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October 20, 2008

My 2008 Week in the Life Album: Album Creation Part Two

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[ American Crafts Chestnut 8.5x11 D-Ring Corduroy Album; American Crafts Mumbo Jumbos Letter Stickers; vintage "E" ]

Super happy with how this week in the life project finally turned out, especially in the arena of keeping it simple. I ended up embellishing the patterned paper rectangles that fit into the baseball card page protectors and machine stitching on the second page of each day.

After placing all my photos into the page protectors I was able to take a look at how many rectangles needed embellishing. Go here for a look at what I had already done so far.

Here’s a look at the second half of my creative process:

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1. Gather up a bunch of things I think are pretty likely I will use for embellishing the patterned paper rectangles. Some of the things worked out and others I decided not to use. I really like having it all out on my table so I don’t spend a ton of time looking for stuff to add.

2. Decide on how I want to embellish each group and then go for it.

Here’s a look at each group and a close-up of an individual rectangle from within the album (and a quick how-to for each group):

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Brownflower

[ Bazzill Swiss Dots Cardstock; Heidi Swapp Brown Felt Flowers; 7gypies Red Photo Turns; 7gypsies Fortunes Family Matters Rub Ons ]

HOW TO: Adhere felt flower with light adhesive. Run through sewing machine using red thread. Use a piercer to create a hole and attach the photo turn using a brad. Rub sentiment onto photo turn.

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[ Basic Grey Elementary 12x12 Recess Paper; Creative Cafe Tickets; American Crafts Large Brads; Hero Arts Basic Uppercase Wood Mounted Stamps; American Crafts Precision Pen; Orange Staz On ]

HOW TO: Attach ticket with stapler. Press large brad through patterned paper and stamp on top using Staz On ink.

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Brownruler

[ Creative Cafe Lucky Chocolate 12x12 Polka Dot Felt
; 7gypsies Keys; Maya Road Word Charms; Vintage Rulers from Random Arts; Papier Valise Bakers Twine (search for red + white twirling twine) ]

HOW TO: Adhere ruler to felt paper. Using the bakers twine, tie a knot and slip on the key and the charm. Tie another knot to hold the key and charm in place. Secure to back of felt paper with tape.

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[ Hambly Brown on Kraft Brocade 12x12 Paper; Jenni Bowlin Studio Gold Felt Stars; Papier Valise Blue Border Labels; Ali Edwards Bits + Pieces for Technique Tuesday ]

HOW TO: Attach label. Stamp sentiment (use tape to mask beginning of sentiment). Lightly adhere felt star and machine stitch to complete.

Reddate

[ Scenic Route Claudia Street 12x12 Sonoma Paper; Savvy Stamps Circle; Vintage Red Bingo Numbers (Papier Valise has some but I don't think you get the whole box so your numbers would not be guaranteed. Search her site for Red Bingo Markers under Misc. A google search will most likely located some as well.) ]

HOW TO: Each spread also includes an old bingo number that matches the date. Stamp on the patterned paper and slip into the pocket. The bingo number is adhered to the outside of the page protector.

Here’s a look at the entire album:

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Monday (click the day-of-the-week link to read the journaling):

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Machine stitching was added to the lines between photos on these photo pages (the right side).

Tuesday:

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Wednesday:

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Thursday:

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Thursday also included one pocket that just holds a tea tag. I like the transparency of the rest of the pocket around the outside of the tag (held in place with a staple).

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Friday:

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Saturday:

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These Jenni Bowlin red mini bingo cards came in handy as they are just the right size for fitting into these pockets.

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Sunday:

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I included an additional page protector at the back to hold some newspapers and over-sized stuff from the week:

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This was a project that I was excited to finish up and put on the shelf in the dining room. It is one that I will forget about for awhile and will pull it out in a few months and be so excited to look back at this specific time in our lives.

I want to send you a bunch of encouragement if you are anywhere in the process right now – from taking photos and documenting your days to figuring out how to pull it all together. You can do this. Keep at it, focus on what is most important to you, and get it done. Looking back you will be so happy that you took the time to create this very special look at your life and the lives of those you love.

I will definitely be doing this again next year (once a year is good enough for me).

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A complete list of posts related to the week in the life project can be found here.

