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Being Intentional with Week in the Life

Ali Edwards (my story and scrapbook hero) always talks about being intentional with your products, your story telling, your picture taking, your life and it’s definitely something that I strive to be, more intentional. With Week in the Life only a couple days away I have been searching for a way to focus myself during this project, a way to be, as Ali would say, more intentional.

This will be my second year documenting my Week in the Life and even though I’m happy with my finish 2016 album it was a long time coming. You can read more about that here, and see my 2016 album flip through. Thinking about the start of this year’s project I knew I wanted to 1. Take less photos (I know that sounds weird). 2. Format my journaling in a daily card/page (last year I did journaling on almost every picture and I don’t really want to do that again). 3. Focus myself through the days or have some sort of daily storytelling theme. 4. Be more “light” with everything (last year was too photo heavy, too word heavy, too number of pages heavy, too this is so important heavy).

As these ideas floated around in my head Ali posted another amazing blog post about getting ready for Week in the Life (check it out here). She talked about setting up her album and thinking about ways to tell the story. She talked about selected a theme for each day and focusing on that. After reading that post a couple times and letting all these ideas percolate I think I have a pretty good (and fun) idea of how to be more intentional during this project.

Each day I plan to focus on a word as a lens to tell my story. (I know very Ali Edwards, I told you she is my story hero.) A simple word that I could use as a promote to take my photos and tell my stories throughout the day. The words came up pretty quickly, which is good right, and I feel really good about this idea.

Monday – Play

Tuesday – Run

Wednesday – Work

Thursday – Watch

Friday – Fun

Saturday – Relax

Sunday – Love

These words will be a starting point for my day, something to keep in mind when taking my pictures and telling my stories. Something to focus on throughout the day and week.

I will of course still try to capture the entire feel of the day but with the slant or lens of my word. For example on Tuesday I can take a picture of us in the car, a totally common occurrence, and then use the word promote to tell a story of us running errands, or use the literally run with photos of my kids outside, or how we have to rush or run from one thing to another throughout the day. I don’t have all the ideas flushed out but I think it will be fun to tackle this coming week. I want to showcase our real lives through the use of these words.

When Week in the Life 2017 was announced I knew I was going to participate in this project and I bought the kit right away but it’s not until now that I’m truly excited about it. Having this focus and plan really excites me and I can’t wait to see what happens.

 

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Week in the Life 2017

It’s time again for Week in the Life, a documentation project from Ali Edwards. Last year I had big plans and started the project camera’s blazing. You can read more about my 2016 plans, here.

I ended up with only two days in the album and then lost interest. But with Week in the Life 2017 getting ready to start on Monday I figured I should at least look at last year’s album. I immediately feel in love with the project all over again. There were so many details and great photos (maybe a little too many, but that’s never here or there). I felt a sudden urge to finish the album. Happily I found two more days complete on my computer that I all I had to do was print the pages out, great! And then I created Friday and called it done. It doesn’t include the weekend and that’s ok. I’m so happy to have this album complete. Not only do I feel better about having a completed album, but I love the memories it holds.

Now that 2016 is finished and on the shelve again, I feel good about starting 2017. For this year I purchased Ali Edward’s kit, which is amazing by the way.

This year I plan to be more intentional with the photos I take and the stories I tell.  I will not be taking 250 photos in one day like I did last year. It’s just too much for me and I don’t want my album to look like that. I took inspiration from Ali’s latest blog post about Week in the Life where she talks about setting up her album ahead of time. It’s not foundation pages like December Daily it’s just layout out the page protectors and understanding how many slots you have to fill. When she did that it showed about 12 slots to fill per day, so I’m going to shoot for that.

I plan to use my big camera for this project and hopefully it will result in better pictures and some more practice  with my camera.

Anyway I feel pretty good about my plan for 2017, a little bit of winging it and a little bit of planning, the perfect combination. 🙂

Would love to know if you plan to join in for this year’s Week in the Life.

You can check out my Week in the Life video where I talk more about my complete 2016 album and my plans for 2017, there is always a flip through of my 2016 album.

Watch my video, here

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Week in the Life Album: Tuesday

Hello All, I’m back with Tuesday in my Week in the Life Album. I’m creating all my pages in the Project Life App with cards I created myself.

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Tuesday starts with an 3×8 insert, title page and then two photos that I am taking every morning.

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I’m adding text directly to my photos with the LetterGlow app. I am using the same 2-3 fonts to keep everything consistent.

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Tuesday’s cards are all orange, I use the same basic design each day but change the color.

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I really like adding in extra journaling on the 3×4 cards. This one is a simple list.

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The bottom 3×4 insert is a screen shot from a FaceTime call with Grandma.

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The insert on this page is a 4×6 size but it’s actually two 3×4 photos on one canvas, again adding in some texture with different sizes.

