Teens documenting their life? Yeah. I’m totally a fan of that idea. Well, let’s be honest. I’m a fan of anyone and everyone making a point to document their life in some way. It’s ALL good.
But I really have a special place in my heart for kids who scrapbook because I started scrapbooking when I was young. I’m sooo glad I have this stuff. I’m so glad I cared about my pictures + stories + clothing tags + handwriting samples + doodle art + candy wrappers + movie tickets. I’m so glad I can share that stuff with my kids so they can see what their mom was like back then.
Tonight I’ll be speaking with a group of girls from church – ages 12-18. They know the significance of cultivating a good life, so I’m going to focus on documenting life. Naturally, Project Life will come up and in fact, I have a whole lot of goodies with their names on it. While developing this concept and this system, we always kept in mind the spectrum of those who would be interested in documenting life. This isn’t just for 30-something moms like me. This is for singles, empty-nesters, teens … even pre-teens.
She is one of my favorite young people on the planet and this year she decided that she would embark on her own little Project Life journey. (You can imagine my elation the day she told me.) Kayla is 15 years old and a Freshman in High School.
B: Kayla, why did you decide to start a Project Life album?
K: I began high school this year and wanted a way to document my experiences in high school.
B: What are you hoping will be the result of doing Project Life this year?
K: I am hoping my Project Life will result in me wanting to do more! I want to continue keeping memories throughout my life.
B: What are your observations taking on a project like this when you have other responsibilities, like school?
K: Project Life fits right in with my life. I have found it easy because I can be creative but I don’t have it spend a lot of time on it. It’s scrapbooking made easy!
B: Do you have a routine for working on your album?
K: I take a picture every day but I do the layout and journaling every Sunday.
B: If you could see an album like this from anyone that you know, who would it be and why?
K: I would like to see one from my mother’s childhood. I would like to see it because I could see how she was as a teenager and compare our different experiences.
Kayla is doing an awesome job telling her life story. Favorites, family, friends, quirks, entertainment, goals, hobbies, daily rituals, spiritual stuff, funny stuff, weird stuff … all the stuff that makes up who she is. I so love that Kayla is doing her part to tell her story. She has no idea what a goldmine and a time capsule she is creating. Sure, she’ll love looking back at this in a couple years – and ten years – and thirty years. She’ll also find her children and grandchildren eating it up. It’s hard to imagine the impact something like this can have on future generations, let alone those who are doing it today.
Kayla’s album is the Clementine Edition, which is currently sold out. In fact, you guys gobbled up all the inventory we had on all almost every edition of the Project Life Core Kit. (Yep, we’re working on the re-print of all of everything.) HOWEVER … We do have some of the Cobalt Edition left and I happen to think it’s such a fun + perfect fit for most teens!
Of course this isn’t teen-specific. This style will float a lot of your boats. So fun, eh? I love how designer Kim Gayton made the Cobalt Edition so bright and lively and happy. Check out a sample album that Creative Team member Kelly Purkey created HERE.
Remember: Project Life isn’t about starting on January 1 or your birthday. It’s about getting your pictures and memories into an album, whenever you want, however you want. You only need the following items to complete an entire scrapbook. Anyone can do this.
Here are direct links, for your convenience:
Photo Pocket Pages – Big Pack of Design A (Amazon found a magic/missing pallet and we miraculously have these back in stock … but they’ll be wiped out again soon I’m sure)
Photo Pocket Pages – Big Variety Pack 1 (another option for the pages)
Project Life 12×12 Cardstock – Cobalt Collection (optional but fun to have coordinating paper!)