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May 14, 2012

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 8.5×11 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!


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    Love seeing it all together, great memories you have. Always like your enlarged photos.

    Thanks for sharing this journey with us again. Will love doing one in the fall next time, my favorite season.

    Have a great week.

  • 2.
    kdan said…

    Your week in the life is beautiful, I wish you sold kits. Your family is amazing, thanks for sharing your everyday.

  • 3.
    Alida said…

    Awesome photo’s & album! I didn’t participate because we were on holiday that week, enough photo’s to work through for a not so ordinary week! But I think I’ll incorporate some of your ideas when I PL them. Love the use of the transparancies & the carefully selected accents.

  • 4.
    Jo said…

    Your albums fab! Love the clean lines and use of the same template for each day mixed in with the see through element of the overlays. Plus the addition of the buttons and chipboard hearts are simple and perfect. Thanks for sharing, you’ve spurred me on to put mine together.

  • 5.
    Susie Leggett said…

    Always love seeing your completed week in the life albums Ali. This is amazing! I like the simplicity of your template this year and how you folded those daily sheets. I’m not a big fan of my own handwriting, but got the courage to include some of the daily sheets last year and am so glad that I did. Really enjoy looking back at all those “in the moment” notes that I jotted down. Thanks for sharing, for inspiring, for encouraging.

  • 6.
    sue said…

    Fantastic Ali.Thank you.
    I will be buying some of your digital products.
    Its a pity that Hambley overlays are so difficult to get hold of.
    Just bought your SOTR and really love it. xx

  • 7.
    Brooke said…

    Love how the framing of the first photo works to “open the door” on your life for the week. And I love the wood veneer people – kind of looks like the 3 of you are marching into the week. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  • 8.
    Vera said…

    It really came together beautifully! Thank you for sharing your life with all of us!

  • 9.
    iHanna said…

    Your week in the life album turned out beautiful, love the narrow strip photo on the right a lot, especially the photo where you’re hugging Simon. Super sweet.

    I started working on a digital blurb book with all my photos, but didn’t finish. Now I’m encouraged to continue with it this week.

  • 10.
    Lisa W. said…

    First of all your week in a life is AMAZING!!! Your work is so absolutely beautiful. You inspire me EVERYDAY. I made a fun little project this weekend. Upon looking through your week in a life I again noticed the pom poms in Anna’s room. My baby (yes my baby:) is graduating from High School this June. I am making the decor for her party. I found a “how to ” online to make pom poms…the first one was BAD the second one ok…so so. I wondered if you made Anna’s or bought them. I seen some at a party decor store in my area but not the colors I am interested in AND I want to make them:) I remember you posting about them another time but just cannot quite remember the story on them. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Those kids are SIMPLY adorable!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Lisa – I bought them via etsy and just followed the instructions on how to “fluff” them out (Pom Love: I seem to remember there was a tutorial from Marta Stewart on how to actually make them.

  • 11.
    Lee Currie said…

    LOVE how yours came together. You can find mine here: Just waiting for the printed pages to arrive and I can finish it up :)

  • 12.
    cindy b said…

    absolutely AWESOME!!

  • 13.
    Claire said…

    Beautifully done Ali, you really are so very talented. Thank you for sharing on your lovely blog.

  • 14.
    christen said…

    Wow! You are so creative. I wish I be inside your brain :)

  • 15.
    Marie said…

    Your album is awesome, I love the way you brought it all together!

  • 16.
    Jill Kane said…

    So fantastic, Ali! Just love all the layers and sizes. And your little details are always so inspiring and thoughtful. Love this project :)

  • 17.
    Dori said…

    Lovely! Simply lovely. :-)

  • 18.
    laura g. said…

    wow! that is fantastic and inspiring!!

  • 19.
    jennifer h said…

    great job ali. love how it captures your life right now and though it is different than last year it is still your life and it is still awesomely blessed :)

  • 20.
    Jen Hart said…

    Looks brilliant, well done for doing it. It wasn’t the right time for me this year.

  • 21.
    YIN said…

    Just so wonderful, thanks for inspiring us all the time.

  • 22.
    Estelle said…

    Hi Ali
    For the first time, i have bought all the package and try to make it with PE. It was a little hard because i am franch, but i achieved it due to your tutorials. Thanks, i love it !

    • ….
      Ali said…

      That’s so great Estelle -

  • 23.
    Ellie A. said…

    I’m still working on my week as I’m all over the place LOL But I did send my pictures in for printing I think once I get them here I will be able to piece everything together. Another amazing beautiful WITL & I am so happy I took part in joining in (even if I’m not completely done yet :) )

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s so not a race :) …sounds like you are right on track!

  • 24.
    heidig said…

    I loved that you used your Daily Sheets folded in half. I always seem to lose steam when it comes to getting the actual pages done. Using the Daily Sheets makes it so much easier and gets your handwriting into the book as well. As much as we all hate to use our handwriting, isn’t it the handwritten things from the past that are so treasured to us all?!

  • 25.
    jennifer said…

    LOVE! I’m 90% through pulling my elements together. It feels so great to have accomplished this and I can’t wait to look back at this project to remember these times.

    Ali, if you end up putting together a video, would you mind showing how you replaced the journaling section on your overlays to a photo? Part of the problem I was having finishing up my project was that I couldn’t figure out what to add to the journal section since I documented so much on your daily sheets … I think I’d like to substitute a photo on my pages.


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Sure – look for that video tomorrow.

