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  • Project Life 2011 Lessons Learned & Giveaway

    So I started Project Life on May 9, 2011 after MaryAnn told me that it was the perfect way for me to capture my busy life as a full time nurse and mom of 4. After week 1, I was hooked.

     

     

    I love the simplicity of it.

     

     

    I love that my kids look through it more than any other scrapbook I have ever made.

     

     

    And I love that each project life gives a snapshot of our family’s story. Not just my kid’s story.

     

    My lessons learned for Project Life include:

     

    Keep up.  I use a week at a glance approach. As a emergency/trauma nurse, I work 12 hour shifts so those days it is very difficult for me to get pictures. Jeff helps, but let’s face it – It is not on top of the list for him to get a picture when he’s shuttling 4 kids around from school, taking to swim practice, making dinner, etc. But on days that Jeff doesn’t get a picture, he keeps something from the day. A tag from a new piece of clothing, a receipt, a dinner menu, etc. Good man.

    I find that I spend about 2 hours every week putting the layout together. If I do somethings extra during the week, I usually work on inserts in which I love to enlarge photos. I got behind 2 weeks in October and I found how easy it was to forget those little treasures that I so enjoy seeing in my album. Life gets busy and we forget those small things. Problem- those are often the big things to me in telling our story. I refuse to spend an entire day working on a layout. That is exactly why I use Project Life- so I don’t have to.

     

     

    I’m a more grateful person when I do Project Life. It is very difficult for me to feel anything but blessed when I look through my album. We went through a difficult month in October with losing our dream home that we were building. But when I look back on the month of pictures in October, I almost feel embarrassed that I felt sorry for myself.

     

     

    Make the project your own. I love using my own handwriting. I love incorporating some of my blog entries into Ali’s long journalers. I love office supplies and word stickers. I love Marta’s journals and incorporate them into my book. I love to stitch with my sewing machine. And I love, love initials and numbers. If those things weren’t in my album because I was so caught up in the latest and greatest accessories, then my album would not truly reflect me. My goal is to tell my family’s story while enjoying being creative and learning. Simple as that.

     

     

    ***Insert getting off track momentarily***- Since I started Project Life only 7 months ago, it has gone from being big to being enormously popular. Every scrapbook designer is jumping on the bandwagon and that is great. I love the inspiration. But I have now had a 3rd email sent to me within a week from people saying they are so overwhelmed that they are reconsidering Project Life. I understand and the amount of inspiration can be creatively stimulating or can strangle you with envy, if you allow it. Keep in mind your reason for wanting to do Project Life in the first place. If it is to tell your story in a simple way then Project Life is for you. If you like to add pretty stickers, stitch, play with polaroids, then Project Life is for you too. In other words, make it your own and don’t give a rats patootie what anyone else is doing. Enjoy their work and then get back to your own business at hand, which is to live life to the fullest and tell your story. Adopt my new mantra: I do not have to be perfect to have something to offer. ***

     

     

    I love page protectors but I’m keeping it simple. I used a pocket page protector A and B for each 2 page spread. I take a lot of vertical pictures, so this option allows me 3 large horizontal and 3 large vertical pictures each week. I also will use many of the 6 x 12 page protectors to fit my long journalers and then stitch them. This is perfect for me. I will continue to use this same setup and if I use extra page protectors, then they will be most likely used as inserts. I often just enlarge pictures and put them right into 8.5 x 11 page protectors as well. I have a printer at home which I find essential for my process. Currently, the page protectors design A are unavailable for another month, but you can purchase option B (vertical page protectors) here.

     

     

    I love, love the pocket envelopes and will add one at the end of each month. I went back and incorporated pocket envelopes for the months of October, November, and December. Perfect for those special art projects from Samantha that pull on my heartstrings or for the National Junior Honor Society certificate that Rebecca received.

     

     

    Keep your journal out so that it is visible and at the front of your mind. Be intentional. I have my journal on a desk with some metal baskets below that contain my favorite supplies. I have my date stamp, ink pad, scissors, trimmer, letter/number stickers, office supplies, page protectors, grid journaling cards, fine point sharpie pens, and my treasured Advantus Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Tiny Attacher. I also have a basket for the kids to put their artwork, graded papers, movie ticket stubs, etc inside. My husband and kids pretty much know not to throw anything away. The chocolate chip bag, peanut butter wrapper, fruit crisp box, and playdough box inserts were actually placed by my kids into the basket. Love that. 

    I also keep my cameras accessible, a spare battery, and my 2 instax cameras available (one in my purse and one on my kitchen counter).

     

    My plan for 2012:

    Keep it up. I’m up to date and already taking pictures and saving memorabilia for week #1 of 2012.

     

     

    Incorporate more of my videos on CD.  The above video was my favorite thing I’ve done off my life list so far. 2012 will be epic.

    Try to add more digital elements as I’m learning (slowly) about PSE. But stay true to my style.

     

     

    Continue writing a letter to my children each week. They are really enjoying them and reread them often since they are included in the album.

    Will post my weekly layout each Tuesday. I started that this year and then stopped. I have had several emails from readers asking me to post them. My family is ok with it, so I will post as long as I have their permission.

    My plan is to use the Project Life Core Kit – Clementine Edition. I have listed the items that I have purchased under the stuff I love tab. I will be adding more shortly.

    Have fun. Be creative. Keep it simple. Tell your story. 

    And as a kick in the pants to get you started, I will be giving away a $50 amazon gift card towards Project Life supplies. This way you can order exactly what you want. Or if you are like me, when the pocket envelopes come back into inventory, you can jump on them while they are hot.

    This is only my second giveaway. I’m a pro. :) So since I like games and am a gigantic nerd, you have 4 chances to win. Follow me on twitter, facebook, subscribe to my blog at the top of this page, and leave a comment stating why you want to start or continue Project Life. Giveaway will end Sunday at midnight (Arizona time) and I will post the winner Monday morning.

    Blessings sweet friends,

    Jenny

     


    451 Comments

    Comments

    Kimberly K.

    I just started PL (like everyone else!) and I decided to do it for the simplicity of it all. I am 100% digital, but wanted a physical project that would incorporate the little bits of life we collect. Love your pages. Thanks for sharing.

    4 January 2012 at 10:59 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Kimberly. I really am addicted to the physicality of the project. I know it tends to be bulky but I can’t help it, I’m hooked.

      6 January 2012 at 11:12 pm Reply
    Ali

    I think this is an AWESOME post. So excited that I get to spend time with you again this year.

    4 January 2012 at 11:03 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Me too Ali. I’m beyond excited for 2012. It’s going to be epic. Thanks for sharing my post on your blog.

      6 January 2012 at 11:11 pm Reply
    maryann perry

    Love it! I agree with you a 101% it’s so easy to get overwhelmed…..with all the new stuff out there!!! Best advice…thanks sweet friend!!!

    4 January 2012 at 11:09 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      That advice was as much for myself dear friend. Our best is more than good enough. It’s perfect.

      6 January 2012 at 11:10 pm Reply
    Jill C

    Want to do this because I believe this is my year for great things. And even if it isn’t i still want to remember all the things that make this year whatever it may be. Great post. I “like” you on facebook now too. :)

    4 January 2012 at 11:11 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Jill. I indeed hope that 2012 brings you many great things, good health, and joy.

      6 January 2012 at 11:10 pm Reply
    Vera

    It’s nice to read others’ perspectives as seasoned Project Lifers. I started on my 38th birthday on December 21st and want to see what goes on in my life this year. I am single and maybe I just want to prove to myself that my life really is far from boring.

    4 January 2012 at 11:13 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Life is anything but boring. And I’m your senior by 22 days. :) So glad to hear that you have started your album. Plain awesome.

      6 January 2012 at 11:09 pm Reply
    Kerry

    Along the lines of give yourself a break, I download pictures from the Internet to put in my scrapbook. (with respect to copyright–I find lots on national park service sites) so when I visit an iconic place I try to get a few snaps of my kids then download an official pic. I enjoy myself so much more when I am not angsting about my poor photo quality. I love your project life pics! Thanks for sharing.

    4 January 2012 at 11:14 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Kerry and your idea of adding internet pics. I add pictures all the time for movies we see. Love those bits of our lives that help make us who we are.

      6 January 2012 at 11:08 pm Reply
    Jill C

    Also following you on twitter now.

    4 January 2012 at 11:22 pm Reply
    chantal

    love your pl!!
    i started 7 weeks ago and already love my album.

    4 January 2012 at 11:27 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So cool that you just started. I started in May. Knew I shouldn’t wait. So glad you went for it- what an adventurous spirit. Love that about you.

      6 January 2012 at 11:07 pm Reply
    Mikki

    I have been doing Project Life since 2010 and it has been so rewarding. Life passes so quickly and being able to look back and savor the big and little things make this project worth continuing.

    4 January 2012 at 11:58 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Love hearing all the seasoned PL’ers. So glad it’s helped you savor the big and little things. So cool.

      6 January 2012 at 11:06 pm Reply
    Lisa

    Thanks for the chance to win. I started PL this year and am already LOVING it.

    5 January 2012 at 12:19 am Reply
    Lisa

    p.s. I’m a blog follower.

    5 January 2012 at 12:20 am Reply
    ruth

    I am starting PL in 2012 because 2011 had so much change that I can barely remember what i was thinking this time last year about a bunch of really important things in our life, but i know it was not the same as right now. our routines and flow was different.. i dont want to miss it again, i want to capture those little bits and peices and the plethora of inspiration and motivation online will keep me going. thank you.

    5 January 2012 at 12:28 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yes, Ruth. I think that is why PL is so great. Last year your routine was different. What a gift it would be to compare 2 years of your life to each other and see how you and your family members grew through the joys and struggles. You can do it. I can tell that you get it.

      6 January 2012 at 11:05 pm Reply
    Suzan Tiemroth-Zavala

    I failed at Project Life last year and I am determined to do it this year. I love seeing everyone’s pages online and can’t wait to do this. Christmas time always brings memories and I love hearing what my kids remember-things I may have forgotten. Would love to have it all written down. Thank you.

    5 January 2012 at 12:42 am Reply
      Margie S (Nihao, Cupcake!)

      There is no fail! Anything you documented last year (even one story or one photo) is more than you would have had you never started at all. Just start right where you left off… it all counts! :)

      5 January 2012 at 3:22 am Reply
        Jenny
        Jenny

        100% agree. No failing, shame, or guilt allowed!

        6 January 2012 at 10:59 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      And I always think I’m going to remember and then I always forget. PL journaling cards have helped me tremendously with that.

      6 January 2012 at 11:04 pm Reply
    Lisa Spiegel

    I would love to start Project Life in earnest. I have been taking photos and saving bits of everyday life but haven’t been able to invest in this project– thank you for all your words of inspiration and the chance to win!!

    5 January 2012 at 1:14 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      You are doing the most important thing already. Keep up that journaling, collecting, and taking pictures. that is more important than any physical product.

      6 January 2012 at 11:03 pm Reply
    Yvonne Cristman

    I am on my 2nd year of Project Life and I love it! The first year, I did a photo a day and it has been so much fun to look back & read about our year. Even though our life is not that exciting-it is ours. I love to read about other’s Project Life- so inspirational! Thank you for the chance to win..

    5 January 2012 at 2:41 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I love how you say our life is ours. That’s a very simple yet powerful statement. Good luck with your PL project.

      6 January 2012 at 11:02 pm Reply
    Shella

    I want to do pl because I am the world’s slowest scrapper and I am afraid the stories won’t get told… but I am terrified that our life is so routine that it won’t be interesting. Thanks for the push!

    5 January 2012 at 2:52 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      You will be shocked at how interesting and awesome your life is. Take pictures of your food, routines, relationships, cars, etc.

      6 January 2012 at 11:02 pm Reply
    Margie S (Nihao, Cupcake!)

    This is my second visit to your website. I came back because I find you inspiring. I have been getting a lot of messages lately from “the universe” that I should be living my life to the fullest and not wasting one day. Your blog was one of the avenues of those messages. I am not a big blog reader, but yours is one I want to check back with often. My father died of cancer when he was 51 years old. I am now 43 so I understand as well as I can without being sick myself, that life is short. Because of you, I have started my own bucket list of sorts (need to think of a name that fits me better). I don’t know when I will get those things done, but making the list is my first step and the how will come later. Thanks for sharing your story. I wish you and your family the best and I hope to visit you here again! :)

    And now for the giveaway… what a wonderful surprise to find out you are having a PL giveaway today! This is my 3rd year doing PL. I have two kits for all of my pages. I am still finishing up 2010 & 2011 but am already starting 2012. I use a lot of my own supplies as I go to make the project my own. I am coveting Clementine & Turquoise right now as I would love to add both or either to my supplies. I just love the process of capturing our everyday lives and documenting it through PL. It is just simply FUN. I love having a goal and a project.

    5 January 2012 at 3:15 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Margie, Thanks for sharing your story and your heart. I couldn’t imagine losing my father now and he’s 60. 51 is just way too young. But alas, life is short. That is why I’m so glad that I’ve had this wakeup call so that I can live life to the fullest. And I’m so happy that I’ve found an easy system in PL that I can capture it all in.

      6 January 2012 at 11:01 pm Reply
    Margie S (Nihao, Cupcake!)

    I followed you on Twitter, liked you on FB and just subscribed! Thanks for the chance! :)

    5 January 2012 at 3:23 am Reply
    KC

    I found you via a Pinterest pin and just liked you on FB. My husband ordered me PL goodies for Christmas and now I am trying to gear myself up to use them! Thanks for sharing some great insights. :)

    5 January 2012 at 4:04 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So glad you came to me via Pinterest. That place is dangerous. :) So happy that your husband bought you PL. What a great man!

      6 January 2012 at 10:58 pm Reply
    Julia

    Thank you for such a detailed post, Jenny. You inspire me so much, where I am. Not like the over the top graphic superhero Bday party that I just saw on pinterest, which was certainly very cool, but completely unrealistic for me or my kids. But the stuff you do? I feel like just maybe, I can do that too. Thx.

    5 January 2012 at 4:10 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So glad Julie. Believe me, I can get intimidated easily and wrapped up in the “look what she’s doing mentality”. But it doesn’t get me anywhere. And to date, I haven’t tried anything that was impossible. It was just unknown. Simply unknown. That knowledge has helped me get over that initial fear and trepidation. And now, there’s no looking back.

      6 January 2012 at 10:57 pm Reply
    Jen

    Your trip to DC was inspiring in so many ways. I have done PL for the last two years and am debating about this year. I LOVE the physicalness of the albums, the cards, the “stuff” we add, but sometimes I do think about the space and how digital would be smaller. Cobalt and Clemetine kits are my faves to date though. Thanks for the chance.

    5 January 2012 at 4:14 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I agree Jen. The albums are bulky and I understand why Becky does digital. I’m thinking of going back in time and doing some digital for older albums to see and compare. I’ll keep everyone updated on the blog as I try different things out.

      6 January 2012 at 10:55 pm Reply
    Danielle Higginbottom-Brown

    Thanks for the inspiration! I started PL this year because I wanted to focus more on my family and the little things that tend to fly by so fast that we forget!
    daniellehigginbottom at hotmail dot com

    5 January 2012 at 4:54 am Reply
    stephanie

    This will be my third year of project life and I LOVE it. My kids are getting older and this year I want to involve all my family a bit more with it – my 8yo’s photos and have her help with journaling, way more pictures of me and my husband (getting in front of the camera instead of always behind it.)

    5 January 2012 at 5:08 am Reply
    stephanie

    I’ve subscribed to your blog. : )

    5 January 2012 at 5:09 am Reply
    stephanie

    And I’ve followed you on Twitter.

    5 January 2012 at 5:10 am Reply
    stephanie

    And, I’ve followed you on FB. : )

    5 January 2012 at 5:10 am Reply
    Jen G….

    I have been on the fence about starting another year of PL and I think your wonderful post just helped me decide to go for it! The biggest thing I need to remember is to make it my own and not get hung up on what everyone else is doing w/PL. I want a place where my 4 kids can come back and look and see a slice of our daily life. Thanks for the inspiration!

    5 January 2012 at 5:24 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Jen. I don’t think I could have received a better compliment. And more important than that- your kids will treasure this for years to come.

      6 January 2012 at 10:54 pm Reply
    Jen G….

    I’ve subscribed to your blog!

    5 January 2012 at 5:25 am Reply
    Jen G….

    I am now following you on Twitter and FB!

    5 January 2012 at 5:26 am Reply
    MichelleB

    I love your album. I love what you say about making it yours and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. I didn’t keep up in 2011…but I am working on my 2011 album (I am on the month of June) using my blog to remember the details. But 2012 I am approaching as keeping up weekly – to include more of that everyday stuff. I notice as I work more with PL my own style is coming out and I am figuring out how this will work for me. I subscribed to your blog and look forward to seeing your 2012 album! Also following you on FB!

    5 January 2012 at 5:32 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yep, don’t worry about other people and their albums. Your album is the only one that matters for you and your family. And the weekly approach works great for me. Good luck and thanks for visiting my blog.

      6 January 2012 at 10:53 pm Reply
    Tina B

    Hi Jenny…thanks for an awesome post. I just started PL this year. The reason I did is well for a couple; my dad was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer this past summer and we have rallied the troops and I want to have memories with him for my daughter and nieces and also I received some life changing news about my husband and we are basically starting over after 18 years of marriage and I want to document all the changes…it is going to be used as a distraction tool for me and also a healing tool.

    5 January 2012 at 5:34 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Tina, Thank you for being brave and sharing your struggles. Prayers being sent for your dad and for a reconciled marriage. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of prayer. PL helped me through some dark times this year. I’m so thankful to be on the other side and to have it be part of our family story that is now recorded.

      6 January 2012 at 10:52 pm Reply
    Tina B

    I subscribe to your blog.

    5 January 2012 at 5:34 am Reply
    Tina B

    I follow you on twitter.

    5 January 2012 at 5:35 am Reply
    Tina B

    I follow you on facebook also.

    5 January 2012 at 5:35 am Reply
    Amy L

    Loved your post, Jenny. (Like you, I am also learning more about PSE — thanks to Ali’s tutorials — and hope to incorporate a little more into my album.)

    This is my 3rd year doing PL, and I’m doing it this year. In the past, I’ve tried the photo-a-day approach with some success, but this year I’m taking a week-by-week approach. I have found that PL gives me the freedom to do some other projects that I like to work on, like mini-albums, and I think it helps me tell stories that wouldn’t normally get told. At Creative Escape, I remember Heidi saying something along the lines of “if no one remembers it, it is as though it never happened.” I find that PL helps me to remember the little moments that I don’t want to forget.

    5 January 2012 at 6:01 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Amy, you and I think alike. I like to use PL to document those small everyday conversations and stories and then themed minibooks for events, vacations, bday parties, etc. But it’s those little moments that mean the most to me.

      6 January 2012 at 10:50 pm Reply
    sandi m

    My mojo is on fire to get this started, trying to use some of my stash and waiting for some $$ to get PL pieces ordered. This giveaway is perfect. My daughter is 8 and ALL of the things I thought I would remember are gone – I do not want to continue my journey with her and not have it recorded. Thanks for the inspiration!

    5 January 2012 at 6:09 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      It is so easy to forget things. But don’t fret Sandi, just start now and you don’t have to look back. Only forward and good things are ahead!

      6 January 2012 at 10:48 pm Reply
    Cristina

    I found your blog from Ali’s and I will be reading regularly from now on! Thanks for the tips, they are really useful! I’m just starting PL now and I’m so excited! :)

    5 January 2012 at 6:13 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Cristina and so excited for you. You are going to love PL!

      6 January 2012 at 10:47 pm Reply
    sherry

    following on FB, but i dont tweet. Ive decided to do PL this year because as my kids have gotten older ( 20, 16, and 13) they are much less interested in being the subjects of my LOs. there are fewer chances where they allow me to follow them with my camera. Im saddened by the very little life documenting I have been doing the last several years (unwilling participants and my dslr is out of commission and i am unable to replace it anytime soon.) I am anxious to return to documenting the everyday, especially since my kids will likely start leaving home soon sob!! I’m thinking the weekly approach will work best for me, we will see. I will be using my itouch mostly for my photos (if I have my headphones in my ears, they dont usually realize I am snapping photos :) , I also think I will use the postalpix app, so i just order directly from the itouch. Now I have not received my 1st order from them yet, so that is still up in the air. I like the idea of not having to upload my photos and doing any processing to them and then sending them off to be printed. I dont need perfectly processed photos for this project. The main idea for me is being able to snap, apply a filter (instagram and pixlr will be doing my work for me) upload to postalpix, order , receive place, in album. I love what you have done with your PL, it is pretty awesome!!

    5 January 2012 at 6:14 am Reply
      sherry

      wow, that was long winded lol, sorry, i have subscribed to your blog and I wanted to mention, i came across your dancing video a few months ago and was so touched by it, very inspiring, I shared it with several people who were touched as well, it definitely was an internet Hi-Lite of 2011 for me :)

      5 January 2012 at 6:27 am Reply
        Jenny
        Jenny

        Thanks Sherry- it was the highlight of 2011 for me as well. Thanks for sharing my video and my story.

        6 January 2012 at 10:44 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Wow Sherry. I like your plan and I will have to look into Postalpix. That sounds like a wonderful resource! Good luck and enjoy what pictures you can grab of your teenagers. :)

      6 January 2012 at 10:47 pm Reply
    Christina in TN

    I’m waaay behind on Project Life 2011 (need to print lots of pics!) so I’m trying the weekly approach to PL this year. I think it will be easier for me to keep up with & not worry about taking a photo each day. Now that I have an iphone, special & everyday moments will be even easier to capture. :)

    5 January 2012 at 6:19 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Iphones, instax cameras, all the camera apps- so many tools to keep this as simple as possible. I just have to remember to use them sometimes.

      6 January 2012 at 10:45 pm Reply
    Jennifer Henson

    I have “liked” on Facebook! So glad I found your blog through Ali Edwards’ tweet!

    5 January 2012 at 6:27 am Reply
    Jennifer Henson

    Also subscribed to your blog through google reader!

    5 January 2012 at 6:28 am Reply
    amy

    New to PL and your blog (via Ali Edwards blog)—am loving both! Excited to see where we are at the end of the 52 weeks. Thanks for the chance to win!

    5 January 2012 at 6:28 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So excited to see and hear about everyone’s first year with PL. I’m sure 2012 is going to be life changing for many of us.

      6 January 2012 at 10:43 pm Reply
    joanna

    Love this post, and have this blog on my fav.

    5 January 2012 at 6:29 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Glad I could help. It was a great learning experience for me.

      6 January 2012 at 10:42 pm Reply
    Jennifer Henson

    I am excited to do project life because I love scrapbooking and collecting all the “stuff” of life, but making layouts all the time… well, I just don’t have the time.

    5 January 2012 at 6:29 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I agree Jennifer. I don’t remotely have the time anymore either. I hope you will enjoy PL as much as I do.

      6 January 2012 at 10:42 pm Reply
    Ashley

    2012 will be my third year doing PL and I am loving it. I totally agree with your statement about being more grateful because of it…PL allows me to stop and appreciate the everyday. When I look back through my pages, I see so much good.

    5 January 2012 at 6:32 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      The everyday is more important to me than the extraordinary days. And there is a lot of good. Life is good.

      6 January 2012 at 10:41 pm Reply
    Marilyn T

    Thank you so much for your wonderful post about Project Life, and the inspiration! I love your album and your tips are so helpful!

    5 January 2012 at 6:35 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Marilyn- after reading many blogs over the years, I’m trying to stay true to myself and share the joys, frustrations, and suggestions. Glad I could help.

      6 January 2012 at 10:41 pm Reply
    Audrey Buhrman Davis

    I am just starting Project Life this year. This is a great giveaway. Thanks for a chance to win. Your story and blog are inspiring!

    5 January 2012 at 6:37 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Audrey and good luck with your first year. Keep it simple and remain true to yourself. And most importantly, have fun.

      6 January 2012 at 10:39 pm Reply
    Marilyn Johnson

    I have my title page done and insert done. I have been taking some pics throughout the week. I am already hooked! Love it. I have found it is going to be great to post on my blog also. Thanks for the chance to win!

    5 January 2012 at 6:38 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Glad you have gotten a jump on your album. Indeed, it’s going to be a great 2012 and PL will be there to capture it all.

