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I’m well into 2014 with Project Life, but I still have so many weeks from 2013 to share! I’m doing two Project Life posts a week until I have you all caught up, and they’re going to be beefy. Today I’m sharing the last week of November and the first week of December. Some of this stuff overlaps with what’s in my holiday album, but that’s just fine with me.

Week 48: November 25-30

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Going on here: Jonas in vintage hand-me-downs from Jake and Uncle Corbin, Eliza’s Haudenosaunee class project, and making hand turkeys with Eliza’s friend Nani and baby Ava.

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Tip: Get high! No, not like that. I mean stand on something (a chair, a stool, a table) and look down to get a bigger picture! I especially love this trick if I’m trying to capture several people and what they’re working on. Bonus: if your subjects think you’re being silly, you can get great genuine smiles out of them.

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Tip: If your flair/badge/pin doesn’t already have adhesive backing, layer a few foam adhesive dots in the middle of the pin or use strong double sided adhesive around the outer rim of the pin. I always adhere these on the outside of pocket protectors, because slipping them inside warps the pockets. (This Flair by Kelly Purkey is no longer available, but she has a few more designs over at Simon Says Stamp.)

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Going on here: I made a Thanksgiving insert using a cut down Design A page protector (I just sliced off the outer 3 inches with my paper trimmer, careful to cut a little outside of the perforated lines, and sealed it with washi tape.) The front side is about Thanksgiving #1 with my mom’s side of the family.

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And the back side is Thanksgiving #2 with my dad’s side of the family and Thanksgiving #3 with Jake’s dad.

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Tip: Use the pie-chart trend to your advantage! Project Life doesn’t have to be just about what is happening, you can fit in a broader view too. I used this pie chart to document what I like about Thanksgiving in general. Use charts to document your favorite thing about mornings, or the reasons you love someone, or the things you spend money on.

This card came with a Studio Calico kit, but you can use any pie chart products or make your own by slicing up a few equal sized circles!

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Going on here: Black Friday shopping, the end of No-shave November, our cat Charcoal, and Jake weirding out our friends with strange music videos.

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Tip: Add a 3×4 journaling card to a busy filler 4×6 card.

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Tip: Use embellishments to cover up words on a card that don’t make sense for your story. I used a wood button to cover up a “date” word. This also pulled in the teal from the insert, which was missing on the right page.

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Week 49: December 1-7

For this spread I mostly used Kelly Purkey‘s December kit, which is no longer availible. I’m loving the kits that she’s doing on her own now; I’ve already used the whole Hello World Kit.

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Going on here: walking to get our tree and taking it home in our little red wagon, playing at the park, Eliza’s famous cheese soufflés, raking leaves, and a bit of info from #Thursday3.

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The insert is lists from my December #30Lists. I did swap out a few of the filler cards so that the insert would better match the layout.

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Tip: Use a clip (I used aqua arrow clips) to hold a smaller card in place in a 4×6 pocket so you can see through to the next page.

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Going on here: hanging out with friends, iPad games, cute Jonas antics, our cellar window breaking and having to fix freezing pipes, and Poppy visiting.

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Tip: Add small photos to journaling cards so you have room for both the photo and writing in one space.

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Tip: Add-on additions to cards often are more visually pleasing when they “wrap around” the side of the space, as I did with the label sticker on the photo of Jonas and the sideways card layered on top of the filler card. I just stick / paste on my bits, flip the card over, and trim off the excess with scissors.

Do any of you do a holiday album and Project Life? How did you / do you decide what goes where? I’m documenting the everyday stories that didn’t make it into the album as well as some of my favorite photos that did make it in there, and it worked out really well!

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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.


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