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August 1, 2011

Week In The Life 2011 | Sunday Words + Photos

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I love Sundays.

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Sundays are for hanging out.

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Sundays are for taking a little extra time over that hot cup of coffee.

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Sundays are for stocking up.

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Sundays are for organizing.

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Sundays are for giving thanks.

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Sundays are for choose-your-own-lunches.

week in the life | sunday

This Sunday included documentation.

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Sundays are for quiet times in the afternoon for reading or working in a work book or maybe taking a nap.

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Sundays are for long bike rides.

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Sundays are for swimming.

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Sundays are for taking care of things.

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Sundays are for family.

As Sunday night comes to a close around here I’m feeling calm.

I’m ready to be released from the constant thinking about documentation and get back into my regular flow of photos and words.

Obviously, I love this project but by the end I’m ready to wrap it up.

I’m thankful for this project. There are so many things that are the same and so many things that are so very different from year to year. Reflecting on that and seeing the passage of time is always something I enjoy and look forward to from year to year.

I hope you had fun this past week. I hope you didn’t make it too complicated. I hope you learned something about yourself. I hope you saw something special and found something to celebrate in your everyday.



I’m looking forward to this week of bringing it all together.

The process of gathering your content is one thing. You’re busy living and busy trying to remember to use your camera and get it all written down.

The process of actually creating something with all those photos and words is where a lot of the magic happens. I always learn a few more things about myself as I go back through the photos and read back to myself the things I wrote down and see them all together in one place. There’s something amazing about the compilation of those seven days – no matter how they went for you or your family. I so look forward to beginning this next phase of Week In The Life.

I’ll be back in a couple days with more information about my process for taking the collected content and putting it all together in an album, including a video tutorial for working with the layered templates. And in case you missed it, here’s my basic design plan & supplies for 2011.

If you’re in a hurry or wanting more right now, check out my detailed posts from last year:

Again, thank you for embarking on this journey with me.


  • 1.
    Melissa said…

    I love this!

    Here’s my day 7

  • 2.
    Laura said…

    Hi Ali!
    Here’s my Sunday!!

    A Week in the Life – Sunday – Laura

  • 3.
    Marie said…

    Love your photo! Here is my day 7:

  • 4.
    dawn said…

    I love Sunday’s too Ali and yours looks busy and filled with fun.

    Thank you so much for this amazing project and the journey with you along the way. Today will feel nice to relax and not have the camera out as much. Looking forward to your album and to the others here as well. It was fun to read all the other blogs, stayed up way too late each night.

  • 5.
    dawn said…

    I love Sunday’s too Ali and yours looks busy and filled with fun.

    Thank you so much for this amazing project and the journey with you along the way. Today will feel nice to relax and not have the camera out as much. Looking forward to your album and to the others here as well. It was fun to read all the other blogs, stayed up way too late each night. Here is my link

  • 6.
    DAnett said…

    Hi Ali! Thank for this project! :)

    Here is my last day:

  • 7.
    Laura said…

    Hi Ali!
    I have a question, I hope I can help me.
    To make the album a week in the life, I’ve bought covers from 8.5″x11″. I’m European and I don’t usually use inch sizes. When the covers arrived home,
    I’ve seen are wider than an A4 sheet, I remember that last year you printed photos in, I suppose that you printed 8.5″x11″ and you’re right in
    cover, but if you do at home, how do you do for it fair? Can you print to 8.5″x11? I only can print to A4, and the collage is small for the covers, and I don’t like the result,
    how do you do at home? any ideas?
    I don’t know if I explained well, my English isn’t very good, I hope I can help.

    Thank you very much!


  • 8.
    Jessfo said…

    Congrats on seeing this project to the end!

    Here is my Sunday:

  • 9.
    EE K said…

    this was such a fun project. thanks for the inspiration Ali!

  • 10.
    Marianne said…

    Thank you so much for a great week, loved documenting & taking a lot of photos!

  • 11.
    MelB said…

    It was my first time doing this project & I loved it. Love looking back at all the photos I have taken especially of things that I wouldn’t normally capture. Can’t wait to put it all together. :)

    Look forward to doing it again in 2012!

  • 12.
    Alison said…

    here is my sunday

  • 13.
    Jaki said…

    Thankyou Ali for motivating me to do Week In The Life.
    I enjoyed doing it…I actually missed it today (it is already Monday night here in Australia)
    Looking forward to putting mine together now, and seeing your completed project too.

