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May 3, 2010

Week In The Life : Bringing It All Together • The Photos, Part Two


This was the scene late last week after my photos arrived in the mail from

It’s always so cool to have photos in hand. I really like how the 8.5×11 photo collage pages turned out and I decided not to cut them out and adhere them to cardstock. Originally I thought I would do that so that the papers “matched” but when it came down to it that was going to take me a whole lot longer and I just didn’t want to spend the time doing that when it looked perfectly fine as it was. All I ended up doing was adhering the pattern paper strips and the tabs and calling it good for this portion of the album.

If you are paying really close attention you might notice that the long strip and the short strip of pattern paper are switched (long first vs. short piece first) in comparison with the layered template package. I happened to just dive right in adhering the strips and this is what I ended up with.

Here’s a look at each of the photo pages (still working on the baseball card page protectors):














Supplies used can be found in this post.

Tomorrow I hope to have the whole album complete including a cover page, the baseball card page protector photos and the rest of my journaling.

Thank you to those of you who have been emailing me images of your project. I’m looking forward to showing other examples later this week. Feel free to send me some samples of your album at Please put Week In The Life Example in the subject line.


Click here for a complete list of Week In The Life posts.


  • 1.
    Tanya W said…

    Im so loving what your done with it Ali, looking forward to seeing the basketball pages….Love the photo of Anna in the bath its stunning and the photo of you reading the paper the next day is cool too…..i had taken photos last week but decied i didn’t like what and how i had done it so going to try again next week lol….and then i will have all my supplies i want for it ready to go….thanks again for the inspiration

  • 2.
    Susan said…

    wow Ali, looks great! thank you so much for doing those tutorials! i made a few pages using the templates that i bought and also made up some of the 5 x 7 for the baseball protectors. i’m so excited to be able to do this. i’m still uploading as i create but am thrilled so far! have a super week, thanks again! susan

  • 3.
    Molly Irwin said…

    it’s looking Abs. fab!

  • 4.
    Barbi said…

    Beautiful! I so love this idea, I wasn’t able to do it last week but I do plan on picking a week very soon and putting one together for my family. Such a treasure!

  • 5.
    patty said…

    looks A*W*E*S*O*M*E ali…as always you inspire me.

  • 6.
    Karen said…

    Hi Ali, I just wanted to say a personal heartfelt thankyou to you for the inspiration, encouragement and support to do this project. Although I’ve not yet completed my physical album, I have gained so much from this project already and my 5 yo daughter was onboard and suprisingly so into documenting our daily life. I know this album will be something we will treasure for years to come.
    You are amazing!!! Thank you x

  • 7.
    dawn said…

    Happy May and Monday Ali,
    I love all your pictures and the way you put it together. I agree that the collage pages looked good as is, I’m still cutting and trimming, cropping my photos so much work but it feels so good and satisfying. I keep re-reading the notes for that week and getting a little teary-eyed. So happy and thankful that I took this challenge with you and have such wonderful memories. I can’t wait to do this again, not soon but not too long either. I think each time will be a different season will be a whole new outlook everytime then. I’ve been using my self-timer all over the place now and because of you I love to be in the photos now, love seeing myself in a whole new way playing and interacting with our family instead of being behind the camera. I can’t thank you enough for that Ali. My album is almost done a few photos to crop and then the journaling to finish up and I will post it for you to see.
    My potd for project life is my lilac bushes they finally bloomed and I put some in vases around the house and it smells wonderful in here. Reminds me of your lilac’s in your Monday’s photos. Hope you have a wonderful day and that everyone is healthy and feeling good. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!!

  • 8.
    Tina J. said…

    I’m so nervous about my pictures! I made the 5 x 7 (4 shots on one canvas) and I made photo collages on Elements and uploaded them all to It’s the first time in a long time I’ve used Photoshop and I’m so psychotic that I forgot to do something and my pictures are going to come back all yucky…
    We shall see…
    Tina J.

  • 9.
    Jo said…

    Oh your photos are beautiful together, you really are a great photographer. I received my prints through the post on Saturday. It’s been a long time since I ordered prints rather than printing them at home and it felt wonderful to see my photos, especially the enlargements. I really must do that more often, I guess that’s the thing with digital photography, I hardly ever get them printed. I’ve assembled my WITL album and just have the journaling and the front page to do. Did you follow the same design for the front page as the opening pages for each day?

