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January 12, 2011

Project Life | Week One

I’m excited to be underway with Project Life again.

Here’s a look at where I’ve got it placed in our house. For me, out and available is the key.

Last year Project Life lived in my office. It sat on the ledge of a chalkboard and that worked great.

This year, because I’m wanting to get my family more involved in the process – and make it even more visible – I’ve set up a place for it at the far end of our kitchen counter. I’m also hoping this will help me keep more up-t0-date than in 2010.

Here’s the wide view of our kitchen. Project Life is in that back far corner near the door that goes to our laundry room.

And here’s an up-close look:

This station consists of the album and page protectors (I’m just using a black We Are Memory Keepers albumthe only reason for this is that I like plain albums), a vase that holds the journaling cards + pen + corner rounder + scissors, my Fujifilm Instax camera, and a new little 4×6 Canon Selphy printer.

I’m still in the testing out mode with the Selphy printer. I love the idea of it I’m just not sure that I love it. Giving myself a bit more time with it. I’m also used to printing upstairs so I’m working myself out of that habit and into this one (at least attempting it). I want the whole process to be simple and d0-able.

Here’s what my first week looks like:


And the spread:

I’ve pre-stamped the date for each week onto the rounded corner cards so those are all in the album and ready to go.

Some of the things you may or may not notice:

  • I’m not journaling everyday.
  • I’m journaling when I encounter a story I want to tell or something specific comes to mind. Most of these are little moments type stories or conversations.
  • I’m using a pen to write directly onto the cards.
  • I’m definitely including lots of little bits of life: receipts, grocery lists, wrappers, packaging, things the kids draw, etc.
  • I’m not worrying about taking a photo a day.

Here’s a look at the start of this week:

For things I want to include that are larger (like the program above) I’m just sewing and trimming the page protectors to fit. It’s very easy. You can see a short video I did about sewing on page protectors here.

If you don’t have the counter or table space available to leave it out, consider pulling out the page protectors for the week and putting them up on a bulletin board. You could use binder clips like I do with my calendar (shown above) to hold it up without punching holes through the page protectors.

If you’re looking for more support, ideas and encouragement don’t forget to sign up for the free Project Life community at Big Picture Classes.

NOTE : It looks like Project Life is currently sold out at Amazon. According to Becky they should be getting more in stock very soon!

Comments

  • 1.
    Katya said…

    Beautiful and inspiring! I want this done, but the lens should be a good buy with the camera canon

  • 2.
    Sally said…

    Lookin’ good Ali!

  • 3.
    Kris said…

    Thank you for posting your project life. I hope you will continue to post it weekly, its very inspiring and I love to see what you have done. It also reminds me to keep it simple. I also am not taking a photo everyday…keeping it simple so I enjoy it.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m going to aim for a weekly posting :) .

  • 4.
    amy tangerine said…

    love this Ali!
    the reason i love the selphy is for the different sized photos that can be printed on it. i rarely print full bleed 4X6. I much prefer the smaller sizes (like wallets) and collages.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I need to try that!

    • ….
      Kendra said…

      Amy- I have a Selphy too (CP760). Are you able to print more than photo (wallet size) per page? I can’t quite figure it out…..

    • ….
      Angie H said…

      I agree. I like that I can do the smaller pictures too.

      @Kendra,
      I have the CP780. Should be similar.
      You can print more than 1 photo to 1 page.
      Go Menu>Print Settings>Page Layout>Select the number you want with the arrows. Then go Back twice until you are back to your pics on your memory card. Select 1 copy for each picture until you get to the number that you selected back on your layout. Then, print. If you look to the top right as you are picking them, it will show the different squares filling up. So, if you decide to do 4 – it will shade them until you get to 4. You can do more than 1 4X6 too. So if you want to do a bunch of wallets. It will tell you over to the right what you are using.

      WORD OF CAUTION from experience – Go back and change to 4 x 6 after you are done. It stays on the Page Layout the next time you print. The first time I did it, I printed 1 pic on a layout for 8. Just a waste of the paper.

      Hope that helps.

  • 5.
    megan P said…

    Looks great, i love seeing what you do with project life, and i look forward too more updates through the year!

