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Project Life® Catching Up

Here are a few Project Life® layouts from 2017 as promised!

I keep it all very simple if you recall. One side per week usually and Design A page protectors.

Adore those family photos!

Words and photos, words and photos.

Into November and I remembered to keep the cinema ticket from Blade Runner 2049 and slipped it into a pocket.

So many wonderful (and not so wonderful) memories.

I added a three pocket 6 x 12 page with extra photos from our week in Northumberland. It’s a simple way to add more without having to fill up a 12 x 12 page.

And December.

Because of December Daily I usually condense the month down to fit some of the photos that didn’t make it into December Daily or photos that tell certain stories.

And there we go just a quick update from last years album.

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I am a little bit late sharing this but better late than never right?

Kept it very simple this year which is all ok. I wanted to make sure I got something in this spot in the album because as I mentioned last year there have been years when there wasn’t a cover page at all.

In this post last February I stated my intention to get all up to date here on the blog……..hmmm. Lets just say that didn’t work out so well, eh? But I really mean it this time…. I’ll be back with some weekly documenting soon.

Project Life® – the rest of February, March and April

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Still love this project just a little behind!

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I went through an ‘Ali’ phase while making these pages – lots of writing directly onto the photos. Because I only usually do one page per week I often run out of room for journaling so adding writing to the photo allows me to include more words.

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I even tried a white gel pen on some pictures. Like it. I also adore that little collage of photos below of the snow fall that happened one day when I was at work. I added the times the photos were taken in Photoshop before printing.

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Added a couple more cut down pages to keep some treasures in. My niece and I had been watching Winnie the Pooh and we’d been reciting a little song he sings during one of the episodes. We wanted to get the words right so she jotted them down on a scrap of paper.

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Gav left me a note also on a scratty bit of paper about his run and letting me know he’d fed Buddy. Wanted to keep that one too. It’s these little things that make Project Life® all the richer.

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Lots of ephemera collected during my birthday week which I made into a two page spread.

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I added all the bits and bobs to a 6 x 12 page protector.

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A very family oriented week this week.

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Managed to drag them all outside on Easter sunday for one of our group shots. Yes it’s staged but I could write a whole post on the joy of these photos. Actually had enough of them to make into a calendar that I gave my Mum and sister last Christmas.

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And into April.

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Washi tape is my simple go to for adding just a little contrast.

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Catching up slowly. I’ve just send a whole load more photos to get printed which takes me up to last weekend so yes getting there.

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Project Life® is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. I am using the Honey and the Fifth and Frolic ‘Dear Lizzie’ Core Kits, the Seasons, DIY shop, Road Trip and Pooch Mini kits on my pages.

Go here to find out more from Becky

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Project Life® share – January and February 2016

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Although I have not shared any pages yet this year I am still plodding away with this project. I have found a sort of rhythm with it and so far this year I haven’t got stressed out because I know I have the photos and the notes jotted down so all I need to do is combine the two… no pressure! No, really I am in a relaxed place with this. But I think writing something down each week is key other wise you forget and it just becomes a photo album.

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The other factor that is helping me with this project is the I’m keeping it simple. I took a handful of the Project Life cards from the kits I own (see below for details of those) and filled up several weeks of pockets.

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I tried to keep similar colours for each week and filled all the 3 x 4 slots. I do a page a week and aim for just four photos, although I often have too many picture and either fill a 3 x 4 pocket with a photo or add an insert of some kind.

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For the first week of the year a group of my family went to see the new Star Wars film and I wanted to include the tickets, as well as having a photo of my niece holding out the long string of them!

To do that I cut down an old page protector and punched holes so I could add it to the album.

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I also am happy to make the whole spread one week if there is enough going on with the photos to fill it up. The second week in January did get a full spread.

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I wanted to include that series of Buddy and it snowed so I needed to get all those photo in because in case you didn’t know I kinda love the snow….

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I also love our London underground maps and for Christmas my sister bought me a lovely book of postcards, each design taking part of the map of the underground and filling in certain lines to make animal shapes. I thought the polar bear was perfect for this snowy week.

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I just cut down another pocket page and added it into the album.

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Simple one page for the following weeks.

