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Day In The Life | 2013 Monthly Project

For 2013 I'm planning to do a Day In The Life each month as an additional insert to my Project Life album.

I'm hoping to include a little more in-depth documentation - capturing the nitty gritty flow of my/our day. I also know from experience that the process of capturing a specific point in time always challenges me to capture things I've been missing in my regular photo-taking routines.

Last year I did a Day In The Life in February. Here's the posts that went along with that project:


This year I've designed a set of 6x12 Day In The Life layered templates that I can use as inserts in Project Life. They include space for a photo plus areas for journaling morning, afternoon, evening and gratitude. Next week I'll share a layered template tutorial for working with these new 6x12 layered templates.

My plan is to do my Day In The Life the last week of each month, most likely on the last day.

I'll be documenting my first monthly day on Thursday, January 31 using a Daily Sheet for documentation. You can download a free set of Daily Sheets (originally designed for Week In The Life but you can choose to just print one page) here.

I'll be using the Project Life 6x12 Page Protectors to include this content in my Project Life album.

I've also designed a 6x12 Photo Collage Template set to go along with the Day In The Life layered templates. They can be used in conjunction or on their own for anytime you want to add a 6x12. You can also combine the two together to create a 12x12 layout. I'll be using these as the back page of the 6x12 insert to include photos I take throughout the day.

Like the idea of 6x12 layered templates? You can also check out my 6x12 Words And Photos Layered Templates and see how I used them in Project Life here.

WEEK IN THE LIFE 2013 | And in case you are wondering I do currently plan to embark on a Week In The Life project again this year as well. Most likely this will happen in the fall.

Consider yourself invited! I'll post a reminder each month here on my site and via Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. Cathy says…
    01/30/2013

    Super cute, I think this would make a really great 6x6 album as well!

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  2. Wendy says…
    01/30/2013

    LOVE this idea! Thanks for the invitation!

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  3. Sue Williams says…
    01/30/2013

    What a GREAT idea - love it!

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  4. dawn says…
    01/30/2013

    I was just thinking it was time to do a Day in the Life over the wekend. SOOOOOO excited to see this and LOVE the idea of doing it monthly. Thanks so much for the inspiration and ideas here to use. Count me in for tomorrow too! Will be interesting since my son is home sick, won't be a normal day for us.

    Fall is my VERY FAVORITE time of year so I cannot wait to do WITL with you then!!

    Thanks Ali for such happy and fun posts today!

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  5. Fiona says…
    01/30/2013

    Such a great idea. To focus on a single day each month. I'm excited to be able to capture those little moments, as I know this year will bring a lot of changes to our daily routines. Thanks for the invitation!

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  6. Lynne Gillis says…
    01/30/2013

    Love, love, love this idea! I'll be joining you in incorporating this into my own Project Life album... truly an inspired idea! Thanks Ali!

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  7. RealNatalie says…
    01/30/2013

    Hey this is great! Love this template!

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  8. Nicky from Okotoks says…
    01/30/2013

    What a great idea - I think I am playing along today

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  9. kris says…
    01/30/2013

    i like the idea of doing it monthly too! Ali, are the 6x12 templates already live at designer digitals? I can't seem to find them!

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    1. Ali says…
      01/30/2013

      They will be available on Friday.

    2. kris says…
      01/30/2013

      just re read the post and saw the availability! Sorry!

    3. Heather Crawford says…
      01/30/2013

      I was about to ask the SAME thing..couldn't find that set of templates :)

  10. Megan @ The Nerd Nest says…
    01/30/2013

    I love the idea of doing this monthly! Most of my favorite photos from 2012 came from doing Day in the Life and Week in the Life with you; thank you so much for inspiring the projects!

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  11. ee k. says…
    01/30/2013

    Another fabulous idea. I think I will join in tomorrow!

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  12. Megan says…
    01/30/2013

    Love this idea! Definitely joining in on the fun!

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  13. Jessica B says…
    01/30/2013

    Love this idea!

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  14. Maggie R. says…
    01/30/2013

    Love, love, love this idea! My daughter is almost 17 months old and things change so much each month. This will be a great record to have of all the changes that happen during the year.

    Of course I wish I would have done this before she came into our lives, too. I didn't do much documenting before because I thought my life was boring. Ha! I can't even remember what our days consisted of then. Such a shame...our lives are worth capturing! It's such a gift to have these snapshots of certain times in our lives to look back on.

    I'm also committing to creating one of the photo/video slideshows from Xanthe Berkeley's Time Capsules class at least once a quarter. I've only done one so far but it's such a cherished memory and will be added to my PL album.

    Thank you, as always, for the inspiration Ali!

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  15. Paula says…
    01/30/2013

    I am going to be spontaneous and make this happen today ad once a month! I am not up for project life weekly due to a beyond crazy schedule - but this I can do, and it"s a great way to use my PL supplies!

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  16. Susan says…
    01/30/2013

    oh my goodness - these rock! your inspiring as usual. i'm doin' this tomorrow! thanks so much.

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  17. Jocelyn Thompson says…
    01/30/2013

    so love this! Thank you!

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  18. Dawn Ritchie says…
    01/30/2013

    Dude. I know I said on Twitter that I was excited, but each month? Such a cool idea to go with PL! :)

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  19. Holly says…
    01/30/2013

    wonderful!! so excite to participate tomorrow :)

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  20. Sierra says…
    01/30/2013

    Awesome! I've been doing this on the 8th of each month since November 2010 (started it monthly after doing the DIYL project for your Yesterday & Today class). It's an amazing way to document some of life's swiftly moving changes. So excited for the templates. I love the format you've created. Thanks!

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    1. Ali says…
      01/30/2013

      That is so awesome.

  21. Jennifer Kellogg says…
    01/30/2013

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I love that you included the STUDIO files. I know how to convert the files, but it's so nice that you've included them!!! I hope you release more STUDIO FILES. I'd definitely pay for them!

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    1. Ali says…
      01/30/2013

      Hi Jennifer - that was just for the freebie :). Silhouette does not give permission for other people to sell STUDIO files.

  22. Jennifer Kellogg says…
    01/30/2013

    A can't find the Day in the Life templates on DD. Have they been released yet?

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    1. Ali says…
      01/30/2013

      They will be in the store on Friday.

  23. jennifer says…
    01/30/2013

    Total love (as always) Ali! My WITL albums are a family favorite for sure! This is a cute add-in for PL and seems less overwhelming than that weekly project for sure! Consider them purchased! :)

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  25. Angela says…
    01/30/2013

    I LOVED the day in the life documentation I have from last year and LOVE the idea of doing this once a month.

    Once again...you're simple brilliance shines through!

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