Jodi McKee

project life 2012

project life - week 35

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big thanks to photojojo for featuring my project life album in the new year's eve newsletter!

if you are here from there, let me give you the scoop on project life. it's a super easy scrapbooking system created by becky higgins. all you really need is a binder album, page protectors, a core kit, a pen and your photos! it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. there are some really great editions out right now with a couple of more on the way (i'm really looking forward to using seafoam in 2013!). and becky recently released some fun and practical baby editions. i've got the neutral one; hoping to make an olivia specific book over the next few months.

as for me, i love to print photos to fit the various pockets and add labels to jot some journaling. my trust date stamp helps me document and i love me some pretty washi tape to embellish.

i also LOVE to take screen shots of twitter, facebook, etc. on my iphone and slip those in to the 3x4 pockets. super fun. business cards and little things like the admission badge from the met are also fun to hold on to. basically, project life lets me hoard all those little things without making me look like an acutal hoarder!

if you are new to project life, january 1st is a great place to start! but don't worry if it takes you a few weeks to gather all of your supplies. the great thing about this project is that you can work on it at your own pace. you could do a half-page spread per week or even a entire month! the great thing is just to document what you can, when you can. it is so much fun to look back on when the year is done.


any questions? hit me up in the comments!



project life - weeks 32 - 34

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week 32 . . . let's go back in time to summer, shall we? the olympics were still going strong, orla for method came out and the mister & i went on a date to celebrate our anniversary a few days early.

loved all of those google doodles during the olympics. and olivia loved chewing on her feet! (crazy babies.)

week 33 - the mister & i celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. THIRTEEN people. that's just crazy pants.

it was also polaroid week over on flickr. i used some design I inserts to slip in scanned copies of my instant film shots for the week.

totally stole this cut up photo booth strip idea from elise. LOVE IT.

week 34 -- lots of internet friend meet ups!

love that photo of chris changing olivia's diaper. such an every day kind of moment.

also love meeting up with lots of great ladies! kristen, cozbi, pei, alice & kelly. good eggs, all.

and seriously. how cute is jessa and amit's pup, leah? (TOO CUTE.)

also? macarons. that is all.

project life - weeks 30 & 31

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week 30 -- the olympics started!

brunch in dumbo, ice cream, grand central, and cute sidewalk art in my neighborhood.

photo of the tv during the opening ceremonies, mad men season 5, and my new favorite shirt from anthropologie.

i found this taxi cab print and made a 3x4 card of it to document all the cab rides i was taking due to tendonitis in my foot.

week 31 -- more olympics!

olivia cut her first two teeth this week.

loved these free olympics downloads from crashnotes. they came in so handy for project life!

the peaches photo is another instagram cropped to 4x6 with the lobster font on top. lots of journalling behind that chevron card.

project life, you're the bestest.



project life - weeks 28 & 29

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week 28 was kind of sparse in the content department . . . but that's always the way the week after vacation, isn't it?

received my kelly purkey hashtag and geotag stamps. super excited for kelly and all of her awesome new products. that postcard on the bottom right came with a zulily order. i'm thinking about busting out some crayons and coloring it in. what do you think? should i?

i made a little pie chart of what i'm drinking these days out of washi tape. not sure if i love it or not, but it does add some nice color to this page. lots of japan-related filler, as a friend of a friend was getting ready to move to tokyo. also! a friends boy/girl twin babies were born!!!

week 29 was a bit more eventful. brunch, national ice cream day, and a date night!

the ice cream paper is by dear lizzy and the labels are all martha stewart for avery at staples.

printed this instagram photo as a 4x6, instead of a 4x4 and added text in photoshop. love how it turned out!

i added some digital stiching from a freebie from digitally smitten. also, i love printing out book covers and movie posters to keep a visual reminder of the week's pop culture. i've always hung on to movie ticket stubs and now having a place for them in project life makes me super happy!

project life - weeks 26 & 27

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well, i seem to have fallen off of the bandwagon when it comes to blogging about project life, but happily, i'm still plugging along with my physical book. so, probably no blog posts for weeks 15-25. maybe i'll get around to going back and posting about them. but i'm probably better off just moving forward, yes?

week 26 marked the start of album number two. i wanted to keep week 26 in album number one, but our vacation straddled weeks 26 and 27 and it felt strange to break them up. so, here we go. summertime. project life style.

i'm kind of in love with my book two title page. don't you just want to dive in to that golden water?

week 26 spread (minus inserts)

this week, i used the state face font that design editor posted about to make a little state to state road trip card. the "away we go" card is from bananafish studio.

the insert covers our first and second days in indiana. the one above is of our day spent with the in-laws. for the journalling card, i used state face again and added a geotag stamp from kelly purkey.

the back side of the insert is our first day at the lake where my family lives. olivia had her first dip in the lake! she also had her first matrix-style slow-mo fight with our friend's daughter. :)

the right side of the spread covers more of our general travel, like crossing bridges, driving past farmland and eating at chick-fil-a. there is some journalling inside that card covered with paper from the american crafts shoreline collection. 

and i love how that martha stewart label fit perfectly on the circle paper.

