I am so excited to document a week in the life this year. This is a concept created by Ali Edwards (you can read more about it here) that focuses on capturing a detailed account of one week. I did this project for the first time last summer while Paul was away training in Mississippi and I loved it. This year will be different because hey! - Paul is home.
A question you might have is, "what's the point?" I already do Project Life each week and get a decent record of everyday life there. But I think my answer is another question, "what's the point of any of this?" And the answer to that is, "I LOVE the process." Sure, it's rad to have a record of weeks and years past, but much more than that, I love taking photos & I love playing with paper. I love documenting anything and everything and so embarking on this adventure sounds just right. Plus, even though I do document on a weekly basis, this is a much more "intense" project and involves a lot more photos.
I am not making a special album for this project. I am probably not going to take notes on what's going on throughout the day. I will be taking lots of photos (and I've set a ridiculous goal to take 90% them with my big camera - not my phone).
The plan is to add extra inserts to our Project Life album this week and that's it. I've prepped four baseball card pocket pages (I'll be using one side per day) with date numbers cut from my Stendig calendar in the top two pockets. To each side I will be adding seven photos / found papers each day. Not sure how journaling will be added yet. The baseball card pockets are small - 2.5"x3.5" so I'll be cropping my photos accordingly and printing at home.
I will not be doing a "normal" weekly spread this week, but because these pages are in my PL album they will be bookended by the back and front of other week spreads. I am going to use each of those spaces for two giant photo (cut into pieces using this method).
Because there is an odd number of days in a week I was left with an "extra" pocket page side and used that as sort of the title page for the week. It matches pretty well with the album's title page which wasn't intentional. I think I've just learned that black, white, kraft & metallic work with everything. I did something different in each pocket and I love the look.
Top three : covered a card with striped washi tape from Freckled Fawn (something cool : save 15% off the entire Freckled Fawn website with coupon code enJOYit through 4/30) & added number brads and an Ormolu page flap / wrote on a diagonal our names over and over again (love that this looks like a pattern) with black pen on white cardstock / used a pattern piece of Crate Paper and added a circle label with my "THIS" arrow stamp on top.
Middle three : that "cheers" guy came with something I ordered years ago. I've been saving it forever and this seemed like a good spot for it / cut down a piece of Amy Tangerine paper and added a circle journaling spot from Elle's Studio on top with text / cut down a Project Life clementine kit folded journaling card.
Bottom three : added two flair buttons (camera from American Crafts and "we" from ormolu) to white cardstock / added an Amy Tangerine "C" chipboard sticker to gold glitter paper (c/o Scrapbook Circle) / stamped each day with a date stamp and sewed on an Ormolu tag with a zig zag stitch.
I can't believe how much I love playing with paper. Creating this week in the life title page was much more fun than it should have been. :)
So that's the plan! I'll be sharing the complete inserts next week and extra "daily life" photos throughout the week here.