Getting Started With Project Life

Last month I started Project Life. If you’re not familiar with Project Life, it is basically a pocket paged scrapbooking system created by Becky Higgins. Each album is filled with pocket protectors, journalling cards, photographs, papers and decorative items. You can scrapbook any topics or events and use any timescale that suits your lifestyle.

This pocket paged memory keeping system has been popular with American bloggers for a number of years (Elise Joy and A Beautiful Mess), but I am starting to see more UK Project Lifers and suppliers popping up this year.

Today I’ll be sharing some resources and tools I have used to get started with Project Life. It can be quite an expensive system to get set up with, but some items will last years.


My binder is from Hobbycraft (big UK craft store) and is a 12″ x 12″ size. The selection at Hobbycraft is a bit limited so I also found some nice Project Life binders and supplies via the Craftie Charlie store here. The pocket dividers inside come in lots of different layouts with varied pocket sizes. I purchased some from Hobbycraft and also from Amazon.


Photo printing for my scrapbook is a combination of Instax photos and DSLR photos which I print at Boots stores or via sites such as Photobox. I use a corner punch to round the edges as I want a consistent look with the journalling cards. This corner punch was £2 from The Works.

Continuing the punch theme, I spent a little more on this SUPER sturdy brick like punch from We Are Memory Keepers. As WRMK are a US brand, I sourced the punch on Amazon here. It is basically a huge paper punch to make a 3″ x 4″ journalling cards with rounded corners. Making your own from card stock can be a cheaper option than buying the Project Life packs.

My pal Emma has reviewed the WRMK square card punch here and pretty much echoes all my feelings about it!

However, I did purchase the SummerCelebrate and Cat themed journalling card sets to build a stash initially. I am also planning to use free printable journalling cards which I’ve shared on my Project Life Pinterest board below.

In February, I plan to use this Heidi Swapp for Project Life Gold Foil Kit . I purchased the set on Amazon but it is currently out of stock in the UK.


I have decided to scrapbook on a monthly basis spending one afternoon on 3-4 pages, depending on how eventful my month was.

Here’s the landing page for my 2015 binder. I used a paper banner from a Lucky Dip Club box with some gold and patterned card stock. The flower photograph was sent to me by Emily Quinton when she chose this photo of mine as the winner of her Floral Friday Competition on Instagram.


January was quiet, but G and I had some days out which I documented with some photos and notes alongside some of my Instagram #bikespotting photos.Bike-Themed-Project-Life-Page

We had a 60th birthday party for my Mum, so I’ve documented this with photos and journalling cards from the Celebration pack.Project-Life-Journalling-Scrapbook-Ideas

I am looking forward to journalling the year and can already feel this system suits me more than Smashbooking which I have previously blogged about here. What can I say, I like structure! 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed this intro to my Project Life scrapbook and seeing a peek of my January pages.

Follow Claireabellemakes’s board Project Life on Pinterest.

If you have any questions or recommendations for products/stores, please do leave them in the comments below! I would love to know if any of you are doing Project Life too.




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It’s Paper Dear: Stationery Subscription Box

I’m a stationery geek. A full-on paper loving weirdo.

Since I started blogging, I have discovered it’s not all that weird and there are people like me out there! People Like Zie who runs the stationery subscription box It’s Paper Dear.

Zie amazes me. She runs It’s Paper Dear, whilst juggling school as an illustration student amongst many other things. Even her recent house move didn’t stop any orders being delayed.

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So, let me share with you this super cute box of stationery goodies, with supplies all hand selected by Zie herself. All for a very reasonable $20 (around £12.95 with a little extra for postage).

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Cute little notebook and pen…..always room for more notebooks in my life!

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Super quirky greetings cards from Paper Sparrow. Not something I would usually choose, but that’s what I love about subscription boxes!

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Gorgeous moleskin notebook and magnet from print maker and visual artist Jessica Gowling. The notebook is just beautifully made and designed. I can’t wait to use it.

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Polka dots! Chevrons! Paper bags and scrapbooking card 🙂It's Paper Dear on claireabellemakes

These journalling cards are designed and printed by Zie herself and are probably my favourite thing in the box. This spotty box will definitely come in handy. There was also a clicky pencil, but unfortunately, mine hadn’t survived the trip from the US.

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Cute envelopes, cards, buttons, sequins and washi tape. Such a cute little selection!

I was hugely impressed with the box. It came with a handwritten thank you card and was packaged in pink tissue. I’ll definitely be ordering again!

It’s Paper Dear is available in one month or three month subscriptions. As I’m saving for Christmas holidays this year, I’ll be buying a box as a treat every now and again.

Be sure to check out Zie’s blog over at Hello Darling Dear!

claireabelle x