How To Make A Notebook Using Project Life Cards

This post is brought to you by American Crafts.
Hey guys, I have a fun project life tutorial to share with you today! Are you familiar with Becky Higgins project life system? I’m a big, big fan! Becky has created a wonderful memory keeping system that combines scrapbooking and photo albums into one. I had the opportunity to view all of the new releases back in January at CHA and have been anxiously waiting to play with them. The patterns and designs from each kit are so fun! I used the new Kraft and childhood wellington kit to create mini notebooks with a metal binding. This tutorial on how to make a notebook is perfect for making Summer journals and scavenger hunt notebooks.

How to make notebooks

How to make a notebook tutorial


project life cards – Project Life Kraft Edition

The Cinch Bookbinding Tool




note cards

corner rounder


Step one:

Trim chipboard to 4×6 inches (I used Silhouette chipboard). Round the corners of your note cards and chipboard so that they align with the project life cards.

mini notebook tutorial

Step two:

Use the cinch tool to punch holes through the cards and chipboard. Glue the chipboard to the back of your first and last project life card. This will help make your covers sturdy.

the cinch notebook tutorial

Step three:

Layer your cards in the binding in this order: note cards -> front cover -> back cover flipped over. Then use the back of the cinch to press the binding close. This tool is amazing! It makes creating your own notebooks, journals, and books easy peasy!

cinch notebook tutorial

Step four:

Embellish your notebooks to your hearts desire! I used pieces from Studio Calico, Basic Grey, and washi tape. the project life cards are great as is so I don’t think you need to add much. I kept the funky colorful card from the Kraft kit simple to avoid hiding that awesome pattern.

project life notebook

How awesome is this mustache project life card from the Kraft edition? The back of the card has a mustache as well so that you can use it vertically in your project life album. I plan to share with you some of my PL layouts soon!

By the way on my first notebook I planned on using computer paper for the notebooks but after trimming 15 pieces to 4×6 inches I knew I needed to rethink that haha! Luckily I had a stack of white ruled note cards sitting on my desk that were the perfect size. The vertical notebooks will need to be turned horizontally but I don’t think my kids will mind. :)

How to make a notebook with project life cards

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up here

Disclosure: I received compensation and Project Life products from American Crafts, however all opinions are my own. I LOVE the project life system and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to take their photographed memories and document them with an easy system.



    • says

      Remember how I told you at SNAP that I had just ordered it? Well this was my first project and I really, really like the cinch! Miss you! :)

  1. says

    Wow!! I’m so impressed. These are awesome! I’m a new follower and I would love for your to link up a few of your projects to my party

    Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie B’s too

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *