Project Life Special Guest: Stephanie Bryan

Welcome to another week of Project Life at Elle’s Studio.  We are pleased to introduce you to you today our Project Life Special Guest: Stephanie Bryan.

Stephanie lives in North Carolina with her husband and two kids, Anna (4) and Drew (2).  She loves all things creative and has a slight obsession with paper and photography.   She started out with memory keeping through Project Life in 2011 and has not looked back.  Her style is simple, but classic with some occasional fun pops of color.  As of January this year, she has found a love for recording memories through traditional scrapbooking.

I began noticing Stephanie’s Project Life spreads and layouts in our Member Gallery recently and each one became an instant favorite.  I was floored to learn she just began traditional scrapbooking in January of 2013.  She is a natural!

1.  When and why did you start Project Life?

I started Project Life at the beginning of 2011 after I found myself wanting to record the memories of my then two year old daughter and newborn son.  I lost my mom when I was 19, and hafted having my two kids, I knew I wanted to document our everyday, our journey, our goods and our bars.  Plus I tend to take a lot of pictures and I wanted my family to be able to enjoy them.  I stumbled across the Project Life system and immediately fell in love.

2.  What do you love about Project Life?

I love that Project Life tells our story.  I love that it has pictures of my son’s first stamps, my two kids playing together, our trips, my daughter’s first dentist appointment… basically it’s our memories kept nice and neatly in a book.

3.  Any tips on keeping up or catching up in your album?

Keep it simple and keep it fun.  Most of my weeks are pretty much the same except for the pictures.  I have a system that works for me.  Putting together my week is  I love it.  And I look forward to it!  I think the key is to make it “yours”.  Don’t worry about keeping up with it every week… if you miss a week, then just move on to the next.  Years from now you will be glad that you have the memories you do have, and you won’t remember the weeks you missed.

4.  How do you make time for Project Life?

I keep my Project Life album out and open in my craft room.  I find myself there a few times each day, so I try to print off a picture when I can or write down some little notes about our week.   Then I usually try to find some time on Sunday afternoon to put my week together.

We have a special giveaway today featuring 
Stephanie’s favorite Elle’s Studio products!

Leave a comment here for a chance to win Stephanie’s favorite products.  We will announce the winner next Tuesday in our Project Life post.

Thank you Stephanie for joining us today!!

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. The photos are amazing and I can so relate to Stephanie’s notes on being a Mom! Beautiful pages!

  2. {VICKI} says

    thanks for sharing with us
    and for the chance to win some wonderful products!

  3. Lara says

    great capturing of memories. I just order some Elle’s studio and can’t wait to use it!

  4. This is gorgeous! I love the soft tones…love that she documented her daughter singing in the shower. This is something my youngest does ALL THE TIME, and I never really knew how to document it. Thank you for sharing that idea, Stephanie! Love your philosphy towards this and your style!

  5. I love the simplicity of your Project Life spreads Stephanie! But they are also so beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration and reinforcing why I do Project Life.

  6. so pretty. I love the bright white and clean design!

  7. Kayla says

    Her spreads are so crisp and gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome products! 🙂

  8. I love how clean and simple this project life is! Definitely great inspiration.

  9. Beth Perry says

    what an awesome spotlight! love her clean, classic style.. with the pops of muted colors. So very beautiful!!!

  10. michelle says

    Love these pages. And what a great giveaway.

  11. Laura M. says

    Wow! Your pages are beautiful! Love your style 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Jen says

    love, love Stephanie’s work!!
    she’s a gem! 🙂

  13. Kerry says

    What beautiful PL pages! I love all the gorgeous photos, especially how many capture just everyday moments. Great journaling too!

  14. Lisa says

    Her pages are beautiful! Love bright white and clean look of it!

  15. Lisa P says

    So cool. I love seeing how others are doing their pl album.

  16. Carla says

    Love seeing all the different ways Project Life is used!
    Carla from Utah

  17. Sophie says

    i love the cleanness of Stephanie’s layout. it’s simple, but just down right lovely!

