Elsie’s Project Life Album

Project Life on A Beautiful MessProject Life on A Beautiful MessProject Life on A Beautiful MessOver the weekend I started a new project… Project Life. If you've read my blog for a long time (and I mean a REALLY long time) you might know that in my early twenties I designed scrapbooking projects and taught scrapbooking workshops for a living. And then one day, I quit. I was seriously burned out and tired of having SO much stuff. I seriously had a whole room in my apartment full of scrapbooking supplies. I knew that when I got back into the hobby, I wanted to take a more simple approach that was mostly based on photographs. 

Enter, Project Life. I first heard about project life when my friends Elise and Ali started using it to document their daily lives last year. I ordered a bunch of supplies and then kept them in a box all year. I am one of those people who can't do anything halfway. As the months passed by, I got more and more anxious to just start. So, this weekend I started. I didn't do any planning. I just set aside an afternoon, got out all the supplies I had been hoarding and made a bunch of random pages. And you know what… it was SO FUN. I love the simplicity of the photo pockets (most of the designs only call for photos in two sizes—yay!), the mostly photo aesthetic and the minimal supplies needed. Here's peek at my first few pages…Project Life Ideas (via A Beautiful Mess)  Project Life Ideas (via A Beautiful Mess)  This page goes right before our first anniversary. I really wanted to try a confetti design with acrylic paint.Project Life Ideas-via A Beautiful MessProject Life Ideas-via A Beautiful MessFor these pages I added the type to the top two images before printing them. This will be the opening page for our 2013 book.Project Life by A Beautiful MessProject Life by A Beautiful MessFor this page, I had fun making some quick designs with my tablet for extra cards. I love the vibe of handwriting mixed with photos.Project Life by A Beautiful Mess  Project LifeSupplies I used: Project Life Pocket Pages (Design A,C,E,F), You're My Favorite StampSeafoam Kit, Seafoam Binder, Rolling Stamp, Alphabet Stamps and Neon Painters Tape. 

Have you tried Project Life? Is it something you would be interested in? If you've already been making your own books, leave me a link so I can check them out! xo. Elsie 

  • adorable! I can’t ever do anything halfway, either! I alwasy buy a ton of supplies and throw myself into it for days.



  • It’s great to see you playing with photos and paper again! I knew you when you were the face if Ki! Loved meeting and following you over the tears.

  • This is so pretty! I’d like to make one myself but too bad I’m too busy with school 🙁


  • Ah, you’re wearing the Modcloth black and white spotty bathing suit! I have the same one and I love it!!!!!!!!!!!

  • How did you do that photo where you took 4 diffrent pictures and made them one picture. LOVE IT.. Thanks

  • Elsie, this is SO cute! I adore this.


  • Hi Elsie,
    YAY !!! so happy you scrap again & more happy you project life too… and yes “I’ve read your blog for a long time (and I mean a REALLY long time)” I even still use your lovely book. I’ve started PL last year but I guess as everything you start, it was a bit confusing, this year I’ve start more peacefuly, and I guess this year it will work much better for me. I learn lots of photos tips and still comme back to check and re-read photos post. You can imagine how happy I am, please keep posting on your PL, I will follow for sure… as all this years ^_^
    XOXO, Lilou from France

  • We finally had to start our wedding scrapbook after a year of trying not to think about it.

    Love your scrapbook. It’s simply beautiful.

  • Its amazing!!! How do you print your photos? What kind of papper? I´m brazilian and I´m loving your blog! Project Life is new for us! I loved, loved, loved!!!! Please tell me more about! 😉

  • Great way of keeping your memories safe !!


  • Love this idea! Checked out Project Life and am gutted to find distribution to my country is pretty limited (New Zealand), so too expensive for me and my creativity for now 🙁

  • Wow, Elsie.. I’m so glad to see you scrapbook. It makes me happy. I have seen project life and it’s something I’m thinking of trying. But thank you for always having new ideas and making something so simple but yet, beautiful. Also I still have your Love, Elsie collection. Thanks for sharing as always.

  • This is the cutest thing! 🙂 I love all the photos too!


  • Something I have been meaning to do for aaaaaages – I came across the concept about 18months ago via a couple of my fave bloggers (pink ronnie and paislee press) – I so need a system like this so I actually get all the pics I take off the mac and into something real, the trouble is that the backlog is so enormous I don’t know where to start ….

  • I love how you split your wedding photo up into four separate ones! That is such a cute idea!


  • I’m one of those people who has been following your blog for a long, long time. Back in the scrapbook days, when your first book came out. I still have a painting (from the original Red Velvet Etsy shop) hanging on my wall. Thanks for still being an inspiration all these years later. It’s been so fun to watch you grow and change through your blog!

