5 Ways to Make a Project Life Planner Notebook

Hey everyone!

It’s my first day over on The Pocket Source Blog, and I am so excited to share my tutorial with you! This is one of those things that I am absolutely giddy about. Generally, I like my projects & I think “that’s OK” or “that’s pretty good”, but this one I thought “WOW!” when I was done making it! I really hope you enjoy this one today 🙂


It’s Plan & Process Week over at The Pocket Source. On the first week of each month, we’re going to have a theme for the week & the blog team is going to share their best tips & tricks based on that theme. This week we’re talking all about how we plan out our Project Life from week to week or month to month as part of our Project Life process.

Let me tell you, there are about as many methods for approaching Project Life as there are people actually doing Project Life. Everyone has their own way & there is no wrong way to Project Life. Please be sure to head back over to the TPS blog every day this week & see what the rest of the team has for you. My post for today is just the beginning!

Sound good?Ok, then let’s move on to today’s blog post!!

5 Ways to Make a Project Life Planner Notebook by thescrapmaster.com

I’m going to show you how I made that cute little planner above & give you 4 other PL planner options using the same printable. Let’s get started!


If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you will already know my process, but just in case you are kinda new around here. . .

Now, I have to be real with you, I am a planner!I like to plan out my day, my week, our meals, my 5 year plan. . . Hubby jokes around with me that I try to plan out our whole life (and he’s mostly right! LOL). Obviously, my approach to Project Life is no different. I PLAN!

Below you will see a quick video explaining exactly how I have made my Project Life planning just part of my everyday routine thanks to some printables I created.

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Some people find the idea of planning out your Project Life a little scary at first, but once you find a planning method that works for you, it will make your PL process SO MUCH EASIER. It can help you work on older layouts if you get too far behind & it can help you narrow down your thoughts & ideas so that the process is less overwhelming.

If you are new to Project Life, I highly suggest that you find some sort of planning method so that you can keep up with your Project Life even when you don’t create layouts every single week. I’ve seen so many Project Lifers lament that they can’t remember things that happened a few weeks back that they hadn’t yet documented. With a Project Life planner, you can jot down little notes to help you when you are working on your page later on.

Like I mentioned in the video, I plan out my Project Life pages, keep track of my photos & my journaling with a planner printable that I designed. Both of these printables are available as 99cent downloads. They’re just very simple & contain everything I need in a Project Life planning page. In my weekly PL process videos (click for playlist), you will see me refer to these planner pages again and again.

Project Life Style Planner Blank Layout Printable – 8.5×5.5 Aqua

Project Life Style Planner Page A Printable – 8.5×5.5 Aqua



Since this week is all about planning, I wanted to share 5 different ways that you can use the planner printables I offer in my digi shop. I share some super easy ways to create a planner with these printables with some items you may already have around the house. Then I show a more complicated, but ultra customized way to create a planner with the Bind-it-all. Sit back & enjoy!

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Here’s another look at the finished notebook:


Here’s just a quick little video showing how I created this cover page for my new Project Life Planner Notebook. I actually designed the cover using this journaling card printable in Photoshop. I just wanted to include this quick video for you guys so you can see how easy it can be to make a pretty little cover out of any digital journaling card.

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And that’s it! It actually took me longer to remember how to use the Bind-It-All than it did to actually put the book together. lol.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s blog post. Be sure to head over to the PS Blog Chat Forum & join us for some Project Life Planning discussion. Click here to find me over on TPS also!

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2 Dogs 1 Boy 1 Box Mini Book

Hi everyone!

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve been having a great weekend. Have you had any crafty time this weekend? It seems like any time there is football on, I get way more crafty time because my hubby likes to watch all the games. It gives me lots of crafty time 🙂


Since I recently pulled out my Bind It All to play, I have mini books on the brain so today I have a quick mini book to share with you.

From start to finish, this book took maybe an hour. I really didn’t want to spend a ton of time on it and jazz it up so much because it’s really just for my hubby and I. I had sooo many photos of the dogs playing with this cardboard box, and I had already made a layout using some of the photos. If I were to scrap all of these photos, I would have a huge number of pages so I decided that a mini book would be perfect instead of layout after layout.

