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Project Life 2012 | Week Twelve

Welcome to Project Life 2012 | Week Twelve.

Catching up today with a look back at Week Twelve (the week before we took off for spring break). Hoping to share Week Thirteen on Friday.

When I get behind - I did a couple times last year when I was traveling - the easiest way I've found to catch-up is to keep it super simple with the attitude that I just want to get it done. Stick some things in the pockets and call it good. I know that some weeks are going to have more details, more words and more photos and others will be less. I also know that I'm most interested in the album as a whole vs. any particular week. Onward!

Here's a look at Week Twelve:

I have to say that getting my hands back into this project again felt so good.

I've really got the itch to make stuff, tell more stories and play again. It's been a tough last six months for me and I'm really ready to lighten up and come out of the fog.

It snowed here during this week. And not just a dusting - more like 7-8 inches. Totally rare and random for this time of year (actually for any time of year). I used a Random Facts Journal Card to record some details about how rare it is (info collected online).

I loved being able to add a screenshot I'd taken with my phone on the day it snowed. To take a screenshot with your iphone hold down the top button (power button) and click the bottom circle button to take the photo. It will then show up in your camera roll.

"Hello Snow" and "Winter Wonderland" are both brushes from my Hello Winter set.

I'm often asked about how to (and/or should you) incorporate the more challenging stuff of life in this project. It's a very personal choice. For me, I've included things along the way that give a nod to the heartache and challenges of the last year. Sometimes it's been more obvious and sometimes more vague. During Week Twelve we signed divorce papers to complete the process. Rather than write a detailed account I decided to include photos of flowers I received from friends with a simple statement, "Papers signed. Tears shed. Friends treasured. Moving forward. Looking ahead."

The second half of the week signaled the beginning of spring break (and really so many beginnings): a concert (Lady Antebellum + Darius Rucker), a movie (The Hunger Games), packing for our trip, a mani/pedi, and a birthday celebration for George the cat.

"Bring On The Fun" and "Hello Spring Break" can be found in my Spring Break set at Designer Digitals. "Make A Wish" is part of the Birthday Hand-drawn set.

I loved taking a photo of the packing process for each of the kids. Fun to see the color themes. On top of each photo I added an American Crafts letter sticker (Rouge and Robin's Egg) and a button from this Ormolu set.

SUPPLIES | 2012 | WEEK 12


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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. carolk says…
    04/04/2012

    Ali,
    You are such a class act! Onward and UPward!
    By the way, I am looking at iphones...I've got the bug! What model do you use? 3? 4? 4S?
    Thanks, carol

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    1. carolk says…
      04/04/2012

      Thanks Ali!

    2. Ali says…
      04/04/2012

      I have the 4 and it's great - but as soon as I'm able to upgrade to the 4S (or the next one if it's available in the fall) I will...just waiting on my contract to get to the point where it's less expensive. I know the photos with the 4S are that much better.

  2. aliza says…
    04/04/2012

    Just for the record, I think you do a wonderful job here, of acknowledging the pain, but keeping it dignified and private too. It sounds like you have that balance in this project as well.
    That red nail polish photo seems like the perfect symbol of letting go and having some fun.

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  3. sarah says…
    04/04/2012

    i really think the simple project life spreads are my favorite. this is lovely, ali. (and i'm smitten with that george the cat photo - he seems like a really awesome furry little dude).

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  4. Barbara Treese says…
    04/04/2012

    Ali, you are one of the strongest women I have had the pleasure of meeting. Being in your presence brings me peace and serenity, may you gain that peace and serenity from the people that you love and admire. A friend in Virginia, Barbara

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  5. Kendra says…
    04/04/2012

    I love that you put that little bit of closure in your album. It's fabulous that you started the next "chapter" in your journey with a trip to DisneyLand! Hooray!!!

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  6. Jessica @ The Mom Creative says…
    04/04/2012

    Loved your keep it simple approach for week 12. You and I are both playing catch up this week. Peace.

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  7. katie says…
    04/04/2012

    You go Ali with your classy and positive self!!!!!!!!!!! Romans 8:28.

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  8. Megan says…
    04/04/2012

    Love to you all. And hey! I was at that concert, too, it was a great one!

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  9. Leanne in CA says…
    04/04/2012

    Nice job on a tough time in your life. The album looks beautiful and a treasure to have later in life. Can't wait to hear more about your trip with the kids. Take care of yourself and the little ones!!

