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February 8, 2012

A Day In The Life | Documenting Today

Thursday With Anna
From February 2010.

Happy Wednesday!

Here’s my goals for today as I document A Day In The Life:

1. Take a bunch of photos. I feel like I’ve slacked off a lately. Some of my favorite photos have come from the times when I’ve been consciously documenting our days (such as during Week In The Life). I’m thinking I’ll probably do a combination of iPhone and DSLR with the intent to create a “picture story” (via Henri Cartier-Bresson) of my day. I’m hoping to get some good use out of the wireless remote I recently purchased for my bigger camera.

2. Really capture a written look at the basic everyday details (times, places, events) combined with observations, thoughts and gratitudes of life right now.

I’m planning to add my content to my Project Life album. I created an 8.5×11 layered template for photos that I’m going to pair that with the Daily Sheets (no need to re-write or type all that content over again).

No matter what time you come across this post today (or in the days to come), it’s not to late to do this on your own. There’s never a perfect day for this project. Maybe you do it for half the day or tomorrow or the next day or next week. You don’t have to add it to Project Life. Maybe at the end of the day you look back and see five stories you want to tell. Maybe just one. Maybe you’ll create a minibook of your day or a single layout. Or maybe you will post on your blog and capture the content with words and photos online.

Whatever you do, it counts.

I’m doing this today because I need to see, via words and photos, where we are (I am) right now. I need to be reminded of all that is good and loving even in the midst of a major life transition. I’ve learned over the years that these sorts of projects have a way of bringing that all to the surface and it helps me see the areas I may need/want to make adjustments in daily routines.

Click here to download the A Day In The Life freebie.

To help celebrate today, and encourage you along the way, I designed a digital freebie for you. It includes two PNG files (one 4×6 and one 3×4) and two Silhouette Studio files. For more information on working with digital files check out my links for Getting Started With Digital Scrapbooking.

Have fun today. No rules. No stress.


  • 1.
    Sylvia said…

    LOVE this project and can’t wait to see yours! Thanks so much for the awesome freebie, I will include it into my PL album today. Have a great day ‘shooting’!

  • 2.
    mel said…

    Hey Ali

    Saw that you are doing this only yesterday and my mind is whirring about joining in. Probably will do tomorrow.

    So looking forward to seeing your’s and everyones day in the life.

    Just saying ‘day in the life’ makes it sound so important and it is isn’t, it every day is.

    Oh, and thanks for the download too.

  • 3.
    Vera said…

    This is a wonderful wonderful idea. One day, i will do this. :)

  • 4.
    Sandra said…

    Thank you Ali, for the download. I will def. use it.
    I love seeing a day through my photos.
    So far so good. I must say that I forgot to take pictures of my girls getting ready for school, because of the hectic morning routine.
    Love to see everyones endresult.

    Sandra :)

  • 5.
    Vera said…

    my wednesday is winding down. i had fun sneaking pictures in places in never usually take them…in stores, at the gym… thanks for the freebie~

  • 6.
    khloe said…

    thank you very much for this new .studio file!!! it’s very pretty.
    and thanks for the idea of day in the life!

  • 7.
    dawn said…

    Good Wednesday Morning everyone!! I am excited and ready for today, have taken 2 photos already. This is a perfect time for me to document our family also, we have bdays this week and little ones that keep changing to fast. Thanks so much for inspiring us to do this Ali, have a fun day as well.

    Are you putting the linky up tomorrow?

  • 8.
    Eni said…

    Thanks so much for this gift!

  • 9.
    Mallory said…

    Thank you so much for the freebie Ali! I love it! I work at a preschool from 9-5 so it’ll be interesting to see how this turns out. I hope I can pull it off. :) Happy Wednesday!

  • 10.
    Krissy said…

    Love this free download — perfect sizes etc.

  • 11.
    NatalieSpring said…

    Rock on! I love this freebie! Thanks, Ali!

  • 12.
    Lisa W. said…

    Man your good…very very good. THANK you for reminding us all that “A day in the life” is SO important to each and every one of us…through good times and bad!!! Thanks Ali:)

  • 13.
    kelli said…

    I’m snapping away. ooh love the freebie. it’s cool to be you. and it’s cool to read your blog. sigh.

  • 14.
    Katie said…

    Thank you so much for the freebie! I’m so excited to join in for my first Day in the Life!

  • 15.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    thanks for the download Ali

  • 16.
    Patty said…

    Hi Ali, count me in today!
    I am documenting my day from 4 am…I am finished to read the biography of Henry Cartier-Bresson and I feel just motivated for “The Decisive Moment”.

    Thanks for sharing your digital work for free this time and for open your heart everyday for us. I really enjoy this day with all of you in this challenge of documenting our story!

  • 17.
    patty said…

    thanks ali!

  • 18.
    Anne said…

    Thank you for the download! It inspires me to make a Minialbum about this! I will definitely us it!

  • 19.
    Peg said…

    Have a fun day with your project Ali. Sounds like you could use a great big hug too so consider yourself hugged! You are an inspiration when you use creativity the way you do to make yourself and your life better. :)

  • 20.
    Nikki M said…

    Love that this is happening today. What better day than today to DO SOMETHING! :) Thanks for the freebie. My PL album is shaping up nicely with lots of bits of your products that I adore. Thank you for your generosity and encouragement. I also can’t believe that Anna is already almost 3!!!!!

