Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

May 4, 2010

Holding Out For Better Light


Just finished the last piece of my Week In The Life album.

Planning to take photos and upload sometime on Wednesday or Thursday AM at the latest. Attempted a couple shots tonight but it's just too dark. Holding out for better light in the morning.

I love this project.

Thanks for your patience as I get this complete album post together.


  • 1.
    Allison Waken said…

    Can’t wait to see the finished product! I’m going to start my Week in the Life next week!

  • 2.
    Debi said…

    You and Ms. Z are SO tempting me! :)

  • 3.
    Jenny said…

    Oh, I’m so excited to see your finished project! I’m really interested to see how you did your journaling. I’m struggling with how to fit mine in (I’m one of those people with pages and pages). :) It has been so fun doing this project “with” you. I already have my opening pages and collages finished for M-F, and I really feel like I’m going to be able to get the rest done soon – at least before the end of the month (I hope)! It’s been very motivating to know that you and a whole bunch of other people are working on it at the same time. I hope to make this project a yearly tradition. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • 4.
    Debbie McIntyre said…

    Your projects are always so exciting as we watch them come together. I can’t wait to see the finished album. I love that you keep the album clean and simple; that you worry more about telling the story, using photos that make us want to take better photos for our own projects.

  • 5.
    Angela C. said…

    I can’t wait to see your finished album! I’m only half way done with mine. Took so much longer than I thought. Maybe because it’s my first time doing this project. I have to keep telling myself not to abandon the project. I will finish it!

  • 6.
    shelly k said…

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!! Great job and I WILL join you one of these years (weeks)! :)

  • 7.
    Lissa said…

    How exciting! I’m half way through mine too. I also didn’t realize how much time this end of the project would take (I found the actual week of documenting quite easy and it’s certainly testing my patience waiting for my photo’s). But I’m so thankful I’ve done this and at this time in my life. Enjoy it everyone.

  • 8.
    Ali Edwards said…

    It definitely takes time…totally worth it :) .

  • 9.
    Stacia said…

    Ooh, what did you use for the long, narrow journaling sleeve? Did you make one out of a bigger page protector? By sewing…? I can’t quite see in the picture, will have to check tomorrow when you’ve got that better light! :-)
    I’ve been wracking my brains to think of how to include my longer journaling entries with my P365/Project Life pages. Especially where I’ve, ahem, used up most or all of the slots – photo AND journaling! – with photos! :P Am thinking these might work really well as inserts that wouldn’t be a big blocker to seeing the photos. Love to get your thoughts on that!

  • 10.
    Colleen Sheehy said…

    Can’t wait to see it! I just ordered an album on-line. It was a great project. Thanks for putting this all together!

  • 11.
    Tricia said…

    Looking forward to seeing the finished project and so glad to know I am not the only blogger who battles the lighting for photos issue. lol. :)

  • 12.
    Tanya Watson said…

    looking forward to seeing your album all done Ali, im starting mine next week…..looking forward to doing it I have just ordered pages for it so don’t want to start till i have them lol, loving your album so far

  • 13.
    dawn said…

    I’m glad your finished and I have plenty of patience waiting to see yours but am excited also. I’m trying to have patience with mine also, the collage pictures are not fitting the way I’d hope. I’m trying to not get frustrated and quit because otherwise I love love the pictures and the journaling is coming alon, I took a lot of notes and the kids did too so want to include it all. I think your page here looks great even without good lighting. I plan on doing this again and will plan it out better and maybe try it digitally so it will come together easier. Have a great day!

  • 14.

    you rock Ali. can’t wait to see your finished product. still working on mine… and resizing the pics is making me crazy… feeling a little overwhelmed. but i sooo want to finish it up..

  • 15.
    Leora said…

    Oh Ali! I can’t wait to see the whole thing. thanks so much for sharing the process…

  • 16.
    Lora said…

    I have loved this project, too. I have one more day (Sunday) to complete and then I want to write a journaling block for the last page about the project and what I learned and all that.

  • 17.
    Jo said…

    I like what you’ve done with your journaling on that day. Hmm, I might do the same with some journaling with times against it. Thanks for yet another great idea!

  • 18.
    Jennifer said…

    Awesome… can’t wait to see rest of complete album!

  • 19.
    Jenell said…

    I enjoy watching your process and am truly excited for each and every next step – it’s like watching a mini-movie in parts . . . continued to the next day. I love that you kept the photos together in their printed format and just added your embellishments to the sheet. I’m seriously thinking about doing this digitally next time I attempt the project. I actually did a Week in My Life from October 2008 and loved the process and the final album. Great inspiration, Ali, as always.

  • 20.
    alyssa said…

    So looking forward to seeing your final project, Ali! I am practicing patience myself – my week in the life (the week itself, not the project) was so, so abnormal and just plain wrong that I couldn’t bring myself to finish documenting it. So I am really, really, really looking forward to next week and my first time of working through this project. Here’s to patience and second chances! :)

  • 21.
    Cheri said…

    I noticed in an earlier post you had your pictures printed at SBP. Could you tell us which option you chose ie matte, glossy and premium color or auto?
    Thanks so much!!

  • 22.
    Carolyn E said…

    Looking forward to seeing it!
    I’m still working on my photos…trying not to get frustrated, but I’m pretty much there! Need to take a deep breath and think positively about the end result.

  • 23.
    MichelleK said…

    WOW….if it looks that good in bad lighting…I can’t imagine how good it looks in good lighting.
    Can’t wait to see it!!!!

  • 24.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I think this time I went with matte and auto.

  • 25.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Anything I can do to help? Deep breaths always seem to help me too. It’s definitely a process to get everything ready to go :) .

  • 26.
    Pat Baker said…

    I agree, Jenny – a lot of the excitement about this project for me was knowing that so many others around the world were doing the very same thing at the same time. Very motivating and rewarding!

  • 27.
    Polly said…

    Hi Ali
    I just wanted to say, I LOVE this project. I have a family blog (with exactly 5 readers) and we did a day in the life in photos. All my 5 readers loved that post. I’m working up to doing a week.

  • 28.
    Traci Burg said…

    Thank you for sharing! I am attempting to do this project as well. I am finding it hard to take what I consider enough usable photos each day! I commute 3 hours out of each day and have been taking pictures of my commute, me in the car and the interior of the car but I really don’t want it to be about the car!! LOL

  • 29.
    pidgen said…

    I went on a two week vacation just as you were starting this. It couldn’t have been better timing. I read the pre-posts while on vacation and came home just as you were putting it together. Perfect. I ordered my photos online (that was a fist) and was so super worried because I had used overlays … how reassuring to know that I’m not the only one who worried about the outcome! Then, the day I got my photos I was able to put the whole thing together! I could never have done that without your simple and clean-line inspiration! I can’t thank you enough for my 2WITL project! (Oh, and I got a square punch and, just like you said, I loved it!!)

  • 30.
    Laura said…

    Can’t wait to see the finished project. I am hoping to put mine together next week. I have all my photos printed.

  • 31.
    Wendy said…

    I SO loved this project! But agree with everyone else that taking the photos was much easier than completing the project. I’m struggling with picking out which ones to use….so many photos, which I guess is a good problem to have! I’m using your digital templates for my project and while I know I’ll love the end result, I find it so difficult to decide and commit to photos by just seeing them on the computer, rather than having lots of photos in front of me to play around with. Journaling, well I haven’t even begun to tackle that step…just have lots of chicken scratches to sort through. Can’t wait to see your finished project. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 32.
    Steff said…

    For some reason last week I didn’t “feel” like taking as many pictures as needed and also had things to do that one picture would do, like a meeting, that took three hours. Just yesterday I went around the house and took “filler” pictures, kind of snapshots of the status quo of the moment. So, things like the cabinet where I keep the baby foods, my daughter’s book shelves to see what she is reading at this point in time, the toy basket – things that haven’t changed a bit in the one week that’s gone by. I’m going to sprinkle those in the baseball card protectors along with the pics I took last week, junk mail, journaling, and embellished scrapbook papers. Just today I thought about going online to find things like the top 10 movies and music of the week.

