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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14 thoughts on “Getting Started With Project Life

  1. Love this post Claire! I have wanted to do Project life for ages but havn’t managed to get enough money together to start it properly so for the moment I am still scrapbooking away in a more ‘old fashioned’ way! I still love project life cards to stick amongst photos though…..I find tk maxx often have sets of studio calico, project life and amy tangerine stuff and on ebay lots of people sell part packs of cards which they are done with! Love what you have done so far 🙂 x

    1. I plan to ask for Project Life bits for birthday and christmas now whenever people ask me what gifts I would like 😉 TK Maxx is pretty good as you say, I got a big pack of scrapbooking paper for £2.99. Thanks for the eBay tip, I’ll take a look! x

  2. I have been toying with the idea of project life for a while now. I’m not really much of a scrap-booker so I wasn’t sure i would take to it but your pictures just look stunning…I’m tempted to give it a go!

  3. I love PL, this is my third year. I love documenting our lives and my daughter really likes looking back through it. We’re quite limited here in the UK compared to those in the US in terms of products. I have been subscribing to the Studio Calico monthly kits for just over a year now – they’re not exactly cheap but you get different themes each month with cards, alphas and embellishments.

  4. I bought the whole set last year and am still yet to start mine!! can’t wait to see yours- it’ll inspire me to finally get mine up and running too 🙂 xx

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