    I’m wondering did you Purchase the kit from becky and just switch the binders? or did you just get the page protectors? Where are the journaling cards from??

    Thanks
    Megan

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yep – purchased the full kit and just put it all into a different binder. The journaling cards are part of the full kit. They are GREAT!

  • 6.
    kelly said…

    i need to go check out this selphy printer. i have never heard of that! good toknow.

    and yes, it needs to be within eye sight for me to remember to do it.

  • 7.
    Mrs. b said…

    Looking good! Thanks for the reminder of keeping it simple! Escpecially, that journaling doesn’t have to be included for each day.

    I am still waiting for my kit to arrive (it takes a while with international shipping), and am so much looking forward to begin my first Project Life ever!

  • 8.
    Amy Albert said…

    I love what you are doing! Although we are in the middle of a major snow storm right now UPS just delivered my projecy life kit! Very excited to get started and inspired by seeing yours! Question what do you mean you prestamped the date on the corner cards already? I guess I’m not sure where they’d go? Thanks, Amy

    • ….
      Ali said…

      The kit comes with 4×6 rounder corner cards with a white area on them to add the date for each week. I stamp mine ;) .

    • ….
      Kelly said…

      @Amy- I know this was posted a while ago, ad you probablyhave this figured all out now… but… Be sure to hit up Becky Higgins’ site for videos on setting up the album. :) And the Project Life “course” at BigPicture. very helpful!!!

      @Ali- what kind of things do you write down?? This is my veryfirst ever scrapbook of any sorts… so I have no idea what to write?

  • 9.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Thanks Ali – love the inspiration and I do love your new kitchen!!

  • 10.
    Jen D said…

    Awesome, thanks for showing us! I am so interested in hearing how the Selphy ends up working out for you, so please update us!
    I’m trying to take a picture a day, but am happy to see your idea of not worrying about it, and not worrying about journaling every day- I like that. Makes it feel like less work. I’m pre-cutting my own little cards and 4×6 papers to add to the album too – I like that I can be creative with it still.

  • 11.

    First of all.. beautiful kitchen! Love it extra sink!

    Feel welcoming…

  • 12.
    Aimee in Oregon said…

    uh oh…

    I just got my Selphy yesterday. You aren’t sure about it? Should I just send it back? What is it that you aren’t liking?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think it’s more my own issue with taking photos that are too dark. The ones coming out of there so far have felt dark…that’s why I need to play a bit more.

    • ….
      Lana said…

      Hi Ali and Aimee,

      I have had my Selphy ES1 for about 2 years now and I absolutely love the convenience and speed of being able to print high quality photos at home!
      BUT
      It does seem to print out photos too dark. This seems to be a known issue with these little printers.

      To get round this, I always brighten the photos first using the Easy-PhotoPrint software that came in the box with it. If you click on the Correct/Enhance button in the toolbar, select the Manual tab, then click on Face Brightener, and draw a box over the area of the photo that you want to lighten.
      I generally do this for all photos regardless of whether they look dark or not to just to compensate for this “bug”.
      However that means that you would need to have your Selphy attached to your computer, so that might not work for your kitchen counter top, Ali. :(

      Unless there is some way to do this from the Selphy’s own control panel? There isn’t on my model but I think my model is a basic one.

      Hope this helps!

  • 13.

    I know it’s a lot to keep up with, but I too would really enjoy seeing your spread each week. I’m having withdrawals from checking in every day to see your dd pages!! I love the concept of this project life album. But I’m so behind on other projects that I’m thinking I better save this for another year! I started a similar album for my daughter’s baby album, but she’s 16 months old now, and I’ve barely even started it. I thought the page protectors would be simple, but I think maybe I have too many different styles of protectors, so I’m reinventing the wheel every time I do a page. I like the sizes (slots) of the Project Life protectors. And the consistency makes it easy to do the same thing every week! Thank you for sharing!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      This is my hope Stephanie – to be able to post once a week. I can do it!

    • ….

