Project Life, Week Thirty-Three

Cathy ZielskeProject Life, Scrapbooking16 Comments


OBSERVATIONS: Week Thirty-Three? I've been doing Project Life for Thirty-Three consecutive weeks? Get out! I know there are many of you out there who are considering jumping in for 2013 and I say, by all means do! Especially considering Becky's annoucement of new kits, new designs (Olive and Seafoam) and new themes, including Baby themes! I'm leaning towards using Seafoam as my base kit for next year. 

All I know is that this has been my favorite project undertaking as a whole. I've recorded so much of our everyday life in this thing. And that makes me really happy. 

Shall we?



This week, I did a lot dropping text onto photos. Because I print my photos at home, it's easy to do this on the fly and get the results I'm looking for.

I should mention that my HP Photosmart 8750 is being really temperamental these days when it comes to printing on 4 x 6 photo paper. As in, it's not. So I've been printing two 4 x 6 photos on one sheet of 8.5 x 11 and trimming them. While it's frustrating, because I've got this great stash of 4 x 6 paper, it does allow me to get exactly what I've designed to fit onto that 4 x 6 image. Why? Because by placing a 4 x 6 photo into a larger document, the document doesn't have to accommodate for the borderless printing. Ergo, nothing gets cut off. 


That's how I print my week in review cards every week. I drag all the layers from the digital file onto a new 8.5 x 11 document, then add some of my other things—card files and such—and print them all out on one sheet. (I did a video on this process. Watch it here.)


We've definitely been having fun with the whole McKayla is not impressed meme as well.



And another week is in the album. 


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 Thirty-Three

16 Comments on “Project Life, Week Thirty-Three”

  1. #1

    We love phase ten too , great for family get togethers! The lake weekend away looks like the perfect pick me up to a crazy week. Hope you came back refreshed. Thanks for sharing your PL layout.

  2. #2

    I love project life and I love following what you have done. Do you think you will ever do project life fully digital and bound in a book. I can’t help to think if I continue this process I will have an over abundance of scrapbooks and no place to put them. Has this thought crossed your mind?

  3. #3

    It has, and never say never. In fact, Im torn sometimes between the ease of digital and the products required in real space for traditional. For now, I stay with the traditional, and they hybrid twist. : )

  4. #4
    Louise Fortune

    Over the last 2-3 years I found myself scrapping less and less some of it was time and some of it was my children growing up (sad but true toddler antics v teenage antics) and after completing my first December Daily book I decided I loved the concept of documenting one story each day.

    I avoided PL for a while convincing myself that it was expensive (shipping from the US was more than the cost of the products themselves) and would require too much commitment – but I jumped in with both feet in 2012 the only thing I bought were some divided page protectors and a ring bound album

    I have to say I am a convert and it has made me more productive rather than less, I do a week at a time but find that I am creating insert layouts to highlight or make more of the stories/photos too. I love the flexibility of the whole concept and have already ordered my two albums for next year which are a “sea foam” colour.

    I am using WRMK products as they are more accessible in the UK

    Rock on PL

  5. #6

    Hey Cathy,

    I just wanted to mention that you should be able to fit 3 4×6 photos on a single sheet of 8.5×11″ paper. That’s how I print my Project Life photos every week! I do one horizontally at the top of the sheet and then place the other two side-by-side vertically on the bottom 6-7 inches of the sheet.

    It cuts a little closer to the margins of the paper, but at least with my printer (an Epson), it’s not cutting anything out. Perfect 4×6 photos every time.

    Maybe that will be useful for you 🙂 Thanks for all your inspired posts and ideas!

  6. #8

    I’m on my first PL which is also my first scrapbook ever and this worries me too 🙂 I refuse to have my PL binder spill over into 2 this year, so I started doing 1 week/page in August in the hopes of conserving space.

    But I love the traditional products way too much to give those up entirely 🙂

  7. #9
    carol in seattle :)

    Love the photo of you and Dan on the same page as “Mckayla is not impressed. You and Aidan have the same face! Thanks for sharing – I love hearing about PL(though I’m not doing it) especially the good and the rough parts of it!

  8. #10
    Margy Eastman

    I look forward to your PL pages every week. I’m so doing this in 2013! I especially enjoy the glimpses into Midwest life. I miss Culvers, and I love Phase 10!

  9. #13
    Jenny B.

    Oh my goodness! I was completely unaware of the whole McKayla is not impressed meme (and, honestly, I had to google “meme”). Ha! I followed the link, and now I’m in tears laughing! I hope she thinks its funny too… you have to be able to laugh at yourself. 🙂 Thanks for sharing that! So funny.

  10. #14

    Looks like you guys had a good break in there, even with it being a busy week! It’s always good to get away and recharge, and having a busy week is usually when it’s needed most!

  11. #15
    Abby P.

    I have the same printer…and the same problem. When I first got it, my pics printed 4×6, no problem. Then I got a new computer, and since then, nothing will print right. So now, I insert 5×7 photo paper to print 4×6 photos; I just trim the rest away into the trash (gulp!). Your tutorial on putting a stroke around photos helped SO MUCH! Another weird thing: I can’t print any of your 8.5×11 templates on 8.5×11 paper — I have to resize the template to make it smaller to get it to print…and I still have edges to trim. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR (not at you…at my printer!) Love the photo of you with your wine glass. It says, “Ahhhhhhhhh, a little ‘me’ time” to me! Enjoy!

  12. #16

    I’ve spent an absurd amount of our holiday road trip enjoying 10 Tips & your blog. I’ve stumbled around with Project Life but haven’t found a way to keep up with it. Last year I planned to print at home but worried the quality wouldn’t be sufficient, especially in the long run. But I’m going to try bc itllbe better than it doing anything! Thanks for the inspiration.

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