bursting at the seams!

January 7, 2013 |  by  |  ANNOUNCEMENTS

It took all of me and then some to keep this a secret but today I can finally share the news! I’m so thrilled to be one of the designers of a new collection of project life editions coming out this Spring 2013. And I’m so honored to be listed alongside these 6 very AMAZING designers.


Here’s a first look at the kit I designed, the Midnight Edition. It’s crisp, clean…minimalist. The color palette is neutral and versatile (soft black, greys, yellow with pops of kraft) and is designed to work for all occasions but most importantly for me, designed to let your photos shine.


Here’s a sampling of some of the 3×4 cards that are included in this edition. In designing this edition I turned to my favorite design elements – the ones that I consistently come back to year after year – stripes, dots, bold type, hand drawn words, a typewriter font, and simple label shapes.


(I pulled these images from my design files, please note that the actual cards have rounded corners)

The entire design process was an amazing experience.  Intense and crazed at times, filled with plenty of what-am-I-doing moments (Will I be able to finish this on time? Who needs sleep anyways? Will people like this? Is this really happening??). Did I mention that it was intense and absolutely incredible experience? It was.  It was one of the highlights of 2012. I couldn’t include it in my roundup last week but now I can say it: designing this midnight edition was my fave creative project for 2012.

Thank you for letting me share this very HAPPY moment with you.  To see the entire collection of project life kits coming out this Spring be sure to drop by Becky Higgin’s blog


  1. 1
    Annie in Toronto says:

    I cannot put into words how *amazing* this collection is!! I love your digital products & your style and have been a loyal blog follower for ages – this is a PL dream come true!! I can’t wait to use it in my own PL journey. Thank you!!!!


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    Mary says:

    This is so awesome!! It will definitely be my PL choice for 2014! Congratulations on a fantastic kit!!

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    Rachel says:

    I am so excited for your stuff!!! I was just on Becky Higgins’s site last night wondering why you hadn’t been added to the team! This just made my day!

  4. 4

    Eeeek!!! This is so exciting! It is my favorite album of the collection (not surprising since you designed it!!!)

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    jodi says:

    eeeee! super exciting! congrats!!!!

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    Gina says:

    This is one of my favorites of the new PL Core kits. I love the simplicity of it!! Congratulations!!! I’m sure I’ll be buying this one!!!

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    Elisa says:

    I wanted you to design a PL kit ever since you first joined the PL design team last year with your layouts! SO SO Happy for you & can’t wait until this hits the shops! It’ll be a great addition to fit in with the rest of my PL!!!

    AWESOME job Liz!

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    Trude says:

    They turned out gorgeous! Congratulations!!

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    Jeanne S says:

    This is another MUST HAVE kit! I love this color palette and well, everything about it! Project Life has some of the BEST designers out there! :)

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    Tonya says:

    I love this core kit! I can’t wait until it comes out!

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    Liz, I can’t tell you how much I love this kit! It is seriously stunning and I can tell you have put your heart and soul into this. Absolutely amazing!

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    Cindie says:

    I couldn’t wait for you to post about it here so I could say THANK YOU! I loved the core kits from last year but none of them were exactly my cup of tea for the project I wanted to do. And of course, I love all of your journaling cards. When I went through their catalog today and saw this in there, I was thrilled, it’s perfect! Between this one, Kraft and Cinnamon, I think I may be set and ready to try a PL-style scrapbook this year. Now I just have to wait until May :(.

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    Dunia Acauan says:

    Liz, I’m so happy and excited for you!!! and for me I can’t wait to put my hand in this beauty!!!!

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    melanie says:

    so very excited for you, liz! and so wish this was available NOW instead of mid-year. LOVE.

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    patricia says:

    my fav kit! i absolutelly can’t wait! amazing job! loved!

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    stacyk says:

    Just want to say…I like all of the kits, but yours is ma absolute favorite. Good job and THANK YOU!!!!! Definitely looking forward to purchasing the kit.

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    Avital says:

    I knew it! Becky would have been silly not to take you in :) I LOVE IT!!!!! Looking forward to see it retails.

