Project Life

This week I am sharing the week of December 24-31 from LAST year’s album.

I like to call this week the “Granddaddy” week.  Because it documents Christmas Eve to New Years Eve.  It’s jam packed full of goodness– and the biggest week of the year, right!? Life get’s pretty busy during the holidays and it’s easy to get behind, but don’t let this week go undocumented!   Now is a great time to catch up from last year, and also to create a plan for if when you get behind this year.

When I am attempting to catch up on Project Life, there are few things I keep in mind.   

1.  Keep it simple.  Don’t try to go crazy in embellishments and product.  Just focus on the photos and stories.  Keep the extras simple.

2.  Add found items.   Is there an item — other than a photo or journaling– that will help you tell the story of your week?   Even though I had p l e n t y of photos from the week of Christmas, I was on the hunt for items that would visually add to the spread.  The Santa die cut.  The “It’s a Wonderful Life” image (we watch this every Christmas Eve).  The museum ticket/map.  The night Christmas scene is a portion of a Nordstrom shopping bag– i used it on the backside of my Instagram page.
3.  Use larger photos.  This seems to help with cutting down on my #1 point. 🙂  When I use a full 4×6 photo in the 4×6 pocket, and/or trim a 4×6 photo for the 3×4 pocket, it saves SO much time.   You can leave just the photo, or add a small Lil’ Snippet label for your journaling.
4.  Inserts.   Yea, I went a little crazy this week on the inserts… BUT it’s CHRISTMAS! 🙂   Sometimes when you have too many photos/info/stories, you can spend lots of time trying to cut it down.  If it’s a big week (say, Christmas week) just add an insert or two.  Even though it’s more, you will likely spend less time fretting over what photos to include or leave out.
4.  Wallet sized photos.   I LOVE using wallet size photos in my Project Life spreads.  It’s a great way to use the 4×6 Large Journaling cards, which is perfect for a wallet photo and some journaling.  If you don’t want to use ever 4×6 pocket space, this is a great alternative.
5. Include other family member’s handwriting.  When attempting to catch up in Project Life, having another family member write the story is a great idea.   It’s always fun to include someone else’s handwriting included in your album.  Todd’s dad was in town to visit us after Christmas.  Looking back, I could have asked him to write about his stay with us.  Another great way to include other people’s handwriting is to include school work from children or to-do lists from a spouse or other family member. 
I hope this gives you a few ideas if you want to complete a past week, or in the coming months should you fall behind a bit.

Congrats to Nicolle Kramer, you won last week’s giveaway!  Please email the following info to claim your prize:


Contest: PL Jan 8
Prize: prize pack

Today we have a giveaway!   Leave a comment here for a chance to win an Elle’s Studio Prize Pack.  For a SECOND chance to enter, upload your Project Life spread in our Member Gallery and leave a second comment in this post linking us to your page.  The winner will be announced next Tuesday!

Project Life was created by Becky Higgins as a way to simplify how you document life and preserve memories. Photo pockets used in my Project Life album are created by Becky and can be found here.  You can read of all the Elle’s Studio Project Life posts here.


  1. vegetablog says

    My Christmas week 2012 is still waiting to be finished, too… maybe this week will see it done! I’ve been using 4×6 photos for most of my pockets for most of the year. I have been enjoying going back and adding little tags to them every once in a while 🙂

  2. Sandra says

    I’m starting project life for the first time this year and you’ve given me so much inspiration, thank you

  3. gabbyfek says

    this looks SO fantastic!

  4. Sparklin says

    Superfun christmassy spread! Love the cinnamon rolls! Cute:-) Thanks for a chance to win!

  5. Emma Miya says

    ooooo loving the pages so far! And I love how you cut up the photo to put them in multiple pockets! I am going to have to try that one!

  6. Emma Miya says

    ooooo loving the pages so far! And I love how you cut up the photo to put them in multiple pockets! I am going to have to try that one!

