Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What Is Digital Project Life® & Digital Pocket Scrapbooking?

I am almost finished designing new templates!  I want to give you a little background on where I got the idea for these templates and how you can use them to make fast and fun digital scrapbook layouts.

The concept of Digital Project Life® came from Becky Higgins.  I encourage you to visit her website for additional information, inspiration and digital "cards" to design your layouts.

I would like to state that Digital Project Life® is a registered Trademark of Becky Higgins LCC and that Laurie Callison's Visual Vocabulary is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Official Digital Project Life®.   I just want to enlighten all of you about a scrapbooking trend that I find fast and fun.

Project Life® started as a traditional form of scrapbooking that has become a huge trend in traditional, hybrid and digital scrapbooking.  Since my focus is on digital scrapbooking, I was intrigued by the concept.  However, I was not able to find page layout templates for use with StoryBook Creator or Artisan.  The template market for this concept is focused on Photoshop users right now.  I know many of you are looking to see what else is out there in the digital scrapbooking market and I want to be able to provide you with the templates.  This is an easy way to try something with a fresh new look but familiar software!

The term "Digital Project Life®" is a registered trademark of Becky Higgins.  Therefore, many digital scrapbook designers have adopted the term "Pocket Scrapbooking", due to the fact that the pages are designed to look as if they were divided into multiple pockets, imitating the traditional method of the concept.  The pockets are filled with photos and what are commonly referred to as "cards" or "journal cards".  There are many designers that offer these cards for sale and there are tons of freebie cards available.  The industry standard for the size of the cards are 3x4, 4x6, 4x4 and 6x6.  They are sold, or given away as freebies, as downloadable .png files.  These .png card files are what StoryBook and Artisan users refer to as embellishments.  Therefore, when you download the card files, you save them into a personal art kit as embellishments.

My new templates are designed so you may drag and drop your photos into the pockets (which are all live photo boxes) or you may drag and drop the cards into the pockets.  If you choose to not use cards, you may use each of the pockets for photos.

They are designed in .page format, so they will work in StoryBook Creator 3.0 & 4.0 as well as Artisan.  I am also in the process of recording free video training, demonstrating how to use the templates.

I "Google-ed" and screen captured each of the following terms to give you an idea of what each of the options look like and how big of a trend this has become.  Stay tuned for the new template package soon!  - Enjoy!

Traditional Project Life

Hybrid Project Life

Digital Project Life

Digital Pocket Scrapbooking


  1. I've been trying to do PL with SBC4 for about a year. Is there a way to make a live photo window with the rounded corners that are characteristic of paper PL? Right now I add photo, size, and then clip the corners. I would love to save a bunch of those steps!

  2. Hi Kris,
    Unfortunately there is no way to make a live photo opening with rounded corners. I am recording a video to show people how to do what you are describing. However, if you purchase .png file "cards" with rounded corners and then drag them into the photo openings they will retain the rounded corners. I hope this helps! - Thank you!


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