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April 16, 2012

Week In The Life 2012 | Supplies & Design Plan

I’m definitely starting to get excited for Week In The Life 2012.

Next week (I start on Monday) I’ll be documenting of our lives by taking lots of photos and writing down the details of what we do throughout the day for seven days in a row.

If this is your first time reading about or considering this project I recommend checking out The Basics Of Documenting A Week In Your Life. You can also check out my compilation page of resources from years past, including my completed album for each year, here.

This year, in addition to my base foundation (see below), I’ve given myself a little bit more room to play. Not sure exactly what form that will take just yet, but I’m setting myself up with a tactile middle portion of each day to contrast with the very graphic (and flat) first and last page of each day.

Here’s a run down of how I aim to tackle the album this year:


I’ll be using a We R Memory Keepers 8.5×11 album again. The vanilla color is becoming my go-to next to the black.

I’ve also got a second set of 8.5×11 page protectors ready to go.


I designed a new set of layered templates for 2012: Week In The Life Layered Template 8.5×11 Vol.4. The main brown graphic elements can be re-colored and the text layers are editable for inputting your own date, etc. in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop (these are layered PSD files). The set includes seven templates with the banners for each day of the week, seven templates for multiple photos and text (that you can mix and match) and one title page.

For those of you who want to do a 12×12 version I’ve got a layered template set available for that as well: Week In The Life Layered Template 12×12 Vol.4.

Both of those new template sets are on 20% off this week until 6am EST on Saturday.

Also, this coming weekend I will have the banners available as a stand-alone product at Designer Digitals for those of you that just want to be able to print them out and use them in your project. That package will include the individual banner PNG files (the text will not be editable) and a PDF file for easy printing.

Love this 12×12 example from Designer Digitals Creative Team Member Mollie:

If you want additional layered template cards to go inside the divided page protectors (like I have done in the past), you might be interested in these: Share Your Story Layered Template in 8.5×11 or 12×12. These are great for getting additional stories told.


Here’s where I’d like to inject some room for more play within my content for each day.

This year I’ll be using Hambly overlays + divided page protectors + a bit of sewing to create a single insert page for each day. In the past I’ve just used the divided page protectors but decided to switch it up just a bit.

In that example above I cut one strip from We R Memory Keepers 8.5×11 9-pocket divided page protectors and stitched it along the bottom of a Hambly Herringbone overlay. (I put that Memory Circle in there just so you could see where the pockets are located.)

I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be putting on top of the Hambly just yet. I’m thinking letter stickers (emphasizing a phrase or sentiment) or potentially something cut with the Silhouette.

Here’s four that I have put together so far:

The first one uses the bottom two rows of pockets (just trimmed off the top one) stitched onto a piece of the Hambly that I trimmed off.

Here’s a look at one of the bottom rows of pockets – I cut them so they were right about 4 inches tall (and then did the same for the top row of pockets, measuring from the opening of the pocket down past the seam). I also trimmed off the portion of the page protector along the edge that has the binding holes.

I’m also not sure whether I’ll be putting those Hambly + pockets inside a page protector or just punching holes to make it a page in the album. I’m leaning towards just punching holes.

And here’s a look at the one with two rows of pockets:

If you are doing 12×12 you could use some of Becky’s page protectors from the Big Variety Pack 1 for your middle page.

Have you seen what Julie Fei-Fan Balzer did to create her own custom-sized page protectors with washi tape (no sewing)? This might be a cool way to achieve a similar result as well without sewing (as long as you can keep the pockets intact).


I’ll be using the same free set of Daily Sheets for 2012. Not sure how I’ll incorporate them in just yet. Last year I just added them in as a page and I might do that same thing again this year.

You can download them again here.


A very big thank you to the following companies that have signed on to be sponsors of Week In The Life 2012:


Look for a great series of giveaways from all these companies next week:


Feel free to share this on your blog or site:

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I hope you’ll decide to join me next week in some form or another. It’s always that much more exciting when there’s a group of people working along at the same time – great for support and ideas.

As usual I’ll be sharing my words and photos each day next week and I’ll invite you to do the same with a blog link. The following week I’ll be putting me album together and will share more of that process along the way.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    Thanks for sharing this Ali, looks great. I always love how your album looks when it’s done. Can’t wait to start!

  • 2.
    Colleen said…

    Excited to try out this project for the first time. Love what you’ve been doing with the Hambly transparencies. Have a great day!

  • 3.
    Cinnibonbon said…

    Totally love how you always “set up” your projects first!! Looks like lots of fun!!

  • 4.
    Susan Anderson said…

    So excited to get started with this project. It reminds there is nothing mundane about my everyday life!

  • 5.
    audra said…

    Hi Ali,
    I have quite the collection of older Hambly transparancies, if I wanted to set up an album with your similiar format, can you tell me about how many transparancies I may need? Just wondering how many you ended up using… I’m looking forward to this! THANKS!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You’ll need at least seven, unless you are going to use smaller strips (like the example where I have two rows of pockets below).

  • 6.
    Becky M. said…

    This is my first time doing this and I am so excited about it! I got the same album to use….love the color!!

  • 7.
    Marie-Pierre said…

    the design is AWESOME!! Way to go Ali!! :)

  • 8.
    Jen N said…

    Looks great the way you have things ready to go.
    I will definitely be joining in, but doing on digitally :)
    Can’t wait to see the end project!

  • 9.
    Newfie Princess said…

    Thanks so much Ali! This looks great – it’s going to be a crazy busy week for me next week – moving!- so lots of pics lol.

  • 10.
    Cecilia said…

    I am nervous and excited about diving in next week. I loved day in the life.

  • 11.
    Jessica B said…

    I was thinking about not doing WITL this year, but I just can’t stay away from it! I always end up loving the results. I am super excited. I’m going to try doing some of it with your templates this year. I am so not good with PSE.

  • 12.
    Ellie A. said…

    Count me in! Love the process of it all.

  • 13.
    elinjanne said…

    I am so looking forward to do this again this year! Thank you so much for the inspiration to do this!

  • 14.
    Melanie said…

    Ali, I’m doing a very pared down version of WITL with a 6×8 album. Any chance we can purchase those day of the week banners separately? I love them, but the larger templates won’t work for my album, unless I can resize them somehow.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – I actually mentioned in the post above (no worries – I miss stuff like that all the time) that they will be available this weekend (on Friday when new things are released).

  • 15.
    Melanie said…

    Well, that will teach me to read through thoroughly next time. ;p Thanks!

  • 16.
    Vanessa Babin said…

    So excited to get started on this project! Thanks for sharing your process of getting started with us.

  • 17.
    Juanita said…

    Not doining WITL this time around, but I LOVE the way your album is coming along. Can’t wait to see the finished album!

  • 18.
    Valerie said…

    I mentioned you on my Post today! I love your Blog!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Cutting them up is totally the way to go – love doing that in Project Life too – makes total sense if that’s the number of photos or stuff you want to share!

  • 19.
    Lori said…

    I LOVE Hambly transparencies, and plan to use this technique in my OLW book, too. It would look great with your pattern paper covered transparencies. This is going to be fun!

  • 20.
    jennifer said…

    Excited and nervous for next week. I know I’ll capture the words and pictures…its just bringing it all together that I have trouble with. Have a few months of pictures and words for my PL which I just can’t seem to find the time to get into the binder. Big deep breath…thank you Ali for your continued inspiration and helping me to capture these memories!!

  • 21.
    jen said…

    these templates are great!! i’m going to be doing my week in the life this summer as we are all getting together for my mom’s 60th in new york and i want to make keepsakes for everyone…one question – can you change the dates on your templates from the april week to the week i want? are they customizable that way?
    thanks so much! inspiring as always!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jen – yes – on the layered template sets those layers are editable.

  • 22.
    ali gitt said…

    are the templates adaptable to edit size in Photoshop? I was going to do a 9×9 album in July for my vacation. Thanks

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Totally. Go with the 12×12 and then you can re-size before printing.

  • 23.
    Sharis said…

    I am finally going to participate this year. I am super pumped!

  • 24.
    Debbie said…

    How many Hambly overlay’s do you plan to use.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I have seven on hand Debbie but if I do a couple more with the two rows of pockets I should just need two more (I think that would make it 4 total).