  • This is a great idea!!! When I leave work… I am going home to start my box… so that I can try my own Project Life! 🙂


  • absolutely amazing!!! great inspiration, already thinking of mine, haha

  • Beautiful! Elsie, where did you buy the different sizes of photo pockets? Anywhere? And is that just a regular photo album you are using? Love it!

  • Wow you are always so contagious with your inspirations! This Project Life seems pretty awesome. I just need to try it one day but I have to say that if their templates are pretty creative, you always manage to create something completely beautiful and unique! I just love what you did with it!

    Olive xox

  • yay! so happy you jumped on the bandwagon. I haven’t shared my pages on my blog yet but I do share them on instagram 🙂

  • I feel as if THIS is what I have been searching for, for months. I too am growing tired of my scrapbooking supplies and the time it takes, but this image-focused design of scrapbooking is amazing. I’m going to start right away. Thank you for sharing!

  • I can’t believe you’re scrapbooking again. That’s surreal. I’m at a loss of words. Seriuosly. So happy. That’s all I can say right now.

  • This is so cute, so happy that one of my favorite blogs is getting into this hobby! Can’t wait to see more!

  • It´s beautiful! I love scrapbooks, too; I made one last year for my boyfriend haha! It was his present for our 2nd aniversary =P I really want to make another one so you gave me a big inspiration… I really like the design!


  • This is gorgeous, I want to do this! So cute

  • I’ve wanted to try Project Life since I saw it on Elise’s blog! The main thing I am worried about is not being able to manage it because life gets so busy. How much are all the supplies for it? I’ve been scrapbooking my entire life and I LOVE it, so that is definitely something I would continue doing even if I started PL.

  • haha it was only a matter of time before you’d be doing one of these! love the result. that black and white picure of the two of you with the confetti design is my favourite!

  • Your album is so fabulous! I’m so envious that you had such talent for scrapbooking. I love how you documented your life through photographs and put it in an album with your own personal touch. Your photos are also breathtaking! I like taking photos but I rarely print them out. I guess having a physical memento would be better than having them mostly in digital. After looking your project, I was inspired to do it in near future. Your creativeness is so contagious!

  • First of all i want to say im so glad i’ve found your blog. I love the style, the happiness and joy it brings. Im an interiordesigner and photographer from the netherlands and always searching for inspiration. Well, i definately found this in this blog… i added you directly to my Bloglovin!

    To be honest, normally im not really into scrapbooking.. but when i saw your Project Life… it makes me realizes this could be great! So.. i just ordered the pages on Amazon.. and hope to get started soon! Thank you for this inspiration.

    Will you stop by on my blog too? Curious what you think!

    Kind regards, Souraya | Binti Home


  • i absolutely love it! definitely inspiring! what do you use to print out your photos?

  • I love your album and the project itself! I wonder where you bought the photo album though? I´ve been looking for a similar one on the net and in stores here in Sweden for months but can´t seem to find one! I have no problem ordering from the US if there´s a webshop you can recommend!

  • I love that your doing project life Elsie. I’m a fan from way back. Yes I even still have your papers in my stash 🙂 can’t wait to see your interpretation throughout the year.

  • i so miss your scrapbooking you have no idea. i hope you wll return to your ‘rootst’! you have inspired my scrapbooking style. i miss you!

  • I love your pages! Love your style. I’ve been scrapping forever and just started PL for the first time this year but in a small format (6×8) so its not overwhelming. I def like the simplicity of just recording some memories/thoughts/happenings.

    Your photos are awesome!

  • Love your style! And love how every page looks different. Can’t wait to see more!

  • I’ve been wanting to do Project Life for awhile now.. The only sad part is I don’t have the money to buy it 🙁

  • Such unique pages!!! A breath of fresh air!!
    Have been doing PL for three years & am pretty much obsessed : )


  • This is awesome! I read your blog way back when and LOVED all of your scrapbook pages and projects. I still love your blog without the scrapbooking focus, but I’m excited to see you start this new project because I just started PL this year too! Thanks for sharing!

  • Check out my pages on instagram: happystarlove

    Year #2 for me, and I. LOVE. IT.

    Your pages are beautiful! Always enjoy reading your blog 🙂

  • Love your take on PL! I’ve missed seeing your scrapbooking work. I love how simple PL is and how the focus is all about the photos and journaling. I’m about to start myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Oh oops, here’s the link to my pages on my blog.

  • Serious crush on your design. Lots of inspiration here. The orange*ish page is dreamy. I’ve started PL but haven’t blogged about it yet as I’m soon to resurrect my blog. I love this project so much and I love keeping it somewhat simple. This is fabulous. Love it!

  • You are so good at this stuff. If I try something like this it winds up looking like a first graders art project gone wrong! Good job!!

  • this project sounds awesome- ive made some scrapbooks before- one focusing mainly on my husband and I when we first got married etc and the next for my son as a baby to one year kind of thing I love scrapbooking have to do more! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • Incredibly beautiful. I love how some spreads are B&W and some are intensely colorful. I haven’t been consistent with my Project Life attempts, but this is motivating me to try to get back to it!

