PROJECT LIFE PLANS FOR 2017

Posted: December 27, 2016 by Rachel


As 2017 approaches I have been thinking about my fifth (!!!) year of documenting with Project Life. I begin every new year of PL with one simple desire: to complete it. Well, that and to please help me figure out how to keep my pages consistent throughout the year! Going into 2017, I’m not doing anything remarkably different from last year. I’m sticking with a single 9×12 page per week, using a Studio Calico 9×12 binder and clear dividers as usual. I like sticking to one album per year.

What I am switching up this year is my weekly date cards. Originally, I thought I might bring back the cards I used in 2014, but I’ve decided against it. Why? Because I have hundreds of cards from past kits that need to be used; I don’t want to be wasteful.

I’m still printing at home, because it’s just easier that way, even if it is a bit more expensive. I will continue to use minimal to no embellishments because after four full years of doing project life, I’ve learned that in order for it to work for me I need to keep it very simple.

Every December I say that next year I will include more from my husband’s perspective, but as usual, I was bad about it in 2016 and will probably be bad about it in 2017. What I do want to try, though, is putting my camera in DJ’s hands and seeing what he comes up with. Life from a three-almost-four-year-old’s perspective. Should make for some interesting stuff.

Every year, consistency is my biggest problem. Keeping my pages looking in sync throughout the album is something I strive for but have not yet mastered. So for 2017 I’m going to pick out particular cards to use throughout the year, and stick to only those!

And that’s pretty much it!

Tell me, what are you keeping the same or trying differently in your 2017 albums?

Project Life | My 2016 Approach

Posted: December 18, 2015 by Rachel

As 2016 approaches and I begin thinking about my fourth (!!!) year of documenting with Project Life, I’m really trying to look back and think about what worked and didn’t work for me this year. I did a lot of experimenting these past eleven months, and as such I definitely have a much better idea of what I like and don’t like. If you’re interested, I’ve talked a little about what worked and didn’t before. Actually, I’ve written about it more than once (see: here and here as well).

As life moves on and gets busier, I’ve definitely had to re-evaluate how I do things. It’s all about getting things done well the first time around. As such, here are my plans for 2016:

  1. Format. This will be changing in 2016. I’m still going to work weekly, but I’m only going to do a half a spread per week. Meaning each spread will cover a two week period. This will help me to really focus on the highlights of the week and; it will keep printing costs down, and means I can fit the year into one album. This is important to me. Two albums a year just adds up too quickly.
  2. The size. I’ve been working in 12×12 since I first started project life, but I’m doing something a little different this time around. I will be working with this, (my favorite) 12×12 album, but I will be using 9×12 pages inside. I just think this is the best size for me.
  3. Dividers. I’m definitely sticking with these clear ones again; I still find the colorful ones too distracting.
  4. Printing at home. Yes, it is more expensive in the long run, but it’s convenient and really the only way that I am able to stay as up to date as I do.
  5. Title cards. I jump back and forth a lot on this one, and honestly: I think that I will just go with whatever I feel like each week. However, now that I’m only using half a spread per week, I may incorporate the title card into a photo (either adding the dates digitally before printing or adding a stamp after the fact).
  6. Minimal embellishments. This won’t change: I’ll stick to things like wood veneers, stamps and the occasional little extras.
  7. Point of View. Oh my gosh. I say this every year but I really need to incorporate more of my husband in my album. Unfortunately I’m picky about how things look so I don’t often ask my hubby to journal anything because it won’t match with my writing. I’ll have to work on a way to include him that satisfies this!
  8. Consistency. This is probably the biggest thing that I struggle with from week to week. There may be consistency within my weekly spreads, but they vary greatly from week to week. Of course a lot of this has to do with being inspired to try new things throughout the year, and I would never discourage trying new things! I do want to have at least one thing that I do the same every week; whether it’s how I date my title cards or a journal prompt I include.

I’ve talked about this before, but it bears repeating: memory keeping is not meant to be a chore. It’s not something meant to frustrate you or make you feel guilty. It is a gift that you are giving yourself, your family, and anyone else you share your albums with. Anyone can do it, I am not the exception to the rule. I simply have the right attitude: the memory keeping attitude.

I would love to hear how you’re approaching Project Life in 2016, so please fill me in by commenting below, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask away.

Project Life 2015 | November

Posted: December 14, 2015 by Rachel

I still almost can’t believe it. I’m finally up to date in sharing my project life spreads! Man, that’s a good feeling. I’m not going to beat around the bush, friends, so here’s November.

Spread one


As you can tell, I’m still obsessed with those Ali Edwards digital date elements.

Spread two

Spread three. I decided to do another 6-month subscription to the studio calico kits in hopes that it would jump-start my creativity a bit. I’m really happy with how this spread turned out and really love the green, red’s and white.

And lastly, spread four of November. I’ve resigned to the fact that I’m not going to love every spread that I put together. I’m far too picky, so it’s just not going to happen. This one happens to be one that I’m not too happy with. But, done is better than not.

That’s it for November! I’m hoping to post my December spreads, along with a video overview, in early January, so watch out for that!

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* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2015, I’m creating a spread for each week of the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

Project Life 2015 | October

Posted: December 4, 2015 by Rachel

That’s right, this mama is finally catching up on her Project Life posts! I actually debated sharing these spreads because with the exception of one, I consider them to be some of the weakest spreads I’ve put together in a while.

I actually started up another 6-month studio calico subscription in hopes that some new designs and products would help lift me out of my funk.

But anyways, I digress. Here are my spreads from October.



The next spread, which I dedicated entirely to my sister-in-laws wedding because it was too beautiful not to.
 


