Project Life | Week Three

Project Life | Week Three was pretty much all-about-the-birthday-celebration.

I'm blurring out any faces of kids that aren't my own.

UPDATE | As of writing this post yesterday afternoon, Project Life kits were back in stock at Amazon.

This week I wanted to include a few more photos so I took one of the extra page protectors (there's a few extra after putting in all the weekly titles) and cut it in half.

Did I say yet that I love this process?

Left side:

Right side:

The blue star came off the goody-bags. I stapled it to the page protector using Tim's Tiny Attacher.

Here's a look at the page protector I cut in half:

I added a small file-folder label along the edge.

Here's a look at the back side of the inserted 1/2 page:

Last week someone on Facebook asked how it was going getting the family involved with the journaling and picture taking?

This week I included handwriting from Simon and Chris (and a few scribbles from Anna) when they answered the question "what was your favorite thing about your (Simon's) birthday party?"

As you might have noticed we all had the same favorite thing.

UPDATE ON WEEK TWO | Here's a look at a Long Journaler I added to my Week Two:

The words added were taken directly from this blog post.

I received a really nice note from MaryAnn last week showing me some images from her Project Life last year where she included the Long Journalers from Designer Digitals. Here's a look at a page from MaryAnn's 2010 album:

She also uses my Days & Months Hand Drawn Brushes on many of her photos.

Project Life is a product created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be. The album kit is available for purchase through Amazon. If you live outside the US check Becky's site for more information on sources. View all my posts about Project Life here.

30 thoughts

  1. Stefanie

    2011-01-25 08:51:30 -0500

    I love that you put the goody bags in the book. Great idea!! I'm so lifing that next month when I have 2 birthdays.

  2. Michelle L

    2011-01-25 09:10:44 -0500

    Hi Ali! I was thinking of doing something similar but I have so many supplies already that I don't want to buy the entire kit. Do you know if the page protectors fit in an American Crafts album? I think you mentioned in a previous post that you are using a different album but I can't find that post now.

    Have a great day!

  3. Lisa

    2011-01-25 09:30:49 -0500

    i have to admit, i am TRULY loving this process. for someone who tends to make even the most simple task more complicated than it needs to be, this is the PERFECT project for me. like you, i'm keeping everything on my kitchen counter within easy reach & purchased an HP A646 for easy printing & editing.

    please keep the weekly updates coming & thank you for your inspiration!

  4. Kris Anderson

    2011-01-25 09:38:06 -0500

    I love the long journaler and the photo of Anna behind it. What page protectors did you use or did you just cut up a 12x12 and sew your own custom page? Do you mind sharing if you purchased any specific brand/type of page protectors of varying designs to use throughout your book? I saw that WRMK have a variety of designs but I have never used them. I do have some bball card holder sleeves and just oredered BH' new vertical page protectors but think I may also need some additional types for those special mementos, drawings, etc.

  5. Brandi

    2011-01-25 09:39:54 -0500

    Loving your album Ali! I just ordered mine yesterday and I am so anxious for it to arrive.
    Question for you about the small white bordered photo in your half size page protector: Is that a cell phone photo? and Did you use a specific app for it? Just thought I'd ask since it made me curious.
    I appreciate the weekly inspiration. Happy 9th Simon!

  6. Helen

    2011-01-25 09:48:27 -0500

    Oh, Ali, such a wonderful thing you're doing! I'm completely behind - have had two ill children for most of January and it's knocked me for six work- and scrapping-wise. Planning to move on forwards with this weeks spread and then play catch up as and when I can......determined to get this project off the ground and finished for this year. It'll be an amazing family resource in the future!

  7. Karen

    2011-01-25 12:35:00 -0500

    I just ordered Project Life last night! I'm tired of not scrapping because I don't have time to do a labor intensive project. I could make time, but then I would have to take that time from another creative pursuit or family time and I just don't want to do that. So, I am excited at the idea of not missing out on recording the everyday family memories! And I love that you are using it and inspiring me! :>

  8. Nicole

    2011-01-25 12:57:44 -0500

    I'm sure you've answered this somewhere... but I wondered if you still do "regular" scrapbook pages along with the Project Life kit? I love my scrapbook pages, but also ordered Project Life and want to do both. I originally thought of keeping them separate but then just realized it might work to put them together in one book, all mixed together in chronological order? I'd love to know how you do it, Ali!


  9. Carrie C

    2011-01-25 13:32:10 -0500

    :) love it.

