Repost Project Life: School Binders and Family Hike

Original date: 9.06.12

I’m so excited today!  My Amazon order came in with a few goodies I ordered:


I needed new pens to write with so I ordered these precision pens of various sizes from American Crafts.  Then, I ordered Design G Photo Pocket Pages from Becky Higgins.  I really like the combination of two small 3×4 pockets with two vertical and two horizontal 4×6 pockets.  A month ago I ordered one set of dividers and really loved everything about them so I ordered another one.  I’m sure I will probably go through these as quickly as I did the first order.  You can see how I’m using them below.

These are the binders for my girls.  I’ve separated them five years in each book using school grade levels as breaking points: Birth to Pre-K and Kindergarten to 5th Grade.  These binders will include:

1. Documents and photos from birth.  The legal documents (such as proof of birth) will not be stored in these binders.  They are stored in a fire safe locked safe, of course.

2. Documents, artwork, and photos from their individual activities such as dances recital, catechism (as mentioned in the previous post), things they do with their friends, etc.  Just basically anything that is exclusive to them.

3. School stuff.

This soft pink binder is Kylie’s.  You can see how I’ve used the dividers to separate each year.  It’s so neat that Becky’s labels come with pre made label stickers with numbers, months of the year, and school grade levels on them.  The label packets also include blank stickers so you can write whatever you want on them.  I wrote “Birth” on that first label (above).  I was surprised at how thick and sturdy the dividers and label stickers were and I love it.  You can see that I’m not done with Kyie’s binder.  I’m missing Year Two and Year Three dividers and it was because I ran out of dividers.  Now that I’ve got more, I can continue.  Not that I couldn’t before without them.  It just seems easier to have the dividers tell me I’m missing something in that section and need to go look for it…LOL!

This bright pink binder is Kida’s.  This is to show you how I’ve used the dividers and labels in her binder.  Again, it helps me see where I need to go looking for stuff.

This is Kida’s first page under the labeled divider, Kindergarten.  It is a digital scrapbook page I created last year for Roseyties Designs, a designer I used to create layouts for.  You can see the actual digital layout here.

Next is her Kidergarten class picture.  I used the 8×10 horizontal sleeve by Becky Higgens for this photo.  The photo was actually slightly smaller than 8×10 so I cut a scrapbook paper to 8×10 and used double-sided tape to tape it on.  That’s it for Kindergarten so far.  I know I have boxes of her stuff somewhere in the basement that I’ll need to dig for.


This report card was when we moved to the new house and she started second grade at the new school.  I used the 8.5×11 sleeves by We R Memory Keepers.

In the spring of that same year she finished her Holy Communion through the Hmong Catholic Catechism.  I used the 8×10 horizontal sleeve by Becky Higgins.

Here is an example of an incomplete page.  The first item, the image of a coyote with the words, “Welcome Back!” is a postcard her teacher sent her before the school year started.  I used a 4-6×6 sleeve by We R Memory Keepers for this.

This is the flip side with the writing on the backside of the postcard.

The 4×6 image with the words, the reindeer, and santa was made using papers and elements from a designer I used to create layouts for named, Creations by Tinamarie.



This was from the play, The Nutcracker, through her dance school.  She got a small part playing one of the mice.  The sleeve is design A from Becky Higgins.

This is at the end of her Kindergarten through 5th Grade binder.  It is a large envelope to store things that don’t fit into a sleeve such as, her written books, artwork, etc.  I named it 4th Grade but I’ll be changing it something that will encompass all her years.

Last, here are pages that I’ve completed for our family binder from our hike this summer:








I used a combination of sleeves from Becky Higgins and We R Memory Keepers.  I also used scrapbook papers that I’ve cut up before taking down the names of the company/designers.  I’ll work on getting things like that down next time.  The quotes I use in the sleeves are from Pinterest.

Hope you’ve been inspired.

Repost Project Life: Binders and Instagram Photos

Original date: 9.05.12

I keep adding more 3-ring binders to my collection and I’m loving it!  I can’t wait to fill out most of the bookshelf with these books full of memories.

I’ve changed labels around for some of these books.  In the above photo, the blue binders are going to store our family life.  The bright pink will still be for Kida’s school photos, memorabilia, and things that only have to do with her, such as her dances, catechism, etc.  The soft pink is for Kylie for the same reasons.  I will talk more about their binders later.