  • 21.
    Paula G said…

    I’m in today! It started atypically and no telling where it will end…it’s one of those roller coaster type days…but I’ve taken a couple of photos already and thanks SO much for the free download :)

  • 22.
    Celeste said…

    Thanks for all your gracious freebies Ali! And always challenging us to share our stories, both the easy and hard ones!

  • 23.
    jamie said…

    Its your story telling inspiration that led me to you.
    Appreciate the authenticity of needing to tell what is good and loving in the midst of life and its transitions. That will be looming in my mind all day.

  • 24.
    Dori said…

    Thanks for the lovely freebies. I’m clicking away…

  • 25.
    Deonne said…

    Thanks for the freebie- love your new Silhoutte cutable PNGs! I’ve been awake early (probably the excitement of a whole day to document) and am working to get my husband shooting Blackberry pics of his day too- just emailed him with a few ideas for photos that hopefully won’t embarass him. Told him that he tell his co-workers it was for his goofy scrapbooking wife. :-) Thanks for the forms for Week in the Life too- makes recording projects like this much easier.

  • 26.
    Melanie said…

    Thanks for the freebie!!! I’ve been taking pics since I got up this morning. Love this idea.

  • 27.
    Abbey said…

    I did forget this was happening until 8:45, but am happily snapping away now on what is a fairly unusual day in my life, but still a part of my story that it will be good to preserve as very few people in my life see the days like this when I am away on work travel.

  • 28.
    Dawn F. said…

    Thank you so much. You are always so generous!

  • 29.
    Beth said…

    This is awesome! This is so doable for me! I have always loved the week in the life concept, but have never finished a whole week yet! I am thinking that an album of day in the life at various times maybe just what I need! Thank you so much for the inspiration Ali!

  • 30.
    Susie Leggett said…

    Have fun today Ali. You are going to love that new remote. I purchased one of those before we went to Disney World last September and love it. I like it because there is no delay with it (vs. using the self timer and jumping back in the picture). Makes capturing the right moment a whole lot easier. Must do this sometime very soon myself. Hope that God shines his light on you today and lifts you up.

  • 31.
    Mary St Clair said…

    I think I will do this Saturday, to document a weekend, and add as an insert into my Project Life album. I think you make an excellent point about looking around in the midst of major life changes/challenges, which we have also experienced this last week around here…. Thank you for the wonderful downloads too! I am just getting into digital elements and I love your offerings on designer digitals!

  • 32.
    elaine said…

    love the download and cutie anna not looking at book but camera instead.

  • 33.
    Sharyn said…

    Thanks Ali, I’m too late for documenting today but can see one coming up next week. :)

  • 34.
    Angie said…

    Thank you Ali!

  • 35.
    Tamar said…

    We are already done and dusted over in Australia – thank you for the inspiration :)
    Tamar x

  • 36.
    Bebete said…

    Hi Ali. This is the first year I’m doing project life and I’m doing day in the life today as well. Taking lots of pictures and making notes on your Daily Sheets as the day moves along . I’m so excited about this project!! Can’t wait to share it! Thank you for all the inspiration!

  • 37.
    Joy Buss said…

    Love Day in the life….thanks for letting us join you in the journey. You are great at giving just enough motivation to get me to say “today is the day”! Thanks Ali… <3

  • 38.
    Ginger said…

    Thankyou for sharing Ali!! It’s adorable! You are so sweet to share!

  • 39.
    Irene said…

    Thank you for the download, Ali. I am loving your new perspective on life. Wishing you all well.

  • 40.
    Lisa Browning said…

    Thank you for the freebies!

  • 41.
    Jacque said…

    Thanks for the freebie. Do you use the remote switch with this or just the remote by itself? Ali, pat yourself on the back for the love and joy you bring your family and all of us, even when it is a time of difficulty. You truly shine and light up the world around you!!!!

  • 42.
    Laura said…

    Thanks for the gift – I am just learning the digital stuff but I have high hopes!

  • 43.
    Krista said…

    thanks for the freebie! I’m going to do our day on Monday. Love the idea of working it into the project life book.

  • 44.
    Tania Willis said…

    i saw your mention of this just the other day and decided that i was going to document an afternoon visit to the hospital. not something we do every day, but a place we visit often–a few times a month–seeing various specialists and such. i approached the 3 hour visit with a play-by-play approach.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think that is so awesome Tania.

  • 45.
    o-girl said…

    LOVE the word art! Thank you so much for generously sharing your time & talent. Happy ‘day in the life’! Wishing everyone a lovely day of being present!

  • 46.
    moi said…

    Hi Ali, thanks for the freebie .YOU ROCK!

  • 47.
    Jenny Meyerson said…

    “I need to be reminded of all that is good and loving even in the midst of a major life transition.” – Yes, this. And this is why I adore you, Ali. You are doing so unbelievably well. Keep on and enjoy your day.

  • 48.
    Wendy said…

    Love this project. Thank you for the freebie.

  • 49.
    Dawaila said…

    I have a daycare in my home, so thought I would do this and make a little book for each family. Just to give them a really good glimpse into our day. Haven’t been excited about a project for awhile, Thanks.

  • 50.
    Laurel said…

    Thanks for the freebie. Love it!

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