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March 6, 2012

Project Life 2012 | Week Nine

Welcome to Project Life 2012 | Week Nine.

As you can see, I’m still keeping it really pretty simple. There’s not a lot of extra decoration, but I did have fun with an enlarged photo as you’ll see below.

For my insert this week I cut a Design F page protector in half.

“This is life” is from my Sentiment 4×6 Boxes, cut using Vellum on the Silhouette.

Letter stickers on the card that documents the time it takes me to drive to Anna’s school are from Pebbles.

The “Him/Her” card is from my Two Things set.

I actually printed that one and the Random Fact 001 card on the same 4×6 piece of paper:

The “today” and “loving” cards are from my Life Sentiment Vol.1 cards. The “fabulous” card is from the Smash Blank Journaling Pad.

I’ve loved seeing how Kelly and Elise have done pages using full page photos in their Project Life albums. Finally took a photo this week that felt like a good one to experiment with (partly because of encouragement from both of them after seeing this photo on Instagram).

I printed it out here at home as a 12×12 (on Epson 13×19 paper) on my Epson R2000 and then cut it down with my trimmer.

Last week I saw something on Pinterest that I knew I wanted to replicate: words on vellum.

Dear Silhouette, I love you.

I used WorldWin Transluscent Vellum, ran it through the Silhouette, rounded the edges with the Corner Chomper and then cut the 4×6 in half to fit into two smaller shapes.

FREE DOWNLOAD | Download the Diane Ackerman quote here as a Studio file.

I used a Precision Pen to write on my photos.

And I so often love what’s left over on that cutting mat:

Even after scrapping off all those letters:

SUPPLIES | 2012 | WEEK 9

Click on the images to link to the products.

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.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    Hi Ali,

    Even for being simple this week it’s still WOW WOW WOW. So much to love but that enlarged photo of you is the BEST!! Great job on it and love that you used this photo of you. That quote is a good one, thanks for sharing the link for us to get it.

    Those him/her cards are the cutest along with all your other fun cards. You have great little notes of sweet memories written down, that’s awesome!

    Love that you kept time of the drive to school, you are so COOL!! Thanks for the idea.

    Hope your enjoying your first week of March, let’s hope spring is coming soon.

  • 2.
    Janie said…

    Love Love Love this weeks project life! Love the random fact writing! Simple is better! Keeping it real! Love the picture of you too… and it is sort of like the Peak A Boo page…. Thanks for updating us each week with all the simple solutions to scrapbooking.

  • 3.
    Helen said…

    Beautiful, Ali – I so love your take on PL. Love that you include bits of your philosophy of life in your albums – it will, in years to come, speak of your personality, your hopes and your dreams, and that will be precious for all who view it. Thanks so much for the inspiration (constant inspiration….!)….

  • 4.
    Crystal said…

    Love the big photo and those leftover letters would be perfect in a little plastic as word confetti a la glue stick girl. :)

  • 5.
    Michelle L said…

    Love this!

  • 6.
    ELISA said…

    darn. the link doesn’t work to download the file. :-(

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s updated.

  • 7.
    laura g. said…

    good morning! i love what you are doing with the Silhouette! what are you going to do with the left over letters? put them in a pocket of a page protector? i look forward to your posts every morning!

  • 8.
    Jane said…

    I can’t get the download to work either :(

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s been updated.

  • 9.
    anya said…

    LOVE it. Love all the handwriting and love the documentation of where Simon and Anna are. I adore everything you’ve done with the Silhouette – you have been one of the major contributing factors to me finally purchasing one (it arrives today!) and so I can’t wait to try cutting vellum. The top section of the insert that allows the photo below to peek through is perfect. Just love this, Ali, you inspire me so much!

  • 10.
    jenn said…

    I love how the full photo page turned out. I’ve been wanting to try that as well, but haven’t had a photo that fits. I love the one you used. I’ve split a couple photos to fill the 4X3 pockets, so I’m working up to an entire page :)

    Every time I see something so cool you do with that silhouette I want one!!

  • 11.
    Louise Fortune said…

    Lovely Page, can you share what font you used to create that quote ?


    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m pretty sure it was just Arial Black.

    • ….
      Louise Fortune said…

      Thanks Ali – I thought it was a “blackout” font but now I look again I can see what you have done to give it that effect (dropping out all the letters and their centres, Doh !)

    • ….
      khloe said…

      thank you Ali!!

  • 12.
    Loydene said…

    I, too, have loved the leavings on the cutting mat — and have used packing tape (strips abutted to one another, crossing the leavings) to pick-up and preserve the remainders.

  • 13.
    khloe said…

    beautiful ever! a note: the link at quote doesn’t work.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Try again – I updated it a few minutes ago (might need to refresh your browser).

