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bursting at the seams!

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.Β  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.Β  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.Β  To see the entire collection of project life kits coming out this Spring be sure to drop by Becky Higgin’s blog

{ 101 comments… add one }
  • Annie in Toronto January 7, 2013, 12:23 pm

    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!!!!


  • Mary January 7, 2013, 12:23 pm

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

  • Rachel January 7, 2013, 12:26 pm

    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!

  • Jennifer Evans January 7, 2013, 12:26 pm

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

  • jodi January 7, 2013, 12:29 pm

    eeeee! super exciting! congrats!!!!

  • Gina January 7, 2013, 12:30 pm

    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!!!

  • Elisa January 7, 2013, 12:31 pm

    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!

  • Trude January 7, 2013, 12:31 pm

    They turned out gorgeous! Congratulations!!

  • Jeanne S January 7, 2013, 12:33 pm

    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! πŸ™‚

  • Tonya January 7, 2013, 12:33 pm

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

  • Stephanie Baxter January 7, 2013, 12:38 pm

    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!

  • Cindie January 7, 2013, 12:41 pm

    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 :(.

  • Dunia Acauan January 7, 2013, 12:43 pm

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

  • melanie January 7, 2013, 12:44 pm

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

  • patricia January 7, 2013, 12:44 pm

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

  • stacyk January 7, 2013, 12:44 pm

    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.

  • Avital January 7, 2013, 12:46 pm

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

  • sue.falstaff January 7, 2013, 12:48 pm

    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!

  • Elizabeth Beattie January 7, 2013, 12:58 pm

    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!!!

  • Brenda January 7, 2013, 12:58 pm

    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

  • Katherine January 7, 2013, 12:58 pm

    My very favorite! Beautiful job!

  • Che January 7, 2013, 1:10 pm

    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.

  • Emily January 7, 2013, 1:11 pm

    My absolute favorite PL edition!!

  • Nicol January 7, 2013, 1:13 pm

    I love this edition.

  • AnitaP January 7, 2013, 1:18 pm

    Congratulations! I absolutely love this collection and am so happy for you! πŸ™‚

  • Samantha M. January 7, 2013, 1:24 pm

    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. πŸ™‚

  • carrie January 7, 2013, 1:27 pm

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

  • Tammy Frank January 7, 2013, 1:31 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!! Cannot wait to get this one!!!!!!!! Love your simplistic eye catching design. It’s GORG!!! πŸ™‚

  • Davida Stafford January 7, 2013, 1:35 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

  • Linda Barber January 7, 2013, 2:03 pm

    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.

  • Marie January 7, 2013, 2:11 pm

    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!

  • Kimberly Church January 7, 2013, 2:14 pm

    Liz, I love your style. This is definitely a must have for me! πŸ™‚

  • Sara-Jane January 7, 2013, 2:16 pm

    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!!!

  • jodii January 7, 2013, 2:17 pm

    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

  • heathyr hintz January 7, 2013, 2:22 pm

    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

  • Jamie January 7, 2013, 2:29 pm

    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.

  • Catherine January 7, 2013, 2:41 pm

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

  • Sara January 7, 2013, 2:48 pm

    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

  • Tere (Marie) January 7, 2013, 2:58 pm

    you had me at midnight. Most lovely.

  • Erin H January 7, 2013, 3:11 pm

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

  • Verity January 7, 2013, 3:19 pm

    So so love this edition! Congratulations!

  • ShellyJ January 7, 2013, 3:23 pm

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

  • Elizabeth Rosemond January 7, 2013, 3:35 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

  • Pink Ronnie January 7, 2013, 3:44 pm

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

    • jamaica January 8, 2013, 11:27 am

      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! : )

  • EE K. January 7, 2013, 3:56 pm

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

  • Bonnie January 7, 2013, 3:58 pm

    Congratulations…beautiful!!! I can’t wait…I want them now please. πŸ™‚ XO

  • Jen Johner January 7, 2013, 4:03 pm

    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! πŸ™‚

  • Heidi January 7, 2013, 4:28 pm

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

  • Christine January 7, 2013, 5:45 pm

    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! πŸ™‚

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

  • Ellie Augustin January 7, 2013, 6:47 pm

    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!

  • Kim Loewen January 7, 2013, 6:58 pm

    Amazing!! Love love it! Can’t wait to get my hands on it πŸ™‚

  • Deirdre January 7, 2013, 6:58 pm

    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!

  • Sue SG January 7, 2013, 7:03 pm

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

  • Donna January 7, 2013, 7:25 pm

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

  • Jen January 7, 2013, 7:49 pm

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

  • amy kim January 7, 2013, 8:03 pm

    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! :]

  • mary rogers January 7, 2013, 8:07 pm

    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!!!

  • Pheeebzzz January 7, 2013, 10:18 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

  • ChrisyC January 7, 2013, 10:53 pm

    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?

  • Tine January 8, 2013, 12:19 am

    bonne annΓ©e Γ  toutes et tous, Tine. 2013.

  • Tina January 8, 2013, 1:40 am

    OMG Liz! That is so amazing!

  • MichelleGB January 8, 2013, 2:36 am

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

  • Ewa January 8, 2013, 2:59 am

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

  • Fiona January 8, 2013, 5:27 am

    Wow, Liz. Beautiful!

  • Liane January 8, 2013, 6:41 am

    Love it!

  • cinback January 8, 2013, 9:28 am

    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.

  • vee January 8, 2013, 9:56 am

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

  • Randa January 8, 2013, 11:21 am

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

  • Anika January 8, 2013, 11:36 am


    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!

  • Dawn January 8, 2013, 11:46 am

    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.

  • Catherine January 8, 2013, 3:54 pm

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

  • tracy January 8, 2013, 5:25 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

  • Chantel January 8, 2013, 6:39 pm

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

  • Ayako January 8, 2013, 9:10 pm

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

  • Lisa (dlhoffer) January 9, 2013, 1:10 pm

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

  • karin January 9, 2013, 6:52 pm

    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!

  • Molly January 10, 2013, 8:57 am

    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!!!

  • Jesa January 10, 2013, 10:19 pm

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

  • Arlyna January 10, 2013, 10:48 pm

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

  • Kristy January 11, 2013, 7:32 am

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

  • Meg January 11, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Can’t wait to buy these!!1

  • Christine January 11, 2013, 1:17 pm

    Oh, I LOVE this! Yellow, white and black, how perfect!!! I will definitely be buying this πŸ™‚

  • whitney January 11, 2013, 10:28 pm

    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!

  • LeeAnne January 12, 2013, 1:08 pm

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

  • Sara January 12, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Thank you for designing this. It is perfection.

  • Amy January 14, 2013, 7:38 am

    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!!

  • Marya January 16, 2013, 7:12 am

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

  • jen kinkade January 18, 2013, 1:43 pm

    so happy for you, Liz!! I would love to see this go digi! Maybe then I will dive into PL! πŸ˜‰ Congrats again!! πŸ™‚ xo

  • katy March 25, 2013, 5:52 pm

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

  • Pink Ronnie May 14, 2013, 3:51 pm

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

  • Jill Kane June 9, 2013, 8:29 am

    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!

  • Rachel January 8, 2014, 7:29 am

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

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