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April 21, 2010

Week In The Life : Tuesday

Hey there, how's it going? 

Yesterday I took 128 photos (on Monday I took 92). Will I use them all? NO WAY. Many of them are repeats or different angles or blurry or trial images of the same subject. Next week, when I put the album together, I will go through each day and select the ones that best tell the story.

Any photos that don't make it into the album may be used to tell other stories in my regular scrapbooks. Maybe. And maybe not. One of the beautiful things about this project is that the photos themselves bring up other stories you may have been wanting to tell or you'll find things that are important to you that hold stories that you should tell. 

I would love for you to share links to your favorite photo taken so far in the comments section. If you don't have a link you can just describe the shot and tell why you love it. There is magic in this process of capturing your everyday life.

I also wanted to re-post another of my favorite quotes about everyday life. This one's from Anna Quindlen:

..but the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while
doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly
clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There
is one picture of the three on them sitting in the grass on a quilt in
the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I
wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how
they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I
had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath,
book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the
getting it done a little less.

I hope you have a great day today and I hope you roll with this process. Maybe you will write more or less today or maybe you will take a 100 photos or just a few – whatever you collect is just right and will give a peek into your daily life in April 2010.

Enjoy your Wednesday. 

Here's a look at some of my favorite photos from Tuesday:
















My journaling today was handwritten on an 8.5×11 sheet of paper. I jotted down times & activities throughout the day. I'll post it next week when I show how I put my album together. I'm thinking I might just slip it into a page protector as a new page for Tuesday…


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  • 1.
    Penny Grimsley said…

    Ali, I love lots of things you do – but your fresh flowers everywhere are really a call to live in the present, to invest in one’s own life. Thanks for being a source of reflection and inspiration.
    I took 115 on Monday – mainly trying to capture my commute that includes 3 major highways. I took 45 yesterday. My favorite yesterday was husband and two sons, 16 and 15, piled on the couch, wrestling.
    Loving this process. Charging my battery for today. My facebook mantra all week has been “Grab your camera. This is life.”

  • 2.
    katie scott said…

    awesome – I’m having fun w/ this process & am posting pictures & journaling on my blog.
    P.S. I’m super jealous of the purple lilacs – I grew up in New England and this was one of my favorite parts of live up there – we always had lilac trees and they always signaled spring for me. I’ve lived in Florida since I graduated from high school – so something like 22 years now! And the Jacaranda Trees blooming in May here are pretty but don’t smell like lilacs! I’m definately jealous for the lilacs.

  • 3.
    Karen said…

    I am blog hopping as I do every morning and I can’t help but be impressed by the professionals you inspire. Do you even know how many professionally creative people are doing a week in the life? It’s amazing to be such an inspiration to others. Thank you. I am loving seeing what they are all doing with it.

  • 4.
    Young Nanny said…

    Hey! Good Morning Ali! So cool that I can say hi before I turn in for the night! Thanks for sharing … ‘night!

  • 5.
    dawn said…

    Happy Wednesday Ali,
    I love coming here and seeing all your photos. So thankful to for showing us a way to document this time in our lives. My whole family is loving this process as well. They keep saying write it down, take a picture, keep this note, etc. The pictures you chose from yesterday are wonderful and full of real life, so hard to pick a good one. That sweet Anna with her smile with & without the pacifer, love seeing Simon laying asleep on Anna’s carseat. Thanks so much for another poem, I’ve seen that one before and loved it. Is it possible for you to have a poem or something along those lines everyday or so, would love to put those in my album also. Ok, I’m off to grab my camera and take pictures again. Have a great day, oh I will download my picture soon.

  • 6.
    Renata Pacheco said…

    I love taking photos, even more each day. I am in the second consecutive year doing the Project 365, and I think it is very worthwhile. Two recent photos that I liked were:
    My niece as Tinker Bell for Brazil’s Carnival:
    and a walk to the municipal market of Sao Paulo:
    Hope you enjoy!

  • 7.
    Kathleen D said…

    Are all of those shots of you taken with a tripod? I’m impressed by how many pictures of yourself you’ve taken.

  • 8.