  • 10.
    Stephanie said…

    Great album…I’ve loved doing this. My main problem with getting things done is I need to simplify and not worry about things being PERFECT…very hard for me. Quick question: How do you document pics you take on a daily basis if you don’t do the life project? Like I said…I need to simplify!

  • 11.

    This looks so great. To be clear, your turquoise and beige strips are digi papers or real adhered paper? (Either way they look great!)

  • 12.
    Steff said…

    I enjoyed seeing your album – makes me feel I’m on the right track LOL. I experimented with sending enlargements to Meijers as a poster print and cutting them apart b/c I didn’t want the white border my printer leaves when printing 8.5 x 11 (and didn’t want to wait for the mail). Results were not great, but I think I’m going to try some with borders, especially on the collage page, as I notice when I put them in the sleeves there is some overlap resulting in a border which doesn’t look bad at all anyway. Didn’t take many pictures day 1 and 2 so it is interesting working with what I have – embracing imperfection over here!

  • 13.
    Steff said…

    Just a thought, working on little embellished pieces for my baseball card protectors this week, if anyone has any examples provide links! Amping this aspect up due to lack of good pictures day 1 and 2 :-P

  • 14.
    Tiffani said…

    This just further cements in my mind what is so great about your style. I always think that for the most part, the way you document your lives will not look outdated nearly so much as many of the trendy, time/labor/stuff-intensive pages that are (and have been) popular online and in magazines. Simon and Anna will be able to share these with their grandkids and they will still look good! The patterned papers add a touch of simple beauty without detracting from the pictures or the story. Thank you for sharing your work with the rest of us and for providing a wonderful example to follow in this area!

  • 15.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Real pattern paper :) .

  • 16.
    Steph H said…

    Love this! It’s so fun to see it all come together. I especially like the photos you picked to make the “big” ones for each day.

  • 17.
    Jodi said…

    I am so very much a newbie!!
    and I’m excited, nervous and loving this project very much!
    I have a silly question: when you have your pictures printed do you print: glossy, matte, pro-matte or canvas???
    Thanks in advance!

  • 18.
    tara pakosta said…

    I just LOVE IT! fun real life pictures are the BEST!
    I love this kind of documentatioN! I keep going back and looking at my WEEK IN THE LIFE albums they are my favorite! tara

  • 19.
    bernadette said…

    Ali thank you for this inspiration. I hope to do a week in life project & and I hope soon :)

  • 20.
    cindy b said…


  • 21.
    Amanda said…

    looks great!I was a week behind on week in the life. Looking forward to putting it all together.

  • 22.
    alicia said…

    Your work is so original, truly your own signature style. I love it, and although I will never be able to take photos like this, it inspires me.

  • 23.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I was nervous too Tina…:)

  • 24.
    Ali Edwards said…

    It’s similar. I will include it in my post tomororw (the digital packages include a template for the intro page).

  • 25.
    Ali Edwards said…

    YES YES YES – perfect is totally over-rated.
    Right now I am creating scrapbook pages that detail everyday stories from time to time that go into my 12×12 scrapbooks. I am actually thinking about doing some more photobooks that just celebrate our everyday life throughout the year. Even just one of those per year would be an awesome peek into your life.

  • 26.
    Ali Edwards said…

    It’s all about working with what you have – way to go :) .

  • 27.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Thank you :) .

  • 28.
    Heather said…

    Ali, This is amazing and so are you! LOVE what you have so far and look forward to seeing all of it later this week. Truely amazing! I wish I could come close to something like this. ;)

  • 29.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I usually go with matte ;) .

  • 30.
    Ali Edwards said…

    You can do it Bernadette :) .

  • 31.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Why not Alicia? Sure you can!!!

  • 32.

    Ali, I am SO glad that I did this! I can’t wait for my pictures to get here so I can start putting them together :-)
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  • 33.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Absolutely lovely!!

  • 34.
    Helen said…

    Ali, it all looks so beautiful all together. Can’t wait to get mine together….thanks for the inspiration (as always!)…..

