Prepping for Success: My Week in the Life Album

rukristin week in the life 2014

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

Hi hi,

My week started out with some excellent happy mail as my Week in the Life kit from Ali Edwards showed up at my front door. Dude, it’s killer. The album (a new Handbook style from Studio Calico) is this beautiful matte gold and the quality is really excellent. I’m really happy with the entire kit and it’s made me even more excited to document my Week in a Life this year.

Week in the Life is a ‘seven day documentary project’ started by the ever-amazing life documenter Ali Edwards. Ali started this project in 2005, and I’ve participated a few times over the years, but it wasn’t until last year that I really went whole hog and threw myself into this project.

I love the idea of capturing a week. The week is so significant in popular American culture (aka whatever I actually think is ‘normal’/my own personal experiences) — so many of our routines revolve around things that occur on a weekly basis or as a part of that weekly system. I love that you can document the repetition of daily activities, yet still catch the nuances that make each of them a little bit different.

Last year around this time, I decided that I was going to complete this project. To set my path to success, I made a plan of actionfollowed through during the week, and then created a kick-ass mini album to finish it up. This year I’m taking a different path. I pre-ordered the Ali Edwards kit, and I prepped my album this past week (a la December Daily) so that I could just be ready to go when the time comes to document my week.

Prepping for Success

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

Take all the supplies out of the box and lay everything out on the table in front of you.

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

Take in all the pretties. Touch and look and feel.

Get comfortable with the supplies. Start to think of ideas on how you might want to use them, which ones are your favorites, which supplies you’re uncomfortable with and just get a feel for what you have in front of you.

Think of it almost like you were putting together a Lego castle or Ikea furniture — the first thing you need to do is look at all the peices in front of you and get a feel for what is going to put this project together.

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

Time to organize the embellishments

Here’s what I do: First I separate the embellishments into two piles — those that will stay in their original packaging, and those that will be re-packaged.  I generally like to be able to see all of my embellishments, so things kept in their original packaging: clear stamps, sticker sheets, anything with a clear plastic packaging and a hard cardstock packaging header.

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

Keep some embellishments in their original packages

Slice open the top of the packages. This way you can reach in and quickly grab what you need without having to fumble around opening and closing the packages each time. Store these packages cut side up so that everything doesn’t fall out all over the place (I speak from experience).

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album
Use small, clear bags

I use small resealable ziptop bags. I like that I can clearly see everything inside before opening it up again. I reuse these bags over and over and over again, I keep a small stash in one of my desk drawers and I find them to be incredibly useful for keeping things organized. Side Note: I was actually thinking of packaging them up and putting them in the shop — so let me know if that’s a good idea.

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

Stick it all in a box!

Be done with the embellishments (for now…) and move onto putting the album pages together.

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

Setting up the album

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

Putting together the inside album pages

I cut apart the 3×4 journaling cards and separated out the 3×8 daily calendar sheets. After putting the 3×8 page protectors in the album, I inserted the 3×8 daily calendar sheets inside each one.

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

Separated out the remaining page protectors into two piles

One for sheets with a 3×4 pocket and one for sheets without a 3×4 pocket.

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

Use the pile of page protectors that have 3×4 pockets

To house the Days of the Week placecards, I placed a page protector (with 3×4 pockets) behind the 3×8 page protector and inserted a 3×4 day of the week card into the top right pocket.

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

Add the Days of the Week cards

After adding all seven days of the week to the album, I went over to my second pile of page protectors (the ones with no 3×4 cards) and added two page protectors behind each day of the week card page. They’re pretty much just placeholders right now, I’m not sure what the actual format is going to look like (whether or not I follow Ali’s or strike out on my own), but I like having everything evenly spaced out for now.

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

With all my page protectors in my album, I’m ready to go. I’m looking forward to documenting my Week in the Life.

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

I have everything I need ready to go either in the album, or in the embellishment box. Having this entire album set up for me before-hand makes it much easier to succeed with this project. Now that I know how awesome these supplies are, and exactly how I’m going to set up the important parts of my album,  I’m ready to take pictures and jot down my story.

I’m excited to see what tips and tricks Ali Edwards has up her sleeve for this edition. Her memory-keeping is always classic yet innovative, it’s so lovely.

Learn more about Week in the Life.

See my previous Week in the Life album here.

rukristin prepping for success My Week In the Life Album

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As a woman, telling your story is a powerful and radical act. I tell my story with personal photos, colorful paper, and unique memorabilia. This is my platform for teaching modern-day scrapbooking and helping women document their awesome-lady lives.

  • Janine van Emden

    Im not doing “a week in the life” this time..
    I think..
    Now you’ve got me thinking about it.. hihi
    I am stealing your idea on organising the smaller embellishments however! A very smart system!

    • Smaller embellishment storage was a weakness of mine for a long time, but this is working out really well.

  • Yvette Pupo Heredia

    My kit arrived yesterday. First time doing the Week in The Life. Thanks for the organizing tips.

    • Yay! Can’t wait to see what you make Yvie.

  • Angela Dominguez

    This is my first time doing this. It is much different from Project Life to me because in my PL. I usually document major events in Project Life. The idea of Week in the Life is different because you are documenting everything you do, everything your family does. It’s exciting for me to work on this project. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • It’s such an exciting project! Can’t wait to see your project as well.

  • Cara

    So obvious – yet not! Thanks for going through this step by step, it all makes perfect sense, but I wouldn’t have actually thought to do it.

    • You’re so welcome! I’m a huge fan of breaking everything down step-by-step.

  • Mindy N

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Can’t wait to see what you create!

  • I’m just going to sit here and take in all of the pretties myself! <3

  • CampfireKam

    I really like step-by-step-please-hold-my-hand-during-this posts like this because sometimes I have the general idea of how to prepare for a project life this but then I fail. May I ask where you got that wooden box that you’re storing things in?

  • ARC

    My kit is languishing with UPS and is late :( Are you planning to assemble the album as the week goes on, or are you going to do it once the week is over? I think I work better doing it all later, as long as I can remember to take photos and write everything down during the actual week.

  • Llynx

    I am waiting for my kit too. I hope it comes tomorrow. I am going to try to assemble it ahead of time but will do my notes and picture printing probably at the end of the week. What works best do you think?

  • Dawn Gross

    I never participated in this project before, but Ali’s post about makes me want to. Maybe I’ll just journal some of the topics … Fun for sure!

    Dawn
    dmg314

  • Dawn Gross

    And now I just ordered the kit!

    Dawn
    dmg314