Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

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!


  • 51.
    Cynthia said…

    Oh Ali this is awesome. I only took two photos via my cell phone, kept on forgetting my Polaroid. Ugh. But, I did document it on the ol Blog. that was a great idea by the way to feature on the blog:) I will be for sure trying this again soon:) Thank you for sharing your families beautiful sweet story:)

  • 52.
    Jane said…


  • 53.

    Loved this idea. I didn’t take as great of pics, but I had fun doing it and got to try out my new camera. I downloaded the template from design digitals and plugged in the pics. Still not sure if I’m doing that right. I’m still using photoshop elements 2 and the tutorials all seem to be for the newer ones. You are really an inspiration to me. I love your simplistic style and I’ve always loved photo collages. I did many of those when I paper scrapped. Thanks!! You can check it out on my blog at

  • 54.
    Elise said…

    Thanks for sharing the link to your blog–appreciated your WC post and very much appreciated your book lists and momma blog links!

  • 55.
    annie said…

    Hi Ali, I love the family photo that Simon took, so cute! I wasn’t sure if I was going to play along since I still have to finish up my week in the life :) from Oct. but then we were having a really fun weekend so I decided to start documenting it…may have to fake a few things like a baseball picture of my son(I have tons of those)but still I am looking forward to printing out some pictures and recording this memorable weekend….thanks for the great idea!

  • 56.
    Chris Dodaj said…

    I think your shots are just gorgeous, Ali!
    Can’t believe how fast Anna is growing!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • 57.
    Wilna said…

    Oh I just LOVE your challenge. We just got back from a weekend away and having a LOT of pictures this was perfect… I used your template and in 10 minutes did this page. THANKS!!!
    My blog:
    Smiles and love

  • 58.
    Irene said…

    Hi Ali, Love your concept of documenting a weekend. I am sitting here reading your post and the readers comments enjoying my morning cup of tea – it’s Tuesday morning here in Australia – and I am thinking………now is a good time to start. So out with the camera. I was seldom in photos until I discovered my 10 sec timer (totally had a senior’s moment about that one). Now I am in more photos. Thanks for a great idea.
    Cheers, Irene :)

  • 59.
    anna said…

    so fun! so inspiring. so gonna try. thanks ali.
    and i so have to get me 3 year old to take our family pic like that. i only have 1 camera, and it’s so stinkin cute seeing her take pics!

  • 60.

    I love the one with Simon taking the photo!! Awesome!

  • 61.

    Loving the shot of you reading to Anna. Being the photographer of the family like me i wonder how often you find yourself actually in the picture. My new baby boy is 14 weeks and i must literally have one or two pics of me AND him. MUST get someone to take some pics of me!!!!
    Carrying on inspiring girlie!

  • 62.
    Deanna M. said…

    Hi Ali,
    Maybe you answered this already, but are you printing your photo collage out as 12×12 photos?
    Thanks for the idea!

  • 63.
    Sara said…

    I don’t know if this counts, but I’ve been doing one photo a day> LOVE this project of capturing the normalacy of life!!
    you can check it out here!

  • 64.
    Noelle said…

    I can’t believe how fast she’s growing & I love that in the bubble shot, Simon appears to be about to lose the trunks!

  • 65.
    Imene said…

    I love the pictures. I take a ton of pictures of my kids and husband but there are very few of me. Or taken with my eyes shut or my mouth open ;0)
    Any tips on how to have more pictures of me?

  • 66.
    Cindy said…

    I followed your challenge, as in the fall with your Week In The Life project. It was interesting to document what we do on a weekend! I am busy working with my photos and will post soon on my blog ( the finished product. Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!

  • 67.
    jenn shurkus said…

    love the pic of anna and lily in the doorway ;) and the family photo by simon.. perfect ;)
    as always, thanks for sharing!

  • 68.
    Jakki said…

    this was really fun! I think I might have to do this a lot more!

  • 69.
    Ronalyn said…

    I love these projects.. it made me pick up the camera once again on my own family.. and loved the outcome, I’ve done it twice this month and I look forward to next weekend :)
    Thanks for the inspiration :)

  • 70.
    Anthonette said…

    I love your idea for this project, Ali! I’d love to try it out soon.

  • 71.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hey Chel – I am working on a post addressing this issue. Look for it later this week.

  • 72.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Yes – two 12×12 images :) .

  • 73.

    Blogs are good for every one where we get lots of information for any topics nice job keep it up !!!

  • 74.
    Laura R. said…

    I had a great time documenting my “week in the life,” so I was excited to document the weekend. What a great weekend to pick–so sunny and happy. I posted a bunch of pictures on my blog. Mulling a minibook to house them all.

  • 75.
    Sue said…

    Timing is everything and I loaned my camera to my son last week! Guess I’ll have to wait for another time.
    I love, love, LOVE your photos!

  • 76.
    Kim said…

    Love love love the pictures you highlighted!
    So precious!
    Thank you for sharing!

  • 77.

    I’m with Cathy…you look great! Lovely photos!

  • 78.
    Molly Irwin said…

    great photos, and I must agree with Cathy — you look amazing! I’m reluctant to turn the camera on myself these days, but it’s certainly a good motivator.

  • 79.
    april foss said…

    You look so good! I love that quilt:) So cute!

  • 80.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t get to blog reading until Saturday afternoon. I loved your idea! I can’t wait to see what you do with this project.

  • 81.
    s a n s k u :) said…

    It’s the every day little things that are the best. <3

  • 82.
    Sarah said…

    What a beautiful layout!

  • 84.
    AmyHip said…

    Whew!! The weekend is long gone, but it was fun capturing it in detail. Thanks for the idea! I’m not sure yet how I will project this… I’m just starting to digitally scrap. So perhaps it will be a two page spread to go into a 2009 album?? I have enough shots to make its own 8×8 book, but the time? Ah, we’ll see what happens. I posted some of my shots on my blog…

  • 85.
    Deb J said…

    I really so enjoy your blog. You give us such a great view into your life and family. You also share so many neat tips and tricks and tools with us. Thanks.

  • 86.
    alison said…

    This looks great, I am determined to try this this weekend as will be a typical weekend with childrens netball games, extra ballet classes and a birthday party to go to. My only question do you physically crop your 4×6 photos to 3×3 or do you somehow resize them in photoshop first? I have physically cropped to 4×4 when trying to emulate yiour style but most of my photos would lose a lot if trimmed to 3×3 BUT i love the look. Thanks for sharing so much!

  • 87.

    Your pictures are amazing. you’ve inspired me. I hope you continue this look into the weekend. I posted a odd and fun look into our morning.

  • 88.
    tracey clark said…

    LOVE that shot Simon took in the mirror! brilliant!

  • 89.
    Kelly said…

    so love that you read to Anna! a good book is such a gift. Have a joyful week.
    : )

  • 90.
    Susan said…

    Is that a Yuengling glass?

  • 91.

    Hi Ali,
    this was the first time I dared to make such a documentation, because I always feel like one week or so is too overwhelming – and what should I say: I really loved it!
    I have blogged just a few pictures:
    but I will make a mini-album of this weekend.

Post a comment