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January 21, 2013

Project Life 2013 | Intro Page

Hello Project Life 2013. So excited to be embarking on this project again.

I’m a couple weeks behind so if you haven’t started yet and you’re still thinking about it there’s definitely time. In reality you can begin anytime, but I get the desire to start at the beginning of the year. I’ll be sharing the spreads for my first couple of weeks throughout this week.

I love putting together the intro page.

Here’s a look at my last three years (click on the photo to go to the actual post for supplies and my thoughts on the process at each of the different points in time):

Project Life 2010

Project Life 2011

Project Life 2012

And here’s my intro page for 2013:

This year I’m using the Seafoam kit as the base of my project. As I’ve done in past years, I combine a lot of different elements – some from the kit, some that are my own digital/printable designs available from Designer Digitals, some from the Studio Calico Project Life kit, and other goodies from my stash.

I use Design A page protectors as the base spread for each week.

For my 2013 intro page I included three photo: one of me, one of Simon, and one of Anna. I added one wood veneer star to each photo.

For printing at home I use the Epson PictureMate Show for the vast majority of my Project Life photos and Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy. Highly recommended.

The “Hello Life 2013″ design is available here and was cut with the Silhouette. Learn how to trace my digital PNG files in the Silhouette Studio software here.

In addition to the photos I create four, 4×6 cards.

Here’s a closer look at the design formula for each card:

Seafoam Kit 4×6 Card + gold American Crafts Hardcover Chipboard alphabet + October Afternoon Make It Merry chipboard #3 + gold Zing glitter embossing + Orange Stitching.

I use a Brother XL2600 sewing machine. Love it.

Gold Dot Paper (from JoAnn’s) + My Mind’s Eye Be Amazing Chipboard Banner + Heidi Swapp Sentiment Sticker + Tiny Attacher Staple

Heidi Swapp Disco Stars + Teresa Collins Word Labels Pattern Paper + Gold Stitching

KI Memories Blackboard 12X12 Flashback Paper (available in the Studio Calico Penn Station Kit) + Celebrate Circle from Seafoam Kit (punched out from a journal card with a Marvy 3-inch Circle Punch) + gold glitter embossing Zing + Technique Tuesday Good Day stamp (punched with a 2-inch punch)

Using the 3-inch Circle Punch to cut the circle from the Seafoam 3×4 Card.

Bring on 2013!


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 core 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 here.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    WOW!! Love this so much Ali, you look amazing and the kids are cute as always!! The cards you made look great and I love the stitching on them. Can’t wait to see more!

    • ….
      Satchell said…

      A good many valbeulas you’ve given me.

  • 2.
    Jocelyn Thompson said…

    Always so fresh and clean and inspirational! Love your style Ali! You are a class act! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • 3.
    Chrisy Clay said…

    As always, an inspiration Ali. This is my first year doing Project Life, and l’m looking forward to sharing the year with you.

  • 4.
    lydia said…

    Beautiful. Always love your PL pages

  • 5.
    tracey moore said…

    Wow your intro page is fab.
    This is my first year at project life, bring it on!!!!!
    Looking forward to follow your posts as usual. X

  • 6.
    Madi said…

    I love the simplicity of the b&w photos!

  • 7.
    Chris said…

    Thank you for sharing all of your intro page versions. I loved the people you used in your 2010 version. SO fabulous. And you have such a knack and mixing and matching pieces from all over into something cohesive. LOVE.

  • 8.
    Anita said…

    Ali, your intro page is beautiful, thanks for sharing. I was wondering if you would share how you started and ended each volume of last year’s PL. Thanks again.

  • 9.
    Cele Schaffer said…

    Love this title page!! I was wondering about this printer-I noticed on the Amazon site there are packages of ink and photo paper. Do you buy your ultra glossy paper separate from the ink? Where do you purchase the ink and could you link that. Thanks-I have been looking for a printer and this one seems easy. Just want to figure in all the expenses and don’t want to purchase their combo pack if the ultra paper is so well worth it.

  • 10.
    Nirupama Kumar said…

    Love your title page! Your posts always provide me with such creative fuel to get crafting again. I have been putting off my title page for fear of not making it perfect. Time to jsut go for it I think! Thanks Ali.