  • 35.
    Karen said…

    Once again a fantastic WITL album and I just love it, Ali. I adore the photo with Anna and your dog (Lily, right?) at the window. It looks like the dog is laughing right along with Anna! I didn’t do WITL this time but I did it last year and I really enjoyed it. There’s still plenty of year left for me to do it this year when I have more time to devote to it. Congratulations on a job well-done and always being such an inspiration to us all.

  • 36.
    susiel. said…

    I went to the website for the photo collages but didn’t see a price for the 8.5 X 11 collage. Are they special order? Your book is going to be great as usual. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  • 37.
    Katie Pegher said…

    Hey Ali. Your album looks awesome. I have to say – among your strong suits is the ability to put patterned paper together in the most delightful combos. I just love what you’ve chosen here.
    I also wanted to thank you for lighting a fire. On the heels of this project, I’ve been inspired to introduce a smaller scale project for the readers of my blog. I launched it today…
    It’s called…. “It’s The Little Things.” Check it out if you have a minute. I’m hoping to inspire others the way you’ve inspired me.

  • 38.
    Aia said…

    hi ali. i must confess, it’s been forever since i last visited your website, as i am totally wrapped up in a 365 right now. when i opened up your link today, i was delighted to see another WIL project. i followed this with you fall 2008, and the slbum is stillnot complete :( bu your posting has encouraged me to get back up on the horse & finish it! have a great day!

  • 39.
    Leora Henkin said…

    Ali, I love your album! It turned out to be a bad time in my life to do the week, but I am hoping for the first week in June. I am loving seeing your’s come together…and also seeing other’s adaptations. How cool! Thanks for sharing.

  • 40.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi – the collages are included in this package for the whole album:

  • 41.
    Tiffany said…

    Your album looks like it will be beautiful. You have such wonderful photos. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

  • 42.
    Mickee said…

    Hi Ali, here’s the link to my completed photobook in Shutterfly –
    This is my first year and I loved it! I just noticed that on the first couple of days (Monday and Tuesday), I was so excited to take photos so I was able to create 4 pages using your template. However, from Wednesday to Sunday, the excitement has worn off but I did manage to get a handful of photos so I have at least two layouts for those days, also using your template.
    Thank you for this wonderful idea. I have really appreciated the value of taking everyday photos. Looking forward to the same exercise next year.

  • 43.
    Kelly said…

    Hi Ali,
    I love your album, and I’m excited to use your templates. I wondered if you used a digital white cardstock for your daily openers. Or did you just leave the white parts blank?

  • 44.
    Deborah said…

    I decided to do this project because (not only am I inspired by your talent) I realized that my youngest went from being my little guy to a big boy in a blink of an eye. And, watching him fast asleep one night all tangled up in his blankets, that made my heart ache in a way only a mother can know. Even as a shadowed my kids with my camera throughout the week, I was constantly reminded as to how quickly our babies grow up — my little pre-schooler loved having his photo taken at every possible opportunity; my pre-teen daughter cringed and turned away shrieking, “Don’t take a picture of me doing that!” And I’m documenting all of it. I know that someday they will thank me for this, but today, I am thanking you.

  • 45.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Kelly – the openers are actually on real cardstock. I just had the photos printed 8×10 – I trimmed them down and adhered the photos on top. There’s a nice plain white cardstock in this package:

  • 46.
    Ali Edwards said…

    You can do it Aia!

  • 47.
    Ali Edwards said…

    You are so very welcome Deborah. Thank you -

  • 48.
    Annette said…

    Hi Ali,
    Can’t wait to get started on my album. I’m just wondering what sizes the photos are on the collage pages and what size the strips are???? I plan on starting my album this week…. I wasn’t going to play but couldn’t resist….. Thanks Ali..

  • 49.
    Melissa Gruber said…

    WOW Ali…I am loving the layouts and how simple they look. This is a great idea just for a book…to get some pictures done, so I am thinking of giving it a try for the girls books…to get some of their pages done.
    Thanks for sharing. As always, you make me want more time in the day for scrapbooking. I need to get some pages done.

  • 50.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Annette – the image sizes on the collage pages vary from page to page (I just followed along with the layered template package). You can see more on that process here:
    The strips are 1.5 inches tall x 5.25 inches wide and 2 inches wide (for the shorter one).

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