    This project is so great to reflect on each day – so thank you for inspiring us.
    Here’s what I captured in Berlin, Germany. It’s my first spring out of the US:

  • 9.
    stephanie said…

    I think one of my favorite pics might be this one ( of my husband. Something he does every morning, but I’m usually too busy with girls to stop and capture it.
    My Tuesday is here: I’ve been letting my 6 yo capture some pictures of me and I know (while I’m not liking the pictures of myself in this early pregnant stage) I will be thankful for the pictures! : )

  • 10.
    Beth said…

    Love this project! Thanks for all the inspiring ideas…especially the Anna Quindlen quote…what a great way to start a Wednesday!

  • 11.
    {vicki} said…

    The one photo I am taking everyday is one of myself (my son is taking it every morning before we leave for work/school)
    ? About the photos you have taken—You said you won’t use them all (I understand that part)–others will go onto other layouts/projects (I understand that part)–BUT what about those left overs–do you print them all–do they just stay on your camera or computer–what happens to them?

  • 12.
    tara pakosta said…

    I missed taking ANY pix yesterday, but got some on monday. I am failing so I think I may do this whole project next week!

  • 13.
    Christy said…

    I have been posting some pics and notes on my blog every night and my favorite pictures so far are probably the ones of the guys standing outside with the rain clouds in the sky and the screen shot of the weather. It’s been a rainy week and I love it! I’ve also been sitting down at night and editing my picture files down to the ones I actually want to keep.

  • 14.
    Juliann said…

    I am taking a picture every morning of the clock when I come downstairs. The rest of my pictures are to record the ordinary moments of my day and to help me record my story. I am thinking a lot about your advice to take a backward perspective and trying to record a glimpse of my life that might help my own daughters know who I am (was). My mom has alzheimer’s and I am sorry for not having the opportunity to know about the ordinary moments in her life before the forgetting began.

  • 15.
    Rani said…

    I love that quote by Quindlan! Thanks for sharing that! I will be starting my week next week in hopes of following through each day, but I am observing alot more this week, in a way prepping myself, trying to notice the details and the little things and just be in the moment!

  • 16.
    lan said…

    I was wondering how you get so many clear shots of you in the photos also? In camera timer with A tripod? or do you use a wireless remote? I was considering purchasing one.

  • 17.
    Tanya Gilmartin said…

    Hi Ali, I have posted my fav everyday photos from my week in the life on my blog;
    I have a shot of my son’s mini sticks and dirty, worn out tennis ball- which shows his current obsession. A shot of his wet feet as he stands in the water run off from our pool opening. A shot of the kids walking home from school. A shot of them sitting together putting on their shoes. And a shot of my daughter putting on her lipgloss (she is 7!) her current obsession.
    I love the capture of what we are doing and how we are living….RIGHT NOW.
    So very cool- thanks Ali.

  • 18.
    Monika Wright said…

    Because I am working on finishing up my son’s high school graduation album, I’m not doing DIL this year. But, I will share my favorite moment from yesterday (no photo since my camera is in the shop getting the shutter cleaned): my 18-year old tutors kids in our local elementary school’s after-school program. He was told by the Director (who had spoken with the several teachers) that 2 kids who were close to having to repeat Kindergarten are now getting to move on to 1st grade due to his help with their reading skills. Wow, I am still bursting with pride. The kids love him and I attribute that to him having two younger sisters (4 and 6). He knows how the younger kids tick.
    Sorry, just had to share.
    And I love your photos. They are real. They are not staged. You have stuff on the counters just like the rest of us.

  • 19.
    Sharon said…

    Ali, question about your post yesterday concerning the week long drawing. I posted and it did not show up. Is there a problem going on?

  • 20.
    Sara Mangan said…

    Love your pictures, Ali. Makes me realize what else I want to capture.
    The everyday stuff is so neat.
    I posted some of my favorites so far, on my blog.
    Thanks again for encouraging us all to do this.

