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May 18, 2009

A Weekend in the Life (weekend creative follow-up)

AE_weekend  [ CLICK TO VIEW LARGER : template available through Designer Digitals ]

I love this project.

The simple act of remembering to have your camera on hand results in some of the best, most unexpected photos. 

I took a ton of shots (more on Saturday compared to Sunday).

For my project this time I decided to do a large digital gathering of 3 inch x 3 inch cropped photos to showcase the weekend. I like seeing all the individual parts of our weekend brought together to create the whole. I will be uploading this today for printing along with most of the photos ( I have a bunch of specific stories in mind to tell once I get them back from the developer.  

Here's a few of my favorite individual shots:







If you played along this weekend feel free to leave a link to your blog or project in the comments. I hope you enjoyed the process.

I would love to see how you chose to document the weekend.

Happy Monday!


  • 1.
    cathy said…

    Dang woman… you look amazing for having just kicked out that youngin’!

  • 2.
    Kristin R said…

    lovely photos Ali. Just got a new camera so thinking i might try it out one weekend soon.

  • 3.
    Lani said…

    Simply stunning. As always.

  • 4.
    Johnnal said…

    so sad that I didn’t get to play along this weekend, but making plans to do it this coming weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 5.
    SchoolMommy said…

    What a sweet family! Thanks for letting us peek into your lives. Great photos, great template, and inspiring as always.

  • 6.
    Brian Kasstle said…

    Love all these, but my fave is the one of Simon with the bubble maker! Cool & classic!

  • 7.
    Lydia said…

    this challenge came when i had lots going on-i decided to document on my blog, but will put the photos in an album at some point. it also gave me a chance to highlight my special boys.

  • 8.
    Kathleen D said…

    That last pic that Simon took of all of you in the mirror is great! I love the shots from his perspective.

  • 9.
    Brent said…

    This is wonderful, Ali. This is the kind of thing I’d love to have today as an adult. Simon and Anna will love having all of these stories and photos when they’re all grown up!

  • 10.
    Chel said…

    Ali- I love it.
    Do you (or any forum readers) have any advice for people like me who are ALWAYS the photographer? It’s always really hard for me to do what needs to be done with my daughter and the family and the house and everything AND document it at the same time. I always intend to do these projects, but then when it comes time to start taking photos, I have to constantly put down the camera to actually ENGAGE in the routine so it gets done!
    I’ve asked my husband to take some photos, but he gets lost in the shuffle, too. I guess things might be too hectic, in a way.

  • 11.
    Gabi said…

    Very inspiring as always, Ali! Thank you for giving us a peek into your weekend. I plan to do this project this week.
    Happy Monday to all of you too!

  • 12.
    Aileen said…

    Beautiful and fun pictures! You always do such wonderful things!! On another note…I am in the middle of remodeling/redecorating. Something I love to do, but am in a little over my head. I am struggling with window treatments, so when I saw those curtains in the background, I was curious. I love them!! Can I ask where you got them??

  • 13.
    Melanie said…

    Love it as usual!

  • 14.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi – it’s actually a shower curtain from Anthropology :) . It has the same print on the other side in green.

  • 15.
    Michelle said…

    That last picture is awesome! I have to do that one! =)

  • 16.
    Katrina Kennedy said…

    Great photos and thanks for the fun inspiration (again)!

  • 17.
    Liz Arsenault said…

    Thanks…………Had a good time doing this. Told my husband about it and then said……..”just think, only 47.5 hours left of me taking pictures of our weekend. He was a good sport.

  • 18.
    Jill said…

    Oh my gosh! That last picture made me giddy! So adorable of Simon taking the family photo!

  • 19.
    Aimee said…

    i love your shower curtain? or curtain? Where did you find that?

  • 20.
    Amy said…

    I love that family photo with Simon taking the picture! Just an awesome job done by your young photographer!! :)

  • 21.
    Debbie McIntyre said…

    Great weekend photos! I loved running around all weekend with my camera glued to my hip for this project.

  • 22.
    Jennifer A said…

    I played along and did get some great shots – I don;t have a blog but do plan on making a mini book a bit like the december daily album. My fav shot of the weekend – at the check out in the grocery store – I told DH to smile – he picked up a box displayed it like a game show host and smiled… the box… tampax! Bless him!

  • 23.
    Jennifer A said…

    I played along and did get some great shots – I don;t have a blog but do plan on making a mini book a bit like the december daily album. My fav shot of the weekend – at the check out in the grocery store – I told DH to smile – he picked up a box displayed it like a game show host and smiled… the box… tampax! Bless him!

  • 24.
    Katie said…

    Gorgeous photos. I love the one of you and Anna reading. And the one Simon’s taking is precious.

  • 25.
    Katie said…

    It was my husbands birthday this weekend, so I didn’t have to try to play along! I naturally took a bunch of pictures. They are uploaded to my blog in individual posts. I am sure I will do a bunch of layouts, and maybe a mini.