  • This is such a simple and cute way to document your life!
    I’ve always been scared of scrapbooking. I might try this soon.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • I’ve been doing Project Life for a couple of years! Totally in love with your pages. Stunning!

  • Wow. This looks so amazing. We don’t print pictures like we used to do 10 years ago. I must make more of an effort to create photo albums!

  • Wow! I hadn’t heard about project life and it seems such a sweet thing!
    I started creating photobooks online last year. And as much as I love the professional outcome, I kind of miss being able to stick tickets and other memorabilia into the book.
    Anyway, your pages look incredibly beautiful!

  • where can I buy the same album, because usually they have alittle bigger sizes for photos like 9*12

  • This is such a lovely idea! Love the photos!


  • I guess I am one of those that has been around for FOREVER then! I still have some of your Christmas paper that I could never cut into and definitely couldn’t part with! Once a groupie, always a groupie! I bought all the stuff to start project life last year and literally never even took it out of the package. Maybe I’ll get the itch soon… we’ll see!

  • I haven’t scrapped for a number of years now… trying to make all the frou-frou pretty was doing my head in.
    Project Life however, looks much more like my style. Simple.
    Love it!
    Thank you!!
    Tasha xo

  • With the work that you have put into this to preserve your memories for years to come, I hope that the plastic sleeves that you have put your photos into are archival quality. They need to be lignin and buffered and acid free other wise all your wonderful photos will fade and they wont be around for your family to cherish. I do love the simplicity and as a scrapbooker myself know how important it is to get photos out of the computer and into an album.

  • Your pages are awesome…. I’ve been doing it for well over a year.. I keep my pages simple too.. I hv some seafoam binders and am using the seafoam kit too.. love it.. since we moved by the beach 4 months ago…. well the colors were perfect!
    You can see my pages here,

  • This is amazing! I am always so inspired by your dynamic and personal approach to design.

  • Your album is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see how it progresses 🙂 I am like that also with projects, I just can’t do anything halfway!!

  • Really cool idea, very artistic. Your children, should you decided to have any 🙂 Will love to look through this one day.

  • Elsie, which page protectors did you use? I was looking at your pictures, and it looks like you have a few different ones. I love the idea, and I think I’m going to get one for me and my fiancé to start for Valentines Day 🙂

  • Wow! You did an excellent job! I’ve never heard of Project Life. I usually avoid scrapbooking because it overwhelms me, but I really love this. Thanks for sharing.

  • It’s made me all kinds of happy to see you start Project Life. I loved your designs for scrapbooking—and still have some of those cute house & funky frames you made. But I’ve left most embellishments behind and embraced project life because it lets me focus on what I love most—words+photos.
    I’m actually giving away a Baby Edition of Project Life this month on my blog post all about how I moved to PL. My pages are uber simple, but I’m capturing some of our daily magic and I love it!

  • This is so funny reading this today. I still have so much of your scrapbooking papers and stickers etc… I used to love them sooo much and I bought them all, sometimes doubles even. I just blogged today a LO and found an old epoxy sticker of your’s and added it to my LO. See…

    Enjoy project life xxx

  • I’m having a not so nice day so seeing this made me a little happier. Such a cool idea.


  • I like a simple project for family. I could do this for each month. Thanks for the inspiration.


  • This is such a cute idea! My boyfriend and I always wanted to start an “adventure book” (yes like in up) and this would be a cute way to do it!

    x Sara

  • Seems like a great template for those of us who are scrapbook amateurs =D


  • I love this!! I started my own Project Life album with the holiday season 2012/start of 2013. I’m having so much fun with it, compared to the “chore” of catching up on a scrapbook. It feels more like a photo-heavy journal, which I love.

    I hadn’t shared any of it on my blog, but maybe now I will have to do that 😀

  • Beautiful! Off to a great start with PL 🙂 I just started myself… after collecting scrapbook papers and embellishments for like 8 years! It always felt so overwhelming to sit down and compose a page, now I can rest at ease with PL!

  • I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I’m so impressed by how you put effort into everyday, physical activities that involve creativity. It’s such a simple project yet we don’t find the time to enjoy these things because we’re consumed in our digital devices.

    I’ll definitely give it a try one day Lubna

  • SOOOOOOOOOO GIDDY to see you scrapping again!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! LOVE these pages!

  • Blythe, I did them on my home printer (along with the little patterned cards I made) Next time I will send my 4x6s off in bulk to be printed, though, to save time!
    XO! elsie

  • 2013 is my second year using Project Life to document!


    Elsie, I’ve been following your blog since you very very (very) first were published in Creating Keepsakes so I’m super excited to see you dabble in memory keeping again 🙂

  • I may have missed this earlier, but Elsie, where did you get your pictures printed? Or did you print them at home?

