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July 11, 2011

Week In The Life | 2011 Supplies & Design Plan

Week In The Life 2011 is quickly approaching and I’m starting to get really, really excited.

I hope you’re considering joining me from July 25th through July 31st – it’s so much more fun and motivating when there’s a bunch of people all doing it at the same time. This year I’ll be including link widgets at the end of each of my daily posts so we can all share our photos and words and encourage each other throughout the week.

One of the big things I do to get ready each year is map out my design plan. I like to know in advance where I’m going with all the content I’m collecting, even though I won’t be doing any of this part until the week after I document our days. Some people like to do it all at once (the documenting and the design) but I’ve found that I like to focus on the documenting (taking the photos and writing down the stories) during the seven-days and then focus on bringing it all together the next week.

There’s so many different ways this project can come together. Any of the different foundation plans I’ve used the last couple of years would work great. If you’ve been following along and participating with me in this project in the past you’ll see lots of things that are the same: size, divided page protector, enlarged photo on the first page for each day, etc. When I find something I like I stick with it – or tweak it just a bit as you’ll see with my design for 2011.

Here are links to my design plans from the last couple of years (lots of good info there about getting ready):

Here’s a look at my foundation plan for Week In The Life 2011:

This year my focus, besides documenting our everyday stories and routines, is thinking about numbers and time. You’ll see that reflected in the products I’m choosing to work with and in my journaling.

There are so many numbers involved in our daily lives – the number of times we do something, days, minutes, time, etc. I like having a little something that’s underlying my documentation this year.

Here’s a look at what I’ll be using this year:

3-RING ALBUM | We Are Memory Keepers Vanilla (lots of additional colors are available through I’ll be doing this project in 8.5×11.

EXTRA SET OF PAGE PROTECTORS | We Are Memory Keepers 8.5×11 – you’ll need an extra set if you want a spread for each day.

8.5×11 9-POCKET DIVIDED PAGE PROTECTORS | We Are Memory Keepers 9-pocket or other baseball card sized page protectors – this goes in the middle of the spread for each day.

LAYERED TEMPLATES | This is basically the guide I’ll be using to create my spreads each day. Available at Designer Digitals in both 8.5×11 and 12×12 sizes (12×12 is coming soon), this package includes an intro page, seven daily pages (labeled Monday through Sunday) and seven photo collage with journaling pages. You can see where focusing on the time of day becomes reality – I’ll be using that as a design element as well as something to focus on with my journaling.

I’m not sure yet whether I’ll be printing these pages here at home or uploading to a printing service. Right now I think I’ll be using these layered templates, printing them, and then slipping them into an album (I won’t be making a photo book because I want to use the pocket pages for each day).

I might also do something similar to what I did with my layered templates for December Daily last year where I printed them on photo paper to get the photos and cardstock to get the journaling and title portions. You can read more about that approach here (and I’ll post more about that if I decided to go that route in the coming weeks).

JOURNAL CARDS | Available at Designer Digitals – the set includes PNG cards and PDF printable files with crop marks. The package includes four PDF’s: red, yellow, blue, and gray. These will go inside the 9-pocket divided page protectors each day. I’ve also included a PSD file if you’d like to customize them further.

Here’s a look at one of these printed and placed inside the divided page protector:

I’m planning to mix up the colors in my album (rather than doing all one or the other). Lots of options. I’ll be adding photos and maybe some pattern papers – all that really depends on the number of stories and photos I collect.

ORMOLU DAY OF THE WEEK EMBELLISHMENTS | 2-Day Hooray Days of the Week Button Embellishments – when you purchase these buttons you also get a coordinating set of tags to print. These are going to be placed on top of a piece of Hambly patterned transparencies.

PATTERN PAPER | This year I’m looking for anything with numbers. Most likely these will be added here and there in the divided page protector pockets as a bit of decoration. So far I’ve got these ones set aside include:

PATTERN TRANSPARENCY | Hambly Little Circles

FONT | Alte Haas Grotesk. This is the font I used for my titles and times in the layered template set. It’s a free download available here.

And so far, that’s it.

My focus, as usual, will be on the words and the photos and getting all those wonderful, routine everyday life details documented. It’s totally possible that I’ll grab other things when I actually put the album together but these are the basics.