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  10. Peg says…
    04/04/2012

    Good stuff. I love the shot of your hand and I don't know if you did it intentionally but a shot of your left hand sans ring is so appropriate to the week too. I hope you have found comfort where ever and whenever you have needed it and know that you have one of the biggest cheerleading squads in the world rooting for you! Go Ali!

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    1. Missus Wookie says…
      04/09/2012

      I noticed the fingers sans rings and thought what a great 'make over' for your hands/life. Been thinking of you as I listen to the OLW prompts, glad you got flowers and got to go to Disneyland.

    2. Stacey K says…
      04/04/2012

      That was the first photo that jumped out at me & I thought wow Ali isn't wearing her ring any more....

    3. Ali says…
      04/04/2012

      HA - totally didn't even think about it that way but you are right - definitely appropriate.

  11. Michele H. says…
    04/04/2012

    Everytime you post your PL, I'm always that much closer to doing it myself. Your simple yet classic approach to this album is something that I want to strive for in my memory keeping endeavors.

    oh...and I too want the 4s (or newer model) iphone as soon as my contract with my android phone expires. but at least i can get instagram now:)

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  12. Maureen says…
    04/04/2012

    Lots of love to you Ali. Life is a project and a process. Forward it is!

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  13. Laura Moegenburg says…
    04/04/2012

    I am so sorry about your divorce, I too know the pain of a divorce - I will pray for your pain to ease. Godspeed.

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  14. Nirupama says…
    04/04/2012

    Love this week. The blue and red thickers together look so nice. Sometimes I like the simple no inserts week even better. I was missing your inspiration last week, welcome home!

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  15. Jill says…
    04/04/2012

    Thinking about you all :) I love that photo of George on his birthday. Something about animals "posing" is hilarious to me. We know why they are doing this and they're probably thinking "what the heck is this all about anyway?"

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  16. natalie says…
    04/04/2012

    Thank u. Just went thru my own divorce.

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  17. Jen Hart says…
    04/04/2012

    I echo the other cheerleading posts. You have dealt with a heartbreaking time with positivity and grace. Hard things to find. I divorced a while ago before I found memory keeping and it has given me a measure of peace since I have found it. Also it has renewed my belief that my natural disposition of positivity isn't wrong or stupid but a way of avoiding depression, navel gazing and focussing on hurt which only zap you badly.
    My children and I don't find it easy and no-one would hold us up as a model of family i'm sure, BUT we are happy or content most of the time and we find time to laugh together most days, even if I have to construe it. It's so important and i'm so pleased for you that you recognise it now. Good luck and God Bless you all whilst you go for the next chapter. x

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  18. Jane F. says…
    04/04/2012

    Divorce is hard and you have handled it in a very classy way- but I know its hard sometimes. It is a grieving process you have to go through. I too noticed that your photo of your mani was the left hand- here's hoping that lots of good times are coming your way!!!

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  19. patty says…
    04/04/2012

    a true class act ali...
    keep moving "up"...
    you deserve the B*E*S*T this life has to offer!
    xoxo...
    -p
    p.s. plus you are just super cool ;)

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  20. CINDY WELCH says…
    04/04/2012

    HI ALI,
    THE FLOWERS SAID IT ALL. NEW BEGINNINGS. I TOO SAW THE LADY A AND DARIU RUCKER CONCERT. WASNT DARIUS PURPLE RAIN VERSION THE BOMB. HERE IS TO A GREAT SPRING AND SUMMER. THINKING OF YOU!!

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  21. Karen says…
    04/04/2012

    You are a true inspiration. I do have a question do you know where I can learn about instagrams. I have 4s iPhone but no idea how to use the picture features. I see all the awesome little pictures and wish I could do that.

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  22. susan garner says…
    04/04/2012

    Glad to hear that your divorce is out of the way. You have all your fans including me cheering you on ready for the next chapter in your life and don't forget what ever it holds your taking all of us with you. ha ha.

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  23. Christine says…
    04/04/2012

    Ali,
    Love the layout. The pictures of the flowers immediately reminded me of the flowers I received after losing a baby years ago. They were so beautiful and I wanted to remember them forever. Anthuriums are my favorite flowers on the planet.
    Stay strong because many people are rooting for you and the kids.
    I'm grateful to have you in my life.

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  24. tiffany h. says…
    04/04/2012

    You are such an inspiration, Ali (in more ways than you'll ever know). Wishing a wonderful future!

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  25. Jenni Hufford says…
    04/04/2012

    you have a beautiful heart ali-- sending hugs and support your way.

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