  • 11.
    Shannon said…

    I agree that you should go ahead and start an album any time. My PL albums currently run October to September, as I began my first one after a huge change in our lives; so even though my albums don’t quite fit a school year or a calendar year, they do mark the anniversarys of the “after” picture of our lives, and I like that.

  • 12.
    Holly said…

    Love this! The stars stitched into the paper is a great idea :)

  • 13.
    ee k. said…

    Love love love your pages, as usual Ali. Watching you do this in 2011 is what inspired me to start again in 2012 and this year as well. Thanks for all you do!

  • 14.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Wow, love the neutrals with the gold pops on there! Looks so awesome, Ali :)

  • 15.
    Michelle said…

    Are any other Australians having the experience of Amazon not shipping Project Life material to their address?

    • ….
      Karen said…

      You can purchase through Craft House in NZ, I believe they cover the NZ and Australia markets – and very nice people to deal with too!

  • 16.
    Heather Tarrant said…

    Great title page! Love seeing your progression through the years.

    I have the same printer you used to have, the HP B85000, and was wondering would you still use the Epson photo paper or are you just using it, because you are also using an Epson printer? I’m trying to find some good photo paper and was just wondering what your opinion is. Thanks, Ali!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      My opinion has usually been to stick with the same manufacturer (with an epson printer use epson paper). That said, when I was using the HP I also used Ilford Gallerie Smooth Pearl photo paper (I believe it’s what Cathy Zielske uses as well) – it’s a really great paper.

    • ….
      Suz said…

      I don’t have the same printer as you and Ali (I have the Canon MG5320) but I do really love the Ilford Galerie smooth pearl paper (purchased on Amazon). It is a matte finish although they probably also make a glossy. FWIW. Another option perhaps? :)

  • 17.
    Jayne said…

    Ali, I love looking at your pages and ‘borrowing’ ideas for my own PL. Last night I sorted our three individual photos, found stickers for the date and started putting things together – using your inspiration. Thank you!

  • 18.
    Raylene said…

    The photos of the three of you are so good! Professional looking!
    I’m doing PL again . . . 5th year for me . . . digital as usual and loving it. I’m going with Anna Aspnes art palette kits and pushing myself to embrace the artsy style! So far just LOVING IT!

  • 19.
    McAmy said…

    I’m going to give PL a go this year. Not sure how long I’ll make it. I’m planning to do my intro page last – thinking it will be more of a summary page. I love your self portrait. I need to get a few of those in there.
    Thanks for always being inspiring!

  • 20.
    Karen said…

    Hi Ally, looking forward to following your PL progress through the year again. What I would really like to know is how you deal with expanding to more than one album, in particular what you do with the last page of vol 1 (and vol 2 if applicable) and the first page of vol 2 (and vol 3 if applicable). Suggestions would be great.Thanks!

    • ….
      Margie S said…

      Great question. I was trying to decide what to do about this myself as I am currently dividing up my 2012 album – mine is currently OVERSTUFFED. Would love to hear your ideas.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Karen – this is something I actually haven’t dealt with yet. It’s on my list! In my 2011 and 2012 albums those pages are currently blank. Once I decide on a course of action I’ll be sure to share.

    • ….
      Karen said…

      Thanks Ali (sorry I misspelt your name to start with – I must have been on auto-pilot). Would love to see what you come up with. I keep feeling that I can’t “let go” of last year’s albums until I have those pages filled!

      Thanks also for your great inspiration. Following your progess in 2011 inspired me to try PL last year and I am so glad I did. My 2 kids, esp the 10 year old, loves looking through it and we’ve now got a record of lots of little stories about every day, and sometimes not so every day, things that I had forgotten about even just one year on. I love how you have shown it does not have to be a photo and a story a day; how some weeks you will have a lot to record and other weeks, it will not; and how while its good to focus on the good things, to keep it “real” its good to acknowledge some of the tough moments as well, because that is all part of life!