      6 January 2012 at 10:38 pm Reply
    Lynn Mathers

    I love Project Life; I’ve been doing it from the beginning. And I love your approach. So many tips to incorporate into the process of documenting the every day. It can get overwhelming with all of the ideas from very talented scrapbookers out there on the web, but as you say, making it your own style is the best way to approach. The idea has always been to “just do it” and not worry about whether or not it’s the right way. PL for me is a mixture of everything. I’ve noticed my style has changed from the first album and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    5 January 2012 at 6:39 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      You sound like you have such a wonderful balance. Good for you Lynn- keep it up. And isn’t it neat how our styles evolve yet still remain true to us if we stay the course?

      6 January 2012 at 10:37 pm Reply
    Lynn Mathers

    Following on Twitter.

    5 January 2012 at 6:40 am Reply
    Jenny A

    I came here via Ali Edwards and I’m so glad I did! You are a true inspiration! I find that I have a lot of things in common with you – my name is Jenny, I’m a full time working nurse/mom/wife and I LOVE cupcakes. Except I’m not very good at baking cupcakes LOL. Your story is amazing. Again, what an inspiration you are.

    I started Project Life last year and I LOVE it. It is the most looked at album in our house. I love your ideas and tips and will definitely use them for this year’s PL. I love it because it helps me remember the little things that mean the most to me.

    5 January 2012 at 6:54 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Jenny. We do have a lot in common! And baking cupcakes has been a work in progress for me – you should have seen some of my first attempts. :) So glad you and your family are enjoying PL!

      6 January 2012 at 10:36 pm Reply
    Jenny A

    I followed you on Twitter :)

    5 January 2012 at 6:54 am Reply
    Lynnette E

    I just started doing project life late in 2011. I started because I was feeling very frustrated that I wasn’t capturing the essence of our daily life. My family like everyone else is going through life today – job losses, moves to other part of the country for a job, children growing way too quickly, health issues, money issues, meeting and making new friends, work challenges – but all these things have made us stronger and more grateful and that I want to capture. I am so excited about keeping this going in 2012 – I appreciate the lessons learned and will follow your blog to keep me motivated when I fall behind – I know I will but that’s okay, that’s life and I love this life!

    5 January 2012 at 6:55 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Lynette for your words. I feel them. 2011 brought some challenging times to my immediate family as well as my extended family and friends. And we are better and stronger for it. And more tired! And when you and I fall behind, we will try to encourage one another. Hang in there and blessings for a healthy and joyous 2012.

      6 January 2012 at 10:35 pm Reply
    Jenny A

    I liked you on Facebook and subscribed to your blog :)

    5 January 2012 at 6:56 am Reply
    SARAH JANE

    I’m just wrapping up my first PL… 2011… and I loved it! Got STUCK back in June and again in September, but am trying to finish out the year strong. Now, for my 8 month old baby boy… I feel badly that HE does NOT have a scrapbook of his life AT ALL (and my 2.5 year old has only his first year of life in scrapbook form). PL was the story of OUR LIVES together and it has been SUCH a treasure!

    5 January 2012 at 7:00 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I’m just doing our family life. I’m not doing any other scrapbooks. I do enjoy doing minibooks, but other than that, I just do not have then time to do 4 individual scrapbooks for me kids and live life to the fullest. It’s all about balance and not placing guilt/shame upon yourself.

      6 January 2012 at 10:33 pm Reply
    SARAH JANE

    Subscribed to your blog. P.S. Loved the dancing video post!

    5 January 2012 at 7:01 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks- it was the highlight of my year for 2011.

      6 January 2012 at 10:31 pm Reply
    SARAH JANE

    Clicked LIKE on Facebook, too! Thanks for the inspiration all around! BTW, you make me want to edit my LIFE LIST. AWESOME!

    5 January 2012 at 7:02 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Please add, subtract, and add some more to your life list. It should always be evolving as your tastes change, etc. So happy that you have one though.

      6 January 2012 at 10:31 pm Reply
    Jaime I.

    I’ve been wanting to start project life to get back to basics: recoring memories of our family instead of spending oodles of time on complicated layouts and looking at stacks of photos that aren’t being scrapbooked due to a lack of time. This is the year to do it! Thanks for your inspiration, your blog is terrific in so many ways!

    5 January 2012 at 7:07 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Jaime- your words are so kind. And I look forward to this time next year when you tell me how awesome it was to have a 2012 PL album completed. It will be surreal.

      6 January 2012 at 10:30 pm Reply
    Sandy B

    I just received the basics of PL for Christmas and I a looking forward to doing a “month in review” of our life. Since we have an empty nest I think that will be a good place to begin and a good transition from the “all out scrapbooking” I used to do but don’t have the time for.

    5 January 2012 at 7:09 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Awesome Sandy. The month in review would be perfect for mom. I would love to look at pictures and stories from my parent’s perspectives.

      6 January 2012 at 10:29 pm Reply
    Cathie

    I haven’t finished reading yet but just had to say that I love the way capture the highlights of each week on a 4×6 card. I’m definitely stealing that idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

    5 January 2012 at 7:12 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Steal all you want Cathie. I’m here to help.

      6 January 2012 at 10:28 pm Reply
    Cathie

    now that I’ve finished reading…

    I started PL in Nov and I’m continuing for a bunch of reasons: to capture _my_ life, to do something with all my pics and because my kids (9mos and 4yrs) are growing too quickly. It also helps me identify the stories that I really want to scrapbook making my pages more meaningful.

    5 January 2012 at 7:25 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So glad you started Cathie with capturing your life. It is so easy with little kids to make things about only about them. You are just as important and your story needs to be told. (This is a reminder to me as well.)

      6 January 2012 at 10:27 pm Reply
    Kathy Weeks

    I want to continue Project Life because it is the only way I am capturing the craziness that we call normal! Thanks for the chance to win!

    5 January 2012 at 7:29 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Oh, us Meyersons do crazy very well.

      6 January 2012 at 10:26 pm Reply
    Jan C.

    I think Project Life sounds perfect for me. I have tons of scrapbooking supplies, both paper and digital, but I never scrap anymore because I am put off by the feeling that my layouts just aren’t good enough. With 5 kids who are already starting to leave the house, I am feeling like time’s a-wasting. If I am ever going to preserve my memories, I need to have a method for just doing it.

    5 January 2012 at 7:30 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      That’s great Jan. Life does fly by so quickly. Project Life is a great solution for those who are single and those of us with larger families. You will find it to be a great fit/balance.

      6 January 2012 at 10:26 pm Reply
    Kathy Weeks

    I “liked” you on facebook.

    5 January 2012 at 7:31 am Reply
    Sheilah

    Great tips! I tried PL last year, but didn’t do very well because I put too much pressure on myself to be “perfect”. I’d love to try again using some of these ideas-memorabilia, getting my husband (and kids) involved & keeping it out as a reminder each day.

    5 January 2012 at 7:34 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Perfect is so overrated. We ladies put so much pressure on ourselves. Offer yourself some grace and take two! And keeping it out serves as that gentle reminder to make sure I’m being intentional about taking photos and writing down conversations, etc.

      6 January 2012 at 10:24 pm Reply
    Sheilah

    Followed you on twitter

    5 January 2012 at 7:36 am Reply
    MelissaL88

    Hi Jenny! I found your blog from a link on Ali Edwards’ blog. I really appreciate your feedback on PL. I got PL for Christmas and jumped right in with the last week of 2011, since there was so much going on in our life that week. What I really like about PL is now I’ve found a way to document not only our life, but go back and document all our family vacations. I’m so excited about that.

    5 January 2012 at 7:38 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Project Life is perfect for vacations. So excited that you’ve already started on your PL journey. Good luck.

      6 January 2012 at 10:22 pm Reply
    maria stanley

    Thank you for this…I NEEDED this mantra…NEEDED. I LOVE PL and don’t feel overwhelmed by it as a project but for myself. I feel like I need to perfect for me to be successful and that’s just not true. I need to be me. Thank you for reminding me of that.

    5 January 2012 at 7:38 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      You are welcome. That reminder was just as much for myself as all you who read it. Everyone can get overwhelmed, but only if we allow it. Project Life isn’t overwhelming, we just tend to make it that way. Totally not necessary. Thanks for your kind words.

      6 January 2012 at 10:22 pm Reply
    Jessica Anderson

    I am just starting this year…very excited!!

    5 January 2012 at 7:38 am Reply
    Sheilah

    Liked your facebook page.

    5 January 2012 at 7:39 am Reply
    Jessica Anderson

    like you on FB!!

    5 January 2012 at 7:40 am Reply
    stephanie @ providence handmade

    I want to start PL because I realized that I haven’t made an album since our honeymoon….10 years and 3 kids later, I’m embarrassed.

    5 January 2012 at 7:40 am Reply
    stephanie @ providence handmade

    Subscribing to your blog!

    5 January 2012 at 7:40 am Reply
    Jessica Anderson

    I follow you on twitter!

    5 January 2012 at 7:40 am Reply
    stephanie @ providence handmade

    liked you on FB!

    5 January 2012 at 7:40 am Reply
    stephanie @ providence handmade

    Followed you on Twitter!

    5 January 2012 at 7:41 am Reply
    Sheilah

    Signed up for email updates. Thanks for the chance to win!

    5 January 2012 at 7:41 am Reply
    Jessica Anderson

    I subscribe to your blog!!

    5 January 2012 at 7:42 am Reply
    AimeeJ

    I want to start with Project Life b/c it simplifies everything! I’ve tried scrapbooking in the past, but could never get too into it or stick with it. This looks so easy and convenient and I really want to put something together my kids can look at.

    5 January 2012 at 7:43 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      You will love it Aimee! Traditional scrapbooking has scared many people, so I’m hoping this solution will bring more people back to recording their story. That is what is important.

      6 January 2012 at 10:20 pm Reply
    AimeeJ

    I ‘liked’ you on Facebook!

    5 January 2012 at 7:44 am Reply
    AimeeJ

    I follow you on twitter (I am @awew).

    5 January 2012 at 7:44 am Reply
    carolk

    Like some others have mentioned, I found you through Ali’s blog. Your pages are awesome and your words inspiring!
    I bought the page protectors to start PL last year, but only did 2 weeks. I am determined to try again this year, because I think it is an awesome way to document life in a meaningful way. Thank you so much for the inspiration. Happy New Year!

    5 January 2012 at 7:45 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Happy New Year to you Carol and thanks for your kind sentiments. I know it’s possible to get done. Just set a couple hours aside each week and it will be extremely rewarding.

      6 January 2012 at 10:19 pm Reply
    TracyJ

    I want to preserve the little bits of life that I may not remember and those big moments that I will remember. PL is perfect for both. It is simple. :)

    5 January 2012 at 7:45 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yes, Tracy. Simple is perfect. And I can attest that those little bits of life get forgotten about because they get taken over by new little bits of life. That’s why it’s so important to capture them when they happen.

      6 January 2012 at 10:18 pm Reply
    Lyndee

    I follow you on twitter.

    5 January 2012 at 7:45 am Reply
    Lyndee

    I like you on facebook.

    5 January 2012 at 7:46 am Reply
    Lyndee

    I am subscribed to your blog.

    5 January 2012 at 7:46 am Reply
    Alyssa P

    This was so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.

    5 January 2012 at 7:46 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks so much for your kind comments – I read each and everyone and feel extremely thankful for everyone taking the time to read my blog.

      6 January 2012 at 10:16 pm Reply
    Lyndee

    I finally bought my first Project Life kit. In fact, it’s supposed to come in the mail today. I didn’t get an album or that many page protectors, but I wanted to make sure that I did SOMETHING to get me started on recording my family’s history.

    5 January 2012 at 7:48 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Perfect. Just start recording your story and all the other stuff will fall into place. Good for you Lyndee.

      6 January 2012 at 10:16 pm Reply
    Amy S

    My plan is to do THREE project life books…so I could use that gift card! Two sweet girls to each have their own album, and one for me of course!

    5 January 2012 at 7:55 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      You are a rockstar! A tad crazy (like me!), but I love your commitment. Good luck and I hope you get them all done. That’s amazing!

      6 January 2012 at 10:15 pm Reply
    Michelle Urteaga

    Your pages are great! I so hope that I can keep up this year with a simple approach. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Michelle U.

    5 January 2012 at 7:58 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      You are so welcome Michelle! So excited to hear about your journey as well. You can keep up if you keep it simple.

      6 January 2012 at 10:14 pm Reply
    Odette

    Can’t wait to have the opportunity to start Project Life for the first time this year!! I love documenting my family’s life in photos and scarpbooks, but am often overwhelmed by not being able to keep up. I think the PL format will allow me to beautifully keep our memories forever :)

    5 January 2012 at 8:01 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Say goodbye to feeling overwhelmed! Hooray!

      6 January 2012 at 10:13 pm Reply
    rkokes

    I also am just starting project life. I am a little overwhelmed by all the inspiration, so I appreciate your disclaimer! :) I really want to capture those little things-that really are the big things!

