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What a Week in the Life Says About You

This week, like thousands of other memory keepers, I’m participating in Week in the Life with Ali Edwards. It’s a 7-day personal documentary project to capture everyday life in words and photos. This is my 6th time.

Each year my approach is a little different; but of course, I keep it simple. Most often I’ve created photo collages. One year I did a photo book. This year I’m using 8″x12″ Project Life pages (Design B, cut down).

I love the challenge of seeing our days in detail, noticing all the little stuff that makes up our life. What I love most though is how Week in the Life becomes an intentional effort to document my place in that life.

What a Week in the Life Says About You

With regular scrapbook layouts and Project Life pages, I include a lot of details about my family. Aside from a few selfies and shots of my food, however, I don’t record a ton of personal details. Yes, the stories are from my perspective, but a majority are not about me.

I think this is pretty typical of scrapbookers. It can be harder to get yourself in the picture vs. taking another cute shot of your kid. However, from your photo choices to what is captured in them, Week in the Life creates a natural window into what makes you tick.

In just a few days of participation I’ve noticed that:

  • I wear cardigans near-daily.
  • Coffee and Diet Coke are essential.
  • Work is constant, but good.
  • I enjoy food (a lot).
  • Life is very full.

Week in the Life helps me capture who I am and what I’m all about right nowI love that.

I also love how this project adds to your body of work, your record of life, in a personal and purposeful way. I rarely feel that sense of being behind because of participating in this project—and because of my efforts to intentionally tell my growing-up story as the other bookend.

In 2013 I created an album to document the first 31 years of my life, from my birth to my daughter’s. Along the way I captured the process in photos and videos so that I could share it with you.

If you would like to a more complete personal record, I’m excited to announce that my Before Your Story workshop is now open for registration. This 6-week class will help you document your birth-to-adulthood story with ease, complementing the dedication you give to recording today with stories from before.


The class begins September 17 right here at Simple Scrapper. Visit this page for workshop details, plus save $20 by registering before 9/1.


Why It’s Great to Have a Small Workspace with Wendi Robinson

As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we’re inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Wendi Robinson with her simple tip.


What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

I’ve gone from having a large scrapbook space to having a smaller, modified space. The key to this is that I keep everything that I need to make a layout at arms length, so I’m not wasting time looking for items, or going through tons of items to find what I’m looking for. I bought an old sewing desk at a garage sale for $10.00 and it has lots of drawers that I keep all my favorite items in, so I don’t have to get up in the middle of making a page. In addition, I no longer work on my scrapbook pages in the same space as my computer, it’s kept in the other room.

What problem does it solve for you?

By keeping my computer out of my scrap area, I keep off of the computer and actually work. By having all my items near me, I can keep working and know what items are stored where and grab them as they are needed. I also keep a tote with all my scrapbook essentials (adhesive, tools, pens, inks, etc) on my desk so I have everything I need within reach.

Why do you think it works so well?

This helps me keep the flow of the page and creativity going, instead of breaking it up and losing my train of thought. I felt like before, when I would get up and walk to go find something, I would take a longer break or I would get sidetracked. I like being able to focus on my layout, start to finish, and keep my creative juices flowing.

How can others get started with it?

Find a great desk or some sort of organizational storage item that has lots of drawers. Label where things are so you can find what you are looking for quickly. Keep your most used items nearest you so that you can find them quickly when you need them. I also recommend keeping new embellishments on top of your desk so that you will see them and remember to add them to your projects.

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Project Life Puts Epic Storytelling Within Reach

Two years ago I was in my childhood home in Texas, which is where I am now writing this post. In that visit I scanned 171 photos from my birth in 1980 to my high school graduation in 1998.

Project Life Puts Epic Storytelling Within Reach

I used to put a doll dress on my head, sit on my tunnel, grab my keys, and pretend I was driving a car.

I invested time in this effort because I knew I wanted to scrapbook the story of my life from my birth up until my daughter’s. What I wasn’t yet sure of was how I would make such a project actually feasible. How can you scrapbook an epic story without feeling totally overwhelmed?

As I scanned each photo and placed it back into the page protectors of a photo album, I started to think about the role of pocketed page protectors in modern memory keeping. Project Life from Becky Higgins was a game-changer for our industry, offering a fun and fuss-free option for documenting everyday memories.

I wondered if Project Life products could also make it easier to scrapbook 30+ years of your life.