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My husband was nice enough to send a couple photos from work. The orange box on the right side is just covering my home address. 

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Another FaceTime screen shot, weird that we had two different calls in one day.

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The left side is going to be a full 6×8 photo, I will add a white boarder around it to match the other pages.

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On the left side top you can see I also added in photos that weren’t very happy, my son was crying about something and of course I had to take a photo. 🙂

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The last page of the day is everyone in bed with a time stamp, easy and simple.

I’m happy to have Tuesday complete now on to Wednesday.

 

Check out more about my Week in the Life Album:

Week in the Life: Plan

Week in the Life: Products

Week in the Life Album: Monday

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Week in the Life Album: Monday

My Week in the Life documentation is complete, and it’s time to start working on the pages.

I participated in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life last week, May 16 – 22, it was fun but changeling. I shared last week that it was not working to start on the album during the documentation phase, check that out here, so I’m starting to work on it this week.

This year I’m making my pages in the Project Life App with some cards that I created myself in Word. You can check out my first blog posts about My Plan and Products below:

Week in the Life: My Plan

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Week in the Life: Products

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I was able to complete Monday last week which I’m sure is the largest and most complex day. I love the idea of different size pages inside my albums so I made several different sizes, sometimes a photo or sometimes just a journaling or filler card.

Like I said I made all these pages in the Project Life App so below are just the images, I haven’t printed anything yet.

 

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I start each day with a 3×8 insert. The day of the week card is from the cards I made. The back page is two photos that I took each day, the clock by my bed at the time I woke up and my dog sleeping by the bed. 

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I used the LetterGlow app to add text directly to the photos.

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My first spread, I added an 4×6 insert between two full pages made in the Project Life App.

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I made the “Getting ready” collage image in the Pic Stitch App, just a few photos of my things.

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Another collage on the left page, but this time it will be a full 6×8. I wanted to use all those photos to tell the story of my youngest climbing the stairs. I also added in a bunch a journaling on the 3×4 “Work” card, just telling the story of my job right now.

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This time I added a 3×8 insert, I love the idea of adding a lot of texture to the album with different size pages. I’m pretty sure I will end of slipping them all into page protectors.

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Another collage on the right side, two 3×8 images together. I will end up adding a white boarder around the images to match all the other pages.

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I added the “Love This” on the left side in the LetterGlow app, just thought it was cute. On the right side I added a simple filler card, since I’m adding a lot of journaling directly to the photos its nice to have a simple card here and there to rest your eye.

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My personal goal with this project was to include a lot of journaling, the “Time Well Spent” card is just some thoughts about how I love being able to work from home and spend time with my boys.

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I added the time and an arrow on selected photos through out the day just to keep time moving.

 

So there it is, Monday complete. I had a lot of fun this day taking photos and I’m sure this will be the most photos of any day, but I guess we will have to wait and see.

I know a lot of you are working on your albums too, can’t wait to see all of them. Good luck and remember to just keep going.

Until next time.

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Week in the Life – Three More Days Left

I’m 4 days into Week in the Life documentation, and it’s going pretty good.  Ali Edwards, the created of Week in the Life, actually did hers last week but I started Monday.

This project is both hard and fun, time consuming and joyous, overwhelming and reflective. Lets just say I have a love-don’t really love relationship with this project.

It is much more time consuming then I had ever imagined. My original thought was that I would be able to start making the days pages the following day and make my album during the documentation. I guess I was a little naive about this project and the actually making of the pages is taking WAY, let me say again WAY, longer then I thought it would.

On my first day, Monday, I ended up taking 98 photos that I deemed usable. Throughout the day I delete a lot of photos that are blurry, or duplicates or whatever, so I usually only have “good” photos at the end of a day.

After the first day I felt good and excited to start making the pages, I had lots of ideas on journaling and things I wanted to include. I was ready to start playing.

I did manage to make my first day layouts. It took my two days. Now that might not seem too bad but I am a work at home mom of two little ones and I can only either work on “work stuff” or “scrapbook stuff” while my youngest is sleeping. So I spent two days of all nap times and all down times working on one day. I don’t think I got anything else done those days.  Other then more photos for the documentation part.

Now don’t get me wrong I’m pretty happy with the way the first day pages turned out, but I was hoping it would move a little quicker.  This is my first year with this project and I’m actually doing it mainly digital and with the Project Life App (which is not the norm for me).  You can check out my prep post here.

I was and still am very excited about this project and creating my pages, but I think I am going to have to wait until after the documentation part to start working on the scrapbooking part. The actually taking of the photos takes a lot more time and energy then I thought it would.

Of course the first day is going to have the most photos, which I knew from the start that’s way I actually plan to include a lot of journaling in the following days. This is actually scarier for me, because I know the journaling is what takes the most time.

