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March 7, 2011

Project Life | Week Nine

Welcome to Project Life | Week Nine.

Each week when I photograph these pages and upload them to post one of the first things that comes to mind is HOORAY FOR LIFE!

There’s something about seeing it spread out here. Of course it’s not all of it, and obviously it really doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the moments and minutes of a week. But boy does it do a good job of capturing a glimpse of the life we are leading right now.

Here’s a closer look at the left side:

I got a new toy last week – an Instax 210 (the photo of Anna on the bottom right). It’s basically the wide format of the one I have been using (and will continue to use). The images are twice the width and the same height as the Instax Mini.

Both are really simple and fun ways to capture life.

The insert this week is the school lunch calendar with a little note I stapled on about Simon being a “school-lunch-kid.”

The other side of the insert includes a flyer for his school.

A closer look at the right side:

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.


  • 1.
    Sarah said…

    Love the bath photo (well all the photos really!) My 2 year old has the same dogs and lines them up just like Anna has :) Thanks for keeping this going – you’re keeping a very busy mum, wife and attorney inspired!!!

  • 2.
    Michele H. said…

    I so enjoy seeing your PL every week. It’s really taking shape and I look forward to seeing your album evolve.

    Quick question – love the “fan” card in the last photo. where is that from?

  • 3.
    aertre said…

    How much does Becky pay you to advertise? I hope a lot because you really do (almost) make me want to go out and buy ones of these things!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      :) . She’s not paying me to advertise.

      I do get a small percentage if people purchase the kit through the links to Amazon here (just like any one who uses affiliate links to Amazon).

      I’m doing this project and showcasing it because I REALLY like it and think it’s a great way for many people to approach memory keeping.

    • ….
      Barbie said…

      I did buy the page protectors (in both styles A and B) but all of my other supplies were already in my stash. I am simply cutting my paper to fit the page protectors… I pre-cut a stack of solids on my paper cutter and am using them as journaling cards. I’ll find an album soon, but I don’t have one yet. You don’t have to buy the kit to play along! :)

    • ….
      Beth said…

      I have to agree with Barbie. I am on a mission to “shop” my scrapbook supply stash this year, and although I think Becky’s page protectors look cool, I am using We R Memory Keeper 4X6 Photo Sleeves that I have on hand already, a We R Memory Keepers 3 Ring Album (haven’t found one on the market that I like better! They are just awesome!), and making my own journal cards. You are truly an inspiration Ali!

    • ….
      Stacey K said…

      I’m making do with my stash, basically following the same layout but sticking to 12×12 paper, I started late & have done 3 weeks & lOve it! In Australia there is a huge wait for the kit so I said I can do this with what I have & am printing pics off my iPhone at home.

  • 4.
    Jennifer Levin said…

    The new Instax photo is great! I’ve added the mini to my wish list. Thank you for continuing to post this each week. It really is helpful and very inspiring. I’m feeling a little bad because I’m about three weeks behind, but I’m very much loving the process.

    Thanks again. And, by the way, LOVE Anna in the sunglasses!

  • 5.
    DawnS said…

    Love the “fan” card too (Snow & Graham has great stuff)…and I love Project Life. This is my first year doing it and I’m so glad I took the plunge!

    • ….
      Ann Marie said…

      I looked on their website but couldnt find any single cards like that. Can anyone direct us to where we can find that particular one? What set or series it’s in? Thanks!

  • 6.
    esther_a said…

    Well, my huge box of albums (2) and page protectors (many packs) has arrived, so I can reorganize all of my old falling-apart albums. What has caught me by surprise is that my older photos are 3.5″x5″ so they don’t fit very well. I didn’t even think of that! Any suggestions? There aren’t any page protectors for that size, are ther? The best I can think of is to mount them all on 4″x6″ cardstock – but what a lot of work that would be!

    • ….
      Barbie said…

      I found 8.5″ X 11″ divided page protectors that had 3.5″ X 5″ spaces for photos (I used them in my DD this year and just cut down my pics). You could add them in with your other page protectors if you like the mixed-size look…

    • ….
      Raylene said…

      I mounted my photos on cuts from 12×12 papers in the kit, but you could use any you have in your stash. I try to print my pix 6×4, but sometimes my photos are a little smaller . . . why? who knows why, but I like to fill the whole space because of the “flip side.” I really liked having the papers sticking out a bit. You could also use some of the larger journaling cards and add a line or two around the mounted photo.

  • 7.
    Danielle Crume said…

    Ali, I’m always inspired by your PL posts! I am the mother of four kids (9,7,5,2) and love the idea of this project, but I struggle with the thought of having everything in one album as well as providing equal (as much as I can) numbers of photos/stories about each kid. Because of this, I have not been able to move forward with anything. I really struggle with this. How do you ensure that it is “fair” and that each kid is equally represented? What about dividing up the albums? I need to move forward and do something! Thanks so much. I look forward to continuing to see your PL posts throughout the year.