Comments

  • 1.
    Amy said…

    Ali! Your album came out great! I love how you used the bingo cards, and that you repeated the decorations on the embellished cards. I should have done that. I finished up my embellished cards this weekend, and by the end I was really reaching for ideas on what to do with the last few. And I was getting tired of it. I still have to finish up the back pages of each day. And then the front and back cover. I like the idea of just adding a pocket for the collected newspapers and stuff. I have the NY Post from the same day you do, with the same arrow down, and the same 777! Hopefully there will be a few arrows up in the newspaper this week!

  • 2.
    Sharon in TX said…

    Love, love, love it! You’ve inspired me (as always) to get off my backside and get going on mine. Thanks so much for sharing. Do you use a full size sewing machine? Any special tips or tricks? I always seem to rip my paper. Thanks again!

  • 3.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    Still plugging away Ali. Pictures are now laid out in photoshop, need to upload the rest of the individual one. journalling is about 1/2 done and still need to find my album. Slow but sure. Thanks for your encouragement!!
    Have a great monday

  • 4.
    Kerry said…

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

  • 5.
    vdalton said…

    I finished mine this weekend, too.
    {vicki}

  • 6.
    Nikki Love said…

    You continue to amaze me!!! LOOOOVE your album! So cute to see the baby girl bump ;) Hope to pick up the new TT stamps. I want those before I start my album. Have a wonderful week!

  • 7.
    Molly said…

    just so great, Ali! I love this project and can absolutely see the benefit of having this kind of life story. Thank you for sharing this.

  • 8.
    Sara said…

    I have all my pics printed & organized. Now it’s time to finish up the album. I tried this weekend, but between other projects, a 2 & 4 year old, painting a dresser & life in general … didn’t happen. Thanks for the inspiration, I will get er done!

  • 9.
    Aseel said…

    Thanks for sharing Ali, your album looks great. I am halfway through mine but I will finish it eventually!
    I got your new book in the post today from the US, Amazon in the UK doesn’t have it yet. I LOVE it. I know I will be spending tonight looking through it. Mini books is something I have not tried yet, but I am feeling inspired, thank you! Have a great day :)

  • 10.

    This is SIMPLY amazing ! thank you so much for the “how to make it” !!! You rock ! I hope you’re fine ;-) Smooches from Belgium !

  • 11.
    alexandra said…

    So fabulous, Ali!
    Thanks for the inspiration and the encouragement.
    Due to a lack of time (imagine!) I’ve created an ‘Everyday Life’ book over at Shutterfly with my images from the week. Can’t wait to have it printed and in our home to enjoy. Hope that’s not cheating!!
    Happy Monday!
    A.

  • 12.
    Amy said…

    beautiful!

  • 13.
    Linn said…

    It looks wonderful! I love the simplicity of using the baseball card albums and the same type of inserts on each page. Love it.

  • 14.
    Amy said…

    Once again, an amazing creation. Thanks for sharing. I love how you concentrate on the photos and the words.
    Hugs.

  • 15.
    MelissaL88 said…

    You album turned out fantastic, Ali! I got my album in the mail last week. I have most of my photos edited. I just have to decide on the embelishments and then I’m ready to put it all together! Thanks for sharing your creative process :)

  • 16.
    Emily said…

    Wow! Your album is SO inspirational! And you’ve even got me excited about making pumpkin muffins! I’m English & we don’t really eat pumpkins here like you do in America so I’m venturing into a new thing! My 3 boys are very excited that we are going to buy a pumpkin for the first time & make muffins with it!
    Anyway, thanks for the inspiration! Emily :D

  • 17.
    alexandra s.m. said…

    so inspiring! THANK YOU FOR SHARING ALI!

  • 18.
    scrapwordsgirl said…

    I am soooo excited!! I started my project yesterday after church. LOVE it so far. Just so much fun!! I’m doing 2-12×12 pages. Using kraft cardstock for my base then the new All Fall Line from Fancy pants for the pop of color and quotes. Also embellishing with tiny words, date stamps and buttons. I’ve decided I love this so much I’m gonna do them at least three times a year. Already planning a week in the life around the holidays!!
    Ali, without your inspiration I never would have done this. Thanks so much!!
    Love yours by the way!:)
    Les

  • 19.
    scrapwordsgirl said…

    2-12×12 sheets per day!! I forgot to mention that in the post above AND doing 2-12×12 pages at the end of the album for the leftover pics!!
    Les

  • 20.
    Lisa Cohen said…

    This was a great project and one that I’m so happy I participated in. I did this last year and I love looking back over these to see how things change. What a great way to document the passage of time… in the changes in our routine and our days, whether large or small. I am going to post the digital pages to my blog tomorrow but I’ve run into a snag at my usual printers so I will let you know when I have everything assembled and will post that when I can. Costco’s new site is not playing nice with my Mac so I’m having problems uploading my photos. I should just print these at home this week on my Epson. Okay… I’ll add this to my evening list of things to do. LOL!
    I love your little belly bump that you can see if one of your day’s main photos. It’s so adorable!! I hope you are feeling well as all of these changes are going on within you!