I just have to remember this is not a race to finish in one week, but a journey with myself. Ok, that sounds a little too hearts and flowers for me but you get the idea.

I do really like this project so far and I’m excited to get all the little things about my life down on paper.

If you are working on Week and the Life to good luck, I’m sure we will be happy with the results.

More information about Week in the Life:

Week in the Life: My Plan

Week in the Life: Products

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Week in the Life: Products

Ok so this blog is called Scrap and Plan because I like to Scrap and I like to Plan. I might be going over board on planning out my Week in the Life project but that’s ok, I have fun in the planning stages too.

I already shared with you my plans for Week in the Life, check out my first post about it here.  I made a photo list, journaling ideas, and decision on style. (Hint: This year I will be using the Project Life App.) Now it’s time to talk about products.

Oh how I love products, I have tons of physical Project Life kits, pattern paper, embellishments and more. But like I said I will be using the Project Life App for this project. Inside the app you can purchase lots of different kits to use, and don’t worry I have a bunch of those too. I was actually thinking about using the Amy Tan Plus One kit but it just wasn’t right.

During this project I am going to focus heavily on the journaling and I need my products to help me do that. Now don’t get me wrong the app is great and there are a ton of options for cards, font, style, and sizing but it just wasn’t right. Honestly, I just didn’t like any of the fonts. So I decided to make my own cards.

I don’t have photoshop or anything a designer would use but I can make a text box in Word and I decided that would work perfectly for me. You can make a 3×4 or 4×6 card in Word with all the text or images you want on it then save it as a .jpeg and insert it into the app as an image.

This might sound like a lot of work, and why would I need to do all of that when I can just use the products already inside the app, I mean that is what they are for. Well I’m crazy and like to create extra work for myself 🙂 but really it wasn’t a lot of work. And now I have exactly what I want to use. I can use the colors, and fonts I want from my computer.

Since I don’t have any real design experience I was only able to make super simple cards, but that’s good because I like the super simple look. I decided I would make each day a color and then use repeating elements throughout the cards.

Mainly I made journaling cards, places to add lots of words with simple titles. And I made some sentiment cards to use as filler, again just color and words. I took A LOT of inspiration from Ali Edwards style and cards that she has designed in the past. In fact some of them look exactly like hers but I used a different font. I used a lot of her story prompts and sentiments and created a few of my own. The best thing about creating your own cards is the fact that you can have them say whatever you want.

The Cards

Each day I am using a different color, Monday is blue, Tuesday is orange, Wednesday is purple and so on. Then I created 7 different style cards that I can change the color and the text to use throughout the album. I created one 4×6 and the rest 3×4 size, but when I start to use them it is easy to change the sizing if I need to.

I will be making a complete card in Word, the size I want with all the journaling already added then adding that finished card into the App page as an image.

Here are some of the cards I created, again they are super simple in design but I like that.

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I created both cards that I can add journaling to and cards that I can use as just filler. The two cards that are blank (the lite blue and the three tone one) I plan to use as journaling cards. Once I know what I am going to say I can add a title to the card or not.

My thought was to just create a base design to reuse over and over again. I will take these base designs and change the colors for each day.

Here are all my day of the week cards.

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Cute filler cards with the day of the week.

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Sentiment filler cards.

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Large sentiment filler cards.

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So as you can see these are pretty simple looking but I love them. I think they are going to be so cute with my spreads. I made a test layout using the cards and some random photos in the app to see what they are going to look like.
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Now these two pages are just examples not how I will actually use them. But I love everything about this, I love the simple cards, I love the white boarders around the card, I love that it’s just about the photos and words. The entire page has a white boarder around it, which I love, that happens inside the app. You can also see that I added journaling directly to the photo, I did that in the Letter Glow app and plan to do that a lot.

I am also planning on using different size pages in my album, I will make a single 4×6 photo or a single 3×4 card print them that same way using the app, and add them as inserts throughout the book.

If you can’t tell I’m super excited about this project and can’t wait to actually get started. I hope you are planning to document your week too. Let’s play together.

 

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Week in the Life: My Plan

It is almost time for Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life, and I’m super excited. This will be my first attempt of this project and I think I have created a plan to make it both fun and doable for myself.

What is Week in the Life? 

A week long photo and journaling documentation project created by Ali Edwards. Check out more about it on Ali’s blog.

Basically, it is a combination of both photos and words to tell a story of your week to serve as a snap shot of your life right now.

The official dates for Week in the Life are May 9 – 15, 2016. This is just when Ali is doing hers and she invites people to play along with her. This project can be done anytime, I am actually doing it the following week, May 16 – 22.

3 Main Steps

There are three main steps to this project, take photos, add journaling, combine them both. Individually each of these can seem daunting when you set out to do them for a full 7 days, then when you think about the fact you have to do all three many people get overwhelmed. Now I am not going to lie I am a little scared too, but as with any project the best way to start is with a plan.