    5 January 2012 at 8:01 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Rachel- screw the inspiration. Just start and keep it simple and go from there. I can’t put it anymore bluntly. :) I too, can get overwhelmed and I have to take a deep breath and say, “Wow, she is really talented, but that is not me” and often, it isn’t my style. And the little things are the best things.

      6 January 2012 at 10:13 pm Reply
    Odette

    Liked on Facebook!!

    5 January 2012 at 8:01 am Reply
    rkokes

    I like you on FB!

    5 January 2012 at 8:03 am Reply
    Cindy Howard

    I want to continue Project Life because I no longer have the time to do layouts for 1 or 2 or 4 photos and still tell the story of our life. Thanks for doing the giveaway. Looking forward to your facebook posts.
    Cindy

    5 January 2012 at 8:03 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Cindy. Exactly- I don’t have that time either.

      6 January 2012 at 10:12 pm Reply
    Dana

    Jenny! I found you on Becky Higgins’ website when she posted your DC video. I fell in love with PL, Jenny Myerson’s blog & story (that’s you!), & Pomplemoose all in the same night :) I am pumped for my 2012 PL project. In fact, I have 2 of my 3 kids participating in their own PL project. So far, we have kept up with it. Yay for 4 days of PL from all three of us! My goal is to take a pic a day and write something about it for the entire 2012 year. Thanks for your inspiration!

    5 January 2012 at 8:05 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Dana. So glad you discovered my blog and Pomplamoose (just adore them). And excited to hear how your kids enjoy the 365 photo challenge. What a timeless gift that will be.

      6 January 2012 at 10:11 pm Reply
    Natalie Call

    I got so overwhelmed with trying to keep up the family scrapbook let alone scrapbooks for 5 kids. I’m so thankful for project life becuase it has simplified my scrapbooking and allowed me to keep up like I want too.

    5 January 2012 at 8:05 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yes Natalie you know busy. Can you imagine trying to make 5 individual scrapbooks every year? When would you have time to do the laundry, dishes, carpool, etc.? Project Life is such an easy way and a great balance.

      6 January 2012 at 10:09 pm Reply
    Meg

    I LOVE Project Life! I have used it to catch up on several years worth of travel photos that were so gorgeous that they were intimidating-some I had not even printed because I didn’t know what to do with it. LOVE PROJECT LIFE

    PS-Love your blog. Check it reg for inspiration and to drool over cupcake photos (no calories!)

    5 January 2012 at 8:05 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So glad you are enjoying Project Life and my blog. I love them both as well. And you can drool all you want over the cupcakes. But lately, the recipes have been so good that you might just have to breakdown and make them.

      6 January 2012 at 10:08 pm Reply
    Janet K

    What a fantastice post…and thanks for the tip on the vertical page protectors..I take mostly vertical photos and these will be great!

    5 January 2012 at 8:05 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Great Janet. I love, love the B page protectors. My favorite (along with the pocket envelope pages).

      6 January 2012 at 10:07 pm Reply
    Natalie

    I follow you on FB

    5 January 2012 at 8:06 am Reply
    Natalie

    I’m following your blog.

    5 January 2012 at 8:07 am Reply
    Dana

    Following you on Facebook :)

    5 January 2012 at 8:07 am Reply
    Dana

    Following you on Twitter, Pinterest & Subscribed to your blog :)

    5 January 2012 at 8:08 am Reply
    Emily R.

    I would love to start Project Life. Our two children are young and I want to capture these memories before I forget them. The military has moved us three times in four years and we hardly have anything to show for all our adventures.

    5 January 2012 at 8:09 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I went to 13 schools in 12 years due to the Air Force. Make sure you are taking pictures and at the very least, just write down little notes in a journal. Enjoy those kids and the military gave me a very healthy, happy childhood.

      6 January 2012 at 10:06 pm Reply
    Pam Abbott

    Love your approach! Thank you for sharing. I love that you have a journalist station. I must do that!

    5 January 2012 at 8:11 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Just keep pens, stapler, and notecards out at a table. That’s the most important. And I find that if it gets too cluttered, I’m not as creative or productive. Hope you can find a place to set it up, it’s been a lifesaver for me.

      6 January 2012 at 10:05 pm Reply
    Rita

    I just found you through Becky Higgins facebook post and I’m so glad I did. I can’t wait to sit down with a cup of coffee and explore your blog. I love the idea of writing a weekly letter to your kids, I may have to borrow that idea!
    I’m am now following you on facebook and have subscribed to your blog.
    I wanted to start PL last year but dropped the ball. I’m totally going to start this year…I’m keeping notes in a journal till I get it started.
    Looking forward to reading your posts and getting inspired by you!!

    5 January 2012 at 8:11 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Rita. I love Miss Becky and so appreciative of her showcasing my video as well as sharing this post. I hope you do sit down and have the time to read through my journey. It’s been a ride and 2012 is going to be an insanely great year.

      6 January 2012 at 10:04 pm Reply
    Christy

    Love this blog post – so informative and helps give me new ideas as I’ve been in a PL rut! Thank you! I “liked” you on FB! :) I am excited to keep doing Project Life and make it way more creative this year! :)

    5 January 2012 at 8:13 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So glad I’m helping you get out of that rut. I’ve so been there. Just add a couple things here and there and you will soon find your style and what works for you and what is too over the top for you.

      6 January 2012 at 10:02 pm Reply
    Katy Link

    I’m following you on Twitter.

    5 January 2012 at 8:17 am Reply
    Katy Link

    I just liked your “Learn with Jenny” facebook page!!

    5 January 2012 at 8:18 am Reply
    Katy Link

    I subscribed to your blog through e-mail and I also added you to my google reader!!

    5 January 2012 at 8:21 am Reply
    Katy Link

    I want to start Project Life because I used to LOVE scrapbooking, but I just don’t have the time to do it now that I have a baby!! I want to preserve every memory of his sweet little life so Project Life seems like a fun and easy way to do that!!

    5 January 2012 at 8:22 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Congratulations and welcome to mommyhood Katy. There is nothing sweeter or better. Project Life will allow you to capture those memories without taking up too much of your time from kissing and loving on him. Good luck and just start – you won’t regret it.

      6 January 2012 at 10:01 pm Reply
    melissa l. j.

    I just saw your video on becky higgins blog and am blown away! What fun and what inspiration! Thanks for sharing yourself with us. And for inspiring me to be me and do the same with my family. =)

    I’m now a blog subscriber and I like you on facebook. =)

    5 January 2012 at 8:25 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Melissa. That dancing video was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done in my life. So glad you are going to follow along with my journey.

      6 January 2012 at 9:59 pm Reply
    michelle

    Your pages looks fabulous! I am not really new to Project Life because I did Becky’s Project 365 the first year it came out using the Design A page protectors, but this is my first year doing a week-at-a-time, and I am really excited about it because I finally got a printer that I can use to print photos at home…for some reason this has been a barrier to me. I think the project is so much easier with a home printer. Thanks for the chance to win!

    5 January 2012 at 8:25 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I definitely believe a printer has been a huge asset in keeping up with my weekly pages. You are going to tell such a difference.

      6 January 2012 at 9:59 pm Reply
    michelle

    I’m following on Twitter! (mbdblue)

    5 January 2012 at 8:25 am Reply
    michelle

    I liked you on Facebook and am really excited to see your updates! :)

    5 January 2012 at 8:26 am Reply
    Thea

    I did Project Life for the first time this past year and am hooked!! I love it for the reasons you stated — it is the perfect vehicle to showcase daily, family life in your own style and can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like. Truly, its the most enjoyable project I’ve done w/scrapbooking for a long time! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    5 January 2012 at 8:27 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So glad you had the same experience as me. So genuinely happy for you. Keep it up!

      6 January 2012 at 9:58 pm Reply
    sue v

    I like you on FB

    5 January 2012 at 8:27 am Reply
    Laura A in OR

    Thanks for the inspiration. Have been doing PL for a year and a half. Sometimes I get a little bored…but looking at other’s projects regenerates my enthusiasm! Love the everyday items you include, and had forgotten about those clear plastic arrows and letters from Heidi Swapp! Thanks!

    5 January 2012 at 8:28 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I’m addicted to those clear accents. When I run out of my insanely large supply of them, I might become depressed.

      6 January 2012 at 9:57 pm Reply
    michelle

    I subscribed to your blog in email and added it to my Feedly blog reader. :)

    5 January 2012 at 8:28 am Reply
    sue v

    I want to start project life because i have tons of stories to tell but no motivation to start, I have tried 365 projects and have never finished the year… so this IS the year and project life will give me the kick up the butt i need to start… ( and its really cool too)

    5 January 2012 at 8:29 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      It is super cool. It sounds like you are determined. Good luck, you can do it!

      6 January 2012 at 9:56 pm Reply
    Ros McPartlin

    I really understand when people get overwhelmed with a craft. I started in Sepember 2011 and was happy with the file and insert pages, I decided I had so much scrap paper I would make my own cards. But then I started reading the fabulous blogs and seeing all the brilliant work and got so overwhelmed and thought my little creation was poor. For a while I just collected memorabilia and used Oh Life for my daily records. Over the holidays I sat and looked at what I had done and remembered the reason I was doing this, not to make a work of art, it was to record my families life that is changing so fast each day.
    As Jenny says, this is your work, and as Nike says, Just Do It!!!

    5 January 2012 at 8:31 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Ros. Just hold tight to that feeling when you were enjoying the process and don’t let all the other nonsense keep you from recording your story. I know you can Just Do it! :)

      6 January 2012 at 9:55 pm Reply
    Rhonda

    Your post was very inspirational and I learned a couple new things to do for my Project Life book. This is actually my 4th year of Project Life, and I am going to try so hard to “keep up” as I get behind on the journaling. Thanks for the tips and the chance to win!

    5 January 2012 at 8:32 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So glad you learned something new. So looking forward to learning more as I seek to keep recording my family’s story.

      6 January 2012 at 9:54 pm Reply
    Jamie W

    I want to continue Project Life. This will be my 4th year, granted I only have one month actually in an album, the rest are all on my blogs. I need to and plan to work on all 4 years one week at a time. Thanks for the opportunity to win a fantastic giveaway. Loved this post…such an inspiration!

    5 January 2012 at 8:43 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      It will be so much easier to catchup though since you have done so much memory keeping on a blog. That will help you immensely- it helps me so much now. Good luck!

      6 January 2012 at 9:53 pm Reply
    Jamie W

    Following you on FB…

    5 January 2012 at 8:44 am Reply
    Deirdre

    I did PL in 2010 as a 365 project. I took off this year (so I could finish last year’s!), but now I’m excited to do it again as a weekly—or even monthly project. The best thing about it for me was it got photos off my hard drive, recent photos and my kids loved looking at them. Even now, my kids will often say “Mom, this should be our photo of the day—grab your camera!” and I love that.

    Liked you on FB and started following via Feedly. Thanks for all the inspiration. If a full-time nurse with kids can do this, I have no excuses!

    5 January 2012 at 8:44 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So happy to hear how your kids are involved. It just warms my heart. And if all you can do is a monthly glance, then that is more than I ever had as a child. And your children will treasure it.

      6 January 2012 at 9:51 pm Reply
    Jamie W

    Subscribed to your blog via Google Reader…

    5 January 2012 at 8:45 am Reply
    Jenlyn4444

    Today is the first I’ve heard of this system and I think I’m in love. I have boxes and boxes of scrapbooking supplies that I just can’t seem to find the time to use. In the last 5 years I think I’ve done maybe 5 pages. I think I could keep up on this!

    5 January 2012 at 8:47 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Oh Jen, you will think you died and went to heaven when you see how simple the process truly is. Hope you get started soon!

      6 January 2012 at 9:50 pm Reply
    Trisha c.

    I want to continue Project Life in 2012 because we recently had a baby and became a family of four. Project life is an easy way to capture our fun day-to-day life and still have time to enjoy my boys.

    5 January 2012 at 8:51 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Congratulations Trisha. As my hubby and I say, you became a booth family! (family of 4). And spending time with your boys is the most important. You should be spending more time with them than working at your craft table. Project Life does allow for that. Good for you sticking with PL.

