Project Life Tuesday

by jessicaturner on January 29, 2013

The Mom Creative
Welcome to Project Life Tuesday 2013 If you are new to The Mom Creative, welcome. I hope you will stay awhile. I’m Jessica – wife to Matthew, mom to Elias, a silly and spirited four-year-old, and Adeline, a spunky one-year-old. I’m also a marketing professional, savvy deal finder, photo lover and memory keeper trying to juggle it all.

Each Tuesday, I share my most recent spread as well as host a linky for readers to link up their pictures/layouts.

Two weekends ago, I was so excited to have received my new Becky Higgins Project Life childhood kits in the mail (Bridgeport and Wellington) that I just had to get started right away.

I took a trip down memory lane as I tore apart three albums from 2001-2002 during my freshman and sophomore years of college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Don’t I look so young!? ☺

The process was a breeze.

It some ways it was freeing to have all the photos developed. I didn’t have to waste spend time cropping photos in Photoshop and planning pages so they were just right in.

Instead I was ruthless, pocketing photos in page protectors (mostly Design A), trimming photos and tossing duplicates.

After I fit all my photos in (and filled a trash can of sticky pages and albums), I then went to working tucking in journaling cards to the empty pockets.

I also used the small 6×6 envelopes to include ticket stubs from football games and plays in the album. This was the first time I have used these envelopes (I always gravitate toward the big ones) and I liked them very much.

The whole process took me 3-4 hours. I could not believe how quickly the time flew and how much I accomplished.

My photo albums didn’t have any words (why didn’t I value words more back then?!), so I am going to have to search the cobwebs of my memory to tell the stories from the pictures and name the faces of so many old friends.

I found that many of the cards worked perfectly for a college album. (Though a few cards were geared toward kids, like self portrait and name). I also have many jounaling cards left over from past Project Life kits that I imagine I will sprinkle in here and there.

I am excited to go back and work on this album some more – both to complete the journaling and add additional photos. (Pictured are just some of the dozens of pages that I completed) You might remember that one of my goals for the year is to move my college sticky albums to Project Life albums. I hope this post encourages you that you CAN go back to your old photos and catch-up.

Can’t wait to see your pages!

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Sue January 29, 2013 at 9:57 am

This turned out awesome!! I really want to do that with my childhood photos but they are mostly 4×4 size (I am old!!) and I probably only have enough to fill a mini album. I didn’t value words back when I was in high school or college either.


jessicaturner January 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

My childhood photos are 4×4 and 5×3. I am hoping that Becky someday comes out with those kinds of page protectors.


Margie S (Nihao, Cupcake!) January 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

Not as simple, but you could get a pack of the 4×6 grid cards (or cut your own patterned paper) and adhere your 4×4 pics to the 4×6 paper and slide them in. You could add your journaling or other embellishments to the extra 2 inches. Then save the smaller pockets for photos your trim down or even memorabilia. There are page protectors with 6×6 pockets that might also work but you’d end up with a lot of extra unused space.


jessicaturner January 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

Yes, I thought of using the grid cards, too. I definitely that is the best option for what is currently available.


Sarah K January 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

Oh, I am just FILLED with Badger pride right now! On Wisconsin!

I love this, Jessica. I wish upon wish that I had taken more photos during my years at UW, but alas….I did not. I love how this album is shaping up and it must be so wonderful to see all these memories again! I had to laugh because so many of those scenes were so familiar to me!


jessicaturner January 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

Maybe you could do a Project Life mini album with your college photos?


Sarah K January 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I don’t think I even have enough to fill a mini one. College was….ummm…a difficult time.


Smitha Katti January 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

Jessica! This album is amazing!! Do go back and redo an album in a day- I love the idea! I really am excited about all the new Becky Higgins kits! Thanks for sharing :)


Margie S (Nihao, Cupcake!) January 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

Wonderful! I need to do this with all of my print (non-digi) photos that are in albums (from post-college and early children). They are all neatly organized but are not matched with words. Nice to see the process. Thanks!


Jen T January 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

That is awesome and inspiring that you got that all done! Way to go!


Shelly Jaquet January 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

Wow! You are amazing, girl!


Natalie January 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

I’m so grateful for Project Life. The had TEN years worth of digital photos sitting on my computer. Although I’d done scrapbooks for my children, 1, 000’s of great photos just sat there, not getting looked at, not being remembered, just sitting, forgotten.
I ordered the Cherry Edition of Project Life just before Christmas. Got 989 photos printed and in just 12 hours got them all in an album with the Project Life kit! All that’s left now is to do the journaling!
By the time I’m done, I’m hoping Becky has bought out a Heritage kit so I can do the same with the 70 years worth (yes, you read that right) of photos I inherited when my parents passed away!
Love your blog and thanks for sharing your beautiful pages.


jessicaturner January 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

What an amazing story. So encouraging and inspiring!


The Mrs. January 29, 2013 at 11:25 am

Thank you for hosting this every week. You are an inspiration and encouragement to so many!


jessicaturner January 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm

You are too kind. I love hosting!


Nicole January 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Loved this, thank you for the inspiration – would love to empty my boxes of photos into albums!!


sheena January 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

And now I have another thing to add to my increasing albums that I love to make! Ha! Got to get my high school and college pics down. They are so sporadic though it was like I took a bunch one season and the nothing for a couple of months. Did you orgaize yours by year for high school and college?


jessicaturner January 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I did organize them by year.


Cerise January 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm

This makes me want to dive into my many many boxes of photos and finally get them in albums. Your pages look amazing and I’m so inspired.


ginger January 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm

these look awesome! i’m new around here. I’d love to share my week. is it okay to share if they are not in an album??


ee k. January 29, 2013 at 5:12 pm

This is simply awesome.


Tamara January 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Love what you have done with your college photos! The mini kits are perfect!

As a side note, I’m so jealous of the whole “college experience”. Uni in Australia is nothing like college (most of us still live at home, and not actually on campus), so I can only imagine what it would have been like living on campus and all the fun that would have been had (I’m sure it was also tough at times, but in my made up world College would be nothing but fun)!

Thanks for hosting every week


Debbie January 29, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I love the pics Jess…takes me back too… :)


Cody Doll February 12, 2014 at 10:32 am

I am sooo impressed with your project lifes.


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