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May 15, 2013

Project Life 2013 | Week Fourteen

Welcome to Project Life 2013 | Week Fourteen (April 1 – April 7).

Am I still doing Project Life? Absolutely.

Am I behind? A little. I’ve got a bunch of weeks in progress and will be sharing them over the next week. This week and week fifteen have been “almost done” for weeks and photos are printed for the other weeks.

A couple things I need to do:

  1. Order another black 12×12 album for the next four months (I’ve been doing three albums per year, four months in each album). Right now they are all still in the first one for 2013 and it’s getting tight.
  2. Find a new routine that will gel with the work I’m doing for Hello Story (my new class at Big Picture that starts in July). I think it’s totally possible to do both Project Life and traditional pages, I’m just working on finding my own groove between the two.
  3. SIMPLIFY. At least for the next couple of months I think I need to keep this project simple while I’m in the middle of content development for this workshop. I think getting the album back down on my kitchen counter with a stack of cards will help me with this.

How are things going for you? Are you new to Project Life? Are you a veteran? Still loving it?

Here’s Week Fourteen:

Here’s a closer look:

The “listen, believe, trust” card is from my Everyday Love Journal Cards that was printed on photo paper.

“Yo April” are Cream Thickers from American Crafts that I ran through my sewing machine with red thread.

“Heart this boy” word art on the photo of Simon making cookies is from Love You Boy.

I’d love to do a week where I fill out one of those Best/Worst cards everyday. The one above was printed on some leftover paper that I had used as an over-spray catch under whatever it was that I was actually misting with paint.

Here’s a look at the right side:

The star card is from Kelly Purkey’s kit for Simon Says Stamp.

Little pink word stickers are from My Mind’s Eye.

Still loving cutting up journal cards and adding them to my pictures. I like not re-inventing the wheel each week and adding a bit more context to my photos.

The journal card here was included in Studio Calico’s Project Life add-on kit (May 2013).


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. You can check out all my posts (I started in 2010) about Project Life here.


  • 1.
    alida said…

    Oh Ali, you just know how! Love the impact of that flower, and the photo of you is beautiful (vellum w/ wording over is a great idea). Totally worth the wait!

  • 2.
    Barb said…

    My Project Life is in bad shape. I think it is now going to turn into a “100 Days of Summer” album. I think I am having trouble finding everyday content in my new life as a divorced empty nest Mom. I know my little life is worth it and it would do me good to recognize the good things, but it’s hard. Now that my youngest is home from college, I am really going to try to keep up with my Project Life for 3 1/2 months of summer. All a part of ACCEPTing the change and moving on.

    • ….
      Sue C said…

      Just a few words of encouragement for you — I am a younger widow with no kids (although love kids and was a long time teacher). I had a hard time in the beginning with PL, thought my life was completely boring, but now it is a part of my everyday. I focus on the little things in my daily life that make me smile (flowers in my yard, new glasses, reactions to current events) and quotes that inspire me. Focus on your life and do not compare to what others are including in their PL. Keep at it and you’ll find what works for you.

    • ….
      M said…

      Barb, My youngest went off to college this year too, so all 3 of my dd are out of the house. I know what you mean. I make a effort to get them to send me photos (so easy with email or attaching to a text message- kids take phone photos all the time). Then I print up pics from them to use in my album. I still view my scrapbooking (including PL) as including the whole family.

  • 3.
    Karen d. said…

    Waaaaay behind. Still love the idea. Hope to catch up once my house remold is done!

  • 4.
    Shanon Gibson said…

    I was behind but decided to do one side for each week in April and start back to a full weekly spread in May. So lots of photos and not many words for April but it is in the book and I am ready to get back to daily documentation of our lives.

  • 5.
    laura g. said…

    I am the Queen of Being Behind! i had breast cancer, did chemo for 4 months, and now on the mend…i was dreading doing my Nov/Dec PL as this is when i found the lump, got the diagnosis, the surgery etc., but got over that hurdle…now i am hoping to get Dec 12 finished in the next couple of days and get caught up with the next..oh my gosh…4 1/2 months…will have to document about my chemo starting in January, but think that will be ok…this is a great way to get my pics off the computer and into an album!!

