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June 16, 2014

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 3×4 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.

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

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For the title card I used a regular old 4×6 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.

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The clear 3×4 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 3×4 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 4×6 photo for journaling and one piece on a 3×4 photo for the single word “yes”).

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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.

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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.

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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).


  • 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.


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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.


  • 1.
    Brooke said…

    I so love that you are showing the pages you are finishing up. I so, so, so want to get mine done – trying to carve out some time and simple is all it needs to be.

  • 2.
    Ayesha said…

    I never even thought of using Distress Inks for regular stamping; thanks for the tip! I would love to enter the giveaway. :)

  • 3.
    Renej said…

    I love the colors of those mini ink pads and the shape is just so cute! I’d love to win some. Thanks!

  • 4.
    Chris Cross said…

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • 5.
    Claudine said…

    Wonderful fun giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

  • 6.
    Kristin said…

    Wonderful giveaway!

  • 7.
    Laura BC said…

    The colors you used remind me of summer. Thanks for the opportunity to win some fun ink!

  • 8.
    Claire said…

    Great giveaway. I think the small size of the ink pads will end up being one of my favorite things.

  • 9.
    Cathy said…

    Love the pages – the colors are lovely.

  • 10.
    Lisa said…

    great post, ali. needed the reminder that simple is awesome, too.

  • 11.
    Danyelle said…

    Cool Tim Holtz mini inks! I need some news ones! Thanks for the great giveaway !!

  • 12.
    Marie A. said…

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Marie A, from Qc city

  • 13.
    joeynumber41 said…

    Great giveaway!

  • 14.

    I’ve heard lots of good things about Distress Ink! I’d love to try some out.

    By the way, I love the “Action Items” lists you’ve been making at the bottom of your scrapbooking posts. I think it’s an awesome way to call out new/refreshed techniques and tactics, and they are really inspiring.

  • 15.
    Kim L. said…

    They look great; thanks for the chance to win!

  • 16.
    Jacque said…

    Would love, love, love to win this giveaway–thanks for the chance!!

  • 17.
    Susan said…

    Recently I’ve pulled out my stamps…it’s been years and years…to make some card sets, so I’d love some of Tim’s inks. Thanks so much. Great pages, btw.

  • 18.
    kristineS said…

    Thank you for the chance.

  • 19.
    Laura said…

    Thanks for the reminder that often simple is best, both the process and the result. I am behind because I overthink the whole thing. I love to stamping in scrapbooking and card making. I belong to your monthly TT club, and get ridiculously excited when I see that envelope in my mailbox.

  • 20.
    Laura Turcotte said…

    Awesome spread! Love the simple things!

  • 21.
    Bejazzled said…

    I have a couple of distress inks and love them, and would love to try the minis. Thanks for the chance!

  • 22.
    CarolG said…

    Love them. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 23.
    Jen H said…

    Love the smaller sized inks. Thanks for sharing.

  • 24.
    Julia Molewyk said…

    Thanks for the chance to win. Tim Holz products are super fun to play with.

  • 25.
    Vicki said…

    I love your reminder that if I don’t have a lot to say I should go big with my words – I need to remember that! And put it into practice too!

  • 26.
    Susan said…

    I love Distress Inks. It would be great to win some new colors!

  • 27.
    Ari said…

    I was thrilled when mini distress inks came out… You can get so many colors without making a huge investment. Love what you did with them here!

  • 28.
    Bernice said…

    I love using Distress Inks. They are so easy to control especially with stencils

  • 29.
    P.J. said…

    I need to remember to stamp more. I need to remember I can just write lists on busy days. Thanks for the reminders. Thanks, too, for the new Tim Holtz give away chance. It’s awesome.

  • 30.
    Karen W said…

    Today’s project is to get busy working on my March PL pages. This inspiration really helps! I’d love to have a collection of the mini-pads—hard to justify the expense when I already own the larger pads, but I’d love them for so many reasons. Thanks for a chance.

  • 31.
    Connie Heitner said…

    Love, love, love Tim’s distress inks! And love what you did with them! Would be great to win this!

  • 32.
    Jane said…

    So love what you have created and the haircut – so grown up! My grandson is just finishing his first year at school and the difference in how he looks between when he started and now is tremendous – really need to scrap this. Thanks for the chance to win the inks.

  • 33.
    Kathy R said…

    I love Tim’s distress inks and the minis are great. Thanks for a chance to win a set.

  • 34.
    Wendy G. said…

    I love the Distress Inks! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 35.
    april nowtony said…

    These are great! I have never been a stamper, but you have encouraged me to use stamping on my scrapbook pages. I’ve loved it ever since and been slowly adding stamps and pads to my collection. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration!

  • 36.
    simplypearl said…

    those mini’s look awesome! thanks for the chance to win!!

  • 37.
    Mary said…

    Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway !

  • 38.
    Tammy Davis said…

    What a wonderful page! Love seeing your everyday layouts! Thanks so much for the chance to win this awesome prize!

  • 39.
    Amy said…

    love, love love Tim Holtz products!

  • 40.
    Angelia said…

    I love this layout. I love the repeat method also. I’ve used this on several of my cards too. Work, Work, Work…seems that’s all I do lately. I am loving the list of Monday to do. That’s a great idea because we usually don’t have alot to say about Monday, do we. Thanks for the inspiration as usual.

  • 41.
    Tami B said…

    Thank you for such a nice giveaway.

  • 42.
    ruth tacoma said…

    Love the new ink colors!

  • 43.
    LIsa W. said…

    I would be OVER the moon to have these. LOVE Tim Holtz STUFF!!!!! Your week 9 is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • 44.
    kelsey said…

    I love how messy this is. Just like life sometimes. Thanks!

  • 45.
    Carmen Denovan said…

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! They look like scrumptious inks!

  • 46.
    Suzie12 said…

    Great way to try a new-to-me product!
    Great giveaway, thanks for the chance.

  • 47.
    Katerina Komissarova said…

    You’re so inspiring! Your work and attitude never seize to amaze me.

  • 48.
    Sue C said…

    Love simple, enables me to get more done. Would love to win the mini distressed inks. Thanks for the chance.

  • 49.
    Gina said…

    Awesome little stamps! Love your suggestions at the end of the posts. thanks so much.

  • 50.
    Tracy said…

    Love your week 9!! Also..LOVE Tim Holtz distress ink…would love to win! Thanks for the chance Ali and Tim!!

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