I’m so excited to participate in Ali Edwards’s Week in the Life next week! I’ve been looking through my past projects in preparation. I haven’t shared my Week in the Life projects for the past few years, since it was so difficult and time consuming to make sure Ava was blurred out of the pages while we were fostering / before adoption was final.
I really love how last year’s project came together, so I thought I’d share it before I start on the next one!
I’ve been participating in Week in the Life yearly since 2012 and it is one of my favorite projects. My first year, I made a separate album, but since then, I’ve included the project in my regular yearly 12×12 albums, including one pocket page spread for each day of the week.
In most of those years, I focused on one family member each week day, then documented everyone’s day on the weekends. This helped me focus and helped me to not get overwhelmed by documentation and really helped me to capture the routine of each person in my family. You can hear me talk more about that on my guest appearance on The Scrap Gals
Last year, however, was very hectic. I wanted to capture that, so I decided to try to capture the routine of the whole family for each day.
Including lots of collages helped me to include a ton of photos on each spread and visually represent how much was going on. Most of the photos were focused on people (and pets) rather than objects, which tends to be my memory keeping style overall. I do love that this project reminds me to capture what’s going on around me as well though!
Using Ali Edward’s kit for this project made it very easy to design and allowed me to focus on the photos and the words. I repeated the same design on each page, which cut down on decision-making time. Trying to decide how to incorporate the different repetitive elements on each page made it come together for me.
I used the transparent dividers as an insert for each spread and added my journaling on white card stock. I then used a decorative paperclip to attach the large day of the week letters over the top of the journaling. You can still see the words through it, but it’s easy to lift up for a clearer view.
I’m definitely repeating this journaling method this year because it frees up so much pocket space for photos!
I included embellishments in similar spots on the spreads throughout and kept the main color scheme for each spread to just a few colors from the kit.
Watch out for those rubber embellishments! Kristin warned me that glue dots will cause a reaction with the rubber embellishments, sliding off and leaving a sticky, greasy stain on the paper. I used wet glue on this project, and the same reaction occurred! Stick with red tape, a tape runner, or staples for this product.
So I wasn’t wasting a pocket on a title card for each spread, I included a cardstock strip with the date stamped and a wooden day of the week on the photo in the top left of each spread instead.
I also included phrase strips in the middle of some of my collages.
I had more photos for a few of the days, so I included an extra 6×12 insert to fit them in. Putting a tab sticker on the side of the insert tips off the people flipping through the album that the insert is there, because otherwise it blends in and is easy to flip past.
Seeing these pages filled with the people I love gives me so much joy. It’s amazing to look through and note how many things are the same (frequent zoo trips, babysitting for friends and family a lot, lots of extracurriculars) so much about our routine has changed already (going from one car to car + van was a game changer). This project is such an amazing time capsule.
I think last year’s project captured what life was like really well and I can’t wait to see how this year’s turns out!