Twenty Eighteen in 9×12

Last week, my friend and scrapbooking guru, Ali Edwards announced that she will switching up her format for her 2019 Project life album. Specifically, she stated  that she would be moving to a 9×12 monthly format. I was excited to hear her plans, as I have been completing my own family pocket page layouts in a 9×12 monthly format since January 2018. Spoiler alert: I love that approach. I love the smaller size and with the passage of time, I had the ability to reflect on the meaning of my family stories. Here are a few of my favourite layouts from the past year.

My 2018 title page. This includes our ages at the start of the year as well as out family motto which is “Together we have adventures big and small”. For my album this year, I really wanted to focus on using photos of my kids, simply recounting family events and documenting the state of our relationships.

February 2018. I also wanted to challenge myself from a design perspective. If you know me and my work, you know that I love monochromatic colour schemes as well as black and white photos. This year I wanted to include lots of photos with colour. I think this is one of my more colourful layouts, which I love!  

April 2018. All of my 9×12 monthly pocket page layouts, include a monthly summary of what was happening in the household as well as documented “overheard” conversations of what my kids were saying. Super simple ways to journal. You can read more about my approach here.

August 2018.  Since I set the intention of documenting relationships at the beginning of the year, I was able to focus my photo taking approach through out the year. I just love the photo of my kids with their grandfather that is in the top right corner.  For the layout on the right, I cut down a 12×12 page protector and used the fuse tool to create 6×8, 4×6 + 3×4 pockets. I think you can still be very creative within a smaller pocket page format.  

September 2018. This is one of my favourite layouts I created this year. It doesn’t include everything that we did during the month, but it does include something. And for me, something is better than nothing. Here I include tips for more simple journaling approaches. 

Reflecting on my approach: I loved 9×12 this year and plan to continue the format in 2019. I enjoyed summarizing our month, documenting conversations and capturing relationships. I can’t wait to use Ali’s album and pocket pages!! 

What are your Project Life plans for 2019??

Thanks for looking!!


  1. Love your pages! I have been using the 9 x 12 size as well and I’m loving it! I’d like to ask why you cut down a 12 x 12 page protector to use with the fuse to all and not a 9 x 12 protector? Perhaps because that’s what you had on hand? Thanks and keep on sharing!

    • jessforster says

      Hi Judi – Thanks for your comment! You’re right! I only had 12×12 page protectors on hand. I have so many 12×12’s and I just decided to cut down the supplies I had 🙂


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