Day In The Life 2013 | January (+ Video Tutorial For Working With Layered Templates)

Last week I embarked on a new project for 2013. I'm planning to do a Day In The Life the last day (or so) of each month and add the content to Project Life. You can check out that original post here.

Documenting a single day is a pretty cool process. I've done Week In The Life for a number of years now where I do seven days of documentation just like I did last Thursday. It's a consuming but super rewarding project that I'll repeat again this year in the fall. I like seeing how I go about my day - it adds another level of awareness to how I'm living life right now.

A couple reflections from my experience this time:

  1. I always, always, always have more documentation in the morning vs. the evening.

  2. I didn't take enough photos. Well, I took enough to use for the template (and really, that's enough) - I guess what I had hoped for were a couple "money" shots that became automatic favorites. My goal for February Day In The Life is to take more photos. I took about 15 photos.

Here's a look at how I brought the photos and the words together using the Day In The Life 6x12 Layered Template Set and Day In The Life 6x12 Photo Collage Layered Templates:

Pardon the lines on the printed pages. It's time to refill an ink cartridge but I wanted to get this up today. I'll be re-printing it again.

Here's a video tutorial showing how I worked with these two layered template sets in Photoshop Elements.

AE | Day In The Life Layered Template Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

After setting these pages up in Photoshop I printed them here in my home office using an Epson R2000 printer on 13x19 photo paper.

This insert is going into my Project Life album (Week Five - I'll be sharing that soon as it's not quite done yet) using a 6x12 page protector.

I also took the Daily Sheet I used for writing down the happenings and folded it in half and slipped it in between the printed pages in the 6x12 page protector.

A couple other ideas to consider:

  • Cut the template in half and use it as two, 6x6 pages. These could also be added to Project Life or could be used in a smaller album.

  • Bring the 2, 6x12 pages together for a single 12x12 layout. This could be done in Photoshop by adjusting the canvas size or you could print them out and adhere them to a sheet of 12x12 cardstock.

Here's a closer look at each page:

    NEXT MONTH | I'll be doing February on the 27th or 28th and will post a reminder a week before.


    Click on the images to link to the products.


    You’re invited to include a link to your January Day In The Life page here. Please link directly to your post vs. your general blog link.

    32 thoughts

    1. mel

      2013-02-08 05:13:22 -0500

      Hey Ali
      Love this. Your templates are so clever and look great in the 6 x 12 page. Now I'm wishing I'd hopped on board and joined the fun. But it's never too late right!

    2. Clare

      2013-02-08 06:59:29 -0500

      Hi Ali,

      Great post and so much inspiration! Planning on doing a day in the life with your template soon! Love the black and white picture.

    3. Marie

      2013-02-08 07:35:18 -0500

      Love it! I will definitely make my Day in a Life from time to time this year! I'm totally convinced. Thanks a lot for the inspiration Ali.

    4. Jo-Anne from ZA

      2013-02-08 08:24:58 -0500

      Hi Ali

      Can't wait to watch the video tutorial for the layered template because it is just so so informative and helps us 'newbies' get to know how to work with these fab designs you come up with:-)

      Thank you again!!

      Have an awesome weekend:-)

    5. Angela

      2013-02-08 08:59:59 -0500

      Ali---I documented a day in the life on Tues (for Jan) and only took about 20 photos and thought...well that's not enough so phooey on I realize I do have this is my weekend project!

    6. Catie

      2013-02-08 10:02:38 -0500


      I was awake and restless about an hour and a half early last Thursday morning (super unusual for me) so I decided to get out of bed. I went online to catch up on some of my blogs and that's when I saw your plans for DITL this year and that THAT was the day you'd be documenting your January. I wasted no time in printing my daily sheets and got to documenting! It was such great providence that it worked out because I usually don't go online in the mornings until I get to work; by then I would have already missed several photo opportunities :)

      I have always loved following along with your week in the life stuff, but it's just not practical for me to think I can make any albums beyond what I already do with Project Life. I LOVE that these pages can just go right into what I already do with Project Life. It will be really neat to have 12 of these to look at once the year is over.

      Thanks, as always.

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    8. stacy watson

      2013-02-08 15:34:27 -0500

      hi ali,

      did you get a new printer? i always thought you used the epson 1800. if so, do you love it?

      have a great weekend!!

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    10. Brooke

      2013-02-09 05:02:19 -0500

      Thanks for sharing this Ali. I had originally thought it would be too big a task for me but having a little more detail in the everyday is completely awesome. Kicking myself that I didn't do this when my son was at kindy. (He just started school and life is so different).

    11. Christina

      2013-02-09 05:37:14 -0500

      Hi Ali great idea!! I love love love it. I bought all the templates but just wanted to ask (sorry if you already posted the answer somewhere) but what font did you write on the photos. It's so neat and crisp. I am having trouble with the fonts I use on photos as most of them don't turn out really crisp.

      Anyway thanks again.

    12. creole wisdom

      2013-02-09 13:54:00 -0500

      I love this, Ali! Great idea. If only I felt motivated to actually do PL, but I will save this for my Week in the Life album that I'll do later this year :) Thanks for sharing this!

    13. Deirdre

      2013-02-09 16:37:46 -0500

      I love this. So much less intimidating than a whole week captured. Putting it on my calendar for 2/27:)

    14. Susan Eardley

      2013-02-09 19:21:01 -0500

      HELP! Love this idea and I'm going to incorporate it into my project life book this year. But, one thing I need help on. The divider you used between your time and the description I can't figure out how to replicate that. I need to write more than what you have prompts for and I'm stuck because I don't know how you did that. Please help!


    15. Susan Eardley

      2013-02-10 16:59:29 -0500

      Thank you so much!!!

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    17. Michelle

      2013-02-26 14:48:30 -0500

      Hi Ali,

      Love this and will be including it in my digital project life! Do you have a video tutorial on creating a single 12x12 layout from the 2, 6x12 pages? Thanks!

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    21. Kathleen Brown

      2013-05-23 13:02:42 -0400

      Love this.....REALLY love this!!

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