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February 13, 2013

Project Life 2013 | Week Five

Welcome to Project Life | Week Five.

Do you have a larger family and wonder how to make Project Life work for you? I posed this question of behalf of a reader on my Facebook page yesterday and there were some helpful responses. Check out that post here.

I’ve currently got couple weeks in progress on my table including all the photos for Week Six (need to add embellishments and more words) and a good start to this week that we are living right now. I go through phases on how I work on this project – sometimes it’s very in the moment and other times I’m working on multiple weeks at the same time. For this week I did use a couple post-it notes to help me remember specific stories I wanted to tell (the one about the toilet and the other one about Simon’s request when he got his hair cut).

This week includes my Day In The Life content from the last week of January.

I used a variety of different Thickers (letter stickers) this week from American Crafts: Orange Corrugated Ready Set Go, Corn Eric Foam, Black Journal Pumpkin Patch Glitter Foam.

IDEA | Add an initial letter sticker to a speech bubble. These are chipboard speech bubbles from Studio Calico. The letter stickers are from Jenni Bowlin (red, black).

The pink journal card is from the Mayfield Childhood Mini Kit. I’m loving the cards in each of the childhood mini kits. The “true story” chipboard arrow is from Studio Calico’s

I’m using the opaque Project Life Dividers for each new month.

Excited to include a Day In The Life each month this year. You can read more about that here.

On the photo of Anna sleeping I added a Crate Paper Fourteen Stitched Label + a little bit of hand-journaling. Really loving just adding my pen to the photos right now. I most often use Precision Pens from American Crafts.

The February card was included in the Studio Calico Front Row Project Life Kit.

IDEA | Add a stitched border to a core kit journal card.

That little “here” sticker is from Studio Calico’s Here & There Circle Sticker Sheet. Super cute:

The cork “s” is from Close To My Heart.


Click on the images to link to the products.

Project Life is a product and a system and a lifestyle 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…

    Great week Ali, thanks for extra descriptions and idea thoughts. I need to start using intials like you do, love this!! I like the side by side photos of them doing their homework. How sweet the all pink card for Anna is, glad she was better in time for her birthday. Poor Sam just caught another flu/virus and missed school again. He can’t seem to shake it either.

    Thanks for sharing another week Ali, loved it!

  • 2.
    Laura Moegenburg said…

    Love that you have more pictures of yourself – because we as the people who document are important too! I really need to work at this in my PL.

  • 3.
    Heather Johnson said…

    Your pages are always so wonderful! I never thought of using a journaling card as sort of a letter (the Dear Anna regarding the toilet is adorable) I will be sure to try that soon. Thanks so much for the inspiration–

  • 4.
    Lisa W. said…

    Always just SO good to see your PL layouts, yummy, delightful, beautiful AND everything above!!!!

  • 5.
    Shanon Gibson said…

    As always, a beautiful PL spread! I love it.

    My girls (4 and 5) often forget to flush the toilet so your card made me LOL! Funny stuff.

  • 6.
    {vicki} said…

    When Anna gives you the toliet question answer—please let me know. My son is 13 and still won’t flush most times!

  • 7.
    Alida said…

    So much to love and so many ideas again, thanks Ali. Love the handwriting on the photo’s (underlined), and those speech bubble cards. And your stories just made me think of a few that I didn’t get down.

  • 8.
    Jenny said…

    Ali, You showed clear blocks that you used as templates for cropping your photos in a post quite some time ago. Were these templates or are they just your stamping blocks that you used as templates for your photo cropping? Thanks!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jenny – this isn’t ringing a bell for me right away. I’ll see what I can find – I don’t think I’ve used acrylic blocks for cropping in the past.

  • 9.
    Mary Jo said…

    LOL – I just had to post re: your Anna and the toilet pocket! My five year old daughter is the same way. It drives me crazy! :)

  • 10.
    Alexandra said…

    Ha! When Anna finally tells you “what’s so hard about flushing the toilet” please let me know the answer… I have a 10 yr old who has the same challenge. ugh.

  • 11.
    Johanna said…

    I like your “idea” memos – great way to activate us readers on top of showing beautiful inspiration. At least it spurs me to try your tips, so thanks a lot!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You are welcome – trying to remember to do that with each post.

