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September 20, 2011

Project Life | Week Thirty-Seven

project life | week thirty-seven

Welcome to Project Life | Week Thirty-Seven.

project life | week thirty-seven

As I was bringing it all together for this past week I was thinking about how wonderfully routine this project has become for me.

For thirty-seven weeks I’ve been tucking photos and words and the stuff of life into these little pockets.

I love this project.

It’s been a very good routine.

project life | week thirty-seven

I was able to get a couple of the Missoni products from Target on Wednesday. A pair of shoes for Anna and a make-up bag for me. The Missoni tags were a simple thing to add to the first pocket.

project life | week thirty-seven

I included journaling from my What Is Real Right Now post as an insert. I also added a really lovely letterpress printed wedding invitation for my sister-in-law’s wedding.

project life | week thirty-seven

This week I used these little tags (Avery Marking Tags) for labels on my photos. I’ve gotten to where I feel like the photos are almost naked without a few words added for context. These were stapled using the Tiny Attacher.

project life | week thirty-seven

I closed up volume 2 of 2011 this week and started a new We Are Memory Keepers black 12×12 album.

project life | week thirty-seven

project life | week thirty-seven

The first volume is January through mid-April. The second volume is mid-April through mid-September. The third will run me through the end of the year. After December I’ll likely go back in and divide up the albums more evenly.

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.
    dawn said…

    Wonderful pictures and fun tags to add. I too love love doing this every week and look forward to putting the little bits into it. Cannot wait till the new ones come out for next year!!

    I can’t believe your on #3 already. Mine is close to full, might have to get a second one for the last half of year.

  • 2.
    Char said…

    Ali, What do you store your scrapbook albums on? I have been looking for something that will fit them but have been unable to find anything.

  • 3.
    Wendy said…

    I just started doing Project Life and I’m loving it. I’ve read and re-read all of your Project Life links. Thanks for taking the time to provide such great inspiration!

  • 4.
    jennifer said…

    Ali, thank you for continuing to share your PL. I love seeing your pages — so inspiring! You have really helped me stay motivated and on track with my PL. It really is such an awesome project!!

  • 5.
    Denise said…

    I love looking at your pages every week, thanks for sharing!! I am SO GLAD to see I am not the only one who CAN NOT fit an entire year in one album!!!

  • 6.
    Suz said…

    I loved Bread and Jam for Frances! One of my all time favorite children’s books!
    Thanks for sharing your PL with all of us bloggers each week. I know it helps keep me motivated to keep ‘er going. :)

  • 7.

    It’s all so good Ali! I’m just wondering if your plan is to do this every year or just every so often.. It would seem like a LOT of albums to collect over the years is all I’m thinking!?! Thanks for sharing :o )

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m not sure yet Paulette. I already have a crazy amount of albums since beginning this adventure…

  • 8.
    Deb J said…

    I really enjoy seeing your Project Life albun. next year I have to do this.

  • 9.
    Marsaille said…

    I wouldn’t go back and divide them up more evenly! Don’t create more work for yourself, Ali. There is more syncronicity with them the way they are, one flows to the next… leads you through it. Unless you don’t have anything better to do. In that case, I could use some help around here. I am a good cook, and we could have tea.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I love tea :) . I don’t think it would take too long – I meant just make it even between the three – 4 months, 4 months, 4 months.

  • 10.
    ShellyJ said…

    I look forward to your update each week :)

  • 11.
    sarah said…

    bread + jam for frances, as well as the other frances books, are one of my all time childhood favorites!

  • 12.
    Amy said…

    Oh that is so good to know that you split up your Project Life! I just started mine on April 1st and it is already super, super full – will definitely be splitting mine up =0)

  • 13.

