Project Life: Week 4 and Organization

Thank you for stopping by my little blog!  When I shared my Project Life Organization, I had no idea that it would inspire so many.  I am truly humbled!  I recently did a complete overhaul of my craft area.  You can read about how my entire craft area is organized HERE!  You can also follow me on Pinterest HERE!  

I can’t believe that we are four weeks into 2012!  These last 4 weeks have flown by and I’m so thrilled to have them documented using Project Life.  I’m still loving this project, especially the stories I am able to document for our family.

This weekend I decided to do an entire overhaul of my craft area as it is a total mess and I’ve been having difficulty finding what I’m looking for!  It is a huge project and it isn’t anywhere near done but I will share a few photos of my desk and my project life station.

I knew that I wanted to have all my project life core kit components in front of me as I worked.  The above picture is a shot of my desk.  To give you a bit of an idea about the size of the desk, my album fits perfectly in the black area.  I bought this desk about 7 years ago from Pier 1.  It is similar to the desk from Pottery Barn and WAY cheaper.  Not sure if they still have it, but I’ve been really pleased with the quality.  It has been through 3 moves already.

This is the left side of my desk.  It holds this little white basket that I throw all the extras I want to possibly add to my pages.  Next to it is a little metal basked I bought from the dollar spot at Target.  It holds my adhesive, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, scissors, ruler & Crop-a-dile.

Next to the basket of tools sits this little box.  It is an old letterpress drawer that I’ve had for years.  I kept thinking that I would make a project out of it, but the drawers are pretty small. When I started looking at all my little flair buttons and chipboard pieces I knew that it would work perfectly.  I LOVE having all of these pieces right at my fingertips.  I have always believed that if you can see it, you are way more likely to use it.  This was definitely true this week as I used 9 items from this little drawer. I’m so excited to use my stuff.  Everything in this drawer, except for the flair buttons, are items that I have had for years!

The above picture is of my wooden box that holds all of my project life core kit components as well as my washii tape, gaffer tape, and office labels, etc. in the back. As I’m sure that you have noticed there are a lot of journaling cards and 4×6 inserts.  I actually had the original Project 365 kit that Becky designed for Creating Keepsakes many years ago.  I found this wooden box in my mom’s garage over 5 years ago and have been using it to store various craft items since.  I believe it is an old silverware box.  It fits all the core components perfectly!

I’m really happy with my PL set up on my desk.  Having everything out in the open and right in front of me made assembling this week’s pages faster and easier than ever.  So onto this weeks pages.  The picture below is a shot of my pages this week, not including the 6×12 insert I added to the middle.

This week I got some goodies in from a couple of Etsy shops, had a picnic with Chris at his office, and made 3 dozen giant brownies for a fundraiser that my sister held.  I love that these couple of pictures and journaling will help me remember those stories.  I also went and saw a movie by myself this week.  I wrote a review about it since it has a kid that is on the autism spectrum.  You can read that post here.

I wanted to add the picture of Hailey and the write-up that was featured on the “Character Counts” bulletin board at school.  I trimmed the picture to fit into one of the small journaling segments and added the red arrows to point to the write-up that I added into a 6×12 page protector.   The write-up wasn’t that big so I stitched right next to the paper & trimmed the page protector down.

The entire right side of my page this week is devoted to the cupcake fundraiser that I participated in last Wednesday. It was a wonderful experience and i was honored to be a part of it.  My sister organized this wonderful event and you can read about it here on her blog.

This was seriously one of the coolest events I have ever been involved in!

I’m linking up again this week with The Mom Creative and her Project Life Tuesday. If you are looking for more inspiration I definitely recommend checking out the people who link up with her.  I enjoyed visiting their blogs last week and seeing their stories!

I hope you have a great week!  Find a way to tell your story!

Make it a great one!


Project Life was created by Becky Higgins as a simple solution to documenting your memories.  You can learn more about project life here.

88 thoughts on “Project Life: Week 4 and Organization

  1. Absolutely love how you organized your Project Life goodies, especially with the letterpress drawer & wooden box! The details you added in your pages are awesome! Looking forward to more in the coming weeks!

    • Thank you Leena! I must say that your post on organizing really encouraged me and gave me the idea for using my box. I love all the white in your craft area, it is so bright and cheery.

      Thanks for stopping by! Can’t wait to see more pages from you as well. I’m also looking forward to trying your Instagram printout tutorial.

  2. That cupcake fundraiser looks amazing. I think I already read about it on another blog and saw pictures too. Truly and amazing opportunity.

    I love to see other people’s craft spaces, so I love seeing your desk. And I definitely love your wonderful wooden box of good stuff! SO fun.

    • Thanks Cami! You might have seen it on my sister’s blog, she also does project life.

      I also like seeing other people’s craft spaces. It inspires me & often sparks creativity.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. whoa that is a LOT of cupcakes. love your add of the brownie box, great idea and the sewn word shop, too cool! your area is fun! I love re-organizing sometimes, it makes me so much more inspired.

