Project Life, Week 21

I’ve decided to jump straight to blogging about Week 21 as I got a little tired of trying to play catch-up with my Project Life posts (plus I didn’t think there was anything spectacular or particularly noteworthy about my layouts for Weeks 17 to 20). I’m also toying with the idea of not sharing every single weekly Project Life spread that I do, but we’ll see (let me know what you guys think about this – do you actually like seeing every weekly spread of mine, or will it be okay to only share the ones that I’m particularly excited about?). Anyway, a big welcome to you if you’re reading my blog for the very first time! It’s lovely to have you here. If you have some spare time, feel free to browse some of my Project Life posts that I’ve listed over in the left sidebar and definitely check out the huge memory keeping giveaway that I’m currently hosting (the first prize is worth over $625). Otherwise, you can click on any of the images in this post for a larger version.

What happened in Week 21?
I went back to the coffee house at Illie two days in a row, which was a real treat for me. Angus spent a bit of time on my Macbook Air playing with online preschooler games, and on our day off, we ventured out to the beautiful Bella Vista cafe at North Head which has the most spectacular view of the entrance to Sydney harbour. Rick also made scrambled eggs on the Saturday. That was a lovely treat too!

Was there anything special about Week 21?
Yes! I went back to journalling a lot more this week. Like I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been feeling very nostalgic about our boys (and life in general) recently and in response to this, I’ve been documenting more and journalling more. I still believe that a powerful photo can speak a thousand words, but there was something really nice about being able to include more words in my spread for this week.

Number of pages and inserts?
Just the usual two page layout for Week 21, along with one 8×10 vertical inserts. I used one side of the insert to include an adorable photo of Pete which I snapped outside the Bella Vista cafe, and I used the other side to frame a sequence of shots that I took of Edward while I was holding him. He looks so cute in those photos, that I simply couldn’t leave them out.

How were the photos taken and processed?
All the photos were taken on my iPhone 4S camera. About 80% the photos were processed using VSCO Cam on my iPhone. The rest were processed in Aperture on my Mac using the VSCO Film 01 Kodak Portra 800+ preset.

Favourite photo(s) from Week 21?
My two favourites from this week are actually both of still life: the one of the fern and the succulents at the bottom right of the first page, and the one of the morning lighting in our corridor at the bottom right of the second page. I can’t really explain why, but I’m very drawn to both those two photos.

Overall thoughts?
There’s a certain richness and depth about this week’s spread that really speaks to me. I think it’s a combination of the colours and lighting in some of the photos and the journalling that I’ve actually included. I know I’ve definitely been through a phase of having very few words in our Project Life album, so I’m excited to see where this new stage will take me. I’m also quite proud of the fact that all six of us are included in different places throughout this spread.

Supplies used?
Becky Higgins Design A page protector; Becky Higgins 8×10 vertical page protector; Kodak 210gsm glossy premium photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MG6360 Pixma using genuine Canon ink.

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Other posts you might be interested in reading:
My weekly Project Life process from beginning to end
Tips on taking photos for Project Life
What you need to get started with Project Life

You can read all my Project Life posts here.

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simplify your efforts to document life and help get your photos into a book. To learn more about the product and how to get started, click here.


Kate Goldsby June 3, 2013 at 8:38 am

Hi Ronnie,

I love the look of your Project Life week 21. very organic and home grown.
I am new to your blog and am now going to go an look through some of your earlier weeks of this project. I’ve thought about taking on a project like this, you might just inspire me! :)

Love Kate xxx


krystal/village June 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

aw, i love your weeks :)


eek! June 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

Great photos as usual. I love to see anything and everything you care to share! oxox


Sarah June 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

This is a beautiful spread, Ronnie. Rich & textural.
There’s something beautiful in the light this time of year, & it shows in your captures from this week – it’s enchanting.

I adore your weekly posts on your ‘project life’, & look forward to peering into your daily life (& gushing over your beautiful boys!) That said, you should definitely do what you think best & what works for you. I am supportive of what you choose – perhaps I will look forward to your spreads tenfold if you post when you desire! Whatever you do, you will do well, & we will continue to love & support your beautiful creativity!
*End of essay*

Much love
Sar xx


rachel @ open~heart June 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I agree with Sarah on every point lol – I love the weekly window into your family life, but you need to do what works for you in your season of life right now. Your PL posts are my favorites, even if they don’t seem that spectacular to you – they’re still beautiful expressions of you and the way you look at the world. But I’ll visit just to see your pics, no layout.