Elle’s Studio has just release some brand new items in their shop, including tags for summer, everyday, 2012 calendars and more! They even have some tags perfect for your “Project Life” albums and the upcoming “Week In the Life” project. This week only, use coupon code summer to receive free shipping on any order over $40 (offer includes international shipping and expires 07/18/2011).


  • 1.
    Kaitlin said…

    LOVE the templates and journaling cards you designed! The foundation plan looks way cool and got me so excited!

  • 2.
    Trisha Harrison said…

    Hooray, So happy to see this post today … gotta say I love the Ubber cool design this year for 2011 !!! It’s in my shopping cart @ DD ASAP.

  • 3.
    Heidi said…

    This is going to be so fun this year! Can’t wait to document summer! Awesome products so far, Ali. Off to browse :) Love that left side file folder / curved daily template. Heidi

  • 4.
    Susie Leggett said…

    Ali, this looks great. I’m still debating, but am thinking I’m in this year for Week in the Life. Have lots of ideas in my head, little things that I’d like to capture about our everyday lives.

  • 5.
    Jenny Meyerson said…

    So excited to work along side everyone for this project. Beautiful projects as always Ali. The possibilities for the journaling cards are endless. And Ormolu Designs… yummy and sitting on my desk waiting to be used. Can’t wait.

  • 6.
    jenn said…

    I think I’m going to try this. I like the idea of prepping all the items for use in advance, that way I might actually finish! I’m going to be organizing my craft studio today, so I’m thinking I’ll make a pile of goodies to use and set it aside. I really like your digital templates as well… the idea of printing photos on photopaper and then the rest on cardstock has me intrigued.

  • 7.
    Ellie A. said…

    I am so excited about this. I hope that we are able to do what we I am planning on doing which is stay in the city for next week as it will make for one SUPER DUPER Full week indeed no matter if it happens or not its another wonderful collection of memories! Can’t wait.

  • 8.
    Monica said…

    I cannot tell you how excited I am to see this post! I’ve never done A Week in the Life before and have been looking forward to it ever since I heard about it on the Roundtable. Gonna have to do some eShopping today! :) Thanks Ali!

  • 9.
    Cynthia said…

    I feel like a kid; I have been waiting for this! this is going to be my first WITL and I am so pumped. Already ordered some supplies and will definitely be picking up the digital elements. I am super excited and definitely recovering from my surgery so it will be a huge go! This will be a family endeavour which is also so awesome. Woohoo!

  • 10.
    amy said…

    beautiful stuff ali!

  • 11.
    Debra Ford said…

    Ali, will you be giving instructions for doing this in 12×12 format also? I see the 12×12 templates can be purchased but you mentioned you will be doing it this year in 8 1/2×11. Thanks

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Debra – I’ll likely be doing some sort of video overview that includes a very basic how-to and tips for this particular set that would apply to both the 8.5×11 and 12×12 (the steps are the same regardless of the size).

  • 12.
    Sarah K said…

    I am so happy you are using the same album (I love matching albums on a shelf) page protectors etc. but changing the style a bit. I love how easy it comes together and it is summer so we will all be busy. I talked to you at the B.L.I.S.S. event last year and told you this…”if WIL hadn’t been so stream lined it wouldn’t have happened for me.” and I will say that again. Thanks ALi….ROCK ON :)

  • 13.
    Leora Henkin said…

    I am in! Love the design and have begun collecting the supplies. I can’t wait to play along!


  • 14.
    JT said…

    Looks like fun, but the week you have chosen will not work for us. Can I change the dates on the digital files?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – they are not flattened layers – you can make them any date you want.

  • 15.
    Calvina said…

    Every year I get excited about doing “A Week in the Life of” with you and something always happens and I’ve never done it. So last month in June I was thinking I hoped to do it this year, but figured it wouldn’t work out again. But, inspired by all your great posts about “Week in the Life of” for past years I just decided to start it that very day! So, I started June 11, 2011 and I actually completed my very first “Week in the Life of” and it was SO worth it! So encouragement to others, “Just DO It!”

    • ….
      Ali said…

      That’s so great!

  • 16.
    borcherding said…

    AWESOME!! Getting really excited about doing my first WEEK IN THE LIFE!!! Thanks for all of these posts Ali…it really helps out a newbie like me for this project!

