Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

May 15, 2009

Weekend Creative : Document Your Weekend

water lily by you.
[ Shore Acres State Park July 2008 ]
I’ve decided to do a mini version of my week in the life project this weekend and you are invited you to play along. All that’s needed is your camera and a willingness to document your life for two whole days (much easier to swallow than the seven required in the week version).

The end result of this project (whether you create layouts, a minibook, or record it on your blog) will be a glimpse of your life at this particular point in time. I am going to wait until I see how many photos I take before deciding on a format.

Anyone can do this project. Consider inviting your spouse, child, parent, or friend to participate with you.

Feel free to start on Friday night if that’s the beginning of your weekend. I’ll be starting on Saturday morning and continuing through Sunday evening.

As usual take more photos than you think you will need. Capture, capture, capture.

Here’s some things to consider capturing:

  • weekend morning rituals
  • the time on your clock when you wake up
  • your place of worship
  • Sunday evening routine
  • capture doing nothing if you are lucky enough to get that chance
  • the places you go (sporting events, nurseries, out to breakfast, drinks with friends)
  • in general, what makes your weekend special or different from your life during the week

Don’t forget to charge your camera batteries and to keep your camera with you as you go about your weekend.


To get your weekend started, here’s a freebie download of a couple words for you to use on upcoming projects. Zipped file includes 3 .png hand drawn word images. Click below to download.

Download AEdwards_Weekend


  • 1.
    Katrina Kennedy said…

    What a great idea Ali! I loved the week in the life project!

  • 2.
    Marcie Howe said…

    Sounds like fun! I’m in!! Thanks for the freebie.

  • 3.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Short and sweet – can’t wait to follow along. And thanks for the freebie.
    Have a fun weekend.

  • 4.
    wendy treseder said…

    What a cool idea, sounds much less daunting than a whole 7 days.
    Thanks for the inspiration and the freebie too.
    Here’s to capturing the weekend!

  • 5.
    Elise Blaha said…

    love that lily pad photo.
    and I am totally in.

  • 6.
    Lani said…

    Oh wow. Not sure this is the right weekend for me, but so awesome of you to share the idea and the FREEBIE. Thanks Ali – always inspiring.

    • ….
      Sable said…

      You condlu’t pay me to ignore these posts!

  • 7.
    Jenny Alfonso said…

    Thanks for the freebie!! I had so much fun doing A Week in the LIfe with you and it is my favorite album so far. This will be fun to do!!

  • 8.
    Dori said…

    Wow, Ali, thank you so much for the freebie! I have several of your products from Designer Digitals and my favorite album to date is my week in the life – it documents the week I spent with my son and DIL when he returned from Iraq last year. He just deployed to Afghanistan on Tuesday and I was looking for a way to document my life right now without letting my emotions take over. Your mini weekend idea is perfect! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • 9.

    … as I still haven’t “done” anything with my photos and collected material from the week in the life project yet, I think I will skip out on this one :) Can’t wait to see what you come up with this weekend, though!

  • 10.
    Tanya said…

    Sounds FUN! I’m IN! I’ve done the Week in My Life = lotta work! I’m super down with a weekEND in my life! Thanks for the freebie!

  • 11.
    Jenny C said…

    I will definitely be doing this! I tried to do the Week in Our Life and I fizzled out about Tuesday LOL. A Weekend should be no problem! Thank you for the freebie! I’m addicted to your word-art!

  • 12.

    I’m definitely will be playing along this weekend. I love capturing “a day on our life”! Can’t wait to get started :)
    Thanks Ali!
    I’ll be posting our weekend on my blog next week:

  • 13.
    Denise Laborde said…

    Whoop Whoop! Great project idea :)
    I failed your Week in the life project (or maybe I’ll give myself C-) back in September because I didn’t go all the way – though I love to look back at what I did complete because it is so real.
    I might give this a try – I have a special weekend coming up with my little brother who is visiting from the states.
    Oh, beautiful photo.
    Have a great weekend,

  • 14.
    Jenn N said…

    Love it – I’m in!

  • 15.
    Catherine said…

    Thanks Ali…gotta luv a freebie. Appreciate your generoisty.
    Catherine A

  • 16.
    Jeanne said…

    This will be so much fun…I am in!!

  • 17.
    HeatherC said…

    Great idea and thank you for the freebie! This weekend we are having 2 birthday parties — I may wait and do this next weekend when it will be a more “normal” run of the mill weekend (this weekend will be documented anyway because of the parties)

  • 18.

    I’m in! I think I can handle this one :)

  • 19.
    Kim Brown said…

    Sweet! Weekend creative is back.

  • 20.
    {vicki} said…

    Count me in! and thanks for the downloads!

  • 21.
    Trish said…

    This is a wonderful idea, and my granddaughter is spending the weekend with me, so it’s a perfect weekend to document! Thank you for the download, Ali!!