  • 14.
    heidiY said…

    Too funny, my kids don’t like anything on their waffles either!! Just butter… but they’ll eat it all day if I let them! Love your pages! Thanks for always sharing, esp the inspiration yesterday :)

  • 15.
    JillT said…

    I love the leftovers too! Very difficult to throw away. Just started to fill a “letters graffiti” baggie. Mulling how long it will take to find the perfect project :)

  • 16.
    Beth said…

    As always an awesome week – LOVE the full page photo :) . Also smiled at Anna reading ‘Walter the Farting Dog’ books – my son loved it at about the same age too – first saw it in kindy at Christmas when a friend’s son was given it from Santa (bought by his parents) and then he opened the present in front of Santa and the kindy teachers and parents. Santa was speechless when he read the title! Priceless memory…:)

  • 17.
    jennifer h said…

    Love your full page photos – totally perfect for the quote!

  • 18.
    Nikki M said…


    The enlarged photo is a great one. Thank you for the freebie. This…is amazing. Why had I never considered vellum…hmm.

  • 19.
    marisa said…

    Love this week! I saw Simon likes books with movies right now :) Our son has been the same way forever. I think it’s a visual thing and a reward for him when he’s done reading. Hearing the movie is better for him than reading and trying to soak it in. Plus it makes the novels they read in 5th grade much easier when the end is a movie!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 20.
    Dawn Cheshire said…

    Love the simplicity of it and especially the large photo. I would never include a headless shot but maybe I would now after seeing yours!

  • 21.
    Sylvia said…

    LOVE your PL!!! So much inspiration here. Thanks a lot for the download!

  • 22.
    lisa truesdell said…

    LOVE. i’ve been smitted w/ vellum since playing with what was in the dear lizzy release – and now i can’t wait to try some in my cameo!!!

  • 23.
    patty said…

    the enlargement looks A*W*E*S*O*M*E!

  • 24.
    sansku said…

    love the vellum! i wish i had the silhouette machine. :) thanks for the pen info. i was wondering what kind of white marker do you use? i can’t seem to find a good one that works great on photos. thanks! :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I like the Sharpie White Poster Paint Pen.

  • 25.
    Sandi said…

    So how did you fix your dull blade problem? Were you able to sharpen/clean out your blades or did you have to buy a new set? I have the same problem right now and they don’t seem to last very long. I’d hate to have to buy new blades every couple months. Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I didn’t do anything – HA – it’s still not working on the cardstock but it did work on the vellum.

  • 26.
    Carmel Keane said…

    The enlarged photo looks really good! Love it!

  • 27.
    Jocelyn said…

    I love your handwriting! Would love to see a post on the evolution of your handwriting…it must have changed over the years, right?

    You are an inspiration!

  • 28.
    kelly X said…

    That’s it. I can’t stand it anymore. I’m buying the Silhouette. It’s just so freakin’ cool!!

  • 29.
    Mel said…

    Great week as always and love the large photo and wonderful quote.

  • 30.
    Megan said…

    Wow, this week project life is really cool. (All of your PL pages are are, but this week especially!) I love the last photo that you cut up and the quote.

    I have a question for you about your printer and supplies. I am currently researching printers so I can print my photos at home, rather than sending them someplace. I see you really like your Epson R2000. Do you think it saves you money, how often do you go through ink, etc. I’d really appreciate any insight you might be able to share!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Megan – to be honest I don’t know if it saves me money. It definitely saves me time in terms of convenience. I use it daily, I do use ink often but I think that’s because I use it daily. I probably buy new ink every three months (sometimes more, sometimes less depending on how many projects I’m working on). I have no idea the actual cost comparison between an outside developer and this machine/printing at home. The convenience and the quality are really my two biggest things.

    • ….
      Cele Schaffer said…

      For those who are not using the printer for “work” it doesn’t really save money because the ink and photo paper is so expensive but if it can be included as “business expenses” then it would probably be worth it.

  • 31.
    JC said…

    Love this, Ali.
    I’ve been loving Kelly & Elise’s large photos, too, and love how you handled yours. I’m determined, now, to work one into my album, too.
    I shared my album with extended family this past weekend and in talking with them about it I’ve fallen even more in love with the concept and project. Something I look forward to every week!

  • 32.
    kate Adderley said…

    Hi Ali, your pages again are fantastic, and just like everyone else , l love the full page spread of you, how great does that look, l also saw kellys version and have been wanting to do one myself, but have’nt yet, also love your random facts and the little card you did with the time it takes you to take Anna to school, l really love the little details you add every week, you are such a great documenter of life .

  • 33.
    Cynthia said…

    Love this week Ali! You say simple I say perfect. I love the various elements of information, the vellum is brilliant and your photo is seriously cool (I love Kelly’s creativity). Your PL continues to be such a JOY to see; very uplifting. Thank you for sharing!

  • 34.
    Candy said…

    You look so SKINNY, yelled like the little girl in Despicable Me!
    Hugs & Aloha.