      6 January 2012 at 9:49 pm Reply
    Cindy

    I want to continue PL because with 2 kids and one on the way, I don’t have time to scrap the fancy pages I used to. PL allows me to be a simple or fancy as time allows, while getting my life story recorded. Thanks for the chance to win!

    5 January 2012 at 8:53 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Some weeks I feel simple and some I feel a little more creative and fancy. I don’t mind as long as I’m staying true to me and making sure it looks like me. This album reflects who I am, not the latest and greatest designer.

      6 January 2012 at 9:47 pm Reply
    Deana

    I am doing Project Life for the first time this year. I tried it out in December using just items I had on hand, and I loved it so I bought the amber edition. I’m most excited about printing my photos on a regular basis. For years they’ve lived inside my hard drive, and it’s so refreshing to see them “in person.”

    5 January 2012 at 8:53 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I used to get all my pictures triple printed at Costco when I had a film camera. It was a gigantic waste of $ (with poor pics, etc) but it was good to get them in front of people more. That has been the downfall of digital photography. So glad that you are starting to print them as I have this past couple of years. I love having my printer at home.

      6 January 2012 at 9:46 pm Reply
    Trisha c.

    I liked you on Facebook!!!

    5 January 2012 at 8:53 am Reply
    Cindy

    I just “liked” you on FB!

    5 January 2012 at 8:54 am Reply
    Kim B

    Just checked out your project life blog post and love it!
    Starting this project for the first time and I’m really excited…. Thanks for the inspiration!

    5 January 2012 at 8:55 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Glad you are starting and thanks so much for the kind words Kim. This has been such a great adventure.

      6 January 2012 at 9:44 pm Reply
    Amara

    Liked you on FB

    5 January 2012 at 8:58 am Reply
    Jenn Nichols

    Love your whole take on Project Life. Always looking for inspiration to keep me going! I love the way Project Life helps me simplify the process of documenting my family’s life. I just started this journey and I am hooked!!
    I “liked” you on FB and subscribed to your blog also!

    5 January 2012 at 8:58 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I’m completely hooked too Jenn. I’ll have my layouts up every Tuesday starting this next week.

      6 January 2012 at 9:44 pm Reply
    Amara

    I will catch my kids quietly looking through their 2011′s Project Life Album (which I only did 5 months worth) or sit and discuss with each other what took place in the pictures. Love catching those moments and inspires me to get back into it for 2012.

    5 January 2012 at 9:02 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Those moments are indeed the best Amara. Just start now and don’t get concerned about the other 7 months. It will all work out. No guilt allowed.

      6 January 2012 at 9:42 pm Reply
    LynneB

    This is my 3rd year doing PL and like you, i just love being able to document my family’s daily life as it happens while still having time to work and enjoy my family. I enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing!

    5 January 2012 at 9:02 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Lynne. Wish I had started 3 years ago, but no looking back now. Keep it up. I know that you treasure your albums, as do I.

      6 January 2012 at 9:41 pm Reply
    LynneB

    Liked you on FB

    5 January 2012 at 9:03 am Reply
    LynneB

    Now following your blog!

    5 January 2012 at 9:03 am Reply
    Amara

    Now following you on Twitter.

    5 January 2012 at 9:04 am Reply
    Dawn Beery

    LOVE your blog Jenny! I started PL in June of 2011 & plan on doing it again in 2012. Just have to order the kit but I have already started taking pictures & journaling for the new year. I LOVE having a book that is all about the family & our daily life!

    5 January 2012 at 9:05 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks so much Dawn. I’m loving this blog too. Project Life has simplified scrapbooking for me so that I can learn other things and start this blog. I wouldn’t have had the time, if I was just doing traditional 12 x 12 pages.

      6 January 2012 at 9:40 pm Reply
    Colleen H

    I started last year, but didn’t get very far in before leaving it and I was disappointed because my likds loved it and I did too. More organized this year and not stressing about it. Setting aside time. Love the notes for your kids and all the goodies you’re adding. Thanks for the inspiration!

    5 January 2012 at 9:12 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So glad you are trying it again. Keep it simple and if you get your kids involved, it will be harder for you to get off track.

      6 January 2012 at 9:39 pm Reply
    Mary

    I have been doing project life since 2009 and LOVE it! I have 4 kids and it takes so much pressure off of me. I had major guilt over not being able to do scrapbooks for each of them and feel so much better now. :)

    5 January 2012 at 9:12 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I love to hear Project Life success stories. No guilt necessary as hard as life is. So happy that you are recording your family’s story without all of the pressure.

      6 January 2012 at 9:38 pm Reply
    Jamie

    thank you so much for sharing your PL with us. I love the idea of incorporating your videos in it too!

    Project Life has helped me simplify my life and stay caught up on scrapbooking. It also has helped me learn that I don’t need all the fancy scrapbooking stuff that is overwhelming my house (and my life). I would love to continue PL as it has really changed my life.

    5 January 2012 at 9:13 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      It’s changed my life too, Jamie. I have been slowly minimizing my piles of scrapbooking supplies. It’s sort of liberating, especially with living in a very tiny house.

      6 January 2012 at 9:38 pm Reply
    Sammy G.

    I love PL. Even though I don’t have any kids, I’m at the point in my life where I’m excited to have this to share with my kids when I do finally have them. I’m in the stage of my life where I am now a “young professional” and I can’t wait to see what comes. I even used to quote “happiness is not a destination..” in one of my pages because I liked it so much!

    5 January 2012 at 9:17 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      This might turn out to be your most treasured album in years to come. I also think it’s important that your future children will see you as an individual with your own goals, passions, and desires that don’t always revolve around them. That will be a tremendous gift to give them and yourself. Jealous that you are doing that. I so wished I had captured that part of my life in pictures and journaling.

      6 January 2012 at 9:36 pm Reply
    Lillian Swisher

    My kids love looking at photos so I really want to do PL so they have the album to look at now – and the everyday stories preserved for when they’re older.

    5 January 2012 at 9:23 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I would pay big $ to have a project life album of my childhood. Just one album.

      6 January 2012 at 9:35 pm Reply
    Raquel

    I would love it to help me get caught up on my family’s albums.

    5 January 2012 at 9:24 am Reply
    Nikki

    I am excited to work on PL this year…it is very popular but also seems SO simple to be able to do and keep up with! Great post!

    5 January 2012 at 9:26 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Don’t let the popularity of it detract you from it. It is as simple (or elaborate) as you want it to be. Just make it your own- that is what is important.

      6 January 2012 at 9:34 pm Reply
    Jenn

    Just found your site off of Ali’s blog.
    Great post! I ordered my project life kit to start the new year off. I’m doing it because I am so “behind” in my scrapping. I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed with all that I’ve been wanting to get scrapbooked. I thought this is a wonderful way to keep current while allowing me the time to create pages from times past. I’ve also realized that my scrapbooks are all about my children who really are the center of my world, but it’s sad that husband and myself are just figures in the distant background. Project Life is a great way to get us involved in the story.

    5 January 2012 at 9:28 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yes, Jenn! I downloaded 3200 pictures last year and I was in 3. And in one picture, my head was chopped off. I had to take a big gulp and realize that my story was not getting told. No more I say. No more.

      6 January 2012 at 9:33 pm Reply
    Paula Laird

    I love this! II wanted to start Project Life, but still didn’t quite “get” it so thanks for the fabulous post and the chance to win!

    5 January 2012 at 9:40 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I think sometimes, people don’t get it because they are making it more fancy than it has to be. Totally ok but not necessary.

      6 January 2012 at 9:31 pm Reply
    Paula Laird

    I liked you on FB!

    5 January 2012 at 9:40 am Reply
    Paula Laird

    I subscribed to the blog! Thanks for the extra chances to win!

    5 January 2012 at 9:41 am Reply
    Melissa (mollymoo951)

    This is my first year doing Project Life. I have been journaling about my days and taking photos. Haven’t collected any memorabilia yet…I, too, will be doing a week-at-a-glance. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    5 January 2012 at 9:44 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Oh Melissa, so excited for you and well, the memorabilia is like the cherry on top – delicious but not necessary if you don’t have it.

      6 January 2012 at 9:31 pm Reply
    Melissa (mollymoo951)

    I’m also following you on Facebook & subbing to your blog! Looking forward to more posts from ya!

    5 January 2012 at 9:45 am Reply
    susan bourgeois

    Okay, I am re-embarking (is that a word??)on PL this year. Skipped last year and didn’t finish 2010. However, I do have one from 2009. I love it and want to again!! Anyway, I am following your blog, twitter, and FB. Here is my comment. I could use a little amazon money!! Love your approach and thanks for the chance.

    5 January 2012 at 9:48 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So glad you are back and keep that feeling in mind of your completed 2009 album when you hit a rut.

      6 January 2012 at 9:30 pm Reply
    Lisa Ottosson

    Hi I would love to try PL but i haven´t had the money to invest in the products.

    5 January 2012 at 9:53 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Lisa- I’m going to have a post on Saturday talking about memory keeping in many ways, not just Project Life if finances are an issue (which they are for so many!). Good luck!

      6 January 2012 at 9:29 pm Reply
    Lisa Ottosson

    oh and i liked and subscribed :)

    5 January 2012 at 9:54 am Reply
    Jenn Serrano

    I love project life because it inspires me to take more pictures of everyday ordinary things…..and those pictures are the most fun to look at in the future! It can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be, it gets me my artistic fix and my documentor fix and my photographer fix all completed in one!!! Thanks for the chance to win, I am stalking becky’s site for when the page protector A’s are back in stock!

    5 January 2012 at 9:56 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      The few pictures that I have as a child are my favorite because I see the background- the fashion, furniture, hairstyles, and of course relationships. Project Life has been so good for me incorporating just those things.

      6 January 2012 at 9:28 pm Reply
    Mickey

    Love the idea of project life. I am have been haunting tons of people to see how they make it work for them. We have a very busy life with 4 active children and so many of the “little” day to day things are what you want to remember, but are often lost in traditional scrapbooking – I see Project Life as a way to keep all those precious little day to day memories – WITHOUT all the STRESS!! Thanks!

    5 January 2012 at 9:58 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Project Life = no stress. That’s my other mantra. :)

      6 January 2012 at 9:27 pm Reply
    teresa b

    Amazing share!! Such an inspiration for the simple and complicated scrapper…your so right.. enjoy what you see and get back to what your doing. I Love PL..this is my second year doing it and I’m still so excited!! Thank you for sharing!!

    5 January 2012 at 10:05 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Teresa. There are weeks that I add a lot of stuff and others that I just stick my photos and pictures in and call it a day. And it’s all good. So glad you are recording your story- that’s just plain awesome.

      6 January 2012 at 9:26 pm Reply
    Jane

    Jenny,
    I am really enjoying your posts!
    I too am figuring out PSE but new to this scrapbooking.
    Warmly
    Jane

    5 January 2012 at 10:08 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      We are on a learning curve together Jane! I’m determined to figure out photoshop. I love that I’m now having more AHA moments as I figure things out.

      6 January 2012 at 9:25 pm Reply
    Lauren

    Thank you for this post, it helped lift a huge weight off my shoulders. This is my first year doing PL, and I wanted to do it to help me be more mindful of our daily life, and blessings, and to get it all documented. You are right, all the inspiration is wonderful, but I have been frozen in place, and scared to even tackle the cover page! No more, I”m just going to dive in, and start with a simple approach, and maybe as I get in a routine, then I can add in some of the extras!

    5 January 2012 at 10:10 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I’m so glad this post helped you Lauren. I believe that memory keeping is essential yet should be a joy, not such a burden that we are guilty making it into at times. Project Life will be a great solution. And FYI, I never made a cover page before. It’s not even necessary if you don’t want it. Again. That’s not the most important thing.

      6 January 2012 at 9:24 pm Reply
    Jady K

    I am so excited to start project life! My husband and I got married last April (2011) and I want to try and go back and start from there with project life and do a picture a week for 2011 and then start with 2012 doing it weekly! I ordered the cobalt kit and an American Crafts Modern album today and I cannot wait for it to come in and for the design A page protectors to be back on amazon! I have always wanted to scrap but it was always too overwhelming. Glad to find something that seems to be so user friendly!!!

    5 January 2012 at 10:11 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Oh what I wouldn’t give to have this at the beginning of our marriage. And it sounds like your plan is perfect. Just start and take it in stride. If you get frustrated or have questions, feel free to shoot me an email or leave another comment in the project life posts that will be coming every Tuesday.

