Old School Memory-Keeping, New School Scrapbooking

Project Life Scrapbook

 “WHY???  What makes this so different from uploading my photos on Facebook and Instagram?”

“I am not an organized person.at.all.  I might just lose all the cards.”

“I’m not a scrapbook type of person.  Isn’t scrapbooking too cheesy???  And too girly?”

Such were my thoughts when Martine invited me to Life Documented Manila’s Project Life Workshop.  At first I wasn’t too keen on joining because I honestly couldn’t seem to appreciate it at the time, but Jen Santos (aka The Reluctant Storyteller) kept on hard-selling the workshop to me on Instagram, so I decided to give it a try (I was the last person to register — that’s how hesitant I was).

Thank you, Jen, for convincing me to attend.  I don’t regret it at all.  In fact, I had a great time and am having fun completing the scrapbook.


Project Life is a memory-keeping system conceptualized by Becky Higgins in 2009.

Project Life Scrapbook 3

Why do I call it “old school memory-keeping”?  All of us take photos and post them on social media.  Project Life is all about taking our Instagram or Facebook photos offline, printing them, and going back to the traditional way of documenting memories, i.e., scrapbooking.  Kind of like what our moms did for us when we were kids — documenting all our milestones in photo albums that they show to visiting friends and relatives.

Why do I call it “new school scrapbooking”?  Back in the day, barrels of materials (different types of paper, glue, colored pens, scissors with different edges, glitters, sequins, beads), lots of time, and an “artsy” side were all required for you to produce a scrapbook.  “Ain’t nobody got time for that” nowadays!  😀  This is why Becky Higgins came up with a system that is just perfect for the memory-keeping needs of people in today’s busy world:  “Photos + memorabilia + journaling together in an album.  Everything slips into pockets.”  


Life Documented Manila 2

Life Documented Manila is composed of three girls — Pinky, Yam, and CH (not in photo) — all with a unique enthusiasm for pretty paper and a firm belief in preserving memories and telling stories through words and pictures.

The workshop was actually a collaboration between LDM and Martine’s Make It Blissful.  It was held last September 27 at the Slate Creative Studio.

My scrapbook is about my 2014 and its highlights — my year in exploring, enjoying, enriching, experiencing.  So why was I happy about this workshop?

1. Revisiting the photos allowed me to remember and focus on the positive things that have happened this year, amid the stress I was experiencing that week.

2.  It made me revisit the “to-do’s” I have set for myself coming into the year.  It was during the workshop when I realized that I have already accomplished the significant items on my 2014 to-do list.  I gave myself a little pat on the back upon realizing it, but then —

3. — doing the scrapbook has also reminded me that there are still pending “to-do’s” that need to be acted upon before the year ends.  Nope, I don’t feel pressured about them at all.  In fact, I feel really excited to get them done, because that’s only when I can complete my 2014 Project Life story.

So yes, I’m a convert!  Thank you again, Jen and Martine, for inviting me.  Sharing below some photos from the workshop.

Life Documented ManilaMartine De Luna of Make It Blissful giving opening remarks

Project Life CardsThe Project Life kit comes with 500 of these cards!  See how you no longer need all those beads and sequins and zigzag scissors?  Simply write short captions on these cards and slip them into the scrapbook pockets.

Project LifeThe girls are self-confessed hoarders of pretty paper and other craft materials.  They had a whole table of them for all of us to use during the workshop.

IMG_2169[1]Some pages of my scrapbook.  Again, everything slips into pockets.  Hello, John Lloyd! :p

Make It BlissfulThis card is from Make It Blissful.  Thank you for the reminder. :)

Want to join a Life Documented Manila workshop?  Visit their website at http://www.lifedocumentedmanila.com.  They have cool stuff for sale there too!

Visit the Make It Blissful website at http://www.makeitblissful.com.

Have a nice weekend! :)

PS: As I mentioned in a previous entry, I’m in the process of having this site redesigned.  This will probably be my last entry using the old design and I’m feeling sentimental, huhu.  Hard to let go but I’m excited for the new one.  Coming VERY soon!

4 Comments on Old School Memory-Keeping, New School Scrapbooking

  1. Racquel
    October 11, 2014 at 12:18 am (4 years ago)

    Hi, Carmel! I’m glad you decided to sign up last-minute :) I hope to see your scrapbook one time or better yet, see you in one of the crop events (if someone will organize one).

    • Carmel David
      October 11, 2014 at 4:48 am (4 years ago)

      So nice to see you!!! Yes, see you again in future events! 😀

  2. Yam
    October 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Great post, Carmel! Thank you. I’m happy you were able to join us :)


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