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Project Life 2012 | Week Two + Free Download

Welcome to Project Life 2012 | Week Two.

I've got a free "one little week" download for you today that includes both a PNG and a Silhouette file (both are included in a zip file - for more on downloading go here).

Click here to download One Little Week.

Enjoy!

Here's a look at Week Two:

Lots and lots of photos this week.

Sometimes it leans heavier one way or the other (more or less photos) and I tend to just go with it. My Mom was here with us from Tuesday through yesterday helping me paint my office. It was a big job and I'm so thankful she was here to help.

I used my new Rituals & Routines word art set ("Tuesday Ritual") on the bottom left photo. A Jillibean Soup Corrugated Heart is on top of some word art from my For The Love Of Love word art package. The little flag on the top photo is from Elles Studio.

For the insert this week I used a Design D page protector and cut off the outside pockets (I like when the inserts are smaller than the main pages for the week).

I loved doing the little 4x3 photos (tutorial available here) and including a couple vertical photos. I almost never take vertical shots (just not how I look through the lens) but since my Mom was here she shot a few with my camera. The photo of the crab I took with my iphone.

I really want to include a few more "peek through" elements like the one I did on my title page for 2012 throughout the year. The Silhouette works great for that - I was able to cut out this word element and stick it right in the pocket (download it for free at the beginning of this post).

The fact that you can't read it from the back doesn't bother me at all.

You might also notice that I placed two, 4x3 photos on one 4x6 canvas and added that into one of the vertical pockets vs. cutting them all out (and a good option for someone like me who takes more horizontal than vertical photos).

An Avery Self-Adhesive index tab along the edge of the insert. I don't add these every time I include an insert, but a lot of the time.

Notes From Today tag is from Elles Studio.

SUPPLIES | 2012 | WEEK 2


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Project Life is a product and a system created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be. The pieces used in my album 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 (including all the spreads from my completed 2011 album) here.

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  1. Julie G says…
    01/17/2012

    hi Ali
    thank you so much for the free download. I have a silhoutte cameo on pre-order and I'm so looking forward to trying this. I LOVE the picture of Simon and George - they both look like they've chosen the perfect match !! So happy for Simon.
    Julie

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  2. Sharon says…
    01/17/2012

    Thanks for the freebie, another beautiful week.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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    1. Dora says…
      02/18/2014

      Your poinstg lays bare the truth

  3. Susan says…
    01/17/2012

    thanks for the freebie Ali. and another thank you regarding your thankful thoughts at DD. i've already got mine and have scheduled a mini-series of thankfulness (every two weeks) of nourishing gratitude and thanksgiving (nourishing is my OLW) on my blog using your sweet thankful thought templates.

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  4. libby gordon says…
    01/17/2012

    I never thought I would want a Silhouette but the "one little week" is giving me serious second thoughts. Gee, thanks:).Thanks again for sharing-really love your use of smash stuff-have tons of this in my stash.

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    1. Michelle P says…
      01/19/2012

      Karina-

      How much are you selling it for? I might be interested.

    2. Michelle P says…
      01/19/2012

      you can email me @ [email protected] Also think about shipping. I'm in Wichita, KS.

    3. Karina says…
      01/18/2012

      Libby,

      I have a Silhouette that i never used, and i would like to sell it.. Please let me know if you are interested. It comes even with two rolls of vynil. Thanks ! Karina

  5. char says…
    01/17/2012

    Thank you so much for the download! I am doing a digi PL and loving it so far :) Yours is wonderful.

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  6. Eveline van Heijst says…
    01/17/2012

    Thanks for the download. I'm following project life, I like it, I might start myself. I have a friend, Sandra, who started last year. We both are eagerly waiting for the products to arrive in the UK.
    Eveline.

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  7. Donna says…
    01/17/2012

    Hi, love the free download thank you. I so love that photo of Simon with George - how cute are they :)
    Donna

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  8. erin says…
    01/17/2012

    thanks for the free download - my silhouette just arrived and i am anxious to start playing with it. i also really love the small 4 x 3 photos - i've been cropping many of mine to fit in the small pockets and it's turning out so well.

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  9. Cristina says…
    01/17/2012

    Thank you for the download! I love the see through element, I haven't done it in my album yet (I always use up all the space!) but I want to! :)

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  10. dawn says…
    01/17/2012

    I love your week Ali, again so many good memories. My favorite is seeing your mom in there, so happy she's there to support you and help out right now when you need it.

    Miss Anna is so precious in her ballet photos, love those. Hooray for Simon and George.

    We are painting at our house to and I included our paint chips that were choosing from. Love when we can add these into the little pockets.

    Thanks so much for the download, love this idea.

    Have a good week!!

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  11. Natalie (qsogirl) says…
    01/17/2012

    THANK YOU!!!! for the download!!

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  12. PJ says…
    01/17/2012

    Hurray! Great freebie!
    I'm trying to figure out how to approach the whole PL thing the best way hybrid, without making it too complicated! It's quite a challange, because i'm still waiting for the arrival of the PL stuff here at the other side of the ocean, and i don't have a 12x12 printer... anyway, the png and silhouette format of your freebie is perfect, and will totally match with the other stuff you've designed that plan to use!

