Project Life, Week Four

Cathy ZielskeProject Life40 Comments


Another week of Project Life (and real life) has come and gone. This past week was the first week I had more pictures to share than the typical spread holds for Project Life. Cole took a trip up to a nature center in Northern Minnesota with his school and you guessed it, he took his camera along for the ride. Lucky album!

OBSERVATIONS: I'm still finding myself surprised at how little I've been documenting over the past few years compared to right now. Probably because now I'm much more conscious of listening for stories and looking for photos. The best part is that I don't have to have my big, heavy camera with me at all times. I have an iPhone that does really well in a pinch. This past week had a few stories that I wanted to save in the spread, one of which I tucked into a folded Project Life journaling card to preserve the privacy of the story, which is about Aidan, and which is pretty entertaining, but it is most definitely for my family's eyes only. (I'll give you a general idea: it was a conversationg between mother and daughter that involved talking about s-e-x. 'Nuf said.)

Even though I know I'm sharing these pages here on my blog, I'm trying to not censor myself or my family too much. We want the truest document of our lives that we can create. And when I say "we" I really do mean it. Cole's trip photos added so much to the album this week. Here's a look at Week Four.


This week, I cut a Design A Project Life page protector in half after seeing my friend Ali do this, so I could share more of Cole's photos from his school trip. (Note: the Project Life Design A page protectors are expected back in stock at Amazon by mid month.)


Here is the front of the insert page.


Here is the back side. (Yes, my son loves to Tebow.)



 Here is a close up of the journaling cards.



I decided to use layered journal cards to journal the stories because there is no way I can get a story of that size journaled by hand. So this week was very heavy on the computer generated cards.

The week was very light on photos of me. Sometimes that's a tricky one to get in. Though I will tell you this: in our house, if you don't take me seriously about Project Life, don't think I won't use the photo.


As it says on the sticker: Project Life will not be mocked.

SIDE PRODUCT NOTE: This week, I switched to a new corner rounder from Paper Shapers. Why? Well, I just couldn't get my Corner Chomper to cut smoothly, so I gave the Paper Shapers one a whirl and you know what? I LOVE it. Smooth, small radius corners that match up well with the Project Life kit pieces. Click on the Corner Adorner punch link below for more information.

I also created new sets for the Tiny Template series designed to fit 4 x 3 pockets, as well as 4 x 6 and 6 x 4 ones.  All are available at Designer Digitals.

VIDEO STEP-BY-STEP: Earlier this week, I posted a step-by-step video with written instructions on how to recolor PNG files, such those found in my new set, Check Cards No. 01. Click here to see the post and video.

I also posted a video showing how to work with Tiny Templates. You can find that post here.



Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a flexible, easy-to-use, highly customizable way to save your memories in a fun, stress-free way. Learn more about getting started with Project Life by clicking here.

Cathy ZielskeProject Life, Week Four

40 Comments on “Project Life, Week Four”

  1. #1
    Annet Maurer

    haha, love the Aidan bit about Buffy / Angel dilemma. Tell her this: When we watched them, we alternated each episode from where she’s at onwards. That way, any crossover episodes (of which there are a few) connect up properly and the seasons end at the same time. So a Buffy, then an Angel, then a Buffy, etc. I had never, ever watched an episode of either, and I LOVED watching both series all the way through with my hubby. That’s how I got hooked into Bones too… mmm… David B… πŸ™‚

  2. #2

    Wow, fab post for Project Life this week, Cathy. I’m just gearing up to do it, which means I’ll have 6 weeks to do by the time I get all my “stuff” as it’s a mission getting it shipped over here.

    Had to laugh at your Cole moment this week… hat smelling quotes like that don’t come along that often, but when they do, kids always manage to put them in the most inopportune places!

  3. #3

    I agree with alternating between Buffy and Angel due to the crossovers. However, rather than alternating episode by episode, I just did it disc by disc.

