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January 19, 2012

Project Life, Week 2 + a free card download for you


Week 2 and it's all systems go! I realize my enthusiasm is at an all-time high, and I refuse to believe it's simply due to the fact that it's only the second week. Simply stated, I am digging Project Life.

OBSERVATIONS: This past week again found me much more conscious of telling stories and taking pictures. Using the Day One app, I've been jotting down notes throughout the day. Because it prompts me at four different times, it reminds me to stop, drop and write. I like that.

I've also been thinking more about ephemera. Now God knows I'm not the most cut-and-paste-y type of scrapbooker, but I really do want to include little bits here and there. Like this week, I included Aidan's passport photo and receipt. (She's heading to El Salvador in March for a mission trip and she is going sans parents. Gasp. I'm working through it, people. My baby is stretching her wings.)

I've also decided for now that each month will see a different patterned paper worked in for my journaling cards and backgrounds. This month it leans into an orange color scheme. Next month? Who knows. I want this to ebb and flow throughout the year, reflecting whatever colors or ideas I'm into and that complement the Clementine palette overall.

Here are the pages:



I like the mix of hybrid, computer-generated pieces and hand written elements. That's my goal—to combine them both throughout the year.

I also like the fact that my kids are photo takers and I included shots from their weeks as well. (The four guys at a Wild game came from Cole's camera, as did the shot of Aidan and Cole right next to it.)

I'm also planning to include some text messages as well. See, I just got texting this year so it's a whole new way of communicating to me. Definitely worthy of documenting in this album. (To take a screen grab of a text message on an iPhone, just hold down the Home key on the front of the phone, while also holding down the button on the top of the phone. Click them at the same time and you'll hear a camera shutter, and then find the screen grab in your Photos app. Then, just email the shot to your computer, and go from there!)




I realized after printing everything out that I typed "Cole's basketball time" on my Week in Review card, but you know what? I know what it means, right? Right. 

FREE DOWNLOAD FOR YOU: Did you notice my cute little "Thursday" card above? I found this awesome free font called Blackout, and decided to create two sheets of printable cards in PDF format. 


They come with crop marks and you simply print and trim and voila, they fit right into the Project Life pockets. Oh for cute!



Just something cute and fun that I thought you might like to have in your arsenal of Project Life goodies! Be sure to use your best photo printer settings to get a nice rich color as seen above. Enjoy!

Download CZ_FreeDayCards 

If you'd like to learn more about working with Layered Journaling Cards and sizing cards to fit into Project Life pockets, watch my video here.

SUPPLIES: Click on thumbnails.


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.







I love all the fun you have in your week, so many things going on from all family members. WOW Aidan is really going far, prayers and good luck for both of you. What an adventure for her. Love that you danced in the basement, just you having fun. Gotta love these moments.

How cute are these printouts, thank you so much I love them!!

I also write down notes thru the week about our days and things to remember then sit on Sunday's and put the week together. Have another fun week!

This is really making me want to take my birthday money and buy all the stuff to do a project life album!!! Especially now that I have these SUPER CUTE day cards!!

That's pretty exciting about Aidan!

Love the days of the weeks download. Thank you!! I've been waiting on my project life package for over a month now - so eager to get stated alreay!

Oh AWESOME for the journaling cards. Just ordered my pictures, so I'm guessing my project life pics will always be about 2-3 weeks behind, since I don't print at home. I love the idea of taking screenshots of my phone, since I'm on it so much anyway, its a great way to capture what it is I'm doing all week.

Those cards are total cuteness!!! Thank you! Thank you also for the reminder on how to take a screenshot!

Thanks very much for the days of the week download ~ will be using them in my PL, without doubt!
Your daughter looks so very much like you!

Cathy, thanks for the info on taking a screen shot on the phone. That will be very useful. I haven't jumped on the PL bandwagon yet, but I love seeing all of the different ways everybody is using it.

Hi Cathy, I have a tip that has made my iPhone pics sooooo much more a part of my PL so far this year. I've got so many photos and inserts this week it's crazy!

