My Finished 2011 Project Life Album

Well, I can finally share some more pages from my 2011 Project Life album, but I’m not going to bore you with weeks and weeks of pages. I haven’t really been sharing every week as we go along — and I won’t because I get my photos printed 3 times a year — so I’m not sharing every spread. But I did want to show the types of photos I take and what I save.

As a reminder, in 2011 I used my own products. I did not buy a Project Life kit. I did use some of Becky’s Style A page protectors and her plain 3×4 journaling cards. Everything else came from my stash. And honestly, it really was fun to use up some things that have been in my stash for years and years! I’ll be using one of Becky’s kits this year, but I am planning to keep using up my stash too.

Types of photos to take and things to include in your album

Document important news stories. I found the photo on the left online and printed it at home. You don’t always have to use your own photos. Search Google Images and find something that represents what you want to document and print it yourself. If you don’t have a photo printer, print it on cardstock. In the other photo, I included an actual sample my new roof material, a photo of the materials the day they were dropped and an insert from a make up collection.

Mucinex-D is part of my life. I have a chronic ear issue and I take two of these pills every single day. They are expensive, restricted and a hassle, but part of my every day. I can’t see myself ever doing a 12×12 layout about this, but it fits right into Project Life. The other photo is the front of the newspaper. You could also try to save the newspaper and put it in a 8.5×11 page protector. I also saved a postcard that came in a Philosophy order. I love keeping the “stuff” just as much as I love the photos.

My nephews came for a quick overnight visit the same week my parents came for a visit. I have two spreads with assorted page protectors to document all the fun things we did that week. Above, I used a 6×12 page protector divided into 3 4×6 slots. On the opposite page, I used this divided page protector. In addition to the photos, I saved arcade tickets, our mini golf scores, a brochure and map from the gardens I visited with my parents.  We also went to the movies to see the the last Harry Potter movie so I went online and found a picture of the movie poster. I included that along with my ticket from the show.

Take photos along your commute. Capture the buildings you see every day and the highway signs. I drive by several farms and some cows were nice enough to pose for me. On the other side, another movie captured and saved.

I was pretty excited when Archiver’s opened, so I saved the flyer above in an 8.5×11 page protector. On the other side, I included the flyer my real estate agent created to market my house. The great thing about D-ring and 3-ring binders is that page protectors of all sizes generally fit. I also have a mound of business cards from some of the agents that showed the house. I will incorporate them into this album somehow but I’m still working on how to do it.

One of my cousins came to Nashville to visit in December. I haven’t seen him since I was 6 or 8 – we couldn’t quite remember, but it’s been at least 30 years! We went to a hockey game and I ended up documenting that visit on one page. I had a flyer from the game, the tickets, a parking pass, lots of photo. In the other photo, you can see I saved some lottery tickets. Sadly, no, I did not win the jackpot.

Here, I need to remind you to take self portraits. I have no problem scrapbooking myself, but a lot of women don’t include themselves in their scrapbooks much. Project Life is the perfect place to have photos of you and what YOU are doing. Not all of my self portraits are great – most of them I’m not crazy about. But I’m so happy I am documenting them anyway.

The last page of this album is a letter I received from the State of Florida notifying me of unclaimed property. A company that I used to work for was sold right around the time I moved to Nashville. They couldn’t find me to return my stock proceeds from the sale, so the money ended up with the state. It took them over 4 years to find me in Nashville.  I always wondered how anyone could have money out there that they didn’t know about. Now I know! And on the back side, I included my Christmas cards and photos.

If you made it this far, thank you! I hope this gives you more ideas for every day photos to take and some ideas for things to save and document. I’m really looking forward to a new Project Life approach in 2012. It looks like I’ll be more focused on weeks instead of days. I love the idea of including stuff through the week but not necessarily being worried about what day it happened or feeling the need to take photos and journal each day. I’m working on the album this weekend so I hope to have something to share soon!

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. I love how you put this together with items from your stash! One of my favorite part is how you made sure to include news stories. I try to do the same thing with my layouts and I think it is something that is often forgotten. The news stories set the tone so much for what was going on in the world at the time.

  2. AMAZING!!!! I love this!! What a fabulous job!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I love the roof piece!! That is cool, since everyone in our area is going to tin that maybe something that may change in the coming years!
    I like that you used a poster from the movie, I also like doing a search for photos of major events. After I finish a month if there are holes I go and find what happen that month and add them.
    On your commute photos are you stop when you take some of the road signs? It maybe my camera but mine are never real clear if I am driving 70 mph 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Congrats on finishing up 2011! I love how you included all that “stuff”. That’s one thing I’m trying to remind my self of as I go along. I’m hoping to get my January photos prints soon 🙂

  5. Your album is awesome! I so want to start PL but am worried that I am too late because it is already the end of January. Maybe I will start it on my birthday. Great idea to use the google images.

  6. Ohhh I love your pages. I too got a photo off the net of the Harry Potter movie and the ticket stub 😉
    I really like all the extras everyone is putting in. I need to work through this on this years 🙂


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