    Looks great!!

  • This is more than cute, this is more than adorable <3
    Should going to do something like that, too!

  • This is beyond adorable! I love the photography and the use of design within the album. Its really stunning!


  • I quietly follow your blog because I’ve loved your style since you popped up in my scrapbooking world years ago.. THANK YOU for putting the final nail in the coffin that was my worry to start scrapbooking again with Project Life.. tax money on it’s way, my order will be in soon! Thank you Elsie! <3

  • I’ve been a fan of your work and initially discovered you as a scrapbooker. It is so wonderful to see your Project Life. I LOVE the black and white photographs and pops of color. Elsie, do you, because WHATEVER you do, is always beautiful!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Elsie…..can you give a brief tutorial on how to make cards with your tablet? I would love to learn that!! ❤ Or just email me!! ?

  • Eeeek! So awesome to see your take on Project Life. I’m one of those people who has ‘followed’ your work since the early scrapbooking days (you ooze talent in all you invest your energy in!). Can’t wait to see more of your pages. I’m also one of those ‘all-in’ type people and sat on my PL supplies for way too long time. This year it’s happening and I’ve posted a few weeks of 2013 so far here: www.teresavictor.com

  • I love Project Life! I started in September last year and am doing it again this year. I can not wait to see your project, it will be beautiful!

  • Greetings from Norway! I love this. I haven’t scrapped in a long time, so a year’s worth of pictures seems overwhelming to me. But I love this approach. TFS! 😀

  • Loved to see you back to scrapbooking! I have been doing PL for 3 years now, and I just love the simplicity of words and photos.

  • oh how i really love this! I think i can maybe manage something like this. thank you for the inspiration…now i need to find all these pages and choose photos. how did you ever choose?

  • Swoon! Elise is one of the big reasons I’m trying out PL this year too! It makes my little design-loving heart happy and I love the mix of digital and paper-in-my-hands creating. You mentioned using your tablet to create some cards…is there an app for that?

  • I so wish I had started this so many years ago. I envy you that and that you have done an awesome job. ( Been married 32 years. No way to go back, ENJOY your Journey!!)

  • I always wondered why you stopped scrapbooking. Totally understand why you stopped. I lost my desire a few years ago and when Becky Higgins came out with Project Life really got back into it. I love pictures and how much they tell of our every day lives. Love your pages!

  • Wow! It’s beautiful so far…. This seems like such a great project. I wish I had the artistic talent to do something like this. Although, I’ve only been married for 2.5 months, so I may be able to do something over time.

  • Hi! My swimsuit is from ModCloth. :)) http://www.modcloth.com/shop/onepiece-swimwear

  • Wow it looks absolutely amazing! Unfortunately I’m not that artsy, or maybe it’s just the lack of free time..


  • Elsie – I just love your creativity! This is so beautiful; what a fun way to keep & share your memories. This is the first time I’ve heard of Project Life – now I can’t wait to check it out! Thanks!!

  • I love, love, love Project Life!! This year I am having trouble getting motivated (probably because I am so behind on last year). I have my core kit all ready to go. Maybe this will help me to get moving!!

  • Brianna,
    Nope- not at all. They are 6×6 spots. So I sized a 12×12 photo in photoshop and then cropped a 6×6 square from each corner. Then I printed our each square on its own sheet of paper. 🙂

    Hope that helps!

  • I’ve seen it a few times and it does sound really interesting. I like that it doesn’t require as much work as scrapbooking. I’m wondering, on the photos that span two pockets, or 4 pockets, are those difficult to size so that they’ll be continuous? Does that makes sense?

  • This is so beautiful. I used to do this when my hubby and I started dating. No clue why I stopped. Maybe it’s time to consider it again! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • This is a great project! I have been wanting to do something similar for a while now. I just need to put aside the time!!!



  • It is SO about time you did this project. I love your doodles, your design, your simplicity. Thanks so much for sharing.
    PS. I own one of your scrapbooking books and have loved your creativeness throughout all these years.

  • Love this! I have a million pictures so this sounds great.


  • I think this is an amazing idea. I love scrapbooking but never set aside the time. Now – I will!

  • I love your different style! It’s so unique and refreshing! Keep up the great work!

  • Love your pages! I heard about Project Life a few months ago and have it on my wish list for when we move back to the states… Hopefully I will find it as easy as you, and with similarly beautiful results!

  • This is one amazing idea that i really want to try! This year is a big one as i’m getting married this June so will be ideal to capture very step before and after!