    • ….
      Therese said…

      So glad that you are mending from your breast cancer. I hate reading that you are “dreading” doing your PL. Maybe you have had enough of the cancer and should just skip that time period until such time that you can reflect on it from a different place. I would not force myself to scrap something that made me feel so overwhelmed.

      I have yet to scrap my Mother and Sister’s lives because their deaths still hurt and cause me to miss them terribly. I will eventually put albums together so that my children have those memories, but I have given myself permission to do it later when I can find joy in it and not hurt so much.

      Scrapbooking is about preserving our memories of course, but sometimes I think we can wait until the right time to do this.

      Best of luck with however you choose to catch up!

    • ….
      laura g. said…

      thanks Therese! am finding great joy in the mending process! i am extremely lucky in that my cancer was caught in an early stage…i may wait to scrap about chemo…yuck..i have the pics and will print them up and stick them in the pages..journal later…
      so very sorry about your Mother and Sister and the pain of missing them…my Mom passed away 7 years ago and i miss her…but time does heal and make it bearable…hugs to you as YOU mend…l.

  • 6.
    stacyk said…

    I’m still loving and enjoying PL. I’ve been doing it for a year and half now, and I love it for being a creative outlet for me. It can be simple or complicated depending on how creative I want to get. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us. Seeing your ideas helps me to think of even more ideas to build upon.

  • 7.

    Love the Planning for Paris card and the way you chopped it. :) You always inspire!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Jessica!

  • 8.
    Sue said…

    Oh Ali I am new to PL this year and I am totally in love with it. There are times that I question “why am I doing this-will anyone really care? ” But when I look back at my completed weeks, filled with probably way too many pictures, I always smile and feel such a sense of happiness! Since I am not computer savy, my pages are pretty traditional but they are mine and I love them! Thank you for sharing your pages- you give me something to aspire too!

  • 9.
    Sue said…

    Does anyone else struggle with way too many pictures?? Some weeks I use 3 or more pages-18 or more picures? I guess there is really no right or wrong but I sometime just can’t bare not to use a picture, even though they really are nothing special!

    • ….
      Megan Anderson said…

      I’m squeezing in almost 50 for the past week! I go a little crazy with it, but I get it all in there with photo collages and inserts.

    • ….
      laura g. said…

      Use them all! My PL is about using the pics i love and getting them into an album for everyone to look at and enjoy. make your PL the way you like it…sometimes i do a traditional scrapbook page because i miss not doing them..and slip it into my PL…

  • 10.
    Megan Anderson said…

    I love your Project Life so much! There are so many neat little creative touches, but it feels simple and story focused overall. That’s amazing.

    I do both traditional and Project Life, and everything goes into one album. This year, I’m mostly planning ahead and making a 12×12 layout half of a spread (which I did this week: ) or I’ll do smaller layouts as inserts: 6×12, 8.5×11, or 11×12. Last year, I did a monthly review / intro pocketed pages and put traditional layouts in between them. Or you could always put traditional layouts at the end of your PL albums. I could go on and on about this, but here’s a bit more on the BPC blog:

  • 11.
    Sarah said…

    Ali, have you ever toyed with the idea of using an app to add some of your brushes to your pics right in your phone? Since I am using the Selphy printer to print MOST of my pictures directly from my iPhone, I would really love to do this….but haven’t found an app that I know will work.

    • ….
      Debbie said…

      Hi Sarah, I too use my iphone and selphy. I would love Ali to do an app too, but in the mean time check out these options:
      PicLab,#beautifulmess has a new awesome app!

  • 12.
    Debbie said…

    so glad to see your pages today. I have been uninspired for a couple weeks and have pictures but little journaling. I love the Paris idea and the simplicity of Anna in your office and the little sticker words. Thank you for being the best PL inspiration out there!

