Project Life Process | Notes & Keepsakes

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Project Life Process series by Els Brigé

When life goes its’ ordinary ways, I’m usually not able to make a week’s spread by the end of that exact week. Most of the time I’m 3 to 6 weeks behind on my Project Life – and I’m totally fine with that. But that means I need to have a way to keep note of the events of those past weeks – there’s no way I’m able to remember all the little details for several weeks. And I need a system to prevent little keepsakes from wandering around my worktable – or even worse, around the house – until they find a permanent place in our Project Life album.

It took me quite some time before I figured out a good system for both keeping up with notes and with keepsakes, but I’m pretty happy with what I have for now. And the best thing is, you don’t need any fancy supplies or anything. Simple works the best for me.

Project Life Process | Notes & Keepsakes by Els Brigé

For jotting down notes throughout the week – which help me with my journaling a few weeks later – I ended up loving a simple ringband grid notebook the best. I use a page per week – unless it was a special week with lots of journaling – and usually keep enough room at the bottom of the page for a few page sketches. I don’t need many words to  help me remember the particular events, so a small notebook was enough for me. If you’re more of an elaborated writer, I would suggest you go for a bigger size.

I love that I’m able to make sketches for my layouts on the same page – that’s why I picked up a grid notebook. Last week I came across this post from on Pinterest, which offers some lovely Project Life printables for free. Currently I’m into mixing page protector designs, so this wouldn’t work for now. But I might end up switching to one of these notebooks in the future.


Keepsakes, like little notes, drawing, tickets, receipts, etc used to pile up in a basket, or wander around, until I came up with a very simple system. I had an older set of Oh Joy! mailers, that I didn’t use up. So I punched wholes in a bunch of them, so they would fit in my current Project Life album. All kind of keepsakes now get tucked in an envelope, on which I stick a post-it note with the respective week scribbled onto it. So when I’m about to work on a particular week, I know everything will be in that one mailer. Once I’m done with the week, I pull off the post-it note and repurpose the envelope for a future week. I have a bunch of these circulating in my album, in a chronological order, sometimes even in between a set of page protectors. Nothing’s going astray anymore.

Project Life Process | Notes & Keepsakes by Els Brigé

I told you this wasn’t anything fancy;) How do you keep up with everything until it’s documented? I’d love it if you shared a bit about your system in the comments.

Have a great week!


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  1. Libby
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    These ideas are fantastic, thanks for sharing your system! 🙂

  2. Debbie Lee
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    This is a great idea! I currently use a file box with labeled folders for each week. Ideally I stick stuff from the week in its respective folder as we go along. This doesn’t actually happen though. I tend to pile it on top and then file when I get a chance. I need to be better about my note taking because I am weeks (read: months) behind. I rely heavily on my Instagram posts for remembering what was happening. And every Instagram post begins with the date.

    • bestamped
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      Thanks for stopping by, Debbie!! It has taken me a long time before I found a working system. It really helps me to take notes in a small notebook that I can take everywhere, so I can jot things down when I have a few minutes here and there throughout the day.
      Thanks for sharing!

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