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    sue.falstaff says:

    As soon as I saw the image that Becky tweeted earlier today, I just KNEW this was the kit you deisgned … it’s so YOU and it’s so GORGEOUS! Congratulations Liz!

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    I wasn’t going to do a Project Life this year since I didn’t do a full year last year, but your core kit has changed my mind. Switching to a smaller album and getting er done!!! Happy Face!!!

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    Brenda says:

    I cannot tell you enough how very excited I am for you. This is a HUGE moment! Also cannot wait till these are available for purchase. I am dying waiting! lol

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    Katherine says:

    My very favorite! Beautiful job!

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    Che says:

    I was debating with myself whether or not I should do Project Life…I guess I am now! lol. You did such an AMAZING job!! I.WANT.IT.

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    Emily says:

    My absolute favorite PL edition!!

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    Nicol says:

    I love this edition.

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    AnitaP says:

    Congratulations! I absolutely love this collection and am so happy for you! :)

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    Samantha M. says:

    I love it. Amusingly, when I saw it first, I wasn’t reading the designer names, and I thought, Paislee Press/Liz would love this set! Ha ha. :)

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    carrie says:

    Any chance you could share more images of the cards?? They are gorgeous!

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    Tammy Frank says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!! Cannot wait to get this one!!!!!!!! Love your simplistic eye catching design. It’s GORG!!! :)

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    Davida Stafford says:

    Ooohhh!! I live this!! Definately going to buy this one – I love it; quite different from previous PL kits (I love those too – but am loving all the variety). I can see my credit card is going to be smoking this Spring :-)

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    Linda Barber says:

    Ohmigosh, I love this so much! So happy for you! So glad they asked my favorite designer to create a set. Can’t wait to get my hands on this. Congratulations.

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    Marie says:

    Oh my god, Liz!!!!!!!!!!!!! My warmest congratulations!!! First I couldn’t open the pdf file on Becky’s blog, and when I saw that YOU were one of the designers I was even more “angry” against my computer that didn’t want to open this file!!! And then I could open the document (sight of relief!), discovered the Midnight edition, and oh boy! I hope this will also be available for the Frenchies in Spring!!! I already know which edition I will use for my 2014 Project Life!

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    Liz, I love your style. This is definitely a must have for me! :)

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    Sara-Jane says:

    This edition is by far my favourite of any of them so far. I can’t wait to get hold of it and use it in PL 2013. Love your work!!!

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    jodii says:

    I have viewed all the new collections and the Midnight is one of my 3 favourite collections. this colour combination is my fav combo at the moment

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    heathyr hintz says:

    liz, I already mentioned this to you on your Instagram feed… but this is so flipping amazing! this is the only PL kit that I’ve ever considered buying! And I love it so much I WILL buy it! Everything with your name attached is pure genious in my eyes, I can’t wait to see more!

    xoxo, heathyr

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    Jamie says:

    So before I realized you had designed it, I was telling my friend, you know the Midnight Collection is very Liz Tamanaha. Then I took a better look at Becky’s blog and read that you did design it…

    I think it’s great that your style is so very unique and recognizable. I just love the midnight edition.

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    Catherine says:

    Congrats Liz! I can’t wait to get my hands on this. You did a fabulous job!

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    Sara says:

    I am SO happy for you Liz! What an amazing collection..so versatile. So classic..and so YOU. I love it so very much! xo

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    Tere (Marie) says:

    you had me at midnight. Most lovely.

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    Erin H says:

    Midnight is my all time new spring favorite! I love how clean, crisp and classic it turned out!

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    Verity says:

    So so love this edition! Congratulations!

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    ShellyJ says:

    Amazing! Congratulations.. I hope I get the chance to play with it!

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    OMG, when Becky put the photos up on Instagram, I immediately gravitated toward Midnight. Now I know why!!! It’s so beautiful Liz – I’m so so happy for you :)

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    Pink Ronnie says:

    Oh Liz.
    I am IN LOVE.
    Ronnie xo
    p.s. Maybe you could release a digital version with square corners…hehe.

