I will be combining two fun projects this week, 100 Day Project and Week in the Life.
I’m pretty happy with the photos and words I was able to capture yesterday so on to day 2.
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.
I’m totally taking a page from Ali Edwards story telling book to use this promote. Capture life right now in your house, at work, in the yard, whatever you are doing at 9am today. Now no need to be super worried about the exact time, if you don’t get to this until later tell the story of 1pm or 6pm or whenever, just tell a story from a specific time.
Sometimes we need permission to tell our story, sometimes we are too focused on telling the stories of our kids or dogs or husbands we forget about us. Use today’s promote to tell a story about you.
I’m pretty excited about this one, I will definitely be doing a list maybe with dates.
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.