  4. #4

    I agree with the one above about alternating back and forth that’s how they aired so it makes sense to do it that way. I was a all Buffy fan back in the day when it was actually on TV…sigh, I love me some Buff, Ringer doesn’t hold a candle to it. I never watched Angel until later, which was kinda fun too. πŸ™‚ you can’t go wrong really! what a great dilemma to have and to compare it to Robert Frost…classic.

    Just bought the tiny templates…incorporating next week, can’t wait!

  5. #6

    What a great week you had Cathy, love it as always. It is amazing how much more we capture with Project Life reminding us to take photos and write those special moments. Laughing at Cole and his hat, that is very much a LUKE comment…. love that show!!! Laughing at Aidan and her dilemma’s in life. Some days for my girls it’s should I wear my hair up or down and the classic should I wear the black or blue hoodie today. Oh to be a kid again.

    I bought your little cards and can’t wait to include them in my Project Life this week. Thank you for always inspiring us. Have a great day !!

  6. #7

    Absolutely LOVE the Cole/Luke comparison… my oldest has those kind of moments too. Kids are great, aren’t they?!

  7. #8

    I’m old enough to have watched them in real time…. commercials & all! Buffy aired first during the week & Angel 2nd…. definitely together & alternate with Buffy first because there are ALOT of cross over/tie-in stories especially in the beginning.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that she’s taking an interest in “old” TV….. and it frightens me that Buffy/Angel are OLD TV! I was in college for goodness sakes!

  8. #9

    Luke, I am your father! Modern Family…our favorite show on TV! Love your PL inspiration…keep it up!

  9. #10

    Tell Aiden: one episode of each, alternating, for these two seasons. Watch them together, that’s how they’re best. πŸ™‚ love, a HUGE Joss Whedon Geek.

  10. #11

    I just ordered the layered journaling cards!!!
    Thank you so much!! I also love how you included the instructions. Great for a digital newbie like myself!! πŸ™‚

  11. #13
    THE Megan

    One of the things I am loving about PL is how many zingers from the youngers I am catching…with no place to put them, they tend to get laughed at then fade to nothing…with PL they get immortalized forever. πŸ˜‰ I had a good one this week, too.

  12. #14

    Cathy, love your pages, as I always do. So, you cut half of a page to include the extra photos. What happens to the other half? Is it useable? There’s something in me that just.can’ I ordered some 6×12 inserts that have 4×6 slots in them, but I like having the two 4x3s in there like in your chopped in half page. Hmm.

  13. #15

    Not really usable. I mean, I do not plan to do this very often, to be honest with you! : ) But I have an extra set of the Design A pages!

  14. #17

    I was just noticing that Cole is rock climbing in a few pictures. Has he been doing that for very long? My 14 year old daughter is hooked on it and climbs with a team almost every day. It’s a fabulous workout.

  15. #19
    carol in seattle :)

    Gotta say thanks for the Paper Shapers love. I have a couple of their corner rounders and they work well. So well that I’ve never understood the love for the chomper. I’m a live and let live kinda gal though, so if it works for them, go for it. As for me, I’ll stick with the old PS.

  16. #20

    Gosh darn…all of my favourite scrapbookers are doing Project Life and I’m beginning to bow to the bandwagon!!! Pretty soon, I’ll be needing to add a $$$high quality$$$ printer to my wish list so I can print photos at home.

    My husband will not be pleased.

    Thanks for the enabling, Cathy!

  17. #21
    Shari Rohde

    LOVE Cole ‘Tebowing’ before the rock wall! Living in Denver, it is nice to see how one person has affected so many people around the country.

  18. #23
    Jenny B.

    Awesome. I laughed out loud at the “Luke” story. πŸ™‚ I’m loving Project Life. I’m doing all digital layouts with minimal journaling, but keeping a separate dated journal where I may slip in some ephemera. I’m planning to get a photo book printed of the layouts at the end of the year. I love the binder idea also, but I REALLY wish someone would come out with 10×10 albums and page protectors. 8×8 is just too small and 12×12 is just too big. Oh, well… I guess that’s the beauty of digital. πŸ™‚ Anyway, LOVE all your pages!

