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February 9, 2012

A Day In The Life | The Documentation

Here’s a look at some of the photos I captured yesterday during my Day In The Life:

A Day In The Life | Taking Care
A Day In The Life | Before Breakfast
A Day In The Life | Breakfast
A Day In The Life | Sending Off
A Day In The Life | Photographing
A Day In The Life | Working
A Day In The Life | Lily Sleeping
A Day In The Life | Washing
A Day In The Life | Homework
A Day In The Life | Ballet
A Day In The Life | Reading
A Day In The Life | A + G

It was a very normal, very ordinary day around here – exactly what I wanted to document.

And here’s the photo collage I put together using my A Day In The Life Layered Template:

I’m going to slip this into an 8.5×11 page protector and add it to Project Life for this week along with my Daily Sheets:


You’re invited to include a link to your Day In The Life Documentation here. Please link directly to your post vs. your general blog link.


  • 1.
    mandyb said…

    this idea looks great!!!
    i love the farwell pic with all the animals at your feet!!!
    great having them around isnt it!!!
    THanks for sharing

  • 2.
    Libbi M. said…

    oh ali… this is so wonderful! i just purchased all your new stuff today from d.d.. i am currently working and editing all my photos i took yesterday. and i took a lot of photos. super excited to do a similar photo collage. thank you for inspiring so many people to document a day in our life.

  • 3.
    jenn shurkus said…

    love your photos ali ;) i was doing really good with photos and then lost momentum… hoping to do this soon though

  • 4.
    Suzanne said…

    I decided to do a video version of Day in the Life. I’ve been meaning to video one of our days and I thought yesterday would be the perfect day to join you in video form. Thanks Ali!

  • 5.
    Suz said…

    Lovely documentation of your day in words + pictures! :)

  • 6.
    dawn said…

    Ali, this just makes me smile and smile!! You have such a talent for catching the everyday little things. Your office is gorgeous in white, love love it. So happy you shared so many of little George, was hoping for that. I’ve been busy all morning with last minute decorations plans for my now 15 year old daughter’s bday TODAY!!! She doesn’t know, TOP SECRET!! Even getting her siblings out of school early to surprise her.
    I’ve already been praying extra for you today so that tomorrow your little girl will have the best birthday and know without a doubt how LOVED she is by BOTH her parents. Sending you strength and patience and UPLIFTING CHEERS to carry you thru this weekend. Enjoy this time with your sweet 3 year old, it goes by sooooo fast.
    Thanks again for making time to share a DAY IN OUR LIVES with us. I enjoyed it soooo much.

  • 7.
    sharyn said…

    I didn’t know if I’d tackle the day in the life yesterday – but I woke up and went at it – so glad I did. Thanks for the inspiration Ali!

  • 8.
    Chris H said…

    Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary…is what it is about.

    I felt like my day was just too…dull, my pictures just dumb or badly taken…and almost trashed the whole thing last night after I worked on pulling everything together, vowing to do it again another day instead.
    I slept on it, reopened everything this afternoon with fresh eyes, and decided it was…what it was…and it was worth saving. I reflected on these feelings in my observations:

    “It is sometimes a bit difficult to find things that are photo worthy for a project like this. And to a certain extent, I feel like this whole thing is blah. I know the point of this exercise is to embrace the ordinary, but today, other than a surprise early school dismissal, was really a very laid back day without a lot of excitement. As I write all this and finish it up, I feel a bit unfulfilled, but I also know that years from now I will enjoy this snapshot into normal life. The next time I might try to pick a weekend day.”

    Thanks for sharing, Ali.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes, exactly.

  • 9.
    Catherine said…

    Love how your layout turned out, Ali. Also sending you a big high five for reading the paper! So nice to see that.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I love reading the paper.

  • 10.
    Cathy L. said…

    I love how the pets are in so many of the pictures. They become such a big part of our lives, don’t they? Mine follow me around all day.

  • 11.

    LOVE it Ali! I am doing A Day in the Life on the 12th of EVERY single month this year and making it into a separate book that goes along with my Project LIfe book (I am doing PL, but my own version, not using the actual PL stuff this year)!
    so LOVE your photos!

    • ….
      tracey said…

      Great idea, Tara! :^)

    • ….
      ANGI B said…

      i love that idea!

  • 12.
    scrappysue said…

    Loved the peek into your day Ali and loved tackling it myself! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 13.
    Megan said…

    Absolutely love your feet picture (with your dog and cat)!

  • 14.
    Monica L. said…

    I like the pic in which you hold the wireless…looks so funny. Love all your pics!

  • 15.
    Jessi said…

    That is exactly what I felt about our day too and what I love. It was just a normal, ordinary day.

  • 16.

    Love this. I think I might try doing a detailed day for Project Life soon too — maybe next week.

