Ali Edwards hosted Week in the Life May 9 – 15, 2016. I started my week on May 8th and ended on the 14th, which isn’t breaking any rules, Ali encourages you to make this project work for you. Some folks prefer to wait for a week that is ‘average’ but as I showed in my Week in the Life 2015 album, I don’t mind documenting a week with a special event (in that case: a vacation).
For this time around, I decided to make my project even easier than my 2015 album and went with 6×12 pocket pages to include in my 9×12 Project Life album. I haven’t shared any layouts from my Project Life album, but it exists! That album has one two-page layout for each month. These pages will fit in nicely in that album between the May layout pages.
How does Week in the Life differ from week-by-week Project Life? For starters, it is only for one week. That helps give me the confidence that I can complete the project. One week is easier to document than 52 weeks!
This is similar to Ali Edwards’ Day in the Life challenge in that you are encouraged to document your everyday…your morning routine, your commute to work, preparing dinner with your family, whatever you normally do on the weekends. Like Day in the Life, some people focus on each hour of each day they are documenting, but I like setting alarms throughout the day to remind myself to take photos and screenshots.
For this week, I wanted to make sure to get photos of my new cubicle, the things Alex and I do together, and one “outside” photo each day. I didn’t necessarily get each of those things each day but I did get at least five photos each day, which is good for me! I had to narrow down the photos in order to fit them into the pocket pages I had available, and I’m really happy with the variety.
One tip for Week in the Life or Day in the Life: Get yourself in the photos! For these photos, I relied on my two go-to favorites — mirrors and a self-timer on my phone. Don’t be afraid to hand your camera to somebody else and ask them to take a photo of you or to simply hold out your phone for a classic selfie.
I printed out my photos using my canon selphy printer and made labels for most of the photos using some cardstock and a magic marker. The day of the week cards are from 6×6 paper pads and white foam Thickers.
It’s nice to have a simple project like this done and in the books!
These Week in the Life layouts are part of my 16 Projects in 2016 personal challenge.