    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    Lulu xx


  • My goodness, I’m in love with your project life album already. I really love scrap booking. One day I’m sure I’ll jump into Project Life, but for now I really enjoy using Smash products. But your album is so cute so far! I can’t wait to see more 🙂

  • What a great idea! I’ve never heard of it before! I always wanted to do something “scrap-booky” but I get lost in all of the designs and mostly…well it makes me crazy! I buy all of these cute supplies and then never use them. This looks like it could be easy and fun and since I LOVE to take pictures and then just store them on my laptop…this would be a fun way to have them to look at! Great shots…I know somebody else said it, but please keep us updated!

  • I have been the SAME way about Project Life! This post may be what finally gets me going on it! Great post!

  • I have been reading Elise’s blog for a while and now when you posted about Project Life I got even more excited about it am thinking of giving it a try myself. Of course, I also feel I am taking up too many projects. x)

    xx Kaisa


  • Wow! I LOVE it! I realy love the simplicity and the use of colors! I have so many photo’s and since my daughter is born I am looking for a good way to use the photo’s. But the work… It looks so much ;-).

  • What a beautiful project this is! It’s my first time to have heard of this and yes, it’s definitely something I’d love to try. I love scrapbooks and i’ve been wanting to print and album photos forever. I need to JUST START too 🙂


    Your blog inspires me so much. In response to Decor8’s hug a blog invite, I’ve created this post today.


  • Such a cute idea !!
    new post up ! http://www.thestilettoholic.com/2013/02/12/must-have-2-the-warm-coat/

  • So excited to see that you’re doing Project Life as well. Your album makes me happy.
    I love that it is so you.
    Ronnie xo

  • This seriously is SO cute!! xx


  • I always hoped you’d start doing PL 🙂 sure you’ll be inspiring. Wishing you the best.

  • Oh wow, can’t wait to see more of your pages! One of those albums that gives you a surge of excitement when you see the first page. Love that they’re so vibrant. I’ve been doing PL in kit form since last year(digital before).

  • Elsie, you rule! It’s pretty amazing and I’d like to do the same with all the pics I took.


  • Soo excited that you are doing PL too!! yay! are you following a weekly approach?
    I jsut started too, and blogged a couple spread over on my blog: http://afreezeframe.blogspot.co.uk/

  • i followed what elise was doing on project life but hadn’t thought much about it… your pages are *beautiful*! thanks for sharing. i am doing your art journal e-course now, but maybe later i should give project life a shot..

  • This is a cute idea, but I don’t take enough photos to start such a project.
    Maybe next year ?

  • That is so nice and I love have pics at home, not only in pc. all look magical. I need to do it too, because in last years I have only in Pc pics. HAve a nice day.

  • Nice story behind cute little pictures. These pictures are looking so beautiful and natural. I love this concept, it’s so useful to keep such memories safely. All the very best to both of you !

  • I love this idea! I’ve always tried to start scrapbooking projects and get overwhelmed by all of the ‘stuff’ and clutter I had on hand, this is such a cute alternative!

    xx Kait

    ChickadeeSays Facebook

  • I love the project! I also had a break from scrapbooking but I decided to start again this year. I don’t have my own pages on my blog, but I can recommend this creative girl: https://worqshop.wordpress.com/

    Keep on posting your pages!

  • Aw, this is super sweet! I would definitely love to do something like this for my one year anniversary with my boyfriend, but that’s coming up in June, so might be a bit soon to start scrapbooking now. Although, I do like planning things in advance, haha 😉 Congrats on this beautiful project!

  • this looks like a beautiful start, you are very inspiring as always!


  • I have been lurking and following this blog forever!

    This project is shaping up beautifully. I LOVE the mix of photographs, pattern swatches and colours! Makes me want to go start my own Project Life right NOW! 🙂

    Thank you for the daily inspiration you guys 🙂

  • This is so adorable! I’ll have to make one of these ASAP! I love looking through photos :3
    xo Heather

  • Wauw! This is a great idea and i would love to do this also. Today its our first anniversary from me an my husband, so a good day to start! i was just wondering if you can buy this amazing sheets online? Thank you, kind regards Souraya

  • I am so inspired right now!
    LOVE your creative mind & stunning memory making ideas!


  • I’ve heard lots of good things about Project Life, and I think if I ever get into more scrapbooking, that’s what I’d like to do. Your layouts are gorgeous!

  • What an amazing and inspiring post! Thanks for sharing this. Excited to see where this new project goes!

  • Ooh! I never heard of this before. This is smtg i would LOvE to do, for sure.
    But i just dnt know when how?! I m not even sure if I wld be good at it!
    But I dftly wld like to try! Thanks for sharing.

    Emma xx

  • Love these spreads. Have to ask- where did you get that polka dot one piece bathing suit?! Now that I am a mom I need one pieces (stretch marks-sad!), but CUTE ones (:

  • I’ve gone back and forth on whether to start scrapbooking, and you’re totally right. If I do it, I want it to be simple and mostly pictures. So Project Life is the way to go.