To the left of the black binder is a photo book of Kylie’s first year.  I created it digitally a couple of years ago through the Kodak website to document my pregnancy with her up to her first birthday.  Maybe I’ll talk more about that book in another post.  The book was fun to put together and I always enjoy flipping through it to revisit those wonderful memories.  The thin black book to the right of the yellow binder is a book of nature photos husband and I took a few years ago.  I created that book digitally through Walgreens online photo store.  The half blue book with the pink dots is Kida’s first year.  It’s a traditional insert-your-photo photo book.  I’m hoping to someday scan those photos and create a book like the one I did for Kylie but it will be a loooong someday.  Right now, I’ve got Project Life on my hands and my mind.I’ve read many times that Becky Higgin’s Project Life is unique to everyone.  It might sound overwhelming but it is really simple and fun too!  I’ve been following Becky’s blog since 2009, and even though I started buying the 3-ring binders last year in an attempt to start Project Life, this is the year that I’ve really pushed forward with it.  I read and view inspirations from bloggers quite often who are Project Lifers and two things always happen when I do.

1. I get overwhelmed at how creative and fast they document.  I often wonder, how on earth will I ever catch up?…but then tell myself…catch up to whom?  It’s my own unique way of documenting mine and the lives I am surrounded by at my own speed.

2. I get inspired.

Getting inspired by Becky and the bloggers is what keeps me going.  The more I do it, the easier it gets, and I also get more inspired each time I finish a story, an event, etc.  I truly enjoy looking at each finished story, event, or ordinary day of photos and words.  It is a great feeling of accomplishment to document these things (big and small) in life.  I know someday my kids will look back and smile at all this stuff I am doing.  I smile when I look through the photo albums my mother put together for all 7 siblings when we were kids.  She is my biggest inspiration.  More on that next time.

Today, I want to share what I’ve been working on.  Since I went android over the summer and downloaded Instagram, I’ve been completely hooked.  I’ve taken so many photos with my phone and wanted a way to save them in print.  I did some thinking and planning and test printed a few photos using a 3×3 template on a 4×6 photo size white document.  I then cut some cardstock to 4×4 size then used double-sided tape to tape the the photos onto the card stock.  They turned out awesome!  I wanted a clean and simple look for my Instagram binder and it was achieved.

I still have a lot more to go (including doing a bunch for my husband’s photography binder) but for now these are looking pretty good:


Products I used:  We R Memory Keepers 12×12 Leather 3-Ring Binders, We R Memory Keepers 9-4×4 inch Pocket Photo Sleeves, K&Company Smash Date Stamp, ink pad, Scrapbook Adhesives double sided tape, The Paper Company Card Stock, and ZIG Photo Signature Pen.

Repost Project Life: Binders, Disney World, ’09 Graduation, and Movie Layouts

Original date: 5.16.12

Project Life can get un-motivating at times.  What I normally do when that happens is, I visit blogs that talk about Project Life.  First, I’ll drop by Becky Higgin’s blog and from there go on to her designers’ blogs.  It helps A LOT.  I love all their ideas and methods for putting their Project Life together and sometimes I’ll take a little bit of ideas from them to help put mine together.  I’m trying to stay away from too much embellishments (flowers, tags, ribbons, etc.) because I want mine to be pretty simple, quick, and fun.  And, because I never have much time, I don’t want to stretch a page for weeks and months (and even years), which I used to do when I paper scrapped.  I also tend to take lots of photos and don’t want to throw them away and scrapping with one photo at a time will take forever.

Yesterday, I dropped by Archiver’s to pick up another 12×12 leather 3-ring binder from We R Memory Keepers.  These binders are just fabulous!  I was debating between getting another colorful one, a black one, or a white one.  I even thought of grabbing the dark brown one, but as you know, I love colors (just not in my clothes) so I went for the yellow (mustard?) one.  It is very pretty.

My binder collection is growing!  I now have 5.  I also managed to create labels for all of them.  You can see what my previous binders looked like here.

I’m trying to get my 2 girls (10 and 5) to work on their books.  My 10-year-old has a Smash Folio and my 5-year-old has a regular 12×12 book.  They love it when I bring home pretty papers and that always excites them to scrap.

I am slowly getting there with my Project Life.  I am working in all directions.  I’ll work on pictures that I’m motivated to put together.  Lately, it’s been about our Disney World trip in 2010.







It’s not completely done yet.  I still have a few more pages to go but it’s getting there!

Then, I found all the cards husband got for his 2009 graduation from pharmacy school.  The Becky Higgins Big Envelope Pages comes in handy for this.  I’ve put all the cards that contained sentimental writings in the envelope.  I’ll be working on the photos next.

And last, the family went to watch, “Mirror Mirror” and because there was a story behind how we ended up watching that movie, I documented it.

My digital Project Life is coming along slowly as well.  I’ll share pieces from it soon.

Right now I am in the process of working on a new kit.  It too is coming along slowly.  Sometimes, unexpected things happen in life to the people we love and we have to take a moment to think things through.  I lost a wonderful cousin about a week ago.  Then, last week, my husband got into a car accident.  He was not hurt but now has to deal with the car insurance company with getting his car fixed.