Project Life® 2019 | February

I am totally loving the process of sitting down at the end of the month/beginning of the next month and reviewing the stories from the past month. I'm simply using my photos as a guide - sitting at my desk and scrolling through my February photo archive and deciding what stories I want to tell this month. 

For February I identified three stories I wanted to highlight in my Project Life® album: 

  1. Photos of my feet and where I "found myself" this month. This all came from noticing that I had a bunch of those photos that I could use all together when going back through my photos from the month. 
  2. Taking the girls to Disneyland to celebrate their 10th birthdays. As you'll hear in the video, I'll be telling the bigger story of our Disney trip via a layout in the new Hello Story 2 workshop
  3. The crazy awesome snow storm that happened at the end of the month.  

I find this process so totally do-able and doing this each month right now along with my other projects totally feels like my own version of "enough" in memory keeping. 

Here's a look at how it all came together: 

Again, I focused on three stories. 

I started with the story of where I "found myself" this month using photos of my feet as my visual story support. I used the back side of the  9x12 page protector I used in January to hold the 3x4 photos of my feet. The "feb stories" card is from the February Stories By The Month™ kit - it was originally 4x6 and I cut it down to 3x4. A digital version of each month with the word stories underneath is available here

The "finding myself" patch is from this  Embellishment Bundle. It's a great reminder that One Little Word® products can be used to tell everyday life stories. 

On top of each of the 3x4 photos I added a  yellow Puffy Number Sticker. Those numbers correspond with the journaling I added to a 3x8 insert. 

I love adding in different size page protectors. In this case I added a  3x8 page protector to accommodate two 3x8 journal cards from the Summer/Everyday Life Journal Card Set. The physical set is sold out but you can print your own using the digital set here. For this project I decided to print out my journaling that tells the story of my feet photos and add it on top of the "enjoy this time" card. 

Along the edge, as pretty much always, I added an  Avery Index Tab

I used another 3x8 card from the Summer/Everyday Life Journal Card set on the back to tell Story #2 which is an abbreviated story of our Disney adventure ( I'll be telling the longer story with more photos in a layout in Hello Story 2). For this card I also measured the white space and printed out my journaling and adhered it on top of the card. 

To go along with my short Disney story I printed one of my favorite photos from our trip at 9x12 and slipped it into a full page page protector. I added custom word art to the top of the photo. 

Totally loving the colorful spread of these two stories paired with this super neutral one below. 

My third story is all about the historic snow storm we experienced at the end of the month. I printed a full page photo (9x12) of our backyard in the snow and added a February plastic heart (add on from February Stories By The Month™) + a chipboard heart + the "details" stamp (both from the February Stories By The Month™ kit). 

I followed the same formula for this story by including a 3x8 insert. 

I added the "feb vibes" chipboard on top of one of the journal cards from the Summer/Everyday Life Journal Card Set. I hand-wrote ten details I loved about these snow days. 

On the back of the 3x8 I used that space for a full page written story about our experience.

For the last pocket page I used the 3B style and filled most of the pockets with photos. On top of those photos I added a couple chipboard hearts along with some starburst stickers from the Summer/Everyday Life Sticker Bundle. I added one sentiment card from the February Stories By The Month™ about the presence of wonder (digital version available here). 

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  1. jamie59 says…
    03/05/2019

    Happy happy joy joy! I'm so excited for this post. I love it all. Any advice for what's a girl to do when she's got a ton of stories to tell for February? I'm really loving the monthly approach. I enjoy sitting down and getting it all documented in one day. But we had so much going on in February. I'm in Seattle so we had a big snowstorm hit too, when we usually don't have any snow. And then there was a long sunny trip to the beach. Along with all the other regular February details I want to include...So much to say and so very little album space to say it in. :) Thanks for posting! I really, really enjoy your new approach to PL.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/05/2019

      Hey! I think one of the big things for me is that I'm not trying to get every single story in my album. As you can see in this one, I broke it down into three story sections. Each one gives a peek into our life in February. I think if you want to include more you just include more!

    2. barefootscrapbooker says…
      03/07/2019

      Could you do one page that shows the difference between Sun and Snow? Maybe split the page in half? Then, do a page of 3x4 pockets with a photo and some words about your other stories? One could be a card like Ali's that just says "Feb Stories" to bring it all together?

  2. ahiggins83 says…
    03/05/2019

    Love how this turned out with the bright colors contrasting with the white snow! Question about your stamp box—are those the larger Dragan boxes from Ikea? It’s nice that the stamps fit perfectly on their sides. Thanks!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/05/2019

      Those would work - these are actually some random ones I got from the Inked Warehouse.

    2. ahiggins83 says…
      03/05/2019

      Ok cool—thanks for the reply!

    3. Jmkane25 says…
      03/06/2019

      Was wondering the same about the boxes for stamps. Thanks for the heads up that Dragan would also work!

  3. paperjunkie says…
    03/05/2019

    Love, love, love your approach this month Ali! Thanks for the awesome inspiration. I plan to work on mine soon. ☺️

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  4. FleurdeLisa says…
    03/05/2019

    Love your February spread...All that snow is so beautiful! Ali...just wanted to ask you a question, or really something to consider if you would...I'm a subscriber to all of your monthly kits and even though I moved last March and didn't scrapbook at all in 2018, I still continued to get your kits and just saved them until now and I'm just opening them. Also, I'm downloading the digital files to go with them and realized that the Stories by the Month kit doesn't include the digital files. I assumed since I'm buying everything that I would get them too. So I'm just wondering if you would consider adding them as a bonus for those of us that buy all three of your kits each month? Thanks! :-)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/05/2019

      Hi - the Digital Stories By The Month™ is released the year prior to it becoming a physical product. We don't have plans to include it with the subscription.

  5. kelfergie1803 says…
    03/05/2019

    Im so inspired by your monthly approach this year Ali. These pages are gorgeous!

    would you consider doing some digi stamps in the font you've used?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/05/2019

      Hi! Can you be more specific about what font you are talking about?

    2. kelfergie1803 says…
      03/10/2019

      The font you have used on the photo for the girls birthday adventure and the header to your process video.

    3. AliEdwards says…
      03/11/2019

      That's just my writing with a new pen - more of that style will be popping up in products most likely. I'm using my iPad to write words sometimes vs. on paper + scanning.

  6. Cbuckley says…
    03/05/2019

    Love your start to your project life album this year. I haven’t started ours this year because I am dithering about switching to 9x12. My main concerns are limiting the number of stories, lack of space for landscape shots, and whether giving up the standard formula is going to lead to too much choice/decision-making. Anyone who has made the switch want to weigh in? 😊

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/05/2019

      I'm finding myself in the something is better than nothing camp ;).

    2. Cbuckley says…
      03/05/2019

      Good point! I haven’t had much success at completion of late, so this is definitely a camp I should join!!

    3. urbanva says…
      03/07/2019

      I switched to a 9x12 for 2018 because for five years I'd done the 12x12 layout and I was starting to feel too much pressure to fill all the pockets of the 12x12. Much to my surprise I found that I felt extremely limited by the 9x12 size (instead of feeling relieved that I had less pockets to fill). I ended up having to add a bunch of inserts in my 9x12 order to get all of my stories told (which took extra time and was less convenient). I switched back to a 12x12 for 2019 and I'm much happier. For the weeks that are slower with less stories I use some filler cards (and don't beat myself up for not having a story or photo for that particular pocket). You could try a 9x12 and add inserts if you feel like you need more room, this way you can see if you like it or not. If you don't you can always switch back to a 12x12 for next year, or just move your 9x12 pages into a 12x12 halfway through the year. Nothing is set in stone! Good luck and happy scrapping :)

    4. Cbuckley says…
      03/07/2019

      Thanks @urbanva. I’ve just pressed “place order” and am going to give 9x12 a go as I need a change. But if it’s not working I can always add what I have to a 12x12, like you said. That’s a great point. The 9x12 size would work great for travel stories too.

  7. vbabin says…
    03/06/2019

    I absolutely love your stories from February! Loved the page of feet! You are always so inspiring to me! Thank you!

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  8. cindykoning says…
    03/07/2019

    Love This SO MUCH! I can totally see changing things up made you look at everything fresh. Also great about monthly is coordinating photo's per page :) - instead having to cramm everything in one layout. very inspirational (as usual, haha!)

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  9. barefootscrapbooker says…
    03/07/2019

    I love what you did here - and now am thinking I maybe need to try a 9x12 album! I love the 6x8 size I usually use and started for this year, but changing things up for 2020 might be good too!

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  10. Rina_AbbottJard says…
    03/09/2019

    Yes, yes, yes. So glad you are finding the quality in the quantity!

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