  • 33.
    Melanie said…

    I can’t wait to see it! All of your work is beautiful.

  • 34.
    Michelle R said…

    Question about your photos from SBP, which by the way look great. This is the first time I ordered from them and they came back looking a bit dark. I pulled them back up on the computer to check and yes, they are def. much darker – to the point where I might have to reorder some. I used photshop and enhanced some there. Is there just a huge difference between what I see on the screen compared to what is going to be printed? How do you compensate?

  • 35.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Wendy – when I get to that point I just start sticking them in. It can be so overwhelming. Whatever you place in the album will be GREAT.

  • 36.
    Ali Edwards said…

    You know, mine came back darker than the image on my screen as well. I think I chose “auto” rather than “no” on the options when checking out. I decided to just go with it – next time I might try the “no” or the “full service” option.

  • 37.
    Leanne said…

    Again, simply amazing. Thank you for sharing the process and also your life right now.

  • 38.
    Michelle R said…

    I just saw that the site gives the color profiles for their printers, so if I get really adventurous (which is highly doubtful) I might try calibrating my monitor with their profiles.

  • 39.
    Jana said…

    Ali – first of all, I want to say “thank you”! I have followed you and admired your style for quite some time…but this is the first time I have embarked upon a “Week in the Life” project along with you. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your album come together.
    You have inspired me through this process to learn and play with my photo-editing software…I have created my own layered templates for use with my project. I may have just found a new passion! (I never would have thought I could be a “hybrid” person before this but am looking forward to using my computer in more unique ways!)
    I find documenting life in this manner is such a powerful experience. It has really helped me enjoy the moment and reflect upon life in a more positive way. I agree with you that it is worth every minute! I can not wait to look back at my album in five years and remember what it was like for our family during our firstborn’s first year…I think this style of documentation “freezes” time as much as any process can.
    Thank you: for sharing your creativity, style, & life with us, your blog readers :)

  • 40.
    Carolyn E said…

    Thanks I do appreciate it!.
    I’m working with a really old Photoshop program (that doesn’t like anyones digital products!), trying to make my photo collages…really wanting to do it this way and since this is the first time in doing that it’s making me very frustrated. But I think I might have to go the just print all of my photos 4×6 and trim to make my own route. I’m at that fork in the road moment right now.
    Thanks Ali, for just listening.

  • 41.
    Emily said…

    as always and amazing work of art! I love to see how your Week in the Life evolves everytime. This one I could see being in the pages of a magazine! Really nice.

  • 42.
    Kitsie F said…

    My husband casually mentioned his office wanted to make a scrapbook for their soon departing boss, and that he told them I wouldn’t mind doing it. Deadline…two weeks! After a sputttering start (which I procrastinated a few days), I wasn’t liking the look of my traditional pages. Being stationed on the other side of the world, and the afore mentioned two weeks, available supplies were limited to pretty much just my stash and my printer. Seriously not happy with what I had going, I turned to my fave books & blogs for inspiration. That’s when I saw 28 April’s post with your layered template tutorial. I went right to deisgner digitals, then right to work. Only, it doesn’t work so smoothly with PSE6, and I’m PSE-illiterate… Two hours later I’m rocking my PSE8 free trail. Skip to yesterday; a finished product, and the whole unit crowded around outbound-boss ooohing and aaaahhhing, and laughing at their shared memories. It wasn’t a week in the life, more like “3 years in Japan”, but it was the perfect format to give continuity to A LOT of unassociated pictures. PLUS, I no longer feel the need to strangle my hubbie! THANKS SO MUCH!!

  • 43.
    Lori said…

    You have such a clean style. I love it! Thanks for sharing your creative style

  • 44.
    Metal Wall Art said…

    Three steps forward …. Still, you know what they say about the man who never made a mistake! Keep going – you’ll get there soon – and it’s good to have some news again.

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