Project Life® 2017 | Week Five

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm sharing a look at my Week Five for Project Life® 2017. 

Before diving into my stories for this week I wanted to remind you that registration is now open again for my popular Storytelling With Project Life® workshop which begins on Tuesday, February 14th. Four weeks of in-depth story-centered content focused on helping you get more stories told within whatever format you are choosing to approach pocket-based memory keeping. 

Here are some reviews past students have shared about this workshop: 

  • This is the best class I have ever participated in. I highly recommend it! ( Jessica A )
  • I participated in this class last year and I still go back and watch the videos all the time. SO MUCH inspiration and information. I highly recommend it!! ( Emily J )
  • If you are sitting in the fence about taking this class - take the leap! You will be re-inspired to get creative with project life once again. ( Shannon S )
  • Wow! I am loving the content of this class and find myself more inspired than ever to really add to the story with words. ( mjrose )
  • Thank you so much for this wonderful class! I am so inspired and enjoyed seeing your processes in action, especially how you choose and print photos for the pockets. I was overwhelmed before this class and you have simplified it all for me. I had been using an old all-in-one printer that died just before the class (good timing), so I bought a PhotoSmart printer and it's so much fun to use. You could have charged so much more for this because it is absolutely packed with lessons and tips. ( Kathy )
  • I just spent this week watching this series of lessons again. I feel like I gain a little more understanding of my own personal process every time I watch it. Using the tools you presented in this class has afforded me the thought process I needed to simplify my Project Life albums & really capture the way our family is evolving and growing. I'm happy to report that I'm almost done with my 2015 album and I've kept my 2016 album up-to-date. Thank you! ( adelina )
  • Anyone sitting on the fence about both this way of memory keeping and taking Ali's class - sit no longer! I took the class last year. It was inspiring, full of insight and crammed full of ideas on how to approach the project from a story point of view. Something we have come to love from Ali. I am planning to watch all of the videos again this year and look through the handouts to keep me on track to get my stories told and in the album for 2017. Can't recommend it enough! ( Mel_12 )

Now here's a look at my Week 05: 

I'm going super light on embellishments right now. Part of that is simply to get myself in the habit of creating space in my days to finish my spreads each week (seems to be going well so far). Lots and lots of handwritten journaling directly onto journal cards and photos is also a way I personally keep it simple. 

I'm also really being on the look out for little stories during the week - intentionally being conscious of when a story presents itself that I might want to capture for my album. It might be a photo but more often than not right now it seems to be words. I'm embracing the season I'm in right now. 

I finished off using the number labels from the Numbers Story Kit™ (available until February 14th) on each of my photos for the month of January. I totally loved including those - such a fun and easy way to add a little consistency from week to week. 

As mentioned previously I love including other "voices" in my projects when possible. This week I included a thank you card sent by my niece and a little drawing of Anna's that I found in her backpack (also known as a treasure trove of goodness that can be cut up and slipped into pockets). 

Last week I received my first three books as a Book Of The Month Club Ambassador and I took a photo both to share on Instagram and to include in my weekly documentation. I had asked Katie for a subscription for Christmas and was super happy when she gave it to me and I loved the first book I received in December. After posting about it on Instagram I received a message from the BOTM media team asking if I was interested in joining their Ambassador program which essentially means they will send me books early in exchange for a social media post. As most of you know, I love to read and I like to share what I'm reading with you guys. This month I chose Perfect Little WorldPachinko, and Behind Her Eyes. I finished Behind Her Eyes last week and have started on Pachinko. Behind Her Eyes was an intense twist of a read that I totally enjoyed and devoured in about two days. 

Weekly title card is from the Project 52 Fresh Core Kit that's getting sprinkled throughout my album this year. Gratitude card is from my Gratitude Pad

The pen I used for "books + yoga" is a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush. The Saturday journal card is available digitally here: The Story Of Today 3x4 Cards

The "note to self" stamp is from my One Little Word® Messy Circle Stamp set (used with black StazOn ink). The black pen I used on the white photo is a Staedtler Lumocolor Permanent pen. The white pen I used on the black background of my gardening books photo is the Posca PC-1M. You can see my full review of white pens here


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  1. NancyCarey says…

    I picked Perfect Little World this month too! Love your pages!

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  2. riikka says…

    Oh gardening <3 We've got such freezing temperatures right now and snow on the ground but I'm spending my quiet moments with a seed catalogue and a gardening book in hand. Love to see your plans later!

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  3. jamie59 says…

    Love your pages. I've noticed that this week and last week there are less photos of people. The stories are still similar but is this a conscious effort to try and get non-people photos in your PL (to maybe change it up) or is coincidence? Just curious. I've been trying to get my PL to reflect a little more than "this is a photo of my kid being cute" and a wider variety of other things. This is great inspiration and ideas to help get me towards that goal.

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    1. AliEdwards says…

      Good question - I think it's more seasonal than intentional. I haven't been taking a lot of photos recently overall and the ones I am taking tend to be of things vs. people. It's pretty normal for me to go through times when I'm not taking as many photos - could be winter and more dark hours are part of it. I've always really liked to include photos of "life" that aren't people - lots of our memories are built around things/places/etc too. My main focus right now is really just filing in the pockets with whatever I have available :). Love that you found some inspiration here today!

  4. iScrap says…

    I am loving your PL posts this year - it's really helping me to fall in love with this way of memory-keeping all over again. Congratulations on Book of the Month Club deal! I've checked out the books you posted and they all look very interesting.

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  5. blestchick says…

    So thrilled you are posting your weekly PL spreads again - such great inspiration for me to keep up weekly.
    I know it's tough for you too but just wanted to say thanks!

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  6. sunnychick says…

    Thank you so much for your white pen review! I never thought to use my Gelly Roll on photos. I was brave and tried it on a scrap photo and loved it! I went back and journaled on almost all my photos! It dries almost instantly and doesn't smear when I slide the photo into the pocket. Love these posts! So inspiring!

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  7. Afink26 says…

    I picked up Perfect Little World this month too...I can't wait to read it!!

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  8. Lize says…

    I love how your photo's "connects" with each other, eg: the dots on the letter, and the red toesies, the yoga mats and the books... I sometimes realise afterwards that my PL photo's does that. Usually makes me smile, as it's not intentional when I take them. Always happy to see one of your PL weeks!

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