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February 6, 2012

Join In | A Day In The Life + Dates For 2012 Week In The Life

week in the life | bringing it together : the photos

Anyone want to join me in documenting a day in your life this week?

As I was sitting with Simon at breakfast this morning I was thinking that it’s been awhile since I did a full day of documentation. I’m planning to do it this Wednesday, February 8th.

If you’d like to join in all you need to do is wake up on Wednesday (or any day this week) with a commitment to writing down and photographing the course of your day.

To simplify the process you can download my set of my printable Daily Sheets and use whichever day you plan to document.

You can blog about your day, create a layout, add it to your Project Life, etc. I’m thinking I might just include an extra page or two in Project Life.

I’ll share my experience, and include a place for you to link to yours, later this week.


I also wanted to announce that I’ll be doing the Week In The Life project again this year from April 23rd through April 29th.

You can take a look at past Week In The Life projects here. More details to come.


  • 51.
    Wendy O. said…

    So Excited. It’s on my calendar!

  • 52.
    Nicole said…

    I’ll do this too! I plan on doing tomorrow…that’s are most routine day of the week!

  • 53.
    Jana said…

    Week In the Life added to April calendar – but I’ll be starting the 22nd – Sunday-Saturday fits my brain better :) . Also will do the Day in the Life this week – should be fun to play during an OSU-work-day! Have my Wed. sheet already printed & ready to go! Fun stuff Ali – thanks.

  • 54.
    Teri Hartman said…

    I want to try…although it will definitely be difficult (being a teacher, and all). Here’s hoping!

  • 55.
    Melinda T said…

    Great idea!

  • 56.
    Jules Hollis said…

    so excited for WITL!!

  • 57.
    Amy said…

    I’d love to join you but we’ve just had a “major” blow to our usual schedule- not sure what I’d capture for sure. Until today we’ve worked 7-4 since probably 2003 or so- before that it was 4-10′s at 7-6. We’re now working 8-5 and it feels like total craziness to me- probably because I’m very much a morning and early to bed person and am now having to shift my entire day around so that I don’t lose the hour. So, Wednesday won’t be ordinary in that sense. But, the change in schedule will make A Week in the Life very different from the past years.

  • 58.
    Marsaille said…

    In for a day in for a week!

  • 59.
    Lara said…

    Aiming to do Thursday! Thanks Ali – inspiring as always :-)

  • 60.
    adrienne said…

    Yes, I will join in! I’ve never done this before so I’m super excited :) Thanks for the Daily Sheets!

  • 61.
    Karina said…


    I never did this before, but i read about it, so this will be the first time for me !!!

    Thanks, Ali, for all your hard work !!!


  • 62.
    Megan Anderson said…

    I’m going to be trying WITL for the first time this year! I’ve been doing December Daily for 3 years and started Project Life this year; this is the first time that WITL seems doable.

    I can’t wait to see what you and everyone else comes up with!

  • 63.
    aliza said…

    Looking forward to Week in the Life. I still have yet to make an album, but I’ve taken the pictures the last 2 years. They say third time’s a charm.

  • 64.
    cindy said…

    so excited!!! i had so much fun last year doing week in the life for the first time & can’t wait to begin again in April. totally doing day in the life this week, too. :)

  • 65.
    Carol Mc said…

    Definitely going to try it out. Thanks for the sheets.

  • 66.
    gladysdavid said…

    So excited for both! I predict I will be so busy at work this wednesday to be able to document anything… but I’ll try!

  • 67.
    joeynumber41 said…

    Wednesday is my sister’s 35th birthday and we are going to spend the day together. We are both excited to do this!

  • 68.
    sarabeth burke said…

    i absolutely love this and can’t wait :)


  • 69.
    Lyndall said…

    Hi Ali, my 11 year daughter did WITL last December. It was a school project completely of their choice. It was a week of her last year of primary school (we are in Australia, so different to U.S. I think) She got permission and walked around the school with a camera around her neck. She used your templates each night. Neither of us had used PSE before. It was successful and she got the knack of it very quickly. Just thought I’d encourage people that using the templates made it easy for her and working with photoshop is not too difficult. :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      That’s so cool!

  • 70.
    Debbi G. said…

    I am in! I’ve been wanting to do the “week” for a few years, but never seemed to get it done. One day is a good start :)

  • 71.
    Nikki M said…

    I’m in! A great prelude to A Week in the Life.

  • 72.
    Donna B said…

    I’m in for both!