  • 13.
    alexandra said…

    I’d love to know more about how you simplify the process…
    I over-think it and before you know it I’m kinda bogged down.

  • 14.
    leslie cannon said…

    I am behind as well, but I am NOT AFRAID!! I had to pack up my PL while our house was on the market, and now that we have moved I am joyfully unpacking it and looking forward to catching up. It is amazing, however, how quickly I got out of the habit of taking photos of the everyday without a weekly “appointment” to use them!! THe best think about PL is knowing that whatever and however I catch up will still be ok!!

  • 15.
    Denise said…

    I’m on the same week! Too funny. First year doing it, only one page per week. Really loving it, and also trying to figure out how to get “traditional” scrapping in there, too.

  • 16.
    Tracey said…

    I’m behind too. But like many of you i’m not worried.
    Managed to finish 3 weeks last week and another (week 17) tonight – yehhh.
    Its been handy for me to keep a little book and record highlights and words for each day. I keep a folder on my PC where I upload that weeks photo, Sort them out and then draw in my book where the photos are going to appear in which space of the album. It helps with the process and makes printing out the photos a lot easier!! I’m determined to keep PL alive this year.

  • 17.
    Valerie said…

    There is nothing wrong with simple, it’s all about the words + photos right? I think a wise woman has blogged that over and over….

    • ….
      Ali said…

      HA! Yep.

  • 18.
    lindsey said…

    adore the pic of all the paris books. so cool to represent something you are about to do! and paris how exciting.

  • 19.
    Elisabeth Costa said…

    Yes I am behind..but I still enjoy the project. I’m still further ahead than when I stopped PL last year LOL I will catch up and find that I do take more pics or “look” for things more to include on my weekly layouts. My phone has come in real handy for pictures and I do want to take my real camera out more often:)

  • 20.
    amy bosma said…

    Yes, I am so so so behind. I’m not even done with 2012 … which honestly overwhelms me when I think about it too long. It really encourages me to see that you also struggle a bit with being behind. I feel more normal now :) I will keep plugging away at it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 21.
    Lexie said…

    Not actually behind hence I´m taking photos during the week and print them every 4 weeks(once a month) and make the LO´s in a weekend. I keep a ´one-line-a-day´ dairy so I still know what has happened in the past month/4 weeks. It seems to work for me. The difficult days to take photos are Mon/Tue/Wed when I am at work. So most of the time I am taking pictures on Thursday(parttime day) or in weekends. Although I live alone and have no kids or pets, there is still a lot to take photos of. It´s all in the details ;-) Still love and enjoying it. Thanks Ali for all your inspiration!

  • 22.
    KarynS said…

    Ali I cant wait to see/hear how you manage to balance PL with an increase in making traditional layouts. I’ve had an absolute burst of inspiration over the last month and have made about a dozen traditional layouts (more than I’ve made in the last few years…combined!!). I’ve absolutely loved it and am keen to keep the inspiration and ball rolling but PL has definitely suffered during this time. I managed to get photos printed & mostly inserted in the page protectors last week bring that side up to date to week 18 but there are no journal/filler cards or journalling. I know it has to be possible to do both at once but I’m wondering just how to manage & balance it.

  • 23.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    I’m an extra 2 weeks behinds you at the moment, but I love what I’ve done so far, and I have no problem catching up since it’s so quick and easy. I love what you’ve done with the travel guides… I have a stack of travel books, so I might use this idea at some stage when I’m planning my next trip!

  • 24.
    lee said…

    In Project Life, I am currently working about a week behind…not including a three-week span in March that got skipped when Project Real Life took precedence. =) But overall, I’ve found a good rhythm in my schedule that balances working with my photos, compiling Project Life, and writing a similar weekly blog post.

