Project Life® 2013 | Week Thirty-One + Thirty-Two


Welcome to Project Life® 2013 | Week Thirty-One and Week Thirty-Two (July 22 - July 28).

There are so many different ways to tackle documenting a longer vacation.

For longer trips I usually like to create a small album (8x8 or 6x8) depending on the adventure, the number of photos, etc. That said, I actually have about four of these that need to be done from my last few international trips.

Yep. Hello piles of stuff.

Sometimes I wonder if just printing out highlights from the trip and adding them to Project Life would feel better than the albums in the pile that I plan/hope/intend to get to down the road. One of these days I need to try that.

For Project Life during our trip to Paris a few weeks back I'm choosing to simply add two 12x12 photos cut to fit the pockets to cover the two weeks we were away. I did the same thing for my trip to Ireland last year - it's a good option for me when I'm planning to put together a smaller album from the trip.


My process is simple:

1. Print 12x12 photo. I do this at home using an Epson R2000 and Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper (13x19 inches).

2. Cut in half vertically to create 2, 6x12 images.

3. Take each half and cut into 3, 4x6 images.

4. Take the middle 4x6 image and cut into 2, 3x4 images (sometimes I have to make these a little less than 3 inches wide).


I want to do this same thing with an enlarged photo at the end and beginning pages of my second and third albums.

Here's what it looks like in the album:


We were actually gone for two weeks but rather than including 4 enlargements (or two spreads) I decided to just go with one spread.



I added just two small digital brushes onto the upper left 4x6 part of the photo.

Paris is from my International Cities set and the "twenty thirteen" box can be found in the Twenty Thirteen set.


These two pages make me pretty happy.

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26 thoughts

  1. Lida

    2013-09-03 08:52:35 -0400

    I liked how you illustrated your the start of your 2-week trip in pl

  2. Thea Sheila

    2013-09-03 09:34:08 -0400

    currently using project life to document my travels and this post (and related ones) has inspired me! was curious about the international cities set and was pleasantly surprised to see that my city, Manila, is part of it. thank you for that :-)

  3. Mary Sara P.

    2013-09-03 09:55:59 -0400

    Ali, I love this idea and thank you so much for your clear directions on how to do this.

  4. Shaela

    2013-09-03 10:55:31 -0400

    I do the same thing when we go on trips/vacations. :) And although it's definitely simpler to cut up a 12x12 photo for the page protectors, I usually edit a 12x12 photo into 6, 4x6 photos in photoshop so it's cheaper to print them at my local store. Then I just cut the 2 middle images in half and slip them in!

  5. Lisa W.

    2013-09-03 11:04:53 -0400

    As always...LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It's just "Ali" style...made my day!!!

  6. Patti L

    2013-09-03 11:08:05 -0400

    Can you tell me what quality these photos were? Like were they taken with DSLR or iPhone? i am wondering if an iPhone pic would hold up quality at this size?

    Def want to try this, but waiting for the right photo!

  7. Teresa L.

    2013-09-03 14:01:53 -0400

    I was wondering something. Because you are THE scrapbook guru and get so many things through studio calico and your sponsors...what are you doing with the left overs? Do you donate them, let your kids use them, keep them? I was trying to figure out how to make my stash smaller/not let it explode... :)
    Thank you. :)

  8. Nancy Nally

    2013-09-03 16:41:35 -0400

    When I travel I do a highlights spread in my Project Life album. So some basic stuff gets recorded as soon as possible! Well, sorta soon. I'm working right now on the ones from Las Vegas and the Scrapbook Soup taping LOL

  9. Jane

    2013-09-03 16:57:27 -0400

    Thanks for the 'Keeping it simple' post. This post also reminded me of a great talk I listened to on YouTube by Ariana Huffington talking about success, happiness and work at Inbound 2013. One of the many witty and useful things she said is that early on she realised s great way to get stuff done was to decide not to do it.