  7. I love the Project Life inspiration here and all the great tips! I’m still deciding how I want to do it this year!

  8. marylouh says

    Thanks for the tips on making the Project Life pages. These pages are much better than those that are so fussy you can’t find the pictures.

  9. Lindsay says

    Great tips! I’m new to PL this year (and already behind!) and love any tips I can get to make this project easier!

  10. Carol says

    Fabulous PL layouts! Love the multiple photos! Thank you for sharing.

  11. Margie says

    Lovely, one of my favorites so far!

  12. Karenj says

    These are great tips! Your Christmas pages turned out great –
    Thanks for sharing them.

  13. Angel says

    I love all of you for sharing your Project Life spreads as I am embarking on my first year of Project Life. This is truly inspirational and very helpful. Thank you!

  14. Crystal V says

    Love your pl pages! Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. blupixy says

    Love your pages! Love the inserts too! Gotta have them at Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Jeanne says

    I absolutely LOVE your Project Life spread! And thanks for the great tips and giveaway!

  17. Sue D says

    Thanks for all the great tips!

  18. Jean says

    I love seeing all these ideas. iith adult kids it is kind of difficult to do this but I will be doing a project Christmas week.

  19. Jimjams says

    Fab to see that the extra inserts allowed so many more photos and snippets to be included – beautifully done!

  20. Love the It’s a Wonderful Life and that Vintage Santa image! And the Cinnamon Bun picture…yum!

  21. Kathleen says

    Great PL inspiration! I haven’t started PL yet, but I will definitely try it as soon as I have a little more time left everyday 🙂

  22. Soonymary says

    a gorgeous Christmas spread! Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration!

  23. connie says

    Great PL LO’s and thanks for sharing the tips.

  24. Julie GM says

    Love your PL layouts! Wish I would of thought to use my Instax each day too in Dec!

  25. Melanie says

    Awesome, Jenni! It is so amazing to see your year completed 🙂

  26. dlwidder says

    Awesome PL pages! Really makes me want to give PL a try since I’ve never done it before. Looks like so much fun!

  27. Roberta says

    This is my first year withPL, looking forward to it! Thanks for all the ideas!

  28. Pam says

    Fabulous pages! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration.

  29. April says

    This looks amazing! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂
    – April W

  30. Lisa C. says

    Wow – the PL pages are beautiful! I also love looking at your CHA booth set up! Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. jj says

    I love how meaningful Project Life pages are.

  32. Sandi says

    I am a PL newbie and I really appreciate your comments and advice and your pages are gorgeous!

  33. Cynthia B. says

    Great tips – thanks! I have GOT to invest in those insert pages. Your pages look awesome. 🙂

  34. Great inspiration! This is my first year doing PL. Wish me luck!

  35. Kim Warne says

    I’m just getting started with Project Life, so thanks for sharing your layouts and tips!

  36. {VICKI} says

    thanks for sharing your PL

  37. Laura M. says

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  38. Lea L. says

    Awesome Project Life projects!! I am thinking of doing PL in my own way…because there is no way I can keep up with it weekly. BUT- I want to do it monthly….and I think I will be able to keep up!!

  39. Carla says

    I’ve been doing Project Life for 4 years now! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Carla from Utah

  40. ErinJean says

    I love all the extras you included in you PL! Thank you for the chance to win!

  41. Erin M says

    Love the project life inspiration. I’m still busy filling up my SNAP binder with all my December happenings!

  42. Love all your tips! Thank you 🙂 The pages look amazing!

  43. crschaf says

    Love the Christmas Dec Daily type inserts in PL!

  44. crschaf says

    Love the Christmas Dec Daily type inserts in PL!

  45. Melinda says

    Love seeing your pl and reading your tips/advice!

  46. justasiam says

    Did I miss the fun?? I still want to make a comment in case I can still win!!

  47. jj says

    Love Project Life. It really gets to the heart of scrapbooking memories. Love the “blizzard” photo.

  48. Court says

    Super cute! 🙂

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