Project Life – Easy Albums with lots of Scrapbook Style

I have recently gotten a MAMBI Happy Planner and entered the planner realm.  That is a whole other post that I am preparing for you, so  watch for lots of information and things I’ve learned thus far.  So, the other day while at JoAnn checking out what they had for my planner, I stumbled upon this wonderful thing called Project Life.  I don’t know how I missed the boat on this, and I’m shocked that I haven’t heard anything about it.  In case you don’t know what it is or have never heard of it, I’m here to fill you in.  Project Life is this wonderful system for making photo albums.  I used to scrapbook back in the day (raise your hand if you hoarded stickers and die cuts like me), but I haven’t picked up a scrapbook in quite some time.  I went crazy with it when my daughter was a baby (almost 12 years ago), so she has two very nicely decorated scrapbooks.  Fast forward 5 years when my son was born and guess what?  He doesn’t have the first photo album.  Yes, I’m a bad mom.

So, what do I do with photos now?  Well there are a lot on my phone and computer.  Facebook. etc….. Our electronic devices make it so easy to snap a picture and never print it out.  Well, I’m not doing it anymore since Project Life came into my world.  I cannot wait to show you my first album.  I plan to spend a good bit of time over this weekend finding all my photos, which are scattered all around the house (school pictures, baseball, etc.  – Ones that I had to order printed) and pulling together a few pages.  I also will need to print some from my phone and computer, but Walgreens or CVS can print photos for you from their website pretty cheaply, or I can always print at home.  However, my printer isn’t all that great, so I plan to stick with a printing service.

What is this wonderful thing, you ask?  It is a photo album system called Pocket Scrapbooking, just for people that want cutesy scrapbooks, but don’t have the time or want-to to put it all together.  Or maybe you don’t want to go out and buy paper and stickers, and all the things you would need to create cute pages.  *RAISES HAND*  That’s totally me.  Project Life steps in and gives you albums with clear pages that have pockets in different layouts and sizes.  All you do is stick in your photos and some cute cards.  And Bam!  Cute page with minimal effort.  You can even get a sealer that will seal up the pockets so no pictures come sliding out when your kids want to take a look at their baby pics.

What do you have to buy?   An album, the clear pages, and cute cards that can also be journal cards (you write stuff about the pictures).  That really is all you need.  Of course there are a ton of styles for the albums and cards, but that’s good because you won’t get bored with it.  Have some great holiday photos at Christmas?  Get some cute cards with a holly jolly theme and you have awesome pages!  Where can you buy this awesomeness?  Well, I got started at JoAnn and spent only $34 for an album, a big box of pages, and a small pack of the cards.  It usually isn’t that inexpensive, but they had 40% off all papercrafting, and I had a $10 coupon from the website.  You can also grab these at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  I also learned that there are a few other brands out there that are interchangeable with Project Life, so you have more choices for the cards.

I’m going to leave the website for you to peruse, and I’ll be back with some pages to show you next week!!

Project Life®


Fashion Update – My Must Haves for Warmer Weather

I am not a fashion guru.  Let me repeat this.  I am not super stylish and certainly don’t claim to keep up with the latest trends.  My mommy fashion goals are to try to look my age, stay well covered, and look somewhat like I know what’s up.  So, with that warning in place, I wanted to do a fashion update.  This is a list of items I really want to add to my closet this Spring/Summer.  I hope it gives you some great ideas to start your warm weather wardrobe off right!

  •  New Sandals   – I don’t wear anything but sandals or flip flops when the weather  allows, so I really want to amp up my selection for this year.  I have some oldies that have seen better days, so I think it’s time to treat the feet.
  • Distressed Jeans  – These are super in style right now because I am seeing them everywhere I look.  I don’t want super ripped up jeans because they would kick my OCD into overdrive, but I would like some distressed jeans for super casual days.

  • Sheer sweater  – Sweaters are not for the hot weather of the South where I live, but the kind I’m talking about is the mesh-like, real hole-y kind.  I don’t like sleeveless tops much these days because I feel like my arms look pale and fatty, so I’d like one to wear with cute tanks or sleeveless tops so I feel less self-conscious.
  • Colored Cropped Pants  – I love great pastels for this, think coral and mint.  Pair with a cute top and sandals and you feel like you are ready for cruising.  That’s what it makes me think of anyways.

  • Tan handbag  – I need something to carry all season long.  Something that goes with everything and holds all my doo-dads.


  • Kimonos  –  I am not usually a floral loving person when it comes to clothes.  But, I am loving the flowy kimonos in tropical prints that give off a boho vibe.