    • ….
      Gina T said…

      An option would be to do what Stacy Julian sometimes does . . . use the last page for a pocket page to put misc. memorabilia or for a collage page of extra photos that didn’t get used that year. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with :)

  • 21.
    Debora Prass said…

    Tks for the inspiration! Loved the little stars on each photo!

  • 22.
    Shelley P said…

    Love the handwriting font that you use on your Project Life layouts. Just got a Silhouette Cameo which I am trying to figure out. Wondering which font you’re using and whether it’s the same one as your CK handwriting font that you used to cut out on your Silhouette?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Shelley – most of the things I cut with the Silhouette are word art vs. a font. All my hand-drawn word art is available through Designer Digitals: Here’s a tutorial for working with my word art and the Silhouette (you trace the files before cutting):

  • 23.
    Megan Smith said…

    Love it! So fun looking in the past at your other years title pages!

  • 24.
    Debbie said…

    What option do I have with the hello life 2013 if I do not own a silhouette? Thank you.

  • 25.
    Jonnelle said…

    So pretty, very inspirational! I really want some Studio Calico veneer stars, need to put them on the top of my wish list.

  • 26.
    Peggy said…

    Was SO LOOKING FORWARD to seeing your intro pages to your 2013 PL!! So amazing!! LOVE! I just have a quick question. Do you use your Brother sewing machine for just scrapbooking or do you also use it for actually sewing as well. I only have one machine and I am a quilter, so just wonder how you are doing that. Should I just save a needle for paper sewing only?!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I pretty much just sew with paper (sometimes with fabric a bit but all in a memory keeping capacity). I just use a basic size needle (I actually don’t even know what size it is). If you use your machine for other things it seems it would be a good idea to use a different needle for paper since sometimes there’s some glue involved as well.

    • ….
      Honoré said…

      Hi! As Ali suggests, use a different needle for sewing on paper. I just keep a needle on a small piece of paper with the word “paper” written on it. Eventually,you’ll need to use another one ’cause it will get dull. Even needles used with fabric get dull. Your manual will probably give more info on needles.
      Hope this helps.

  • 27.
    Marie said…

    Love your first page. And looking forward to seeing the first weeks layouts. Thanks for sharing Ali.

  • 28.
    Alida said…

    Hi Ali, I’ve been wAIting for this post:) asd all I can say is Awesome! All stars, indeed! Love the confidence that is shining through in the 2013 page.

  • 29.
    Cheryl said…

    Love the spreads!!! I only just found out about this project but I love the idea of it and am itching to get started :)

    I have one quick question, I hope that’s ok…I love the looping scripts on the brushes and stamps – but I don’t understand what they are or how to use them. Could you help a novice out?

    Looking forward to watching how the year unfolds for you! xxx

  • 30.
    Bethany said…

    Your intro page is beautiful! What albums do you currently prefer to hold your PL in? Is it big enough for the whole year?

    Happy New Year!

    • ….
      Bethany said…

      Oh! I’ve just read it in a different post, never mind.

  • 31.
    JenW said…

    Ali it is fun to see your approach to this project.I have done PL for a few years now and I typically start the last week in January. I feel like coming out of December Daily/Holiday season high in general – I need a mental break and the beginning of January I am not taking as many photos and just trying to regroup us back to normal but by starting at the end of January I am still capturing a bit of what goes on in that month and the winter activities and I feel mentally more energized and engaged to start a new project. I love this project and would encourage others to try it!!

  • 32.
    Amber said…

    I’m drooling over the pile of washi tape in the background of the photo showing the punch. Definitely one of favorite products right now. Love your cover page for 2013 and am looking forward to following progress through the year. This year will be my second attempt at project life (a printer issue put me too far behind to catch up last year) and now that I’ve built my stash up a bit more I think I will make a real go at it! Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!

  • 33.
    Nicole said…

    Your intro pages are always a fave of mine! And thank you for the sewing machine link/recommendation. I’m about to toss mine out the window I’ve been so frustrated with it… ;)

  • 34.
    Mamasue123 said…

    Hi Ali, just a quick hello and just want to say thank you for the product reviews you do on the products you use. It is so helpful to me as I see what you can do with it through your projects and realize they must be worthwhile as you use most of them so frequently.
    So again just wanted to say thanks! Oh and it looks like you had a fabulous time at CHA. So very jealous. On my bucket list to go and drool there sometime. Have a wonderful day. Sue.

