How I’m Using Project Life + 2012 Memory Logbook… PLUS a Video Tutorial AND a Giveaway!

We’re nearly a week into 2012 … have you started logging your memories yet?

If not, don’t worry… there’s still time to get started. I know it’s taken me a few days to get into a routine for the New Year and that includes figuring out just how I want to approach my memorykeeping for the year. So today I thought I’d share where I’m at in my process in hopes it might help you get moving forward too …

Kristin Rutten, Log Your Memory Owner

Kristin Rutten, Log Your Memory Owner

I mentioned in an earlier post that I wanted to incorporate Project Life into my memorykeeping this year, but at that time I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to do that. After thinking more about it, I decided I wanted to come at it with a slightly narrower focus than many users do, which for me means having a specific project or theme for the album I create using my new Project Life Core Kit I received for my birthday (thanks mom!!). While I love the idea of using Project Life to capture general everyday life, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought of trying to capture “everything” with it, which would be my tendency, so having a specific focus feels much more manageable.

The theme I’m going to be using for my kit, as well as my 2012 Memory Logbook, is something I am calling Project 2012. Basically, I have outlined a list of projects or goals I want to accomplish before the end of the year, which was sparked by a great book I read last month called The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchin Rubin. You can read more about my plans and check out my list on my personal blog at What Makes Me Tick.

I will be documenting my progress on my list using the Project Life materials and a combo-type album, in which I envision combining the typical Project Life-style divided pocket pages, more traditional digital scrapbooking layouts, and also pages/assignments created through the Move More, Eat Well 2012 class by Cathy Zielske, which I just signed up for this morning in support of several of the goals on my Project 2012 list.

I’m still deciding how I want to organize my Project 2012 album… I see some advantages to doing it by category, but I will probably end up doing a more chronological weekly page style, mostly because I’ve been struggling to figure out which categories I’d use that would fit well with the goals on my list. I haven’t actually started the album itself but hope to do that in the next few days, which I’ll share when I have something tangible to photograph!!

In the meantime, I am using my 5.5×8.5-inch loose-leaf edition of the 2012 Memory Logbook to jot down notes, a little journaling and other tidbits of information which I will later incorporate into my Project 2012 album. Like my album, I am limiting this logbook to this project and hope to maintain a pretty consistent daily logging process throughout the year. At this point, I’m not planning to incorporate this year’s Time Capsule Weekly Challenges into this particular album and will use my challenge book more for ideas and inspiration than a week-by-week project.

Specifically, I am using the monthly calendar pages to log my exercise routine (time, distance, etc.) and the monthly Bits & Pieces page to jot down experiences I notice made me feel very happy or content (I struggle to find things that feel “fun” to me). On the daily calendar pages, I’m using the large white area for brainstorming, sketching, journaling, list-making or whatever feels right on that particular day, the numbered list at the bottom to jot down actions I’ve taken that day in connection with my 2012 goals list, and the morning/afternoon/evening boxes to highlight anything that day that made me smile πŸ™‚ Later, when I’m ready to pull together my Project Life 2012 album pages, all of these notes will help jog my memory and give me ideas on what I might like to include in my album.

How I'm using my 2012 Memory Logbook for Project 2012

I am doing something a little different with my logbook this year that I think will really fit my memorykeeping style … I am one of those people that likes to brainstorm, jot down notes, etc. using just a small stack of loose paper, rather than a bound book. I will often stick some plain copy paper into a clipboard and carry that around with me when I’m in the mood to write stuff down. So I started with the loose-leaf edition of the Logbook and instead of binding it or placing it in a 3-ring binder, I instead created a little filebox where I can keep the loose pages and pull out just what I want. The book’s tabbed dividers help keep it all organized and if I want to bind the book at the end of the year, I can still do that.

