I started Project Life Tuesday in 2010 because:
- I needed to keep myself accountable and on top of my photos each week.
- My family loved being able to count on a weekly post with pics of the kids.
- I thought others might want to keep themselves accountable too.
It was a huge blessing and so I am excited to be kicking off my third year of this series.
Each Tuesday, I will share my spread from the previous week, as well as host a linky for readers to link up their pictures/layouts. This year, Epson is sponsoring Project Life Tuesday, and they provided me with their Epson Stylus R2880 Large Format Photo Printer (C11CA16201) for many of my album's photos. Printing photos at home is hopefully going to help keep me on track!
If you link up, please be sure to include the Project Life Tuesday button or a link to The Mom Creative in your post.
Notes about my album: Before showing my layouts, I want to share a few details about my album:
- I am using the colbalt kit this year.
- I stamped all my weekly 6×4 cards and have placed them in my album. It just seemed easiest to get this done all at once. I used a date stamp from a past Project Life kit. If you don't have on, Amazon has date stamps
for less than $5. You can also find them at office supply stores.
- I printed my photos at home using my new Epson printer. I loved how convenient it was. I plan to print most of my pictures at home this year, especially large format images, using the Epson Stylus R2880 Large Format Photo Printer (C11CA16201)
- For a complete list of the products I am using, and more about my approach this year, click here.
This week I used the following page protectors (Design A + one from this multi-pack from We are Memory Keepers + an 8.5×11 page protector + a Design B protector (trimmed, from the Big Variety Pack 1).
I love including photos in project life that capture the era – like this one that has our car. In 50 years, this photo will be really cool, you know? 🙂 The journaling labels are from the Martha Stewart office line at Staples.
One tip I have – always write on your journaling stickers BEFORE adhering them to your photos. That way you are sure you are happy with them.
The glitter thickers were PERFECT for this St. Patrick's day photo. I got these 8x10s for free from Walgreens, so I mounted them on the Project Life coordinating cardstock before inserting them into the page protector. I like the cardstock border. I posted the Walgreens deal on Facebook, so be sure you are following The Mom Creative on there!
The other 8×10 I collaged a bunch of shots from our mini shoot and just added a few thickers to the center.
You can also see the first side of my Design E page, which I LOVE! I used vertical photos at the top and then instagrams+stitching+journaling on the horizontal cards. (I simply used the plain grid journaling cards that come in the core kit)
On the back of the Design E page, I inserted a coloring sheet that Elias drew in Sunday school along with another 4×6 photo and more instagrams + journaling.
Here you can see some close-ups of the horizontal journaling cards. I did the zig zag stitch on my sewing machine. It isn't perfect, but that is part of what I love! I love how the cards all have the same unified look.
The last spread from the week was very simple – just photos + journaling cards.
Your turn! Please be sure to include the Project Life Tuesday button or a link to The Mom Creative in your post.
Love the St Patrick’s layout – the photos are so cute.
Great use of the horizontal spots too.
Thanks for sharing.
Great pages. You’re so right about including era-specific things such as the car. I’m planning on including our ‘gadgets’ on some pages – I think that will be fun to look back on. Already, my daughter looks back at pics of me with my Sony Walkman cassette player and, even worse, my record player,and thinks that is hilarious! I wonder what my great grandhildren will think of Chloe’s ipod and Blackberry?!
Eva Scott says
Love that picture of your son running to you. Precious! And love the red stitching you did on your journaling cards. That’s on my to-do list someday. 🙂 Thanks again for hosting each week!
Stitching in Project Life had been on my list for awhile. Glad I finally did it this week!
Sarah K says
I love the horizontal cards with the Instagrams! Did you just use the blank grid cards? What size did you print your Instagrams?
Yep, just the blank grid cards. I thought about painting or stamping on them, but I decided the stitching would be faster, easier, and cooler. 🙂 The instagrams are 2×2, which is their standard size.
Lovely layouts. Especially the instagrams and all the green!
I love all the green this week. I got some serious mileage out of those St. Patrick’s pictures.
Thanks for hosting the linky party again this week. I look forward to it.
Love the long car picture too. So fun. Hadn’t thought about how cool that one will be in 50 years, but you are right. I need to think about including those kinds of photos.
Great pages, as always. I like the zig-zag stitching too.
I have a picture of my nana as a child with her family car in it and I love it because the car shows the time. SO, I always try to have a few car pictures in Project Life each year. My kids will definitely remember “sabby” (our suburu) and “lucy” (our VW bug).
Melissa Whittaker says
You have the most beautiful handwriting! I just love your insert this week, too!
Awwww… thank you.
Jess, I always love seeing your layouts! You have such a talent!
LOVE LOVE your St. Patrick’s Day photos, they are sooooo adorable. What a great shot of him running to you, so sweet!! Hooray for stitching on PROJECT LIFE!! It’s always fun to see your pictures each week. Thanks for always linking up for us.
Ellie A. says
Another FUN Filled week & I love your sewing so fun. I have to remember to take out my sewing machine more. I had started out my weeks w/a bit of sewing. I really love the look it gives. Here is to another wonderful Week!
always love the glimpse into your week. i also think about how cool it will be to look back in 50 years at the clothes we wore or the cars we drove!
question…maybe i’m just absolutely ignorant, but how do you print instagrams??? do you have to have photoshop? i don’t have it, but would love to print some!
Abby Devine says
I am always wondering how to print instagrams… I don’t have photoshop either. Please help!
as always, you rock! Matthew’s photo (I’m assuming he took that) of Elias running to you is so cute! I love all the St. Patty’s day shots too 🙂 YAY! Another week!
Catherine at Design Editor says
Such cute Irish babies! Love that insert!
kate Adderley says
Wow jessica, amazing photos , love the St Patrick spread, and the pic of you and your son with the car in the back ground, just awesome, those kiddies are so cute
Hey Project Lifers—
I’m hosting a Project Life related giveaway through this Friday. Check it out at
have a great week!
Megan Anderson says
LOVE the photos on the left. That bubble photo is the coolest.