    Since we’re halfway through February, I’m thinking I might start something like this for my birthday, and do albums for each year. Might be interesting.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • I’m going to do this omgoodness thank you for this


  • I haven’t made one yet, but I keep seeing it popping up around the internet. I used to be really into scrapbooking and got away from it for awhile (I got bored with scrapbooking the single life, I guess), and I love both the simplicity and the room for experimentation of this idea. I don’t have time to start one right now because I’m in the trenches of wedding planning (and making my dress for it!), but I’m thinking that I’m going to do some variant of this to document the first year of married life once it starts, and see how I like it!

  • I just really, really, did I say REALLY, L-O-V-E your blog!!!! I love how your style & personality shines thru all your projects! This kind of scrapbooking is great, where the focus are the photos. Now adays there is sooooo much scrapbooking supplies available it can get overwhelming. I love the simplicity and ease of these plastic pages.

  • i’m giddy to see you back! I quit for awhile too…. and it’s so much better this time around!

  • Okay. So I basically silently screamed with happiness when I saw the title of this post in my reader. DUDE! I hope you keep sharing because I would LOVE to see how you do it. 🙂

  • Love this! I’ve always loved the idea of scrapbooking, but never been into the traditional method. This is definitely something I want to start!

  • This is GORGEOUS! I keep hearing about Project Life and I am dying to try it out. Gotta save up some time & money to make it happen though. 🙂


  • Your pages are gorgeous and look like you! Thank you for sharing! I’m so inspired it find my own style.

  • this is a really fun idea I need to more with pictures/memories
    thanks as always for the inspiration

  • This is really cute. I like the mix of computer programs with old-school scrapbooking. A fun twist on preserving memories!


  • I HAVE been following your blog for that long. Your book on Scrapbooking 52 challenges was one of my favorite things! I also still have some letters and paper left from one of your collections.. the one that was travel themed.

    You have been a big inspiration to me!

  • this is beautiful! i can’t even stand how cute it is. would love to make this myself.
    kw ladies in navy

  • “I am one of those people who can’t do anything halfway…” That is SO true about you Elsie! You give the rest of us courage to not withhold our best efforts, just because we’re afraid of shining. THANK YOU!


  • I am doing Project Life too! I did it last year and it’s my only success with scrapbooking. I love your pages! So much fun! 🙂
    My PL pages here here:

  • I remember your days in the scrapbooking industry! They are what initially brought me to your blog! I may or may not have a big box full of your products that I’m hoarding in fear of using them then not being able to buy them again. 😉 I am crazy excited you are diving into Project Life! There might have been a loud “NO FREAKING WAY!!” from my mouth when I saw the news 🙂 Can’t wait for more inspiration!

  • Love the idea of these project life books! I had discovered them over on a blog you had posted about a while back! Yours is super nice, you have a great eye for design 🙂 Love the acrylic paint confetti 🙂

  • I love, love the Project Life system and have been dying to try it. I am wondering how you print the cards. That has been one of many things that has been holding me back:) I am assuming you have a great color printer. Any suggestions?

  • i’ve been toying with the idea to do project life for about a year now… but i never got around to it, with the new house, new baby, new job, it’s been quite busy! i’d love to do it some day though. it’s a great idea. love yours!

    love, x

  • I was going to try Project Life but I didn’t. I don’t know, I guess it’s something I could do. My Polaroid is collecting dust so I guess I could use that. Well, I’ll give it some thought.

    Your book looks fantastic though. I love the photos. Beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing!


  • yay! i love that you are doing project life!

    i’m on my second year and completely love it. i’m not always up to date blogging about it, but here is my link:

    you can also search #jmpl on instagram to see more of my pages.

    looking forward to seeing your year!

  • I’m so excited that you are doing Project Life now too! I can get good ideas and you can save your memories in a cute way.

    I’m up to date in my album, but I’m way behind in sharing them. Here’s what I have from last year so far: http://www.paperbackpirate.blogspot.com/search/label/Project%20Life%202012

  • It’s so great to see you scrapbooking again! I love how you laid out the pages. The colors are great!

    I’ve been doing Project Life since the beginning of 2012, but I got so obsessed that I started going through my photos to do past years as well. Here are all of my posts tagged with Project Life! http://thenerdnest.com/category/mermory-keeping/project_life

  • Love that you’re starting PL!! Its one of my favorites since its easy, but you can still add your personality to it! Here’s our PL blog posts: http://leonalane.typepad.com/my-blog/project-life/

  • I absolutely LOVE this concept. Will be storing this in my mind for a future project. Thanks for sharing!

  • Oh this is so great! A lovely way to preserve memories and all the special moments.

    Juliette Laura

  • What a sweet idea! Looking at your pages is making me realize how few photos we have together and how few photo-worthy moments we have in life. Hmm. That’s … more despondent than I intended this comment to be. I love your project, is the point 🙂

  • Wow… wowowowo this is so inspiring. I need to get rid of the memories on my laptop so I can have them in tactile form to share with friends when they come over. What a fantastic method you have just introduced to us!