I gave you a shout out on my latest Week 21/DitL post, linking to your Weeks 11-14/tips for keeping it stress free – a gooder. I keep hoping some of my photog friends who would never scrapbook in a million years will be inspired to get into this project with me :)


cinback June 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I love seeing your PL each week. However, as a fellow blogger, I appreciate the amount of time it takes to prep, shoot, edit and post to a blog. Sometimes, I feel like I am spending more time blogging than creating new content (e.g. scrapbook layouts, PL spreads, etc.), which then causes me to question why I blog? Anyway, all that to say it is about you having the time to do what you really want to do (create the PL spreads) and that if blogging them is too stressful / time-consuming / not worthy of your time, then you should not feel obligated. But I would miss seeing the loveliness that they are…


Lesley June 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm

I am new to your blog and was brought her b/c of PL but I think it is a personal choice for you. I will still read yuor blog whether or not you include every week or not. I also would think that there may be some weeks that you just wouldn’t want to share with the internet what is going on in your life and I am totally fine with that. Being a blogger must be tough when the readers want to know all about you. And I think project life may lend itself to oversharing parts of life you may want to document for yourself not others. As readers we need to resepect your privacy. Do what is best for you not the readers.


Kathy June 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Beautiful photos and beautiful spread and inspiring photos. Enjoy your week.


Johanna June 4, 2013 at 6:30 am

I think I would actually enjoy a curated look at your PL pages. Not because I don’t like seeing all of them, but as a fellow designer, I would appreciate a selection of certain spreads that especially stand out for you even more. I see so many people sharing every week, which is lovely and makes sense regarding the concept, but another take on what to show, and even more why so, would be refreshingly different.


Pink Ronnie June 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Designer to designer, I know exactly what you mean Johanna…
Ronnie xo


Sydney June 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

I am also new to your blog from the same reason as Lesley. I love your clean style and beautiful photos. I find your project Life albums very inspiring. I would love seeing your PL each week but I know how much hard work it is. I’ll visit your blog on a regular basis whatever you choose to do.


Pink Ronnie June 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Hi Sydney,
Thank you so much for such kind words. What a pleasure to have you here reading.
Ronnie xo


J3SS1C4 June 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

What an awesome spread! I love how clean your page looks even with that much text! I always use a lot of text on my spreads, and it rarely looks quite right, but your spread certainly does! Although I don’t comment here all that much, I do like seeing your weekly spreads, but blogging myself, I can well understand if you only want to share them every so often too. You share so much of yourself and your life here, I don’t blame you for wanting to make it a little easier on yourself, especially with all of your boys to keep you busy!


Jo-Anne June 4, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hi Ronnie!

I speak for myself when i say this but i REALLY enjoy your weekly PL posts and look forward to seeing your work every week. I make myself a cuppacino and settle into some ME time while reading your post and looking at your beautiful photos and page layouts. They are very inspiring to say the least!! You really have some great ideas and tips and i have learnt so much.

I know you really have your hands full with 4 baby boys and i am sure you are VERY pressed for time ( i honeslty don’t know how you do it:-) but i must admitt i would really MISS it if you didn’t post your weekly PL pages:-)

LOVE the photographs!

Have a great week.


Marie June 4, 2013 at 11:41 am

I think you should do what is the best for you (and your family). As far as I’m concerned, I always love coming here and admiring your Project Life layouts, they are soooooooooo beautiful! :-) But I also enjoy very much your other posts. Anything you will do is fine for me Ronnie! :-) Love your blog, simply. Thanks a lot for all this inspiration.


christy June 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I too, adore your weekly PL spreads but do understand the commitment it takes what with a new bundle added to your brood and all. Yours is a very unique take on the PL life and it is refreshing to behold. Do what is best and we will savor whatever you can muster our way.


Julia June 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I like to see it every week because you show us the very details about the everyday life and thats what PL is for me. But if you would like to just show us the pictures with your other posts/instagram whatever you like – is fine!
I love everything you posted so far – so you just can’t fail :)


Pink Ronnie June 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Hi Julia
Thanks so much for visiting here, and also for taking the time to leave such encouraging words.
Ronnie xo


Amanda June 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

One of my favourite spreads of yours Ronnie – I can see why you had to include those shots of Edward… SOOOOO cute! What a sweet little face he has… x


eskimo*rose June 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Hello lovely girl
I am so lacking intime at the mo that I haven’t had enough time to ‘visit’ all my fave people around the world as much as I like …. I just wanted to let you know that I still check out all your beautiful posts all the time I just haven’t had the chance to write meaningful comments recently! … so just for you to know that I still love your work and think your boys are just splendid little people, the photos and moments your share never fail to make me smile :)
Em xxx


roguebuffy38 June 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Just my 2 cents. ;) I definitely love seeing ALL your PL spreads but I also understand that some weeks you may feel like you don’t have much to say about them. In those weeks, you could just post the pictures of the overall spreads without much comments.

But mostly, it’s YOUR blog. You gotta do what you feel like doing. :)


I love hearing from you!


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