I am by no means an expert at this project, I haven’t even completed it before. But I have been doing quite a bit of research and planning on how to execute this project and would like to share my plan with you.

One thing to note, I plan to focus more on the words for this project and get a lot of the why and how into the story. My entire plan is focused on the story (Ali would be so proud).

Photos

I’m not too worried about getting enough photos, I take a lot of photos already and don’t feel like it will be too hard to take it up a notch or two this week. I do want to make sure I get a couple key photos during this week and I’m also going to try to spread them out over the week.

Here are some photos I would like to take this week, keep in mind I want to take photos with a story in mind:

  • Group family shot
  • Each family member individually, would love to get these shots at a blank wall with them alone. I think these will be the hardest photo for me to capture.
  • Pair each family member together to tell the story of their relationship (mom and dad, mom and oldest, mom and youngest, dad and oldest, dad and youngest, bothers). I want to try to get these throughout the week, so I can tell a different story each day.
  • Chores around the house, laundry, dishes, cleaning, making the bed, grocery shopping, getting gas, checking the mail, making meals, etc.
  • Food we eat, where we eat it, and why. I want to tell the story of why my son sits at the kitchen counter to eat and why I usually stand in the kitchen to eat my meals.
  • My kids favorite toys or stuffed animals.
  • Husband’s work and hobbies, since he is going to be at work for most of the week I want to tell a little of his story as well. I plan to take a photo of the outside of his work building and the outside of his gym, where he spends most of his time. I’m also going to ask him to take a photo at work but I’m not counting on it.
  • An outside shot to talk about the weather everyday, the different sides of my house, the view from the car, other neighborhood shots. We spend most of our time at home so I want to include different angles on the same place, my house/yard.
  • Myself – I want to make sure I get myself in these photos, either selfies (holding the camera up) or using my timer and getting in the action.
  • Morning routine and bedtime routine, one or two shots per day about our “normal stuff” getting up in the morning, wearing my glasses first thing in the morning, bath time stuff, brushing teeth, tuck into bed.

There will also be photos through out the day of us doing stuff, again like I said I already take a lot of those “what are we doing” photos, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Journaling 

Since the beginning of the year, and thanks to Ali Edwards, I am focusing on journaling so much more and adding some much more to the story then I have ever before. I will continue to focus on the words and add lots of them to this project as well.

As you saw in my photo list most of my photos I plan to take are in order to tell a specific story but there are also lots of other words I want to include.

I’m planning to add journaling directly to the photos as much as I can using the Letter Glow app, that will be more of what is happening in the photo. Then I will add journaling cards for longer stories.

Here are some of the journaling prompts I want to use to tell my story throughout the project, most of these are from Ali Edwards herself. Some of these I will use are sentence starters of my journaling, or titles for the journaling card, others are just things I want to include somewhere throughout.

  • I want to remember
  • The Story of this photo
  • Mondays are for… Tuesday are for… Wednesday are for…
  • Today you…
  • I love you because…
  • My favorite part of the day…
  • The places we go (Include time or distance it takes to get places)
  • The things we say
  • The stuff we do
  • The things we love
  • Who we are (names, ages, etc)
  • My nicknames for the kids
  • 10 Things About You
  • Favorites / Currently – Listening, Reading, Playing, Watching, Eating, Saying – maybe for each family member on a different day
  • Our perfect day would include?

Those are just some of the ideas I have, again I got a lot of those from Ali’s projects. It’s just stuff I want to include, and I know I most likely won’t include them all it just a nice list to look at throughout the project.

Words + Photos = Mini Album

Here is where I struggled the most, what was I going to do with this project? How was I going to lay it out? What is the finished product going to look like. For most of my projects I like to start with the end in mind (Becky Higgins anyone?).

There are lots of blogs and videos on how people put their Week in the Life album together and I watched most of those :), but I just wasn’t sure yet. Then I saw a post on The Scrap Gals Facebook Group of someone who made what looks like a 6×8 project life style album in photoshop and it just looked so nice, I just had to do it that way.

Now I don’t have photoshop so that’s not going to work, but I do have Becky Higgins Project Life App and that will work perfectly. I have used the app in the past and really liked it but didn’t stick with it because I like playing with paper. But for this mini project I think it will be great.

One of my main concerns in figuring out how I was going to document this project was how I was going to handle the journaling. Like I said I want to include a lot of it but I don’t love my handwriting and computer journaling doesn’t allows look that great so using the app will be perfect. I will be able to have a full page printed together with my journaling included.

Final Plan

I’m going to take a bunch of photos and journal a lot all week, then I’m going to use the Project Life App to make a 6×8 mini album. I do plan to print my finished 6×8 pages and slip them into a d-ring binder.

Now I have a plan and I’m super excited. Next up what products am I going to use……….