  • i have thought so much about doing this this year… i wish i had the time to do this now… i love all the designs. so simple and cute! also, i think this is so much easier than scrapbooking.

  • ahh i love your mix of colors and patterns! one day i’ll be able to mix patterns and colors with such ease. such an inspiration! thank you for sharing!!

  • These look great, Elsie! I would like to do Project Life someday (maybe next year) now that I have a baby.

    PS- I been following you for years and years. Lol. I still hoard some of your scrapbook papers (the notebook paper and little cameras were my faves) and embellishments. 😉

  • How adorable is this book! I love keeping things from my travels. This would be the perfect place to keep them all.

  • Looks great! Started doing PL last year and enjoyed the process so much. Decided to blog about my 2013 experience here:
    Really looking forward to seeing your work with this project:-)

  • Elsie, this is absolutely amazing! You are so inspiring!

    lots of love,


  • I am beyond excited to see your PL pages (I’m one of those long, long-time readers who remembers the old scrapbook days). I’ve followed Ali’s for years, and Elise’s last year. I’m in the midst of my second year, and love it. Wait till you fill up even a quarter of the book and can flip through so many pages, you will be even happier with what you have.

  • I’ve always wanted to do one of these, but I’ve never found the time or perfect supplies.
    This summer I think I’m going to start on.
    I love the anniversary photos with confetti dots!

  • I have missed seeing your layout inspirations, its been so long! I still have some paper left from your Love Elsie lines!

    So happy that you are doing project life! Its my second year doing Project Life and I have the Seafoam kit too!

  • I love everything about this. Definitely interested in making my own!


  • I used to be such a scrapbooker too, Creative Memories to be exact! But it got incredibly overwhelming, and always having to make it so intricate.. I haven’t scrapbooked in years and am left with boxes of photos just sitting, waiting to be touched.

    But, I just love this whole project life idea/concept! I will definitely take a peek into it and see what it’s about. // Love that acrylic paint idea.


  • Amazing album! Your photos are just beautiful. This is my second year doing Project Life and I LOVE IT!


  • Love this idea, it’s a shame i can’t get such good quality photo’s for my own project, any suggestions anyone?

  • This is amazing, Elsie! Such a gorgeous alternative to scrapbooking the way we’ve all come to think of it. I have harbored some “I don’t scrapbook” guilt for a long time, because I’ve just never really gotten it. It always seemed like a lot of STUFF and not a lot of the stuff that matters most to me.

    But this. This is brilliant. Thanks for being so inspiring!

  • i always enjoy seeing your scrapbooking or art journaling pages dear elsie. yes, i’ve been following your blog from way back then. the papers you designed were fabulous. i have your old book, which i still find inspirational. also, i was recently looking at your blog posts from 2010 when you were doing all that painting. oh my goodness. it was awesome to see your art! 🙂

  • Wow, this is such a cute idea, good way to hold on to memories. I love the color pops on the black and white photos!



  • Such a beautiful spread of photos. Definitely saving for inspiration. I love the mixtures of photos, colors, and prints.

  • awww… I simply love your approach and I totally understand what you mean about having a lot of supplies! I am struggling with that too…. I had to give away/sell a lot of them before I left Malaysia to come to US and now that I’m here, I am having a hard time controlling on my purchases… they are starting to build up again… LOL. Am doing my best to keep my supplies minimum and use up my stash as fast as possible! 🙂

    I started PL this year too 🙂 you can check them out at my blog 🙂


  • This is super cute! I love the idea that it’s not as much WORK as scrapbooking can be. I used to love scrapbooking but life has gotten so busy that I just can’t spend the same amount of time creating a page or two. This actually seems manageable to get done!

  • I have followed you since your days of popping up in Creating Keepsakes. I have also evolved in my memory keeping and have been doing project life for 3 years. I am really excited to follow your posts on PL to gain inspiration. I am big fan of your work!

  • So super cute! And I’m slightly jealous at how great this looks!


  • This is a dream come true…being inspired by you doing Project Life!! I can’t wait to see more! I’ve been doing PL for just over a year now and I LOVE it, the process is exactly what I needed to document our family life. You can check out my pages here: http://www.icreatewithlove.blogspot.com/

  • How are you a “novice” with such awesome pages already?!
    Love the vibe!
    We print PL. let me know if you’ve got ?’s about archival printing.