As you said, you can email them to yourself.

I prefer Dropbox because it eliminates more emails I have to sort through and I'm sure the photo is in its full size this way. I got dropbox when I got Day One on your recommendation and I LOVE THAT TOO!!! Finally a place for all the stuff that flows through my brain!!! My workflow for pics and dropbox:

I have a Dropbox account and I have DB on my phone and my computer.
I take pics with my iPhone.
Open DB app, then upload whatever photos you want to it.
On computer, open the Dropbox and theres your iPhone pics!
I simply drag them to iPhoto and shazam! There they are for use in PL.

For PC or non iPhone users, I think there's a dropbox app for droid and I know it works great on PC too, as I helped a friend install it last weekend.

Have fun!

Cute cards! Thanks for sharing.

I don't print at home either, but try to do it once a week as Costco is just up the street and I'm out anyway. I prefer a local printer. I do get 'behind' a few weeks sometimes but find if I keep up on the journaling at least, the album is much more rich in content.

I've found that post its are great tools! I decide what picture goes in the album slot and stick a post it with short description of pic, do the journaling so it's fresh in my brain then the pics are stuck in when I print them.

Additionally, I got the digital templates from Jessica Sprague and the digital kit that matches my physical album. I do extra inserts that way and put them in my 'to be printed folder on my desktop along with copies of my pictures that still need printed.

See my comment below on an easy way to get iPhone pics to your computer. ;-)

Thanks for that info Chris! I have a PC and was gutted to find that Day One is only for Macs - then found Momento instead - so knowing there's a DB app for PC is v helpful!

Thanks for the screenshot tip Cathy! Didn't know I could do that, so that's fantastic!

Thanks for the great journaling cards. and the crop marks!

Thanks Cathy, loving your layouts and a total bonus with the freebie today... when I opened my feed reader there waiting for me.. an extra nice surprise a post from you and a present :D

Have a great week... like the alarm idea... I've been writing it up at bed time and must admit find it hard when its only been a day ! LOL

Oh what a fun week! Thanks so much for the freebie. This AM its BRRR & I'm SO wishing life throws me a sweater & a hat & warm socks :)

Thanks so much for the cards; they really are SO cute! I love that you're doing PL this year. We're bundled up in sweaters & quilts too! Just too dang cold all of a sudden; what happened to the midwest's January spring?

Thank you for the free download. So funny, my husband was showing me this weekend how to take a screen shot on my iphone. I haven't mastered it yet but still working on it! Thanks again!

Yes, this mama is a wee bit nervous about her trip, but Im trying to just be cool about it.

I never thought about using DropBox on my phone. Brilliant! Im going to start today because I used DropBox for so many other things that are work related!

Okay, COOLEST tip EVER! Dang. I may have to post this Chris, for the masses. LOVE it. Just set up a Project Life Photos folder on my DB. Worked slick as can be. YOU RULE!

Thanks Cathy, these are really cute!

"oh for cute" as you might say---thanks so much for the journaling card!

Thanks so much for the cute cards! They are super cute. And crop lines! No one does that and it's so helpful! THank you, thank you!

Well happy Thursday to me!

Glad you like it! I love it!

Another Great week, I LOVE that you include the pictures that the kids take, it is so important to include them in the process. Thanks so much for the journaling cards, I can't wait to use them!

Im a fan of the crop marks.

You know I make everything with you in mind, Jeanne.

Thank you for sharing the tip on how to get the screen print from your iPhone emailed to your computer! I saw you do it last week and thought it was a really cool idea - but didn't figure out how to do it... Now I know! Thanks! :-)

I spent two days pondering a monthly color, but then decided not too because I'm already half way through January and didn't do a color for it. I absolutely LOVE how coordinated it looks with a monthly color though, so you may have (unknowingly) convinced me that I really do want to make the extra effort.

Can you do a screen shot on a droid????

I am sure you can, but I dont know how as I dont own one.

