Memory Keeping

Project Life Flick Through

I haven’t shared a Project Life post for a while now, I must admit I fell right off the wagon with it in the middle of last year and really struggled to get back into it. I put so much pressure on myself that I ended up feeling overwhelmed with catching up. 

For anyone who doesn’t know what Project Life is, it’s a kind of scrapbooking system using page protectors and journalling cards, Project Life is a brand owned by Becky Higgins but there is also Simple Storoes sn@p, pocket pages and probably more that escape my mind right now. The albums and page protectors come in different sizes and I use 12×12.

The album I have is one from Amazon 


I use an album per year and this one was from 2016. I start with a title page, this one I made totally from scratch:


Within the album I use a few different styles, some pages are jam packed with pictures and a small amount of journalling, other pages are made up of more journalling cards than anything else.

Each page is called a “layout” and some layouts I use kits so that everything coordinates, the picture above is a back to school layout which I made with a Stampin Up kit.

For picture heavy layouts (like above) I tend to let the journalling cards and the pictures tell the story.

When I’m feeling creative I love to embellish my pages, like above (yes I realise I’ve put off instead of “of” on the bottom left picture). I use a journalling app called Collect to write a bit about what was going on in the photo.

If I have a few pictures all telling the same story then I use the Pic Collage app to create a 4″x6″ picture collage and print it on my canon selphy (as above).

I love creating mini layouts on each card with eachbtelling their own little story, it can be done on actual project life cards (above) and with scrapbook paper which has been cut to size (below).

This year I am going to be more laid back, I’m not going to document each week, instead I am going to use a smaller album and go month by month, just documenting events or pictures as they come up.. I’ve ordered my first batch of pictures and I can’t wait to start!

There is a full flip through on my 2016 album over on my YouTube channel HERE

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Unboxing/Set Up : All Things Paper Uk 

A few weeks back I put a post in a Facebook group, for other UK sellers, asking if anyone would like to swap store products. Sarah from All Things Paper UK replied and we arranged a swap.

After that I noticed on her Instagram page that she was recruiting Design Team members, I send an overly long message as part of the “application process” and this Monday I found out I’d been successful. I am over the moon to be working with Sarah!

What is a design team?? Well it is basically a few people selected by a business owner to show off their products, in this case it is Planner stickers.

Once a month Sarah will send each member of her DT a set of her newest stickers and we all help to promote them on social media, it helps to drive sales for a small business as people use them in different ways, I have opted for a ECLP vertical kit and although I rarely do a “full layout” I use the kits for memory keeping and in my a6 UglyDori which has AnniePlansPrintable inserts in it.

I received my swap from Sarah and knew I wanted to use this beauty and the beast inspired set right away so I used it in my memory planner. I have another kit that I will be using in the future… I filmed the unboxing and then add the process video to the end… to view that click HERE!

As soon as I scheduled this blog in I asked Sarah to write a few words about herself to introduce you all (I think you’ll be seeing more of her quite soon), this is what she had to say…..”I’ve always had a love of planning and stickers since being a little girl. I opened up allthingspaperuk so I could share my love with other planner addicts like myself and so that I could work from home and spend time with my beautiful 3 boys. I work hard to ensure I bring my customers the best quality, on trend, products at a really affordable price.. every girl needs a pretty planner right?” – Sarah @ allthingspaperuk (Don’t forget to use Michelle15 for a 15% discount, her “full sets” like the one I use in these pictures/video are only £10 + £1 p&p for the full set).


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Plan My Week : #1 – My 2017 Planner Set Up

It feels good to be back, we had the loveliest Christmas and New year and it has been amazing being able to take the time off to spend together, Trevor has worked in security for the past 4 years so has always worked over Christmas and New Year, it’s been lovely having him home and not having to worry all night about his safety!!

Because we had been away the week before Christmas I hadn’t really had time to set up my 2017 planners (yes I have more than 1) so yesterday I took a couple of hours out to get organised.

I currently have these 6 planners which I will be using regularly (L-R Top; Recollections planner, A5 Carpe Diem, A5 DO1P Paperchase… Bottom; A5 UglyDori, Regular UglyDori, A6 UglyDori) the recollections planner is what I intend to use for memory keeping so you probably won’t see much of that one.

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The A5 Carpe Diem is more of a storage folder, I made 12 dividers with some scrapbook paper I had lying around, I added some small top tabs (available in my Etsy shop) so that I can access the months easily. When any appointments come through or letters from the school etc I paperclip them to the month they are relevant to and then write the appointment in my Paperchase diary. It means I never lose any paperwork and have all the information to hand when it is needed.

I decided I need a desk diary this year to keep track of my lists and to do’s and to help me plan my day to be most productive. This Paperchase diary is a DO1P (Day On 1 Page) will sit on my desk and be more of a notebook, in fact last year I used a notebook in the same manner but I missed it being dated so that I could add things in for later in the week. I’ll not decorate this at all so again you will probably see very little of her (unless i develop my Bullet Journal technique).

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Last but certainly not least are my UglyDoris, the Harry Potter one (regular) will still be used for my blog, productivity and goal setting. The A5 (middle in picture) currently has some lined pads in it for journalling and notes/brain dumping. The A6 (right in picture) is what i’ll use as my every day carry, it has a monthly diary that I can refer to when i’m out and making appointments/plans, she also has a weekly overview and a couple of notepads for ideas whilst I am out.

Currently I am happy with this set up, it looks a bit more complicated than it is but it is, in essence, the same as I was using for the last couple of months in 2016 and that seemed to work really well for me. To watch the corresponding video please click HERE!

I am currently working on my blog and YouTube posting schedule as I have a few new series that I will be introducing, I will put all this up in a separate post this week.

Michelle