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Project Life® 2017 | Week Three & White Pen Video Overview

Week Three of 2017 my friends, Week Three. For some reason it feels like a lot more time has passed so far in 2017. 

This week I intentionally tried to work on my spread as the week unfolded vs. saving it all for the end of the week. That meant taking the time to print photos every couple days/daily, doing a bit of journaling on the day itself, and really just filling in the pockets. At the end of the week I was able to just take a bit of time to finish it up by adding my last few photos and stories. This is my favorite way to work this project - more in-the-moment - but I totally get that it just doesn't always work out that way for me because life (and projects and deadlines and appointments) happens. 

This week I also took some time to play with a white pen bundle I recently ordered from JetPens.com. Below you'll see my video overview of how those pens worked on my photo paper as well as a quick look via video of my completed week. 

Here's a look at how my week came together in Project Life®

I'm continuing to use the number labels from the Numbers Story Kit™ (available until February 14th) on each of my photos this month. I also used the large red hashtag die cut from the kit - more on that below. 

I used the Typecast Typewriter to type directly onto the "love this" journal card. I'm still planning to do a separate post at some point about the typewriter but so far I like it. It's imperfect just like any typewriter should be (otherwise you might as well use your computer) and it takes a bit to get used to (figuring out the line spacing, etc) and I haven't been experiencing issues with the keys sticking (something I've read in other reviews). I think the biggest con is probably the expense - you can absolutely find old manual typewriters at second hand stores for a fraction of the cost that will likely work with a new ribbon (Katie has long been an expert at finding these at second hand stores). 

This week I added a sticker that was on one of the boxes of some of the new light fixtures we added to our stairwell. I always love adding in stuff like this that is a piece of our lives right now. 

I hand-wrote the MLK quote and saved it for you as a 3x4 PNG download here (includes both black with white type & words with a transparent background). 

One of the reasons I wanted to order the Project 52 Fresh Edition Core Kit was because of the weekly cards. I probably won't use them every single week, but I love the option to use them throughout the year. Super love the super clean black & white. 

Let's talk a short diversion away from my spread this week to talk about white pens. 

I recently ordered a White Pen Sampler from JetPens.com to test out a few options again because I like having an option to handwrite onto my darker photos. I feel like I do this every few years after I fall out of love with whatever white pen seems to be working at the moment. In putting this post together it looks like they are currently out of stock of this bundle (and some of the individual pens) so I'll also link to other buying options via Amazon below: 

For this test I used prints on Epson Glossy Photo Paper using my Epson PictureMate PM400 printer.

Along the right side (top to bottom): 

Along the left side (top to bottom): 

Here's a video overview of how each of these worked on my photos: 

Back to the spread: 

Simon's 15th birthday was this week so we did some celebrating. He actually spent his actual birthday snow camping with Chris and his Boy Scout troop. 

I ran the red ampersand die-cut from the Numbers Story Kit™ (with the kit you either get an ampersand or this hashtag) through the Typecast Typewriter and then adhered it to an old Bella Blvd pattern transparency (I cut it down to 3x4). I used washi tape to create a flip-up card that reveals journaling about Simon's birthday below: 

Under the hashtag transparency I added a phase from my Word Phrase Sticker Bundle

I am deciding to include a gratitude card each week using this pad (includes 75 sheets on the pad). The "Here's The Story" card is from a pad that was included with the Review Story Kit™

Hope you have a great week!

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22 thoughts

  1. Lize says…
    01/25/2017

    Ah Ali, just when I think I've fallen out of love with PL, you get me fired up again! Now I'm going to have to get that kit... Thanks for the download, and white pen review. In SA they look at you strange when you ask for a WHITE sharpie.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      01/25/2017

      I bet they do :).

  2. doudoune says…
    01/25/2017

    Great layout as usual! And yes thanks for the white pens demos, always very hard to find a decent one!

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  3. TXSharon says…
    01/25/2017

    Happy Birthday to Simon! I have been following you a long time. I think he was only 3 or 4 back then. It has been a true pleasure to see him grow into such a handsome, happy young man!

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  4. Amygretchen says…
    01/25/2017

    Thanks for doing a review on the white pens. I too have not had the best of luck in terms of longevity for white pens so I never use them, but would love to play with them more. Love the spread. I have the fresh core kit on the way and looking forward to also using those weekly card intermittently throughout the year. I was going to use those number labels from your kit throughout the year as a way to add gratitude throughout my Project life, but I am loving that gratitude pad. Such a great idea! Happy birthday to Simon! My daughter turns 15 in a few months. Hold on, right?!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      01/25/2017

      The really thick white ones in particular seem super promising!

  5. Tiffani says…
    01/25/2017

    Thanks for the quote cards. Ironically, my daughter did something that day that was hard, but "the right thing" so I am printing one out to put in her album with the story.

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  6. jennlmcclure says…
    01/25/2017

    Thanks for sharing your spread and your White Pen video. I actually have the Jelly Roll pen and the Signo Uniball pen and I like them both for writing on dark surfaces, but I haven't tried them on photos before..... maybe I will this week. You definitely inspire me to work on my album!

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  7. mrsmahersbar says…
    01/25/2017

    LOVE this layout, so simple but so pretty. And I agree...it feels like 2017 has been so much longer than just 25 days.

    Side note: those Posco pens are less than $5 a piece with free shipping to Canada. #winning Thanks for sharing!

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  8. christi says…
    01/25/2017

    The Sharpie water-based paint pens are archival and acid free. Because it is paint, you won't get the yellow haze like with a typical Sharpie marker that is an .

    The Sharpie Pen is also acid free.

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  9. jennie says…
    01/25/2017

    Thank you for the white pen review. Very helpful. Thanks as well for the MLK quote.

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  10. scrapfin1 says…
    01/25/2017

    Love your PL pages always! They always inspire me to work on my own PL album.
    Thanks for white pen review and MLK quote..

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  11. vickyday says…
    01/25/2017

    Ali, what is the size of notebook and page protectors that you are using?
    Thanks!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      01/25/2017

      This is a 12x12 and I'm using Design A Project Life® page protectors.

  12. Yuka says…
    01/25/2017

    Posca was my favourite pen when I was a kid and it's great to see it again here (and I ordered one straight away)! As always I love your pictures & stories full of love :)

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  13. ciahansen says…
    01/25/2017

    Thank you so much for the download! It's perfect!

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  14. jvpartlo says…
    01/25/2017

    So helpful to watch that white pen review- thank you!

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  15. clearskies says…
    01/26/2017

    Will you be getting the "label" sticker sheets back in your shop???

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  16. shicchan says…
    01/26/2017

    I had to say this: you pronounced it right, POSCA! I really like review videos!

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  17. 180lab says…
    01/27/2017

    Thank you for the review of the white pens. Can't wait for your review of the WRMK typewriter. I'm on the fence re: whether to purchase.

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  18. sarahbluhm says…
    01/28/2017

    Thank you Thank You for the MLK quote. My one little word this year is TIME. During our MLK day at school, (we don't dismiss school, we celebrate with service, visiting our local parade, activism and a variety of other fabulous activities), our guest speaker finished his talk with this quote and I quickly jotted it down for my album. NOW, I have it in digital form in your handwriting. WIN, WIN!
    Thanks again.

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  19. CarolineMcD says…
    01/30/2017

    Thank you so much for the download. It's a very fitting quote right now. I just can't seem to print it (??) I'm sure I'm being silly but if anyone can offer advise I would appreciate it. TIA

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