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October 2, 2009

A Week In The Life Update


One week. Seven days. Capturing daily life right now

I started doing a big project called A Week In The Life back in 2004. 

Since then I have done it three more times and those four albums are some of my favorites of my whole collection (skipped 2005 for some reason). Three of them are 12×12, created for my class at Creating Keepsakes University, and the fourth (2008) is 8.5×11. A portion of the project was also featured in my book Life Artist. 

2008 was done right around this time last year and many of your played along. I have heard from a few of you that you are doing it again and enjoying the process of having it be the same time each year. I love that!

It's not likely that I will document a week before the end of the year as my class goes through the end of December. Part of my Big Picture class will address some of the same things towards the end of class – but it won't be a whole week. 

I hope to do another week in either January or February. 

If you are interested in embarking on this project right now I put together a page that documents my process from last year with links to specific posts, products, etc. 

Enjoy and have a great weekend!


  • 1.
    Katrina Kennedy said…

    Loved doing this last year Ali! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 2.
    Erin said…

    Thanks for posting this, Ali. I’m on a mission to do this in October so the refresher page is awesome!

  • 3.
    Ria Nirwana said…

    Dear Ali,
    I joined you last year(and very grateful for that)….and this year, I already did the project with my scrapbooker buddies last June. Really inspired. Kindly look for my finished album here :
    Thanks again for the inspiration.

  • 4.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Loved this project last year, currently I think Yesterday & Today – and finishing Cathy Z’s – All about me – xmas book is almost ready. I may wait until January/February to do one – we will have a service dog for our little guy in January – so February might be a great time to do this again. We are so excited.

  • 5.
    kd said…

    So exciting to see this entry. I took your class here in atlanta a few years ago and decided to pull it all together this summer and create another week in our lives. I have to admit I think I made it more complicated that I needed to but I just love creating those little canvases. Thanks for all of your inspiration, Kim D

  • 6.
    Jen said…

    Although this looks awesome, I am currently thinking about the Christmas book. Do you have plans to post anything soon to help inspire us with the prepping and pulling together of supplies?

  • 7.
    Nikki Love said…

    I have always wanted to do this, Ali, but always finding myself missing pictures for a day or two. I’m going to try and commit to taking pictures this week. I’ve already started this morning. Wish me luck!

  • 8.
    Elisabeth said…

    Ali, you are a mind reader! I’m starting the project next week. The Album and the inserts are already waiting and so is my camera. I think that maybe I will start today or even yesterday because I took such great pictures of my kids. I’d like to have them included. Who cares if the week starts with thursday?
    Thanks for putting the page together!

  • 9.
    Danielle Taylor said…

    Thank you so much Ali for addressing this!! I’m still undecided whether I’m going to do it now or wait for you. Might be nice to get a different time of year documented.

  • 10.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hope to soon – may still be a couple of weeks :) . In the meantime you can check out my posts from last year: /december-daily-album-2008.htmlv

  • 11.
    christen said…

    I did this last year on this exact week, so I’ve been thinking about it a lot! I looked at my album a few days ago and enjoyed it so much. So many things are the same and so many are different. I’m so glad I did it. Thanks again.

  • 12.
    Betsy said…

    I loved doing it last year, but I want to document a different week this time as we do different things at different times of the year. So I am thinking January/February would be good. REally like the Yesterday/Today class.

  • 13.
    Becky in VA said…

    Thanks for the reminder! Do you have posts of your 2004, 2006 or 2007 albums?

  • 14.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Becky – I don’t as they were classes for Creating Keepsakes. I may be able to scan them in sometime in the future.

  • 15.
    Jane said…

    Hi Ali! Thanks so much for the links to last years. I want to do this again this year and this is just the inspiration I needed. I used the insides of envelopes we received in the mail for my patterned paper. Have a great day. Jane

  • 16.
    Linda Mc said…

    Ali, I appreciate all that you share with your readers each day. Your posts are inspiring to me. I am putting together my countdown to Christmas journal right now. Now after reading today’s post I think I too want to complete “a week in the life”. My son is a senior in high school this year and I know that next year will so different for our family. He loves taking photographs, so I think this may be a project we can do together. Thanks again for you inspiration. Blessings to your incredible family!!!

  • 17.
    HeidiG said…

    I always wanted to do this and had forgotten about it until now. Thanks for the links. They will make completing the project that much easier. Thanks Ali!

  • 18.
    laura izola said…

    Hi, Ali!! I love your scrap and love your style, Ive been attending in your course Yest&today and loving all the details… yesterday I wrote the homework and I cry a lot.. remebering a lot of situations tha I ‘d like people know about me… sorry, my english is not good! I’m from Brazil and I did a miniálbum of week in my life.. this is the link! I hope yoy like…. Tks a lot for sharing your knoweledgement with us.

  • 19.
    Karen said…

    This was the exact same week I did this last year and I can’t believe I forgot to do it again this year! There have been changes and it would have been nice to document the same week. Oh, well. I guess I can pick another week or concentrate on preparing for the December Daily, which I didn’t do last year but I WILL DO this year (unless I forget)!

  • 20.
    Michelle said…

    Thanks Ali–I love this last year, and would love to join you at the beginning of 2010 (loving your BPS right now)…I like the idea of doing this at different times of the year to capture various seasons and different things going on. =)

  • 21.
    mari said…

    Hi Ali and friends! I was so inspired by this project so this year I am doing a week – every week. I try to just snap away and catch the moments throughout the week – every week. I then collect highlights in a psd.file, “premade” with grids, and print every once in a while. I collect them all in one specially made album. Love this process and thanks for the inspiration to document everyday life Ali.
    Please visit for more information if curious and click “veckor” for all information in the tag-cloud.