    Wednesday I’ll be at the office, and then at a doctor’s appt. Also looking forward to WITL 2012…April 23rd through April 29th.

    Thank you!

  • 73.
    Deb P said…

    That’s a great week to do week in the life as that’s my birthday week!! I love the idea of documenting a day and adding it to PL. I need more daily routine photos. I think I just forget since it is things we do everyday!

  • 74.
    Brenna said…

    I will be in for both! Excited to add a more detailed day in the life to our Project Life album.

  • 75.
    Jenny B. said…

    I was just thinking the other day that with doing Project Life this year, I might not want to do A Week in The Life again, but instead just do a detailed Day in the Life spread. And, here you are! :) Thank you!

  • 76.
    Christine said…

    Oh what fun! I really enjoyed this project last July. I also really enjoyed this project during the Summer. Lots going on. The week you selected is a very ordinary week for my family. Should be quite a contrast with the Summer.

  • 77.
    Allison said…

    I’m in! Thanks for always being such a great source of inspiration!

  • 78.
    Jaime said…

    I’m in!

  • 79.
    Jacqui said…

    I’m in! Printing my daily sheet and read to go

  • 80.
    Sandra said…

    Well i am going to give it a try tomorrow.

    Sandra :)

  • 81.
    Anna said…

    Good choice of day, Ali! Since it’s my birthday…! :-)

  • 82.
    Esther said…

    Ha, that’s funny!
    I’m currently in the process of scrapping a whole day of pictures I took in 2006 and was thinking of doing the same again soon.
    So, I’m in, A Day In The Life 2012 it is!! And somehow this is exactly how I called my album, haha!
    Here’s a link to the layouts, the papers and inspiration are from Paislee Press:
    I made templates for fast scrapping. :)

    • ….
      Esther said…

      Hm, that didn’t work as I planned. If you click on my name it will take you to the album, but you have to be logged in at Facebook. :/

  • 83.
    Amy Lynn said…

    Count me in…I’m ready! I think I’ll pick…hmmm…Friday! Thanks for this mid-February kick in the pants…lol. Doing WITL or even just for a day like your doing this week, always helps me “re-focus” on what’s really important in my life. It’s been a tough week already and it’s only Tuesday, this is definately a much appreciated distraction.

  • 84.
    Carol said…

    I like the idea. Couldn’t get the sheets to print. :(

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Carol – are you using Adobe Reader to open the PDF file? What was happening?

  • 85.
    Cynthia said…

    I’ve been thinking about this all day and I’ve decided to go for it, so count me in too! I think instead of photos, I’ll use ephemera from the day–receipts, newspaper headlines, junk mail bits, the finished crossword puzzle, bird feathers, leaves…whatever my day entails. I think it will stretch my creativity to find ways to document ordinary events throughout the day. Thanks, Ali!

  • 86.
    Coleen said…

    I’m in. Thanks for the download.

  • 87.
    Kimberlee said…

    Sounds like a good idea to me. :D

  • 88.
    Carmen said…

    I think I WILL do tomorrow. It’s my 43rd birthday!

  • 89.
    Kimberly White said…

    The daily sheets are brilliant!!!! Thank you Ali!

  • 90.
    Leslie said…

    This sounds fun!!! I’m going to join you tomorrow. Thanks for the idea!!! Trying to make a conscious effort to start documenting the everyday!!! :-)

  • 91.
    Candace Lawlor said…

    Definitely in! Fun, fun, fun. I’ll just have to refer to your sheets though, since my stinkin’ printer just broke. Still fun, fun, fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 92.
    Caroll B said…

    I’m game! Got a HUGE meeting tomorrow but I’ll shock tgem all by whipping out the iPhone and documenting!

  • 93.
    EOT said…

    It is late & I found you. Fascinating! I am so swamped at work, up too late tonight, but I will want to remember this one day. So I will take my camera & your time line sheets for tomorrow. No missed opportunity & I believe this is a good one. Thank you!

  • 94.
    Jaki said…

    I hadn’t intended playing along but woke up this morning and decided to just do it!!
    It is 4pm Wednesday here in Australia and I have taken lots of everyday photos today!
    Thanks for the inspiration Ali, I will certainly be playing along in April too :)

  • 95.
    jeni said…

    I plan to do this sometime this year but I’d just feel even more weird taking a camera to work…

  • 96.
    arlene david said…

    i am interested to join april week in the life….please notify me thanks so much

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