One of my favorite documentation tools is Ali Edwards’s Day in the Life™ project. This project is simply a challenge to record a single day in detail to capture your routine, the rhythm of your days, and things you may overlook when you are memory keeping.
Since 2013, I’ve been recording a Day in the Life each month. I pick a day at the beginning of the year (by using a random number generator the past few years) and record that date throughout the year. I started with the last day of the month, then did the 15th, then the 4th, then the 17th. This year, I’m documenting the first of each month.
This month, we happened to be setting off for an overnight trip to St Louis on the first. Since the day was eventful, I decided to go ahead and make two spreads instead of one.
I was really excited about the rubber 2017 banner in the Freckled Fawn January 2017 Planner Kit, so I based my page design around the kit, including a supporting role for Fresh Start Journaling Cards. The kit plus a few patterned papers cut down to 4×6 from my stash were all I needed for these two spreads.
I had a ton of photos I wanted to include on these spreads, so I first organized them into groups based on what part of the day they were from (getting ready, arriving at St. Louis, St Louis Science Center, dinner, hotel) so I could decide how to break up the photos on the different pages and decide how many to put into collages. It’s like a puzzle!
The right hand side includes photos of us getting ready (I love the kids’ car bags), the car family selfie we always take on road trips, and lunch at the Gramophone (really good sandwiches and arcade games for the kids is always a plus).
I didn’t add much journaling on this side, just Day in the Life and the date on the January card. The stamp is from Kelly Purkey’s Day One kit.
I added a clip from the planner kit with the word “love” on it. I liked the way it looked better floating there than clipped on, so I attached it with a couple of glue dots.
The right page on this spread has a few photos from the Science Center and tons of journaling! I wrote down times and details in the Notes app on my phone throughout the day to make it easier to remember. It was a quick way to document during the few bits of down time I had, since our day was so busy.
I loved the cute paper stickers that came with this kit–planner stickers don’t just have to work for planners, they are great for other scrapping projects too, especially when you are documenting everyday routines. I used the stickers as support for the journaling–coffee for when I was getting ready in the morning, the house when we were leaving home, fork and spoon for grabbing breakfast, the phone for a phone call with my mom, etc. I think it’s a cute way to add some movement to a word-heavy page.
To give myself extra journaling room, I added white cardstock to the middle of the hearts card to transform it from a filler to a journaling card.
I thought this page would need a little white space, so I added the “smile” journaling card to a 4×6 patterned paper that matched. I used the super cute felt ribbon across the bottom, attaching it with staples.
It’s hard to see the black foam word “amazing” in this photo, but it looks great in person.
I made the second spread more simple, thinking of it as kind of a supporting role for the first page.
The left side has more photos from the Science Center, including the kids’ favorite parts (I love interviewing them after we do stuff like this). I kept up with my journaling + planner paper stickers to visually tie this page to the first spread.
This time we got tickets to go into the Discovery Room. The Science Center has free admission. Parking and the Discovery Room are both paid, but we received both free with our Union Station membership! Lots of museums across the US and the world are part of the ASTC Travel Passport Program, where you get free or discounted admission to tons of museums with a membership to your local museum. We always check the list before traveling and you might want to check into your local museums to see if they take part!
The Discovery Room was all three kids favorite part of the museum (though the large animatronic dinosaur had our toddler’s heart). There was a giant rocket with slides and circuits you could flip to turn lights on and off, all sorts of musical gadgets, a cool microscope with a big screen, aquarium, shadow theater, big bugs and a lot more (including stuff that’s good for toddlers). It was nice to have the kids enclosed for 45 minutes doing stuff that wore them out–hah!
The right side has our dinner at Bailey’s Range and our evening at Center City Hotel, including swimming and the view from our window. We found a good deal on Travelocity and they upgraded us to a suite, which was nice for playing games with Eliza after the little kids went to bed.
For a journaling card on this page, I cut patterned paper down to 4×6, then added lined patterned paper cropped to 3×5. That way I could get more color onto the page, but the words were still visible! I added a paper sticker from the planner kit to start off the journaling.
I love that Day in the Life helps me to get photos I wouldn’t otherwise take, like a photo of Eliza’s “listen, little brother, you are super wrong” face and our five spoons in the empty ice cream dish.
Documenting this day was a fun way to kick off Day in the Life for 2017! Is anyone else joining in with Day in the Life once a month? You can also join in with Ali Edwards a few times a year if once a month is too much for you! I’d love to hear about your DITL experiences.
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