    I have three weeks completed in mine too!!!

  10. Shauna Miller

    2011-01-25 14:10:39 -0500

    love it as well. THis is my first year doing "Project life" and 3 weeks into and I am so pumped I am doing it. THanks for all your inspiration. enjoy your week.

  11. Nicol

    2011-01-25 14:50:18 -0500

    thank you so much for your inspiration. i love how you are approaching this project. i'm determined this year to finish this project instead of quitting two weeks into the year.

    on another note, i took classes from you several years ago in spokane and constantly repeat your mantra of "it is okay" while i am scrapbooking. it's my mantra for this project too for the days i don't take a photo. thank you so much for everything!

  12. Rhonda

    2011-01-25 17:42:25 -0500

    I'm doing Project Life for the first time this year and I just wanted to say thank you for all of your inspiring work. I love your clean style and I'm looking forward to seeing your album as it progresses through the year.

  13. kelli

    2011-01-25 20:24:36 -0500

    I am going to do the Project Life kit this year, but I have to laugh...'cuz how exactly do you romanticize and journal a flat tire, kid with strep throat, sweating at the trainers and paying our corporate taxes? That's my January so far! :)
    (Seriously, I'm excited about Project Life and thank you for highlighting it, as it's where I found out about it.)

  14. Teal

    2011-01-25 22:22:00 -0500

    Ali - thanks so much for continuing to show us your PL! Seeing yours each week is not only inspiration, but a reminder to me to keep working on mine and not get behind!

  15. Cristiane

    2011-01-26 01:47:16 -0500

    Ali, many years ago, in 1994, even before I started thinking of doing scrapbook, I bought a magazine in Europe, which had a few pages of "scrapbooking" done in journals. I thought it was so interesting. Just by looking at your Project it reminded me of the way I liked that and the way I prefer to scrap. Just put little things together and everything that meant something that day or that week, instead of scrapping picture by picture. Maybe I should only do like this from now on. You are my biggest inspiration! Thank you for sharing so many cool ways of doing things and so simple (sometimes :)) Have a great week!

  16. chris

    2011-01-26 09:01:15 -0500

    hi ali. i am not much of a photoshop person. i took a class, but just couldn't get the jist of it. so i was wondering if i could use your digital stuff in picasa?

    your PL looks fab! i too do the PL.

    chris s

  17. Regina

    2011-01-26 12:44:07 -0500

    Ali, I was wondering what you do when you have a ton of photos for a certain event and how you incorporate those into your Project Life album. Do you put the other photos into a separate scrapbook? I'm one of those people that takes like 200 pictures in a weekend. :)


  18. Megan

    2011-01-26 15:21:07 -0500

    Hey Ali -
    Did you cut a page protector down to fit the long journaler card?


  19. Ginger

    2011-01-26 15:43:13 -0500 that you cut the sheet protector in does this work? I'm scared. LOL...

    Great week :)

  20. Kim Howard

    2011-01-28 08:10:00 -0500

    I snatched up a kit yesterday and am excited to get started. I really need to jump start my scrapbooking again and I hope this will help. Always enjoy seeing how your children are growing and your daily schedule as a busy working at home Mom. Thanks for sharing so much of your life with us!

  21. bitxuverinosa

    2011-01-28 08:55:21 -0500

    I absolutely love this album!

    I wish I had the patience for such a long project...

  22. New Digital Product Releases | 01.29.2011 | Ali Edwards

    2011-01-29 11:18:50 -0500

    [...] You can see how I’m using these in Project Life at the end of this post. [...]

  23. Cynthia

    2011-01-29 14:40:21 -0500


    I just finished writing my first long journaler (and I always have to laugh at myself because I feel like a freaking genius for getting it to put inside my project life book. I am also including an 8.5X11 printout each week of a local, provincial, national or international story each week (context as to what is happening in our world). When our son turned 16, I did 365 days of being 16 which was a blast. I used your brushes for the days on the photos and kept up with it by setting aside a little time each day. PL is great because it is so flexible. I absolutely love your fearless creativity and ingenuity and can't tell you how much I appreciate what you bring to the scrapbooking community at large and my own memory keeping in particular. Thank you so very much!!

  24. molly kane

    2011-01-29 15:54:10 -0500

    I am so excited to start Project Life!
    What are your thoughts of your photo printer? I am considering getting one.

  25. Kelsey

    2011-01-29 18:16:55 -0500

    Ali, everything you make is full of life, and absolutely lovely.

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