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September 27, 2011

Project Life | Week Thirty-Eight

project life | week thirty-eight

Welcome to Project Life | Week Thirty-Eight.

project life | week thirty-eight

There’s something really kind of wonderful about a very simple week. No inserts. Not a lot of extras. Just words and photos.

project life | week thirty-eight

And it really was all about pirates last week. Simon’s Jack Sparrow (from Pirates of the Caribbean) costume arrived and I’m pretty sure he wore it every single day. In addition he watched all the movies and played with his pirate legos. We also picked up a Pirates of the Caribbean book for him but he chose to keep reading Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules.

Anna’s going to be Tiana from The Princess and The Frog. She also found a Dorothy costume at Target last week so she might change her mind. I’m cool either way – costumes have always been a fun thing to have around here.

Project Life | Week Thirty-Eight

And tis the season for soup. I made split pea on Sunday and am still planning to try this lasagna soup I saw on Pinterest (thought I was going to do it last week but ended up doing chicken noodle because I had some chicken in the fridge I needed to use first).

I’m heading out of the country for the Scrapmap Italy event this weekend so it will be a couple weeks before I post another Project Life update. I’m planning to encourage my parents to do some writing on the journal cards while I’m gone – I know they’ll be taking photos. Most likely I won’t add a bunch of my travel photos to this album – I might add a few just for context but I’ll make those decisions when I get back home.

Project Life is a product created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be. The pieces of the album kit (similar to the one I’m using) are available here. If you live outside the US check Becky’s site for more information on sources. View all my posts about Project Life here.


  • 1.
    deborah said…

    Looks great! Thanks for the continuing inspiration. One question: what is the red pen you are using? It matches this version of Project Life really well!

  • 2.
    Tara said…

    Hi Ali

    Have a safe and wonderful trip…can’t wait to see your wonderful pictures when you return


  • 3.
    Nikki M said…

    Loved this post and your continued energy with this project. My 3-year-old daughter is COMPLETELY obsessed with Jake and the Neverland Pirates so there has been a lot of pirate here too. Fun to see the love and children and all things make believe.

  • 4.
    Beverly said…

    it is always a welcome surprise to open my email once I get to work and find an email from Ali…thanks for today’s post!

  • 5.
    heidig said…

    Have a safe, fun trip Ali!

  • 6.
    Sara said…

    What fun costumes! Safe and fun travels to Italy.

  • 7.
    Kristin Z said…

    I made the Lasagna Soup on Sunday and it’s delicious! The dollop of the ricotta cheese in the bowl is delicious! Safe travels to you.

    • ….
      Kristin Z said…

      oops…meant to use a different adjective than delicious again for describing the cheese. brain not fully functioning this morning..

  • 8.
    JennL said…

    Simon makes a pretty awesome Jack Sparrow! Have fun in Italy…

  • 9.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Have a safe and wonderful trip. Wishing I was able to be there.

  • 10.
    JillT said…

    Hope this getaway is good for YOU. Take care of yourself.

  • 11.
    Jolynn said…

    It’s always fun to see how your projects progess. Have a great trip!

  • 12.
    Paula G said…

    Hope you have a wonderful trip and that it is filled with LIGHT! Hope you get to Skype (or something similar) with the kids while you are away!

  • 13.
    slmnontec said…

    Ohhhh, just reading the trip itinerary floods me with memories of taking our 13 year old to almost all the places you are going. She was “spooked” by Lucca, but we fell in love with San Gimiano. We found a local alabaster artist we got to know personally. Ohhhh the memories! Have a great time. It was life changing for the three of us.

  • 14.
    Deb J said…

    I love the pictures of the kids together. They have such a great relationship. I really enjoy seeing your Project Life pages. Have a great time in Italy.

  • 15.
    susan garner said…

    What am i going to do if you have no posts while you are away. I will be thinking about you and have plenty of fun time. I can only hope for the day that i too get an e mail from you. That would make my day!!. Safe trip Ali.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh I’ll still be posting while I’m gone – just no Project Life updates :) .

  • 16.
    Katrina Kennedy said…

    Every time you post your project life pages I think, “I should be doing this…” Thanks for the inspiration!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I highly recommend it :)

  • 17.
    Kate Burroughs said…

    Great pirate pictures. Have fun in Italy!
    Aloha, Kate

  • 18.
    Mary said…

    Love the GREEN in this week’s post! Looks great.

