took a photo-a-day and loved documenting my family's story that way. 

The next year I did, I used the Amber Edition:

The following year, I used the Clementine Edition:

For my album the following year, I used the Honey Edition:

Now fast-forward to today. I have 3 kids and life is even busier. I scrapbook often, but when I get behind I can catch up easily since I keep a family blog that I can reference to fill in the stuff I miss. 

For my 2014 album, I selected the Midnight Edition.

I used the Favorite Things Edition in 2015, of course, because I love the pretty stuff Heidi Swapp designs.

After 14 + years of scrapbooking I have quite a few albums I have finished & I have lots of things I would like to still scrapbook. Instead of dwelling on what I have yet to do, I celebrate how much I have done! Scrapbooking is not supposed to be a chore. At least that's what I try to remind myself since I am extremely slightly OCD and hate ever feeling like I have to catch up on things.

I am a HUGE fan of Project Life and I love to share what I do for my scrapbooking and see others start their own Project Life albums since it just makes so much sense to busy moms, or anyone really!

Each year I do an album as a family yearbook. I take a picture each day and maybe a few times a year I add an extra layout for a trip or to add in some photos from family pictures or some other special occasion. I personally find it really hard to narrow down photos to use, so the photo-a-day approach really helps me from getting too carried away. It allows me to look at the big picture and include bits of all that is happening with us and not 16 pictures of my kids in slightly different poses because they are all too cute to choose from.

For my 2016 album this year, I am using the Bloom Edition.

This past weekend we went camping in the mountains and I added an extra double-sided spead with the panoramic page protectors that fold open to include more photos. How awesome that I could put this together with a little window of time between doing errands and picking up my kids at school!

{I used cards from the Maggie Holmes Edition}

I also use Project Life to make albums for my kids' school years memories. My son's Kindergarten through Grade 2 memories fit in one album. 

He is now finishing up grade 3 and my daughter is almost done Kindergarten and I started albums for them early in the school year and update them every few months, give or take, so that it doesn't get too behind and weigh on me as another "To Do" in life. 

My daughter finishes kindergarten this week and I have to add only a few photos and then I'll start the summer knowing her kindergarten memories are preserved. 

I love taking pictures of their artwork to include in layouts and having them make handwriting samples of their printing. I have also had them make lists of who their friends are, draw self portraits, and include other bits of who they are during each year since they change so quickly.

Same thing for my son's album, I just have some photos and pictures of his artwork that came home this week to add as he finishes his school year in a couple days.

For family trips to Disneyland, I make an album for each trip and those are the ones my family looks through the most. 

All my scrapbook albums now have a home in a Kallax Shelf from Ikea in my living room. My kids look through the scrapbooks often and I love having the chance to look through them together.

{I have 21 post bound albums & 3 D-ring binder albums filled with "traditional scrapbooking" layouts. I now have 13  Project Life albums, and that's not including mini albums! I love memory keeping!}

This month the shelf got some Canada Day decorations added on top, too!

Hopefully this post inspires anyone who is searching for a simpler way to get their photos & stories into tangible albums to give Project Life a try. (I buy my Project Life stuff from Michael's, but it's also available to buy online from Becky Higgins' site.) It is so worth getting our memories recorded for ourselves & our families!


My Daughter's 6th Birthday Party- Tinkerbell & Peter Pan Theme

My daughter turned 6 in April and had a Tinkerbell/Peter Pan party to celebrate!

The invites I made looked like this...

My daughter of course wanted her hair in a bun like Tinkerbell and wore fairy wings. She looked lovely...

My kids made tons of artwork for the party, so I displayed some like this in the front entry...

It was really tricky to find much for Tinkerbell party things. Peter Pan stuff apparently doesn't even exist! So I kept to green and purple and fairy-type decor. There was a bit of pirate and woodsy-type things thrown in for the Peter Pan look.

If you are interested in downloading "Never Grow Up" or "You Can Fly!" prints I made for her party, click here to download the 5x7 printables for FREE!

My son had a Peter Pan bow & arrows set with a dagger so I set them up with the hat from my kids dress up clothes and a rolled up map...

I had out the pictures of my daughter meeting Tinkerbell and Silvermist during our trip to Disneyland a few months before. We saw Peter Pan there and didn't get a photo with him, so I took one of my daughter by the Peter Pan mural at her school.

On a previous visit to Disneyland, we met Captain Hook, so I also added that photo to a frame to display...

I had seen many versions of the Neverland signs on Pinterest. So I created my own version with kraft paper and paint. I had fun trying to make them even though I'm not much of an artist....

Now on to the food!

"Pixie Punch" was grape juice mixed with Sprite and "Morning Dew" was ice water with slices of lemons, limes, and oranges...

I made these cute ships with slices of apples and cheese...

More of my kids' Peter Pan artwork went up on the fridge with pieces of Tinkerbell washi tape...

Downstairs in the family room, I added a Tinkerbell banner with purple pinwheels onto it...

I managed to find a bakery that would do a Tinkerbell cake since my daughter wanted a cake with a toy on it for her party...

I made these cute teepees...

I made some Pixie Stix into arrows...

I made Tinkerbell and Pirate cupcakes for her party with her friends and had some out for her party with family, where we also had the cake. She also took them to school on her birthday...

Blue Jello & orange slices made to look like ships on the sea...

Lots and lots of treats!

Treat bags from her friend party...

They got a couple colouring sheets, candy necklace, pixie stix, bookmarks I made using a printable I found on Pinterest, Tinkerbell rings, fairy bubbles, a Tinkerbell pencil, a pirate sticker, purple and green candies, and purple and green chocolate coins, and I added a roll of rockets onto fairy wings I cut out of patterned scrapbook paper.

I had some games planned, but my daughter didn't want to play much for games. But they did play "Pin the Puff on the Pixie" with a printable I found on Pinterest...

My daughter loved how her party turned out and I enjoyed the challenge of putting it together!


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