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October 20, 2011

Project Life | Weeks Thirty-Nine, Forty and Forty-One

Project Life | Week Thirty-Nine

Welcome to Project Life | Weeks Thirty-Nine, Forty, and Forty-One

NOTE: Both the Turquoise and the Amber editions of Project Life are back in stock at Amazon. These were the new designs that debuted late last year – there are new designs coming out next month as well. You can see all the options on Becky’s site.

Today’s post includes three weeks of Project Life, including two weeks put together by my Mom and Katie while I was traveling in Italy.

It’s likely that I’ll include a couple things about my trip into Project Life but I wanted to show you what it looks like without it first (see what my Mom did, etc). I imagine that I’ll just add in a note and a couple photos – maybe a half-page insert with some of my favorite photos and maybe some information about the logistics and experience. I’ve got a separate project going for the rest of my trip documentation.

Let’s start with Week Thirty-Nine (this was the week right before I left):

Project Life | Week Thirty-Nine

Project Life | Week Thirty-Nine

Project Life | Week Thirty-Nine

Week Forty:

Project Life | Week Forty

Project Life | Week Forty

First off, I love this. I love that my Mom and Katie collaborated to make sure these pockets were filled with photos and bits of life while I was away.

Project Life | Week Forty

Project Life | Week Forty

My parents took the kids down to the beach the first weekend I was away so my Mom included a full second page protector to accommodate the photos and stories.

Project Life | Week Forty

Project Life | Week Forty

I love, love, love having her handwriting in here.

Project Life | Week Forty

What I really love though is that they took the time to do this while they were here. I came home to photos printed and all the content stuffed into the pockets. I know my Mom tried working my printer here at home but ended up with a couple trips to Costco for the 4×6 prints. Love you for doing that Mom. She even rounded all the corners.

Week Forty-One:

Project Life | Week Forty-One

You’ll notice as you look at this week that there’s a few blank spots.

Project Life | Week Forty-One

I’m thinking I’ll use those spaces to include some Italy photos or words about where I was during this time.

Project Life | Week Forty-One

Project Life | Week Forty-One

This list cracks me up. It’s a great idea to include something so simple, so everyday.

Project Life | Week Forty

A little bit of the schedule.

Project Life | Week Forty-One

My Dad did some awesome pruning around the yard. Super thankful for that too.

I also love that my Mom got on the internet and downloaded some of the information for the local corn maze – they visited a couple times.

These couple weeks put together while I was away could end up being some of my favorites of the entire year down the road. It’s a special addition – so cool to have a bit of their perspective and memories included.

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.
    Cindy said…

    Ali, your Mom rocks!

  • 2.
    dawn said…

    I agree with Cindy, your mom ROCKS!! This is my favorite week now too, just seeing how sweet she was to do all this.

    Katie ROCKS too!!

  • 3.
    Sally said…

    How wonderful to know YOU don’t have to catch up on things that you weren’t even there to participate in. The “participants” did it FOR you. Awesome.

  • 4.
    Alison said…

    What an awesome memory to have and documented! Something your family can cherish forever. Happy to hear you made it home safe.

  • 5.

    Ali- this speaks volumes of their love for you. And that they really truly “get” you. I know for a fact that this wouldn’t happen in my family. It makes my heart happy for you.

  • 6.
    Solgunn said…

    What an awesome job she did! You must be so proud of your mum.

  • 7.
    alida said…

    Yes, these pages are extra special! I think the dimension of your Italy photo’s will make it really interesting too.

  • 8.
    Allison said…

    Your parents totally get a gold star!!

  • 9.
    Liz said…

    i love that you included other peoples perspective….that is so sweet and will be treasured by your children down the road and now…what a memory they will have thanks to your photos and journaling!!

  • 10.
    christen said…

    wow! your mom is awesome to do this. these memories are priceless.

  • 11.
    Martha Thomas said…

    You are SO blessed to have parents like that, Ali!! I’m so thankful for that in your life. So precious.

