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February 20, 2013

Project Life 2013 | Week Six

Welcome to Project Life | Week Six.

Lots of Anna celebrations this week and a concert in Portland.

Some of you might notice that I didn’t include all the photos that I included in my blog post about Anna’s birthday. I’ve got plans to create a layout for the rest of those images.

The large chipboard 4 stitched onto the top left photo is from October Afternoon. Usually I use 4×6 cards from the Seafoam kit in that location but decided to mix it up with a photo this week.

The childhood Project Life mini-kit editions are not just for stories about kids. I used a card from the Wellington set this week (“good memory”).

And yes, I have a new friend.

IDEA | Use a pocket within the pockets. These stitched vellum pockets from Studio Calico are a great fit for the 3×4 pockets. The package includes both kraft and vellum stitched pockets.

Chipboard banner is from My Mind’s Eye.

IDEA | Print directly onto Seafoam journal cards. This week I chose to print a quote directly onto a journal card that included word art from my Quote This set. In photoshop I set up a new file sized to 3×4 at 300dpi. I added the words and the quotation word art. Before printing I added I temporarily adhered the Seafoam journal card onto a 4×6 sheet of photo paper and ran it through my Epson PictureMate printer. I usually recommend doing a test print first and then adding the journal card and re-running it through the printer.

The 8.5×11 insert included this week is the Conversation With Anna I did right around her birthday.

On the back I included a collage of four photos of Anna from each of her birthdays.

The Hello My Heart 3×4 card was printed on photo paper.

The pink “today” on the photo of Anna at her party is from Elle’s Studio’s new Day To Day line and the layered circle sticker is from My Mind’s Eye.

Word stickers on the top right photo are also from My Mind’s Eye.

IDEA | To partially cover up an image I used a piece of vellum cut to 3×4. I also stapled a banner from the top of a layered My Mind’s Eye sticker to the vellum cover.

What do I use for my corner rounder? The Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers set at the 1/4 inch corner.


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.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    the photo of simon and anna laughing is so awesome. love your PL as always :)

  • 2.
    Neisa said…

    Vellum stitched pockets! Can’t wait to add those. I have begun my first year with Project Life and love it, thanks for the inspiration.

  • 3.
    Marta V. said…

    Love the layout and all of the pictures. Your friend is mighty cute!!

  • 4.
    Pidgen said…

    Ali, I feel really dumb asking this – but what does the “I” you’ve used a few times mean? I’m at a loss … I love the quote, by the way!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s just a stylized use of quotation marks.

  • 5.
    Abby said…

    Great PL week … and I agree with Marta V., above: he is mighty cute! Glad to see you happy!

  • 6.
    Melissa said…

    Love all of this! :) Gorgeous layout this week Ali (as usual, of course, but this one is one of my favorites).

  • 7.
    Heather Johnson said…

    So many awesome ideas this week, love it! You *almost* have me wishing I wasn’t digital each and every week…but then I remember I am not that creative. Your weeks are so inspirational!

  • 8.
    Leah said…

    Beautiful as always Ali – I love the vellum over the picture.

  • 9.
    Ilona said…

    I love love love that picture with Simon and Anna! :-)

  • 10.
    mel said…

    Another lovely week. I love the vellum pocket too. Want to give that a try.

  • 11.
    Carolyn Carter said…

    Hello Ali,
    Love the “idea” of printing on a 3×4 journaling card by placing it on a 4×6 photo paper. I always wondered how you guys did that. Now I know lol. Your layout is very inspiring.

  • 12.
    Megan Smith said…

    What concert did you see in Portland and which venue? Just curious…we were just at Crystal on the 8th!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Ben Folds Five.

  • 13.
    JillT said…

    I always love the inspiration of your PL pages. This time, however, I have to thank you for a perfect quote. It came at a very dark time in my daughter’s life and this helpless mom hopes it brings meaning to her today.

  • 14.
    Polina Khoronko said…


  • 15.
    kelly libby said…

    You’re brave for sharing so much! I’m psyched to see you’ve got a “new friend”. Dating totally freaks me out…but, I’ve just joined eharmony.That is soooo out of my comfort zone. It’s good to see other women being open to new relationships. ; )

  • 16.
    Alex said…

    Is it ok to agree that the new friend is very cute? :)

  • 17.
    StacyK said…

    I love so many things about this layout! Thanks so much for sharing your techniques! Your comment “And yes, I have a new friend.” tickled me…because you knew the questions would come. Smart.