  • 21.
    dawn said…

    I posted already this morning but here are my favorite pictures from Monday and Tuesday. Monday is totally a “real” moment. My husband usually works till 6 sometimes he decides to take a half day so he’s here to see kids get off bus. My kids never know when he’s going to do it, so they really are totally surprised when they see him in the driveway waiting. Sam always jumps into Rich’s arms for a big hug, so glad I got this photo, may not be the best but I got the bus and my two favorite guys. By the way Sam never runs and hugs me hello, I’m there everyday so not exciting to him. On Tuesday Sam took this picture of his baby cousin we babysit. She closes her eyes now when you take her picture, so funny. But he did this on his own without me telling him too, that’s how involved he is about this, usually he doesn’t take a picture.
    I also have this poem that my scrapbook consultant got from her leader and I thought I’d share. It’s one I use in my family albums. Sorry don’t have her name handy.
    We gather up pictures
    And bits of our past
    And scrapbook them into
    A gift that will last.
    We write about milestones
    And travels and such-
    The times of our lives
    That we treasure so much.
    A few special photos,
    A family tree,
    A few thoughtful words
    And soon we will see…
    The album we’ve made
    Is much more than a book.
    It’s worth even more
    Than the time that it took.
    It’s a gift holding memories
    And made with great care
    By hearts and hands
    With love to share.
    I think it descripes how I feel when making my family albums. Hope everyone has a great Wednesday. Love all the pictures everyones been taking, I looked at some already.

  • 22.
    meganklauer said…

    I’m lovin this whole process! And the fact that it is getting my camera in my hand more often. I too take tons of pics throughout the day and then post a few of my favs each day. So much fun!

  • 23.
    mel said…

    Hey Ali
    Thanks for the inspiration as always. I’m struggling but trying not to moan about it :o Just rolling with it and taking more photos. I think cos I was really prepared it’s hindered my process because now I realise I should have worked the idea of lots of pictures into each day. I thought I wouldn’t have any stories to tell! But I know I have the capacity to change it and make it how I want it to be.
    Thanks Ali again.

  • 24.
    Ali Edwards said…

    No tripod – I just set the camera on a piece of furniture, etc.

  • 25.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Most likely mine will be on the computer or maybe printed. It really just depends on what your plan is with all your photos in general…do you print them all out, etc? You could definitely add some envelopes/page protectors to hold the additional photos from this project and put them in this album in the back (or with each day).

  • 26.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi – I use the timer on my camera and set it on a piece of furniture to take the shot.

  • 27.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I don’t think there is a problem. There are just many pages of comments – to see your comment you would have to scroll through a ton of pages. I will double check and make sure your comment went through.

  • 28.
    Ali Edwards said…

    It’s there Sharon :) . Cool about your volunteering!

  • 29.
    Donna said…

    Hi! I’m really interested in the Week in the Life layered template album you have at Designer Digitals. If it’s possible, I’d like some more information abou the template. For me, $25 is a lot to spend without knowing what is included.
    It would really help to know more about his album. The description says “The album pages include some of the Week in a Life Tabs also available separately”. It would be great to know which ones are incuded. Is there any way to see examples of some of the 14 pages that are not pictured?

  • 30.
    HeatherC said…

    I did the same thing! I also realized that I read my calendar wrong and my 4year old’s birthday party (with family) is THIS Sunday not next Sunday — yikes! I think I may start over next week too!

  • 31.
    Julia L. said…

    Ali, I love the clean look of your house. The flowers, the photos … so … uhm … perfect. And then I look at my photos and I feel they are so boring because I see this stuff every day, the kitchen counter, the backgrounds.
    I want to be more creative, yesterday’s picture you took inspired me to try different angles and make more out of something quite ordinary. And … more flowers!!!

  • 32.
    TheDana said…

    This is a lot of fun! I’m in my second year of P365, so having my camera ready everyday is now a normal part of me. I decided to join in the Week in the Life project this year because I know that this time next year our lives will be completely different and I want us to be able to look back and see what our lives were like: what we looked like, what we wore, where we lived, worked and played. Thanks for inspiring us to tell our stories. You can see some of my favorites on my blog:
    Thanks again, Ali!