 And the third spread:

 And finally, the fourth spread of October:

 And that’s it for October! I’m hopeful that as 2015 comes to a close I can get up to date with sharing. It’s a goal of mine to share more often in 2016. I’ll also be putting together a post (like I do every year) detailing how I will approach Project Life in 2016!

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* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2015, I’m creating a spread for each week of the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

Project Life 2015 | September

Posted: November 23, 2015 by Rachel

To say that I’m behind in sharing my spreads would be an understatement, but I’m finally catching up. Here is September, which oddly seems so long ago.


 And of course I had to use a whole spread to document my three days in Nashville.


That’s it guys. I’m hoping that within the next two weeks I will find time to share my October spreads with you.

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* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2015, I’m creating a spread for each week of the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

Project Life 2015 | July

Posted: August 10, 2015 by Rachel

It’s a #projectlife bonanza today as I’m sharing all of my July spreads!
To end my first album, I took a photo of my family in the same spot, but with our backs to the camera to signify an end. I stamped “bye June” using the same #kelliestamps alpha set as below.

For my album two title page I captured us from the front (to signify a beginning) a stamped “hello july” using probably my favorite stamp set ever, “Stand Tall” from #kelliestamps which is available for pre-order now!


Here’s a look at my first July spread. I’m loving that big #kelliestamps date stamp.

 And my second July spread, one of my absolute favorite spreads I’ve yet to put together in my three years of doing project life. Helllloooo Ali Edwards “thick day” stamps and “A Man’s World” Themed cards.


My third July spread, in which I used even more Ali Edwards “thick days” stamps to make filler cards!


 And my fourth and final July spread, using the new artiste papers from Paislee Press.

 That’s it for July guys!

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* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2015, I’m creating a spread for each week of the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

Project Life 2015 | June Three + Four

Posted: August 3, 2015 by Rachel

Still playing catchup on sharing my spreads here on the blog. These two spreads are from the second half of June. Plenty of swimming, iced drinks and lots of writing.

 Left side

 Right side. Definitely loving using Ali Edwards digital stamps for filler cards.

I love how it looks in the album. So much blue.

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Products Used: Design G, Studio Calico 9×12 page protector, A Man’s World Theme cards, Moments Like These cards (recolored), Elise Joy stamp (no longer sold)

And on to the final spread of June, wherein I used even more Ali Edwards digital pieces and some new #kelliestamps stamps!

 Left side

Right side

And here’s how it looks in the album. That yum stamp? Love.

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Products Used: Studio Calico 9×12 page protector, Design A, Midnight Edition,  Kellie Stamps “On Fleek”, Ali Edwards digital stamps.

* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2015, I’m creating a spread for each week of the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

Project Life 2015 | June One + Two

Posted: July 27, 2015 by Rachel

It is absolutely driving me crazy that I’m over a month behind in posting my spreads, but I’ve been super focused on writing my novella, and lots of other stuff seems to have fallen by the way side. Here I am though, with the first two spreads of June.





I had a lot of fun experimenting with the new 9×12 squares page design from SC. It was fun to try something new.

And always, here’s how it looks in the album:

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Products Used: Studio Calico 9×12 page protectors, Midnight Edition, Seafoam edition, Kellie Stamps, Thickers alphas, SC color theory ink pad, Becky Higgins date stamp

And on to the next spread!

I’m actually not the biggest fan of this one, but done is better than perfect!

And here’s how it looks in the album:

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Products Used: Design G, Studio Calico 9×12 page protector, Midnight Edition, Seafoam edition, Big City Quiet Designs 4×6 journalers no.1, Kellie Stamps, Caylee Grey “get it done” freebie card

* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2015, I’m creating a spread for each week of the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

Project Life 2015 | May Three + Four

Posted: June 29, 2015 by Rachel


I’m back with two spreads to share this week. This first spread covered a short weekend trip to California that my hubby and I went on. It was just one of those spreads that came together so easily and so well. The reds and blues just pop.

Like the previous week I used more of Ali Edwards messy circles, except this time I changed them to red in photoshop to pull out the pops of red in the other photos. It was also my chance to use my new Kelly Purkey “new adventure” stamps

The left side:

The right side:

And here’s a look at how it looks in the album. I’m loving that 5×7 insert.

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Products Used: Design F (trimmed), Midnight edition, Kelly Purkey New Adventure Stamps, Ali Edwards digital stamps, Paislee Press right now card, SC color theory ink pad, Becky Higgins date stamp

On to the following spread!

 Left side, with the awesome stamp from Kellie Stamps.

 Right side, in which I tried out a new 9×12 page design from Studio Calico and used some new stamps from Kellie Stamps.
Here’s how it looks in the album :

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Products Used: Design F (trimmed), Studio Calico 9×12 page protector, Sunshine Edition, Midnight Edition, Big City Quiet Designs “Sunny Days” cards (coming soon), Kellie Stamps, Studio Calico wood veneers, SC color theory ink pad, Becky Higgins date stamp

* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2015, I’m creating a spread for each week of the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

Project Life 2015 | May Two

Posted: June 19, 2015 by Rachel

I’ve been slacking on posting my spreads, in fact, I have four spreads other than this one just waiting to be shared. These are some of my favorite pages I’ve ever put together, so I look forward to catching up and showing them off 🙂

I recently purchased some Ali Edwards digital pieces, like the messy circles shown here, and I just adore them. I’ll be using them a lot moving forward.

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Products Used: Design F (trimmed), Man’s World cards, Big City Quiet Designs card (upcoming release), Ali Edwards Messy Circles, SC Color Theory ink pad, date stamp

* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2015, I’m creating a spread for each week of the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.