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April 4, 2012

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.


  • 1.
    carolk said…

    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

    • ….
      Ali said…

      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.

    • ….
      carolk said…

      Thanks Ali!

  • 2.
    aliza said…

    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.

  • 3.
    sarah said…

    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).

  • 4.
    Barbara Treese said…

    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

  • 5.
    Kendra said…

    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!!!

  • 6.

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

  • 7.
    katie said…

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

  • 8.
    Megan said…

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

  • 9.
    Leanne in CA said…

    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!!

  • 10.
    Peg said…

    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!

    • ….
      Ali said…

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

    • ….
      Stacey K said…

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

    • ….
      Missus Wookie said…

      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.

  • 11.
    Michele H. said…

    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:)

  • 12.
    Maureen said…

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

  • 13.
    Laura Moegenburg said…

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

  • 14.
    Nirupama said…

    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!

  • 15.
    Jill said…

    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?”

  • 16.
    natalie said…

    Thank u. Just went thru my own divorce.

  • 17.
    Jen Hart said…

    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

  • 18.
    Jane F. said…

    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!!!

  • 19.
    patty said…

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

  • 20.
    CINDY WELCH said…

    HI ALI,

  • 21.
    Karen said…

    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.

  • 22.
    susan garner said…

    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.

  • 23.
    Christine said…

    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.

  • 24.
    tiffany h. said…

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

  • 25.
    Jenni Hufford said…

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

  • 26.
    Allie.Duckienz said…

    Sending love your way! My fiancee and I broke up at the same time that you and your husband did. I am so not even close to begin moving on. I thought you needed to be separated for 2 years before you could get a divorce? It feels too soon in my book but not trying to judge. Love this week’s spread! Especially the kids packed clothes. You are such an inspiration both in your creative work and in your life. Bless you for being you Ali!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      No laws here regarding a specific length of separation before divorce. Edited: Actually I looked that up and there is a 90-day waiting period before a case can go to trial. We did mediation so our situation was a little different. Here’s a link that shows different states laws: (and that’s actually from 2009 so I’d assume that some states have changed).

    • ….
      Allie.Duckienz said…

      Thanks Ali!

  • 27.
    Marsha Alford said…

    I love reading your words and seeing your creativity. Tonight, I was caught off guard and began to tear up thinking about how hard this must be for you. My husband tells me all the time that I am so empathetic to other people’s situations. I am so sorry you are going through this and will keep you in my prayers.

  • 28.
    Paula said…

    Love your Week 12 (ok, love your Weeks 1-11 too!)
    Wishing you much love and comfort and adventure going forward! You will continue to shine!

  • 29.
    laura g. said…

    a difficult week for you signing the papers but you have such a supporting family good friends and lots of fans…you are truly blessed!!
    one thing i discovered this week doing PL is that i miss scrapbooking now i am going to do my PL a bit differently i was cropping photos and making them fit into pockets rounding the corners then it hit me…this is taking way too much TIME i should have just put the photos on the page used the journaling cards and i would have been done lesson learned! plus i will stretch out my pocket page supply!

  • 30.
    Tiara said…

    I agree that documenting the rough parts of our daily life is hard, but I do feel this project lends itself to mentioning these life lessons without over shadowing all the wonderful things we experience. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • 31.
    Mel said…

    I have been following your blog since 2007. I love your style and the positive way that you live your life. I have two adult kids with autism. I was divorced three years ago after 25 years of marriage. The kids and I are doing fine and feeling stronger and happier everyday. The day I had to go to court for my divorce, there was an ice storm (in Minnesota). The traffic was jam packed on the freeways because of the icy conditions. I looked up and there was a rainbow in the sky! I wish I had taken a picture of it (no iPhone at that time!). I feel that it was a “sign” that I was doing the right thing.

    The healing takes time, but it does get better! Just keep doing what you are doing!

    I LOVE that you and the kids went to Disneyland! The happiest place on earth!

  • 32.
    Lisa W. said…

    WHEW…life as such! This blog makes my day. Your style..your inspiration..your zest for life…your love for your children are a class act! Thank you for everyday little piece of “ali” blog!! My dream is to go on one of the scrapping tours…like of Italy…ANYWHERE. Have to get my third through college. THEN hoping I can make that happen. My friends ALL tease me about “my friend ali”…hope to meet you someday:) Happy Spring, and glad you had a wonderful safe trip!!!

  • 33.
    Elizabeth*S* said…

    Jeremiah 29:
    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. :)

  • 34.
    Stacy said…


  • 35.
    Brooke said…

    I love that the seasons are in your favour helping you move forward. Spring followed by Summer it’s all stuff to look forward too.

    Thanks for sharing. I get lots of inspiration from you each week.

