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May 17, 2012

Week In The Life 2012 | Videos | Album Overview, Page Protector How-To, & Layered Template Adjustment How-To

I put together a couple videos over the last few days to share with you related to Week In The Life.

First up is a 20-minute overview of my completed Week In The Life album. Second is a how-to for creating the pages that combine a divided page protector and a transparency. Third is a video that shows you how to change up the Week In The Life Vol 4 layered template to add another photo vs. the journal block.

WITL2012 | Video Overview from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

For a full list of supplies and written details on my album check out this post: Bringing It All Together.

Next up is a video that shows you how I made the pages that combine a divided page protector and a transparent overlay.

WITL2012 | Transparency from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.


Click on a link to take you to the product.

And lastly today, a video tutorial that shows you how to create a new shape to mask into in Photoshop. This is specific to the Week In The Life Vol 4 layered template set. If you need additional help working with layered templates, check out my video for working with this set here.

Week In The Life 2012 | Layered Template Adjustment Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Hope these are helpful and interesting!


  • 1.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Thanks for the videos, Ali! I’ve just watched through the first one, and I really do love you album and hearing your thoughts on the process. It turned out amazing, and I definitely understand the appeal of doing this project every year!

  • 2.
    christen said…

    thanks so much! i can’t wait to try to make my own page protectors…

  • 3.
    Janne said…

    Is it just me – but I can’t make the last video work?! It keeps showing “Sorry”

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Nope – seeing what’s up with that now. I have to get the kids ready and off to school so if it’s longer than a quick fix it might be later today before it’s up and running.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s updated now!

  • 4.

    Love it Ali!
    Thank you for being a continuous inspiration for so many of us ;-)

  • 5.
    cinback said…

    I was curious as to how you attached the pockets to the transparencies. Now it all makes sense. Thanks.

  • 6.
    Desiree Chandler said…

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! I am going to have to try the divided page protectors that you created. LOVE that idea!!! :)

  • 7.
    sue said…

    Great Ali thank you so much for sharing.
    I will be using WITL for holidays etc.
    Can’t wait to see the fruits of your new project.
    Have fun xx

  • 8.
    KSW said…

    Wow. That was fantastic Ali! Thank you SO much. I can’t wait to try again when I get home. These videos surely open doors for me to try these things with you – I am thinking I might give this a-go next time. (Well, maybe a day in the life – for a month). That is something that I can commit to – for certain!

  • 9.
    antiquechase said…

    I just got a Cameo and cut my first word title last night. Where do I purchase the “love in the circle”.. can you direct me to the right place?? TY

  • 10.
    Jenny said…

    Thank you for the videos and for always cataloging your blogs. This year I decided to do witl even with project life and I ended up having gall bladder surgery on that Monday. I did the week, but it is very simple–1 8×10 with your banners and the next page is 3 pics with the journalling down the right border. I loved how you used the transparencies with the smaller pictures. Can’t wait to use it for next year! It should be easy to find your old blogs when the time comes!

  • 11.
    pearl said…

    hi ali, this was my first time doing WITL and my first time digital scrpabooking. your video tutorials helped tremendously. may i say that i LOVE LOVE LOVE the outcome of this project? so much so that i signed up and started your 31 things class.

    QUESTION: some of my pictures while digital scrapbook turned out wonky. is there a way to retain the size of the picture so that my kids don’t look like they’re looking in one of those funky mirrors at the circus?

    thank you for your inspiration!

    on a side note, not sure where on your blog i read about you save a list of books you’d like to read on amazon… did you know that if you’re a PRIME member, you can “borrow” one book a month on your ereader?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      So cool Pearl – thanks for the feedback! My guess with your photos is that either you aren’t maintaining the correct proportions (if you are using Photoshop vs. Elements you need to hold down the shift key to keep the proportions of the photo correct without distortion) OR that the resolution of your photos are too low (either how it’s set up in your camera or when you are working with them in Photoshop). You’ll want them to be high resolution which in general translates to 300dpi.

      And I did not know that about PRIME membership (I’m already a member – awesome to know). Thank you!

    • ….
      pearl said…

      i’m working with PS… so it’s the SHIFT KEY! got it! thank you!!

  • 12.
    cinnibonbon said…

    Wonderful, wonderful tutorials!! I loved seeing your album in this way. I’ve been using the Hambly overlays on my Project Life too. The washi tape idea was great too.Thanks for sharing.

  • 13.
    jennifer said…

    Ali, thank you so much for answering my question on how to change the journal section on your layered templates to a photo. Your videos are always trumendously helpful. Loved this project and I’m excited to wrap up my book!

    Are you adding anything to the back of your last page?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You are welcome! I don’t think so – feel like I’m done LOL :) .

  • 14.
    mel said…

    Haven’t watched yet but thanks for all this time and tuition you are giving. ; )

  • 15.
    Tina J. said…

    I was SO dreading fighting with my sewing machine to make those in-between transparency pages! Thanks so much for sharing the washi tape version. I think I’m going to give that a try!

  • 16.
    Sheila said…

    Thank you so much for the tutorials! This was my first ‘big’ digital project and I figured out how to resize the photos easily enough but it was a complicated copy/paste affair to add another photo. This is so much easier. I ended up using the large 2011 photo pages (because my main photos looked better cropped) with the 2012 collage pages (with the margins adjusted to match) and love the look. Thank you so much for the inspiration and products to make it possible.

  • 17.
    Marina V. said…

    As always very inspiring, fresh ideas!!!… Thank you, Ali, very much for sharing..

  • 18.
    kate Adderley said…

    Hi Ali, love all the videos, l must try that page pocket with the tape, looks fab

  • 19.
    Kirstie MacGowan said…

    Love your album and all of your work as always! Thanks so much for the videos!

    Did you notice that Tuesday is spelled wrong on the main page banner? ;-)

  • 20.
    patsy custodio said…

    i love the way your project turned out! i’ve been following your blog for years and your work makes me so happy. thanks for taking the time to share and inspire us all :o )

  • 21.
    Gerry Glowacki said…

    Thanks so much for this awesome class Ali! I love how it turned out.

  • 22.
    M Kent said…

    Hi Ali…
    I am starting PL this month for the first time. I’ve always followed yours and it seems like such a wonderful way to memory keep. I’ve just stumbled on to this video about WITL and now I am confused…is this DIFFERENT than PL? Do you do only one week? Or are the 2 terms (PL & WITL) interchangeable?? Thanks!! – Michelle

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi – yes, different. Project Life is an ongoing thing. Week In The Life is one week – usually pretty intense documentation. I tend to write down the majority of the things I do over that week. With Project Life I’m telling little stories over the course of each week – usually much less in terms of actual nitty gritty documentation. Here’s the Week In The Life page:

  • 23.
    Karen said…

    Are you doing Week in the Life this year(2013)?

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