How to Combine Traditional Scrapbooking with Project Life – Photo Tutorial

Hi crafters, Harkee from AS they grow here, back with another Project Life memory keeping project to inspire you!  This month’s challenge theme is “Anything Goes” in honour of PPS’ 6th birthday so to celebrate I decided to create a birthday themed layout featuring another 6th birthday party, that of my son just a couple of months ago.

With this month’s project I want to show you how to combine traditional scrapbooking style layouts within the Project Life memory keeping system.  As I have previously said, one of my favourite things about Project Life is that it can be as simple or as complex as you would like and, as a base, works equally well for the uncreative and the super creative alike.

In my December 2017 DT post I showed you how you can get creative to DIY your own Project Life card inserts. Adding scrapbooked pages to your Project Life album gives an even bigger canvas for expressing your own creativity and incorporating different materials and techniques. Now I am by no means a seasoned scrapbooker so I will just walk you through what I did to prepare my layout and the materials used and hopefully it gives you some ideas that you can put your own twist on!

My Design Team kit this month was made up of the following items:

  • My Mind’s Eye Hooray Double-Sided Cardstock 12″X12″Celebrate!
  • Bazzill Dotted Swiss Cardstock 12″X12″, Surfs Up
  • Studio Calico Snippets Woot 12×12″ Patterned Paper
  • Project Life – Themed Cards – Boy – 60pk
  • Martha Stewart Medium Punch – Cupcake
  • Martha Stewart Balloon Medium Punch
  • Echo Park – A Boy’s Life – Alpha Stickers
  • My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Dilly Dally Adventures Label Sticker Accessories
  • Pinkfresh Studio Boys Fort Cardstock Die-Cuts 61/Pkg

I also used items from previous Design Team kits and my general supplies, full supplies are linked below.

Project Life pocket pages come in a variety of different designs and configurations which include 12″x12″ page protectors. These are perfect for protecting a 12″x12″ scrapbooked page and can be slotted into the album along with the rest of your Project Life pages. For this project my layout consisted of one 12″x12″ page protector for the scrapbooked page and one Design A pocket page featuring 4 landscape oriented 4″x6″ pockets and 4 portrait oriented 3″x4″ pockets.

I started with the scrapbooked page of my project, choosing a photo for the main feature and cutting strips and sections of cardstock to create the background of the scrapbooked page. The first step in using patterned or designer cardstock is to trim off the bar code to get you down to the perfect 12″x12″ size so don’t forget that!

My son’s party was Cars themed so I picked the Studio Calico Snippets Woot cardstock as it reminded me of tire treads and I cut a wide strip of this. The red strip was cut from some plain coloured cardstock and the green strip was actually part of the reverse side of the My Mind’s Eye Hooray Double-Sided Cardstock in Celebrate! The triangle patterned side I used to cut a background for the photo, cutting it bigger than the actual photo to allow for a frame as well as additional space to stick other embellishments later.

I then started sticking everything down using the Bazzill Dotted Swiss Cardstock in Surfs Up as the base paper. When choosing the cardstock colours and patterns you will use in your layouts it is important to consider the photos that you will be using in your layout to make sure the overall colour scheme is complimentary and not clashing. Since the birthday party photos I am using in my layout include a lot of colour I was able to go with bright colours and focused on red, blue, orange and green in my scrapbooked layout which, as you will see later also ties in with the cards selected for the Project Life pocket page.

Next I used the Martha Stewart Balloon punch to punch out some balloon shapes from scraps of orange and green card stock left over from other projects – another reason to keep a hold of reasonable sized scraps.  When punching out shapes try to think about not only the shape you are punching but also the positioning of the punch on the paper and the negative pattern it leaves behind as you might like to use that too as I ended up doing.

These punches are so easy to use and the balloon and cupcake punches in particular are great for birthday related memory keeping. They can also be used for a variety of other projects such as DIY birthday cards and gift tags.

I used the cupcake punch (and a circle punch) to create some medallions out of scrap card to incorporate into the project later. The cupcake punch punches the base and frosting separately so it would be easy to create cupcakes with a different colour frosting, I did  think about doing that but this way worked best for me for this layout.

Next I stuck down 6 balloons using adhesive foam pads to create a 3D effect.  The balloon strings were drawn on with my silver Pentel gel pen and held together with one of the numbered die-cuts from the Pinkfresh Studio Boys Fort Cardstock Die-Cuts collection (also stuck on with a foam pad for height).

It was pretty tough choosing which cards to use from the Project Life Boy themed card collection for this layout, there are so many good ones! In the end I picked these cards and also created a 3″x4″ filler card using the same Studio Calico Snippets Woot cardstock that I used on the scrapbooked page to tie the two pages together and complement and balance out the “You are Awesome” filler card. When picking cards think about trying to achieve cohesion and balance in the colours and patterns used.

I used this card from the Project Life Boy themed card collection to add some journalling to the scrapbooked page, I just love how the coloured bunting design across the top picks up the triangles in the cardstock below it.

Next I used the Echo Park A Boy’s Life Alpha Stickers to add a title to the scrapbooked page. The blue and orange colours fit in nicely with the overall colour scheme.

After rounding off the corners of the photos and putting them into the pocket pages, the final step was to add die cut and sticker embellishments to the scrapbooked page and also the filler cards in the pocket page side of the layout. The “Happy Days” and “Fun” die cuts and triangles used as photo corners were from the Pinkfresh Studio Boys Fort Cardstock Die-Cuts pack. The date sticker was from the My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Dilly Dally Adventures Label Sticker Accessories pack and the orange triangles strip on the right and the “one of a kind” sticker were from the Echo Park A Boy’s Life Alpha Stickers sheet.

I also stuck the cupcake medallions made earlier onto the two filler cards using foam pads for height.

Here is the final layout, a double page 12″x12″ spread incorporating both a traditional scrapbooked page and a Project Life pocket page, what do you think?

I hope you liked this month’s tutorial from me, if you did be sure to check out my previous tutorials for more Project Life inspiration.

See you next month for the next challenge, till then, happy memory making and memory keeping!!

Harkee x

You can also join the Pretty Paper Studio Monthly Challenge through the following easy steps:

1. Create a project with this month’s theme in mind, “Anything Goes”.

2. Upload your project photo to April 2018 | Theme – Anything Goes” Photo Album in the Pretty Paper Studio Facebook Group.

3. All entries are due by April 30, 2018.

4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.


A winner will be announced only if there are THREE new submissions.

All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.