Project Life Dubai | Photo Tutorial

Written by ingrid lim

Hi there. It’s me, Ingrid, once again and I will be showing you my January Project Life pages. Yes, I’m two months behind my 2017 project life and I haven’t even finished my 2016. But hopefully, I’ve got one more month to go to complete my 2016 and then I would be able to stay up-to-date with 2017 project life.

For now, let me share with you my January project life pages and a few tips on how I go about my project life.

My March DT kit. I will be incorporating some of my past DT kits and personal stuff for my pages along with these.

My photos. For my entire monthly project life process, it is at this stage that takes me so much time to do.
> First, sorting which photos to use because I take a lot of photos and bust photos.
> Second, laying or planning out my pages of which I keep a grid notebook for this. This part helps me determine what type of page protectors to use; determine the chronological order of my photos and journal cards. Which photos and journal cards go to which pockets.
> Third, editing my photos using Photoshop. It is here where I add some journaling and make a collage of some of my photos.
> Fourth, printing the photos. Thankful that last year the husband bought me a Canon Selphy photo printer so I can just print my photos at home instead of going to the nearby photo printing shop. However, I have a little issue with the print setting which up until now I haven’t figured out yet. On the other hand, I’m quite satisfied with my prints; so, I don’t really mind the little issue as of now.

Journal cards and embellishment. Adding some pretty papers from my last month’s DT kit as fillers, using my March DT kit and old stamps to embellish my photos and fillers.

Arranging. Tada… Arranged the photos and filler cards, according to my drafted plan on my grid notebook. At this point, I’m ready to embellish the pages on minimalist way.

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My January Project Life Pages
Spread one. I used the calligraphy alpha stamp to create the “January 2017” as my title card.

Since it’s the first month, I added my one little word (OLW) to hang on to for the entire year, EMBRACE. I added a stamped tab embellishment where I handwritten a description or definition and a short journaling. It is the only handwritten journaling, I have for this month’s page, the rest of my journaling, I’ve added while editing my photos in Photoshop using a few templates. I do this because some of my photos needed to brighten up, some needed to be cropped and some I make a collage. I’ve also added stamped sentiment or word and attached them onto my photos using either a staple or double-sided tape. For my filler here, I added a sentiment strip from my DT kit to the 3×4 patterned cardstock.

Spread two. As you may have noticed from my spread one and past months’ project life pages, I love adding QR codes on my layouts. I have short video clips (some are longer though) of what’s happening to our little family and QR codes are a way of incorporating videos on project life. I have free limited online storage capacity of Dropbox and Google Drive where I store copies of those videos that I didn’t upload to my social media accounts. Every time I scan my QR codes, it leads me to those online storages or social media accounts from where my videos are located. Cool, right? You’ve not only flipped through your memories in photos, but also in videos. 

Spread three. Here, I created a DIY journal card using the white cardstock from my DT kit and alternatively stamped “thankful for this” (stamp from my past kit) using black ink.  Then I attached the house embellishment at the center using a staple. You can see a closer look of the DIY journal card below. With a cardstock, stamps and ink pads, you can create journaling and filler cards as well as embellishments.

Spread four. Left side is a page from our Singapore Butterfly garden during our long layover. Again, I’ve included a QR code of a short video I took of the butterflies. It was so pretty to look at and I want to document that moment. I’d like my boys to see what I saw through that video, too. Another way of embellishing a patterned cardstock as a filler card is to add buttons or self-adhesive brads like what I created on the right filler card.

Spread five. It was during this month that the husband participated in Dubai Marathon. So I included a part of the marathon information booklet and map given to them on a 4×12 page protector. Adding memorabilia is one of my things in project life or even in my mini albums. It is when you see these memorabilia, you get to remember the moments that go with them.

Spread six. We were invited to my goddaughter’s 4th birthday celebration and because this means good times with good friends I created a spread for it. Moments like this, it may be a spread or only a photo or two, deserves to be a part of my project life. It’s a simple photo-filled spread with a short journaling, a simple filler card and a stamped sentiment embellishment.

Spread seven. My last spread for January. Snippets of moments in my life that I wanted to remember for as long as I live and every time I flip through these pages. It can be a meet-up with a friend, riding a metro and bus, a mall event, a place you visited again after a long time or another birthday celebration you got invited to.

Additional inserts. I created these two layouts for my best friend’s and niece’s birthday posts using the Project Life App on my phone. I intended to print them into 6×6 but the print shop I used to go to for my large photos is temporarily undergoing maintenance of their machine. So, I decided to print them on my Canon Selphy as 4×4 . It’s small but fairly okay. I will get back to this once I’m able to print the on 6×6. As for the back part, I inserted my Instagram Best Nine photo and a Timehop photo.


There goes my January Project Life pages. I hope my post would inspire your project life journey as I am inspired by other’s project life posts. Happy documenting…

Take care.

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We are bringing back our “Show Us What You Made” contest. Pretty Paper Studio is turning 5 years old in April and this contest will run from February until the end of April.

See terms and conditions below:
1. Make a project using supplies you have purchased from our store – www.ppsuae.com.
2. Your purchases can be old or new but your project HAS to be new – made after this contest was announced (February 5, 2017). Please don’t pull out old photos from your archives.
3. Upload them to the Member Gallery on our website. Please list the name of items you have used in your projects in the description. Our tutorial here will guide you on uploading projects to our Gallery.
4. This step is optional – if you share your project on social media, please tag us @ppsuae or use the hashtag #madewithppsuae. Kindly note that your profile has to be public for us to see your projects.
5. We will pick one winner at the end of every month – February, March, and April – and the winner will receive an AED 100 prize pack. Three winners in total.
6. Start crafting!!

Products Required

Buy all products

Altenew Calligraphy Alpha Stamp Set

AED 75.00


American Crafts ‘This To That’ Adhesive Dispenser: Tabs, 16Ft

AED 24.00


Fiskars SureCut Card Making Paper Trimmer 9″

AED 75.00


Project Life 4″X6″ White Cards 100/Pkg

AED 35.00


Simple Stories Posh Self-Adhesive Bradz 13/Pkg

AED 20.00


Tim Holtz® Idea-ology® | Tiny Attacher Stapler

AED 60.00


One thought on “Project Life Dubai | Photo Tutorial”

  1. Really need some organizing skillls from u Ingrid.. Im not so systematic and thats y i think i cannot b a good crafter though i consider myself a creative person..A crafter needs to b organised and systematic only then work can be done..
    And one need to hv a large work space and storage area which i lack currently 😃 Truly inspiring.

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