Thanks Cathy for the free daily cards, much appreciated since I want my Project Life to be up to your amazing example (my own imposed standards of excellence).

Thank you for all the great inspiration and snazzy downloads. I am determined to make Project Life work for us this year and have found a week in review much easier to accomplish than a picture every. damn. day. for a whole year. Too much stress for this rather anal Momma;)

I have a product request for you...I am working taking 12 photos on the 12th day of each month this year. I would love a CZ Design from Designer Digitals to drop them into. Pretty please. A two page spread with places for 12 square pictures each month with some great CZ typography would make me so happy! Yes?

Michelle, someone else recently requested a 12/12 template set. It is on my list to create! stay tuned!

I like how you've done the week in review card -- I did Week 1 and Week 2 in a more linear (rather than summary) form and I'm in the mood to change it up this week. Thanks for the days of the week cards -- those would be cute for a vacation mini or week in the life album, to. :)

thanks!! so cute!!

wait...why do you have to use dropbox for your iPhone screen shots? Mine just show up in my photo stream from iCloud. I don't have to do a thing; they are just there.

Thank you!

Thanks for the download!

Thanks, Cathy. You give us such awesome tips! Looking forward to Ten Tips for Better Type class.

Your pages look awesome. I just put together my "week 2" spread last night and I was kind of unhappy and didn't know how to change it. For one, I guess I'm taking too many pictures, but I have hardly had any slots left for ephemera or even writing. And that's what I love about the look of people's pages such as yours...with that MIX of pictures and "other stuff", it's just a photo album and it's not nearly as cute. I realized another dilema is that the type of page protectors I liked (which I believe you and Ali Edwards "A" I think) is unavailable, and I'm having a hard time accepting the ones I'm using. But I have no choice because who knows when "A" will be available again and I have to keep going, so it's just frustrating.
I love the free download though...thank you! Can't wait to add it. :)
Also I think Aidan's upcoming trip is must be so proud of her.

For months, and even more acutely after I finished December Daily this year, I have felt the call to start Project Life. And yesterday, I submitted my order and took the plunge. I have been jotting notes and taking pictures since the year started. I love digital design and photobooks, but the ability to capture ephemera is what has spoken to me so strongly about this system.

But....texts and instant messages!! I spend all day IM-ing with my husband and communicate mostly by texts with my friends. Of course I should include these. But if I hadn't seen it here, I am certain I would never have thought about it.

I dont have my big mac set up in the cloud. I have no idea why i dont. Do i need to look into this?

In fact, I think i need an updated version of iPhoto for some reason? I just looked at my iCloud and its greyed out. Does that mean i need to buy a new one?

Okay, thats it Megan. I have iPhoto 8. I have to upgrade for $14.99. I suppose its totally worth it though!
That kind of sucks that it wasnt a part of the Lion Upgrade. Theyre nickel and diming me to death!

I don't do the photo stream because I didn't like that EVERY photo, even the whoopsies or the stupid ones I don't necessarily want to save long term go to it and you can't delete just one picture without deleting the whole stream.

I am very OCD about photo management and photo stream wasn't customizable enough for me. Dropbox works with my brain. ;-)

Thanks for the cards Cathy. I am not doing Project Life but a week's worth of these cards will go perfectly with my instagram photos from this insane week of snow that we are having out here in the Pacific Northwest. A week in our life story to be told.

Thanks so much for the AWESOME free journaling cards!!!!

Thank you so much for these wonderful FREE journaling cards. You totally rock...I haven`t started Project Life yet, because they haven`t started selling/shipping in Europe yet. But for now I will use them for some extra layouts in my MMEW book...

My best friend in Everett just emailed me pics of her back yard. That is some snow!

Just you print your PL pictures at home? I have such a hard time doing this project because I have never printed my pictures at home. I can't seem to get it together because the thought of uploading pictures to be printed and then having to go pick them up is just too much for me. I do have a Epson printer that can print photos but I worry that it will cost a lot of money and not be very good quality. Do you have any advice about that? Thanks Cathy!