    • ….
      Tiara said…

      I also struggled with this when I first began, but now they have a family album for all of them to share. One of favorite memories is when I finished the first one the day after New Year’s and we took time to look back as a family of the whole year in pictures, artifacts and words. A few tips I’ve picked up from various people are focus on one child for a few pictures a week and documents their favorites and personality, do a “take three” example…I take a pic of all three of my kids and have them each tell me what they enjoyed most from the day/event and my favorite of all, give them a camera for one of your pictures each week and let them journal. Hope this helps!

    • ….
      Julie A said…

      Hi Danielle
      You sound so like me it’s funny! I’m in my first year of PL and I’m using it as our family album and not doing a picture a day – I just put in our ‘best of’ photos and the rest go into the kids’ own photo albums (as well as their own copies of all the ‘bests’ – the printing costs are minimal.) This has totally taken the pressure off, and 2 months on, it looks like we’ve ended up with equal numbers of photos about each child in our album anyway. I love PL so much that I can see myself replacing the kids’ photo albums with PL kits in the future – and by limiting myself to putting in one photo of every big moment/event, one album should last a long time. Hope this helps!

  • 8.
    Jenny said…

    If you ever feel like you’re not being inspirational. STop. and remember that you reach more people than you realize. I just wanted you to know that and even though I will be 10 weeks behind on the album I am inspired by how you fit it all in and capture the things that you and your family will be interested in in the years to come.

    Thank you.

  • 9.
    Helen Rosen said…

    You mentioned last week that you’re using a Sharpie pen for journaling. Which size are you using? Is it the marker or the fine tip pen? Love your PL album!

  • 10.
    Damiane Lucas said…

    Thank you, Ali, for sharing your PL album with us each week! I really enjoy your PL posts!

    Today I noticed how you varied your journaling with the thick pen (marker ??) where you wrote, “I love it. Chocolate Milk.” What pen/marker is that? Great idea! I would love to try that, too.

    I applaud you for diligently working on your PL album. I peeked at Becky’s blog recently and learned that she’s using a digital version of her PL album. Wow, what a surprise.

    I expected that the designer of this hands-on kit would use her own invention, too (binder, cards, page protectors, and hand journaling). It’s ironic that she hasn’t shared any blog posts of herself using her hands-on kit. Yet, thousands are selling on Amazon.

    Thank you again, Ali. I am ever grateful for your hands-on scrapbooking dedication. Thanks for your PL commitment. I truly look forward to seeing your PL posts each week. You’re such an inspiration!

    Much love to you!

    • ….
      Monika T said…

      Hi Damian,

      Becky Higgins who created this Project Life Kit is doing a Digital version of it. She posted it on her blog yesterday and she also showcases alot of other scrappers PL kits and how they’ve adopted it to suit their lifestyle.

    • ….
      TracyBzz said…

      Becky has used the physical product last year. She did digi to catch up on some other projects and I think she’s doing a digi day to day one this year.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I pretty much vote for people being able to approach memory keeping in whatever works best for them. I love that Becky has made both a digital and a paper version available :) .

      I’m using Sharpie pens – the regular old Sharpies :) .

  • 11.
    Diane said…

    I look forward to this update every week! Thanks so much for the continued inspiration! I am having so much fun playing with mine. It seems that each little tag and receipt that passes through my hands now gets the question…should I save this for book? :)

  • 12.
    KSW said…

    Your album is a work of art. It is lovely, a keepsake, and it is inspirational. TFS it — and for building the digital pieces for us to build our skills.

  • 13.
    kelly said…

    i especially love the photos this week.

  • 14.
    Shelly Bailey said…

    I love seeing these every week. I so love the idea of capturing the school lunch menu. I am so going to do this for my daughters school album and highlight her favorites that she gets every week (which is the Becky Higgins school kit – isn’t she awesome!) and so are you :-) – Shelly

  • 15.
    Alida said…

    Love that outfit! And I also look forward to seeing these pages every week.

  • 16.

    Oooooh! I was so excited to see your PL post in my blog Reader. Just like every week, you make my day with your fantabulous album! Keep up the inspiration Ali. Your efforts are wonderful xx

  • 17.
    Sheree said…

    Hi Ali,
    As this is my first year of PL I was curious to know what size you make your photos if you are putting them into the small vertical pockets? I tend to resize my photos to fit in PSE, then print them instead of cropping. Thanks again for all the wonderful inspiration.

  • 18.
    Cynthia said…

    Thanks again for sharing your PL Ali. When I saw the pictures this week my first thought was how full of life it is (I feel the same when I look at ours). And of course your kids are so full of life and absolutely adorable! Love the bathtub toys!

    I think that is the beauty of PL, although your add-ins and modifications (and your incredible creativity) make it so much more special and inspiring.

    I am also doing this as a sort of weekly summary which really takes the heat off the daily idea and, I think, makes it so awesome (at a glance is also how my eye first takes it in).

    I have the Instax 210 and love it!!! Have you seen the Fujifilm Pivi MP-300 (don’t have a link)? It prints up photos to look like the instant pictures. Very cool.

