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Project Life : School Book Edition


At the begining of the year I was browsing Becky Higgin’s blog and discovered this video.  Aubrey was right in the middle of her first year of preschool and the art projects and papers were starting to pile up.  I like to think that destiny led me to this video but some may call it blog stalking, either way it changed my life.  I immediately tweeted Becky and asked her where she purchased those awesome green binders and then I purchased one myself.  I put together Aubrey’s first year in about 2 hours and honestly it was pretty basic.  I didn’t create a lot of cards I just printed pictures, notes from the teacher and added a pocket page for her artwork.

Then I discovered Project Life the Mayfield Edition.

We are well into Aubrey’s 2nd year now and honestly I had been putting it off.  I liked what I did the first year but I wanted something a little more personalized. Aubrey is becoming her own little person, she is drawing, writing and if I do say so myself the kid is harry-ass (that’s how she says hilarious). Check out what I was able to accomplish using the Mayfield Edition.

Here’s a look at the first day of school.  This year the first day fell on Aubrey’s fourth birthday so it was extra special!

I started the spread off with the Pinterest inspired first day of school photos.  This year Aubrey wanted to look a little “sassy”, her words, so we straightened her hair and she wore her favorite lemonade dress with gold sparkle shoes. Since it was her birthday she was also given the special honor of being line leader.  This basically means that she gets to bring a snack, show and tell, and be first in line all day!  For snack we headed back to Pinterest and found these cute butterfly snack bags featured in the top right pic. The bottom left card is a stock card from the Mayfield Edition.  All I did here is explain what line leader was and what snack we made.  The middle section of the page is dedicated to Aubrey and who she is at 4 years old.  These cards are the number one reason I LOVE this project life set.  They ask the questions and Aubrey and I answer them.  Since she is just beginning to write I had to fill in most of the cards for her but the last card. . . that one was all her.  Check out that awesome handwriting!

On the right side of the page I took another Mayfield Stock card and wrote a little bit about today being Aubrey’s birthday and added my favorite photo from that day.  The middle section contains more of the question/answer cards.  These cards were great because at the end of the year we can fill them out again and look back on how much she has changed over the school year.  They also make a great way to document who she is as she turns four.  I ended the page with some snapshots of how we spent the rest of her day: lunch at her favorite spot and then some hula hooping at the local park.  The card in the right corner just documents it all.

Next up is the Annual School Fall Picnic. Lots of photos and lots of documenting.  I want to mention once more that everything you see here, except for the cute kid photos, are straight out of the box.

After the fall picnic we move right into Stone Soup.  This is the day before they get out for Fall break and they cook lunch for all their parents and friends.  The teachers read the story of stone soup and each kid brings one ingredient.

Two things I want to mention about this page.  First – I love the little card on the right.  I used these in various colors throughout the book, it makes a great title page!!   Second – look at the first pic very closely. . . do you see the little hand stealing Mr. Turkey’s hat?  I can’t believe I caught that on film.  I had no idea when I took this photo that she was there!!!

We ended the first half of the school year with the most adorable performance of The Nutcracker.  Again this spread is photo heavy but the cards are full of little stories from that day.  I used the polka dot card in red as the title page, seriously I love these cards.

The last spread that I completed I broke up into two parts.

The kids take turns being line leader so this means once a month Aubrey gets the honor and I get the chance to exercise my creative genius pinterest skills.  The moms tell me that their kids really look forward to Aubrey’s line leader days and I have to admit I LOVE IT!!! I want to note that the cards in the top left and bottom right are not 4×6 in size.  they are actually {2} 3×4 cards pushed up together to give you that illusion.

Aubrey’s school once had a guinea pig that the kids would take turns taking home. . . . . this didn’t last long.  Mrs. Renee, the art teacher, sat all the kids down and sketched out the perfect mascot and the she went home and created him.  This was how TOMO was born.  The kid’s get to bring Tomo home once every school year and this was Aubrey’s weekend. My favorite part of this page is Aubrey’s drawing of Tomo in the bottom right corner.

Let me say it one more time. .. .  Everything I used to create the above spreads are in the Mayfield Child Edition of Project Life.  I can not say enough about this little box of goodies.  I have plans to purchase a second box and give it to my 9 year old niece.  She loves helping me put my pages together and I have no doubt that once she has her own version she will have an amazing book.

10 Comments for this entry

December 31st, 2012 on 7:39 pm

Love it!! And how you used everything Right out-of-the-box!!

    Shirley - Wild Blueberry Ink
    January 1st, 2013 on 1:08 pm

    It was awesome! It seriously took the work out of it and I really enjoyed the process this time.

December 31st, 2012 on 9:14 pm

These pages look so gorgeous ! Love the look of the kits I think I will get the digital ones of Wellington which I’m sure will suit the boys. Have a happy New Year !

    Shirley - Wild Blueberry Ink
    January 1st, 2013 on 1:07 pm

    You will love it!! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!

January 1st, 2013 on 1:45 am

Wow such impressive pages, you must be thrilled.
I’ve ordered the Wellington kit for my near 6 son, but seeing this I might have to get this for my wee 2 year old daughter, love the colours :) thanks
Juke from Wellington, New Zealand

    Shirley - Wild Blueberry Ink
    January 1st, 2013 on 1:07 pm

    It is perfect for a little girl. I liked that it wasn’t so girly and Aubrey loooooooved being able to draw on the cards that mommy usually doesn’t let her touch. hahaha

January 1st, 2013 on 4:05 am

Wow this looks so cool, I cant wait to get my kit and get started for my daughter

Thanks for the sneak peak :-)

    Shirley - Wild Blueberry Ink
    January 1st, 2013 on 1:06 pm

    It is going to be so easy to put the book together. The kit is amazing!!

January 5th, 2013 on 7:52 am

Would you mind sharing where you bought the green binders? What brand are they?

Great, great post!


    Shirley - Wild Blueberry Ink
    January 6th, 2013 on 10:53 am

    I purchased it from we are memory keepers but I noticed this weekend that Michaels is selling them!!!!

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