The Benefits of Digital Project Life

The Benefits of Digital Project Life

Project Life is a fabulous simple system to get photos scrapbooked and stories told, whether you are a paper or digital scrapbooker. The new collections coming out (baby and childhood) in addition to the new core kits make it easy to create beautifully coordinated pages with minimal effort. That being said, I think going the digital route has some distinct advantages.

The Advantages of Digital Project Life

1. Templates are the best thing that ever happened to digital scrapbooking, and there are so many Project Life digital templates to choose from. No more spending hours designing the perfect layout. Simply find a layout you like, add your photos, some journalling, and embellishments if that’s your thing, and you’re done! For 2012 (and again in 2013) I am using a one color per month design, which means that each week I “Save As” on my current layout, then swap out the pictures, a few accent cards, add some journalling and I’m done.

2. Digital supplies can be used again and again. I used one $3.00 paper pack for my entire 2012 album. How much would 104+ pieces of cardstock cost? I also used this $4.50 set of digital stamps by Ali Edwards every single week. The savings can really add up.

3. Digital layouts are so easy to share. When they are sized for the web, they can be posted on Facebook, your blog, or emailed with the click of a mouse. You don’t need to worry about getting the perfectly focused, glare-free photo of your finished layout. (I also keep them on my iPhone.)

4. It is SO easy to make copies. This is probably my favorite reason for digital scrapbooking, especially since starting Project Life. Each year I create an 8×8 photo book of my Project Life album for each grandparent in our family, along with copies for my girls (which they will receive when they are adults). I had been ordering my books from Snap My Life Creations (formerly Inkubook) but they went out of business at the beginning of the year, hence the giant stack of photo books pictured above. I had to order them while I still could! I would love some photo book company recommendations for next year.

5. Two words: Spell check.

There you have it, my two cents. Before you take the digital leap, keep in mind that you do need to figure in the cost of printing your layouts and the initial purchase of photo editing software.

TIP #1: I buy print credits from Persnickety Prints when they have their semi-annual sales to help reduce my printing costs. I also wait to order my layouts until I have a substantial number to print to reduce my shipping costs.

TIP #2: Some digital scrapbookers resize their 12×12 layouts to 8×8 before printing to reduce the printing cost.


  1. Caroline - January 30, 2013

    How do you make the black line on the weekly cards for the date? Are you using the same color scheme this year or a new one?

    • Maegan
      Maegan - January 30, 2013

      Hi Caroline,

      To create the black strip, create a new layer above the 4×6 card. Using the Rectangle Tool, drag out a strip to the desired size. Next, use a Clipping Mask to clip it to your 4×6 card. Make sense?

      This year, I am using the Project Life “Honey” color scheme. I am designing coordinating 4×6 cards and cardstock right now b/c I’m not patient enough to wait for Becky’s set to come out. LOL! Once the digital Honey Core Kit becomes available, I’ll incorporate the other cards into my layouts.

  2. Heather - January 30, 2013

    Hi. Love your pages. Will you be offering your new Honey-inspired 4 x 6 cards and matching cardstock for sale on your website like your other set? I would love to buy some new color editions of your coordinating cards/ cardstock papers (especially with a red). If so, any idea when they will be available for sale? Thanks, Heather

    • Maegan
      Maegan - January 31, 2013

      Hi Heather,

      I will be selling the coordinating 4×6 cards once they are finished. (My family and I all have miserable colds at the moment.) As long as Becky doesn’t have solid coordinating cardstock I will sell the set I create for my personal use. I don’t want to copy any of her products. And yes, more coordinating cardstock and 4×6 cards are in the works, I just need to get some time in the office. I am the cookie mom for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop and all my free time right now is spent on cookie sales.

  3. Kerri - January 31, 2013

    I love digital project life! The simplest and cheapest option I’ve found in the four years I’ve done Project Life is through Ziblio. That was the first on-line/digital program Becky Higgins offered. The first weekly book was $100 and if you pre-paid…it was only $80. I never did quite figure out how to customize as much as I could of…but it was a super simple program with templates. I want to try some of the new templates but even Shutterly cannot compare with the Ziblio price.

    • Maegan
      Maegan - January 31, 2013

      Thank, Kerri! I completely forgot about Ziblio. Are you happy with the print quality? To me, Shutterfly oversaturates their prints even when I turn “Vivid Pics” off. I’ll use them if I have to, but I’d rather not.

  4. Joana - May 8, 2013

    Thanks for your suggestions. I think I will definitely give digital project life a go and make 8×8 photobooks to give my family.

  5. Mary - May 9, 2014

    Do you have any recommendations for where to print the books for good quality? Do the print credits at Persnickety go towards a bound book like in the photo at the top of this post?

    Thanks!! 🙂

    • Maegan
      Maegan - September 30, 2014

      Hi Mary,

      Persnickety Prints does an amazing job on 12×12 layouts. Alas, that is the only item I have purchased from them. Their books are lot large enough for my Life in Photos albums. I do know that their print credits are only good for the item the credit was purchased for.

  6. Cami - October 19, 2015

    Hi! I’m just learning about this and am leaning toward digital but I’m confused. I’ve seen reference to printing pages and slipping into page protectors and then into a scrapbook but it looks like yours are actual books. I can do either one? How do I know who can print them into books? What about if I was doing a baby book and wanted to include the hospital bracelet? I’m guessing that would have to be digital pages with embellishment in protectors in a scrapbook. Let me know if I’m missing something or getting the hang of the idea. Have you used Shutterfly?

    • Maegan
      Maegan - October 19, 2015

      Hi Cami! I do both actually. I create my 12×12 layouts digitally in Photoshop, then have them printed. The printed pages are put into page protectors in my albums. I also create 8×8 photo books using the same layouts. In the past I used Inkubook, but they went out of business. I have also used Shutterfly. Just know that you need to adjust the layouts for their formatting. As for baby books, you could slide memorabilia into your page protectors, or add a pocket to your digital page with paper. Good luck on your digital journey!

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