  • 21.
    Shelly Kettell said…

    It turned out AWESOME!! Thanks!

  • 22.
    Lisa Jackson said…

    Hey sugar!
    I didn’t participate this time, but did want to say that the one I do have is such a treasure and one of the albums that we look at the most. I think my son will really enjoy looking at it someday.
    Simon in getting so grown up and handsome!
    Love to you!!
    Lisa
    XXX

  • 23.
    Michelle said…

    Thanks for the inspiration. I have all 7 of my 12×12 digi intro “Story of Today” pages on the way from the printer, and for smaller daily pic pages, I’m done through Tuesday. Slowly but surely, but this time I am enjoying the process and using the stuff I love (including numerous variations of your 4×6 overlays all in black printed on transparencies and slipping over pics in the Antholgoie album—so easy and looks gorgeous! LOVE those 4×6 overlays!!!!) So fun! Thank you for sharing!!
    (Love TT Bits&Pieces and sure do want it soon! Keep it up!)

  • 24.
    Anne Alley said…

    It looks fabulous!!! The baseball card pages are such a great idea…love it :)

  • 25.
    annie said…

    It looks awesome!! Thanks for the encouragement…….from one of the WITL stragglers! :)

  • 26.
    mary said…

    this is such a great project. i have too many little projects going on right now with some deadlines but i have decided to do this the first week of the new year~~~~a new project and a new year.
    thanks so much for sharing and sharing so much detail!

  • 27.

    Ali that looks great!! I’m still working on mine – most of my daily logs sheets are pronted out and I have all my pictures printed – I need to crop, adhere and embellish. . .hopefully during the evenings this week I can get it done.
    Hillary

  • 28.
    alex said…

    This is spectacular! Love love it! Love the use of these page protectors and the repetition of the rectangles of paper with different embellishments. Very cool! Thanks for sharing with us and for the huge inspiration!

  • 29.
    Cheryl said…

    I finished my picture taking yesterday (did it a week late) and just LOVED doing it. I posted my pictures and journaled about them on my blog, and now this week I’m going to print my pics and get to work on my book. Your ideas are so great!! I’m so inspired now! Thanks!!

  • 30.
    Tiffany said…

    Thanks so much for this post! I had decided to start my week today (wasn’t possible to do it before), and I have already been snapping pictures all morning. Then I pull up your blog, and I was so encouraged! I can’t wait to have my own finished product!

  • 31.
    kristi said…

    wow, ali. you made me want to scrap. that’s kinda awesome. you still rule.

  • 32.
    Briana said…

    Nice work, Ali! Thanks again for inspiring me to do this project, too. I love that you show your own album as well as some albums from participants. Wonderful!

  • 33.
    Annette said…

    Ali,
    your album came out great. I finisjhed mine this weekend. What a sense of accomplishment to finish a whole album so quickly. I loved the format. Love the idea of stitching on the
    photo’s may add that to mine. Thanks again.

  • 34.
    Rene said…

    Ali,
    I loved this project and finished mine this weekend as well. I, too, will be excited to look at it over the years as it was a busy week for me and holds good memories. I also thought a lot about how I wish I had a book like this from my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother. Although my grandmother and mother are alive now I don’t think they would do a book such as this for me. Makes me sad.
    May I suggest that this be an annual event as you alluded to in your post for today? Having it as an annual event would be fun, especially if we did it during different months so that every yearly book we complete does not have pumpkins in it, for example.
    I love your creativity. You constantly amaze and inspire me. You make me want to be more and do more, and for that I say thank you!!

  • 35.
    Ingunn said…

    So great and inspiring! I was sick when you did this, so I didn’t join in (all my photos would have been of Nyquil and Kleenex), but I’m tempted to do it now. It will be so cool to look back on this album in the future.