  • 25.
    .:| Angela |:. said…

    Love the custom-sized page protectors with washi tape idea! Now I can use up all those washi tapes I’ve been hoarding! LOL

  • 26.
    adrienne said…

    I can’t wait to start on this. It’s my first time and I’m really looking forward to it! Thanks for all the great inspiration, Ali!

  • 27.
    Cynthia said…

    I purchased your templates (both sizes because I know they will be so awesome for other projects) as soon as you announced they were and oh boy they are incredible! Love the format and the design elements for each page. I am super excited about WITL this year – we are going to a dog show in DE (we don’t have little kids so I supposed I am one of those ‘alternative’ scrappers – no little ones) and will it will be excellent to document the week. I so admire your ability to put it all together ahead of time – haven’t been able to do that yet. Really looking forward to it! It is such a great project for anyone regardless of what their family makeup is…

  • 28.
    Beth said…

    Hey Ali – how are you planning on printing your photos now that is closed? Is there another online site that will print 8.5 x 11?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Beth – I’ll be printing here at home. Check out – they do 8.5×11 and are people that “get” scrapbooking.

  • 29.
    Sandy said…

    I’m excited about next week.
    Last year was my first and I really enjoyed the focus on “numbers.” I think I’ll still include some aspects of that this year as that is meaningful for me to look back on. I had a double spread of “by the numbers” as well as one of “by the dollars” at the end of my album. Knowing in advance I was looking for numbers helped me think of what to photograph and write down.
    Do you have a focus like that this year? Or suggestions (from you or others) of themes to focus on?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Sandy – I don’t have a specific focus this time (although time is always a piece of it). Maybe it will be gratitude…

  • 30.
    Norah swan said…

    This will be my first time doing WITL looking forwards to it but also apprehensive about how to fit it in with work family etc.

  • 31.
    Amy said…

    Ooh, tempting! I’ve never done Week in the Life before, and the week you’ve chosen happens to be the week of both my sons’ birthdays. Cosmic sign? I think so. (Or I need to have my head examined for considering adding another task to that week!)

    • ….
      Heather B said…

      LOL – I am in the same boat. This week would not exactly be “normal” for us: provincial election, son turns 6, grandparents visiting from far away, etc. I have waffled about participating anyway, about changing the week, about changing the start date … . And I have decided I’m GOING FOR IT! It will be my first experience with WITL so it won’t be a “normal” week anyway, will it??!

  • 32.
    Jenny B. said…

    Oh, I love the design for this year! Those vertical photo spots look like they would be perfect for iPhone pics. I’m thinking about whether or not I’m going to participate this year (I’ve done it the past two years, but have only barely started on my album from last year! Yikes!). I’m also doing Project Life this year, so I’m not sure if I want to do a separate WITL album, or somehow combine it with PL. Decisions, decisions… Exciting, though! :)

  • 33.
    susan townley said…

    Last oct i recorded a week but have never scrapped it, bad me. this is just the mojo i need to do it.

    how do you print the pics for 3.5×2.625?
    thanks for the inspirations!

  • 34.
    Jen said…

    Just put the daily notes in the PDF Notes app on my iPad. Hoping this helps me keep better notes this year and not lose the sheets!
    Thanks for all that you do. Always so inspiring!

  • 35.
    Jill said…

    Love the Hambly/pocket protector idea! I plan to incorporate some of those in my PL album.

    I’m making my WITL album through blurb this year – a first on a few fronts. One, using blurb. Two, a completely digital album. Super excited. Hope it turns out sorta like Elise’s WITL Kolo album from last year. I did buy a SMASH pocket folder to stick on the inside back cover. I know I’ll pick up a few pieces of paper during the week that will need a home ;)

  • 36.
    Raylene said…

    It’s always nice to have a group of people to scrap and keep motivated with! I love your ideas this time! I always do!

  • 37.
    Christina said…

    Ali I am not complaining but it’s quite a bit of cash to buy your new template for Week in Life but apart from the first 2 templates I can’t see what the others look like. Any ideas?? I would love to see more before I purchase.

  • 38.
    Abby P said…

    Sheesh…you’re gonna make me do it, aren’t you! (:D). Now that I’m neck-deep in PL, I thought about skipping WITL…but with these awesome templates, think I’ll have to jump on board. You’re the bomb!