  • 12.
    heidig said…

    How lucky you are to have parents who would do this for you! I’m jealous! Can I borrow them sometime (ha!)?

  • 13.
    Jennifer Levin said…

    How wonderful for Simon and Anna to have such a special and wonderful relationship with your parents! Your mom did an amazing job getting the memories they made into the PL album. I can SO feel the love and support that your parents give you and the children. What a blessing!

  • 14.
    Lisa W. said…

    WOW…this is SO cool…what awesome parents you have. The whole scrapbooking thing…well lets just say I don’t think my Mom “gets it” ! I love it all, and I so understand how special those two weeks in your project life mean to you!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Go Simon go..and that Anna OH she is just so SO cute:)

  • 15.
    Alex said…

    I am about to start a Project Life album. How can I incorporate some of the scrapbooking “stash” I accumulated for traditional scrapbooking into the PL, so it doesn’t go to waste? (I’ very new to this) Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Alex – I don’t use a lot of extra products in mine (mainly more focused on the words, photos and adding in stuff from life – receipts, tags, notes, etc). There are definitely people out there who are incorporating more artsy elements from their stash and it looks awesome. Check out Lisa:

    • ….
      laura g. said…

      you can put anything into the pockets! and also make traditional pages to put in your album don’t make it hard…enjoy the process..once you get going you’ll do great!

    • ….
      Sandy M. said…

      I can’t let go of traditional scrapbooking entirely (I love it too much) so my book is a combination of traditional pages and pocket pages. Works great!

  • 16.
    Monika Wright said…

    This post totally had me smiling the whole way through, okay and touched by the sweetness and support of the people who love you and your family!

  • 17.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    What a wonderful gift to come home to!!!

  • 18.
    MichelleB said…

    Ali – you have the best Mom :) Mom’s are good – and I think that it took me growing up to realize how much I need my mom. How much she does for me and my kids. Yup, Mom’s are good! And you have a very good one!!

  • 19.
    Liz Ness said…

    Yay! Love seeing your project and photos with your mom (Hi Pati)! =)

  • 20.
    Jamie Lott said…

    This is incredible! I spent a week in the hospital right when we moved to a new house in a new state. My mom was so amazing during this week, watching our 5 children and unpacking our house while I was ill and hubby was working. But, now after seeing this post I wish she could have just hung with the kids and documented it all! I would love to have another perspective in my PL album and especially her thoughts and handwriting!
    Thank you for sharing this!! I will admit to missing your posts while you were gone :)

  • 21.
    Christine said…

    I love how your Mom and Katie filled up your Project Life. The result is fabulous. Kudos to your Dad for doing the pruning in your yard. You are very blessed to have these special people in your life. My Mom offen fills in for me and I am ever so grateful.

  • 22.
    laura g. said…

    isn’t it great to have your parents perspective? something that you and your kids will treasure in years to come i copied off my mom’s handwriting from the back of pictures and put that in the albums i have made for my kids and brothers after she passed away the phrases she used plus her own handwriting was priceless!

  • 23.
    monica said…

    your mom is awesome! What a gift that she took the time to do this. So wish I had someone like that in my life!

  • 24.
    Janette said…

    Sounds like even though you had an amzing time in Italy, it must be so hard for you to be away from Simon & Anna for so long. Your parents and Katie sound awesome! I bet it is so comforting for you knowing that there’s such a fabulous team filling in for you!!! (Besides – as a Nana myself, I bet your Mom had a blast!!)

  • 25.
    {vicki} said…

    Your Mom is the Coolest!!!!!!!!!!

  • 26.
    april said…

    I love that your mom journaled in her own handwriting. What an extra little treasure for your kids to see years from now. I can get a card in the mail and know it’s from my grandmother immediately by the handwriting.

  • 27.
    Karen Heisler said…

    What an amazing mom you have! You are so blessed!You WILL treasure having her handwriting in your albums. It almost makes me cry to see that your mom collaborates on such a great project with you. I miss my mom so much!

