When I was pregnant with Kira, I knew I wanted to create a baby album that would be special and full of beautiful details for her to learn about her earliest days. Printed photos are so valuable but they have a tendency to overwhelm us. Deciding what to print, how to print it, where to print it, and then…what do you DO with them once they’re printed? (This is the very reason I started offering this service as part of the Firefly experience — i KNOW how much of a burden it can be!) When I created my 365 book digitally, it was such an undertaking to gather all the photos from the year and design it at the end that it stole some of the joy from the project itself.

With Kira’s baby book, I knew I wanted something that would provide 4 main functions: 

  1. a way for me to add photos and work on it throughout the year whenever I had time
  2. an element of creativity and customization
  3. simple enough that I would neglect to keep up with it
  4. a way to include keepsakes and photos all in one place

Project Life

I first discovered Project Life a few years ago from some fellow military spouses when I was in Hawaii. Then, one of my best friends/old roommate and I each got kits to work on and commemorate our lives post-grad school, even though we were oceans apart. I loved the way it felt like scrapbooking but without the mess, expensive extras, extensive time commitment, and overwhelming decisions.

(I get anxious with too many decisions. Keep me away from Cheesecake Factory.)

It seemed like the perfect solution for Kira's baby book and I was so excited to get started once that same wonderful and thoughtful friend gifted the kit to me at my baby shower! 

For those who have never heard of it before, Project Life is a scrapbooking alternative created by Becky Higgins that provides a stylish and customizable solution to showcase printed photos. All you need is album, one of the many Core Kit styles available in various themes, and a set of pocket pages. For each page of the album you simply need to select the photos and cards you want to combine, then slip them into the pockets to complete. Many cards have space to write captions or short journaling prompts you can write on to add detail. And that’s it! 

The Specifics

I'm using the new Baby Girl Core Kit for Kira’s book and started with pictures from throughout my pregnancy. Since the layouts are predesigned, sometimes it’s hard to get exactly the photos you want to fit exactly where you want them (my only complaint), which means that it’s not precisely chronological— but I get as close as I can.

I print all the photos through my professional lab once a month so the color is precise and the prints are as beautiful as the girl they’re showcasing. I’m also assured knowing that they will withstand the test of time and when she wants to show this book to her grandkids someday, the pictures will look as fresh as they do today— no yellowing or tearing like we often see in the photos from earlier generations. 

So far I've completed pregnancy through just over 1 month. Take a peek inside!

That little piece of paper is the one I slipped into my engagement ring box to give to Matt when I told him the news we were expecting :-)   

That little piece of paper is the one I slipped into my engagement ring box to give to Matt when I told him the news we were expecting :-) 

 

I use the wide, square pocket pages to attach my journal entries from pregnancy. I knew keeping them in the book for her to read some day would be so special and way easier that keeping track of a little notebook. 

I use the wide, square pocket pages to attach my journal entries from pregnancy. I knew keeping them in the book for her to read some day would be so special and way easier that keeping track of a little notebook. 

I was pretty bad at keeping up with monthly bumps, but I did manage to grab one from each trimester!

I was pretty bad at keeping up with monthly bumps, but I did manage to grab one from each trimester!

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It’s so grounding to have that nostalgia as she grows and to be able to work with the beautiful prints in my hands. Tangibility tugs at the heart in a way that looking at and working on a screen simply can not. I love just carving out an hour here and there, often as a relaxing weekend activity, and spending it with these memories that are already so dear. I flip through the pages I've already completed with a happy heart, just savoring how precious our family is in this unique season of life.  

If you’re curious about Project Life and the journey of Kira’s baby book, sign up for my newsletter to see more updates on the book throughout the year, as well inspiration, tips, and tricks I discover along the way!

Any other Project Life-er’s out there? Sound off in the comments!






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