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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.


  • 51.
    sarabeth burke said…

    i love this!!! it was a crazy night at work and this morning was just so busy in between interviews, etc…so i’m going to do my day tomorrow instead :) thanks for this!!!!

  • 52.
    Gólya said…

    Thanks a lot this freebie!

  • 53.
    DanaN said…

    Thank you for the freebie! Enjoy documenting your day.

  • 54.
    Christina in TN said…

    i’m working tonight therefore can’t be around to take photos tonight, so i’ll be participating in WITL tomorrow. looking forward to it! currently, i’m enjoying everyone else’s photos via Instagram. :) also, thanks for sharing the word art.

  • 55.
    Chris H said…

    I wasn’t sure I’d do this today as it seemed it would be a very humm-drumm sort of day…been under the weather the last few days and feeling low. I found that by going ahead and starting it, even later in the day, my mood lifted and I felt better mentally, even if physically I’m still a bit off..

    Turns out our school is dismissing early for impending weather and I’ll have at least one friend hanging out here with my daughter. This project is inspiring me to be more present in their surprise afternoon off and plan to grab some fun snacks and see where the day goes…

  • 56.
    khloe said…

    Ali, why don’t you do a simple tutorial to create these beautiful handwriting words? I’d like to create one of these with my calligrafy!! :)

  • 57.
    Ruth G said…

    Love the freebie! I also love how Anna is looking at the camera, for me this would mean that the process of getting the picture then becomes part of the story to journal (what was going through her mind at that moment?) TFS!

  • 58.
    Karen Clinkinbeard said…

    Thanks so much for the word art freebie. I don’t think I have a page LO with out your word art! I’ll add it to my stash. Love your blog and all the ideas you give us.

  • 59.
    Mrs. V said…

    Thanks so much for the freebie, and I am so excited for the layered template. It is the perfect size because I like your idea of having the inserts being smaller than the regular 12×12 for the week, and I just ordered some 8.5×11 page protectors. Now, I will be all set!

  • 60.
    Deirdre said…

    Thanks so much! Hoping to capture next Tuesday as a day in the life.

  • 61.
    leanne said…

    going to do this on Saturday, a non work day…..

    i think that taking the time to focus on who you love, and capturing the little details thru words and photos is a great reminder to be thankful for all that is well in your life…… thanks for the inspiration.

  • 62.
    Kristina said…

    Thanks Ali for the print out. It’s 4:30am Thursday here in Australia and I’m all done too. Had a fun day just capturing the moment many many many times. Now too just sort them. Cheers again for the inspiration to stop and smell the roses as they say. Xo

  • 63.
    Linda J said…

    Thank you, you are so generous!

  • 64.
    Kirsten H said…

    so all over this today. Just going with my iphone through the day trying to capture the ordinary

  • 65.
    Shaela said…

    I’m going to do this – maybe next week when we get back to “normal life”, haha. Thanks for the freebie!

  • 66.
    Wendy O. said…

    Friday is my day. Can’t wait. I have camera batteries charging!

  • 67.
    Tammy said…

    First time doing this for me, and I have LOVED focusing like this today. I do PL also, so I always feel that I have a good focus on the details, but I have already taken about 75 pics today, and am having a great time. So far planning on using Becky’s Design F photo organizer for the insert. We’ll see…I was at first a bit disappointed b/c my toddler got sick, and it is clear that this will be a stay-at-home, low-key, pajama day, and that didn’t seem as interesting, but it totally is. Thanks for the inspiration and the fun of playing along with the rest of you!!!

  • 68.
    Nadine W said…

    Thank you so much for the freebie!!! Awesome!

  • 69.
    Amanda said…

    Thanks Ali! Love it!

  • 70.
    Cristina said…

    Thanks for the freebie! I can’t wait to see how you put together your day in the album!

  • 71.
    Donna C said…

    Thank you Ali!!! YOu r wonderful!

  • 72.
    Libbi M. said…

    i am having so much fun with this project. it’s only 12:07 and i’ve taken a ton of photos so far. can’t wait to see your new product at designer digitals tomorrow so i can start putting this all together. thank you so very much for the free download too.

  • 73.
    sharon said…

    Thank you Ali,
    You are so motivating to me. I did the july 2011 WITL and gained so much insight and my life is in transition also so it was an immense guide foe me. I still feel that this is an excellent avenue
    for me to be grateful as well.

    Blessings and hugs,

    Sharon Dryjanski Phoenix,,AZ Creative Escape

  • 74.
    Scrappin' Annie said…

    Thank you so much for the freebie

  • 75.
    Chris said…

    When did my life become so crazy that I couldn’t even remember that I had wanted to do this WITH YOU today?

    Crazily, I have no worries though… I have some photos from this morning, and there’s one or two I can re-create to fill in a blank or two (from my quiet time while kiddo napped).

    Ali – know that we al stand behind you during this transition to offer support and virtual hugs. I know I love your outlook on life, and I appreciate how you share so freely. And thank you SO MUCH for reminding us that sometimes taking the time TO document can help us re-evaluate how we are spending our lives.

  • 76.
    Karen said…

    Thanks so much Ali,it’s gorgeous and just what I needed!! I’m doing my day in the life today, too! Thanks for being such an inspiration and keeping me enthused about documenting our life! You Rock!!

