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Project Life | Week Fifty-One

Welcome to Project Life | Week Fifty-One.

Here's a look at the spread:

I repeated a couple photos that were part of a collage for Christmas Day in my December Daily (totally fine with that).

This week feels simple - and it was. Less hustle and bustle and more calm and quiet.

One of the things I was thinking about as I reviewed this week is that I'm thankful even for the short quick little notes jotted down on one of the cards. To me that's a big part of the awesomeness of this project. Some weeks the journaling is longer and some weeks it's shorter which is all totally fine in the context of a full album of stories from our lives this year.

I can't tell you how proud I feel about keeping up with this.

I saw two movies last week on my own (something I enjoy very much): Girl With A Dragon Tattoo and My Week With Marilyn. I liked both of them (had read the book but not seen the Swedish version of Dragon Tattoo) and the salty popcorn. Patiently waiting for The Descendants to come to a theater here - not sure why it's taking so long.

Almost every photo this week ended up with a sticker from October Afternoon Holiday Style and a 7Gypsies Naked Color Mini Label Sticker.

One more week. I hope you have a wonderful New Year's celebration.

I'm welcoming 2012 with really big open arms.

SUPPLIES | WEEK 51


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Project Life is a product created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be. The 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. Hana says…
    12/30/2011

    Love reading your blog and project life posts, so inspiring. Thank you
    Hana, England

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  2. dawn says…
    12/30/2011

    This was a great week of pics, all the sweet memories right here. Love how you capture so much of your kids lives in this album. It's been a joy to read this each week all year and YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOURSELF. This is my first year keeping up so well and I'm proud and happy to do it again next year. Looking forward to another year of your project life posts.

    Happy New Year to you and your family. May it be filled with goodness, peace, love, UPLIFTING spirits.

    prayers and hugs for you,
    dawn

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  3. Lisa W. says…
    12/30/2011

    I have to say I don't know how you do ALL you do...you should be super proud keeping up with that. I have not...and I am not very happy with myself...enough that I will not be buying new version ( plus I dont like how she did not keep it all contained in a kit:) Much better that way I think...SO I have the pictures. OMG pictures everywhere, simply did not take the time. BUT I have so enjoyed seeing yours along the way. I can always finish mine someday. Thanks Ali...Happy New Years!

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    1. laura g. says…
      12/30/2011

      i am wondering if she split the kit up as she saw that scrapbookers were buying different pieces and just not the kit? i have a years full of pics organized by month..sort of...i am going to scrapbook them using the PL stuff i have, and try to keep up this year more as a monthly thing...not weekly i work full time and have grandkids some days there is nothing exciting about my life...unless the grandkids come over!

    2. Christina says…
      12/31/2011

      Laura we all think we don't have exciting lives!!! I too am a young grandmother and think I don't have much to say about my life but when you start writing it down it's not so dull. In years to come your grandkids will love reading all about your life.
      Lisa I'm so glad that becky made all the peices of Project Life seperate. Now I don't have to buy the whole kit and can use what I have left over from last year. I think it's a great idea!! It also lets the ones who couldn't afford the whole kit just buy the peices they need. I still haven't finished 2010!! and didn't do 2011 but this year I have decided to do it again and TRY to keep up. I have done my title page and xmas (I start with xmas and then move forward).

  4. Jennifer Kolakowski says…
    12/30/2011

    Ali-I have loved seeing your album every week. Did you print all your Project Life pictures on your personal printer? I just could not find a rhythm for staying caught up and part was due to printing pictures...picking them up...etc. Happy 2012 Ali! Thank you for such inspiring posts!
    Jen K.

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    1. Ali says…
      12/30/2011

      Hi Jennifer - I do print all my photos here at home. It's the best way for me in terms of workflow.

    2. Christina says…
      12/31/2011

      I know what you mean Jennifer. I usually print my pics at Harvey Norman which is about 15minutes drive away. I have decided that for this project next year I will print at officework as they are open until midnight every night (I live in Australia) and they are only 5 minutes away. That way I can go down anytime and get my pics which inspires me to finish off the week.
      Hope that helps. Maybe try to find somewhere convenient. Good luck!!

  5. Paige says…
    12/30/2011

    The Descendants was fantastic! Make sure to see it!

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  6. Nicole says…
    12/30/2011

    You should be proud Ali! Your album is amazing and so inspiring. Can't wait to so it myself and follow along in 2012. Happy New Year!

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  7. laura g. says…
    12/30/2011

    great job!!! i am inspired to try and keep up next year!

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  8. jamie says…
    12/30/2011

    Completely resonate with you and your sense of pride keeping up with this album all year. We have it out and the family must look at it everyday. Everyone simply lingers over it. I love that. And like you some times the journaling is long. Other times I am good to get a few bullet points on the week in place. But it is a gift to me and my family as the year closes and I am eager to begin anew.

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  9. Sherry Eckblad says…
    12/30/2011

    I love seeing your Project Life and the simplified format. I am going to start one in 2012 and just hope I can keep it up.