  • I started Project Life in January and I’m loving it. Such a great way to document your life. I love your design Elsie. it’s very you! I’m going to be sharing my scrapbook later this week on my blog.
    xx Allison

  • That is a really beautiful and creative project. You’re so talented! 🙂
    I don’t have (yet) the habbit of taking lots of pictures, but I’ll maybe do something like that one day. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  • That is a really beautiful and creative project. You’re so talented! 🙂
    I don’t have (yet) the habbit of taking lots of pictures, but I’ll maybe do something like that one day. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  • Oh wow this is fantastic. You have done an amazing job. I find it really inspiring, I have wanted to do some scrapbooking for ages but didn’t know how to start, but you have obviously brought a really creative and fun approach to your book and it turned out great.

  • I just love the Project life! There is a lovely blogger called Pink Ronnie who also does this! I keep promising myself to start this but alas I never do. Maybe next week I’ll start!!

  • I love the simplicity of this project, it looks so easy to do! Having tangible memories is definitely something I adore. For example, I recently made and bound my own art journal about the year 2012! I’m really proud of it, but it was a lot of work and doing something simpler this year sounds refreshing. 🙂 I’ve actually been thinking about a 3-ring binder style journal, kind of like your Project Life!

    Here’s a link to my art journal, if you’re interested:

  • It’s so cool that you know Ali Edwards. I met her years ago when I used to intern for her husband when I was in college. It’s such a small world!!

  • I am so excited that you are doing Project Life! I love Becky’s simple approach to documenting memories and love Ali Edwards Project Life. I plan on starting mine soon after I get all my photos printed out.

    I am hoping you will one day design a core kit for Becky Higgins – your creativity and design would create an amazing core kit!

  • I havent even heard of Project life so thank you for sharing it. It looks wonderful and i am always looking at ways to document photos and memories for my two girls to have when they get older. I am in love with the picture of you both with the polka dots.


  • I’ve been thinking of jumping on the Project Life train. It seems so simple. I’ve got a bajillion pictures that I haven’t done anything with yet because scrapbooking is just so much work. Anyway, I love your pages. Thanks for sharing and giving me some inspiration to start my own.

  • I’m so excited that you are doing project life!!! I love love love it. I’m doing it for the 3rd year this year. Year one I just used it as a baby book for my baby born in January. Last year I did all 52 weeks for the whole family. And this year I’m doing the same. I’m terrible about posting my spreads on the blog, but here are a few of them: http://thiscameratellsmystory.blogspot.com/search/label/project%20life

  • I am one of those people who have followed you FOREVER… back when the blog had a black background and a different site.

    Love the project! I, too, have not touched my scrapbooking for quite some time; maybe this Project Life business is the proverbial kick-in-the-pants I need to get going again. (Cuz there are WAAAAY too many photos on my laptop.)

    Btw, I just used some of the sticky=back cloud fabric you designed for a baby shower project this past weekend. 🙂

  • WOW!! Love this so much. Especially the contrast of black and white against the colorful pages.

  • I use those large pockets split into 4! I love how it looks in the folder as a statement photo! Really pleased to have more inspiration for filling in my folder now!

  • Love your pages – and LOL – I found some of your fabric papers the other day when I was looking through my stash and have used them in this week’s PL spread 😉 Can’t wait to see your pages – what an inspiration they will be :)))

  • I haven’t heard of this before but love it! I never liked the idea of how much stuff scrapbooking takes, but this is really minimal yet awesome! And it doesn’t seem all that time consuming.

  • I’m not much of a scrapbooker but this is beautiful and lovely 🙂

    xo Ashley

  • I absolutely love your approach to project life!! I was also thinking about getting started with it because I liked the idea of documenting everyday life in an easy, simple and relatively quick way, but project life (designed by Becky Higgins to actually uncomplicate the documenting everyday life thing) got taken over more and more by the scrapbooking industry and got complicated again, with all the embellishing and planning and stuff.. so I really like seeing someone doing it the way it was kinda planned to be – simple and easy 🙂 I really hope to see more of your project life pages, it’s really inspiring! 🙂

  • Wow! I’m so happy you’re scrapbooking again! This made my day!! 😀 😀 😀

  • That is so interesting, I have seen people doing a family yearbook that is similar but that is so cool looking!
    thanks for the new ideas!

  • Yes!! Not to sound creepy, but I’ve been reading your blog for about 7 years now and I’ve missed your scrapbooking! I started PL a year ago and love it. So excited to see your book grow 🙂

  • I’ve wanted to do this so badly for ages!! I just do t have the money to do it right now 🙁 maybe in the future I could look into it a bit more, yours looks awesome by the way x

  • Like everything you do Elsie, your album amazing!! So excited you are doing project life. Looking forward to seeing more pages from you!!

  • I just started doing Project Life this month, and I have LOVED it so far! I got started after reading Elise’s blog and feeling super inspired. I adore your layouts- so very fun and creative. I hope you continue to share new pages with us as you go!


  • Oh wow, Elsie, it’s AMAZING! I also do Project Life (2nd year) and I can already tell yours will be so, so inspiring! I hope you keep posting updates 🙂


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