    • Thanks Kelli! I love adding “food trash”, I think it adds character. Baking brownies was a HUGE part of my week. I ended up making 7 batches. I also think that re-organizing sparks creativity. It was fun finding things I didn’t remember having. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. ummm…I am so coveting your box that holds all your cards! I am breaking a commandment because of you 🙂

    your pages look great! and I would love a cupcake…

  5. I still feel exhausted looking at all of those cupcakes. Thanks again for helping out. Couldn’t have done it without you. Mad you got that silverware box out of mom’s garage – she must love you more. 🙂

  6. This week I am a bit jealous Julie, Those wooden boxes would look great at my place 😉 – I am going to have to start hunting around. My project life lives in a basket shoved under the coffee table.

    Oh my goodness – those brownies!!! Yummmmmm!

    I will be doing my digi-shopping on the weekend with the voucher. Will do a post and link back to you. Thanks again. xo

  7. WOW your space is so awesome, can I come play? Love love the drawers for your supplies, would want to stay in there all day.

    I’m so happy all your cupcakes/brownies did so well and am in awe that you made 7 batches. I’m not a great baker and only manage one pan of brownies at a time and my family refuses to let me make cupcakes, lol

    Great pages for your week, I want to see that movie also. Oh and I like your paper basket for goodies too, I’ve added brownie boxes and candy wrappers to my album in the past.

    Have a fun week and can’t wait to see next weeks. Thanks for stopping by!!

    • Thank you Dawn! I’d love for you to come over & craft…what fun we would surely have!

      I was so pleased with how the brownies turned out & that they helped raise money for this little girl. My sister baked all the cupcakes, she is really great at that.

      The movie was good, very interesting. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Wow! wow! Wow! I love your scrap space!! and that desk..heavenly! love, love all your containers!! I do have a scrap room..and I posted about it once –if interested, check under the label scrapbooking (i think) Love your pages too!! can’t wait to see more!!

    • Thank you Jenn! I will definitely head over & check out your space. I plan on sharing more of the organization once I’m finished. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Thank you so much! I was really struggling with finding things so I knew that I had to do something. Still working, but I’m really pleased with my desk set up. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Thanks Stephanie. Getting my PL stuff organized has helped me tremendously. I have really enjoyed the stitching. It doesn’t take me long, but I think it adds a neat touch. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Julie,
    Thanks for visiting my blog! I absolutely love your pages, and that box! I need one. Love your stories. I also have a child on the Spectrum. My middle of three kids, my 9 year old son, has Autism. We’ve been told Asperger’s, and most recently PDD-NOS, but no matter what they call it, it makes our life…interesting and amazing. I read through your blog a bit, I’m glad to have found it.

    • Thanks Deb! I’m glad that we connected. Having children on the spectrum isn’t easy, but they do add tremendous joy to our lives. Looking forward to supporting each other!

  10. Looove your organization! I’ve got organization envy. Your pages are great. Love the way you spread out one photo over two pockets and mixed it up with different styles of page protectors (two things I’ve yet to try!)

    • Thank you Emily! I loved how splitting the picture over 2 pockets turned out. I will definitely be doing that again. I’m really working on using various page protectors & stepping out of my comfort zone. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Wow…I am seriously jealous of your craft/desk space! Love those wooden trays you are using to organize all of your PL cards and ephemera. I swear…no matter how much space I have…I need more. Usually by the end of the week…I’ve got three extra tray tables set up with my stuff scattered all over the place. It even mirgrates to the top of the kitchen/dining room counter…lol
    Love your pages and all those cupcakes look yummy! Really like your colors and the butterfly is so cute. Have a great weekend. Fondly, Roberta

    • Thanks Roberta! I was so thrilled to find a great purpose for those wooden trays. I have a lot more stuff and am still working on sifting through it. It is overtaking my downstairs right now. I will for sure share once I am done. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Oh gosh, look at all those pretties lined up! Your album is looking fantastic there, so much to look at.
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog, it is nice to see new people pop in to say hello.

  13. Wow! Your stash is quite a sight to see! I love it! How did you go about accumulating all those cool little things? And I was wondering, what type of tool are you using to round the edges of a lot of the inserts? I love your work! Keep it up!

  14. I love peeking into other people’s creative space. I have no real-life friends who are scrappers or lifers, I may have to start up a blog to make some virtual friends to ooh & aah over my creativity.
    I enjoyed seeing your pages, I don’t know how but I got an email about your post & am glad I did, now to go back & look over your other weeks, look forward to another post.
    Stacey in Australia.

    • That’s funny Stacey…I’m not sure how you got an e-mail, but glad you stopped by. You should totally start a blog to share your PL pages and creative things. I’ve been so blessed by the people I have met from all over the world.

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