  • 14.
    Debby said…

    Thanks a lot for sharing and inspiring me to join you in this project. I wasn’t able to blog it all, guess I still need to work on that, but at least I did finish the project when I thought in the beginning that I wouldn’t be able to do so.
    I hope to be able to find some time to scrap this project this week and will be looking forward to your posts.

  • 15.
    Erika said…

    Ali I truly enjoyed participating in the first half of the project and am just as excited about the second half. Thanks for sharing a peek inside your week and for allowing us to share ours with you.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the finished projects.

    Here is my Sunday

  • 16.
    cindy said…

    thanks for this project & motivation Ali. i don’t know why i didn’t do this when you first started it years ago.

    here’s my Sunday:

  • 17.
    Sandra K. said…

    I love my sundays! Relaxing with my family. Doing nothing. Wonderful.
    This is my sunday. I must say that I didn’t take a lot of pictures. I just enjoyed my sunday. LOL!!

    Thanks Ali, for a great en very thankful project!! I loved it.


  • 18.
    Robyn said…

    wew! That was great!

    Here’s my last day:

  • 19.
    Mandy said…

    This project has been a blast!

    Here is Sunday!

  • 20.
    Sara G. said…

    I am so glad that I participated for the first time! What a great project! Thank you Ali and others for sharing your week.

    Here is my Sunday:

  • 21.
    Leora Henkin said…

    Thanks Ali! It has been a very special week!

  • 22.
    Alida said…

    Hi Ali, thanks for another inspirational week. I had a 40th birthday last week, so didn’t get around to WIL, perhaps next week… Just wanted to say that your photo’s has been really awesome this year!

  • 24.
    Monica said…

    Here’s my weekend.

    Thanks Ali for this amazing project! I can’t wait to see it all pulled together!

  • 25.
    Tawnda Andrews said…

    This has been a fun week. Finding it hard not to take photos of life moments like my nook, which broke after dropping it! Here is my Sunday post:

  • 26.
    Beth said…

    I love seeing the everyday moments!

    Here’s mine:

  • 27.
    linda321 said…

    Thanks so much Ali! This is my first time, though I have watched from the sidelines before! I have really loved taking all the photos and documenting my week. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  • 28.
    Janet White said…

    I’m in the middle of assembling my week since I started a bit early and you’re right – you learn so MUCH from this whole process. I see stories I missed a photo for (but there are so many to tell, it’s not a big deal). I see some things that only need one word to tell, and others that need many. I see how intensely blessed I am.

    Latest layout (Saturday of my week):

  • 29.
    Delanie said…

    This has been such an amazing week. So glad it’s over for another year. :)

    My Sunday is here:

  • 30.
    Jennie said…

    Ali, this project was great. I have watched you do this year after year and am so glad I grabbed my camera to play along with you this time. I can’t wait to watch your album come together. Thank you for this wonderful idea!

  • 31.
    MichelleC said…

    I enjoyed this week but I am looking forward to not worrying about having the camera around all the time.

  • 32.
    Laura said…

    This was an amazing project. I am so happy I got the chance to participate this year.

  • 34.
    Suzanne said…

    Hi everyone and Ali -me too, I have really enjoyed this week. We are off on holiday to England so will catch up on the “putting it all together” when we return, but here’s my day 7 blog and collage….

    (My Sundays are a lot like Ali’s…)

  • 35.
    Sue TR (Your Story 2011) said…

    Hi Ali!
    This week has been fun and amazingly insane! Closed on new house so loads of photos the beginning of the week and so busy on the weekend…not so many but it’s OK !

    Thanks for the project ! I don’t think I would have taken the time to do as much daily life documentation this week as usual had I not had this to spur me on. I even have photos of the girls documenting their day at camp this week – awesome!

    Can’t wait to put it all together this week…my theme for this week is…you guessed it “Home” and I’m using my “Modern Homemaker” stash of papers and goodies along with the digi-templates.

    Going to be a nice break from packing up !

  • 36.
    Denise Laborde said…

    I loved giving this project another go! I loved watching and learning how you go about it. I was not as deliberate and it is ok with me.

    Thanks Ali!

    I’m looking forward to putting together what I have :)


  • 37.
    Liz Ness said…

    Hi Ali!