      Ali, You’re right, you CAN do it! And as motivation, know that your layout posts always motivate us to keep up with ours. I read through a lot of the replies on your last DD post (the recap and thoughts for DD 2011), and I was noticing how many people said they kept up with their DD album for the first time this year. I can’t help but think that is a reflection of you posting your pages daily. I think it was a big encouragement to everyone, a reminder to keep it simple and to do a little work each day… I know that’s what motivated me!

  • 14.
    arlene said…

    I just started my binder/kit (although I bought it a year ago!), and silly question, is it set up for 2 page protector sides per week? I guess I could just go count the page protectors. I have all the other stuff put in, but not the weekly cards.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Arlene – yes – it’s set up to do a full spread (a right + a left side) for the entire year. You can do it however you want but there are enough to have two pages per week.

    • ….
      arlene said…

      Wow, you’re fast! Thanks! I’m on the way to go stuff them in right now! :)

  • 15.
    Michelle Wooderson said…

    Ali, that is my only issue with my Selphy printer too…I can’t brighten up the photos through my computer editing…which is why I’m looking into hooking my Selphy up to my Mac. Just a little brightening is about all that’s needed. I do LOVE being able to print the 4 x 6 right at home with this nifty little printer though.

  • 16.
    bstory said…

    i just got a Selphy that is smaller than yours and I love it. If you use the shuffle feature you can put up to 8 images on one 4×6 photo sheet – great when you can’t decide on just one shot! It also has 2up which will print to portrait shots on one 4×6 and when cut in half they fit perfectly in the little card slots!!!

    • ….
      audra said…

      Hi, I’m wondering if you could share which model of the Selphy you bought. I’m looking to get one & LOVE the idea of the multi photos on a 4×6… Also, if you could let me know if you are happy with the QUALITY of the pics I’d appreciate it. THANKS! audra

    • ….
      bstory said…

      Audra… i believe my Selphy is the 800. I love it! The ink/photo paper refill is a bit pricey so i will only use it to print “special” photos. I was a bit disappointed when i went out to find the refills. I went to Office Max and the guy there told me that that was an old printer and they don’t carry the ink anymore… what???? i just got it! i did find it at best buy though. Otherwise… i love it!

  • 17.
    Melissa said…

    I was just wondering – did you switch binders because you prefer the Memory Keepers, or is that just temporary to keep the Project Life binder clean? In MY kitchen that thing wouldn’t stand a chance…Thank you for showing this, I have my kit and I just haven’t dived in yet!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s mainly because I just like plain binders :) .

  • 18.
    Kristie H said…

    I love this! and I love the colors of that kit! I got the old kit this year to try and I am already behind and frustrated at myself. I just don’t really think that I have enough “stories” to fill it up! I’m just a mom at home raising kids…I’d love to see your spreads too! They are very inspiring.

    • ….
      Paula King said…

      Hi Kristie,
      I give myself permission to be flexible – altho my goal is a photo a day, I know that sometimes I won’t have one but other times there will be more than one photo per day. It all evens out and in a year’s time, your family will only appreciate that you cared enough to document the Everyday/Typical as well as the special.
      I don’t know how old your children are (mine are 16, 10, 7 & 17 months) but they all take shots and journal at times. I just let their stuff take precidence when it happens. Bran has journalled twice and I’m only in week 2 of this year!
      Best wishes for you – I hope you find this as absolutely rewarding as I do!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Kristie – with this project (as with so many others) there really never has to be any being “behind.” You can make it whatever you want it to be.

      I absolutely know that you have enough stories to fill an album like this - ABSOLUTELY.

      My favorite stories are the little ones. The tiny moments and bits that really make up our lives. Little conversations, what you had for breakfast, things you notice, things you celebrate (so many more things in our lives to celebrate than holidays and birthdays).

      I always try to keep in mind that these days are not going to happen again. What will I want to remember in the future about this time in our lives – what will my kids want to remember? Also – what do I wish I knew about my Mom and about my own childhood – I’d love to see photos of what we ate for breakfast or lunch or dinner. I’d love to see photos of a tree in our backyard through the seasons. I’d love to see photos of quiet moments where I was reading a book, etc.

      My guess is there are thousands of stories you could tell on any given day.