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Lots of labels. We recently bought a new colour printer so most of the labels on the page below are printed at home.

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And that was how the year began.

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Project Life® is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. I am using the Honey and the Fifth and Frolic ‘Dear Lizzie’ Core Kits, the Seasons, DIY shop, Road Trip and Pooch Mini kits on my pages.

Go here to find out more from Becky.

Project Life® 2015 pages continue….

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A few more weeks finished.

Still using the same design A page protectors but adding in those lovely half size pages (design H) when I need a few more spaces for photos.

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This next page is when we started our three week holiday in the US. I limited myself to just 4 x 6 photos and in all the middle sections I added my journaling and a few filler cards, mainly from the aptly named Road trip kit.

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Over the years I have used a combination of techniques for including memorabilia from these trips in my memory keeping. A couple of times I used books that held all the writing, photos and memorabilia.  And this year I added almost all of them to the Project Life album.

I used two page protectors to do this, one with mostly 3 x 4 vertical pockets….

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This worked well for receipts and tickets and smaller items like those wonderful Computer Museum badges.

And the other was a 6 x 6 pocket page….

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You can’t really tell from the photo above but the booklets I collected all fit really well into the 6 x 6 size. Most of the pamphlet is held inside the pocket making it quite sturdy even though they stick proud a little bit. And all the ‘stuff’ is in one spot.

And the we were home….

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This year more than in past years I find that I’m okay not filling every card up. Above is a great example of this. Only two of the eight 3 x 4 cards have journaling on them. The others have little bits of this and that to make them pretty. And it makes the process easier which is a bonus this year.

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So keeping it simple and getting it done = happy!

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Project Life® is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. I am using the Honey and the Fifth and Frolic ‘Dear Lizzie’ Core Kits, the Seasons, DIY shop, Road Trip and Pooch Mini kits on my pages.

Go here to find out more from Becky.

Project Life® 2015 catching up

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I was filled with enthusiasm in January wasn’t I? Hmm….

True to my word I have carried on with this project and kept to mainly design A page protectors. I also added two mini kits to my collection of cards while we were in the US . The DIY shop and Dog value kits. I bought them in Joann and they were a great bargain.

Here are a few pages from January, February and March.

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I am adding a few 6 x 12 pages if I have too many photos for just the one spread.

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Also trying to include a few clear pages too. Always love how they look in the album.

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If I can I am using only 4 x 6 photos for a simpler approach when printing ut the pictures using Photobox.

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I think I like the look although some of these pages appear sparse I’m going with it.

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Really loving both the two mini kits as they are neutral and mix well with my older cards.

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Okay that’s a little bit caught up. More soon, I promise…..

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Project Life® is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. I am using the Honey and the Fifth and Frolic ‘Dear Lizzie’ Core Kits, the Seasons, DIY shop and Dog Mini kits on my pages.

Go here to find out more from Becky.

Thoughts on Project Life®

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I haven’t shared a Project Life® spread for many months now. I am still doing this project and still love it although my love dimmed slightly in 2014. And I think I’ve worked out why.

Last spring I bought a large pack of different style page protectors. I think they were in the sale somewhere and I Like a bargain and thought it might be fun to have different sized pockets to try. Wrong!

It was not fun. It was not fun at all. It was hard work.

Because I don’t print my photos at home anymore and upload them to Photobox I had to plan each layout then edit the photos to fit the pockets of the page protector I had picked for that week and then upload the photos. I began to do it in batches on a Saturday morning I would work on the editing and planning then few weeks later I had a new batch of photos to get printed.

I also got behind in the summer which meant I was trying to sort through months worth of notes and photos.

But anyone who knows me knows I’m stubborn so the idea of just going and buying a new pack of design A page protectors wasn’t going to happen. I would carry on with what I had. So I did and I kept struggling.

As of right now I have photos printed up till the middle of November and now as we are into a new year I’ve finally given in and am going to finish 2014 with design A page protectors. Simple and done.

Here are a few highlights from last years album.

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Loved using my typewriter to add journalling to the cards I even ran that heart and arrow one through the sewing machine.

I added lots of wood veneer last year.

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And used cut down page protectors. The spread below has a design D page cut to 4 x 12 which gave me two vertical 4 x 6 pockets to fill up.