  19. #24
    Tricia Shelton

    Love it. My daughter finished Buffy right before Christmas. She cried when it was over. She told me that she felt lost. lol. She is Team Spike all the way. Too funny. I was always a little in love with Angel. She thinks he is too whiney. I talked her into watching Angel and she is really enjoying them right now. She had a Team Spike birthday cake this year and I bought her a Team Spike shirt for Christmas. She wears it everywhere. Too cute. She used to be obssessed with the Titanic (like Cole a few years ago.) Now she is all about Buffy. She even quotes the show. Her ring tone is from the musical episode. Lol.

  20. #25

    Off-topic (slightly) question… in your other PL pages you included a shot of the weather. I’m assuming that this is a screen shot from your iPhone weather app? If so, how did you get the screen shot? If not, mind sharing where you got the photo?


  21. #27

    On my iPhone, with the weather app on, I hold down the Home Button and the On/Off button at the top together and it make a shutter sound. : ) Saves the pic on my phones pics.

  22. #28
    April P.

    Sigh, Buffy is the original . . . the whole human in love with a vampire thing . . . YOU MUST watch Buffy. Tell Aiden that she must watch the Angel episode after each buffy one. They split but once in a while make guest appearances that would leave one confused – especially during the first season of the split. Last year, I got my dh hooked on buffy and we rewatched all the seasons on Netflix. We watched the Angel episodes until Buffy ended.

    And as for Tebow-ing . . . I knew him way back when . . . since I’m from Jacksonville and all, we used to run into him all over the area when he was in college and would visit home πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad he got to stay in Denver and keep Orange and Blue!

  23. #29

    Aiden has good taste πŸ™‚ The Buffy and Angel series were a top favorite of mine. Two of my favorite Buffy episodes are “Hush” and “Once More w/Feeling” the musical. Two of my favorite Angel episodes are “Rm w/a Vu” and “I will Remember You”.

  24. #30
    Nicole Hoffman

    I bought the medium corner rounder and promptly bought the large, but now I’m thinking the small one may be worth a look. If they came in a set, I missed a chance at savings.

  25. #31
    Nicole Hoffman

    I saw a layout Stacy Julian did where she sewed a smaller page protector to a larger one to add extra pictures. You may be able do that somehow with stitching, staples or adhesive.

  26. #32
    Sandi D

    I made Aunt Coo’s soup on Friday night for my family and they loved it (me too!).
    My boys have been asking me to find a dumpling soup because they always have it when they go to a restaurant near us. (This was better)
    My husband loved it because he has been unable to eat the soup at the restaurant since he was diagnosed with Celiac 8 years ago and it has wheat flour. I made mine using a gluten free flour and it turned out wonderful. He was in heaven!
    Thank you!

  27. #34
    Kimberly C.

    mini hockey in the living room! love it, that’s what we got going on right now and it brings to my face seeing the picture.

  28. #35

    Love this line “Project Life will not be mocked!” πŸ™‚ Awesome stories this week – totally agree with you on the observations part of your post in that somehow this approach allows me to be creative in small bursts but keeps my focus on the part that I love the most – the stories and pictures of real life as it is happening. Love it.

  29. #36
    Gypsy Chaos

    I thought about a great printer. Then I decided against one.

    I have several new Walgreen’s and CVS and Rite Aid stores around me. Actually, more like “they’re surrounding me! help!” Anyway – new store = new equipment, including photo printers.

    Through Snapfish, Walgreen’s costs $0.29/photo. Yes, I use W’s. I *think* one of the chains has a lower regular price; haven’t checked.

    I print my photos every one or two weeks. They’re ready in an hour. Not that I often get there any time soon. My latest batch have been ready for 9 hours already!

  30. #37
    Barb in AK

    You know, my Corner Chomper doesn’t work so great, either. I was so happy to have it, so I could choose small corner or large corner and not go searching through my punches. I’m definitely frustrated. :-

  31. #40
    Linda Hanson

    Love the new verb — Tebow! I would love to give Project Life a try. My friends call me “Messy Scrapper”…maybe this would keep me from spreading out EVERYWHERE, especially at a retreat πŸ™‚

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