  18. vegetablog says

    What beautiful moments you have captured in your photos! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂
    ~Natalie (QSOgirl)

  19. wahoolady says

    Love the soft tones too. Love the tag tucked behind the photo – great idea for some extras!

  20. La Tulipe says

    I love your style. Thanks for inspiration.

  21. Sue D says

    Wonderful PL pages!

  22. Great pages! I love how much white there is. It’s so clean and crisp!

  23. justasiam says

    Stephanie’s favourite products seem to be my favourite products too!

  24. I really appreciate your approach to keeping up with Project Life. If it’s not fun, then we tend to see it as a chore.. and that’s when we find ourselves in “catch up” mode. Keeping it simple aids helps too! Your pages are precious.. thanks for sharing them!

  25. Cynthia B. says

    I love Stephanie’s clean design to her pages. All these photos look soft and fresh. I cannot believe she’s just started traditional scrapbooking! Amazing, Stephanie!

  26. Jen says

    Fantastic layouts Stephanie. I am amazed you have only been scrapping for such a short time, you make it look so simple. Really enjoy your pages!

  27. Angela says

    I’m just starting PL, so I’m so happy to see the cretivity and beauty of toehrs. I’m so glad to have found a way to store these wonderful memories.

  28. Shay Tibbs says

    yayyyyy Stephanie! She already knows I’m a huge fan of her, and I am SO thrilled to see she’ll be guest designing this month!

  29. Jean says

    Such wonderful memories! Love this!

  30. I am way behind on my PL and your post helped boost my spirit. I think I am done trying to catch up.I am going to start with the week I am in!

  31. JPScraps says

    I LOVE Stephanie’s layouts. So clean and photo focused!

  32. Wow! I have never seen an album quite like this before!! What a great idea to do it a week at a time! Thank you so much for sharing! I will definitely be trying this. I also loved the idea of using the library stamp to date the pictures.

  33. Jasmine Ko says

    What an inspiration! Love that she just started and is sharing her process. Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Alina says

    Great pages! Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Kristen says

    I love her simple, clean style that puts the focus on the memories, and the thoughtful photos!

  36. tpgirl says

    Stephanie is great a clean and beautiful PL layout. I will definately try this idea!

  37. tpgirl says

    Stephanie is great a clean and beautiful PL layout. I will definately try this idea!

  38. Some beautiful pages….so simple and clear.

  39. Claude says

    I love the simplicity!

  40. sakehanska says

    I found this blog only today (and I’m so sorry for this).I’m coming from AmyTangerine’s’s nice to meet you. and what a best way to meet you? partecipating at your giveaway, of course!. thank you for the chance to win. bye. marta

  41. Barbara F says

    Thanks for a chance to win Stephanie’s favorite products. I love her style! Great job11

  42. April says

    These are amazing pages! So soft and sweet…
    – April W

  43. Barb says

    love the pages and the colors used

  44. Karenj says

    Lovely pages! Like the clean, simple style. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing them….

  45. Jeanne says

    LOVE your PL pages! Beautiful job!

  46. Very inspirational! I am just getting started with Project Life…lovely ideas! 🙂

  47. terynskye says

    These are absolutely beautiful pages! I am so inspired by Project Life and I can’t wait to start immediately 🙂 Thanks!

  48. Really love the simplicity of her project life. First year doing project life and I love seeing all the different styles.

  49. Really love the simplicity of her project life. First year doing project life and I love seeing all the different styles.

  50. Beautiful Project Life pages – the photos are wonderful, and I love the soft color tones.

  51. Julie GM says

    How fun! Love her pages too! Such an airy light feel to them.

  52. Barb says

    Fresh and easy ideas and Elle’s Studio really makes it pop!

  53. LauraB says

    Thank you for sharing your project life pages! Love the bright, clean, pretty style! I’m considering starting project life mid-year and seeing how it goes. Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful prize!

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