  • 77.
    aarean said…

    This is SUCH a GREAT idea. Really truly I too am a very visual person and so actually SEEING the good in your life will surely help! :-) good luck!

    p.s. you should check out my ONA camera bag giveaway! I think you would totally love it!

  • 78.
    Jessica B said…

    Hey Ali! Thanks for the freebie! Do you have a video tutorial on how to print PNG as PDF? I want to print this as a 3 X 4 journaling card for PL in PSE but can’t figure it out. Can you help me? Thanks again!

  • 79.
    Cristina Wilson said…

    Hi Ali … this is a GREAT idea and I am also doing it today … so far here’s what I’ve got

  • 80.
    Suz said…

    Thanks for your thoughts on “A Day in the Life” and while I did not participate today, I will definitely do so in the future. Thank you as well for the awesome freebie! :)
    Have a lovely day!

  • 81.
    Yin said…

    Hi Ali, I’m in Singapore and have competed my day! Read your blog post two days ago and thought why not? I had much fun recording my very routine, typical day. And your suggestion today to include observations, gratitude, really inspired me. I’m thinking of journaling under two columns with header: Doing, and Feeling. What a great page to add to my PL! Thank you and have a blessed day too!

  • 82.
    Bea said…

    Dear Ali,
    I want to be just like you when I grow up!

    Thanks for the encouraging words and the freebie! What a nice surprise!

  • 83.
    Myriam said…

    “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    I was searching for quotes and thought I would share this one with all!
    Can’t wait to see your project!

    • ….
      jennifer said…

      Love this wonderful quote! Thanks for sharing.

  • 84.
    Mary said…

    I have always wanted to do A Week in the Life and have always been too chicken. This was perfect to get my feet wet. I am so in! :)

  • 85.
    Mandy said…

    Ali, today was/is my daughters birthday and the first one of the year for our family. Thank you for the inspiration. I can’t wait to see what I “captured” today. I would love to do this for each birthday we have this year (4 for the kids at least). I stopped a couple times and journaled in my phone, so I hope a great picture comes together. Can’t wait to see your take!

  • 86.
    Donna B said…

    Thank you so much!!! This is really wonderful of you! Very much appreciated! I’m playing along today & documenting as much as I can for a work day.

  • 87.
    Marisa G said…

    I’m in! I’ve been writing all day, and taking pictures, all with my iPhone. What did I do before I had this? Thanks for the freebie also. I’m going to cut it with my Silhouette with your instructions…haven’t had a chance to try that yet! Thanks for the encouragement. I have been doing Project Life too, and was feeling like I was already in a rut and a little bored with my process. I think this will energize me for both projects.

  • 88.
    Bonnie said…

    Thank you for the lovely gift! I love Project Life and it is something that I never thought I would do..ever. Only you, Ali, could make me see how important, fun, and endlessly creative this project is on so many levels. I never thought I could love any project as much as 25 Days of December but Project Life is a contender. :) I too am going through a major transition as my sweet mother’s health is so fragile but these moments too are such an important part of our life stories that I don’t want to miss the beauty in each moment. The camera, and the stories, reveal the deepest love we can ever feel for those we love and Project Life helps us to hold those moments forever. Big hugs, Bonnie

  • 89.
    Patricia said…

    50 minutes to go & my DITL is DONE!!! LOVED documenting my day today, never did it before, I was a little intimidated at first, but once I got going, I had so much FUN!!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us! Now, I just might do the WITL in April! :)

  • 90.
    Candy said…

    Ali–thanks so much –is this the first time you have included studio files in your products. I have most of them and never noticed it before. If you have included please let me know which ones and if not please definitely include them in your designer digital products—makes it even better!

  • 91.
    dannah said…

    Thank you so much for this!

  • 92.
    Louise said…

    Thank you for the free download. I am still learning Digital Scrapbooking. Your tutorials are very helpful!

    Have you purchased the new “girly legos” for Anna?

  • 93.
    Jessica H said…

    Just wanted to say thank you! I’m on maternity leave right now, and before I know it I will be back to work full time. I completed the week in the life project last week to help document this special time. As I was going through my massive amounts of pictures I had to smile and give you a great big thanks! There were many times last week that I wanted to quit and give up, but I’m so glad I continued.

  • 94.
    Sue FitzGerald said…

    Wow, love this, thank you and it could not have come at a better time. I was sorting through some old photos the other day and I found a packet of pics from a day in my sons life that I took when he was three, he is about to turn 13 next week. I had documented all the fun things we did together in a day just before he started kindergarten. Can’t wait to use it on a page.

  • 95.
    Jessica Hess said…

    Thank you so much for the free downloads. I did this a few years ago and that album is so precious to me. I think it’s time to do it again. :-)

  • 96.
    Amy Mallory said…

    I did it – and it was so eye opening! I can’t thank you enough for this challenge!!!

  • 97.
    Megan said…

    THanks for the freebie, I am excited to try that with my silhouette.

  • 98.
    Arlen said…

    Just found your blog from Jeffrey Gitomer’s book. Have fun taking your pictures

  • 99.
    jill said…


  • 100.
    Karen F from New Zealand said…

    Thanks so much Ali for the word art.

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