  • 26.
    Kathy F said…

    I loved all of your pics! :) I will be working on my W.C. Project today! :) I am so excited! :) Thanks, Ali! :)

  • 27.
    Kelly in Canada said…

    Amazing photos, Ali. And, I second Cathy’s comment…you go, girl. You look great!

  • 28.
    Peggy said…

    I love that pink skirt! (Where’d you get it?)

  • 29.

    I just uploaded all my photos. Now I have to figure out what to do with them all :) :) Thank you for inspiring me :)

  • 30.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Old Navy :) .

  • 31.
    Ali Edwards said…

    It’s a shower curtain from Anthropology :) .

  • 32.
    o-girl said…

    What sweet photos, Ali! I especially love the ones of you with Anna in your lap as you’re reading to her and the one that Simon took of you all in the bathroom mirror. I have to second what Cathy wrote, you look amazing for having Anna recently! Way to go! :)
    Thanks for this new weekend creative project. I remembered midway through Saturday so my first picture was at Old Navy, of the group of “Super Modelquins” as you first walk into the store. lol

  • 33.
    Jen said…

    Thanks for the inspiration! Way more picture taking on Saturday than Sunday but I know this week end will stand out in my memory because of the documentation. Thanks again!

  • 34.
    Lisa Pate said…

    Thanks for the challenge Ali! I’m done with Saturday.

  • 35.
    Linda said…

    This is terrific…what great photos love Simon and the bubble. Wish I could go back in time 25 years ago.

  • 36.
    {vicki} said…

    What great photos you took–I love the one of you and Anna reading———–
    My documentation is more journaling than photos, but I kinda planned it that way. Looking forward to creating my layout!

  • 37.
    Margie said…

    Adorable family photo.

  • 38.
    Tiffani said…

    Love how intensely Anna is studying that book!!!

  • 39.
    Jenn N said…

    Hi Ali and thanks for the prompt I needed to participate this weekend. I had a lot of fun with this and I just posted a few of my pictures on my blog. I am definitely going to be scrapbooking them this week.
    I love your photos…that little Anna is just too sweet!

  • 40.
    Vanessa said…

    Love the pictures! I did not play along but I am currently Project 365ing and I did your “Week in the Life” album track in Chicago. I just wanted to thank you for the reminder that I can do this for just a day or two – that I don’t have to make it a huge project! Once Project 365 is over I will definitely be doing this next year.

  • 41.
    annie samuels said…

    love your weekend in a life…any chance you’d be willing to hold our hands and tell us how you do that 3X3 multiple layout…i’m still a digital scrapbooking novice…thanks, ali…what a beautiful family you have.

  • 42.

    Great photos! I didn’t take nearly enough this past weekend, but here’s my {Weekend In The Life} :

  • 43.
    ArtsyMama said…

    This was so much fun! Just posted on my blog here
    Thanks for the fun challenge!!

  • 44.
    Jen said…

    Thank you again for the inspiration. I did play along. I, too, don’t think I too enough photos. ;D I posted some of my faves on my blog this morning:
    I too would like to know about that multiple layout you did at the beginning of your post! :D TFS!

  • 45.
    gitz said…

    You look so great! And tell Simon he’s a rock star with the camera in the mirror. That’s seriously one of my favorite shots of you all…

  • 46.
    Lori said…

    I too played along and had sooo much fun! I am blogging my 365 pics but liked the entire Friday eve to Sunday eve routine. Now by Sunday afternoon my kids and my hubby were I think hiding from me when I’d come around the corner! :) I want to do a collage like you used and will too print w/, love them! Thank You for the inspiration! :)

  • 47.
    Danielle said…

    I didn’t get to play along this weekend as planned but I plan to do it next weekend for sure. Your photos are amazing!!!

  • 48.

    Hehe, I was thinking the same way. She looks like “Ah yes, very interesting point … ” LOL.

  • 49.
    Stefanie said…

    I loved playing along. What I enjoy the most is capturing the ordinary, the everyday which I normally don’t. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragment.
    Also think you look great for someone whose baby is still so small. My “baby” is a 9 year old…sigh!
    My links

  • 50.
    Paola Norman said…

    I just love the phtos Ali. Thanks so much for inspiring us. Nobody in the industry inspires me as much as you do when it comes to documenting my life and telling the story. What an awesome gift you have.
    The photo of you reading to Anna is priceless, she is so into it at such a young age. The family shot that Simon took is amazing. Good for him.
    I didn’t have the time to do this wknd but it’s on my list. It’s something that is defintely achievable.
    Lastly and most importantly I want to say how AMAZING you look. You gave birth not too long ago and just look wonderful. I don’t think Mama’s get enough credit.
    Have a great day,
    Take care,

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