  • 33.
    radish said…

    I am glad to see the number of pictures you posted. I took 30, but I can see after deleteing, it is not enough. I had a hilarious time with the photo timer which I was happy to get a push in using. There are a couple of the learning process at

  • 34.
    Stacy Milford said…

    My favorite photo so far was taken on Tuesday. My hubby & myself connected for a quick lunch together…he is in sales so his cell phone is constantly going off. He had to take a call, so while he was on the phone I grabbed my camera & discretely took a photo of him…as soon as he got off the phone he asked me if I had just taken a photo of him…I just smiled :o ) LOVE this project! Thanks Ali!

  • 35.
    Katie Pegher said…

    Hey Ali,
    I’m a first timer on this but I’m loving the process and all the encouragement you provide. That quote from Anna Q this morning really helps to validate all the eye rolling I’m getting from my husband when I want to take a picture of our dinner…. He’ll get it next week when he sees the finished product.
    I’ve been posting my favorites from the last two days on my blog here:
    Again – thanks Ali for all of your pearls of creative wisdom!

  • 36.
    Lindsey Parrish said…

    Loving this… my husband told me last night he is really happy I’m doing this project. I think he thought I was crazy at first! Struggling with the journaling. I need to focus more on the STORY of our life, dig a little deeper. After all, those are the things I really want to remember. Thank you for all of your inspiration.

  • 37.
    Noell Hyman said…

    Definitely my favorite shot right here:
    Love your pics, Ali!

  • 38.
    Cynthia H said…

    Here are my favorite shots from Monday:
    Oddly enough, the shot of my exit sign from the highway is a favorite because I see that sign practically every day but never think to take a picture of it!

  • 39.
    Erin B said…

    I took fewer photos yesterday than today. This is my second time doing this project. One thing I love about it is that it makes me stop and reflect about my daily life and the things I really love in my life. I’ve noticed I take a lot of pictures of food and food prep. I love to cook and eat well and I have realized I don’t really document this part of my life in my everyday scrapping. Here’s a link to my Monday post, which includes a few yummy food shots.

  • 40.
    Trish said…

    Love the photos, love the week in the life albums that I have.

  • 41.
    Sara S said…

    WAY better pics than me. I will do better today. I will, I will, I will……

  • 42.
    cinback said…

    My favorite shot is the opening page for Monday. It is one of my youngest daughter and I. She has hit the teenaged years and is not so willing to have her picture taken anymore, so I was thrilled that she was willing to pose with me for this one!

  • 43.
    Robyn said…

    I am loving this project! Thanks Ali!

  • 44.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Donna – thanks for asking :) . We are adding more previews today so you can better see what’s included…such as exactly which tabs and which journal cards :) .

  • 45.
    Sarah said…

    I’m blogging my progress at
    Lovin’ it!!

  • 46.
    Xnomads said…

    This is the link to my favorite photo by far…

  • 47.
    JennyB said…

    Thanks for your encouragement, Ali. I have been reading a book in conjunction with the Week in the Life project since I am on vacation this week from my job working as a teacher with children on the autism spectrum. The book is called cold tangerines: celebrating the extraordinary nature of everyday life by Shauna Niequist. There is a link to the book with several chapters at The chapter “on waiting” links right up with the Week in the Life project and in documenting everyday life in my mind. I don’t know if you are familiar with it but I wanted to share it with you.

  • 48.
    dawn said…

    I forgot to leave my link to see my pictures when I commented earlier….
    Have a good day everyone!!

  • 49.
    Tere said…

    Ali, you are so inspiring.
    I read your blog and about come out of my skin with excitement (kind of like too much caffeine!). But it does seem so overwhelming. A lot of planning, which I’m not there yet.
    What I think I would get out of doing this is really being “present” to my life. Rather than each day being a blur. Thank you!!

  • 50.
    Nicky Hurt said…

    Great photos. I think I need to be in more. I have a couple, but I like seeing you in lots of them. Where’s Chris?
    I think I JUST took my favorite pic. Yesterday I bought my 6yo new tennies that tie- and we tried to teach him how to tie them. This am, he got up in his jammies to show me he learned how last night! So I got a shot of his hands and shoes (with movement blur, but that’s ok). :)

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