  10. Cara S

    2013-09-03 17:11:08 -0400

    When I go overseas I treat my PL as normal, and at the end of every day I choose a picture from that day that represents the day best. I note that down in the Travel Journal that I keep. When I get home I put the appropriate picture in its pocket and put something from the journal in the 3 x4 pocket and then call it good. It's still a week/month in my life so I record it as such. Then I start on a travel album which might not get completed for a long time. I did this last December when I spent a month in India and when I look back I'm entirely happy with this. I think you just have to make it simple - the photo and a related journaling card. I note the photo down each day because sometimes when you get home you might choose a different picture for all sorts of reasons but it might not be the one that summed up your day at the time.

  11. Barbara

    2013-09-03 20:04:29 -0400

    Love it! So beautiful - I love enlarging the photo yet cutting it to fit in the page slots.

  12. J3SS1C4

    2013-09-03 21:24:08 -0400

    Love the look of enlarged photos... I actually did something similar for my trip to Thailand in Feb, although I still kept my title card and quotes cards in place, and just used the photos for the remaining spots. The full photos really do have more impact to signify the trip, I find! I'm going to do this for a few more photos in coming weeks as well, from some photography classes I've been doing :)

    Oh, and you're not alone with the piles of stuff for travel albums, I have 6 to do... I've never completed any of them! I am part way through a Thailand photo book though, so now I need to stay nuckled down and finish it :)

  13. Judith

    2013-09-03 22:33:37 -0400

    I can relate to the piles of stuff from previous trips! My travel albums have always been unsuccessful in being completed to date. Will be a new challenge for Beijing for both of us :)

  14. Emmy

    2013-09-03 23:21:46 -0400

    LOVE IT!!! I spent time in Paris during my college years, and it was so fun to look at your pics. Brought back great memories. I am an avid Project lifer, but usually do a spread of my vacation for my PL album, then make the rest into a shutterfly album. I can get it done quick, while all the memories are fresh, and they are all the same size (8x8) so they fit nicely on my shelf. They also make handy christmas gifts for my parents, who are usually with us on the trips. This has worked for me for years, and I love that it is done quick after I get home.

  15. Arlie

    2013-09-04 06:02:11 -0400

    I love how the Eiffel Tower base reads as an "A".

  16. Bambou Orchidee

    2013-09-04 07:43:20 -0400

    This is gorgeous! I did exactly the same last week to catch up the past 3 weeks I spent in Island. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Kendra

    2013-09-04 10:39:31 -0400

    I have been using PL more as an "index" for our / my life. I put the highlights (usually 1 per day) of the trip in PL along with the narrative of our trip - what we did, where we went etc. Then, in a few years (since I am so far behind), I can come back to the story and document with more photos if I want. At least the story itself is somewhere....besides in my head :)

    Thanks for the tutorials on the larger photos. Something new to try!

  18. marcy

    2013-09-04 10:42:06 -0400

    I did this too this year... including a little insert labelled "Florida" and then the actual Florida vacation in a mini book.

  19. Cele Schaffer

    2013-09-04 11:48:29 -0400

    Love this tutorial! I was wondering if you are still loving the Epson Picturemate?? I am thinking about one for Christmas and wanted your input. I know it doesn't make these large pics but thinking of PL and December Daily (ordered the new kit-excited!!).

  20. Emily I

    2013-09-04 12:05:10 -0400


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  22. lee

    2013-09-05 08:24:36 -0400

    The photos are beautiful!

    Like you, I tend to do separate albums for big things - like a long trip, a friend's wedding (especially when I'm in the wedding and there are lots of associated activities) - but include one or two photos on a simple scrapbook page in my regular albums...a way to acknowledge it happened, without taking up massive amounts of space in my regular album(s). I'd not thought to do the same thing in Project Life, though - so thanks for the idea. =)

  23. emily

    2013-12-31 11:01:43 -0500

    Hi Ali-
    My family (hubby, me & 6 kids) just got back from a 4 month road trip across the USA. I have my entire2013 PL album done, but I am just staring at my 12,000 photos from the trip feeling paralyzed. Any suggestions?

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