  • 18.
    stephanie said…

    LOVE how you printed directly on the card, i’m going to have to try that. also LOVE that you have a new friend, you deserve all the happiness in the world : )

  • 19.
    Megan said…

    Congratulations on your new ‘friend’! You deserve such happiness!

  • 20.
    laura g. said…

    Go ali go!!!

  • 21.
    Angela said…

    your new “friend” looks quite handsome!!! good for you Ali…enjoy a year of being open to new adventures!

  • 22.
    Brooke said…

    Love all of your inspiration. Love the pocket within a pocket idea.

    I’m pretty sure I broke our last printer trying to print on a journal card! Please be careful to those trying.

    And congrats. Very happy for you.

  • 23.
    dawn said…

    Hi Ali,

    I LOVE LOVE the first photo of Anna, she’s so happy in it!! The one of her and Simon is cool too. Great stories and new ideas for this week, always fun to see your pages.

    p.s. I just sent you an email with questions about OLD layouts, so inspired by them still!!

  • 24.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    as always fabulous – love the vellum pocket – very cool !!

  • 25.
    Felicia said…

    You are awesome Ali and have such a generous spirit. Many Blessings!

  • 26.
    Melissa said…

    Love that you share your PL. always admire your stories and inspiration. Ahh a new friend, your such a awesome lady. Any man would be lucky to have not only you but your kids too!!

  • 27.
    Jennifer said…

    I just ordered Project Life Olive and can’t wait for it to arrive so I can get started. Love all your layouts!

    Many thanks for the inspiation to get started.

  • 28.
    Katie said…

    “Cute” doesn’t really cut it!! He’s a beauty!! YAY ALI!!

    • ….
      A. Sanborn said…

      Smile… {LOL}

      Cute, Katie!

      Wishing you all the best in finding your “forever” mr. right, Ali. All to soon your children will be off on there own life adventures. Enjoy… We’re on what seems our last 3 minutes with our young lady. Thanks for sharing Anna and Simon with all of us. Reminds me of our earlier days with Sophie.

  • 29.
    Terri said…

    Love this!!!

  • 30.
    Bonnie said…

    TY Ali for still posting layouts vs project life. I love PL but it seems that every one of my beloved blogs are only focused on PL and have all but abandoned layouts. Me thinks way too much PL and not enough L/O from my favs. BTW, you looked awesome with your blowout and your new friend is mucho photo-worthy! XO

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I definitely haven’t abandoned them (my 12-week Big Picture class this summer will include all new layouts) but I do find this a really great way to document our lives.

  • 31.
    Lisa W. said…

    Love this…always something new and fun to try, always a inspiration, thank you for always making my day!!! And yes a very cute new friend….ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…good for you!!!

  • 32.
    Sharon said…

    Love Ali’s PL pages. Printing Journals – Love the idea of printing quotation word art right on the 3×4 cards. Found an awesome website to print journal made so simple (no tapes or adhesives). I bought some of the templates and they work wonderfully with PL journaling cards. Print Ali’s digital brushes right on the PL cards or textured cards.

    CHECK it out –
    Just SHARING!!! ;0)

    • ….
      Jo-Anne from ZA said…

      Hi Sharon

      Thanks for this!! Did check it out and it is great for PL:-)

  • 33.
    Fiona said…

    Lovely pages. I especially love the photo of Simon and Anna together, and the one of you and Anna in the bathroom together. You included some really fun angles with your pictures, which gives me some great ideas for making the same old things look interesting again. Thank you! Congratulations on your beautiful daughter turning 4…and on your new friend :)

    • ….
      Fiona said…

      I forgot to mention that I really like the idea of having a picture from each of Anna’s birthdays on the insert. Great idea!

  • 34.
    mindy said…

    love your pages! i am SO behind…oh well :) i also love to print right on the journaling cards. liz at paislee press has a great tutorial plus a download to help make printing on journaling cards so easy! anyways just thought i would share :)

  • 35.
    Glenda J said…

    So inspirational! I love the colours and the fabulous little details.

  • 36.
    AnneE said…

    Pardon me for beeing, crude. But… you have excelent taste in men. Just saying :-)

  • 37.
    Alida said…

    Vellum, yes (I also happened to rediscover it recently).Your page is so full of light and can I call it transparency? Love that last photo of Anna and a little bit of you, and also that the photo’s of your new friend are just glimpses at this stage. Beautiful moment btw. And the quote is AWESOME.