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      jamaica says:

      Congratulations! It is *absolutely* gorgeous, Liz. I don’t think I’ll be able to resist.

      Although I agree with Ronnie… digi with square corners would be the perfect solution. Square corners unite! : )

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    EE K. says:

    So exciting! I love your new kit and can’t wait to get my grubby paws on it. Congrats!

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    Bonnie says:

    Congratulations…beautiful!!! I can’t wait…I want them now please. :) XO

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    Jen Johner says:

    so pumped I chose this year to start PL!! hee! this is a dream! I actually just bought a couple of your paislee press digital card sets the other night to use in my PL.. so I couldn’t be more excited that there will be a whole entire PL set by you! huge congrats and so very very very much deserved!! PL just got a whole lot more awesome! :)

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    Heidi says:

    This is my absolute favorite core kit edition! It’s so beautiful!

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    Christine says:

    To say that I’m excited is an understatement!
    What a great design Liz, I love it. And the best thing of all, it will go with ALL the other items from you in my stash and that’s a lot! :-)

    I can’t wait for them to be released, I’m so going to do my 2013 album with it. Thanks so much Liz!

  50. 50

    This was my FAVORITE of all the collections I saw today! Can’t wait to get a chance to get my hands on it! Man May needs to HURRY up!

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    Kim Loewen says:

    Amazing!! Love love it! Can’t wait to get my hands on it :)

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    Deirdre says:

    I was SO happy to see your name on Becky’s site—love your digi work and LOVE this midnight addition! I can’t wait until it’s available. Congrats on all your work!

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    Sue SG says:

    Out of all I have seen so far, this is my favorite. So simple and perfect! Congrats on being one of the designers!

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    Donna says:

    This edition is at the top of my want list .. totally in love with the design and color scheme !! Congrats !

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    Jen says:

    SO stoked about this edition! Love the color palette and the style! Love, love, love. Great job 😀

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    amy kim says:

    i have honestly been wishing and hoping for this exact project life kit! i am so so so happy now. it’s perfect. thank you for your hard work and the long hours! :]

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    mary rogers says:

    I wasn’t going to buy a core kit until I saw this today!!! So amazing Liz, but I am not surprised, love everything you create. So happy for you! congrats it is fabulous!!!

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    Pheeebzzz says:

    So simple and absolutely gorgeous ! I’ve laways thought your style would be a perfect match for a PL edition, now it’s come true and it’s even better than one could have imagined. Can’t wait to be able to scrap with this beauty :)

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    ChrisyC says:

    Congratulations Liz, your new core kit is simply divine.

    I’ve just started Project Life this year, and just completed my first weekly layout. It was an interesting process, as l thought l would have gone for the bells and whistles approach, because that is what l have enjoyed looking at in the past…..

    BUT, when it came to using my photos and creating my own layout, l ‘let them shine’ with minimal embellishments. Even used mainly black and white photos.

    Needless to say l have bookmarked your blog for future reference.

    Of all the new Core Kits – l love yours the best, and l can’t wait to use it. Maybe for 2014?

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    Tine says:

    bonne année à toutes et tous, Tine. 2013.

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    Tina says:

    OMG Liz! That is so amazing!

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    MichelleGB says:

    Congratulations! Love, love, love this new addition to PL and can’t wait to get my hands on it. :)

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    Ewa says:

    Congratulations Liz! You deserve the gig like no one else and the collection is wonderful!

  64. 64

    […] that my talented and beautiful friend Liz Tamanaha from Paislee Press has designed this stunning Midnight Edition mini kit that is due to be released around May. I have been such a big fan of Liz’s work since I […]

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    Fiona says:

    Wow, Liz. Beautiful!

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    Liane says:

    Love it!

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    cinback says:

    Seriously…congrats to you! This is such an awesome kit. I have not yet bought a kit, just trying to do my own thing, but I will have to just jump on this one!! Blessings.

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    vee says:

    congrats!!! can’t wait to purchase your kit!

