Starting Project Life

This post is part of a paid campaign with American Crafts, but all opinions are my own. 

Project Life

Hi There Friends! I am so happy about this post about Project Life. It’s literally been YEARS in making. You see, I am a born-again-memory keeper. Cue the clouds opening and the sun shining: TA DA(!) thanks to Project Life, I’ve had my first successful memory keeping project in years. Now it will be easy to continue.

I used to be a passionate scrapbooker. Before my daughter was born (full disclosure: she’s 7 years old now) I used to faithfully scrapbook every moment, big and small. I took hundreds of photos, jotted down every detail of our lives, subscribed to every scrapbooking magazine out there and got anxious if I fell a week behind. A week! 

And then what happened? Life I guess. As my family grew, so did the busyness. Then my son had a serious back injury, we moved, started attending a different school… {actually all that stuff sounds like great scrapbooking material}. I guess what happened  was that scrapbooking became too big of a time investment and since I couldn’t do it the way I wanted to… I put memory keeping on the back burner UNTIL NOW.

 Project Life is an approach to memory keeping that I can “keep up” with and feel good about.

Project Life

1. No special tools necessary: that’s right… you don’t need scissors, tools, glue or any skills

2.  A Back to Basics Approach: It’s a back to basics approach that works well in today’s busy lifestyle. Whether you’ve never made a scrapbook in your life or you’re an experienced scrapbooker– ANYONE can feel successful with Project Life.

3. Easy to Find Products: Michaels stocks a larges selections of Project Life, including two exclusive core kits (Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic and The Vintage Travel Core Kit) and several exclusive albums.

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4. Cuteness for Everyone: The Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Core Kit features an array of light blues, pinks, greens, yellows and airy neutrals. The fun icons include birds, trees, foxes, houses, keys and clipboards. The edition has a distressed feel.

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 5. Planes, Trains and Automobiles: This Vintage Travel Core Kit is perfect for documenting your family’s summer travel. Colors include  deep blues, reds and browns, along with a variety of darker neutrals. The icons in this Edition include travel motifs like trains, airplanes and maps.

 Here are the Reasons people LOVE Project Life (from

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Here are two pages I recently put together with the American Crafts Project Life 5th and Frolic Edition, exclusively available at Michaels.

Project Life: Little Effort, Lots of Meaning 

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 American Crafts sent me the Project Life 5th and Frolic Edition, Big Variety Pack 2 Photo Pocket Pages and an album. Here were my SUPER simple steps to completing two pages.

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1. Look at photos and choose favorites 

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 2. Slip photos into pocket pages (no trimming or gluing) 

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Here are the 5th and Frolic cards, neatly organized in their box

Project Life Cards in Pockets

 3. Add cards to give the layout color and visual interest 

Project Life Journaling

4. Do some simple journaling (if desired) 

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5. Page completed in 5-10 minutes. Done and done.

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 Here’s something else I love about Project Life. It’s a cinch to get the kids involved. My kids each did some journaling. I will treasure their words and their handwriting for years to come! 

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 Here’s the second page, it also took 5-10 minutes to put together. YIPPEE!

A BIG thank you to American Crafts for getting me back on a doable memory keeping track.

Grab your Project Life supplies at Michaels and get started. It really is a snap and you’ll feel so good, knowing you’re preserving your family’s special memories.



  1. says

    Malia, I’ve been in the same boat with memory-keeping — just couldn’t keep up. I am so excited about Project Life, and to be honest, I was dubious at first. I figured I’d go ahead and give it a try, and I’m so glad I did. The quality is great! The designs are absolutely charming. Best of all, as you pointed out, is the ease of use. In a matter of minutes I was able to lay-out picture-perfect pages!

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