This year, I participated in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life for the first time. Ali chooses the week, at random, and we document our lives in a bit more detail. At least that’s how I understand it. This year, the week started on May 7th-better known as the day the world celebrates my existence (my birthday), and ended on Mother’s Day (yet another day for my family to celebrate me). It was a much more eventful week than usual, which made it perfect for this project.
The truth is, that no matter what week we document, it is sure to be quite eventful. Even if we spend the week in bed, our emotions alone would have their ups and downs. I kept all my notes and pictures in the Notes app on my iPhone. It was easy, free, and accessible. I also really enjoyed scrolling through the daily note, and reading everything I had written down.
Once the week was over, I had to figure out the formatting for this project. I decided I wanted to make my album as close to Ali’s 3×8 albums as possible, but I didn’t want to buy any new products. The 3×8 size was a bit too narrow for my taste so I chose to make the book 4.5×8.
I used letter-sized page protectors, cut them down to 4.5×8, used my fuse to seal the sides, and bound it all with my Cinch. I only fused one side, since other side would be sealed after cinching. I used Photoshop to create my template so I could print 3×8 pages on a 12×8 photo from Costco. Each 12×8 sheet costs just $1.79 and there is no shipping since I can pick it up the same day. My pages were cut to 4×8 inches, and the cover page for each day was a full sized photo 4.5×8. I also added washi tape to reinforce the holes, and to make it cute.
I made these nifty days of the week diecuts to put on each cover page. If you’d like to learn how to make these, check out my post about making your own stencils. I used the same material for the back, and Oracle 651 vinyl for the letters. If you’d like the free file with all 7 days, background and the “Week in the Life” title, scroll down to the bottom to download.
I started the book off by explaining what the project is about, and writing my thoughts about it.
And ended it with a page detailing how old we are, where we live, and where we spend our days during this week. I thought it would be great to compare to other years later on. Also, if it’s clearly spelled out for the reader, they won’t have to do the math to figure out how old each person was in these photos. I tend to memory keep as if it were going to be read by my kids in 20 years.
I documented lots of little things this week. There was that text I got from mom arguing with the Alexa Echo because she refused to play Spanish music.
I included my recipe for chipotle aioli, which everyone loves in my house.
I added screenshots of my birthday text as well as the posts on Facebook. Who knows how we will communicate or congratulate people in 20 years?!
I also documented when I learned of my father’s death. There were a lot of emotions this week, and I documented all of them.
I only did some minimal embellishing after printing, but it was just enough.
This little book is full real moments and real emotions. I may not be able to share all of it with the world, but my kids will enjoy it in years to come. If anything, I can honestly say that I am grateful to have documented this particular week of my life. This little snippet of who we were from Monday, May 7th to Sunday, May 13th portrays our lives so very well. Thank you Ali Edwards for creating this project! I am sure that I will give this another try the next time around.
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Free SVG and .studio file with all 7 days, background and the “Week in the Life” title: