Project Life® 2020 | February

I am finally starting to get back to work on my 2020 Project Life® album

For all the reasons you might imagine, this project fell to the bottom of my list of things to do over the last few months. 

Today I decided to just dive in and get the ball rolling with something that was clean + simple. I created a 3x4 layered template in Photoshop and used that as the foundation for each of my 3x4 photos. I decided to not worry about embellishing but rather just stick mainly with the words and photos in an effort to just get me back into this project. Sometimes that's all we need to start making things happen. 

When I look back at 2020 so far I think of February as the last month of "normal life" (whatever that means). February feels like the "before" and then March is when the "after" begins. I'm actually now looking forward to figuring out how to tell that story next. 

Here's a look at how I ended up documenting February: 

For my February storytelling I started with the back of January and added a 6x12 page protector insert along with a 3B style 9x12 page protector. I added in a few cards, a stamp, and a chipboard piece from the February Stories By The Month kit (digital version available here). 

Using a 3x4 layered template simplified this process and allowed me to write a little bit below each photo for context and to tell the story. I saved that file for you guys and you can download it below: 

Download the file here. Please note this is a layered PSD file for use in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. You will be able to edit the text box + don't worry if you don't have the same font I used - just replace it with one from your own computer. I used Source Sans Pro for "remembering" and Remington Noiseless for my journaling. 

The front page of the 6x12 insert includes a photo of Simon getting into his car one cold morning and the caption I'd included with an Instagram post with that photo. I used Photoshop to set up the page, added two photos, and copied and pasted my text from Instagram onto my canvas before printing. On top of the page I added the "so glad to know you in life" chipboard circle from the February kit. 

On the back side of the insert I slipped in an enlarged photo and added a chipboard piece along the top. Two cards from the February kit fill the two 6x4 pockets. 

I can tell you that I loved the process of putting this together and having the repeated treatment for each of the 3x4 pockets. Using the prompt "remembering" was an easy way to identify the story in the photo as I thought back to what was happening at that point in time. 

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13 thoughts

  1. Elizabeth_Heinz says…
    06/16/2020

    Thanks for the digital template Ali. I'm EXCITED to use it in a future PL spread:)

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  2. dpayne says…
    06/16/2020

    Love it. Thank you for the free file, I’m looking forward to using it.

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  3. picki56 says…
    06/16/2020

    hi! Do you know if the pack of 4B page protectors will be in again soon or will it also be in the fall?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      06/16/2020

      I believe that's the fall as well!

  4. mariapresson says…
    06/16/2020

    Love it, Thank you

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  5. KProffitt says…
    06/16/2020

    Thank you for that digital freebie, Ali! Love it and your February spread!

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  6. barefootscrapbooker says…
    06/16/2020

    I love the clean lines of the 3x4 cards! Thanks for the download!

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  7. photoaddict555 says…
    06/16/2020

    Thank you for the lovely card. This has come just when I was thinking what to do to keep going after a lot of work on WITL I was left a little flat and then this. Please know all your hard work is greatly appreciated.

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  8. Shannon_Primicerio says…
    06/17/2020

    Thank you for the download! I've thought about what you've said in the past about the important part being getting your stories told. I've had a much simpler approach during the pandemic, but I am still telling stories and that's what really matters. Can't wait to use this new file now too.

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  9. kleecreel says…
    06/17/2020

    This is so inspiring as I’m also going back to tell some of those Feb and March stories. Love the way it turned out! I’m considering switching to 9x12 for next year, and I was curious if you had any suggestions for those still wanting a weekly design formula. I know you’ve talked about enjoying the looser monthly approach. However, I loved how your Storytelling with PL class really simplified the process for me, and I’m not sure I’m ready to give that part up. (Maybe a topic for a future class lesson or blog post...?)

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  10. tejaynes says…
    06/17/2020

    Always love the inspiration I find in your projects, Ali!! I have noticed that you can no longer click on a photo to enlarge it to see things more closely. Was this intentional or could it be a setting on my end that doesn't allow it? Would be nice to see some details a little more up close....

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  11. Dandy says…
    06/20/2020

    Thanks Ali, this is perfect, looking forward to using it!

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