  • 17.
    Sarah said…

    I quite enjoyed doing this. Although I’m frustrated that I forgot in the morning, so didn’t get breakfast, lunch or friend coming in and that I over-relied on my iPhone rather than using my big camera, I got a couple shots I’m really pleased with including a couple self portraits :) Considering week in the life now. Thanks for the inspiration Ali- you are amazing :) hope you have a lovely time celebrating Anna’s 3rd birthday.

  • 18.
    Carolyn HP said…

    ALi, I love that you too need to remind yourself to breathe. I have been sick this week so I didn’t really fully participate on February 8th however I took a few extra photos for my project life week than I would have had I not read your blog and been thinking about day in the life even while sick… Thanks for being you & sharing your inspiration & yourself with the world :)

  • 19.
    Teri Hartman said…

    I wish I could have done this.

    LOVE your first photo of feeding George Washington.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You can do it any day Teri :) .

  • 20.
    Cathy Z. said…

    WORK that self timer. Love, love.

  • 21.
    Chris said…

    Totally loving how you simply GOT IT DONE. I’m finally working on my photos from yesterday and will hopefully get my blog post up before Little Man wakes from his nap. Here’s to the less than an hour I still have!

  • 22.
    Kym said…

    I feel so grateful that you continue to share so much of yourself through what must be a very difficult time in life. Your work keeps me inspired to continue scrapbooking and living in a very authentic way….thank you. :)

  • 23.
    Suzette said…

    Ali, I love this! I wish I had participated!

  • 24.
    elise said…

    awesome. also, I am OBSESSED with the wall paint in Anna’s ballet studio. how cool.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s super cool!

  • 25.
    Paula G said…

    Oh boy…I started gung ho and it turned into a life-changing day, only not for the better. Unfortunately my mom, who lives with us, is almost certainly having a reoccurence of a very agressive cancer. Asking for prayers, I am taking her for the biopsy tomorrow. My mom is such a sweetheart, lives with us, is an angel grandmother to my kids. I am glad I documented this day because it is going to be an important day to look back on, right now the feelings are raw and scary.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m so sorry to read that Paula – will be thinking about you and your Mom.

  • 26.
    Kate S said…

    Such beautiful pictures of an ordinary day – really makes you thankful for the little things.

    Can you tell me where the black and white pencil bag (makeup bag?) on your desk is from? I’m always on the lookout for great pencil bags and that one is so cute plus it looks a little bigger than most…

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Kate – unfortunately I have no idea :) . I like it too. I use it for pens and pencils.

    • ….
      Kate S said…

      Bummer! No brand, either? Thanks for looking! I’ll just have to keep my eyes peeled!

    • .
      Ali said…

      Nope – I looked inside too. No tags.

    • ….
      Kate S said…

      I’m thinking I’ll have to track something similar down on Etsy. Thanks for taking the time!

  • 27.
    Eileen said…

    Your cat reminds me of my Beardsly, although he probably has a little more white in him. I like that you can get nice photos of your cat. Beardsly won’t cooperate at all. When I bring the camera out, he thinks it is time to attack it.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      HA! This George thinks he is either a dog or a person and definitely wants to be where all the people are located.

  • 28.
    Joeynumber41 said…

    Is the template for PSE only?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – it is meant to be used in Photoshop or Elements. What program were you wanting to use and I can double-check.

  • 29.
    Denise A. said…

    Love how the new addition to the household – George – is featured so prominantly. :)

    I have a cat named George, too (and also, one named Henry).

    Georges make great cats.

  • 30.
    Rebecca W said…

    I did my own DITL, as inspired by you. Ours was an ‘ordinary’ day as well, and looking back at the pictures (taken all on my phone as an added challenge) they might seem slightly uninteresting to me now, but know that they’ll be fun to look back on in years to come when our son is older and no longer a baby. :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Exactly. So much of it is about perspective -

  • 31.
    Brooke said…

    Awesome! Love the “looking down from above” shots and what a fantastic room for Anna to have her ballet classes in. Love the stripes.

  • 32.
    Betsy said…

    I had a great time doing this yesterday so much so that I think I will do it every month on the 8th! I even got my daughter to text me some photos from college that I included in my layout. Loved the template that you created it fit so many photos and since many of mine are instagram the squares were perfect. I have found that as my kids are getting older they really don’t want me taking their photo with the DSLR but are okay with the iphone so I have lots of phone photos of them. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

  • 33.
    Stacy said…

    Very nice. I’m thinking about documenting February 29th…Leap day. I think it would be neat to see how we spend our extra day this year.

  • 34.
    tracey said…

    Wow, Ali. I don’t comment often, but I have to tell you how inspiring it was to see and read about your ordinary day. I really love your record sheets – especially that the second one includes a gratitude section. I know you’re going through a tough time, and it’s great to see that you’re still stopping to record the details like this. You truly are an inspiration!

  • 35.
    Jill D said…

    For some reason, it gives me a lot of reassurance to see that you too have scrapbook supplies on the floor. It’s like I am not the only one out there. :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I have hope that they will be up off the floor soon – I’m really adept at making piles.