  • 19.
    Sally said…

    Wow, I am so jealous of Simon’s wonderful lunch menu! :) hehe. My kids usually pick one day per week to have hot lunch, but there is only one choice of a meal on the calendar per day. Seeing all of the choices Simon gets is awesome! LOVE your PL album. Keep the pages coming!!

  • 20.
    Kris said…

    I love seeing your project life. It inspires me so much. I had kind of fallen off the band wagon of project life, only barely gotten started, but seeing this post really just makes me want to go home and start working on it. thank you.

  • 21.
    Stacy Milford said…

    The note about Anna loving chocolate milk hits close to home for me…my 15 yr old declared recently that Caramel Bugles are delicious! My first thought was…that is going into Project Life! Thanks again for always sharing!

  • 22.

    Thanks for linking up to Project Life Tuesday, Ali. Don’t forget to add in a Mom Creative link or button to your post. :) I love looking at your layouts each week!

  • 23.
    Laura said…

    The thing that struck me this week is that all the photos and stories on a page don’t need to be related other than the simple fact that they happened during the same week. I’ve started my PL using my stash but was still trying to have a page make sense (all zoo photos or all Valentines) but I need to allow myself to mix and match. It will make it so much easier to move forward and keep up.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Go Laura – yes, that’s exactly my approach :) .

  • 24.
    Erika said…

    love love love your album! Looks sooooo good :)

  • 25.
    dawn said…

    great pictures and extras this week Ali. The picture of them looking over the fence is my favorite you took that day so I’m glad to see it made it in the week’s pictures. thanks again for sharing this with us.

  • 26.
    Lisa W. said…

    Awesome’ Project Life Weeks layout…as always!!! Your pics are yummy…your kiddo’s adorable. And LOVING how you add say the lunch menu. How cool is that!!!! It is those”little” things that make up are everyday life.
    I noticed the one gal said she is cutting and using her stash. Great idea…and how creative. Wanted to let her know you can purchase just the Album for Project Life on Beckys site. AND the whole kit is awesome…and I think WELL well worth the price!!!!!

  • 27.
    Tracy B. said…

    A helpful hint to those starting late- my friend started in February and just used facebook status’ and cell phone pictures to play catch up. It helped a great deal.

    • ….
      Angie Hall said…

      Wow! Your comment was right on time! I just ordered my first Pl, and I won’t receive it until next week. I have two months to catch up on. Thanks for the helpful hint and encouragement.

  • 28.
    Debra E said…

    I started PL last week. I figured it’s life, it’s ongoing, I can start my album any time. I didn’t buy the full kit. I bought some of the Becky Higgens divided page protectors and journaling cards from Amazon and am using my stash for the rest. I’m normally a digital scrapbooker, but I thought this would be a fun hybrid project where I can include memorabilia and the little bits and pieces of everyday life.

    Thank you, Ali, for sharing your album. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have started this project. The way you mix things up inspires me. You make it so much more than it was intended to be. You are a freakin’ scrapbooking rock star! And I’m a big fan.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Ha :) – thanks Debra. I just share what I like!

  • 29.
    Maggie said…

    I’m working on making a “me” book from my favorite duplicates printed from my kids years, trips and momentos important to me. I was using a kit, but was wanting to have some ways to add in quick trips and just days of my three kids without doing “full page spreads”.

    I went to Archiver’s today and found some divided page protectos! THuRILLED! I’m opening them now and I’d like to make two observations I think would be useful to the average consumer in the store.

    The MemoriesRUs clear pages look like there are two grades of plastic on the shelves, one more yellow in tone, and one blue. HOWEVER, when I got home (2.5 hour drive later), I realized it is a difference in one using cardstock for backing which shows through, and one having white paper between each one. So, you are safe to mix and match in the store. I doubt anyone would read this comment, so if you want to repost this info, it might help someone.

    Also, I wonder why the AC ones charged the same for a half sheet of 4X6 pack of 10 as a full sheet? That seemed a bummer, so I resisted the purchase. Just sayin’!

    I’m filling pages and am rock n rolling! Looking forward to mixing and matching my pages more, depending on my need for how to tell the story. Freedom is good! Yah! Still much to learn. Time to examine more of Ali’s pages to see how to expand my learning on this approach. I am finding that I like the half pages breaking up the blocked pages…seems to make the linear approach more creative and less “boring” to my eyes as I scan her (your) albums.

  • 30.
    Shay Speer said…

    In regards to comment from Tracy B.: Actually, I used my camera – puts date on each pic I take. It really helped fill in the gaps, since I didn’t write everything in a planner.

  • 31.

    Hi Ali – I have a quick question with regard to your Instax 210. Does it only take horizontal photos? I’m trying to decide which one I want to get (I actually want both!) & I like the bigger size, I think I’d use that more. But nowhere on the item description does it say the photo size or if it only does horizontal photos but one of the photo images shows a vertical one, too. Thanks!

    • ….

      Actually, I just discovered that there’s a little note stating that the vertical photo was from the instax mini. So disregard my last question :)

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