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April 18, 2012

Project Life 2012 | Week Fifteen

Welcome to Project Life 2012 | Week Fifteen.

Loving how this comes together. No matter if it’s rushed or well-thought out or I’ve had a chance to play with products, the end result is just such an awesome collection of life.

Continually thankful for this project.

I feel like I say that just about every week. And I do. Because it’s true.

Here’s a look at Week Fifteen:

The left side of the spread this week is pretty much photos + words. I added digital text onto one photo before printing and added stickers, pattern paper, or stapled on little tabs to the others using the Tiny Attacher.

The “hello routine” journal card is stamped using my Hello Routine stamp set for Technique Tuesday.

That face.

On the top right photo I combined a Cosmo Cricket 23 Collection Stickers + Lily Bee ABC Stickers + Studio Calico Kraft Butterfly stickers (on top of a foam dot).

Love these little tabs from Jenni Bowlin Hodge Podge Souvenir Stickers.

I started off doing something else along the bottom of this photo (hand-writing something) and didn’t like how it was coming out. To cover it up I used a piece of pattern paper from My Mind’s Eye Follow Your Happy Heart 6×6 paper pack, rounded the corners, and stitched it along the edge.

One insert this week to hold a fun photobooth strip from my dinner with Kelly Purkey in Portland. I used an 8.5 x 11 page protector, machine stitched along the edge to make it fit the photo strip, and then trimmed off the excess from the top and right side. In an awesome twist the business card from the restaurant was the same width.

On the back I made a graphic title combining stamps from Close To My Heart (Keepsake Alphabet) and American Crafts Rouge Pantry Foam Stickers.

The right side of the week includes some of Anna’s artwork, a hilarious photo of George who seems to have no problems posing for the camera, a couple journal cards and something I hand-wrote that was added to my 52 Creative Lifts newsletter this week (a free newsletter I write each week that addresses ideas and concepts related to creativity).

I used my Silhouette to cut “love this life” from my Hello Life Boxes Vol.3 digital set and used the rest of that 6×6 pattern paper from the Follow Your Happy Heart paper pack.

SUPPLIES | 2012 | WEEK 15

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.
    EE K said…

    You are always such an inspiration! Love your PL!

  • 2.
    MelB said…

    I just have to say I love your PL layouts each week, they are freakin’ awesome. Inspires me to get caught up.

    Anna looks so cute with those pigtails and soooooooo grown up.

  • 3.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    this looks great– that george seems like a character :)

  • 4.
    Denise said…

    Ali- What are the chances that your “Hello Routine” stamp set will be coming to a Digital Designer’s store anytime soon? I love the set, but am not a stamper… And am dying to use that as part of my Week in the Life project next week!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity and sparking creativity in me!

  • 5.

    Everything looks pretty cool, I love the “dinner with Kelly” thingy.

  • 6.
    Shayne said…

    Ali – this week is gorgeous. I just have one question – i see this week there are a lot more pics of Anna than Simon. Now this is something I struggle with. My eldest daughter is away at boarding school and is only home for the weekend, so my PL is FULL of pics of my youngest, but less of my eldest. And i feel SO guilty about this that I hoard my eldest over the weekend and try and get as many shots of her as I can. A bit OTT i know, but oh the guilt!

    • ….
      laura g. said…

      oh ya..the mother guilt! i think we all have it!! maybe you could include a comment about thinking of your eldest during the week…maybe stop and jot down a memory of her at the age your youngest is…

    • ….
      TaraMcK said…

      My oldest is is the same age as Simon and it’s the same situation. Some weeks he’s up to a photo others he’s not. I can only have so many candids of him playing the wii or on the computer. I try and get creative with him and most weeks my lil guy is in there more than my oldest. I like to photograph stuff of him, his laundry, his school bag, lunch, legos etc.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Shayne – my first thought was let go of the guilt AND my second was to add in more when you can. Our books are representative of what “is” in our lives right now. Around here it’s an ebb and flow. In my case I actually have albums full of photos + stories about Simon from when he was three (literally). I liked Laura’s idea of including some words about your oldest as you are thinking about them. Also, think about the ways you communicate with your older child during the week – do you call, email or text? Maybe include some of those. Another idea would be to write your older daughter a note each week that you include in the album. Jennifer Meyerson does this to her kids each week and I love that addition to her album:

