Project Life in 8.5" x 11"

Project Life in 8.5" x 11"

I started Project Life at the beginning of 2012.

I loved the idea of a simplified scrapbooking system, and Project Life seemed like it couldn't be easier: Just stick your photos into the pockets along with a few pre-printed "title" cards, and you're done.

But Project Life has one major flaw: its 12" x 12" format.

Project Life in 8.5x11

I found the size unwieldy, both when working on Project Life and later, when flipping through my completed pages. The album didn't even fit on my bookshelf.

My love of record-keeping couldn't overcome the impracticality of that behemoth book. So I abandoned Project Life.

Fast-forward two years. I now have a son, and a heap of photos and ephemera that's just begging to be placed in an album. I admit I loved Project Life; I just didn't love the size. So I started searching for ways I could repurpose the concept in 8.5" x 11".

Turns out, Amazon has a huge assortment of Project-Life style photo pages in 8.5" x 11". They're marketed toward collectors of baseball cards, coins, currency and coupons.


I bought the 8 kinds listed above, so I'd have a variety of pocket shapes and sizes. (Click on each image to be taken to its Amazon store details page.) They cost about 30 cents a sheet—not bad, considering that Project Life's photo pages cost between 50 cents and a dollar each.

I haven't yet received all five packages in the mail yet, so I haven't gotten started yet. But I can't wait, and  I'll keep you posted on my progress!