  • 22.
    D said…

    I love the black background pages of the album you used last year. What is the brand? I like the way it makes the photos “pop”

  • 23.
    Cornelia said…

    Hi Ali,
    thanks for doing this again, I started mine on monday and today is day 5 of the week, but Im sure I will do it in january or february with you again.
    Hugs Cornelia

  • 24.
    Charmaine said…

    I’m game! In all the years I’ve followed you, I’ve always said that nothing interesting happens to me during the span of a week. But maybe this year is different.

  • 25.
    sara said…

    I completely missed a day too this time and I think I’m going to make a page of things I missed taking pictures of. I’ve also “cheated” a little and taken pictures of people and things from that day later and stuck them in.

  • 26.
    sara said…

    I just finished my second time doing this and I am so glad I did! I’m getting all the pictures developed now but it has been such a wonderful walk down memory lane to look at last year’s album. Of course my kids have grown and changed so much but little things too, the dog I thought we’d always have was in last year’s album and has since died, my closet pictures are fun because I’ve organized differently…little things.
    Thanks for all of your inspiration!

  • 27.
    abbey said…

    Hi! Thanks for this response to my e-mail inquiry. I did find some great things here in the supplies section that will work. I put off starting until Sunday so I’m in good shape. I want to document this week as am on maternity leave and in interesting adjustment period, but would love to do it again in late winter or spring as I think we’ll see lots of changes this year!

  • 28.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Awesome Abbey – I was just starting to write you an email.

  • 29.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Ali – thought you might have seen this already – but wanted to send you the link anyways!!!

  • 30.
    KimD said…

    Hi Ali, I had so much fun with this project last year. Knowing it was just for a week made it seem a lot less stressful and it was so much fun! I did another week this past July and think doing one again in Jan/Feb will be fun in fact I’m looking forward to it!

  • 31.
    Amy said…

    My 2 “A Week in the Life” albums are my absolute favorites! I am definitely going to attempt it again on my own!

  • 32.
    Sue said…

    Thanks for the reminder. I think I will do the first week in November.

  • 33.

    I was just looking at my day/weekend in the life 5 X 5 digital pages from last year (couldn’t commit to a week! :o ) and thinking I should start again this year.
    Here’s my blog post and the photos from each page,

  • 34.
    sharna said…

    too funny! Just this morning I got out my notes/journaling about this project from Oct. last year. I haven’t actually printed my photos or created a book yet but…. I have good intentions-all my memoribilia from that week AND all my notes. It was really fun to read detailed notes of an entire week. I was already planning to document next week…

  • 35.
    Dianne said…

    I took this class with you in 2005 and loved it so much. I did the album again two years later and would never have imagined the changes in my life that are now documented. Thank you for mentoring us through this great project. I feel like I have done something that really documented a part of my life for my kids.
    Dianne P.

  • 36.
    Dianna said…

    I was just thinking that I wanted to give this a go before the holidays start. My best friend and I thought it might be fun to do it together (900 miles apart)and post it on our blogs…hope we can pull it together!
    Thanks for ALL of the inspiration Ali~you’re my first *click* every morning!

  • 37.
    Amy said…

    Hi Ali,
    Can you recommend a version of Adobe Photoshop that would be good for beginners? I’d love to use your 8 1/2 x 11 templates but I’ve never used Adobe. When looking on, I’m not sure which one I need for basic digital scrapbooking. Help!

  • 38.
    Lindsay said…

    Thanks for this post Ali! I can’t wait to start on this project. Hubby got me a new camera for our anniversary so this sounds like a perfect way to give it a work out :) I’m also using an 8 1/2 x 11 American Crafts album….do you find that a week fills up the whole album, or could you fit in more than one week? I’m thinking about doing it seasonally.

  • 39.
    {vicki} said…

    I had made a note on my calendar to do this again this week. Have been enjoying gathering my info–can’t wait to complete my pages and see what is different and what stayed the same from last year.

  • 40.
    Kirsten H said…

    I did it last year, and was thinking it was about time to do it again. But I want to choose a different month, move it around a bit to keep things interesting.

  • 41.
    Ali said…

    Hi Amy – go for Photoshop Elements :) . It should be just right.

  • 42.
    Ali said…

    Good question – I just looked at mine and I think you could probably fit 2 weeks in there. It might be a little crowded, but would work.

  • 43.
    Marcie L said…

    Love all your projects Ali!

  • 44.
    Jenny S said…

    What is it about Fall that it always seems I want to organize and Spring I want to clean??!! I love organizing tips and have just torn apart my scrap space with a grand reorg in mind. Thanks for a wonderful site!

  • 45.
    Deb J said…

    What a great idea to do this again. I am looking forward to it.

  • 46.
    Bethany said…

    Thanks for the reminder. I journaled/shot photos for this project last year but never go them into an album. (Our home was actually broken into several days before I started the project, so it wasn’t really a “typical” week, but one I’m glad I captured. The writing definitely helped the healing process and gave me perspective.)
    Anyway, I going to go back and look though my writing from last year and wanted to thank you for the small projects that help capture moments in our lives…big and small.

  • 47.
    Susie said…

    I spent a fabulous day with family taking our annual fall photos in the mountains and then coming back home to rock out with Beatles Rockband. It’s been a great day! Thanks for the chance to win such great products!

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