      6 January 2012 at 9:22 pm Reply
    Tirzah Shirley

    I want to start Project Life, because it seems like it just might be doable in this hectic life.

    5 January 2012 at 10:15 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Totally is. Trust me. I have a very busy life.

      6 January 2012 at 9:20 pm Reply
    Tirzah Shirley

    I “liked” you on FB.

    5 January 2012 at 10:17 am Reply
    Tirzah Shirley

    I added your blog to my Google Reader, is that okay?

    5 January 2012 at 10:17 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Absolutely- that totally counts! Thanks for following along.

      6 January 2012 at 9:20 pm Reply
    Alissa H.

    I would love to win to buy more pages.

    I love what you wrote above – but two things in particular. a) that your husband saves stuff for you and b)your off track moment.

    Thanks!

    5 January 2012 at 10:29 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Alissa. My husband has just finally given in and is drinking the Project Life Koolaid. :) He loves how the kids love it, but he really loves how much joy it has brought me. And life happens and October was rough but I’m glad I didn’t give up or I would have missed out on a lot more goodness in my life.

      6 January 2012 at 9:20 pm Reply
    Alissa H.

    I liked you on FB.

    5 January 2012 at 10:30 am Reply
    Alissa H.

    Following you on Twitter.

    5 January 2012 at 10:30 am Reply
    Alissa H.

    And now I’m subscribed. Thanks!

    5 January 2012 at 10:31 am Reply
    Nicol

    I love your project life album. I’m so glad you started sharing it again. I enjoy looking at it.

    5 January 2012 at 10:31 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I’m really glad to be going back to sharing it again too, Nicol. Thanks so much for your continued support and encouragement.

      6 January 2012 at 9:18 pm Reply
    Tammy

    I like you on FB!

    5 January 2012 at 10:33 am Reply
    Tammy

    I subscribed to your blog also.

    5 January 2012 at 10:34 am Reply
    Danielle

    This will be my first time & I’m super excited. I definitely understand how people could be overwhelmed or start the comparison game as I felt a little of both at first but just let my enthusiasm take over instead. Great tips-thanks for sharing. And really love your page & pics.

    5 January 2012 at 10:40 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Oh if you think you are enthusiastic now- just wait until your first page is completed! It’s terrific!

      6 January 2012 at 9:17 pm Reply
    Nadine

    I really would love to start the Project life I have been thinking about it for quite some time now.

    5 January 2012 at 10:46 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Oh I so hope you do Nadine. Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to comment with any questions or drop me an email.

      6 January 2012 at 9:16 pm Reply
    Amber

    I follow you on facebook and subscribe to your blog. I would love to start projet life!! I am currently 5 yrs behind on documenting photos. I am a busy working mom and I carry continued guilt about not having the time to scrapbook. I started looking at other options and believe PL would be the perfect solution for me:) Thanks!!

    5 January 2012 at 10:51 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      No guilt Amber. Life is hard enough. Just start now and focus on keeping current with memory keeping from this point forward. If you are able to do some catchup later, then great. But don’t sweat it. It doesn’t help at all in the long run. Take it from me- I’ve tried the self guilt and shame route and it doesn’t get you anywhere but feeling depressed and heavy.

      6 January 2012 at 9:15 pm Reply
    Julie

    I want to be able to re,e,ber the little things.

    5 January 2012 at 10:59 am Reply
    Jane F

    Thanks for all the inspiration. And great giveaway!

    5 January 2012 at 11:50 am Reply
    Gioconda

    This will be my 3rd year doing this project. I love the look it gives into our lives. And I am challenged as a photographer to get creative with the pictures I put in the album. It’s great to see the ones that are consistent year to year and the ones that are unique. Thanks for sharing yours.

    5 January 2012 at 12:00 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I love trying to get creative pictures too. My goal this year is to incorporate more stories into my pictures and less posed pictures.

      6 January 2012 at 9:14 pm Reply
    Michelle

    I want to continue Project Life b/c these are truly the best days of my life (raising my little ones) and I don’t want to forget a thing!

    5 January 2012 at 12:01 pm Reply
    Michelle

    I am new facebook fan!

    5 January 2012 at 12:01 pm Reply
    Michelle

    And a subscribed to your blog. By the way, your PL are beautiful!

    5 January 2012 at 12:02 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thank you Michelle. My favorite part is that when I look at my pages, I truly see myself in them. And that feeling makes me very proud.

      6 January 2012 at 9:12 pm Reply
    Christine

    Really loving your blog. I bought PL last year and in the box it still sits. So, I bought a big variety pack of the page protectors and plan to get going in two weeks. The fact you started mid-year is letting me be ok with not starting on Jan 1.

    5 January 2012 at 12:10 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yes just start whenever is best. But start. I don’t have any immediate plans to go back and finish the first 6 months either. Maybe one day, but I’m focused mostly on keeping up with current memory keeping now.

      6 January 2012 at 9:12 pm Reply
    Lynne P.

    I just subscribed! I bought PL in mid-2011 and I only got Jan-May done. I’m so behind. This year I promise to keep it simple and just do it.

    5 January 2012 at 12:18 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Simple. Yes Lynne, simplicity is the key. Stories and pictures are all that is needed. Fluff is not necessary.

      6 January 2012 at 9:11 pm Reply
    Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki

    I am following you on Twitter (ahomemadebykiki)

    5 January 2012 at 12:39 pm Reply
    Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki

    I’m a new FB fan!

    5 January 2012 at 12:39 pm Reply
    deborah

    Tried PL last year and didn’t make it. I’m determined this year. Mostly for 2 reasons: time goes too fast and I don’t want to forget these years with the kids and I know it will make me more grateful and focused on the little things.++

    5 January 2012 at 12:40 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I couldn’t have said it any better myself Deborah. With determination, you will do it. I’m sure. And I can assure you that you will feel such joy when it is complete.

      6 January 2012 at 9:10 pm Reply
    Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki

    I’m a new subscriber to your blog.

    5 January 2012 at 12:40 pm Reply
    anne hayes

    I gave up on scrapbooking because I got overwhelmed. I think that PL is the ticket to being able to capture the memories for my kids. Thnks for the chance to win.

    5 January 2012 at 12:41 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      This is a great system for you then Anne. Project Life was designed for simplicity. Please don’t allow other’s inspirations do anything but encourage you and learn from. That is just extra stuff that is totally not necessary to complete an album.

      6 January 2012 at 9:09 pm Reply
    Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki

    I scrapbooked all of the time before I had kids. Even when I had my first child, I still found time to scrapbook. Now I have 2 and a third on the way and I haven’t pulled out my scrapbook supplies in over 3 years!! Yikes! I really miss documenting our memories and can’t wait to get started with Project Life. This is my first year starting it and I can’t wait to see it when it is finished. I would love to win so that I can order some of the things that were out of stock when I placed my order!

    5 January 2012 at 12:43 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Me too Kristina. I need to get some more of those pocket envelopes. :) Excited that you are starting this project. It has become a part of me and I am just a better, more grateful person when I’m sitting there looking at pictures and seeing the many blessings in my life. Good luck with your pregnancy. Blessings.

      6 January 2012 at 9:07 pm Reply
    anne hayes

    Subscribed to blog !

    5 January 2012 at 12:43 pm Reply
    amyellen

    I started PL last year and really loved it. Then cam August and we had a fire in our kitchen and my home was turned upside down. I would like to start fresh but keep thinking I should try to finish last year. I am stuck and maybe some new supplies is just the push I need!

    5 January 2012 at 12:46 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Start from the present and then as you can catch up for a couple weeks at a time from last year. That is how I have done some catchup in the past and it really worked well for me. I’m sorry about your house and hope you are feeling settled.

      6 January 2012 at 9:05 pm Reply
    amyellen

    I just subscribed too :)

    5 January 2012 at 12:47 pm Reply
    Audrey Davis

    I am starting project life for the first time this year and am excited to document my family life. I am also following you on facebook. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    5 January 2012 at 12:51 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      You’re going to love the simplicity of the project as well as the blessings of a completed album at the end of a year.

      6 January 2012 at 9:04 pm Reply
    Melissa

    Fantastic post and very inspiring!

    5 January 2012 at 1:33 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Melissa. Hope you will try Project Life or some sort of system of record keeping this year.

      6 January 2012 at 9:03 pm Reply
    Maureen

    Awesome. I too find that I can feel nothing but blessed when I look at my days. I am so grateful Becky Higgins gave us this gift of a system!

    5 January 2012 at 1:37 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I agree. Becky is a pretty special person and has an mind of a business genius. I know she is passionate about spending time with her family and memory keeping so this is a perfect balance.

      6 January 2012 at 9:03 pm Reply
    Allie.Duckienz

    I loved this article. Thanks so much for sharing. I need to be true to myself this year!

    5 January 2012 at 1:42 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Good for you Allie. Don’t get bogged down by everyone else. Just be yourself. You can never go wrong with that approach.

      6 January 2012 at 9:02 pm Reply
    manda

    I started PL at the beginning of 2011.. I did “most” of it :) At least it’s something. This year by goal is to not miss a week. Now that I have my rythym down, I fully expect to get it done. I love it and can’t wait!

    5 January 2012 at 1:45 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Awesome Manda. It sounds like you have a great plan in place.

      6 January 2012 at 9:01 pm Reply
    Olivia L.

    I began a digital PL album in late 2010… and it’s still not finished. My good intentions to begin this year in full force was rudely halted by unfortunate circumstances at work. I have been taking a picture a day and trying to jot down little pieces here and there, making it work with the little resources I have. Your encouragement brought comfort and reassurance that I can do this! Thank you!

    5 January 2012 at 2:08 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Olivia- I’m sorry you have had a rough year. But I am so glad you are taking pictures and recording those times, thought, etc. Keep it simple, and when things lighten up you will see more than ever that there were good moments despite the chaos/hardship. I felt that first hand this year.

      6 January 2012 at 9:01 pm Reply
    Jennifer

    Loved this, found you thru Becky Higgins. This will be my first year doing Project Life hopefully I can keep up with it. I plan on buying several kits and going back the last couple years and scrapbooking them this way.

    5 January 2012 at 2:20 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Make sure you keep up to date with this year first and then as time allows, start going back. That would be my recommendation.

      6 January 2012 at 8:59 pm Reply
    jenny

    Hi, I found you through Ali’s blog. This is my first year doing PL, and I couldn’t be more excited. It appeals to the collector in me. :) And, there is no better time than the present.

    5 January 2012 at 3:10 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Just start and you will treasure it. You are so right in that there is no better time than the present. And I’m such a collector. The kid’s collection basket almost makes me giddy.

      6 January 2012 at 8:58 pm Reply
    Jennifer

    I found you through Pinterest. :) I would love to get started on Project Life this year. I need something that is more simple than planning an entire scrapbook back from scratch every time I want to document a memory.

    5 January 2012 at 3:16 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      No need to do anything but take some pictures and write down some memories. All the creative work is already done for you. It’s a thing of beauty.

      6 January 2012 at 8:57 pm Reply
    Jennifer

    I’m following you on Facebook. :)

    5 January 2012 at 3:18 pm Reply
    Paula

    I just learned about Project Life and am SO EXCITED to start! I too have four kids, and I homeschool. SO I look forward to having an easy way to capture all those moments for my children. My grandmother recently passed away. As we were going through the pictures, I kept asking my mom – who is this? where is this? what is the story behind this picture? She had no idea. :( So much precious memories lost – only captured in the faces of strangers to me. I took several of the pictures anyways, but it saddens me to think that someday I will be looking at my own mother’s photos asking the same questions. She doesn’t scrapbook, and she hates to write, but I am hoping to go up for two weeks in the summer and just spend time with her going through her photos and writing down memories.

    5 January 2012 at 3:18 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Paula, I understand. My parents are tremendous but not huge memory keepers. I need to go through their old albums and write/video as well.

      6 January 2012 at 8:57 pm Reply
    Jennifer

    I subscribe to your blog.

    5 January 2012 at 3:21 pm Reply
    Amanda

    I learned about Project Life from a friend who is a scrapbook-er that I have always aspired to be like. I love the simple concept and am excited to use Project Life to document my life.

    5 January 2012 at 3:39 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So glad your friend recommended Project Life Amanda. You are going to enjoy this process. Just keep it simple and when you see others doing fancy stuff, learn from them and try what you want but only if you want to. Keeping it completely simple is PERFECT as well. It’s all good.