    • ….
      Pidgen said…

      Last year, during WITL, I did a full album and then realized my dad was not in any of the pictures {I live at home}. Granted, he was away that week, but I felt really stupid and dense for not recognizing that sooner. BUT … he did send me a few emails and when he got back from his trip he brought some postcards … so I added those to my album and wrote about how we was gone that week and how that was becoming a regular thing in our family {due to my grandmothers failing health.} I’m not upset that his photos not there, because it was life rigth then, and now I have a story {his travels} that I normally would not have had. :)
      *I often put in emails of people not home
      *Or pics of cards or letters … one time, I took a pic of the phone. lol.
      *You could put in mail and stuff from the school.
      *Updates she sends you.
      *Any sort of “stuff” and then write more about what it’s like with her gone.
      *I love the idea of writing letters within the PL to your daughter.
      Hope this helps. :)

    • ….
      Mary said…

      My boys are 10 years apart, so the oldest is away at college. I have him take pictures of the places he sees everyday.(I have to ask him “to take a picture for me this week of the library.”) The study cubby at the the library, the sunset where he is (the sky is huge and their are no trees(West Texas) compared to the sunset here full of trees and we don’t see the horizon. Also I take pictures of how we stay connected. My younger son talking to him on skype, the box of goodies we sent to him. I’ve even taking pictures off the internet that other people have taken of the town he lives in. Just some ideas!

    • ….
      Shayne said…

      Wow everyone, thanks so much for the input. I do include text messages that we send each other, and little things that have happened in the week (ie a hockey match played, achievements, outings etc that she has been on) but I like the idea of getting her to send me a photo she has taken. That I love. And Ali, yes, I think I’m going to write her a letter too. Perhaps not every week, but will aim for twice a month.

      Your tips were great. Thanks everyone for taking the time to hear me!

  • 7.
    dawn said…

    Great week again Ali, my favorite is the different hairstyles for Anna, she looks so cute no matter what you do with her hair. Love the insert of you and Kelly. The little scrap you did to cover up your writing came out great, love that idea!!

    I always say how awesome PL is each week in my blog also, it really doesn’t get old or not fun anymore. So thankful for this album each year I’ve done it.

    Left you a comment on your other post about Anna and soocer. Forgot to mention an idea for you and her shirts. Since Sam has so many of his soocer/basketball shirts from playing all these years. In his senior year which is a long time off, there is a lady in our town who does quilting. She is going to use all his shirts to make a quilt and he will take this to college with him and just to keep as a reminder of all these years playing sports. Maybe you could do this with Anna if she ends up playing for years and has a pile of shirts to use.

    Enjoy your week!! Can’t wait till next Monday!

    • ….
      shimelle said…

      t-shirt quilts were a BIG tradition in the small town where i went to school. it was always a ‘surprise’ but because it’s a tradition we always knew it was coming too, so we would compare notes with each other as various t-shirts started going missing from our closets and we would even torment our mums by saying ‘mum have you seen ___ shirt? i haven’t worn it in ages but i have to wear it for this school thing tomorrow!’ just to see them twitch! how very mean we were! ;-)

      anyway, the quilts were all made as very simple square patchworks and given as graduation presents so they served the dual purpose of representing all those years of activities and memories but also something useful to take with us as we all went out own way. we had a big summer picnic after graduation and compared shirts and told stories about all the memories the quilts brought back.

      i know that is small-town silly in some ways, but it was one tradition that was really lovely, so i just wanted to throw in my words of support for that idea! :-)

  • 8.
    Helen said…

    fab, ali, as always. love all the little details this week and love that slim insert – what a great idea!

