Finishing my photo album 5 years after my Israel trip…. thanks {Project Life}

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I took the trip of a lifetime 5 1/2 years ago.  I traveled to Israel… aka “The Land.”  When I first saw it, from the air in the plane, I had to hold back my tears.  The Land where my Saviour walked.

I spent three months there.  I traveled alone, then took a 2-week Christian tour, then participated in an archaeological dig, then volunteered with Volunteers for Israel.

I could go on and on about how amazing this time was for me.  And I wanted to share it with my family and friends as well.  I am an avid scrapbooker and have boxes of supplies to prove it.  And when I got home, I dutifully picked through my thousands of photos and printed and organized them with their corresponding pamphlets, brochures, or other mementos that I had kept along the way.

I only completed 7 pages.  Of at least 50 that needed to be done.  Then I got a husband, a Masters, a career.  And two babies.  No time for 1 hour per page scrapbooking any more.

Enter Project Life.

This is easy. All you need is:

  • a photo album
  • an edition of beautiful cards
  • a big pack of page protectors
  • a pen
  • and your pictures!

No tape or adhesive required.  No stickers, no stamps, no brads or ribbons or crazy other beautiful stuff. Certainly you can add these things along the way, but they aren’t needed to create your album.

All of the above listed items are available at Amazon.  There are so many different styled editions to suit everyone’s tastes.  I chose the absolutely gorgeous Olive Edition. This couldn’t be any more beautiful or more “me”! I love the greens and browns and now that I have a daughter, all of the sudden I love love love PINK!

Check out Becky Higgins’ {Project Life} website and blog here.  There is a huge Home Shopping Network sale on two new editions: Blush and Jade, and if you are interested in starting {Project Life}, now is the perfect time to buy because these kits are nearly 50% off!  The sale is only going on through Tuesday.

I didn’t add any frills to my album because, again, I did this to save time.  And now it is done.  I have a beautiful Israel album that I can finally share with my family and friends.  Here is what I did in Israel!!  It took about 3 full afternoons, probably 4 uninterrupted hours, with my baby daughter sleeping on my back.  It took this long because I wrote a lot on the cards.  There is so much room to write your thoughts, and in my case, write the corresponding Bible verses for where I was in Israel.  Or you can leave the cards blank and they are so cute that it’s fine that way too. The cards that come in the editions are rounded, which I love, and I didn’t even round my photo corners, even though I have two little gadgets for it, because I wanted to get this done.  I love this system.  

I kept taking pictures of my pages because I couldn’t choose my favorite pages, so here they are to illustrate:



I added a 5×7 page protector to hold a pamphlet — I used tons of these to hold different mementos!  So easy: DSC02184 DSC02185 DSC02186

The Golan Heights, Nazareth, Tel Dan, Sea of Galilee

DSC02191 DSC02192 DSC02193  Below is another 5×7 page protector to hold a postcard — so easy: DSC02194

Masada, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Tel Beersheva in the Negev Desert



The Jordan River DSC02190

My time with Volunteers for Israel


As you can see, I couldn’t choose what photos to share, so I just shared a bunch : ). I hope that you have gotten a feel of how beautiful Israel is and how easy and awesome {Project Life} is!

If you are a {Project Life}-er please leave a link so I can see your pages too! (I am not committed to being a 52-week-er, that is, doing a two page spread every week, but I will never say never!)

Thank you Michelle from Delightful Learning for introducing me to {Project Life}!
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  1. Amy, this is so beautiful and so very special. I agree, the Olive Edition is perfect! I love your photos and how you captured your time in Israel. Love the hand written journal cards, too – including the Hebrew writing I see! Awesome! Congrats on finishing your first album! and you are welcome! ♥

  2. That is so exciting for you! I am DYING to PL my study abroad trip from 2004. Strangely enough, it also includes Israel :). I do love this system for travel though, and have recently started a blog, if you want to check it out: http://travelscrapsleeprepeat.wordpress.com

  3. Wonderful photos and album. A great way to remember a fantastic trip.

  4. What a fabulous way to finally get your trip documented! Plus – what a fabulous trip!

  5. Wow that looks awesome!! I totally love Project Life for this sort of trip recap – you have inspired me to get out my old vacation stuff and create something :)

  6. craftcherry says:

    Sounds like such an amazing trip. So wonderful that you were able to document it so well. Your pages are beautiful!

  7. RachelSarah47 says:

    Sexy outfit in the last pics! Like Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider! ;)

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