  • 17.
    sarah said…

    what a timely post ali! amber + i had a scrap day yesterday and we were chatting about week in the life. thinking about things we want to remember to document, thinking about how we want to do our albums this year. i’m looking forward to it!

  • 18.
    Felicia Young said…

    Yay! This is going to be fun! I only have one question, how many of the Hambly transparencies are you going to use?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Just one – I want enough to have seven of the small card size.

  • 19.
    Annie said…

    Hi Ali – you could also use the Studio Calico numbers stamp from the May Kit…

  • 20.
    Tara said…

    Hi Ali

    Just read your tweet about Lily…I am so sorry she if ill and I wanted to let you know I am thinking positive thoughts for Lily, you, and your family. Hope all turns out well


  • 21.

    I am so excited I have sort of been doing some pre work in the project “week in Life”…I am not a digi scrapper yet played a little with it so I need study up more on digital scrapping …I only have the trial photo shop so will that work for week in the life?
    I have my album already and did start planning layout and content but just not secure to digital scrapping? I suppose Just do It to get familiar is a way to learn??? I just have such of stash of supplies I would like to be able to incorporate??? Any suggestions Ali?

  • 22.
    Carrie said…

    Thanks for posting! I’ve been looking forward to this! My kids, especially my son, keep reminding me that “the week” is coming up. Doesn’t hurt his birthday coincides with it ;) A great way to document his 9th! Wishing the best for Lily!

  • 24.
    audra said…


    Just noticed your comment regarding Lily – Hope all turns out well! Thinking of you & your family……..

  • 25.
    ScrappinTink said…

    Thanks Ali for continuing to carry this tradition!! I loved taking the classes from you for this at CKU, and “depend” on your motivation and inspiration to continue every year!! LOVE your plans for this year’s installment!! PS sorry to hear about Lilly….I hope she is not suffering and hope the kids won’t have any more distress than is necessary at a time like this. :(

  • 26.
    Greisy said…

    Hi Ali,

    This project is so much fun and I will definitely be doing this with you this summer… although I already started documenting our daily routine. Love this idea!
    Even my husband :)
    Thank you!

  • 27.
    dawn said…

    I am so excited to do this again with you. It will be fun to have the kids home and do a summer outlook on our life. Thanks for all the hard work and details you put in to share with us. I have some stuff ready but need to finish it up. All your products look great.

    I saw your note about Lilly and hope she will be ok. Sending prayers and hugs for all of you.

  • 28.
    Felicia Young said…

    Thanks Ali! I am really looking forward to a The Week In The Life project.

  • 29.
    Christine said…

    Ali & Family
    Very sorry to hear about your dear dog Lilly. Prayers and hugs are being sent your way.

  • 30.
    Kathy said…

    Can’t wait to do this again. I did last year’s one however some journalling is still required to be finished so hoping to finish that and have my new one as well. Always so inspiring Ali, thanks for sharing and getting us all excited to come along for the ride.

  • 31.
    miss kate said…

    Hi Ali and followers,

    I’ve done a few of these over the years and love them but I just wondered is anyone doing it in a photobook format?

    I saw a woman’s album on last year and loved it! Anyone?

    Just a side note Ali, when I do travel books (in blurb) and want to add dockets, brochures etc, I leave a blank page and when it’s delivered I adhere a transparent peel on envelope. Brilliant!

    Interested to read if anyone’s going to do it in photobook format.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      LOVE that idea of leaving a blank page for stuff from traveling.

    • ….

      I’m thinking about doing it in photobook format, and I LOVE your idea of adding pocket pages after getting the book back! I love these journaling cards, though and baseball card pages so I haven’t decided what I’m doing yet.

    • ….
      Hanna said…

      mine will be digital! I think I’m going to try printing through picaboo, I’ve not been happy with the quality of blurb books.

  • 32.
    Casey Jenkins said…

    I love the idea of documenting a week in my life and this year I am getting over my fear of not completing it or not having it perfect because I know I will look back at at in years and love it!

    However, I do have a question before I begin. I didn’t do this last year and prefer the look of last years template to this years. Are you able to edit the dates of last years templates once you have download them?

  • 33.
    Jane F. said…

    Hope Lily is better soon.