      6 January 2012 at 8:56 pm Reply
    Amanda

    I also subscribed to the blog, followed on Twitter and liked on Facebook! :)

    5 January 2012 at 3:39 pm Reply
    Francisca

    Actually my plan is to use project life as my only way to scrapbook. For some years no I have been doing something similar, using photo pages to do my scrapbooking since I don’t have much time to do it. I prefer this way because I can scrap almost all my pictures (I take lots of them!) and I can quickly do a layout and not fall to behind. I decided to use PL this year because I love the designs of the elements and the different page protectors available making it possible to have so many different layouts.

    5 January 2012 at 3:43 pm Reply
    Joyce Doenges

    Loved your post and your advice. It is very easy to become overwhelmed and I find that just by completing my weekly spreads, I felt that I had done enough. Sometimes I would like to be more creative, but sometimes I do what I can and it is all good. Thanks for the inspiration!

    5 January 2012 at 4:13 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      You are so right in saying “it is all good”. Some weeks my pages were pretty bare, but I love the conversations I captured between the kids or a movie stub from a date night that bring back a flood of memories. It’s a rush.

      6 January 2012 at 8:54 pm Reply
    Joyce Doenges

    I liked you on facebook!

    5 January 2012 at 4:22 pm Reply
    Ashley Neumann

    I am so glad i found your blog (through pinterest). you have further inspired me that if you can keep up with project life than so can i! i’ve wanted to do project life since last year and i kind oa forced myself into it this year but i am so grateful i did. i am so behind on scrapbooking and telling our story one 12X12 layout at a time. while i do love to scrapbook that way it just wont ever get done. im hoping by doing project life i can keep up on all of the small (and large) things that happen in our lives without spending a couple hours on a 12×12 layout :) i will still scrapbook special pictures and adventures but i feel like i can document more this way and love the set up :) thank you for this opportunity.

    and tell your husband i really enjoyed reading from his perspective ;)

    5 January 2012 at 4:43 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Ashley- thank you so much for your kind words. And yes, I did pass the message on to Jeff. I still love 12 x 12 scrapbooking as well, it just takes too much time up for me right now (at this stage in my life.)

      6 January 2012 at 8:52 pm Reply
    Marsaille

    Following on Twitter!

    5 January 2012 at 5:05 pm Reply
    Marsaille

    Following here!

    5 January 2012 at 5:06 pm Reply
    Marsaille

    Following on fb!

    5 January 2012 at 5:10 pm Reply
    Marsaille

    I found you since this post was all over Twitter and of course, I read Ali every morning. I did PL for part of 2011, every day I didn’t do it, I thought “that’s the pic of the day” or “this should go in a pocket”… but didn’t follow through. It was like ignoring the voices screaming in your head. It is more maddening than just doing what they tell you to in the first place. I am committed this year. So I would actually use the GC to buy an album for my new sister in law. They get married in March! Perfect first year album.

    5 January 2012 at 5:18 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I read Ali every morning too! I was surfing the net in bed, when I read Ali’s post and saw that she mentioned me. It was a nice treat. :) So excited you are giving it another chance. And what a great time to capture all the family celebrations with the wedding coming up as well.

      6 January 2012 at 8:51 pm Reply
    Stefanie

    I am embarking on my second year of Project Life and am still LOVING it! I plan to continue this way for preserving my memories as it allows me to pursue other creative ventures, time to relax and time to look back on everything that myself, my family and my friends have become.

    5 January 2012 at 5:21 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yes, Stephanie. I love to learn. I love to create. And traditional scrapbooking seemed to take up all my time and so other creative pursuits were few and far between. Loving this addition to our family memory keeping.

      6 January 2012 at 8:49 pm Reply
    Jessica B

    I am so glad Ali posted the link to your blog today! I am so thrilled to now start reading your blog. I just recently moved from AZ to DC. I love seeing AZ in the background of some of you pics! Thank you for sharing all your inspiration.

    5 January 2012 at 6:55 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      We should do a house swap. :) I love the Northern VA and DC area. Our trip to DC in August was just such an amazing week for us. Keep checking back in and I’ll send you some more pictures from the desert.

      6 January 2012 at 8:48 pm Reply
    Lefa

    blog subscriber

    5 January 2012 at 7:20 pm Reply
    Lefa

    facebook :)

    5 January 2012 at 7:20 pm Reply
    Lefa

    and twitter.
    can’t wait to get started on my own PL :)

    5 January 2012 at 7:21 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yay Lefa! Good luck and check back on Tuesdays for updates.

      6 January 2012 at 8:46 pm Reply
    Jana Oliveira

    Thanks for the great post lot of ideas as I’m starting this year

    5 January 2012 at 7:21 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Good luck jana. Check back in and keep up and keep it simple and the blessings will flow. I promise.

      6 January 2012 at 8:46 pm Reply
    Brandi

    Following you on Twitter

    5 January 2012 at 7:25 pm Reply
    Brandi

    Following you on FB

    5 January 2012 at 7:26 pm Reply
    Brandi

    Subscribed to your blog

    5 January 2012 at 7:26 pm Reply
    Brandi

    This will be my 3rd year doing Project Life and I love it so much. I am always amazed by how much “life” and “love” are contained in one ordinary week of our everyday life. Also, makes me so happy to look back at pictures of things I would’ve forgotten so quickly had I not made an effort to “record” it. Project Life allows me to scrapbook, which I love, and still live my busy life as a mom, wife and full-time employee:)

    5 January 2012 at 7:28 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yes, Brandi. You summed up my sentiments exactly in 3 sentences. We do forget so quickly and always think “I’ll remember that”. But alas life gets busy. So jealous that you have had this for 3 years. So cool.

      6 January 2012 at 8:45 pm Reply
    ErinK.

    This is a great post, thanks so much for taking the time to post your tips. I want to do PL for my kids and for myself. My 2 and 4 year old boys are so excited to include stuff in our album(s). Thanks for a chance to win!

    5 January 2012 at 8:22 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Erin- you will be blessed by your album as well as the process of recording your (and your boys) stories.

      6 January 2012 at 8:44 pm Reply
    ErinK.

    like u on fb

    5 January 2012 at 8:23 pm Reply
    Deenas

    This will be my third year doing Project Life and it is the perfect scrapbook for me. Like you, I have small kids and work in the always busy healthcare field. PL allows me to keep track of all the silly, everyday moments, the fun conversations with a 3 and a 4 year old, and even the not-so-good moments without having to sit and create a full layout (which always seems to take me forever). Thanks so much for the chance to get some 2012 goodies.

    5 January 2012 at 8:28 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Doesn’t the healthcare field have such a draining ability? Good stuff too of course. But Project Life just worked for me and I’m so glad you have had that tool to capture your kid’s entire existence. I so wish I had Project Life 13 years ago when I had my first.

      6 January 2012 at 8:43 pm Reply
    Denise

    this will be my 3ed year doing PL. I am going to try the shutterfly digital set – but would still love to win some product cuz I want to go back and “catch up” some past years by sliding them into a project life album!!

    5 January 2012 at 8:46 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      That’s great Denise. I am actually considering doing digital albums to help me catch up on all the past years. I’m heavily considering it. I’ll let you know if I go down that path to help me catch a bit from years past.

      6 January 2012 at 8:41 pm Reply
    lindsey

    FIrst off, your dancing is amazing. Second, you made me fall in love with Pomplamoose. Third, I have not scrapbooked in forever and needed your pep talk to get me back in the game. Thank you, you are a gift!

    5 January 2012 at 8:51 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thank you Lindsey. I definitely have some mad dancing skills :) . And Pomplamoose just makes me smile and my heart skip a beat. The kids just love watching all of their You tube videos. I can’t help but just feel happier after watching them. And thank you for your gift in your comment- it meant a lot.

      6 January 2012 at 8:40 pm Reply
    EvelynB

    I landed here from Ali’s website–your words had a huge impact! And I love how you use the Design A AND B for each week. I never thought about doing that but it makes so much sense to me since I take lots of horizontal pictures that I don’t always think are 4×6 worthy. :-) I thoroughly enjoyed your post. Thanks!

    5 January 2012 at 8:52 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yes, Evelyn. Try the A and B. I just never realized how many vertical pictures I took until I set up my album. I just can’t depart from it seeing how it worked so simply and wonderfully for us last year. Even with all the other options.

      6 January 2012 at 8:39 pm Reply
    Michelle

    I love your perspective. I am new to project life and this will be my first year. I want something that my kids can get involved with our memory keeping and I think project life is the winning solution. I enjoyed how your kids help save memorabilia and I hope my kids will look thru my albums frequently too. I am a follower of your blog now. Thanks for inspiring people.

    5 January 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thank you Michelle. Do involve your children. At first a couple of my kids thought it was strange, but they now have grown accustomed to the process and comment if there is not enough stuff about them for the week, etc. It’s really been a blessing for us.

      6 January 2012 at 8:38 pm Reply
    Marie Q

    PL newbie here. Love all the inspiration I’m seeing EVERYWHERE & just trying to stay focused. Took an almost 10 yr hiatus from traditional scrapbooking & just getting re-started w/ PL.

    5 January 2012 at 8:58 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Welcome back Marie to recording your stories. It’s more than just scrapbooking to me- it’s truly a way for me to record my story and that of my family. You won’t regret this project. I’m sure of it.

      6 January 2012 at 8:36 pm Reply
    Jessie

    I am a newbie to Project Life; I definitely am wanting to make it my goal for 2012! I can’t find time for regular scrapbooking with my busy retail job, so hopefully this will jump start my ‘scrapping’ for 2012! :)

    I followed you on twitter, facebook, and subscribed, too! :) Thanks for the awesome chance to win!

    5 January 2012 at 9:43 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Jessie thanks so much for stopping by. I’m so excited you are giving Project Life a try. I know you will be tremendously blessed. Just keep it simple with your busy job and you will treasure it for years to come.

      6 January 2012 at 8:35 pm Reply
    julie

    i have been doing it for two years and love it!!!

    5 January 2012 at 10:07 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Awesome. I so wish I had started 2 years ago. Go Julie go!

      6 January 2012 at 8:34 pm Reply
    jennifer

    I subscribe to your blog

    5 January 2012 at 11:16 pm Reply
    jennifer

    I follow you on twitter too

    5 January 2012 at 11:16 pm Reply
    jennifer

    I want to continue project life as it is the best way to keep up on scrapbooking life/documenting life. Plus the kids love it and looking at the past things they have done and where we have been. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    5 January 2012 at 11:17 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      What a tremendous gift you are giving your children Jennifer.

      6 January 2012 at 8:33 pm Reply
    Allison

    I loved this post!! Such great tips…especially writing notes to your kids. I’ve been wanting to do this more regularly, but never thought to incorporate it with Project Life. I completed PL as picture-a-day format in 2010, but not at all last year. I feel like I missed out on quite a bit last year. I’m ready to start again to document our memories–simply! Thanks for the giveaway!

    5 January 2012 at 11:50 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I was putting the notes into a shoe box but then the kids weren’t really reading them. And I didn’t want them to wait until I was dead to have them. I pick them up from stationary stores and just love the diversity and better yet, love watching them read them for the 4th or 5th time.

      6 January 2012 at 8:33 pm Reply
    Patti

    WOW!
    I love your mantra, and as the mom of 4 and full-time nurse, you have given me hope. I can do this! I am anxious to start PL 2012…
    family journal style. Thank you for your inspriration!

    5 January 2012 at 11:50 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks so much Patti. I know you can do this as we obviously have a lot in common. So excited for this new adventure for you.

      6 January 2012 at 8:31 pm Reply
    Alison

    i will be doing PL for the third year… Lots of blanks from last year, but I know I can fill it in.

    6 January 2012 at 2:44 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Take it an extra week or two at a time. And remember to pick the brains of your family member’s and get their perspectives.

      6 January 2012 at 8:31 pm Reply
    Alison

    I followed you on twitter!

    6 January 2012 at 2:45 am Reply
    Alison

    I liked you on FB too.

    6 January 2012 at 2:47 am Reply
    Alison

    And I subscribed to your blog through my reader!

    6 January 2012 at 2:48 am Reply
    Nicky

    Thanks so much for a chance to win! I’ve just subscribed to your blog and liked you on FB. Found you via Ali’s blog – thanks for your perspective and words of wisdom. I am determined to start, continue and complete Project Life this year. I bought a kit last year and it stayed in the box, I was pregnant with my third, renovating and stressing and it just seemed like another chore. This year feels fresh and new, still renovations to go but a lot done; and a sweet, beautiful bubba to go with my other two lovelies – lots of life to celebrate!