  • 28.

    jennifer olson

    when the new project life what album are you going to get the clementine or the cobalt

    i like looking at your project life too work on my project life and how many project life album do you have

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’ll be using Clementine (but am thinking about getting the Cobalt cards too to add them in). My Project Life this year is spread out over three albums – for me that’s because I’ve included a lot of inserts.

  • 29.
    Paula G said…

    A beautiful post, happy tears in my eyes.

  • 30.
    janice m. said…

    i love that your mom understands your passion for memory keeping. what a blessing!!

  • 31.
    Stacy Milford said…

    LOVE it! Your mom & Katie are AMAZING :)

  • 32.
    Nicky H said…

    This is so cool! Your mom and Katie are the best! They ROCK!

  • 33.
    Maureen said…

    Your mom is a treasure Ali! What a terrific gift your parents and Katie gave you.

  • 34.
    Gretchen said…

    how sweet that your mom and Katie worked on PL while you were away :) I am wondering what corner rounder you use?? I have 2 and do not like either one!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      The one I use is a little dark blue one from Marvy. Not sure if it’s still available. I also know that the Corner Chomper works well.

  • 35.
    Amy said…

    LOL to the rounded corners! :-)

  • 36.
    Debbie S. said…

    Very cool…your family is amazing! :) Have a great day, Ali!

  • 37.
    Deb J said…

    How neat that your Mom did the pictures and things for project life. She is really special to do that. Way to go MOM!

  • 38.
    Myriam said…

    Your parents are amazing! You and your kids are so lucky to have them so involved in your lives… Best wishes to all and hats off!

  • 39.
    Claire said…

    There is some really beautiful writing in there, particularly on the “Away We Go” card. Love it.

  • 40.
    Kris said…

    I love your moms handwriting in your album. My mother just passed away a few months ago and I really treasure everything little thing about her now…like her handwriting. Seems small. but puts a smile on my face.

    • ….
      Jules said…

      I agree – I have spent years asking around the family for a copy of our Christmas cake recipe in my grandmother’s handwriting. It is her recipe that I make every year but I don’t have it in her hand. She had little schooling as her mother died young and Nan had to stop going to school to care for the rest of the family at 11-years-old! But she did have the most beautiful handwriting and I am really sad not to have a sample of it.

  • 41.
    Catherine said…

    High five to awesome parents! My Mom just sent me an email last night saying how glad she was that I was using my gift. Your Mom clearly feels the same. Can’t wait to support my own kids like this!

  • 42.
    Amanda said…

    Wow! that’s awesome. I love seeing her handwriting too. So lovely! You are uber blessed, Ali!

  • 43.
    Wendy Orme said…

    That is soooo great! What a treasure!

  • 44.
    Ashley said…

    I am in awe that your sweet mama and nanny did this for you. It is most impressive to me that you so clearly recognize the gift that they are in your life. So glad that you have them and they have you.

  • 45.
    rhonda said…

    What a great support system you have! Love seeing things from your mom and Katie’s perspective also your dad is a gem too!

  • 46.
    cindy said…

    OMG, that is so awesome your mom worked on your Project life Ali. what a great way to have a part of her & your album from her perspective…gosh, i LOVE this!!!

    • ….
      cindy said…

      oops, i meant that to say “in your album” ;)

  • 47.
    Sarah said…

    How sweet of your mom to do that while you were away! Nice job!
    I recognize the Spanish words:) Are the kids learning Spanish?

    It’s nice to see you are back:)

  • 48.
    Julie G said…

    your Mom and Dad are amazing (and Katie is pretty cool too) how great that they did all that for you. and i love that Lily went to the beach too :-)
    glad you are home safe and sound

  • 49.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    what a beautiful act of love for your family and you. what amazing parents (and katie) you have.

  • 50.
    Karen F from New Zealand said…

    Hi Ali
    Just LOVE the foods Simon likes list! Cracked me right up reading it as my big boy would be just about identical! great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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