  • 12.
    Lynsey said…

    I teach preschool at my church Sunday school. I’ve found little kids don’t flush because many of them are afraid of the sound! I ask them to cover their ear with one hand as they flush. The other flushing hand moves to the other ear lightening quickly!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love that comment – I think most of the time she’s just in a hurry to get back to whatever it was she was doing before going to the bathroom.

  • 13.
    Marie said…

    Love your card on Anna and the flush! This is awesome! :-)

  • 14.
    Deann said…

    Any ideas for someone who wants to start Project Life but feels like I have no stories to tell. My kids are grown, I go to work, go home. Start over the next day….

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Deann – I’d really challenge you to think hard about whether that’s really all you do (and in essence who you are). Who are you? What do you think about? Who do you love? What are your interests – garden, surf online, read, etc. Document stuff like that. What do you listen to? What do you eat? What do you think about?

      We’ve all got so many stories to tell whether we have kids in the house or not. One of the things I’ve learned through my years of memory keeping is that it’s really opened my eyes to my life – to the things I love and to the things I might want to change. Because I document a lot I’m in touch with how I’m feeling and make life adjustments accordingly (not always with swift movement but there’s definitely an awareness that comes from paying attention).

      Also remember that it doesn’t have to be a weekly project. It can be monthly or it can be more random – it’s really just a great way to capture life in bits and pieces.

    • ….
      Deann said…

      Thank you Ali. Really didn’t mean to sound so pitiful. You know we spend so many years tending to others that when it comes to directing attention to ourselves, it’s an adjustment. Anyway, I love your blog, the Oregon Coast, yoga… I think that’s a start.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh you don’t sound that way at all! It’s so totally normal – I just want you to know that I’m cheering for you to change your perspective. It’s totally an adjustment and a “practice” to start celebrating yourself.

    • ….
      Margie S said…

      You could even get started with a weekly self-portrait challenge. I’ve been thinking about that myself because even though I have a ton to document with three kids, I need to remember to document myself! And my husband!

  • 15.
    Mel said…

    Another great PL spread! I have a son with autism who is now 20. He likes to have his hair washed after getting his haircut because he hates all those little hairs on his neck. It was so great when he was able to ask for the hair wash after the cut. I love it when they are able to communicate something all on their own that nobody else is aware of – and makes their life a little bit better.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I just so love that he is asserting himself to get his needs met (and communicating what those needs really are). Love it.

  • 16.
    Trina Cooper said…

    Ali, still finishing little things on my previous PL as I begin again. When your Pl extends to 2 or 3 albums,how do you transition. Do you make an opening and closing page on each or just begin. I begin on a new week so I have blank pages front and back.Would love some suggestions. You have such wonderful ideas and I so look forward to your blog. Thanks, Trina

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I just begin. I have intentions of doing something with those transition pages – most likely an enlarged photo that’s one of my favorites from the time period. I’m hoping to get those on my list to do and share soon.

  • 17.
    Jen said…

    Great layouts and great ideas as usual!

  • 18.
    Crystal said…

    Love the question to Anna about the toilet. If she gives you the answer, please let me know. My 5 year old does not flush either. I think the little girls get in a hurry!

    • ….
      Margie S said…

      My son used to but now its lost its novelty. Still at 14 he won’t flush! DOn’t tell him I told you.

  • 19.
    Michelle said…

    Ali, I have long admired your digital stamps and brushes, but I have zero digital design skill. Is there any other way to use them besides PSE or other digital software? (Can I open them in a page/word document?)

    So love your Project Life!

    • ….
      Michelle said…

      Ali, I downloaded your Day in the Life freebie and dropped it in a page document to print on a journal card ~ so excited! Thank you!

  • 20.
    Deann said…

    Great idea. Thanks

  • 21.
    kelly libby said…

    really like the “idea” part with a little description. Please do these more often especially using your embellishments, stamps etc. I am a purely paper scrapbooker. I don’t even own a printer. ; )

  • 22.
    Monica said…

    Dear Ali,
    I’m buying a photo printer and I’m in doubt about Canon CP 900 and Epson Picturemate Charm: what is your opinion about it and why.
    Thanks from Brazil,

  • 23.
    Kellie said…

    My daughter is twelve now and I can remember she was always kind of scared to flush when she was younger. Funny thing is, it’s not the toilet that scared her, it was the loud noise. Even now, she says it still bothers her. Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects.

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