  • 34.

    I wanted to say I’m very excited about doing this project. I am however a little nervous being this is my first time. I admire your work and I wish I had half your talent. I am trying not to get discouraged being my life is not all that exciting.

  • 35.
    Sandra said…

    I’m intrigued, but don’t know anything about photoshop. Ali, can I just print off the templates and add “real” photos and embellishments?

  • 36.
    Donna B said…

    Hi Ali,
    Sending prayers & good wishes out to Lily. Hope Lily is better very soon.

  • 37.
    Jill said…

    You all are in my thoughts and prayers – I hope Lily is back to good health really soon :)

  • 38.
    Molly said…

    I want to use these templates SO MUCH!! They’re awesome!!

  • 39.
    Jill said…

    I’m getting super excited about WITL 2011:) You’re right – it’s great fun to play along with others. Just ordered some Jenni Bowlin Haven papers and used your recent layout with Simon’s drawing as an example to make some accent tags for my page opener each day. And I think I have my album formula down – hooray!

  • 40.
    Steffb said…

    Love love love that your templates have big white borders so I can print them at home :-) I’m also a huge cosmo cricket fan so I’m delighted your product style matches my own personal taste this year – to top it off that week we are going to the lake with friends, so lots of cool pictures will naturally be taken….whoo hoo!

  • 41.
    gen said…

    This looks awesome Ali! I wish I had photoshop to use your designer digitals! I’ll definitely be participating!

  • 42.
    sophie said…

    hello Ali,

    this is going to be my very first time doing a “Week in the Life” along with you. i did my very first December book because i fell in LOVE with your pass books. i found that on my December book i laid everything out first, and that made the process so much easier, but that was for a whole 25 days, not 7 days. question…what tips/starting place can you offer this newcomer to this project?


  • 43.
    Kelly B said…

    I followed you doing this last year and was quite intrigued by it and I think that I’m going to attempt to pull it off this year for our family. Though, not just any week will do, I’m going to attempt to do it the week my husband returns from his deployment. I thought it would be nice way to look back at the whirlwind that comes along with welcoming him home and readjusting to being a ‘whole’ family again. Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration!

  • 44.
    Adel O said…

    The notion as using numbers as a theme is really going to help me focus on the everyday photos I want to take-like 6 sets of flips, 3 sleepovers, etc. I do have a lot of trouble working with a daily album as I find it hard to journal meaningfully. Again having the number theme may help me overcome this journalling block. Looking forward to the week and inspiration.

  • 45.

    I love your products you are going to be using. I was wondering can you purchase these as a hard copy? I don’t have Photo shop nor do I use digital software that will support that.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Christine – no hard copies available for this project. You can definitely simply take the idea (or the “map” if that makes more sense) and replicate it with regular cardstock and paper supplies. The main thing I like to keep in mind is to create a map that I repeat from one day to the next with a bit of variation (that tends to keep the whole thing simpler for me).

  • 46.
    Autumn said…

    Love the design! I can’t wait to play!

  • 47.
    carla j in ar said…

    love this year’s ideas….just so happens we are going to be on vacation that week so this will be perfect!

  • 48.
    Janie said…

    I can hardly wait to try again this year. How many sheets of patterned paper do you purchase to complete your one week?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m just starting with the four sheets listed above – I may not even use them at all or I may need more. This design in particular uses less pattern paper then I have in the past.

  • 49.
    Becky said…

    Hi Ali,
    I tried to download the font that you used at DaFont but it was either invalid or corrupt. Anyone else have this same problem? I can hardly wait for the week to come! My week doesn’t look to busy tho

    • ….
      Sandra said…

      I am also having problems downloading the fonts (actually, unzipping them).

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hmmm – I just downloaded it to my laptop tonight and it worked fine. Maybe try again.

  • 50.
    Linda said…

    Missed the sale on your new items at DD because I was enjoying a week’s vacation without my computer! Any chance they will go on sale again before July 25th?

    • ….
      Erika said…

      Hi, I missed buying them, as well, while I was waiting for paypal funds. I’m also hoping for a sale again, too…

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi guys – I know Designer Digitals is having a Christmas in July sale this week. Each day different products go on sale – keep checking, it might go on sale (I have no idea).

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