    6 January 2012 at 6:52 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So excited for you Nicky. Sounds like it’s going to be a very blessed and busy year. Do your best to keep it very simple. I think that will help you the most in balancing life and getting your album complete for 2012.

      6 January 2012 at 8:30 pm Reply
    Karen Moore

    I just LOVE your blog and you’ve inspired me to start my Project Life album. Just ordered the page protectors but am already saving my daily journaling so I won’t forget what to add to my week one layout. THANKS for all you share!!!

    6 January 2012 at 9:19 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      You are on the right track Karen. The stories and pictures are the most important. All the other stuff is just gravy.

      6 January 2012 at 8:29 pm Reply
    Shari

    Feeling very inspired by your post and excited about doing Project Life 2012!

    P.S. I subscribed.

    6 January 2012 at 9:42 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      So glad you like it Shari and excited to see how you like Project Life.

      6 January 2012 at 8:28 pm Reply
    Eileen

    Love your inspiration! I started last year and have been busy going back to earlier years using lots of project life materials. I like simple with bits of you – love seeing that in your album. Can’t wait to see your bits of life this year, too! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    6 January 2012 at 10:23 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      The little bits are my favorite. I love, love having a Nestle toll house chocolate chip cookie bag in my album for 2011. I think it’s the one things that makes me smile the most.

      6 January 2012 at 8:28 pm Reply
    jennifer

    jennifer o

    i’m going back to do project life and got the two new core kits to mix and match when a get them soon

    6 January 2012 at 11:16 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I bought both with the intention to use clementine the most, but I’m not limiting myself in the least.

      6 January 2012 at 8:27 pm Reply
    Christine

    I’ve been eyeing Project Life for a while, but I think I’m finally committed enough to do it! I have a two year old and want to remember all of the funny and maddening things she does. It changes every week!

    6 January 2012 at 11:32 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I too have a 2 year old (and a 8,10, and 13 year old). When people say you will forget those little things- they are right as you replace them with new little things. You will treasure Project Life and even more so your little one will treasure it for years to come.

      6 January 2012 at 8:26 pm Reply
    michelle

    i want to start project life so that i can start letting go of keeping track of life as a project.

    please.

    thank you :)

    6 January 2012 at 12:07 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yes, look at is a simple way to document your adventure. Keep it simple and it won’t seem like a chore.

      6 January 2012 at 8:25 pm Reply
    KatieK.

    I wrote something about PL over at Paperclipping that touches on something you mention re: the everyone doing it and folks starting to feel overwhelmed. I see/feel what you are sensing.

    So I am continuing PL into ’12 ‘cuz I need a place for my stuff I save, my ramblings about life, and all the photos I take. The stuff used to be scattered or waiting for me to scrap into amazing pages – that’s what I told the piles to keep them quiet.

    Now the piles fuss less since they know they aren’t waiting as long as here to the moon.

    6 January 2012 at 1:57 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Yes Katie, yes. I get this so. I look forward to reading your post over at paperclipping. It’s all about telling our story.

      6 January 2012 at 8:24 pm Reply
    Shari

    I liked you on Facebook!

    6 January 2012 at 2:49 pm Reply
    Penelop

    I’m hopeful that Project Life will get me moving with my pictures. I take them and develop them, but then let them stack up. I’m hoping to do a monthly 2 page spread. They were out of A protectors when I finally ordered, and the other one I really wanted, so I just ordered 2 and I’ll go back in Feb. and get the ones I really wanted. You were smart to start in the middle of the year!

    6 January 2012 at 3:03 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      The month at a glance idea is perfect. What I wouldn’t do to have even one year at a glance of my childhood. Sigh.

      6 January 2012 at 8:23 pm Reply
    Anna M

    I liked you on Facebook!

    6 January 2012 at 3:17 pm Reply
    Louise

    My sister started it last year and I love love love it. I’ve done a ‘week in my life’ twice and really enjoy looking back at them. I don’t live an extraordinary life, but I’d like to capture the everyday I life I do live. Thank you for a super contest.

    6 January 2012 at 3:42 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Oh Miss Louise- everyone lives an extraordinary life. It’s unique and full of life. Can’t get more extraordinary than that! I love Ali’s week in the life and plan on doing that a couple of times this year.

      6 January 2012 at 8:22 pm Reply
    Donna Giannetti

    A patient told me last year about project life and I love it!!! I have made my girls scrapbooks every year(I am behind) and realized that the girls one day would take these books and I would have no documentation of their childhoods. My PL book is my family documentation. My husband calls it my expensive “Trapper keeper”.

    6 January 2012 at 5:21 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I am a gigantic nerd so the words trapper keeper just made my heart skip a beat. I love back to school shopping. :)

      6 January 2012 at 8:21 pm Reply
    Elizabeth

    Thank you so much for sharing your project life ideas and thoughts! Such a great inspiration to me!

    6 January 2012 at 6:06 pm Reply
    Marie Q

    Liked you on FB!

    6 January 2012 at 7:25 pm Reply
    Anna M

    I subscribed to the blog! Thanks for the extra chances to win!

    6 January 2012 at 9:04 pm Reply
    Anna M

    I totally need this! My three little ones keep me so busy that I’m so behind on documenting their lives. I would be so thankful to win so I can no longer feel so bad for getting so behind.

    6 January 2012 at 9:06 pm Reply
    Deneen

    I really want to do project life. I started the original project 365 that becky worked on but only got part way through it. That was back in 2009 and looking at that album makes me sad that I did not complete it or keep it up and I want to try again to do this!

    6 January 2012 at 9:28 pm Reply
    Sara

    I have seen so many Project Life updates this past year. I heard a little about it the year before but didn’t really know what it was. After seeing so many ideas this year, it feels do-able. My husband is in the Navy and will be deploying this Spring. I think it will be awesome to document life with our 2 girls for him while he is gone.

    6 January 2012 at 9:50 pm Reply
    jennifer

    I want to start PL because I am finally ready to begin to document my own life after years of believing that I didn’t have anything worthy of keeping. I’m turning that corner!

    7 January 2012 at 9:10 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      You are so worth it. You will be amazed at how spectacular your life is and the blessings that surround you. There is such magic in the ordinary.

      7 January 2012 at 9:27 am Reply
    jennifer

    ps I also subscribe to your blog and love it. =)

    7 January 2012 at 9:11 am Reply
    Melanie Jackson

    Melanie
    I want to continue PL (this will be my 3rd yr) because it keeps me PRESENT. It makes me realize that every little moment spent together with my family and friends is worth documenting. PL also shows me how blessed I am in a very simple and basic way. Thanks for the chance to win.

    7 January 2012 at 10:29 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I love the word present and that’s such a good place to be, especially with dealing with our relationships. And it does make me feel so blessed and grateful! Good luck.

      7 January 2012 at 3:52 pm Reply
    Denise E

    Hi Jenny, I am starting PL this year because I am one of those hopeless ‘wanna be’ creative scrapbookers who is never caught up and has so much memorabilia that I have boxes and boxes to go through for the past few years! So, I am super duper excited about finding PL and am striving to put all the “stuff” of life into an album as I go, each week, and not let it take over for the “someday I’m going to get it scrapped” box! =o) So excited to start 2012! Thanks for this give away and I look forward to following your PL inspiration throughout the year!

    7 January 2012 at 11:04 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      My “someday I’m going to get it scrapped” box is retired. Thank goodness! Just love, love this project for this very reason!

      7 January 2012 at 3:49 pm Reply
    Carey Bridges

    Thanks for your inspiration! I’d love a chance to win.

    I started PL last year and pretty much kept up with the photos, but not so much w/ the LOs. This year, I’m trying the weekly approach rather than daily and hoping it will be easier to stick with it!

    7 January 2012 at 12:02 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      I think the weekly or monthly route is the way to go. The picture everyday is just impossible for me with work. And it’s difficult to take pictures at my work, since I’m a nurse and all the pt confidentiality stuff, etc. Good luck-I think you’ll like this approach a lot more.

      7 January 2012 at 3:47 pm Reply
    jennifer

    linked over from ali’s blog – your words ring SO TRUE! i am so thankful that i kept up my project life album last year and look forward to doing it again this year. i’m just so glad that i got it all recorded…it’s perfect for us! enjoy~

    7 January 2012 at 5:14 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Doesn’t it feel so good to have it done? Love it.

      8 January 2012 at 12:19 am Reply
    Rebekah

    I have subscribed to your blog

    I already follow you on FB

    And now, I am commenting here :)
    2012 will be my second year doing PL…I have always been a scrapbooker BUT I tend to make scrapbooking harder than it needs to be AND I let it stress me out (planning pages, feeling like I have to make a layout for EVERYTHING)…so, I wanted to actually ENJOY my hobby and PL lets me do that!

    7 January 2012 at 5:18 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Rebekah- I completely agree. I enjoy scrapbooking so much more.

      8 January 2012 at 12:18 am Reply
    Janna

    I started PL in 2010 when I had my 4th baby, he was a few months old – but it was so ingrained in my head that it was a POTD type scrapbook that that is what i was trying to do. Needless to say, I couldn’t keep up:( I only did about 2 months, buy boy are they fun to look back on. I have now purchased clementine for this year and have my title page done and some pics printed and all my notes on a calender – with a station set up in our bedroom so its out all the time.I am SO SO EXCITED about this!!! And now thanks to this post I plan to write a letter to my kids each week, I love that!! Thanks for the inspiration. I didn’t realized it was you on the video from Becky’s 12 days of videos until this post. How awesome!! May God bless you and your family. Thanks so much for the chance at the giveaway, I want some of those envelope pages and need more A pages. This would be most awsome to win!

    7 January 2012 at 8:01 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Janna! The daily POTD is nearly impossible for me – the weekly approach most certainly works. So glad you already did a title page! You are ahead of the game. Good luck and so glad you picked up some things to use in your album.

      8 January 2012 at 12:17 am Reply
        Janna

        You are so impressive you replied to every comment!! WOW:) I do have another question. I want to do this letter to my 4 kids every week. Just love that idea. Do you do it in a card and put it in a 4×6 slot or in a separate page protector or the envelope sleeve or where??! :) I’m not sure how to go about it. But want to do it. Just wrote my letter to them for the 1st wk and have my layout nearly done but not sure where to put the letter. Thanks so much for your help!!

        9 January 2012 at 11:27 pm Reply
          Jenny
          Jenny

          Yes- it took me a while to comment the first couple of nights :) . I just punched one hole and inserted into the book. My plan now that 2011 is over is to take them out and put them in a CD case type box so that they will keep better. But they will still be accessible to the kids. But for this week I wrote a letter to my kids and my husband and just plan on inserting them right into the album. I prefer a couple of dinged corners and the message to get to them vs being totally protected and them not reading them. My cards from May are still in great shape considering 4 kids and a husband and other relatives who have flipped through them. Have a great night.

          9 January 2012 at 11:38 pm Reply
    Janna

    I liked you on FB!

    7 January 2012 at 8:02 pm Reply
    Janna

    I follow you with my google reader! And subscribed to you. Thanks for the chance!!!

    7 January 2012 at 8:04 pm Reply
    Michelle Collazo

    So thrilled to have found your blog through Ali’s…I, too, am a full-time nurse who is inspired to tell the various stories of myself and my family. My Christmas gifts were Project Life-oriented this year, but there is more to be added, I’m sure! This is my first go-round with the approach, and I’m so excited already with how it’s coming together. :)

    8 January 2012 at 1:35 am Reply
    Nathalie Hardy

    Jenny – I’m new to your blog – also here from Ali’s post – I love too much about this post to know where to start but I totally agree with honoring your own process. I appreciate you sharing yours and look forward to seeing more of your posts. I am curious about your post-it wall!?

    9 January 2012 at 11:52 am Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      They are items off my life list that I want to accomplish this year. I talk about it in my intentional post which can be found here. Thanks so much and look forward to getting to know you Natalie.

      9 January 2012 at 10:57 pm Reply
    Amy Morris

    Love your attitude…it’s so helpful to remember to enjoy the process of creating as much as I love my life! This is my first year of project life and I’m LOVING it!

    14 January 2012 at 2:26 pm Reply
      Jenny
      Jenny

      Thanks Amy. I’m so glad you are enjoying Project Life. It only gets better and MORE addicting!

      14 January 2012 at 6:38 pm Reply
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