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  10. Kendra says…
    12/30/2011

    I love seeing your Projest Life spreads. Gives me lots of ideas and encouragement. This is the second year I have done PL. I even gave my sister a "kit" for Christmas becasue she was saying how overwhelmed she felt about keeping up with "the now." I hope you will continue to share your spreads next year. Happy New Year and may peace and many blessings come your way! :)

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  11. tiara says…
    12/30/2011

    Love your updates, Ali! Thank you so much for sharing each week. Do you plan on doing a PL for 2012? Happy new year!!

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    1. Ali says…
      12/30/2011

      Absolutely - will have a new 2012 post next week!

  12. Deb J says…
    12/30/2011

    You have a reason to be proud. It's been great to follow along with you each week. I too hope that you will do this again in 2012. I bought the box and the page protectors. I'm looking forward to trying to keep it up this year. My life is way less exciting than yours as I am single with no children. But I think I can keep it up weekly if I really try. have a wonderful New Year's weekend and God bless you wonderfully in 2012.

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  13. Nicky from Canada says…
    12/30/2011

    Congrats Ali on getting this completed!! yah - huge huge huge. I so want to do this, but know I can't commit to it at this point, but someday hope to.

    I am wishing you a wonderful new year filled with health, happiness, love and laughter.
    God Bless

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  14. Kelly says…
    12/30/2011

    Ive never cried so much in a movie as I did in the descendants. Great movie, just bring some Kleenex.

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  15. Elaine Bieman says…
    12/30/2011

    love this project and all the other albumns this year. looking forward to more next year too.

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  16. Jill says…
    12/30/2011

    Ali - your enthusiasm for PLife is a big part of what has kept me excited about it. . . sort of contagious enthusiasm, I think. I'm excited to spend the 31st getting all caught up (a few months behind, but I have all the stuff saved, just need to get it in the album) and feeling proud I stuck with it. It's an amazing project on so many levels. Thanks to you and Becky for keeping it real, making it fun and keeping so many motivated.

    The Descendants - definitely go see it. I got to see a pre-screen before it was released at the Walker Art Center in Mpls. I know the producer, Jim Burke, he's a U of MN alumnus I've had the pleasure of working with over the last few years. Super, super cool, down-to-earth guy. He's only interested in producing films that show the complexities of human stories. We're all crossing our fingers that it scores an Oscar for best film or screenplay. It's a rich, layered piece. You'll enjoy it.

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    1. Ali says…
      12/30/2011

      Cool Jill -

  17. slmnontec says…
    12/30/2011

    I'm up-to-date with my 3rd year of PL with only 2 slots left in the album -- one for today and one for tomorrow! It's been a rough year in many ways but flipping back through the weeks make it seem less traumatic. There were lots of happy faces and events. And so much color! Glad I kept up. Happy New Beginnings to you Ali. Again thanks for leading us through this process. We so appreciate it.

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  18. Cindy says…
    12/30/2011

    I think you deserve a HUGE pat on the back......not only for keeping up with your Project Life, but for the grace you have shown in your personal life. Hope you have a safe and happy NEW YEAR and that everyone welcomes 2012 with ARMS WIDE OPEN!!!

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  19. Stacy Milford says…
    12/30/2011

    Kudos to you Ali! Love that you open up your life to share your stories & inspiration with us :)

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  20. Judy says…
    12/30/2011

    I so wish I had stayed current on Project Life. I'm desperately trying to finish printing photos (currently on August 7). I resolve to stay current on 2012!
    HNY!

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  21. Gina Crowley says…
    12/30/2011

    You SHOULD be proud! What an accomplishment. I got the fixin's for Christmas...now to get started.

    Question. I'm sure you've answered this before but I will be honest and say I am too lazy to go back through all the project life posts. Where did you get that little date stamp you've been using. Is it just a regular office supply date stamp?

    Happy New Year.
    Gina

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    1. Ali says…
      12/30/2011

      Hi Gina - there used to be a date stamp included with the Project Life kit (which is the one I think I used at first). I also have one from an office supply store that works just fine - love them.

  22. patty says…
    12/30/2011

    ali... you R*O*C*K...you just freakin' do!!!
    wishing you a happy . healthy . peaceful new year...
    xoxo...
    ~p

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  23. Libbi M. says…
    12/30/2011

    i can't wait to see how you finish next weeks album and if you do a final page to conclude 2011. happy new year Ali and family. i hope 2012 brings you peace, joy and lots and lots of happiness for your beautiful family.

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  24. Shannon says…
    12/30/2011

    I have really enjoyed your Project Life posts and look forward to seeing more next year. I'm working on completing my 2011 album while getting my 2012 album ready to go. I was wondering if you were able to fit everything in one album or did you need to start a second album?

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    1. Ali says…
      12/30/2011

      I ended up with three.

  25. Nicole J. says…
    12/30/2011

    I can imagine you feel so proud of keeping up with this project for a whole year. I've been keeping up as well and it feels so good. Two gorgeous albums filled with memories of ordinary and special moments.
    I love reading about your progress in PL every week.

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