Digital Trends: Weekly Life-Based Projects

Everywhere I look online, I see digital life-based projects and coordinating supplies cropping up. In the past few years, we’ve seen Project Life, Project 365, and Week-in-the-Life type projects show up more and more in the digital world. This year, however, the field has just exploded, no doubt coinciding with the popularity of Becky Higgins’ Project Life Kits. Becky’s kit designs use a combination of 3×4 journaling cards and 4×6 photos to document each week. Many digital stores have released selections that coordinate with those designs.  Here are just a few recent digital releases that caught my eye.

Designer Digitals

Designer Digitals’ designers include Katie Pertiet, Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske. These three designers are a tour de force in life-based projects. They all offer templates, journaling cards, and many other coordinating digital supplies. [Disclaimer: This author is a long-time member of the Designer Digitals design team.]

Katie’s style is characterized by soft lines, blended art, and beautifully-muted colors. Her recent weekly-project offerings showcase her style and include an artistic template series titled “Pocket Pages Layered Templates” and multiple journaling cards sets.

Pocket Pages Layered Templates No. 05

Pocket Cards: Bound No. 01


Pocket Cards: Botanist No. 01

Ali Edwards is known for her beautiful handwriting and she offers a multitude of whimsical hand-drawn brushes and stamps, photo overlays, and word art. Many of these are compatible with Becky Higgins’ Project Life, whose design team she recently joined. Her recent releases include:

Hello Life Boxes Brushes and Stamps No. 03

Words and Photos 6×12 Layered Templates

Everyday Photos Brushes and Stamps

Cathy Zielske – true to her clean and simple scrapping style – has just released a series of Tiny Templates, available in both 3×4 and 4×6 sizes, as well as check cards and weekly templates.

Tiny Templates No. 02

Check Cards No. 01 Brushes and Stamps

Cathy Zielske’s 52 Weeks Vol. 01

Two Peas in a Bucket

Two Peas recently released several sets of 3 x 4 journaling cards that coordinate with Project Life, including a set of love-themed 3×4 journaling cards from Polka Dot Pixels and graphic journaling-card sets by Erica Hernandez.

Delovely Journaling Tags

Love Song Journaling Cards

2012 Journaling Cards: Set 2


At Oscraps, Anna Aspnes Designs, Paislee Press, and Kitty Designs have released a range of life-based project supplies and templates.

Anna Aspnes is well-known for her artsy, layered style and her recent designs don’t disappoint. Her templates and card series would work beautifully for a weekly life-based scrapping project.

FotoInspired Layout No. 4

ArtsyKardz Girl Craze

Kitty Designs has some new simple and sophisticated 3×4 journaling cards in the store and a line of templates designed to help document a day-in-the-life project.

Click A Love {Journal Blocks}

January Daily Tale {31}

Paislee Press has recently released a plethora of 3×4 and 4×6 journaling cards, utilizing another hot trend in the scrapping world – retro chevron patterns.

Press Cards No. 6

Press Cards No. 3

I’m enjoying all of the life-based projects and supplies and I think that it’s a trend to watch this year. I’ll be very interested to see if this digital movement towards life-based projects continues every year. It’s natural to see a bunch of new products at the beginning of the year as consumers are starting a yearly project. We’re only five weeks into the new year so I expect to see new digital products for a few more weeks but my hunch is that they will taper off by the end of this month. The real question is whether consumers will keep up the projects as the year goes on.

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9 Responses to Digital Trends: Weekly Life-Based Projects

  1. DorothyCC February 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Although I do paper-based 365 scrapbooking, I fell in love with Katie Pertiet’s Pocket Pages Layered Template No. 5 in your blog. When I went to buy it, however, I realized that it comes in the form of 12×12 digital pages. I was hoping to use each block as a separate journaling card that I could print out as a 6×4 (or smaller) print to insert in my paper scrapbook.

    • Stephanie Vetne February 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Dorothy! Thanks so much for your comment. Yes, that template comes as a 12 x 12 but you can easily crop each pocket and print them separately if you like. Another option is to go to Designer Digitals and put “3 x 4” (minus the quotation marks) in the search field. A bunch of cards will show up – many from that template and some new ones with stitching. Hope that helps!

  2. Jodie February 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Hi, thanks for this. Enjoyed reading! Very timely, and I plan on creating some lifestyle/journal type digital products for my store at Jessica Sprague as well!

    I would like to check out all the cool links above, but I couldn’t click to them. Are you able to add links next time?

    Thank you Stephanie!

    • Jodie February 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

      Ahhh… silly me! I just realized you have the links under each image 🙂

      Thank you Stephanie.

  3. Jodie February 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    DorothyCC ….

    good point. I would write to Katie and ask her if she can do a digital print version (8.5×11).

  4. Lori February 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Fantastic post!!! Thank you for compiling all this great information (and photos of the products) in one place. Woo-hoo! Time to shop! : )

  5. Pamela McGillin February 22, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    I would just like to find some designs that can be typed on in Word & just print them out myself, I haven’t found that yet, I don’t really like the PSD layers, I keep screwing them up & can never get them to print or I can’t type the text on the layer. So any MS Word templates would make me very happy.

  6. Wendy February 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    I’ve been a digital scrapper for about 3 years now and can attest to the fact that digital scrapping is alive and well!!! There are TONS of wonderful digi-scrapping sites online (Google is my friend!) and it is a terrific way to record all of my family memories. Thanks for bringing it to the attention of any scrappers out there who might not be familiar with it!

    • Jodie February 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      Pamela, I will certainly keep that in mind when I create my printables! Keeping it simple never goes out of style! 🙂

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