  • 9.
    Kelli said…

    um hello photostrip insert! love that idea ;) so fun.

  • 10.
    laura g. said…

    i am behind but hope to catch up soon! i am including more pics in my PL as this is my main scrapbooking right now…i have a 2 page spread of my granddaughter’s birthday etc some weeks i really don’t have much going on…i don’t have kids at home and work full time so i include photos i receive of my granddaughter that lives away and my new great nephew its a good way ‘use’ the photos of him and keep a current album
    this past weekend we went 4 wheeling…although we hit patches of snow i was wondering if we were back snowmobiling…so will probably use lots of those pics i like that this project can be what i need it to be…

  • 11.
    MIchelle L said…

    Anna is the cutest thing EVER! =)

  • 12.
    Sarah said…

    Hi Ali, love your pages for this week. The photo of Anna with her hair tied up is gorgeous. What a great idea for the photostrip – I play around with photobooth all the time with my kids but then I’m never really sure how to add than to my Project Life.Love all the handwriting too – I’m trying to write more in mine :)

  • 13.
    Kris said…

    LOVE. Makes me want to leave work and go home and work on mine!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pages!!!

  • 14.
    Mandy Szeto said…

    I have been just pushing through. Trying to not analyze ever detail and move on with my project. Thanks for sharing yours.

  • 15.
    Valerie said…

    Wow – super cool ideas! Love the cutting photo sleeve page smaller & sewing it to hold the little strip of pics; I think I need to learn how to sew on a sewing machine now! I’m pinning a few of these for sure!

  • 16.
    Leilani said…

    I love the way this project makes me reflect on the week and tell many of the little stories that may somehow go unnoticed. I am thrilled I am still keeping it going! Thanks for sharing your stories.

  • 17.
    Laura A in OR said…

    Love your photo booth insert!
    Thanks for your inspiration and new uses of product. You keep me jazzed about PL!

  • 18.
    Stacy said…

    Love Anna’s pony tails. So cute! I’m so inspired by PL too. Have a great over the hump day :-)

  • 19.
    Jill said…

    Hi Ali – I love seeing the bits and pieces you add to your album. I know it’s really about the words and photos, but my gratefulness about my week is amplified just a bit more when I find a great extra to add to a photo or journaling card.

    I LOVE the pics of George – that one on his birthday in front of the food can is my fave. So great!

    Looking forward to 31 and next week :)

  • 20.
    Paula said…

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face with your Week 15 :)

  • 21.
    amy t schubert said…

    loving all your handwriting all over this week :)

  • 22.
    Wendy said…

    I love your Project Life pages. You create such beautiful layouts. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 23.
    KSW said…

    Those bleeding hearts – wow. Ali, I can only imagine how lovely those are in person. Sorry for the irony, but stunning. You have a GREEN glove.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      They are really, really amazing and the irony was completed not missed for me either :) .

  • 24.

    Another great week, Ali! Love the Kelly insert.

  • 25.
    Alicia Cross said…

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the CTMH stamps, so awesome to see you using them, Ali, as I’m a big fan and love seeing your layouts and projects! :)

  • 26.
    kate Adderley said…

    Hi Ali, AS ALWAYS another great week from you, the photo of Anna is just the cutest, and George is looking great too, love that strip you made of you and kelly and l cant wait for my Hello routine stamp set to show up, what you did with it was awesome,also love the bulbs, Ali have you thought to make a another stamp set with the days of the week, l already have one of your older set with them, but a set where all the days are seperate and not joined together would be great…..just an idea, something like what you have done for A week in a life this year , where the day of the week is on a tag, similar to Hello spring tag …..have a great week

    • ….
      Ali said…

      A new stamp set is in the works, but it will be a bit before it becomes available – I think early next year.

