Week In The Life 2012 | Bringing It All Together

Welcome to the Bringing It All Together post for Week In The Life 2012.

I can't believe another round of Week In The Life has come and gone.

Lots of things were the same this time around (like how my journaling and photo taking trails off by the end of the week) and lots of things were different (especially inside the walls of this house). One big thing that remained the same is that this is a project that reflects my life back to me - and I love it for that very simple thing. Seeing how we are living, how I'm living, is a big reason to put in the effort it takes to embark on and complete this project.

It always reminds me how many awesome things I have to be thankful for and just how very precious and important are the basic everyday routines and rituals of life.

Thank you for joining me on this project - please use the link-widget below to share a link to your project!

I'll probably tackle it again in fall 2013.

Here's a look at how my album came together (hoping to have a video walk-through to share later this week):

Each day includes a full page photo, a page that combines a transparent overlay + a cut up divided page protector, the Daily Sheets folded in half and placed inside a page protector that has been cut and sealed with washi tape, and a final page that includes a collage of photos.

THE OVERLAYS | This year I used a combination of Hambly (see specifics below) and some that I printed myself onto vellum using this set of digital text overlays. I printed those here at home onto Ink Jet Transparencies.

Each overlay was stitched to a group of pockets cut from these divided page protectors. I varied them so that some were on top, some along the bottom and one has two rows of pockets instead of just one.

Here's a look at all seven on them laid out before I added the photos:

Overlays from Hambly include the teal herringbone, the white herringbone, and the antique white uncharted. The days of the week, life is good, and love overlays I printed at home are all part of this set of digital overlays.

Along the edges I placed Avery Self-Adhesive Index tabs and used a date stamp and red ink to add the date on those pages.

For each day I also created a little day of the week circle + love circle accent.

The "love circle" is available in this set and was cut using the Silhouette.

The days of the week circles are a part of this set and the other circles I used for the back sides are from Photo Love and The Story Of This Day. I arranged them on a new canvas in Photoshop and printed onto white cardstock and cut them out with a 2 inch circle punch.

I laid them all out on my table before adhering the circles back to back and then slipping them into the page protectors.

THE WORDS | I decided to just go with the writing I did on the Daily Sheets vs. retyping content again. It was what made the most sense for me this year. I love that in-the-moment writing that happens over the course of the day.

To add those sheets to the album I took folded the two daily pages in 1/2 and slipped them inside 8.5x11 page protectors. Rather than stitching them this time I used Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's technique of using washi tape to create the pocket. I repeated that for all seven days.

THE SPINE | I saved a PNG file for anyone wanting to use this same design for the spine of the album (as shown in the first photo of this post). Download the spine PNG file here.

THE PHOTOS | As you'll see below I decided to keep it simple and use the same right-hand page throughout the album. I removed the long journaling spot and turned that into a spot for a long photo. Watch a video on the basics of working with the Week In The Life Vol4 layered template set here.

2012 Week In The Life Images



For the title page I removed the background banner from the template and placed just the text on top of the chalkboard. I added our last name using a Wacom tablet.


Wood veneer people from Studio Calico.

On the photo collage page for each day I stapled an un-adorned chipboard heart from Jenni Bowlin and added a stamped sentiment from my Simple Joy set (with Staz On ink on top of the photo paper).


Fabric brads from Amy Tan and an older set from Crate Paper.


A canvas sticky-backed circle from Close To My Heart with an old Basic Grey rub-on on the top.


For variety and to work with the photo I wanted to use I moved the whole title section down the to the bottom of the page and went with a different color. The "hello" circle accent (popped up with a foam dot) is from October Afternoon: Fly A Kite Word Stickers.


Buttons from My Mind's Eye Be Amazing Follow Your Heart set.


I don't have a source for this particular clock. Tim's got some metal clocks here.


The "enjoy the journey" brad is from My Mind's Eye Be Amazing Follow Your Heart set of brads. The "3" is from The Girl's Paperie (no longer available).


Click on the images to link to the products.


I’d love to have you include a link to your completed or in-progress albums. Please link directly to your post vs. your general blog link. Thank you!

66 thoughts

  1. cinback

    2012-05-14 15:42:12 -0400

    Hi Ali,

    Just wondering if you meant Fall 2013 or Fall 2012?

  2. Rachael Schepemaker

    2012-05-14 15:54:04 -0400

    Can you show a video of how you specifically made the transparency and attached it to the page protectors?

  3. Linda Marie

    2012-05-14 16:26:18 -0400

    WOW!...I didn't participate, and knew I would regret, and NOW I'm definately going to pick a week this summer and use your ideas and templates.

    So wonderful Ali!

    LOVE the hamblys + pockets...I may need to add that idea to december daily this year!

  4. Alison

    2012-05-14 17:18:55 -0400

    Inspired. Thanks :)

  5. Cathie

    2012-05-14 17:54:24 -0400

    so gorgeous. thank you so much for taking the time to lead us all through another week. it's wonderful.

  6. Debbie S.

    2012-05-14 19:55:07 -0400

    Wow...really really beautiful is such an understated way. I love your style!

  7. Mallory

    2012-05-14 23:26:17 -0400

    Amazing Ali! I wish I participated, perhaps this fall.

  8. Smitha katti

    2012-05-15 01:29:43 -0400

    Ali, these pages are absolutely stunning! I did my week in the life using instagram this year, but one year soon, I want to spend a whole week following my family with my dslr. Thanks for being so amazingly inspirational http://www.smilingcolors.com/2012/05/using-triangles-to-make-a-chevron-pattern/

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  10. Kaisuliina

    2012-05-15 13:42:32 -0400

    When I saw your plan I didn't like it. I usually like your project styles and now I wasn't pleased.
    BUT now when I see your finished album I am amazed! Like it, like it, like it a lot!! I like that there is no other words than daily sheets. I'm going to use that next time!
    Thank you again Ali!

  11. Deiga

    2012-05-15 14:29:10 -0400

    Thanks for sharing your album. I love this project - I've only used it to document the week I'm in Portland visiting my grandkids. Maybe next year I should try documenting a week in the life at home...

  12. slmnontec

    2012-05-15 16:10:15 -0400

    Just finished my WITL and I'm pleased with it. I tried to take a photo of me and a photo of the sky each day which was fun. I'm so glad it's done and labeled and put in its place. I don't think I could start another one for months...

  13. Tammy

    2012-05-15 23:32:47 -0400

    Ali, your project is beautiful! I am just putting mine together and I really like the multi-photo collage you are using with the 8 1/2" long photo on the right (as opposed to the journalling block that comes with the template). Can you tell me please how to make that change to the template? You've perhaps already explained in one of your prior videos and I'm just forgetting. Clipping mask maybe?

    Thank you.

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  16. Jane

    2012-05-17 04:41:39 -0400

    Gorgeous Ali. Great 8.5 x 11 template.

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  18. melissa rhodes

    2012-05-21 00:42:04 -0400

    thanks for the page idea! I am using this format for a recent wonderful day!

  19. Rinda

    2012-05-31 04:00:23 -0400

    Just finished mine, and I love it! Thanks for the inspiration. I added myself to the linky.

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