  • 36.
    scrapper al said…

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. I hope the pain of the past months lessen with time. So glad you have good friends to support you and your fans love you too.

  • 37.
    Colleen said…

    Hi Ali. I’m coming up on six years since my divorce was final. You reaching this milestone and your sharing bits of your experience with us has had me thinking back to how hard it was for me at the time, and how much better my life is today. I cannot express how much I appreciate your candidness, but especially your positivity. Maybe a bit apropos, then, that I finally saw The Help this week and immediately thought of you when I heard this quote: “You is smart. You is kind. You is important.” You go, girl. You got this.

  • 38.
    dawn said…

    Ali, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this hard time. I think all the comments above have summed it up already, you are doing a great job so keeping moving forward and upward. Thank you for your honesty and sharing with us, we all love you and are cheering for you. That was so sweet of your friend to send you the flowers and positive note!! Be easy on yourself and hug those cute kids of yours!!

    My favorite photo is the kids clothes layed out, how fun that is. LOVE LOVE THE SNOW PHOTOS!!!

    I checked out your new class, was really thinking it was going to be an artsy class due to your recent posts on art. The class does look fun and I would love to learn more about writing. How funny that the cost is $31 so just a dollar a day, made me smile.

    Can’t wait to see your Disney photos!

  • 39.
    Petra from NL said…

    Flowers and some text, sweet and subtle. I guess you will/can make a separate layout if you feel the need to do so. Good luck!

  • 40.
    Rene' Sharp said…

    You are always an inspiration to me, thinking of you and the kids during this difficult time!!

  • 41.
    HeatherC said…

    very cool — there is just no other way to put it — and how appropriate for this to happen in the spring — a time when the world is full of new beginnings.

  • 42.
    Michelle B said…

    Always love your weekly layouts Ali. And you always handle things with such grace! I am sure that it was a difficult week – but I think you acknowledged it but didn’t dwell on it in the most perfect way. I wish you nothing but peace and happiness as you move forward with your life.

  • 43.
    tetcy said…

    I love folded laundry photos! Just a beautiful, ordinary, slice of life. Order in the midst of constant chaos :)

  • 44.
    gina said…

    LOve this week and I know what you mean about falling behind when you travel and the desire to get it DONE!!
    i did want to ask you a question, kinda random, but i love the dress you are wearing in your picture with the grey stripes, can i ask you where you got it from, or where you are trying it on?
    thanks and so proud of you for documenting what you feel like and can during those times.

  • 45.
    Helen said…

    Oh Ali, your solution to the signing is so full of grace.
    Love the rest of your week 12 spread: the his and hers photos are so genius!
    Thinking of you, inspired, as always, by how you handle the good and the bad.

  • 46.
    Chris said…


    I read this online newsletter today, and it reminded me of you and what you have been going through. I hope the little story helps as you move into the next phase of your life. May your harsh winter be over very soon!

    March 11th was the one year anniversary of the disastrous and tragic earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan. The CBS Sunday Morning that recounted the event featured a man who designed and made dolls in the images of children who perished. He sends the dolls to the still grieving parents with this explanation.

    “After the harsh winter comes spring. You don’t suffer the winter forever. Spring will arrive. Wait for that day with this doll.”

    I can’t imagine what those parents have experienced, but I know many of us experience a change that feels like an endless winter. If you’re in that place right now or know someone who is, remember – Spring will arrive. Find something meaningful and tangible to hold on to while you wait for that day.

  • 47.
    Sue said…

    Ali I too wanted to let you now that we all are holding you close. I think you have displayed such dignity in in embracing and releasing this chapter in your life. It is wonderful to hear that you are open to embrace all the new possibilities that are sure to come your way. AND… I just had to have a huge belly laugh at the picture of George’s birthday. Oh! it is all those precious little moments that truly matter.

  • 48.
    Loydene said…

    Congratulations on “keeping it real” — your dignity, your privacy, the amount you share. But … you know ….. it is okay to shut a door with one quick kick!
    Good luck and best wishes on a wonderful future with your differently shaped family!

  • 49.
    Michelle L said…

    Thanks for the the tip on taking screenshots of your iphone! I’ve been wondering how people do that!

  • 50.
    denise sanner said…

    i love how you include everything in your project life album…the good, the bad, and the ugly. not putting it in there isn’t going to make it go away. how wonderful it will be for simon and anna to flip through these albums someday and see how you handled “life” in their best interest. just one more thing i admire about you. i was divorced back in my mid 20′s…next year i will be celebrating my 20th anniversary with the most amazing husband, father, and truly my best friend. i can’t wait to see where your life will lead you in the future. you can be sure i’ll be following along and cheering you on!

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