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 action, followed 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
Take all the supplies out of the box and lay everything out on the table in front of you.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Stick it all in a box!
Be done with the embellishments (for now…) and move onto putting the album pages together.
Setting up the 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.
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.
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.
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.
With all my page protectors in my album, I’m ready to go. I’m looking forward to documenting my Week in the Life.
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.