    • ….
      Kristie H said…

      Thanks for your responses ladies! My kids are 3.5 and 9months and I think the “my baby got three teeth in two weeks and I’m up all night” exhustion is hitting hard today. I started thinking about what you said while doing laundry…how one day my boy would be all grown up and doing his own, or bringing it home from college…whatever. And started to see the stories…then I took him to tumbling class and to introduce himself, he turned to another girl and said “Hi! My name is B…wanna see my teeth?” (and she did and loved them!) That’s when I thought…maybe I do have some stories. Ordered “Life Artist” yesterday and think that will help me develop the ability to recognize them! (well, that and sleep!) Thank you so much for your encouragement and inspiration. =)

    • ….
      Stacy Milford said…

      Kristie-

      From a mom with two teenage sons…they grow up in the blink of an eye. We have a senior in the house this year & he turns 18 on Saturday. This year is crazy & hectic beyond imagination, but we are doing this project as a family! Trust me…just tell the little daily stories…or jot down the goofy jokes your kids tell…it will all come together into a wonderful scrapbook! You can do it :)

      Stacy

    • ….
      Kristie H said…

      I’m so grateful for the support, I hardly know what to say! Time does fly by and I never really had a strong desire to capture it until like a year ago, so its kinda overwhelming! When I was in HS I looooved looking through my baby book. As I was going through Ali’s Y/T class last night I realized that I have nothing around me from my childhood. I moved across country in my car and left all the “non-essential” items back home–including all my photos. So, I don’t know the stories that I loved from my childhood, nevermind the ones my kids would love. I’m going to call my mom and have them shipped and get to remembering what stories are important to me from then so that I can more easily recognize the loved stories of today.

  • 19.
    dawn said…

    Hi Ali, so glad you posted this today. First of all your kitchen is so bright and open, love love it and that extra sink what mom doesn’t want that!!! Now about the PL, some people asked why did you switch binders, you had to guess we’d ask, because I bought the same one as you and I love the colors and what are you going to do with the orginal binder then?? I love your first week and how it’s not all pictures, that’s my idea this year also. Going on year 3 for this album and really wanted to change it a bit and add the kids thoughts/journaling to it. That’s a great place to keep it in your kitchen, ours is on a table in the family room, only place I could think of. I like that little mailbox thing on your counter too.

    Here’s my questions where you can read them better, what are you doing with the original binder? How does that printer work if not hooked up to a computer, do you put your camera card in it, if so how do you see the picture you want? Sorry it may seem dumb but I’ve never seen one like this. Thanks for sharing and helping and I would love to see one weeks page a month if you had time. Like Stephanie said I’m going thru a little withdraw too from your DD album.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Original binder’s currently just hanging out in my office. I’m just a fan of plain binders :) .

      This printer prints with the memory cards – just slide it in and choose what to print. You see the picture via the screen on the front of the printer.

  • 20.
    Cheri said…

    Yay Ali! Thanks for sharing this… I hope that you do continue to share your PL weekly. This is my first year of doing one, so far I am loving it! I am leaving mine out and accessible in my scrap room, but have journaling cards all over my house so that it’s easy to grab one. I like how you are putting the “stuff of life” in yours, definitely want to do more of that! Can’t wait to see more Ali! :) My first week is on my blog if you are interested in checking it out!

  • 21.
    Lucy said…

    Gurl…..you do some good work. Thanks for sharing.

  • 22.
    Carolyn E said…

    Thanks for sharing Ali! For 2010′s Project Life, I didn’t take a photo a day or journaled each day. I added in bits and pieces of mail, my son’s papers or part of his planner, packages and the like. It took a lot of pressure off of having to get a picture everyday. And I plan on doing that again this year. I haven’t set my album up yet…getting there, but I too love keeping it out in my office, our kitchen would be a danger zone!

  • 23.
    Amy B said…

    Ali, do you know if Amazon will be restocking Project Life? I was a little late in deciding to do this project, and now its all sold out! Am I out of luck?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Absolutely – it’s supposed to be sometime mid-month.