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  13. Heather S. in VT says…
    01/17/2012

    Thanks so much Ali for the awesome download!! Love freebies! You inspired me to start project life and I actually started the end of Nov '11 and so far I've kept up with it!! And I am SO EXCITED about it! So thank you thank you and thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all your tips and posts!! I'm just so tickled with my album so far! And it's all thanks to your posts and blog about what you are doing!! I've even pick up a couple of tips that have saved me time!! Thank you Ali!

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  14. Ellie A. says…
    01/17/2012

    Thanks so much for the download! I love being able to cut the page protectors just for when those weeks we have a bit more to include. Loving your post today. Off to download because this week shall be a low key and this is just perfect!

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  15. Francine says…
    01/17/2012

    Thanks for the freebie Ali. Perfect timing as I am currently printing out photos to head upstairs to work on my Week 2. I also have lots of photos this week, this after I thought I had culled them way down!

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  16. Chris H says…
    01/17/2012

    Great week Ali! And, thanks so much for your tutorials on digital things. I've referred back so many times. I'm forcing myself to use PSE for as much as I can, and it's getting easier, which is really bringing PL to a whole new level for me.

    I do have a question. I love portrait 5x7 layouts and I'm having a heck of a time finding page protectors that are portrait in that size. I know we had them for OLW last year..but I can't for the life of me find them. Help?

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  17. jennifer h says…
    01/17/2012

    I would just like to say, again, that I love your Project Life. Everyone has a different take on it and that is great, but in my eyes yours is perfect, capturing the moments with photos and telling the story, with just the right amount of embellishing. I have been so overwhelmed with this project and always look forward to seeing yours. Sorry if this sounds a bit stalker like, I am just a big fan :) Thank you the free download and tutorials too.

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  18. Jill says…
    01/17/2012

    You got those cool chairs from IKEA! I have one as my desk chair in my home office. Love it - it's been great for me and has held up well for 5+ years.

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    1. Ali says…
      01/17/2012

      I did and I'm so happy with them - they are really just right for the casual style I was going for :).

  19. Devon says…
    01/17/2012

    What a great suggestion of using 2 3x4 photos in place of one portrait 4x6. I am noticing that I take quite a few 4x6 photos but not always enough to balance out the page!

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  20. Shaela says…
    01/17/2012

    I love your pages! And thanks for the freebie - I look forward to using it. :)

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  21. Cynthia says…
    01/17/2012

    thanks for the download! I love your layouts and I am going to use your tutorial on the 3x4 photos (I have a feeling it may be more efficient than how I am currently approaching it).

    I must also say Ali that I love the simplicity with which you approach this project. I know you have a lot of elements going on but your stylistic approach has remained the same and I truly appreciate this. The more viral PL goes (and it is such a GREAT concept), the more uber creative people are becoming and I think this is why so many people are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of starting, staying with or understanding the beauty that is PL. I really appreciate your realistic approach to PL and how you convey participating in it in such a low key and doable manner. Thanks!

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    1. Ali says…
      01/17/2012

      I agree with you Cynthia - about the creative part and I feel a bit of that pressure too. I know as I was working on my week last night I kept repeating words to myself about getting the words down and the photos in :). I love that there are so many different ways it can be done and that it can be a creative outlet and it can take as much or as little time as you want. The key is to make it be what you want/need it to be vs. trying to make it look like other people's stuff.

  22. Jaimee H. says…
    01/17/2012

    I have not embarked on a PL yet, but your style is so inspiring. I think I will absorb you this year and maybe take a chance on PL for 2013. I will also be signing up for your storyology class soon as it sounds amazing!!!!

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  23. Helen Rosen says…
    01/17/2012

    I just watched your tutorial again...I know how to get the pics on the canvas, but when I print borderless, my printer cuts off part of the image I have read a technical explanation of why this happens, but I don't know how to fix it! Any suggestions?

    Love your Project Life and thanks for the freebie!

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    1. Ali says…
      01/17/2012

      Hi Helen - do you have the option to print borderless without "auto expand"? Mine has two options - auto expand and something along the line of "retain actual size" - these are options when I choose which paper type for printing. You might want to check that out.

    2. ChezLou says…
      01/17/2012

      I had a similar issue using PS and printing either 2 3x4 or a single photo from a 4x6 layout - the image was slightly cut off even with borderless printing. This was particularly obvious as I am adding a rounded corners white border to my photos.

      For my Canon MP560, going into PS Page Setup > Scale > 97% resolved the issue. It will likely be different for your printer, but at least something to look at.

      Ali mentioned laying out 2 landscape photos in one portrait 4x6 - I do that a lot as no Design A pockets available right now. I users many as 3 photos, cropped and scaled differently, especially for those events with several moments documented.

  24. Melissa H says…
    01/17/2012

    Thank you so much for the freebie. I love it!!!

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  25. Kristin says…
    01/17/2012

    thank you Ali! I'm trying out PL this year, using a small 8x8 photo album. Figured out how to use your overlays on photos - lovely!

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