    This time through, I decided to go it a little differently than I had in the past. My focus was on the words (I’m always taking photographs and wanted to try something a bit different). I do have photos, but not so many. It’s been an interesting switch in perspective and I’m not sure yet what I think about it. It always takes me awhile to consider and process these things.

    One thing I know for sure, this project (no matter how it’s done) always makes me far more mindful of my everyday life. This is such a gift and I’m so grateful for it.

    While I’m on the topic of gratitude… I’m so grateful for you, your guidance and friendship, your courage to share, and you sense of adventure and fun. You rock it, girlfriend and I can’t wait to get together again for another Walkabout (which I’ll be processing and releasing in mid-sept). Wow, I’m writing a lot — maybe should have gone with an email. Ah, well, it’s here.

    Happy summer, my friend and hi to your mom! =)

    Loads of love,

  • 38.
    Alexandra said…

    Hi Ali!
    More great photos and words – love it!!
    I have another camera/photography question…
    what would you recommend for learning more… books, blogs etc??
    any special sources you learned a lot from?
    thanks so much,

  • 39.
    Jakki said…

    She is so cute and girly surrounded by all that mud!

  • 40.
    Lori said…

    thank you, thank you ali prompting us to do week in the life :)

  • 41.

    I MADE IT!!! now if only I had been juice fasting at the same time! HA!

    thank you Ali seriously, my readers have enjoyed this as much I have :)

    Full heart today!

  • 42.
    Debbie K said…

    Hi Ali! I’m a first time participant too this year. I was scared to see if I would follow through but I made it! Your words of encouragement and the community at large made it easy to take the step in documenting a week. I am really looking forward to putting it all together. Thanks for all the resources you provide! You don’t know how many times I referred back to your website for guidance. I really loved the look of your 2010 album so I am very much emulating your style. Hopefully in upcoming years I will deviate into my own style more! Thanks! I will try and post up pictures somewhere soon!

  • 43.
    Libbi M. said…

    i did it! first time for me. i’m in the process of doing your 2010 style and i really like how it is coming along. i’m so glad i took my camera to work and captured little details like you suggested in a previous comment to me. it really helped. thank you so much for taking the time in doing this project and i am so glad i followed you along with all your other w.i.t.l. followers. can’t wait to see how your album comes together.

  • 44.
    Libbi M. said…

    did you notice how the froth in your coffee cup looks like a heart. love it! awesome capture!!

  • 45.
    Amy Lynn said…

    Phew! I made it. This week started off like it always does, running everywhere, but ended with the development of a devastating personal situation. It’s beena tough week to say the least but I am so glad I finsihed WITL. The “lessons” that I learned about myself this week and changes that this project brought forth will be with me forever. It has been a transformational journey… One that (hopefully) I look back on a year from now, and be thankful that I survived. I think putting together my album will be kind of tough, but maybe “good therapy”. No matter what life throws at you and how bad the day may seem, the next morning starts a new day, with new hope and new possibilities. That phrase will be the last entry to my WITL journey. Thanks Ali…

  • 46.
    sue said…

    Maybe it’s just me but that seemed like alot of activity for a hanging-out kind of day! LOL.

  • 47.
    Megan Renfree said…

    Thank you so much for this adventure this week Ali! I struggled a bit with the documentation, but I didn’t stress about it. I just went with it. And I love that I have the whole week of photos! I am really looking forward to putting the album together when my photos arrive, and I can’t wait to see what you do. being the first year I have done this project, I can honestly say, it was a great experience and one my whole family got involved in!!

  • 48.
    Heidi said…

    I can’t wait to put mine together, either. A bit less documentation than I had planned but still a lovely, lovely capture of our week. Like many other posters said, I definitely have an overwhelming sense of being blessed when I do this project. I’m pretty sure this will become a fave album for our boys (just like last year’s). Thanks so much, Ali.

    And still considering what to do w/ the videos I captured. Can’t wait to see what you do w/ yours. (I’m guessing I will flash drive them and include that in the album…)

  • 49.
    Michele H. said…

    ali – thank you so much for this wonderful project! what i love the most is not only the slice of life that i capture but it’s the additional stories that i’m able to tell! for the first time in a long time, I really looking forward to creating more pages:)

  • 50.
    Joy Buss said… was a great week! This is my 4th time doing a WITL project and as always I love the finished project! This was the first time I did it while on vacation and it is a completely different perspective. Less schedule journaling and more stories and picutres. Fun! Thanks again for sharing this journey with us!

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