week 27 covered a few more days of vacation, the fourth of july and a very hot day at a ball game.

olivia's first ride in a cart at target definitely needed its own spot, yes?

a baseball card page protector showcases ALL (well, most) of the people that olivia met for the first time while we were in indiana. so many shots to love here.

backside of the insert. even more peeps!

the right side is mostly july 4th and the cubs vs. mets game on saturday. just for the record, i did not take that photo of the fireworks. i borrowed it from flickr. (i WISH i had taken that photo!)

the week in review journal card is sporting some die cuts from october afternoon.

i LOVE that project life gives me a spot to keep tickets and things. it makes me happy. the cubs lost, though, which makes me sad.

i totally copied design editor on the 4th of july card. (thanks for the idea, catherine!)

now, let's ooh and aah over my title page again. *sigh* i love that photo so much.

project life - weeks 13 & 14

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oh, project life. i heart you. and i promise to catch up blogging about you. eventually.

remember back in march when the mega millions was $640 million? yeah, i didn't win, either.

not too many photos this week, but lots of great stuff, like the business card from kelly's birthday dinner at momofuku, alice's gorgeous letterpress card and screenshots of twitter & pinterest. throw in some martha stewart labels and washi tape and call it good.


week 14 was one of my favorites. i absolutely LOVE the week or two in april when everything is in bloom. the magnolias, cherry blossoms, lilac, tulips . . . le sigh.

i love that project life lets me keep and showcase things like the map from the botanic garden. it was fun to cut it up to make it fit in the page protector.

lots of fun meet ups this week! got to meet the lovely pei and see my sick chick club ladies.

i really, really love how this page turned out.

had to document the awesome texts from hillary meme. it was so good while it lasted.


this week, i'm linked up with the mom creative. check out all of the great PL links over there.

project life - weeks 10 & 11

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thankfully, i am only behind on posting about project life. my book itself is currently up to date. woo hoo!

let's travel back in time and see what was going on in march, m'kay?

this was the week that i finally got my hair cut. i also took olivia to visit my office and my husband's office, so we were on the subway a lot. i printed off part of the MTA map to note that bit.

my stylist is due any day now. she had the cutest baby bump when i saw her last month. also, please note that a hair cut with nick arrojo is $500. zomg.

it was so nice to be out and about in soho. i stopped in to uniqlo and picked up a pretty orla kiely scarf. olivia turned 3 months old that week and we had lunch at five guys over the weekend. i snagged a gift card holder to tuck some journaling in to.

i had some miscellaneous bits left over, so i tucked them in to this vellum envelope and sealed with washi tape.


week 11 marked my final days of maternity leave, olivia's first day at day care and my return to work.

this was also the first week that i used an insert!

i used a file place holder to make notes about work and a smash card to note our current favorite TV shows. i also did some journaling directly on to a photo in photoshop for the first time.

this was a busy week made even more exciting by the fact that i was interviewed in the new york post for an article about pinterest! this is the kind of thing that makes me love project life even more than normal. i would have definitely kept the article, but it would probably end up stuck in a box or file somewhere. this way, it has a safe place and i can look at it whenever the mood strikes.

fun bits from the week: a business card from the cupcake shop and a photo of the bill cunningham documentary dvd.


project life - february

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i am totally in love with project life. i'm always looking for cards and things to pick up when i'm out and about, but now that they have a definite place to live, it's even more fun. printing off tv show posters and book covers is really great to keep track of what we've been watching & reading. and of course, there are a zillion pictures of olivia. but that's part of the point, right?

finally meeting kelly in person was great and it totally prompted me to play around with cutting up large photos to fit in to the page protectors.

absolutely LOVING project life.

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i think i first heard about project life on ali's blog. then, i saw that elise and kelly were giving it a go this year and thought it looked really fun. sadly, the main page protectors were sold out, so i was going to have to wait for a while. but then kelly came to the rescue! she sent me a few page protectors, so i was able to go back and fill in january and get started on february. i love it so much already!! can hardly wait to see how the year unfolds. and i am especially excited to be documenting olivia's first year.

here is what i have so far for january:

it was fun to print off instagram shots in different sizes to add to the pages. and i'm always up for dipping in to my washi tape supply to pretty things up. i purchased the clementine core kit, but i'm also looking forward to using some of my paper supply, like that pretty aqua one from paper source.

i made these weekly title cards in photoshop after seeing something similar on katrina's blog.

thank goodness for my iphone! aside from taking daily shots with instagram, i'm loving taking screen shots of facebook, twitter and other apps. they are the perfect little size to print off and fit in the small pockets (although, that twitter pocket is a screen shot from the laptop). i'm also printing off tv show posters and book covers to remember what we were watching and reading throughout the month.

detail of an anthropologie price tag and gift card on top of patterns that i found online and printed off on card stock.

i need to find a better spot to take photos of my pages, though. my apartment is so dark in the winter.

i am completely in love with these printed off screen shots of pinterest. in LOVE i tell you.

project life is awesome. if you've been thinking about starting it, do it! you won't regret it. promise.


and if you need more inspiration, i've been pinning pages that i like and i even made a little treasury on etsy of fun products to add to your book. enjoy!