  • 26.
    Rinda said…

    What a good push to finish mine. My pictures were ordered, cropped, and adhered last week. All I need to do is add the words and a few embellies. Plus do the cover. My favorite thing is the the icon of mom and two kids on Monday.

  • 27.
    Catherine said…

    Love it! Where to start? Love your overlays, definitely trying the washi tape trick, your photo templates are fabulous. Extra big high five on your title page, so clever!

    Thanks again for creating such a rewarding project.

  • 28.
    jaimee h. said…

    Ali-Thanks so much for taking us on this journey with you, and letting us tag along. This was my first time (and I linked to my project content on a website as I don’t have a blog, so hopefully people can find my pics). This was a really fun project for me, it was interesting to think about those everyday pics and since that week I have actually grabbed my camera more often to snap pics. Like when my son was sitting on his giant ball in the living room and the light was coming in the window just right – got down on the floor right in front of him and starting clicking away. I will definitely do this again and I think the fall would be amazing. can’t wait!!!!

  • 29.
    AudreyV said…

    Fabulous! Thanks for sharing and thanks for your hard work to get things done on time and stay current with your projects. You are truely a daily inspiration for me. I’m off to listen to storyology and I’m looking forward to 31 Days this week.

  • 30.
    Shaela said…

    I love this. I am trying Project Life for the first time this year, and although I love it, I am starting to struggle. I may decide to go back to digital albums using my regular digital scrapbooking method. But this project would be perfect – it’s almost like a shorter, more in-depth version of Project Life; it gives a detailed look at what life is like in the moment, vs. just the moments and events I normally scrapbook.

  • 31.
    Mary R said…

    simple. perfect. fun!

  • 32.
    Chris said…

    FABULOUS, as always. :)

  • 33.
    Jill Kane said…

    I forgot to mention this in my earlier comment. That opening photo with the chalkboard and chairs that you put text on top of? Yeah, that probably will be my most favorite thing I see all day. LOVE IT! Provides such a sense of place, right now.

  • 34.
    Wendy said…

    Absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing this with us. You are my inspiration in so many ways.

  • 35.
    Jennifer L. said…

    Really great! I love the idea of making my own transparencies, and the Silhouette cutouts are wonderful! I haven’t done my WITL yet, and this gives me some terrific inspiration ideas and inspiration! Thanks!

  • 36.
    g. said…

    This is so lovely, I mean, it leaves me speechless!

  • 37.
    Terri said…

    Your album is gorgeous. I didn’t participate but seeing your album is making me want to do one. I think I’m going to pick a week and just do it!!!

  • 38.
    Deb J said…

    It is great seeing it all together. What I like is the simpleness of it. Quick and easy yet meaningful.

  • 39.
    Christine said…

    Love your take on on this year’s WITL. I live vicariously through creative people like you.
    I am very curious about the Wacom. Is this a tool primairy for professionals. Maybe you could share more about this tool in another post. Would love to learn more about. Thanks

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Christine – Wacom has a couple different tablet options, including one called a Bambo. I think the one I use (the Intuos) is marketed towards professionals. Essentially they both use a pen for you to be able to draw, write, and or do all the other functions of a mouse. I only use mine right now for handwriting and still use a mouse for all the other tasks.

  • 40.
    Laura BC said…

    See, now I wish I would have done this! But I wondered how interesting it would be since I work full-time and my kids are too young to help much with documenting their day (8 & 2).

    • ….
      Laura BC said…

      I should rephrase that – lots of moms work. But it seems like so much of the story would be missing when I see the kids (and my husband) less than an hour in the morning before school and day care and then only a few hours in the evening distributed between dinner homework and the bedtime routine. I think I’m just being hard on myself – always feeling that they should have more time but never feeling caught up. But I’m guessing I’m not alone in that. I’m sorry.

    • ….
      Shannan said…

      Laura, I work part-time and have done a WITL album three times. I always include photos and bits about my work day and love looking back at that part of my life too to see how my work life has changed. I had planned to get others to take photos and note down things my kids did while I wasn’t there but in the end decided this would be a week in MY life and working was a big part of that some days.

    • ….
      Laura BC said…

      Shannan, thanks for your words of encouragement. I like your idea – a week in Your life, with permission to focus on You.

    • ….
      Betsy said…


      I work part time and my kids are 17 and 19. The 19-year-old texted me photos of her life at college not as many as I would like, but a few. But for the 17-year-old I asked the school if I could come and take photos of the building itself inside and outside with no students in the photos and they were very accommodating. Also my daughter had a 70 minute presentation in one class so I emailed the teacher and explained the project to her and asked if she could take a photo and email or send or somehow get it to me. Turns out she is a scrapbooker and loved the idea. She sent me tons of photos from the entire week not just the presentation. She didn’t embarrass my daughter by taking photos of just her that week so she was okay with it. I always figure ask for photos most people love the idea once they know what you are doing.

  • 41.
    Sue W said…

    such a fabulous album Ali! I didn’t get it done this time but I am now inspired to do one in the next few months! Love your blog.

  • 42.
    cinback said…

    Hi Ali,

    Just wondering if you meant Fall 2013 or Fall 2012?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I meant 2013. I like to switch it up (the time of year I do it) – I’ve done summer, spring, and fall.

  • 43.

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

  • 44.
    Linda Marie said…

    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!

  • 45.
    Alison said…

    Inspired. Thanks :)

  • 46.
    Cathie said…

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

  • 47.
    Debbie S. said…

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

  • 48.
    Mallory said…

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

  • 49.
    Smitha katti said…

    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

  • 50.
    Kaisuliina said…

    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!

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