what project life means to me and my binder.

I have been meaning to write a more detailed post about how I go about my Project Life binder. A lot of my friends and other people have asked questions about it and I believe I finally got it all together and typed up for you. Hopefully I didn’t leave out any parts.

“ Project Life is a solution-based approach to scrapbooking that was created to simplify the process in order to allow you more time to enjoy life! It requires no glue, no scissors, no tools, and no skills of any kind. The design of our products takes the guess work out of layout design so that you can focus on recording your everyday moments through your photos and journaling. The simple design is stylish and makes it possible for you to complete more pages in less time.” via becky @ beckyhiggins.com

The beauty of it is that she provides the most basic form of scrapbooking out there. Which is amazing, it allowed me not to feel so overwhelmed when entering into my first attempt at any sort of scrapbooking. I loved her catch phrase of ‘cultivate a good life and record it‘. And that’s exactly what I wanted to do.

It was different from conventional scrapbooking where you usually start with a massive pile of old pictures and attempt to piece them together to remember the events that were taking place. Most of the time you forget what the pictures were even of, much less how you really thought or felt of at the time.

Going along with my feelings on the importance of the small things. I wanted to capture all the little moments in life, all the small progression points. When I saw the Project Life idea I instantly knew this was the project I was looking for! It definitely encompassed everything. The small things, the big things, documenting and recording life. Creating something. And let’s not forget the big point scrapbooking.

The flip side of that was  I needed more in this particular project than just a simplified collection of pictures & thoughts to look back on. I wanted a decent size project to tackle, to invest time in, to push myself out of my comfort zone and to learn new skills.

Yet another one of the beauties of Project Life is that it is completely customizable to what you want it to be. There is no wrong or right way to do it. You make your own rules!!!

So the rules or guidelines rather for my first Project Life binder are:

  • 1 spread a week for a year. I started on April 1st 2012, so my end date will be March 31st, 2013. Committing to this for one year was pretty huge, considering that’s quite a bit of time. But I finally came to believe that would be best. It would give me enough time to experiment & try a lot of new things.
  • Treat each little space as if it is it’s own little scrapbook section. Although the Core Kits w/the precut sheets are awesome & great for if you’re wanting quick scrapbooking, I do not use it. That’s more due to the fact that although I purchased a Core Kit, there was only one available at the time and it does not fit my taste at all [wish I would have saved $ and skipped on that]. Most all of the paper are cut out of regular scrapbook pages & I spend a lot of time using embellishments and trying out new techniques. I enjoy it because I get to put a lot more of my style and creativity into it [again it’s not needed, but what I wanted out of the project].
  • Use a combination of physical scrapbooking as well as digital.  The big reason to add the digital aspect was that I wanted to dabble and gain some knowledge into Photoshop. I am currently using Photoshop Elements [since it came with my Waccom Bamboo Tablet that I purchased]. It’s a great place to start! Elements is not so intense, although the basic knowledge you use of layers and the commands carry over into Photoshop when I decide to make that jump!
  • Things I wanted it to include will vary greatly based on what’s going on. I also want to document the bigger moments more in detail without giving up all the space of the normal documentation. So when that happens I will add an insert in between the week spread. It won’t be a full size page, but a cut down version of some sort. Here are some different ideas of what it’s included so far… random pictures. things i did. quotes/lyrics that rocked my world. a fun blog post i liked. what song i’m obsessed with. fun places i went. the weather that week. things i bought. and books i’m reading.

Although it doesn’t look like much! It’s amazing to pick up the book and flip through the pages that I’ve already finished and see how far it’s already come. I can’t imagine how great it’s going to feel once I finish a full year!!! I apologize for not having updated pictures of my current spreads! Those are definitely coming. There’s just been a lot going on lately, as well as me getting a few weeks behind. So the pressing task is to get myself all caught up and the pictures will follow! Any questions just leave comment or email me!

Want to see the start of my Project Life? Click here. First spread of my Project Life? Click here. And see all my other posts here. Interested in looking at sweet blogger’s binder who I adore? Check out Elsie Blaha here.


project life : week 1

Its only the first week & I’ve already learned I’m a perfectionist. An over achiever. I want to know everything I can possibly do with a project. But once I do, I get so overwhelmed on the small choices I don’t know what I would rather do. And if I can’t give it my everything I choose to give it nothing. You can see the dilemma here….