  • 35.
    Helen M said…

    Hi Ali, Just a question about printing at home… (I have the Epson R1900) when I try printing the mini photos onto a 6×4 (i.e 2-3×4 or 4- 2×3 I keep seeming to ‘loose’ the edges of my photos in a big way. More of a problem if I’ve added text or there’s a photo border. I’ve tried printing borderless and with a border and either way I’m loosing so much ‘working space’ on my 6×4 canvas when it comes to print time. The same happens if I were to print the 2 text cards like you did in this post. Are you aware of any specific settings you use and that perhaps I’ve overlooked? Any suggestions from you (or anyone reading this!!) would be very gratefully received – it’s driving me nuts!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Helen – on my printer I have a bunch of different options for 4×6. The one I use for printing 4×6 is the borderless option that also includes the option of either auto-expand and retain size. I usually go with auto-expand knowing that it will cut just a bit off the edges (I keep any text in a bit farther than normal). When I select retain size it often leaves a bit (a sliver) of white – I think that happens because the paper isn’t sitting in the printer just right. You can also play with “scale to fit media” and see what happens :) .

  • 36.
    Cecilia said…

    the snippets that you focus on are so, so brilliant. i love the random fact.

  • 37.
    Liz Ness said…

    I was just looking at Jackie’s Project Life project yesterday. And, now yours–it’s awesome! They both are!

    I’m a slow adopter when it comes to adopting these sorts of things (kind of have a routine for my memory keeping), but I have to say that I’m super close to jumping in, too, wrt Project Life. What a cool format and it’s just so open for ephemera and design fun and well…anything.

    I think what I love most about the project/format is that it is so inviting. Plus, it seems to capture stories as they unfold rather than as we develop and frame them (sort of a different perspective for me). It’s such a great addition to what a memory keeper might already be doing.

    Anyhow, thanks for sharing yours and your ideas. It’s so fun and inspiring! And now, I hear my checkbook calling… =)

  • 38.
    Lindsey said…

    The cutout quote is rad, can’t wait to see what peeks through for next week. Adore those happy accidents!!

  • 39.
    aliza said…

    I adore the look of one big photo cut into separate photo pockets. It’s just gorgeous.

  • 40.
    Annette said…

    This is awesome. Love it love it!!

  • 41.
    Marie-Pierre said…

    Love this week with all the little comments about just a bit more than just the current week (like the him and her card for example) I don’t do regular pages anymore since I do PL and I’m kind of missing those little details…I have to include them as well in my album. :) Nicely done!

  • 42.
    Brooke said…

    I really feel that this year you are not just inspiring my creativity but are also nurturing my soul. Thank you!

    I love that you found a photo to enlarge this week.

  • 43.
    Tina said…

    It brought tears to my eyes to see that quote by Diane Ackerman.It fits the intentions behind my 2012 OLW (focus) so well. I already had seen it on another blog, and earmarked for inclusion in my PL album as well as my OLW project. No cutting machine here, though, so I will have to figure out another method of display.
    Thanks for sharing the pen information- I was just looking at Sharpie paint pens at Office Depot today!

  • 44.
    sarah said…

    thanks so much for sharing that silhouette file, ali! it’s awesome.

  • 45.
    Monica said…

    I love your Project Life this week, as always!

    Quick question, I’m also using InLinkz to link to supplies. I really want to link to your digital stamps that I use but I can’t get InLinkz to recognize any images on designer digitals. Yet I see that you’ve linked there so I was wondering if there is a trick I’m missing. Thanks for any help you can give!

  • 46.
    MarieP said…

    The photos and words are great but I loooooooove the boots-tights-skirt combo you are rocking in the enlargement!

  • 47.
    cortney said…

    hi Ali. thanks for all the great inspiration.
    i see lots about lack of sleep at your house; we’ve been there. for the littles, i do “the relaxing thing:” where I start at their toes, and say “relax your toes, relax your ankles, relax your shins, relax your calves…” all the way up to their brains. I take both hands and firmly hold each part so they have that extra sensory element along with my words. Then they don’t ususally ask me to lie down with them, and are relaxed enough to drift off, especially if I go slowly.
    For my own roaring brain, I have a trick that I learned from an amazing yoga instructor 10 years ago that I STILL use! She said to imagine a marquee or highway sign, and inscribe a word that’s worrying you on it. then visually cut the sign in half and let the pieces slide to either side. You do this for each worry in your head, and if something keeps coming up, then put it back on the sign, bisect it, and keep going. I think it’s like making a list before you go to bed, except no lights, no writing. It’s an interesting meditation. Oh, and I’ve heard other people use this technique except visualize a little boat with your words on it, and send it downstream…I wish you sleep!
    (OLW: unruffled)

  • 48.
    lory said…

    Hi Ali,
    I love the way you tell stories and I was searching for one of your articles where you write about inlinkz, I would like too use Inlinkz manager but I don’t know how could you help me?

  • 49.
    julie k said…

    Thank you for staying true to your style on this project. Love how simple yet creative it always turns out!

  • 50.
    Leslie said…

    Hello Ali, thank you for inspiring me and for posting where I could get some of the materials you used, especially the pocket pages! Thanks again and God bless! :)

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