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And on the back of that page I added memerobilia.

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Here is a spread with a mix of lots of handwritten journalling, different sized photos and a few label stickers too.

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Two different page protectors here and some stamping along with more typewriter type in that speech bubble on the left.

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Another example of one and a half spreads. My aim is only to use one page a week but sometimes there are too many good photos. Adding a half sized page is a great option and I like the design H pages, two 6 x 4 and two 3 x 4.

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I even tried my own handwriting.

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So going forward into 2015 I am still doing this album but only using design A (unless I have lots of portrait photos one week.)

Looking forward to getting last year finished and on to this year.

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Project Life® is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. I am using the Honey and the Fifth and Frolic ‘Dear Lizzie’ Core Kits and the Seasons Mini kit in my pages.

Project Life® – week five and six

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I went for lots of embellishing again for this spread. I am also moving around the ‘date’ pocket to where is fits best. I’m fine with that I think it adds interest and get the eye moving about the page not just settling on the top left pocket.

Here are the two weeks together. I appear to have become addicted to washi tape……

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I love that ‘you and me’ card with the little fox faces on it. The top left pocket is a map from Ikea. It’s been a while since we went there. I like the graphic-ness of it.

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I ran out of design A pages but because I’d already edited lots of photos to fit those pocket  sizes I had to crop and chop quite a few of these images to get them to fit. I also struggle with the design D page protector. I like that the 3 x 4 cards are horizontal but if I haven’t taken a portrait photos I find it’s tricky getting a landscape 4 x 6 photo into those portrait 4 x 6 pockets.

That cute clip board card was perfect to cut into so that it fit over my photo. Here’s a close up.

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And week six.

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Although it is not as pleasing to the eye, having smaller photos on a larger canvas, it does give the opportunity for lots of embellishments like the Studio Calico speech bubble. I used my type writer to add the text to that and the teeny label on the photo of the leeks.

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And there we have it.

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Project Life® is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. I am using the Honey and the Fifth and Frolic ‘Dear Lizzie’ Core Kits and the Seasons Mini kit in my pages.

Go here to find out more from Becky.

Project Life® – week three and four

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The momentum I have for making the pages is flagging a little but I am keeping going and just ordered some more photos.

Here is more from January. Still a week per page but I worked on them together to keep the colour consistent across the spread.

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Just love the speech bubble cards. I ran it through my type writer. Also used up some older letter stickers to make a bold title for the piano card and the date.

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More soon.

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Project Life® is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. I am using the Honey and the Fifth and Frolic ‘Dear Lizzie’ Core Kits and the Seasons Mini kit in my pages.

Go here to find out more from Becky.

Project Life® – weeks one and two

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Here we go with another year of Project Life®. I am happy to be doing this again although I have needed a push to get photos printed and layouts made. I am sure I’ll get into the groove again.

Just a quick reminder about my Project Life® process. Generally I am doing one page per week. That worked well last year although there were several weeks where I either made a spread for the week or added a 6 x 12 page, I still only had one album for the whole year. That is my aim. One album only. I’m using the American Crafts three-ring 12 x 12 binder again in ‘Cardinal’.

There’s a note at the bottom of this post which sets out the core kits I have on hand and I will use up any other embellishments from my stash as I go along.

Okay here are the first two weeks.

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I combined the two weeks together under one ‘date’ as I had hardly any pictures! I think I was all December-ed out. You can see that the left side 3 x 4 spots are blank. I haven’t finished the title page yet but I’m pretty sure they are going to be clear with maybe the year spread over the four pockets like you see here.

Little details – I added a border of silver star washi tape to the edge of one 3 x 4 journal card and stamped some arrows on the other journal card which I also typed onto using my wonderful old-fashioned typewriter.  ( I really don’t mind the uneven leading on the typing it all adds to the real-ness.)

I am also going to try to put together the two weeks pages at the same time and make them as cohesive as possible, colour wise anyway.

And there we go.

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Project Life® is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. I am using the Honey and the Fifth and Frolic ‘Dear Lizzie’ Core Kits and the Seasons Mini kit in my pages.

Go here to find out more from Becky.