  • 36.
    Carrie said…

    Gorgeous, A! Love it album itself. Great texture.
    Well, you’ll be proud of me — I have a plan. :) Plan in my head, album ordered, and in the process of editing photos here and there when I have time.

  • 37.
    Emily said…

    As always, your album is terrific. I struggled with “keeping up” silly I know but there it is. I made mine this weekend still need to add more journalling and maybe some embellies. Mine’s not as cool as yours but I like it, and I like looking back on similar projects to see how much our life stays the same and changes.

  • 38.
    jonipossin said…

    You are amazing… as are your creations. I’ve learned so much from you the past few weeks. This has been a fantastic project with so many wonderful supporting photos from you. I feel so ready to make changes in my approach to scrapping. I need to “make it simple” and “plan/work ahead” with albums. Just finished my Thanksgiving album… as far as I can go. That’s a first for me!
    Thanks and hugs!
    Joni

  • 39.
    Melanie said…

    I love it! I think about the fact that if I had done this last year, same week … baby number 3 (who is almost 4 months old now) wasn’t even a blip on our radar … we were too busy packing for our first trip without our other two … to Cancun. Ahhh…. I will definitely be doing this every year. So much happens to us in just 52 weeks!

  • 40.
    Raewyn A said…

    thank you for sharing this week in a life project with us Ali, now that I have seen your completed album I know exactly what I am going to do.
    btw – what was that ALDRIDGE article in the newspaper about? That is our surname so it caught my eye.

  • 41.
    Nichole said…

    Thanks for posting your finished product. I picked up my photos yesterday, and will put the album together at a retreat this weekend. This is so helpful as I work to gather up materials this week. I’ll probably combine some of this with my 2006 CKU instructions.

  • 42.
    Teresa said…

    yours is gorgeous…as always!!!!

  • 43.
    Yolanda said…

    Love how it turned out! I have a ton of baseball card sheets and have been saying ‘I’ll do something with those soon’ for TOO long now. Thanks for the inspiration to get off my behind and get something made! :)

  • 44.
    Bree said…

    Encouragement to keep rolling is much needed!!! Thanks. Your album is so beautiful. I feel like I’ll be doing this project for another month at the rate I’m able to find “free time”…
    I’m getting hung up on how to choose which pics to print — I am on a tight budget which is making things more complicated. Trying to pick my favorite 10-12 from a day (out of about 30 I took each day) is harder than I anticipated! I don’t have photoshop so I can’t “group” them before getting them printed and my home printer doesn’t print great looking photos.
    Seventy-eighty pictures, with several enlarged, seems to be expensive for just ONE project. Any tips for this kind of struggle?

  • 45.
    vdalton said…

    Really like your idea of using the page protector in the back–I’ll be doing that for school (art projects/school work I want to keep) and Christmas (cards) albums.
    Thanks!!!!
    {vicki}

  • 46.
    Tania said…

    Totally love it Ali. Esp. love the stars and sewing for the pockets. :) Oh, and that tea bag tag is so cool!
    Bree- I went to Wal-Mart and used their machine to group 4 photos onto one. This is something fairly new for around here, maybe you could go check that out?

  • 47.
    Bree said…

    Tania — Thanks :-) I will check that out!

  • 48.
    Angi Smith said…

    *Personal*
    Ali,
    If we didn’t already know you were having a girl, Thursday’s profile of you would immediately give it away to those of us who subscribe to the theory that girls are carried high while boys are low! Old wives’ tales do sometimes seem to have some merit to them.
    Angi

  • 49.
    Susi from Germany said…

    @Bree: Check out this one: http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/
    There’s a “Mosaic Maker” for your pictures. Just save it on your computer and upload it to get it developped. Oh, it’s free btw, you just need to register I think.
    @Ali: Gorgeous album! I finished mine a week ago and I’m so happy I did so! Loved the whole project and I will do it again (although in a “light” version, since I won’t have that much time again like I had this time …)

  • 50.
    Elizabeth said…

    Love the color of your album. YOu did a fantastic job! It turned out awesome…I think this will give me that final inspirational boost to finish mine up. EVerything else is done on mine…I just have to go back and put in my journaling. I made a chipboard 8×8 album and I’m very happy with it so far. Thank you so much for this idea and all that you’ve done to inspire us! Throwing you a super big HUG!!! :)

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