  • 24.
    madeline St onge said…

    I love how you are doing this Ali.
    Great first week

  • 25.
    Megan L said…

    How did it not occur to me to lay my in-progress album out on a counter? I am heading straight into my laundry room to clear a designated space RIGHT NOW. Half of my challenge in keeping up to date is making myself find room to spread out the honking huge album. If it’s already out, not a problem! *forehead slap*

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Awesome!

  • 26.
    Melanie said…

    Ali…what kind of corner rounder do you use on your photos? I have a Creative Memories rounder but it doesn’t match the corners on the journaling cards. It’s slightly larger and I’m looking for something on the smaller side.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      The one I have is a small blue one from Marvy Uchida. It’s been my favorite one for years ;) .

    • ….
      Mary in IL said…

      Hobby Lobby makes one (their own brand) that works perfectly. You can get it with a 40% coupon or wait for it to go on sale 50%. HTH

    • ….
      kirby said…

      alright folks – based on a few recommendations, i’m waiting (very impatiently) on a cropodile corner rounder…due to the 1/4″ option. because what I have and am assuming is 1/2″ isn’t matching up with the PL cards. and i’m crazy and need them to match up.
      soooo…Ali, do you happen to know if your marvy is 1/4″? or if that’s even what i need to be shooting for?…something smaller than a cropadile would be ideal.
      Melanie – the hobby lobby one?
      thanks!!

  • 27.
    Tiffani said…

    I know that this is Becky’s new go-to way of scrapbooking and she doesn’t do the old, “traditional” way of scrapping anymore (if it can still be called the “traditional” way :) I’m assuming that you are doing Project Life in addition to other scrapbooks? And if so, what kind of stuff are you including in your family/kids albums?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m definitely still doing “regular” layouts. Just did one today in fact that I’ll be posting later this week. My thoughts on this is that there are thousands of stories on any given day. This album is for little pieces of our lives.

      And who knows, maybe for this year, this will be the bulk of what I do. I could easily add layouts into this album as well – actually I might have to split it into 2 albums but that would work just fine too.

  • 28.
    Tiffany H. said…

    Thanks for sharing. I love seeing everyone’s take on Project Life.

  • 29.
    Gina Crowley said…

    Very cute. How do you like that little Instax camera? I’ve been eyeing it, because its so CUTE!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I love it. Super fun toy :) .

    • ….
      Melissa C said…

      Santa brought me the Fuji Instax for Christmas and I am in LOVE. It is so fun! Highly recommend!

  • 30.
    Susan Gioiella said…

    Thanks for your posts about Project Life. It’s because of the way you simplify and “use what you already have” that I’m even trying this. I, too, prefer plain binders. I’ve loved watching Simon and Anna grow up, so I can’t wait to see your weekly posts.

  • 31.
    Debbie S. said…

    Oh my gosh, Ali, it looks great! I love your idea of getting the family more involved…so much that I have put ours out on the dining room table. I got it last year, and never got it rolling, so I’m using last year’s kit. At present, the photos are holding us up a bit. I don’t print at home, so it’s not as in the moment as it could be. But I’ve got a bunch of “stuff” piled up on top of it, ready for photos. Hmmm…
    BTW, I love the flower pot! I may have to copy that, too! Thanks for sharing, Ali! I am pulling for you with the once a week PL post!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I vote for sticking stuff in the pockets as you go and then just slipping the photos in when you have them printed. That’s really what I ended up doing last year – there’s lots of stuff slipped in there – now I need to go back and add the photos.

    • ….
      Debbie S. said…

      Thanks, Ali, for your reply. I have to say…I’m sticking stuff in, and it is a BLAST! And I now have somewhere to PLACE all the little bits and pieces that come into the house everyday that make me think “I should do something with this..” SO FUN, and I’m loving how it’s working for me. Thanks again, and have a great weekend… :)

  • 32.
    Karen said…

    Thanks for sharing Project Life in action. It does look like a simplified system to just ‘get it down’, so to speak. I really enjoy the uber creative scrapping, but I’ve been away from it for more than a year now due to time constraints & am missing out on documenting my family’s life! Not what I’d like to do, for sure!

    Annnnndd….love your kitchen, especially the great counter space on the large island! :>

  • 33.
    Sharon said…

    I am trying your suggestion too Ali. I have asked my family to help take photos during the day and so far, all of us have taken atleaset one photo for the year. Your idea of a small 4×6 photo printer was brilliant kept out for this project was brilliant!! I mentioned it to the hubby who loves to research technology and find the best product, and after a couple of weeks of research, on Monday we picked up an older model Epson PictureMate brand new in box on Craigslist. We are absolutely blown away with the photo quality after comparing identical photos developed at Walmart and those printed at home on the PictureMate. It has helped me keep up with my Project Life so far. I am very optomistic. We have even found and ordered extra supplies (Ink and paper) online to make sure we don’t run out. The cost of supplies is also quite reasonable, one of the deciding factors for my hubby. Thanks for all of your ideas and inspiration.

    Sharon in Ontario, Canada

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Great to hear that feedback Sharon!

  • 34.
    Alexandra said…

    Thank you for posting this – I am new to Project Life and have been excited yet reluctant to start – not sure how to handle it and trying not to get overwhelmed. You’ve given me some great ideas about how to structure the weeks – I work well if I have a bit of a template to default to if I don’t have a lot of time or creative mojo that day.

    This year my goal is to keep it simple and tell some stories!

    Thanks so much :)

  • 35.
    Rhonda said…

    Thanks for sharing your Project Life. I absolutely love your clean style. I purchased the turquoise version also and am looking forward to starting my first year for this wonderful project. My question for you is who makes those alpa stickers you used on your title page? I’ve been seeing them around and I love them!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Those are from American Crafts – Rockabye is the name.

    • ….
      Rhonda said…

      Thank you!

  • 36.
    Claudia said…

    Awesome Ali! I didn’t get to order PL in time so I order page refills from Becky so I can get started.

    1. Where did you find that adorable whitewashed woodlooking “Cubby” That would be perfect at my front door to hold each family members keys leashes etc.

    2. I was looking at both Selphys. Do you remember why you chose the upright over the flatter smaller version? An option Im not seeing?

    thanks for your time!
    hugs Claudia aka PomMommy

  • 37.
    amy t schubert said…

    Holy Cow. I love you more and more every day! Always an inspiration … this is amazing.
    xo

  • 38.
    Raimi Krupp said…

    I am starting my second year of Project Life. Pictures are being taken and I am waiting for the kits to be restocked :-) . I love your tips. Thanks for sharing.

  • 39.
    Shaquanna said…

    Hi Ali,
    I’m enjoying seeing how your PL is coming together. Question, I too am adding bits and pieces (memorabilia), and want to know if you are adhering the bits and pieces to one of the journaling cards, or just slipping them in? I was trying to look at the photos to see, but wasn’t sure. I just slipped my memorabilia in, but was considering adhering it to the cards an/or cardstock, but not sure, I kind of like it the way it is. Thanks.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m just slipping them in.

  • 40.
    Ingrid from the Netherlands said…

    I love your work you did on last week of Project of Life. Can’t wait to start mine. But living in the Netherlands means international shipping and that takes a while. But, my package arrived at customs last week, so it wouldn’t take too long. I’ve been taking pictures every day of the week since last week, so there’s a lot to do.
    Love the idea of getting the family involved. This schoolyear my youngest started to learn how to read and write, I love the way she writes and will certainly ask her to write some journals.

  • 41.
    Lindsey W. said…

    Ali,

    What size did you print your pictures to fit in the small pockets?

    Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      The photos that are in the small pockets – just a couple of them – are from that little Instax camera. If I did print any they would be 2.5 x 3.75.

    • ….
      Lindsey W. said…

      Thanks, Ali! Guess I should have been more specific. I meant the small pictures on your intro page. I measured a card and used it as a guide to print pictures to go in the small pockets, but I must have been having an “off” day! I printed them all 4×3 and had to crop them to fit. Thanks for the measurements. I’ll try that next time and see if it works better. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Ah gotcha!

  • 42.
    angie blom said…

    this looks great Ali. love the set up. I have mine in a place in my scraproom. Can’t wait to see more.