DIY File Box for Loose-leaf 5.5x8.5 Memory Logbook pages

I love how this box is within reach of my computer chair where I sit all day, right next to my large worktable… not only is it just a couple feet away, but just by seeing it all the time I am reminded to grab the day’s page and jot down notes.

Scrap Room File Box for 2012 Memory Logbook

I made the box out of a free Priority Mail shipping box from the local post office plus some 12×12 patterned scrapbook paper that I had on hand. If you’d like to see step-by-step how I did that, I put together a 30-minute tutorial video that will walk you through the process…

That’s where I’m at in my own 2012 memorykeeping … how about you? I’d love to hear about how you’re tackling your own memorykeeping in 2012, so feel free to share in the comments below!

In fact, I’d like to give away a free download of the 2012 Memory Logbook to one lucky winner, so I’ll be doing that next Friday to one random commentor on this post! To be eligible to win, simply share your own memorykeeping status below before 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 12th.


Did You Know? We’ve opened up a new area in our forum for general discussion, including a sub-forum for those interested in 2012 Design Team member Sarah’s Brown’s Recipe 52 project!




  1. Oooohhhhhh I’d love to win the 2012 Memory Logbook!!! I’m currently finishing up my December Daily and have ordered pages to use for my Project Life album. I am faithfully journaling every day so I’ll have something to refer to when my page protectors arrive. Since I hardly scrapped any in 2011, I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made in the last 6 weeks. DD really got my juices flowing.

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. I have taken pictures everyday but no journaling yet. I better get started now. before i forget al the little things that make up our life.

  3. I’ve ordered the 2012 paper logbook, but that’s about it. But it’s been a slow year so far!

  4. The status of my 2012 memory keeping is — nada. Pathetic, really. I like the idea of taking a photo a day and recording it, but know that I would never be able to keep up with that. So I thought of the 52 week project ( a picture a week can’t be that bad can it). Still I sit here confused, wondering where to start and what project to embark on that won’t take a lot of time, especially with a newborn. Perhaps I can say that I am in the gathering information phase?! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I really don’t know where to begin. I have tried to do the photos everyday, but then I fall behind and have so many photos. So I’ve decided to do one photo a week and journal everyday. That seems to be working for me. Wish me luck. πŸ™‚

  6. It’s been helpful, as I am attempting my own version of Project Life/365/etc. for the first time this year, to read how different people approach it and get organized for it.

  7. I have a notebook exclusively for my PL. There I write day by day what picture goes and the journaling . I am behind with my 2011 PL ( still lots of journaling to do ) but one of the resolutions for this year is to COMPLETE this project. I really love it, definitely this year will be the PL year.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win !!!


  8. caseytoney says:

    glad to hear ideas and that some are still in the starting stages..yee haw…lets keep one another inspired. I may have mentioned, that I personally combining my daily log with Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts.

  9. Wow, you are one organized and inspirational lady!! I have my core kit too, but have only gone so far as to oohhh and ahhhh at the contents!! I think I’ll spend some of today organizing my ideas and taking some pictures…I’m doing TWELVE ON TWELVE too so I’d better get organized soon. Thanks again for the inspiration!!

  10. Sigh. I need a new plan. We had some life changes in the middle of the fall last year… I haven’t kept up since then.
    I’m not sure if I should START managing / writing for 2012 and then catch up on 2011 (if I can), or if I should focus on last year and then try to catch up on the “fresh” (more recent) memories of 2012 later.
    [deep breath] Wanna come babysit?? lol

  11. I kept up with Project Life 2011 in blog format, but the hands-on version is VERY spotty! But I have lots of intention to complete it! I love the project and I’ve started it again in 2012. Only this time I want to stay current plus complete 2011 at the same time! A big task I know, but lots can get done one day at a time! πŸ™‚ I’d love to win the 2012 Memory Logbook …. I’m sure it would be a great help!