  • 36.
    Amanda S. said…

    I always love when you do these Ali! I definitely want to do one again and wish that yesterday had worked out for me to do so. I love how you included the pets in your documentation too! I’ve read your blog for YEARS and I have to say that I’m worried for you – I don’t think I’ve ever seen you seem so tired. I hope you are okay and that you had more to eat yesterday than coffee, chips & salsa! Big hug!! :)

  • 37.
    Michelle said…

    I fell in love with the day-in-the-life documenting this past fall. I did a whole week and they are my FAV pics from 2011! It was fun to do a whole week, because it is hard to capture “normal” in our home! We homeschool and have 6 children and each day looks a little different. :) I have a 4 inch stack of photos to squeeze into my PL album for that week, but they will be so neat to look back on!

  • 38.
    Abby P said…

    So love this! I wasn’t planning to participate, photographically speaking, but I made a list of my entire day to add to my PL, and am good with that! Question: what setting do you have your camera on when you take pics of the kids in low light situations – like when Simon was in bed reading…and, No.2: when you do self-portraits, I see that you use your remote (which I have), but how do you focus your camera on yourself when you’re behind the camera focusing, and not in the chair???? There’s probably a simple answer and I’m just putting too much thought into it, but I’d love to do self-portraits and mine always come out with me being blurry. P.S. I have a Canon – looking to upgrade to the Mark II in April! :D

  • 39.
    breeoxd said…

    I love those sheets- those are a great idea and might help me along with COMPLETING one of these, not just having extra pics lol

  • 40.
    NancyLee said…

    Lovely photos in just one day! Thank you for another adventure ms. Ali. I’m so glad that I played along. I must say that I love this and the week in the life. I always look forward to them every year and there’s just something about capturing the moments of an ordinary life turned extra ordinary after viewing all photos we’ve taken. Can’t wait for the week in the life….

  • 41.
    Samantha F said…

    Ali, I’m an avid follower of your blog, and this is AWESOME!
    I’m so inspired to do this myself.
    Maybe tomorrow?!

  • 42.
    Jana said…

    So, so awesome Ali!
    The way you document the everyday has been completely inspirational and fundamental in my attempt to do the same. My process of recording our very “ordinary” days through photos and thoughts has brought so much gratitude, joy and peace into my life that would have otherwise been missed in the hustle and bustle (so easy to get caught up in). For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • 43.
    ANGI B said…


    you do such an awesome job with this project. you capture your world perfectly. i need to come up with a plan to get this done. my husband and i both work and the teens and my youngest son are in school. we’re pretty much scattered for the majority of the day. saturday would probably be the best day to capture ourselves in detail. maybe i can get my family to participate and take pics of their day on their camera phones and then gather everyone’s photos at the end of the day? thanks for sharing your life. so inspiring as always!

  • 44.
    Mel said…

    Love your day Ali. I joined in too and did yesterday (thurs) It was such a fun but challenging thing to do getting the camera going but really worthwhile.

    Thanks as ever for the inspiration.

  • 45.
    Ann said…

    Ali, your house is so neat! In my pictures you can always see toys and other junk in the background! You have great light to work with too. Lucky!

  • 46.
    ML said…

    I’ve been reading you for sometime….I don’t scrapbook (!) but I’m 55 and I appreciate your links to wisdom and inspirational sights like ZenHabits and Brene Brown. Keeps me hip. Well, hip-per.

    And thanks for the picture of your desk. You’re an introvert, I can tell so I appreciate the openness with which you trust. Looks like my desk.

    Somehow sharing the good and the not-so-good keeps the world from seeming so big.


  • 47.
    Sarah said…

    Love the picture of feeding time with George and Lily. And peeking into Simon’s room. Just great. I don’t know if it’s the camera, the lens, or the photographer, but your pics are so great.

  • 48.
    cindy said…

    great photos Ali. i love your idea of making photo collage for your day. will have to try that. happy weekend to you & the family!

  • 49.
    Libbi M. said…

    question??? i’m trying to print my 8.5×11 day in the life template that i made using your newest d.d. product but i can’t seem to get it to print without a white border. i used scrapbook to print out all my week in the life prints but they are no longer in business. do you have any suggestions? costco, target, ect.. only have 8×10 option.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi LIbbi – I printed mine with a white border :) . I also have the option to print borderless on my printer (you might have that too) but I decided to do mine with a border? I’m pretty sure that Persnickety Prints has an 8.5×11 option -

    • ….
      libbi m. said…

      Thank you. I uploaded my photo to persnikity prints and when it came time to order, I learned they charged $5.00 for shipping. Yikes!!! I think I will just print mine from home.

  • 50.
    Hili said…

    I love the photos ,love the colors, I love your diagonal lines, love that you are making the effort to include yourself in story . Love the photo of you at your desk . So many of us shoot our families and never include ourselves. What kind of a remote are you using ? Are you happy with it ?

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