  • 38.
    libbywilko said…

    Such a lot of happy this week ! I love it, may the smiles, hugs and laughter continue to grow and blossom for all your friends and family. Congratulations on making a new friend who makes YOU smile so much

  • 39.
    Jo-Anne from ZA said…

    As USUAL – AWESOME pages!! Your pages are so inspiring went out and bought the Canon camera, Epson R2000 printer and Elements 11. Not good for the back account but REALLY GREAT for the SOUL:-)

    By the way your Man is gorgeous:-) You GO girl!!!!

  • 40.
    Melissa said…

    Don’t let us scare the new guy away! We’re very friendly and we promise to behave–unless he doesn’t treat you right. Happy you’re having some fun with someone new.

  • 41.
    Debora Prass said…

    Loved the idea o vellum over an image you like but can´t exactly show! Beautiful pictures and design, as always. You are my inspiration for my PL!

  • 42.
    Theresa said…

    How awesome would it be if you were to design a Project Life Kit!! Pretty please make that happen! It would be beyond amazing. Loved everything about your pages!!

  • 43.
    Elizabeth*S* said…

    It’s a happy inbox when you share a PL week! And LOL you know us sooo well…your friend is hawt! WTG! ;)

  • 44.
    Jo-Anne from ZA said…

    Oh Ali i forgot to ask you on your ‘A conversation with Anna’ page how did you ‘stretch’ the top photo of Anna over the 2 boxes in Photoshop? I did purchase that template but it originally comes with 4 photo layers and would like to sometimes just have 3 photos for variety.

    Thanks a million!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You can simply grab the bottom of the box (when that layer is selected) and drag it down to resize. I usually do this before I mask the photo into the shape.

    • ….
      Jo-Anne from ZA said…

      Hi Ali

      I did try what you said but i cannot seem to get it to work. I did resize the photo to fit over 2 of the layers(photo boxes) and saved it but the minute i ctrl+G it goes back to the first layer.Do i need to select the 2 layers at the same time perhaps?

      Hehehe…………guess i am having a blonde moment:-)

      I remember you did do a video tutorial on it but for the life of me i cannot remember which tutorial it came from.

    • .
      Ali said…

      Did you resize the box? You need to make the box bigger and then mask inside.

  • 45.
    Becky said…


    Printing on different paper really didn’t cause any problems with your PictureMate Show? I was thinking of doing that, but the manual had this big warning about not printing on anything other than Epson paper, so I was rather leery. Have you done it very often? Thanks for any additional insight!


    • ….
      Ali said…

      I didn’t have any issues – I don’t do it all the time (this was the first time in awhile) and it definitely worked to have the journal card (from the kit) temporarily adhered to a piece of Epson photo paper.

  • 46.
    Paula said…

    Tears of happiness for you – I must be having an emotional day, but just very happy for you!! Wishing you and the kids the best, thank you for the gift of that quote.

  • 47.
    orange gearle said…

    #1. very cute friend
    #2 love Ben Folds Five
    #3 what a lovely week you had!


  • 48.

    Simon looks so grown up in the photo of the kids laughing! Love this week’s spread, as always.

  • 49.
    Nena said…

    I have a question for you. How do you reconcile the fact that you have a “family” PL album but 2 children? Perhaps you live in the now and don’t worry about how the kids will choose to be the “keepers” of your creations in the future. I really don’t want to be a digital scrapbooker but folks say that it’s easier AND they simply print multiple copies of what they create for each of their children. What do you think about this?

    • ….
      Nena said…

      I don’t know why I addressed that question to Ali specifically. I’d appreciate anyone’s thoughts.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Nena – I really don’t think about it. I figure they will figure it out (just like how my parents had bunches of photo albums that live at my house vs. my siblings homes). I also have done a variety of mini-books and other scrapbook albums over the years that are specific to Simon or Anna or me. I know it will all be okay down the road.

      Digital is a great option for being able to print the same thing for multiple family members but I don’t have any plans to go all digital just for that reason alone – I like the mixture of textures too much (even though most of my work tends to be flat).

  • 50.
    Nena said…

    Wow. You are quick!!! THANKS!!! Your response really does validate my inclination towards enjoying the process and letting the future just happen a la “Don’t worry, Be HAPPY.”

    • ….
      Pauline said…

      Just chipping in with my thoughts – we have 2 daughters but I only ever do layouts for family albums. I figure they can sort it out between themselves! Copies could always be made later if they really wanted to.

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