For the past two years, I’ve been participating in Ali Edwards’s Week in the Life. I’m planning on joining in for this seven day documentation project again this year!
Every time I plan on doing a big project I’ve done before, I review what I’ve done previously so I can decide what I liked and didn’t like about my past takes. This helps me to decide what to do next!
Here’s what I did the past two years:
For my 2012 Week in the Life, I made a separate 8.5 x 11 album. I made several pages for each day: an overlay with the day of the week, a full page photo with my favorite photo of the day, big photo + journaling pages, and a collage of photos with a bit of patterned paper and embellishments in the empty spaces. There are several journaling / collage pages for each day.
Here’s the thing: I’m still not done with the album. I avoid hybrid projects for some reason, and printing that many 8.5 x 11 photos is pretty pricey. So while there are things I love about this album (the big photos, more journaling fit in because it’s typed ), I know that if I want to finish the project, I shouldn’t go this route.
(Though it’s my goal to finish up this album next month.)
For my 2013 Week in the Life, I added a spread for each day in Project Life (with inserts on the weekends). For the first four days, each day focused on one family member, then for Friday-Sunday documented what everyone was up to. I kept it simple by using one kit and one page protector design all of the way through with very minimal embellishing (which also helped there to be room for all of the extra pages so there wouldn’t be too much bulk).
I love this approach, though I think the only major thing that maybe wasn’t the greatest idea was to write out all of the journaling by hand. I already had all of it typed up on the computer, so copying / pasting and making digital journaling cards would have made much more sense in terms of time.
So what does that mean for this year?
I’ll be doing something very similar to last year’s: one Project Life spread for each day, Monday-Thursday focusing on one family member apiece, and simple products.
This time I’ll be using Ali Edwards’s Week in the Life Kit, though I’ll be saving the album and page protectors for another project. I plan on supplementing with digital cards so I can type journaling. Or, if I have a lot to say, I might add a 6×12 journaling insert for each day.
I’ve been taking photos with my phone more often that my photos with my big camera this year, and I’m looking forward to this week of being intentional and documenting with the big camera and lots of words.
Ali is documenting October 27th through November 2nd, but since I run my Project Life weeks from Sunday to Saturday, I’ll be documenting October 26th through November 1st. I’ll also be skipping my monthly Day in the Life on the 15th this month.
Are you playing along with Week in the Life? What’s your plan?
P.S. You might like the free download we made of Jake’s pretty script days of the week.