I do print at home. I have an older HP Photosmart that ive had for about 4 years, maybe 5. And so, I bought all my printing supplies… 4 x 6 photo paper, ink etc, fully planning on doing much of my printing at home. : )

The quality of my HP has been great. Ive been using it for a long time and the paper I use is great as well. You can see the links up above at the end of the post! : )

Thank you for the download...and THANK YOU for the instructions for screen capture on the iphone! Not only does it work for texts, weather, walkmeter, etc. (but you knew that!)

Those journaling cards are perfect! Thank you for sharing them with us!!! I lived most of my life up there in Minnesota (some of it right near Como Lake). While reading your post I had paused where you wrote about your walk around Como Lake and then realized other people do live there! I don't imagine you'll be walking anywhere near Como today though!

Thank you Cathy! These are so awesome! Thanks for sharing! Love your stuff!

I like a mile from the lake, and no, I wont be walking today! brrrr!

Cathy--can't seem to download these--never had any problem before--any ideas??

Thank you so much for the freebie! Inspired by this, I went and ordered some of your stuff from Designer Digitals too: here in the UK we have been waiting for so long for PL to arrive, I want to get a head start! Apparently the shipment has arrived into the UK and we are going to be able to order soon :) Love your stuff, always :)

What cute cards!! :)

Hmmm. Try a different browser perhaps? Are you on a mac or PC? I can always email them to you!


Thanks for the download--I love it! Also, my son spent two years as a missionary in El Salvador and I've spent a week there with him--there are wonderful, wonderful people there. She will love it. Just tell her to always wear her shoes and don't drink the water! Beautiful place though and she will have a great time, I'm sure!

Thank you for the download :)

YES! CZ, you are my hero!

Thanks for the cute download. I don't do Project Life but I can use these to add cuteness to a scrapbook page.

I upload my pictures each week and time the pickup with my grocery shopping so it's not an extra trip just for 7 photos. I have kept up to date with my PL for 3 years this way. Hope this is of some help!

I just love your designs! And thank you so much for your generosity - these cards are too cute.

Love, Love, Love!!! I am getting excited about Project Life too! I'm doing all digital right now, and I have to keep telling myself that it's OK that I don't know how it's going to enter the real world yet (album with page protectors or Shutterfly photo book). I usually like to have everything planned out and decided, but my indecisiveness was holding me prisoner, so I decided to just JUMP IN! I love your idea of including text messages, and I really love the little weather graphic you're including each week. I keep trying to convince my husband that I need an iPhone. My argument is that it's really a pocket camera that just also happens to be a phone. :)

Thanks for the download and the tip on how to use my I'm also a newbie with text and an iphone so "I'm like a virgin" had to go there...I'm watching Madonna on Graham Norton right now...lmao Was inspired by your title page when I did mine this week and I'm making do with the pages that I have on hand until Design A arrives in February. Have a great week, fondly, Roberta

Thanks for the cute cards - I'll be using them soon. This is my first year with Project Life and so far, I've managed to keep up with the first two weeks completed:)

Awesome Cathy! Thanks for the freebie :)

These cards are totally amazing. Love love them. I have all the project life stuff just haven't felt like doing it. My life is kinda boring right now. I know, i know, it is not really but i just haven't taken the time. Sure am enjoying watching others and their process! Thanks for the cards. My husband goes to El Salvador twice a year on mission trips. He truly has a heart for the people there.

You're so cute...just started texting this YEAR???? how can that be...your site is very 'tech savvy ;)

I have a funny story about texting. IN 2008 when my beloved Philadelphia PHillies were in the world Series I texted like a mad woman - to every and any body.
THEN the bill came.......
Hubs sat me down and showed me the bill then said I need to stop texting so much or we would change our plan. CRACK me up.....I felt like I was 16 again....and I tried not to laugh while we were "having a come to Jesus talk"..... We changed plan,now everybody is happy-end of story. ;)

I just googled it, thinking of course it's going to be as easy as an iphone, right? :-) You have to download a program, but after that it seems pretty easy. There's videos on you tube that show exactly how to do it.