  • 35.
    Nita said…

    I am so glad to see this. I am diving into PL myself this year. I find so much inspiration from your pages. Hope it helps me find my way.

  • 36.
    Felicia Young said…

    I really like your first page! You are always awesome and I have been waiting for this post because your Project Life is sweet. I also signed up the SC’s kit and class for Project Life and love it. Thanks Ali for all you do.

  • 37.
    Stacey said…

    So glad you are continuing this project, you are a constant source of inspiration.

  • 38.
    pam said…

    Thanks so much for the link to the video on how to cut out your png files on the Silhouette. Can’t wait to try it.
    I do appreciate how willing you are to share your PL spreads. Thanks.

  • 39.
    Suz said…

    So neat to see the 3 layouts from three consecutive years Ali. The changes in products, the changes in the kiddos growth, the changes in your life. Period.
    Documenting the real.
    The authentic.
    The good.
    The happy.
    The difficult.
    The heartbreaking.

    As you may remember, 2011 was the most difficult year in my life to date, losing my older sister, Linda. Your honesty in approaching ALL of life within the pages of your album and here on your blog has sincerely helped me to work through the grief in the pages of my album too. So thank you Ali!!
    Take care you,

  • 40.
    libbywilko said…

    It looks so gorgeous! I the photos of the three of you , they are stunning !

  • 41.
    Bee Rozatti said…

    Hello Ali, I was wondering when you do your Hello Life Boxes are you using card stock or vinyl? Do you glue them on your photos? I saw on your December Daily tutorial for your words that you do do that. . .

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I use cardstock. In this album I often use them on their own, slipped into the pockets so that you see-through to the other side.

  • 42.
    Jill said…


    Regarding printing your own photos, I am wondering at their longevity. I would love to print at home, and used to, but after a few years, the quality of the photos drastically went down, they seemed to age or fade or get darker. I’m not sure if it was an ink quality issue or printer quality issue, but I’m just wondering what your thoughts on that are. It seems like I’d be able to keep up much better if I wasn’t constantly uploading photos to get printed and waiting to have them mailed back.

  • 43.
    Susanne said…

    Love to see all your intro-pages together! So beautiful.

  • 44.
    Mrsci said…

    Hi Ali,
    Considering purchasing a new photo printer. Have you ever made a video or tutorial on your photo printing process? I often add your digital art to my photos prior to printing and I assume that would be the same except I would print to the Picturemate instead of my regular printer. The Picturemate looks like it might fit the bill.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi – yes, same exact process. I just choose the Picturemate to print those 4×6 photos vs. using my larger printer – same steps.

  • 45.
    Tiffany said…

    Another printer question: you previously used an epson stylus R2000. I am now noticing you are using and recommending the picture mate. I have the R2000 and have decided to start printing my PL photos at home…just curious why you switched. Also, any tips on color management or profiles with this printer…so far my photos seem a little dark. Always inspired by your work. Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Tiffany – I still use both pretty consistently. For Project Life 4×6 prints I’ve been using the PictureMate pretty exclusively because it’s just simple and easy. For all my enlargements or different sized prints I use the R2000. I wish I had more tips on color management – I really just adjust via trial and error. I know that I often need to over-compensate a bit on the screen (usually lighter) to get the color I want in the print.

  • 46.
    Jill Price said…

    Hi Ali – I just started Project Life in 2013, and just recently found your website while I was looking for ideas. Of course, I had heard and seen your name and ideas before, but I never had folowed your blog. What struck me as I was looking at this post was the 3 for you and your kids. There is now 3 in my family too- my kids and I – as I am going thru a divorce. In fact, it was very important to me to start PL this year because I am ready to focus on the good things that I still have in my life, and my memories with my kids are the most important! I just wanted to thank you for sharing yourself on this blog, and let you know that it made me feel more of a kinship with you, and gave me inspiration and hope. Thank you!

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