  12. I would LOVE to win the logbook! Last year I used the Memory Logbook and loved it. It really did help with my Project Life! Unfortunately, I dropped off on both in June (we moved, had 2 out of state weddings that all 4 of us were IN, and I got pregnant with a bonus of morning sickness!). On New Year’s Day I was super ambitious and ACTUALLY caught myself up on PL (albeit, a very simplified version) AND started my 2012 PL. I had hoped to see the 2012 logbook under my Christmas tree this year, but no luck! πŸ™

    My fingers and toes are crossed!

  13. I would love to win the 2012 Logbook. I really like the idea of using the date card to show the highlights (from your Peek at Week #1), so thank you for showing that idea off. Your week’s double page hybrid spread looks great. I’m so tempted to give hybrid a try but I just don’t have the space right now.

    For me, I’m planning on doing monthly double page spreads showing the highlights, but I think I’m going to be added that date card highlights idea.

    Thanks again, and Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  14. I just started project life this year-I started last year in August and miserably failed. Hoping to do better this time. I would love to have the Memory Logbook-it would keep me on track. Thanks for offering!

  15. I could really use the help in getting organized period! πŸ˜€ As far as memory keeping, I’ve been jotting down notes on scraps of paper, my phone, ipad and/or whatever’s handy…which isn’t the best, considering I’m always misplacing something. I’ve done a planner in the past, but again would lose it, leave it at home or forget about writing things down because I’ve got such the perfect memory! LOL! But this year, I’m determined to get organized and do my very first project life, which I think requires some bit of organizational skill! And to keep my stuff together so I’m not running around wasting time and energy!

  16. I would love to win a logbook! I have been drooling over these for the past couple of weeks!
    This is my 3rd year to do “project life” however, I would definately like to be more organized this year! I love planners and love that this one incorporates scrapbooking like none other! πŸ™‚

  17. I would love to win a logbook! I’m in my 3rd year of Project life…but I would definately like to be more organized! I’m obsessed with planners and love that this book can keep track of the day-to-day as well as the needs of a scrapbooker! πŸ™‚
    I’m hoping I can stay caught up this year…I still have a couple of months to catch up on from 2011!

  18. I’m doing a little hybrid version of Project Life myself. I considered going all digital but after spending most of Saturday working on the paper version of my 2011 Project Life book, I decided I missed paper scrapbooking and so I’m going to do a hybrid version for 2012. Mostly printed embellishments and journaling and using the pocket pages and core Project Life kit.
    Can’t wait to see your pages!

  19. I’d love to win the 2012 Memory Logbook! I’m committed to completing my P365 album this year – I have always taken the photos just haven’t finished putting into layouts for a whole year yet! When it comes time to journal I can’t remember all the details so give up. πŸ™ The logbook would help keep me focused on recording the details, when life gets busy and at least I’ll be able to refer back to it when I’m ready to scrap. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  20. I’m new to Project Life and love the ideas and tips everyone shares for
    keeping motivated and organized. I’d love a chance to win a 2012 Memory Logbook!,

  21. This is my third year of doing project 365, and once you get in the habit of taking a photo a day, it’s really not that hard. I’ve been just making a list of 1-30 (or 31) on a piece of paper and hanging it with a clothespin on a penholder on my kitchen counter. Seeing it reminds me to take photos, and at the end of the month I save it for a record of the photos taken that month. (Having a memory logbook would be nice, too, though!)

    Doing this project has made me take photos of things I never would have documented otherwise — and it’s really been fun! My downfall, though, is in putting the photos together in one place as a finished page. I bought a monthly calendar template (calendar on one page and journaling on another) and my 2012 resolution is to start in January and stay up to date on putting the photos on the digital calendar. (I’ve been slowly learning to do digital scrapbooking and the lightbulb finally went off recently so that I feel like I know what I’m doing somewhat more than before — which helps!)

    Also, when I take the photos off the camera card, I find that looking at my list of photos for the month and labeling each photo with the appropriate date is a great help. (Didn’t do that for the first year and a half!)

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