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    Randa says:

    I love this. Can’t wait for it to release!

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    Anika says:


    I just started my first Project Life project although I have enjoyed using your layouts for years. Your minimal/graphic style and taste are always inspiring and I look forward to seeing more and USING them more in 2013!

    New one looks fabulous!

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    Dawn says:

    Love it! This is by far my favorite PL Kit that I have seen. Love the blacks, grays, and whites. This is so me. I will definitely be investing in this as soon as it comes out.

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    Catherine says:

    Beyond exciting! Serious congrats, Liz. Well done. Can’t wait to get the kit!

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    tracy says:

    Oh Liz, congratulations!!! I simply adore the kit you designed! I think it is my very favorite. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Amazing :)

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    Chantel says:

    Oh my goodness, I adore this!!! Is there going to be a digital version available?????? I sure hope so!!!!

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    Ayako says:

    When I saw this on instagram, I knew it was designed by you! I love this!

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    Lisa (dlhoffer) says:

    Congratulations Liz!!!! So very happy and excited for you!!!

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    karin says:

    Awesome design! Your work is so inspirational – Congratulations!
    I’m sure it will be a best seller! Can’t wait til spring!
    Be proud — you have made many of us very happy!

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    Molly says:

    omg, so excited you’re one of the new PL designers! Last year I tried to mimic your style, and now it will be so much easier since I can buy your kit! I can’t wait for this spring!!!

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    Jesa says:

    Wow!! This news is simply wonderful. Love it!! Will you create it as a digi PL set as well? Congratulations!!!!!

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    Arlyna says:

    WOW! This one I am sold! I didn’t buy any cards for this year but when I saw your set, I cannot wait!!!

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    […] Check out more of the Midnight Edition on Liz’s blog. […]

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    Kristy says:

    This is my favorite kits of PL’s yet!!

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    Meg says:

    Can’t wait to buy these!!1

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    Christine says:

    Oh, I LOVE this! Yellow, white and black, how perfect!!! I will definitely be buying this :)

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    whitney says:

    is it bad that one week into 2013 I’m already planning to use the midnight edition for 2014??? absolutely love the clean, graphic design – is it May yet?

    congrats on such an amazing finished product!

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    LeeAnne says:

    I thought that looked like your style when I first saw the new kits! Nice. Congratulations!

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    Sara says:

    Thank you for designing this. It is perfection.

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    Amy says:

    Oh. my. word. LOVE it. I wish I would have waited until May to buy my core kit now! I will be purchasing this for sure in addition to the one I already ordered!!

  89. 89

    […] didn’t buy a specific Project Life kit. I am hanging out for this kit by Liz over at Paislee Press as it’s just the style I am going for with my album – clean, simple and muted […]

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    Marya says:

    Seriously love this kit. I’ve never bought a kit before but I’m going to buy this one for 2014. It’s gorgeous!

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    […] would be my favorite? It’s hands down, the Midnight Edition by Liz […]

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    jen kinkade says:

    so happy for you, Liz!! I would love to see this go digi! Maybe then I will dive into PL! 😉 Congrats again!! :) xo

  93. 93

    […] Edition of Project Life by Liz Tamanaha – Becky Higgins LLC: After spending so much time with my Europe album done in the Project […]

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    […] just weren’t any designs that were a good fit for my style (although the yet-to-be-released Midnight might change my mind ).  I already had some empty 12×12 albums to put the photo pages into, […]

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    katy says:

    I love your aesthetic, can’t wait until May to get the physical version. I plan on mixing midnight and seafoam, perfection!

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    Pink Ronnie says:

    Liz, I’m just going through your kit now and it is AMAZING.
    Ronnie xo

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    Jill Kane says:

    Liz, I picked up the kit on Friday at Archiver’s and it’s *so awesome*! My PL enthusiasm is back in full force. It’s just what my Seafoam heavy album needs. Liz + Elise forevah!

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    Rachel says:

    What is the Pantene color of the yellow in the midnight kit? I want to make some coordinating pieces.


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