  • 43.

    My kit just came in today’s mail:)!! SUPER excited to get started. It’s so helpful to see your station–makes it seem really do-able. Very much looking forward to scrapbooking this years memories with less guilt and capturing a little here and there, not everything!!

  • 44.
    deborah said…

    Are you finding it difficult to fill all the space if you don’t take a photo per day? I’m afraid I’d end up stuffing stuff in there just to fill the space, and not because it really adds something. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m actually totally cool with just stuffing things in if I don’t have a photo – for me that’s part of the process. I’m always on the hunt for cool/different/real life things to add. If I have one whole week of just that stuff I think that would be cool.

      Also – you can always add more than one photo from the same day into the pockets. I’m mixing it up as I go.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      And things that might seem silly to stuff in there now might be the COOLEST things to look back at later on down the road.

  • 45.
    Candice said…

    Hi Ali –
    Your new kitchen = awesome!

    Thanks for sharing your project life album process. In 2009 I did a picture a day (I didn’t get a kit so I made my own) and for 2010 (I did get a kit) I jotted down notes throughout the year and just printed my pictures for 2010 last week (still waiting on the prints from Snapfish). I didn’t realize how much I was stressing myself out committing to a picture a day but I certainly took a lot more pictures that way. I am going to find a balance between those two processes this year. I totally missed ordering the kit this year so I have wait until they are back in stock. For some odd reason I thought it wouldn’t sell out this year.

    It’s so cool to look back and my little girl (3) loves to look at them. I look forward to seeing how your project goes throughout the year.

  • 46.
    kirby said…

    Hi Ali – you may’ve helped me with a breakthrough here. I have PL, have printed my photos for week one, but can’t seem to do more than that, because I have too too much to say. brevity is not a strength o’ mine. ;) i love what you’ve done with yours & it’s helped me see that it’s those “little” things (that aren’t at all little) that i’m always jotting down on sticky notes and hoping to somehow get on a layout that need to be going on my PL journaling cards. the quotes, the conversations, the moments i hope i never forget & the moments i don’t want my kids to forget. you’re reply to Kristie H was nothing short of inspiring.
    thank you! for posting your album. I, along with everyone else, hope you can keep it up and keep us inspired (wow, no pressure there!)!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Cool Kirby – another thing you could always do, especially if you have a lot to say, is just print up the journaling, add it to a page protector and be good. You could also do something like I did with Week in the Life last year and add in my “long journalers” (or make your own). You can see those here: http://aliedwards.com/2010/05/week-in-the-life-bringing-it-all-together-%E2%80%A2%C2%A0the-completed-album.html

    • ….
      kirby said…

      thanks, Ali – GREAT idea. I followed along w/ week in the life (took photos, journalled…but have yet to bring it all together!), but missed these somehow – perfect for my oh so long journaling.

      AND wanted to say that i’ve just finished my december daily! my first finished project in quite some time – thank you for the inspiration and direction there!

  • 47.
    Alexandra said…

    quick question…

    do you wait until the week is over to determine which photos and stories/thoughts you are using for that week??
    I’m aware of the fact that what seems the most interesting today might not be as noteworthy as something that happens a few days from now. I want to make sure that what I document represents the week well. Just wondering how you approach this.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Because it’s in the kitchen I fuss with it here and there. I’ve printed a couple photos on one day or just one. This past week I wrote one card at the end of the week.

  • 48.
    Laurie said…

    Thanks for sharing. One thing that struck me right away was how very clean your kitchen is! Wow! I’m impressed.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      HA – thanks! It’s a daily endeavor :) .

  • 49.
    Leah Larson said…

    I love how you are leaving your album out to work on. My daughter loves looking through our album. Mine is usually on the coffee table so I can work on it when I have time. I also love the We R Memory Keepers black album but keep mine in the Project Life album until I am done with it for the year that way I don’t worry about that album getting beat up with the constant use. I am a tiny bit OCD.

  • 50.
    Debbie P said…

    Thanks for sharing! I love that your whole family is going to be part of this. I am trying to get my husband more into ours so I may need to sit in a central location. Awesome idea!!

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