This same style of mini book would be great for any every day occasion that you end up with lots of photos for. I think this would be a cute way to make a mini book of little kiddo’s birthday parties so that the little ones can look back and remember their fun times. Of course, you can jazz it up a lot more than I did here.

Anyway, so this little book measures 4x6inches, so I could just punch holes in the photos and use them as pages! It was just soooo easy!

For the cover, I used the One Two Three stamp set for the numbers and the coordinating SVG cut file.

For the numbers, I actually did a stamp kissing technique to make the numbers polka dotted. I used the new Small Polka Dot Background for the stamp kissing.

The 2 was done with Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ UP ink with London Fog Memento ink.

The 2 was done with Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ UP ink with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

The letters were stamped using the new Timeless Typewriter Alphabet Stamp Set. I seem to reach for this set all the time! I just can’t get over how useful and lovely it is. I hope you aren’t sick of me using it! lol.

The tiny numbers are from a Pebbles/American Crafts alpha sticker pack which is available in the SP Store. I liked this sticker set because it comes with LOTS of each number and letter. I just get so frustrated when sticker sets only have 1 or 2 of each letter/number. This set came with PLENTY to work with.

I used a 5/8inch coil for binding my book and to decorate it, I used a bunch of different ribbons: Turquoise Chevron Twill, Orange Chevron Twill, Chocolate Chip Satin, Hawaiian Shores Saddle Stitch Grosgrain, Hawaiian Shores Satin, Spring Moss Saddle Stitch Grosgrain, Celery Chevron Twill, and Yellow Chevron Twill.

I actually punched some of the holes in a few of the photos crooked so I simply chopped off the part that was crooked and punched then again. It make the photos about 1/3inch smaller than the rest so you will notice that you can see more patterned paper underneath those photos.

Below, I have narrated the story in case you can’t read my writing 🙂

Emma and Mya are extremely playful pups. They always try to play with anything. After we had a furniture delivery, we were left with this large box and naturally, the dogs were interested in it. Johnny decided to turn it into a box house. These are the photos taken of the box fun.

The weather was great so they wanted to play in the box all afternoon.

They both chased each other around the box. When their dad went inside, they went crazy playing.

Emma & Mya went in and out of the box house a countless number of times.

We laughed so hard. They were so silly with the house.

I don’t even know how 2 dogs and 1 boy fit inside the box house!

It was so hot that day. I thought the pups would tire out eventually. It turns out that we got too hot before they did so we had to bring them inside.

The pups did not want to leave their new play house!

We coaxed them back inside with treats.

2 dogs + 1 boy + 1 box makes for a really fun day.

All of the patterned papers I used are from the Simple Stories Color Vibe 6×6 paper pad.

Do you make mini books? If so, what is your favorite kind of mini book to make?

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Tutorial Tuesday: Christmas Card Mini Book

Hi everyone!

For my Tutorial Tuesday project for today, I pulled out a tool I haven’t used in YEARS -the Bind it All! The BIA is one of those tools that I think everyone NEEDS to have in their collection, just in case you want to bind something together. Sometimes you just need to make a book! lol. I’ve thought about selling mine a few times, but I always hang onto it. I am really glad I did because it is such a nice tool to have just for occasions like this.

Well, I have seen this idea somewhere else before. I decided to make a mini book out of the Christmas cards our family received this year. I think I still have a few more that need to be added to my book, but I tried my best to collect the ones we had on display in our house.


I created a video to show you exactly how I created my mini book. I actually ended up using our brand new Timeless Typewriter Alphabet stamp set for this one.


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Most years, I just attach all our Christmas cards to some scrapbook pages and put them in an album, but I really love how this turned out! I think I may start doing this every year instead.

Even my husband was impressed with this one. Generally, when I show him a project, he is kind of like “That’s nice, honey”. With this one, he was more like, “Wow, that’s pretty cool!” and he flipped through it a few times. SUCCESS! lol

Well, that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed it & I will catch you back here tomorrow for our new SP Trends Challenge!!

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