I’m really trying to break that habit and this is looking like just the project to help with that. Which is one of the reasons why this project is amazing. Each week is going to be different. You’ve got a whole lot of flexibility. Some weeks you can go all out & embellish and add tons of details, and then other weeks when you don’t have much time you can just throw the basics in there. A few pictures, some journalling and ‘wha-lah!!!’ you’ve got that week done. Also what’s great with Project Life is that you can go back & add extra details to the pages later on. After one finished up the main thing I’ve been trying to focus in week number two is writting down more thoughts about things I do thoughout the days.

After trying to decide what’s the best way to keep track of those, I came across a great app that was recommended on one of the many blogs I follow. Momento [ it's $2.99 from the app store ]. The great thing about that app is that it keeps them organized by dates and you can put pictures on there & type up some notes about the photo which is exactly what I needed!! You can also tag people, places, events, & custom tags which gives a great way to search back through things!

I just downloaded the app & started using it today & I already love it. It takes a lot of stress of trying to keep all my pictures, descriptions, & thoughts organized. I can keep every thing nicely inside one app.

With all of the overwhelming feelings aside [which I'm working on ;) ], I have absolutely enjoyed every minute of working on Week 1. Im so excited about my spread that i’m showing & telling everyone. I cant remember thr last time i’ve been so excited about something like this. But It’s so fun & such a great creative outlet & not to mention it’s going to be so amazing to look back on!!

So here’s to one week down…. And 51 to go…. Such a fun journey I have embarked upon! As I had an inkling in the beginning, this is the perfect project for me right now.


It’s my first go at any sort of scrapbooking, and not 100% sure if I want to keep the whole project unified somehow or just go week by week with it.

Now that i’m obsessed with this project. I quickly became obsessed with shopping for craft supplies… and I may or may not have gone a little crazy in Michael’s…


okay… sssshhh!!!! I totally did :) but aren’t they totally fun looking?

new to project life? check out Becky Higgins

want a sweet lady who has given me lots of inspiration for this project? check out Elise Blaha


the start of something wonderful…

I’ve been wanting to blog. After a few initial posts, it seems I’ve kept waiting for the perfect thing to write about, or when I finally get everything on my page perfect then I’ll start. It doesn’t have to be perfect right at the start, but you’ve got to begin somewhere. So here’s to my work in progress :) as well as adapting that motto for my life. I need to stop waiting for the perfect time. Instead I need to little by little start working on the things I want to accomplish.

I wanted to start this blog as a project for me to focus on my life, all the big and small things, and a way to document the journey :) I’ve got a few projects I wanted to start and a lot of ideas floating around in my head and can’t wait to try them and get back to the fun silly crazy driven Samdann that I am!
project one.
Simplified scrapbooking. Which is exactly what I need, due to my tendency to get overwhelmed when presented with a million little options. This one takes the guess work out & allows you to focus on ‘cultivating a good life‘ as she says. I’m excited that out of all the projects I debated on doing or trying to figure out which one was what I was looking for I knew this one was perfect when I saw it :). If you’re not familiar with it, should definitely check it out!
Mine will include one spread for every week for a year. A little scared at the semi large commitment I am making… But I [adore] the basis of the project. Capturing the little moments in life, focusing on the small things that ultimately make up your days from:
❤ random pictures
❤ things i did
❤ quotes that rocked my world
❤ what song i’m obsessed with
❤ fun places i went
❤ the weather that week
❤ things i bought
and that goes on and on i’m sure. Yesterday I finished up the title page for it so I can be all ready to start this weeks spread! It’s my first scrapbooking experience & my first time using Photoshop Elements. So this will be an interesting & fun project to say the least!
[title page for Project Life]
[peak at week 1. the date card.]
project two.
I have always seen people do these and it’s such an interesting look into your life, randomness and all. Not sure why I never have yet, but with the onset of ProjectLife I figured it was a great compliment. So here goes! I will finally participate in PHOTO A DAY APRIL!
Excited to start these projects & post all of the progress!