  • 19.
    Jamie said…

    I always love seeing your Project Life updates! I am wondering what pen do you use to write on the actual photo? I love the idea of adding a little more journaling by adding a tag or writing right on the photos!
    Hope you have a safe trip!

  • 20.
    Teri said…

    I LOVE that b+w photo of Anna taken from the floor.

  • 21.
    Meghan said…

    I wish I had your energy to complete a Project Life. Maybe next year. The Lasagna Soup is a-mazing. I made it for my family once and they are still reminiscing about it. Yum!

  • 22.
    Suz said…

    Have a wonderful trip to Italy Ali! Thanks again for sharing your PL with us each week. :)

  • 23.
    Amy K said…

    Safe travels Ali! I also have that Lasagna Soup from Pinterest on my menu list. Can’t wait to try it.

  • 24.
    Erin K Miller said…

    Just wondering when you will start your planning posts for December Daily this year? I’ve been pinning some ideas on Pinterest, but I wanted to consider using some of your digital templates this year and wondered which direction you might be going?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Erin – I’ve got a quick sneak peek coming soon. Other posts will start showing up when I return from Italy in mid-October. There will be a kit available that includes an album via Studio Calico. I will also be updating the templates I used last year – really liked the design of those so they will be similar but with updated sizing for this album (and updates to the dates). I’m getting excited too!

  • 25.
    Hers and Hers said…

    Hi, I love your work. where do you have your pics printed for Project Life?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi – I print them here at home. Right now I’m using an Epson Stylus Photo R2000.

  • 26.
    Amanda said…

    save travels. hope you have an enjoyable trip to Italy.

  • 27.
    Cindy said…

    Simon makes an awefully handsome Captain Jack Sparrow (my grandson did the same several years ago and looked SO cute, but he even used the eyeliner). I just LOVE those pictures.
    Have a WONDERFUL time in Italy.
    I hope your parents know how much it will mean to your children (and you) in later years to have something in their handwriting. I really wish I had something in my dad’s handwriting, but it’s too late now.

  • 28.
    Susanne said…

    As always, thanks for showing. I want to do this project next year, because I fell in love with it on your blog. I am not yet sure which page protectors to take, because the ones from Becky Higgins are not available in my country.
    Ali, can you recommend some similar ones?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Where are you located Susanne? I know she’s got a few options for international purchases.

    • ….
      Susanne said…

      I am living in Germany.

    • ….
      georgeinci said…

      I have heard that will be selling official Project Life supplies at the end of 2011/beginning of 2012 and that they will deliver to Germany.
      I am in the UK and have had the same trouble loctaing page protectors. I currently use We R Memory keepers 6×4 page protectors. hope this helps x

    • ….
      Susanne said…

      Thanks for letting me know!

  • 29.
    Jane said…

    Just a beautiful layout – the green cards complete the photos beautifully with the contrast of the red highlights in the cards and the photos.

  • 30.
    jlyn said…

    ali, i LOVE these posts. and i’m almost (almost!) tempted to do Project Life myself (I did it in a digital version when my husband was deployed). I guess my ONE question is whether or not you feel like, at the end of a few years, that you’ll have TOO MANY BOOKS! I mean, i stopped scrapbooking JUST because the books were so huge & bulky. and with you already on book THREE just for one year, do you worry about storage space?!?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Good question. I think right now I’m really trying not to judge it and just go with what feels good :) – this project has felt really great this year and has been a great way to document our lives. I have three albums mainly because I’ve added a bunch of extra pages – stories that are longer and additional photos. In the future maybe I won’t be as assertive in adding more pages and maybe I will…not sure yet.

  • 31.
    Laura said…

    Okay! I ordered my Project Life kits this weekend!! I can’t wait to start (I have to go backwards a couple weeks, but I am planning to do one for every week of my son’s life…he’s only 12 weeks old right now…) :-) !!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      That will be so awesome Laura!

  • 32.
    Alex said…

    I am new to scrapbooking and accumulated all kinds of “stash” of random items and then felt completely overwhelmed before I started. I am going to start a Project Life album (I think it will be easier and more streamlined for me) but I am wondering how can I incorporate some of my stash/supplies into PL so that I don’t waste it?

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