Thanks so much for the download, can't wait to use them!

Cathy...the "when life throws you sweaters .." card, is it from the digital kit or did you print on an actual card from the kit...ta

The card itself is from the Days and Holidays 1 set, but I put that typed quote onto the card myself. : )
Here is the link:

hi cathy - love the cards and your progress!! one question - i got your title page from the other day and would like to change the back ground to a patterned paper like yours (orange is not my colour) but am having no luck!!! please let me in on the secret! thanks!! am working in photoshop elements.

Cathy, thanks so much for the cards! They're a great addition to my PL this year. I do have one question though: Do you know why they could be printing out a bit smaller than 3x4?

Maybe it's just me. :\

Jen, you need to use the layered PSD file that is called CZ_ProjectLife6x12TitlePageBlank that came in the zipped folder. Open a digital paper you would like to use, then select all (Command or Control + A) and then Copy (Command or Control + C). The go the the title file, click on the BACKGROUND layer, and simply paste (Control or Command + V). You dont even have to clip it into the mask. Itll just be your background!

Then you an use the eyedropper tool to tweak the outline color of the name area, as well as the font!

They are actually designed a bit smaller (2.875 x 3.9375) because that is the size of the newer Project Life Design A small pockets! : )

thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

if i may ask one more did you make the card on the front page that says one year. our stories. our lives. i'm trying to do it with what i know but again am coming up short! thanks for your help!!

Thanks for the iPod screen grab tip!!!!! It took a few tries but I DID IT !! Cool! I may use it to take a screen grab of some of my day one entries:0)

Jen, that one might take a bit more explaining. I actually built that in InDesign, which would not be helpful to you at all! Sorry!

I would strongly recommend checking out Ali Edwards Scrapbooking with your computer series. Lots of videos and info!

Thanks for these super-fun days of the week cards! I'm off to print some out now...

I think the problem was my printer -- it defaults to "shrink to fit area". Fixed that, printed more and now they're just dandy. Thanks again!

I love Dan's comment about stirring the sauce! Sweet how it coincided with that day's list too. Very fun pages & thank you for the cards!

Thank you for the awesome cards! So cute, love 'em!

Do it!
This is a gift for you.
You will enjoy throughout the year. You will notice things that you never noticed before.

This is a gift for your family.
They will enjoy seeing what you record. If you're lucky, they'll share photos, stories, traditions.

This is a gift for the future.
Just DO IT!

February. The items that sold out are expected to be available on Amazon in February.

That's the latest intel from Becky Higgins, anyway.

Thanks Cathy...

Hi Cathy, thank you for your inspirations and download. For I create my project life all digital is it possilble to get the daily journaling cards as a psd-file?

Susanne, I created them in InDesign. Sorry! : ) But, you could open the PDFs into PS and then save them as PNG files and go from there to create layered PSDs using the Cut from Layer command to make stuff into individual layers!

Thank you very much, Cathy! I didn't know this technique yet. Just tried it - and it worked well!

Cathy - thanks for the free cards. I'm enjoying your PL project already. I wish I would have started on Jan 1, too - seems logical to start on a Sunday. I'm just not sure my weeks would be worthy of keeping track for an entire year. Doesn't seem like enough "fun" stuff to report. Not that it's bad, just 52 weeks of "not much" would be boring. I'm still contemplating . . .maybe I'll start in Feb.

Jenell, I also don't know, if I will have enough "fun" stuff to report every week. If not, I will do just one page for one week or even two weeks on one page or however. (I create all my pages digital and "build" them into photobooks. Unfortunately here in Germany it's not possible to get single pages printed.)
I will see if and how PL works for me.

Only yesterday I decided to jump up the "Project Life" train and created the pages of first two weeks of 2012. And I had so much fun. Maybe you should just try it, too.

love your pages! thanks for the download.

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