    Hi Ali,

    I was curious, I love how you are just taking your journaling straight from your website/blog and using it in your scrapbooking. But I noticed that typically on your blog you are talking to us/your audience, do you change any of the language when you put it in your albums, or just leave it as is? Along the same lines, do you envision your albums for yourself or for your children? Like for example, on your last entry about “What is Real Right Now” you say you and Chris are having a hard time and you ask for our prayers…. did you put that straight in the album? Also you say Anna is “more two than Simon ever was”, I love that you are honest with us, but do you ever worry about Simon or Anna reading what you wrote? I hope this doesn’t sound critical, because I’m not trying to be at all… I’m just curious as to your thoughts on the topic and how you generally approach some of these tough subjects. How do you decide how much you want to include and how you want to talk about it in your scrapbooks? I guess it’s a journaling/diary vs. a scrapbooking type of question. Thanks in advance for any feedback, thoughts!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’ve done it a lot of different ways – depending on the week, the time, etc. For this week I just left the content of that post as it was. In many ways I see these albums for me now…and for them later on if they’d like them (if they do that’s great, if not that’s totally fine too – part of the way I experience my life is through the process of documentation). I don’t worry about them reading what I wrote. On the whole my words are loving, kind, supportive and celebratory towards them and who they are. I hope they DO read them and know that they were loved so very much and that I was also a very real, imperfect person (just like everyone else in the world – a very common bond between human beings).

      There’s lots of things I leave out, lots of things that don’t need to be said in this format.

    • ….

      Hey Ali, I completely agree that you are a very loving, caring and encouraging mother and your words reflect that. That’s why we all love checking in with you every day on your blog. You help us to stay positive and keep things simple. Thank you for your reply!

  • 14.
    jennifer said…

    jennifer olson

    how many albums are you going to do and are you going to buy all of the new stuff too

    i’m going to buy all the new stuff too

    • ….
      Ali said…

      This year there will be three. I’m planning on getting the new kit (or pieces of one of the new kits) for 2012.

  • 15.
    Brandy said…

    I was wondering how you do the last page of the album (volume) when you split it, like what would be the single end page, do you do extra photos or cards to complete it? Also the start page to the next volume? I was thinking of just doing some photos and filler and journal cards of things pertaining to the end week, then the start week, in addition to the 2 page weekly spread. Family pics would not apply, since I am single, no kids. Just wondering what you do. You may have addressed this in an earlier post and I missed it. Thank you for all the inspiration!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Brandy – there was a bit of discussion about this last week (more in the comments if I remember right). I mentioned that I don’t have anything special at the end of one and the beginning of the next right now. I think at the end of the year I’ll take a look at that and figure something out :) .

    • ….
      Brandy said…

      Thanks, I don’t know how I missed that!!

  • 16.
    samone said…

    love the little avery tags – great idea x.

  • 17.
    Jen said…

    Hi Ali – i can’t wait to see how you feel when it is done…I did it last year and I felt myself kind of “mourn” the project being done – I got so used to tucking odds and ends in albums/taking photos of things I don’t “typically” capture. I took a break so I could appreciate it for what it was and started just capturing a month at a time not daily but I know I will do the daily again. It is a great project and I already cherish it so much. Thanks for posting your journey – it is encouraging to others to pick it up and run with it. Have a great day!!

  • 18.

    jennifer olson

    were do you get all of your page refill

  • 19.
    Mikki McGehee said…

    I absolutely love seeing your Project Life albums each week. They are so inspiring! I love that you’re sharing the products that have really brought your Project Life album to life.

  • 20.
    borcherding said…

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME…every time I read your posts I just get more and more excited about starting this project in January for the first time. I will say though, I am concerned about the about of TIME involved in this project. Most days when I walk in the door at 5:30 from work I am turning around and leaving for PTO meetings, Volleyball games, or who knows what else!! I WANT to do this so, so bad but I worry about having the actually time to do it all! Any tips you can pass on for a NEWBIE? Thanks Ali! Love everything you do and I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. :-) peace and blessings…

    • ….
      Scrapflicka said…

      I’ve been doing this for three years now and I tend to take 1-2 hours every Sunday to put it together. I print my pictures at home and keep an envelope in the kitchen for the bits and pieces I’m collecting during the week. I don’t journal every day. I did the first year but it just wasn’t my style so now I write on days when something important or funny happens or I just write a resumé of the whole week. I do keep a private blog so whenever I feel like it I can go back and see what happen a particular day or copy and paste from the blog. This way it’s ok if I fall behind on the album. But really, you get into the routine so fast.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      My biggest tip is to have it out in your house somewhere that gives you easy access to it – mine lives on my kitchen counter. It’s easy to jot down things on the cards, etc. I need that visual reminder to make it happen. I also found that posting here each week was a pretty strong motivator.