  • 22.
    Kristyn G said…

    I’m in! This weekend will be a definite break in our normal routine as we are packing up my great great aunt’s house. it will be nice to document my feelings as we say goodbye. Thanks for the prompt this weekend and for the great freebie!

  • 23.
    Sarah said…

    Awesome! I was wondering if you have to have photo editting or digital scrapbooking software to open the freebies. They are fabulous, but I wasn’t sure if I could use them in Word.

  • 24.
    Houston said…

    Thanks for the freebie Ali! This would be a great weekend to document… we’re getting the house and yard ready for summer!

  • 25.
    Joanne said…

    I’m playing along!! Thank you for the freebie….I will definitely use it.

  • 26.
    Noell Hyman said…

    Would love to do this but we’re going camping, so this definitely won’t be a typical weekend in our life and I’m not sure I’ll have the time as we prepare to go to be documenting it all with my camera, lol.
    Have fun and thanks for the digi freebies!

  • 27.
    Susan said…

    Well, I loved the week in the life project, so I will definitely be doing this one. Especially since it’s a new season.

  • 28.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hey Sarah – you can definitely use them in Word. Go to insert/picture and then select the file you want to include from your hard-drive.

  • 29.
    vanessa maez said…

    Thanks for the free files! It’s a perfect thing for this weekend as it will be our last “normal” weekend before our big move.
    Oh and thank you to for the reminder to charge our battires because both cameras are dead:) Can’t wait to do this.

  • 30.
    dianna said…

    Thank you for the download!
    Our weekends have been interesting lately…hopefully I can keep up and document the insanity ;)

  • 31.
    Donna said…

    Thank You for the ideas and the freebie. My son graduates from high school this weekend so will be documenting a wonderful part of LIFE. Also thank you Ali for so many of your ideas that have helped me to complete a High School version of an ABC book for him as a gift. It is called the ABC’s of REAL LIFE and is filled with wonderful pictures and quotes and thoughts I want him to remember as he heads on to the next chapter in his life. Thank you for all you share as it’s always from the heart.

  • 32.

    Thank you so much for the free download! Very generous! This is a great idea and the perfect weekend – 2 soccer games, end of season pool party, & a block party are on the agenda! Thanks for the jumpstart kick in the pants!

  • 33.
    MelissaL88 said…

    Thanks for the freebie, Ali! I still need to scrap my photos from my last week in the life, but I still will take my camera with me this weekend. This is just the kick in the pants I need! Can’t wait to see what you do with yours.

  • 34.
    Tara B. said…

    LOve this!!! and love the freebies…thank you!

  • 35.
    D said…

    Thanks for the freebie!
    Great idea!

  • 36.
    jakki said…

    love love love this idea!

  • 37.
    Mefi said…

    thanks for the download.

  • 38.
    Christina T said…

    Thank you so much for the freebie! Looking forward to a reason to document and take a bazillion photos! Happy Friday!

  • 39.
    Mary Patterson-Ezzell said…

    this is such an awesome idea ali – thx for the weekend inspo & thx for the free download – super cool. have a fab weekend :) smiles, m-

  • 40.
    Cynthia Michener said…

    thanks for the challenge and freebies!! i ll start tomorrow!! can’t wait!!

  • 41.
    Kim Rankin said…

    Great idea. It’s a busy weekend for us. I can’t wait to get started. Thanks for the free download.

  • 42.
    Kris Finnerty said…

    Great idea! Thank you for the freebies, they are very much appreicated!

  • 43.
    stephanie said…

    i did weekend in the life when you did week in the life before (last september righ?) loved it! i took tons of photos documenting saturday and sunday. i still have to get them into a project, but i loved the photo activity and i know you will too!

  • 44.
    Kristin T said…

    Thank you for the inpiration and words in your cool handwriting :) Happy weekend

  • 45.
    Jessica said…

    Great idea Ali! I’m in! Thanks so much for the freebie! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • 46.
    krista said…

    I’m in…even though this is not an ordinary weekend for me due to travel commitments. But, it’s an excuse to take pics all weekend long! Keeps me motivated!

  • 47.
    o-girl said…

    Great idea! It’s a longer 12-of-12 and a shorter WITL. THANK YOU for the word freebies! love them :)
    Have a wonderful weekend with your lovely little family!

  • 48.
    Stefanie said…

    Awesome idea, thanks for the freebie.
    Will have to get started I think.
    I absolutely loved the one you encouraged us to do last year – documented stuff that would have been forgotten otherwise.

  • 49.
    Sylvia said…

    Wow!!! What a great idea and thanks so much for this awesome gift!!!

  • 50.
    Jen said…

    Thank you for your always fabulous inspiration…and the freebie! ;D Have a great weekend!

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