  • 27.
    Brooke said…

    Always love your inspiration. That photo of George is awesome.

    I snooped on the journaling about Anna. My son (almost 4) started Kindy this year (3 days one week, 2 days the next) and some days he is so emotional about absolutely nothing. I found out that he actually isn’t sleeping during nap time at Kindy. And the week for him there is pretty exhausting. We always have Sundays as a lazy at home day so he starts his Kindy week refreshed. And we have an at home day the day after his Kindy week ends. I’m finding that he enjoys time to just be at home, but he also likes a little structure at home after Kindy. We do a snack and a 30 minute activity with his younger brother and I just so he has his fill of Mummy time. It’s all completely trial and error isn’t it?!

  • 28.
    Julie McD said…

    Too sweet…lovin’ Anna with pigtails…she looks so grown up! I am woefully behind on my PL but intend to get more caught up next weekend since I have one more crazy, busy ‘life’ weekend coming up. Kept up on the photos…just need to get the stories down! Thanks for sharing!

  • 29.
    Stacy K said…

    Ali, I was wondering….how would you incorporate week in the life with project life? Would that you do something separate for your project life album?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You know, I haven’t given it a lot of thought because I do a separate album. You could definitely incorporate the Daily Sheets into your PL album, or do a page for each day. I’d probably choose a smaller size page protector within the same week. It will be interesting to see how people do it as I know there are others out there who will be including it in with PL.

  • 30.
    Kim b. said…

    That GEORGE!! So handsome!

  • 31.
    Lisa W. said…

    I have to say too I LOVE your layouts every week. My girlfriends always tease me because they know HOW much I love you, and your work. When explaining something I did (created) or want to do they say to me…”OH Lisa with alittle Ali style!) And I say YES exactly…lol. What I was wondering as I do not always read your journaling cards while observing your PL post…I am wondering if you journal a few days on one journaling card. As allot of times you put pictures in the journaling card spot??? Was just curious…thanks:) And your children are SO so so cute…just cuteness all over the place. I sure wish PL was around when my kiddos were smaller!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Sure – sometimes I do a weekend on one card or highlights from different days.

  • 32.
    Brenda in Sunny SoCal said…

    I would love to know how do you always get your stamps to look like if it was a print, I always get smudges or empty spots…

  • 33.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    I love the mini insert for the dinner out! Such a great way to add further things without adding a full divider. I think the photo of Anna next to the title card it the cutests!! The idea about covering up your writing is a great one too… Something I’ve done in the past, but I’ve noticed no one ever actually talks about how they fix things when they mess something up or don’t like the results, so it’s refreshing to see someone talking about it!

  • 34.
    sarah said…

    love that photo of anna. and the one of george too :)
    and white bleeding hearts? why have i never seen those before? my grandpa has pink ones in his yard, but the white is just LOVELY!

    also, that photostrip insert is so awesome!

  • 35.
    Radish said…

    Thank you so much for your weekly uplifts. I have enjoyed the back ground reading and materials also. That you should do this for free is very special. Thanks again.

    Also, Happiness to you.

    I would do the week in the life , but I am so entangled in Xanthe’s Time Capsule class, that I can not. I swimming in soundtracks.

  • 36.
    Radish said…

    Thank you so much for your weekly uplifts. I have enjoyed the back ground reading and materials also. That you should do this for free is very special. Thanks again.

    Also, Happiness to you.

    I would do the week in the life , but I am so entangled in Xanthe’s Time Capsule class, that I can not. I swimming in soundtracks.

  • 37.
    Angela said…

    I think you have convinced me to add a sewing machine to my wishlist…not to sew on fabric of course, but paper ;) Your project life each week inspires me. Thanks for sharing, Ali

  • 38.
    Michelle said…

    I just my cameo in the mail. Did you do I video on how you use yours? I swear I saw it before but I can’t remember what project it was for. The basic instructions already have me confused, thanks!

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