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Posted 1/15/2013 by jackidini in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 275,842
September 2006
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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:44:56 AM
Is anyone doing a PL for their kids who are not babies anymore? I have three kids: 14, 12 & 9 years old and like many of you have tons of baby photos sitting in boxes. I'm thinking of either purchasing the baby kits or making up my own (not sure yet) to do an album for each of them. Has anyone done this yet? Was it a challenge since it wasn't current? I'm afraid I won't be able to journal accurately as its hard to remember yesterday let alone 14 years ago. Also - is there a PL message board I should have posted this to instead? TIA!

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PeaNut 257,999
April 2006
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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:09:57 AM
No project life board, so you posted this to the right place.

I haven't done this with my ds's photos, but I am doing it (Ok, I started doing it )for my mom's old photos. It is definitely do able and a great idea. I am having problems that you wouldn't have---absolutely none of her photos are 4 by 6 so everything has to be mounted or cropped, and many of these events happened before my time, so I can't include any journaling.

I would think your only challenge would be less journaling because you won't remember as much of the day to day details. You might want to pick page protectors with more 4 by 6 slots and fewer journaling spots, though of course you can journal somewhat.


PeaNut 574,596
December 2012
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Loc: NC

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:16:04 AM
My kids are 19 next week, 17 and 15. I am planning to create PL albums from their boxes of baby pictures and stuff. Of course I have many more pics and notes written down for my oldest, and then it dwindles down for the other two. hopefully between my dh and myself we can come up with all the stories to go with the pics.

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PeaNut 308,186
April 2007
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Loc: California Coast

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:38:19 AM
I 'm doing this using PL baby kits and ALL those baby embellies I bought "for when I do their baby books ... Someday.". Lol.

One thing I did was get a CD of their health records from the pediatrician. It has been really helpful with their height/weight, milestones, illnesses etc at certain ages. Also pulled out my dayplanners from back then where I did make notes of things.


PeaNut 431,993
July 2009
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Posted: 1/15/2013 6:20:20 PM
I'm in the process of doing this for my kids--33 and 28 years old. My pictures were not dated, so I used their school and studio portrait photos and sports card pocket pages to make a "key" to what they looked like every year. I used that to sort my pictures into school years (eg, 1980-1981) I used photo boxes with dividers standing on their short ends to store them and wrote major events of the year on each divider. I was really attracted to the Snap colors and patterns, but I thought I had quite a bit of similar pp. I went through my stash and sure enough I have several inches of bright colors in chevrons, minidots, diagonal stripes, etc. So I'm using that to make my own journaling and other 3x4 and 4x6 cards. I won't go week by week, but I plan to group photos by subject for that year (all the ballet photos in the same layout) and then I can journal about that subject. I figure I'll get about 5 years in one album.


PeaNut 225,338
September 2005
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Loc: Georgia

Posted: 1/15/2013 6:28:24 PM
So glad that others are trying this, too! I'd love to see examples (even just part of an album would be great) when y'all get some pages finished.

I want to do my own baby and childhood pictures, as well as my adult life pre-scrapping, using the PL format. I don't have the time, energy or inclination to "traditionally" scrapbook all those pictures, but I do want them preserved and the stories (that I remember) recorded.


PeaNut 40,368
June 2002
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Loc: In the Land of the Gingersnappers

Posted: 1/15/2013 7:07:16 PM

I'm in the process of doing this for my kids--33 and 28 years old. My pictures were not dated, so I used their school and studio portrait photos and sports card pocket pages to make a "key" to what they looked like every year. I used that to sort my pictures into school years (eg, 1980-1981)
I had many of my DD's photos and family photos in old magnetic albums. I "scrapbooked" them at the time by typing the date, who was in the pictures and the event; then I cut them out and put them on the magnetic pages with the photos. I've since taken all my photos out, along with the typed labels, and have them stored in photo boxes because I wanted to re-scrapbook them.

My question is: What is the difference between scrapbooking them and putting them into a PL album? From reading this thread, I gather that it is easier to do the PL. Can someone explain the difference, and why you prefer to PL to regular scrapbooking? If PL is easier (and hopefully more economical), it will be a better choice for me.

Thanks for your help.


PeaNut 403,157
December 2008
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Loc: Georgia

Posted: 1/15/2013 7:33:15 PM
No kids here, but I do plan on making a PL style heritage album for my dad. He's really loving right now & we have a ton of great photos that are just in photo boxes or in those scary sticky albums. So my plan is to use the We R divided page protectors for the photos & info+stories about the individual people & couples. I think he'll really like it, once I get started!


PeaNut 120,617
December 2003
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Loc: Oklahoma

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:38:40 PM
I hope to get started on that soon. My kids are 7 and almost 5. I sure wish I had PL back then but - well, gotta do the best I can now. I bought the baby editions, one for each child. I made pretty good notes on my son but not as many with my daughter. I always keep my calendars and I jot things down all over those, so I can go back and look at those in addition to some notes. But I think one thing that will be helpful is going back and watching some of their videos to help me remember some things about their personalities at that time.

Also, it might be fun to ask some family and friends what were some of the key things they remember or little stories they remember about your kids. My grandma was telling me about a time she remembered with my son when he was so excited about thinking we were going to stay at a hotel, and I had forgotten about that which led me to remember a few more little cute stories. He loved going to hotels when he was little.


PeaNut 190,252
February 2005
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Loc: New Jersey

Posted: 1/16/2013 9:03:33 AM
I find that I am not liking the daily memory keeping of project life but I do like the journal heavy focus of it. I decided to use project life style to do my wedding photos and really go into detail in my journaling about the event.


PeaNut 422,247
May 2009
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Loc: Queens NYC

Posted: 1/16/2013 9:41:44 AM
i have a 24 yr old buy my pl is going to be about me for 2013 LOL
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