Project Life Puts Epic Storytelling Within Reach

It totally can.

Project Life is just as awesome for creating an epic-scale album of your life as it is for capturing the little stories of our days. It is now my go-to format for simplifying album projects.

5 Reasons to Tell Stories with Project Life

5 Reasons to Tell Stories with Project Life

1. You can fit a lot of photos in one pocket page protector. The challenge I hear more often than any other is how to get all those photos into an album with ease. Project Life products are the quickest way to scrapbook many photos.

2. The design is done for you. From the clean grid design of a page to the pre-decorated cards, scrapbook design has never been easier with Project Life and pocket page products. The option is there to add embellishment, but you don’t have to!

3. You only have to write a little. Each Project Life card has enough room for 2-3 sentences of handwriting, which can make journaling less intimidating. I use a formula of documenting a fact, a feeling, and a memory to make the most of that tiny space.

4. Pocket pages fit in the same album as your layouts. Scrapbooking with Project Life cards doesn’t negate creating layouts. What it does instead is offer you a choice of format, allowing you to select the option that meets your storytelling needs.

5. Project organization is simple. Pocket page protectors in different sizes along with Project Life dividers make it easy to structure the story arc of your album into logical sections. You’ll know exactly what’s left to fill in as you complete the album step by step.

Project Life Puts Epic Storytelling Within Reach

Before Your Story is a 6-week album workshop that leans heavily on the use of Project Life cards and page protectors to simplify storytelling. Registration opens August 17.


Fast and Reliable Trick for Page Design with Monika Glod

As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we’re inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Monika Glod with her simple tip.


What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

One of my favorite ways to simplify is to scrapbook with a grid. It is easy because you can find grids everywhere. A grid can be any shape – not only squares. Triangles or circles could easily be used as a grid. The great thing is that every project made with a grid has the potential to be different depending on the papers and embellishments to use.

What problem does it solve for you?

This way of scrapping is great for when you just don’t have enough time for scrapbooking but you feel like you want to make something. Or even if you can’t seem to find the inspiration you need to design a scrapbook page.  A grid is a nice way to solve those problems since the design is so quick and easy. Grids are also great for situations where you have more than one photo and don’t know which choose since you can use numerous photos when creating within a grid.

Why do you think it works so well?

It works well because it’s a very simple method! Grids are really fast to make – just put your photos in a grid design and add strips of paper and embellishments. The great thing is that anything and everything will work with a grid design- bold or simple embellishments as well as patterned and solid papers.

How can others get started with it?

The first step is to choose your photos which can help you determine the best grid for your page.  I’ve found it best to start with  3 or 4 smaller photos. Decide on your grid – a rectangle, square, or triangle. Once you have a grid, begin to arrange your photos. Once your photos are down, add strips of patterned paper around and/or between photos to shape your grid. At the end, add embellishments to make everything come together nicely. You will be surprised how fast and easy it is to make a layout using a grid!

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August Story Starter Challenge

For the past four years I’ve been releasing new storytelling prompts to members every month. This year, we’re celebrating each month’s theme with a Story Starter™ Challenge. You’re invited to create a layout and submit it for a chance to win a 3-month Simple Scrapper membership pass.


How to Participate + Win

Step 1 (optional) – Download this free story discover tool to brainstorm story ideas and make a plan for your layout.

Step 2 – Create a new layout, pocket page spread, or mini album related to this month’s theme: Our Shared Stories

Step 3 – Submit a photo of your completed work in the comments below by 11:59 pm on the 30th of this month.

This post will be updated on the 1st of next month announcing the winner of a 3-month Simple Scrapper membership pass. The winner will also be contacted directly with instructions on starting her membership.

Three Ideas from the Creative Team

Each of these layouts from our creative team uses a sketch or layered template from the membership along with one of this month’s twelve new Story Starters.

You can get instant access to a library of more than 400 Story Starter™ prompts when you become a member at Simple Scrapper.

This layout from Jamie Leija tells the story of her grandma’s life at 30 and how different their lives are at this age.


This layout from Christy Strickler tells the story of how things have changed for her and her husband since the early 1990’s.

8_Christy Strickler SS Aug 2015 #8, Sketch #253

This layout from Melanie Ritchie tells the story of technology and how it would be viewed by her ancestors.


Now it’s your turn! Upload your layout by 8/30/15.