  • 21.
    Christine H said…

    Love the tags! Going to have to steal that idea.

  • 22.

    jennifer oldon said

    where do you get all of your page refill

  • 23.
    Joeynumber41 said…

    Project Life is kinda tough for last week. My dad passed away on September 12th.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m so sorry to read that – peace be with you and your family.

  • 24.
    Caroline said…

    Hey Ali, I’m a long-time reader, first-time commenter :)

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your stuff. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for doing what you do and sharing so much of yourself with your readers.

    I’m curious what made you choose to use the black leather 12 X 12 album for PL since your album organization posts show that you were using the linen albums. Any reason for the change?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’ve found that the We Are Memory Keepers albums and page protectors are sturdier :) .

  • 25.
    Julie Lueck said…

    Oh, you are so good. I try to do daily, but since school started, I haven’t even been journaling. The funny thing is my youngest just started Jr. Kindergarten. It seems I have been busier than ever with him gone.

    On the storage part, I could sure use your help and fellow blog readers. I have been scrap booking and reading the mags since 1992. I am now getting a new scrap room. I am starting from scratch. I wanted to do counters with drawers, but everything out there seems to be kitchen counter height, not standard desk height. I have the chance to create my dream room, but I am having a hard time finding furniture. I really wish all the pictures on the web came with recipes. Help.

  • 26.
    audra said…

    Hi Ali,
    I just wanted to thank you for posting your PL weekly – It’s such a inspiration and encourages me and I’m sure many others to stick with it!

    I have a question – regarding December Daily. Do you know when you will have a post on that regarding what format and supplies you might be using this year? I’ve played along the last couple years and hands down, it’s my FAVORITE! It’s so fun to break out the Christmas stuff ( I store it seperate from my regular scrap supplies) Really looking forward to it!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Audra – I’ll be posting about December Daily in late October this year. I’m working with a company on a kit that will include some of the supplies – more information on that coming in mid-October.

  • 27.

    jennifer olson

    are yo going to get a new project life album for you

    and all of the new project life refill pages too

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – will definitely be getting a new one when it comes out.

  • 28.
    Janine Fox said…

    I apologise if this question has been asked before, but do you only use the one format of the photo pocket pages? I want to order some components of a kit but there are so many different ones to choose from now. You don’t seem to ever use the ones that take portrait photos? Do you not really take photos in portrait?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Janine – I do only use this format mainly because I almost exclusively take horizontal photos (just something I do – no right or wrong).

  • 29.
    Mrs. V said…

    This seems like such a great project. I am not sure that I will be able to start it in 2012, but if not, I would definitely want to do it in 2013 once I get myself more organized for such an undertaking!

  • 30.
    Vicmarie said…

    Ok. I’ve been wondering how to start. I’ve checked all the inspiring ideas but I’m still blank. I recognize that having children makes this whole experience easier and more funny. But I’m single, and I have no kids, so in what should I focus my week in the life project? Or what kind of project should I get involved in (besides getting a life) using these wonderful, feasible and budget-saver techniques? Thanks a lot!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Vicmarie – if I didn’t have kids I think I’d focus more on a photo a day – challenging myself to take a photo each day. There’s thousands of different photos that could be taken over the course of a day as you go about your daily life – maybe your album is more focused on that combined with your own observations. It would also make a really great gratitude album – challenge yourself to document one thing you are thankful for each day of the year – take a photo and write a bit each day.

    • ….
      Vicmarie said…

      That’s great for me. Definitely. Just perfect to watch myself and my own thoughts changing. Thanks you very very much for answering.

  • 31.
    Danielle Watt said…

    Hey Ali~ Is that a grey leather album I spy in one of the photos? Is that something current? I didn’t think We R Memory Keepers had a grey one?!?!

    I’ve been following closely to your Project Life posts this year and am very inspired and motivated to give it a go in 2012! Thanks for being such a constant source of inspiration!

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