Project Life 2014: January

rukristin project life january pages

rukristin project life january pages

This is my story.

I love documenting my everyday life; here’s how I’m doing it in 2014.  

This is my ‘right-now’ scrapbook. For the past few years I’ve been documenting my everyday life using a modified version of Becky Higgins‘ Project Life memory-keeping system. My goal for this project is to document the important (to me) stories and photos in one place. My format is open-ended, I have no plans for a specific amount of pages, in chronological order. To house my Project Life for 2014, I’ll be using a 6×8 album with various page protectors.

January Pages

Click on each of the pictures for a clearer view.


Here We Go California
  • Moment: Road trip from Utah to California for CHA with the Freckled Fawn girls.
  • Favorite Part: The overlapping Amy Tangerine alphabet stickers in the ‘California’ card. They’re partially transparent and layer beautifully. It’s also a huge package that I’ll never run out of. I hate running out of letters.
  • Tip: Add something 3-D to a page, it can really make the rest of the flat elements really pop.
  • Supplies: Amy Tangerine Plus One PL kit, Alpha Stickers, Washi Tape, Clothespins, Puffy Stickers.



CHA Anaheim
  • Moment: At the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show in Anaheim, California.
  • Favorite Part: The entire thing. Super nerd alert — the ever amazing Amy Tangerine took that photo of me (while in her booth with baby Jack strapped to her chest) so I thought it was super fitting to scrap that photo using Amy Tangerine products. Also I really like the frame card on the bottom with the washi tape outline.
  • Tip: Add in full pages to your album, especially if you have a large photo/photo collage that would be awkward in a small sized pocket.
  • Supplies: Amy Tangerine Plus One PL kitAlpha StickersWashi Tape, 6×6 Paper Pad; Studio Calico Green alphabet stickers.



Journaling close-up.


This Happened



This Happened (backside)
  • Moment: J and I rented a car in LA and took a road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway.
  • Favorite Part: The photo page insert with the coin/slide page protector! The pockets are 2×2 and work perfectly when you want to show off a bunch of pictures at once.
  • Tip: My amazing friend Kam rocks the coin/slide page protectors, she has more examples of how to use them throughout your Project Life album here.
  • Supplies: Amy Tangerine Plus One PL kitWashi TapeBasic Grey Attach-me stickersCoin Page Protector



K& J do SF



So Happy to be Home



Birthday Girl


Album Supplies: 

Studio Calico Handbook (will be in the shop late Feb), 4 to a sheet Page Protectors3 to a sheet Page ProtectorsSakura Microperm penTonic paper trimmerSelphy cp900 photo printer.



Each month I’ll be answering and sharing questions about my approach to everyday scrapbooking and the modified Project LifeTM system that I’m using. Most of these questions come from instagram, facebook, and a few emails. If you have a question, please leave it in the comments below and I’ll add it to next month’s list. The complete list of Project Life FAQs can be seen here

Where do you get your pictures printed?

  • For this project, I print most of my pictures at home using my Selphy cp900 photo printer. I love that I can print two 3×4 photos on a 4×6 print directly from my phone. It saves me so much time. See my step-by-step tutorial for instructions on how to do it yourself.


What pens do you use for journaling?

  • I love Sakura pens. I use the microperm pen for most of my journaling, especially my photos and any slick surfaces. I also use Sakura Micron, Sharpie pens, and any pen I find with a super fine point


How do you start?  What is your general process?

  • I start by jotting down an outline of the topic I want to cover in my spread. I ask myself: what’s the topic? what pictures do I have? what journaling do I want? do I have any memorabilia? Next I look at my outline and pull some supplies that fit in with my outline. I try to keep my supplies to a minimum, or else I get overwhelmed by possibility and it takes forever to complete.


How did you choose the 8×6 size?

  • My album last year was almost all 12×12 pages. I really enjoyed it a lot, but it took up a large chunk of my creating time. I felt like this year I wanted to dedicate a little bit more space in my album to special days — which usually fall in the middle of regular weeks and I find it a lot easier to do with the smaller pages. It reads more like a storybook this way, instead of a weekly analysis. For me anyway. It’s definitely a personal decision. I also like that it’s more portable this way. I can pull all my supplies and work in the living room, or in a hotel room and not make a complete mess out of everything.


How do you know when you’re finished?

  • I mostly know when its ‘not done’. I’m a st0ryteller first, so I try to make sure any details that I want added to the story are put onto the page, and then I have a little bit of fun and add some design elements here and there. If I’m not sure if I’m finished — or what comes next, I’ll leave it overnight and give it a second look in the morning. Sleep always helps refresh my mind.


Do you write anything on the backs of the cards?

  • Not usually. This is my most public book, so there isn’t usually any secret or hidden journaling. I will add envelopes, tabs, or mini insert pages if I want to add a bit more information without starting an entirely new spread.


 Where can I purchase the products that you use?

  • I keep an online shop where readers can purchase my most loved and used supplies and help support me in the process. Most of the supplies that I use in my Project Life 2014 album will be in the shop.   In addition to the supplies in my shop, I also use the OhDeerMe  and Studio Calico kits.




Be the author of your own adventure and take the time to document your own life.