  • 39.
    P.J. said…

    I was so excited about doing WITL. This morning my Mom called to tell me Mom and Dad are moving on April 26th to assisted living. YIPES! And GREAT for them. For me, that means 10 days of packing boxes, then a couple of weeks unpacking boxes. She has about 7 boxes ready to go at this point and a whole lot more to be packed. I’m not sure if I should just record next week or wait until I have a week a little more normal. Any suggestions on what to do from you veteran WITLers?

    • ….
      Liv said…

      That does sound really full-on and for me I’d probably be setting myself up to fail.

      Just pick another week. I’m actually already into my week, I’m doing it 16-22 since my bf will be away all next week and I wanted a normal week for us.

  • 40.
    charline said…

    I’m trying it.. hope i can keep up with it!

  • 41.
    Kyle W said…

    So excited to try this for the first time! Ali, I noticed while scrolling through the 2011 pre-planning post that there was a Week in the Life community through Big Picture. Will there be a similar set-up for this year? Just curious- don’t want to miss out if there is…

  • 42.
    Deb P said…

    I can’t wait I have been looking around thinking of ideas for next week!!!

  • 43.
    Bev W. said…

    I am also going to be trying this out for the first time, well the second time. I tried to accomplish this once before in 2010 when I was leading a mission trip. I would like to say that I didn’t fail, I just learned that there was way too much going on for me to accomplish it with any sort of respect that it deserves. Looking back, I think the printouts would have been very helpful. So I am looking forward to trying it again.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You can do it! Even just filling out the Daily Sheets is a major accomplishment :)

  • 44.
    jaimee h. said…

    I am really excited about this, going to try it for the first time this year. Think I might turn mine into a mini album. So excited!!!!!

  • 45.
    Marya said…

    I’m getting really excited about this too – my first time doing it! I’m trying to kill two birds with one stone here – finish WITL and burn through some of my stash that I have neglected!

  • 46.
    Kimberly said…

    I am in. (first timer)

    Ali, I did a shortened version that was more like a a “weekend in the life” as a preparations for this. And I am happy so that I did 3 albums, one for each couple that vacationed that day. You can view here:

    I will present each couple the finished album on their Wedding Anniversary, which is weekend after next for the first couple.

    Thanks Ali for being so inspiring (!!!)
    The 8.5×11 is just a better size (fit) for me as my regular scrapping is mini books that I prefer 5×7, 5×6. I
    also love your December Daily and will do this again this year(!)

  • 47.
    diane said…

    Hi Ali.
    Is there any chance you could give us a preview on how you will use one of the daily templates? Last year I bought the templates and in an effort to be organised I put my photos and journaling into the templates each night. When I saw you had journalled over you photos I was disappointed I had rushed ahead. I started to change them but decided it would end up taking to long so just went with it. thanks so much…cant wait.

    Also are you going to creatw a # group on Instagram…my latest addiction . ta

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Diane – thanks for the note. I actually don’t know how I’ll be doing it yet. I know that will be my foundation and from there I almost always add text to my photos so you can pretty much expect that piece. A group on Instagram would be awesome – I think you just enter #weekinthelife (that’s what I’d use for Instagram or Twitter).

  • 48.
    Sarah said…

    I really want to participate this year – I started last year but gave up because I felt my life was too boring. This time I’m going to stick with it, even if all my photos end up being of the cat!

  • 49.
    Annette Green said…

    First timer here, and I’m very excited to get started. Like others have said, I felt initially like my life was too boring. But I think the idea behind this “exercise” is to make us look at each moment in each day and find the joy in it. There are so many little things in my daily life that bring me joy, I always wish I had started to document them in an easy and fun way. I think this is the answer. I would love to continue and do this quarterly. Can’t wait to start this first one!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes, exactly :) .

  • 50.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    I’m really looking forward to doing this project this year. I’ve attempted it the past 2 years, but have only gotten as far as recording the photos and words, I’ve never ended up actually getting the photos printed and assembling.

    I’ve posted on my blog the basic outline I plan on using for the project this year last night ( if anyone wants to see.

    After reading the comments here, I’m thinking I’ll order my prints from persnickity prints though, since they’re more affordable for 8×10 than they are to order from my local printer here in Aust, and I’ll probably get the 2011 prints as well for it, so it might take me slightly longer to update with the final pages since I’ll have to wait for them to ship.

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