Project Life® 2014 | Week 9 + New Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Giveaway

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A couple weeks ago Tim Holtz emailed me to see if I'd be interested in playing with some new colors of his Distress Mini Inks and doing a giveaway of the new color sets.

Sounded like a good plan to me.


GIVEAWAY | One person will receive all three new Distress Mini Ink sets from Ranger & Tim Holtz.

TO BE ENTERED into this giveaway please leave a comment below (if you are reading this post on Facebook please come to my blog to leave a comment). Comments will be closed at 8pm Pacific on Thursday, June 19th. The winners will be announced shortly after. Please be sure to check back or subscribe (click here to get posts delivered to your email box) to see if you are receiving one of the items.


I decided to put them to good use to finish up Week Nine (February 24th through March 2nd).

Here's a look:

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This spread had most of the photos in place and a bunch of sticky notes when I started the process of finishing it up (you can see a recent Project Life® in progress post here).

I gathered up some 3x4 cards - mainly from the Midnight kit and one of my own and started stamping using these great Amy Tan letter stamps and my Good Day set.

Project Life® 2014 | Week Nine from aliedwards.com

"Around Here" card is a printable found here: Story Prompt Cards Vol. 1.

Project Life® 2014 | Week Nine from aliedwards.com

For the title card I used a regular old 4x6 lined index card (go office supplies) + Tim's inks + Amy's letter stamps and just repeated the dates.

Seriously it can be this simple.

Eat at Chipotle? They have fun packaging which make for great Project Life® content. I need to remember to include more stuff like this - I tend to go through phases where I remember to save stuff and other times I'm more focused on getting rid of the clutter.

Project Life® 2014 | Week Nine from aliedwards.com

The clear 3x4 card with the circles is the back of a card I made for Week Eight. I simply repeated the same shapes with some pattern paper circles (2 inch punch) + label tape stickers + DIY clear stickers.

A little stitching to connect two 3x4 journal cards using my Brother sewing machine. You'll notice that I used other pieces of those cards (the cut off portion) on other elements of this spread (one piece on a 4x6 photo for journaling and one piece on a 3x4 photo for the single word "yes").

Project Life® 2014 | Week Nine from aliedwards.com

Weather cut from the local paper.

Again, so simple. It adds another dimension to the story of this week that's not reflected in my words or photos. Rain. Ah Northwest, I love you so.

Project Life® 2014 | Week Nine from aliedwards.com

"Hello Today" stamp is from one of my favorite sets: Good Day.

I stamped it with Tim's ink, punched it with the 2-inch circle punch and adhered it to a card from the Midnight kit.

Project Life® 2014 | Week Nine from aliedwards.com

I hand-wrote "I love you Mama" on the photo of Anna and me using Staedtler pen.

Gold label is from Studio Calico's Hello Hello Scrapbook Kit and I stamped "just awesome" from the stamp set of the same name (another one of my favorite Technique Tuesday stamps).

ACTION ITEMS/IDEAS



  • One of the things I loved this week was the simplicity of pulling out just a few stamps and using them multiple times throughout the spread. Loved using those Amy Tan letter stamps specifically.

  • Embrace the mess. I like that these letter stamps are messy and imperfect. They made me particularly happy for some reason today.

  • If you don't have a lot to say think about going bigger with your words or using repetition of words. I didn't have much to say about working on my taxes so just repeating the words and adding in Saturday was a fine way to fill up the card.

  • I love my Monday card from this week that was a simple list of the things I did that day. Need to remember to do that more often. Love the simple lists.


SUPPLIES | 2014 | WEEK NINE


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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.

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  1. Susan C

    2014-06-19 23:41:05 +0900

    A Tim Holtz giveaway on your sight, what could be cooler. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one. Thanks!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  2. Elaine Clark

    2014-06-19 23:58:48 +0900

    I keep seeing those distress inks and thinking, I can't start using another product. But I love them. I would love to be a winner!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  3. Barb C

    2014-06-20 00:03:59 +0900

    Love this layout - thanks for sharing & the chance to win :-)

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  4. Lucy E.

    2014-06-20 00:14:43 +0900

    Your layouts are amazing! I have wandered away from scrapbooking.
    I have thought about switching to PL,
    But I have so much regular scrapbooking
    Supplies left. This really makes me want to do the PL!
    I'd sure be a happy crafter if I won
    some mini Distress Inks :-)

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  5. Teresa Montalvo

    2014-06-20 00:18:40 +0900

    Just discovered your website via Tim Holtz giveaway! Thank you for your creative energy in offering all of us crafters a chance to win the new colors! Excited about your "office supply" ideas. Looking forward to trying some of your ideas!!!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  6. Mary S.

    2014-06-20 00:49:45 +0900

    LOVE!! Simple yet perfect!!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  7. stacey

    2014-06-20 03:18:47 +0900

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  8. Zara

    2014-06-20 03:59:16 +0900

    Great week! And love Distress inks! Thank you for a chance!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  9. Amiee

    2014-06-20 04:13:45 +0900

    Love to stamp on my project life, it ties things together. Thanks ali!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  10. Donna

    2014-06-20 04:48:37 +0900

    I love the giveaway thank you.
    Love Tim Holtz inks.

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  11. Shawna Zervos

    2014-06-20 05:46:57 +0900

    I love how your spread contains lots of this-and-that; not just pictures and words. Thanks for the chance to win!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  12. Kait

    2014-06-20 10:37:55 +0900

    I'd love to try out these inks! Thanks for the giveaway!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  13. lisa bee

    2014-06-20 11:07:56 +0900

    Oh yes -- mini distress ink sets! Great giveaway! Pick me!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  14. Jen

    2014-06-20 11:14:07 +0900

    Love that you used Tim's product while you are giving them away. Awesome!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  15. galen

    2014-06-20 18:52:30 +0900

    I want. I want. I want. I want the inkpads so much. thanks much.

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  16. Judy R

    2014-06-21 01:15:06 +0900

    Oh man...I love the circles on the clear background! I've been doing PL so long that I am aching for some new ideas. Thanks Ali!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  17. THERESA F

    2014-06-21 03:06:14 +0900

    GREAT GIVEAWAY!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  18. amy s

    2014-06-21 04:55:15 +0900

    great giveaway! thanks for the chance!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  19. lucy valles orta

    2014-06-22 13:01:24 +0900

    Wow, love the layout Ali. Have never used any Tim Holtz products other than the mini stapler. Would love to win.

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  20. Shelley

    2014-06-22 22:19:46 +0900

    Love the pure, simplicity of this. I can't wait to try distress inks!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  21. LisaB

    2014-06-24 01:05:19 +0900

    It's always fun to see how you play with stuff.

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  22. Marty

    2014-06-25 01:00:29 +0900

    These ink pads are so cute!

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  23. Melissa Ess

    2014-06-25 06:39:29 +0900

    These inkers are great, I don't stamp too often with colour so it would be nice to have thr little guys

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  24. Heather T

    2014-07-01 08:27:42 +0900

    Thanks for all the ideas here; I especially like the way you have used text and different fonts/handwriting. Very cool.

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
  25. Nicole Carro

    2014-07-15 14:28:14 +0900

    Ali, I love all of the action items/ideas you are sharing on your blog related to PL projects. You are keeping PL interesting and fun for me and it's much appreciated, thank you:)

    * edited 08/09/14 06:57AM
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