    Look forward to seeing more of your weeks as they’re ready! =)

  • 25.
    Suzanne said…

    Further to the photo of the Paris guide books, check out Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart by Janelle McCulloch. A wonderful guide book which I used to help plan a family trip to Paris in March. Absolutely beautiful pictures and great descriptions of places not to miss! Also, try to make time for a visit to the store “Merci”.

  • 26.
    dawn said…

    Looks good, lots of fun stuff packed into this week. WOW, Simon is getting so tall! I like those best/words journal cards, even the kids could fill them out.

    I’m a little behind due to problems getting my pictures printed. Still LOVE LOVE my Project Life and all the memories it’s keeping for me.

    Thanks for sharing and bringing it to the kitchen will help you, I remember you doing that before. GOOD LUCK!

  • 27.
    Bambou Orchidee said…

    This is my second year of Project Life, and I found my path this year. Indeed, last year, I was discovering PL and I kind of looked at my style, inspired by lots and lots of scrapbookers. However, I spent too much time on it (and was not always satisfied by my layouts) so this year I decided to make things simple, as simple as it can be. So basically, I’m using a core kit (the Seafoam one => love it!), my photos and my pen. From time to time, I add so embellishments, but very few ones, and I’m totally OK with that. I can say that I love my 2013 PL album so far, I spend only 1 hour – 1 hour 1/2 per week on it (and I don’t want and don’t have time to spend more on it) and with that, I’m able to be “on time” on it. And I feel so relieved and thankful! :-)
    As usual, I love your layouts. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • 28.
    Patti L said…

    I am on week 6! Lol. I’m ok with it. First year trying, changed format a couple of times. Things got better when I designed a one-page sheet to keep track of everything that happens, where photos are located, etc. My biggest issue is time. Time to work on it, as well as timing (i usually don’t have all pictures ready to go, so lots of post-its and reminders).
    What I am liking is I am keeping up with recording the events & journaling, so when I go to work on project my thoughts get more streamlined, and result in more creativity.
    The new A Beautiful Mess app is saving my life by being able to put text on pics easily. I love dslr creative photography, but I’ve learned I need to live with mediocre iphone photographs if I want to get it done!
    I’m also working on incorporating other layouts/bigger stories within PL. I prefer to keep everything chronological no matter the format, so trying to figure that out. So far I prefer an insert method and I’ve been playing with using smaller page protectors (6×8) in different ways to add to the weeks.
    It’s all a process, a work-in-progress for me as usual. I just go with it.

  • 29.
    Aimee said…

    Ali, I’m so glad you are still doing PL. Your layouts inspire me, and I’m even doing Day in the Life.

    I do still love Project Life but With the nicer weather and baseball starting for my kids, I’ve gotten behind too. I have project life spread out over half my dining room table. If I put it upstairs in my scrap room, I know I won’t work on it. My dining room is a mess and I cringe whenever someone sees it, but I’ll be thankful for the memories later. I’m still taking photos and they’ll get printed some day. I have some weeks with only a couple photos so I will have some single pages instead of spreads.

    I think I may have to have a “Project Life weekend” soon to catch up. Maybe it will rain soon!

  • 30.
    Megan Smith said…

    Ali – I am “behind” too.

    But like you, I’ve got lots in progress. I am thru week 14 myself. 15 thru 19 are planned with weekly recaps written. 15 & 16 have photos printed. So I feel like I’m keeping current with the important stuff – journaling and choosing the right photos before the memories escape.

    Thanks for continuing to inspire my PL!

  • 31.
    Pilbara Pink said…

    I am slightly behind too but have been taking pictures and will print them and maintain my pages next week. I work eight, 12-hour days in a row then have six off. However, the past two `off-swings’ have been taken over with a quick trip overseas and my husband having surgery on his hip. I have taken photos regardless and made notes either on my phone or in a diary. This helps enormously when trying to remember the sequence of events. Usually my work week pages are very simple, photos and words only, and the off weeks have more embellishment. This is a good representation of how life actually is on this roster – work weeks are routine and simple, off ones have more activity and fun in them :)

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