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September 6, 2013

Week In The Life 2013 Starts Monday

witl2012On Monday I’ll be starting my annual Week In The Life project and even though I’m feeling pretty tired from all the back-to-school transitions happening around here I’m really excited.

Check out my 2013 planning post here.

Here’s some additional details and thoughts:


  1. Each day I’ll post my photos, a photo count, and a few observations from my day (I will post my Monday photos on Tuesday morning). See an example from Tuesday last year. From the 9th to the 15th my focus will be on documenting daily life with photos and words. I’ll put my album together in a tangible format the week after (hybrid using the 8.5×11 layered templates).
  2. There will be a sponsored giveaway each day next week that will be open for 24 hours – leave a comment at the end of the post to enter the giveaway. We will post the winners of the giveaways all at once the following week.
  3. Each day next week I will also include a place within my words and photos post to share a link to your blog or Flickr or Instagram stream. Love the sharing that happens during the week.



  1. Download and print out the free Daily Sheets.
  2. Take a look back through my Week In The Life Archives to see how I’ve approached this project in the past. There are a bunch of different helpful posts for getting in the right frame of mind as you begin.
  3. Purchase the layered templates (8.5×11 or 12×12) or 4×6 journal cards from Designer Digitals to simplify the process. You can also check out my other everyday life product suggestions or my collection of photos from last year all in one place on Flickr.
  4. Charge your camera battery. I tend to like to try to use my DSLR (also known as my “big” camera) more during this week.
  5. Practice using your self-timer so you can get yourself in the pictures.



  1. Getting yourself in the photos. Turn the camera on yourself using the self-timer or get someone else in your house-hold or work to help you out. Get creative with including yourself – how can you document the everyday things you do and include yourself in the photo? I almost always get a photo of myself doing laundry. Glamorous? No. Real? Yes.
  2. Take photos of the most basic things. Those things that we often take for granted are often some of the things we miss the most if there’s a big change in your life. Think about favorite things in your house, your unmade bed, your desktop (clean or dirty), a favorite wall in your house, the inside of your fridge, etc.
  3. This is not a race or a competition or a comparison game. This is an opportunity to see your life as it is right now reflected back to you via your own images and words.



  1. Join the Week In The Life 2013 Flickr Group to share your daily photos.
  2. Join the free Big Picture Week In The Life Community here to share your work and communicate with others documenting their week.
  3. Use the hashtag #weekinthelife on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.



Have fun. Take a deep breath (I’ll be doing this I’m sure). Get connected to your life (the who, what, where, when, and why of your everyday life).

Have a great weekend and I’ll post a little something to get us all going on Monday as well.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    I’m excited to join in next week!! I warned the kids what week it is, haha they had a little groan then said “OK”. My camera is on a little rest this week so to give all of us a break from being in it.
    Thanks so much for doing this and sharing it with us! Happy to have these places to link up too.

    Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday!!!

  • 2.
    Vera said…

    Joining WITL is in my list of things to do, but now that it’s here, not so sure I’m ready for it. But something tells me I should just go ahead and do it anyway. hehe.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I kinda always feel like that – ha!

    • ….
      Jeanmarie said…

      A few years ago, I felt the same way, so my solution was “A Month of Sundays.” I know that documenting 4 consecutive Sundays is not the same thing as everyday/weekday life, but it still gives me that little glimpse of life right now while still being very managable (especially because it is the weekend!). I still use Ali’s daily sheets to take my notes, but only on Sunday. Recently, I was looking back at last year and realized that I didn’t remember and wouldn’t have remembered the places my kids were developmentally without my “Month of Sundays” scrapbook.

  • 3.
    Paula said…

    I am going to be brave and without any preparation jump in and do what I can, because I want to be part of this. Definitely a rocky week ahead. Medical issues for my daughter and I, dental issues, car issues, money issues, lol hormonal issues from all of it. And this strange kind of “where am I feeling” has settled in – the good feels extra sweet and the rough waves are harder to ride – contemplating being 50 with an upcoming 25th wedding anniversary too. Feeling blessed, worried and surreal at same time – so was thinking this is just “not a good time” for me to “take on more.” Then I read your post from last year this morning and thought – TRY. Do what you can, no more and no less, and you’ll be glad. So I’m in!

    • ….
      dawn said…

      I love the way you wrote this, finding blessings thru the hard time is tough. This will be a good week to look back on for both those reasons, so much will be different a year from now. Jump in and keep it simple and whatever way works for you. Maybe more pictures then words or vice versa.
      Will keep you and your family in my prayers and hope the week ends on a good note for you. Good luck!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Awesome attitude Paula.

  • 4.
    Brooke said…

    I’m almost at saying yes for this project for the first time. You are convincing me. I have too many unfinished projects on the go but my kids are growing and in a couple of years our life will look so very different!

  • 5.
    Brooke said…

    P.s My 5 year old son came home from school today and said “On the first of December I am going to do a December Album”. I haven’t said anything about DD since last Christmas. Your reach is far and wide! My whole family loves you! : )

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Hi Brooke, how awesome is that son of yours!! Love that he wants to make one too, hope he does and you share it with us!

  • 6.
    Patti L said…

    I’m not participating, but I look forward to seeing others’ inspiration!

  • 7.
    Neisa said…

    I’m super excited to start this again. I loved participating last year and look forward to completing this year.

  • 8.
    Debbie said…

    Looking forward to joining this year! I hope to keep up with it. I am always scared to take pictures of the household choirs like laundry etc. I have decided this year will be the year I shoot a picture of the dishes and laundry! Crazy I know!!

  • 9.
    abbeyviolet said…

    Last year, I finally found a very simple method that worked for me. Here’s hoping it works this year too. Thanks for doing this. This will be my fifth year and it is so interesting to look back at the earlier years.

    • ….
      Joelle said…

      I would love to know what great system you figured out – I’m a little nervous!

  • 10.
    LindaHAZ said…

    I did 2010 and 2012 WITL via a Shutterfly book. I thought I might try 2011 via a traditional photo album like yours but it never got done so I just completed it via Shutterfly and I am not going to fool myself this year — 2013 will be a Shutterfly book too. Wish your Everyday Life book was still available via Shutterfly.

    • ….
      Steph said…

      I’m planning on doing a Shutterfly album, too. but then I loved the Designer Digitals templates Ali made so I went and got those, and I don’t think they will work because the Shutterfly albums are 11″ wide by 8″ tall. Any advice?

  • 11.
    Vivianna said…

    I am really excited for this years A Week in The Life because I got married this summer and I am pregnant. Life had some big changes this year and it will be fun to look back on last years to see what life was like and then looking at this years and see everything that is different.

  • 12.
    Ashley Marie said…

    Week in the Life comes at a weird crossroads for me this year. I have been planning to participate with idea that it’ll be the week leading up to my birthday (the 14th) and then my mother in law unexpectedly passed away on the 26th so I’ll spending the week with my father in law as he transitions from his old life to a new normal. I initially thought I would sit it out since so much is in the air (no good camera, no supplies, etc.) but then I remembered my mother in law’s comments while she looked through my Project Life albums that she loved that I always documented the good stuff and the tough stuff. So I figured it is worth a shot.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Totally worth a shot and I’m sorry to read about your loss.

  • 13.
    Erin K said…

    Planning to participate for the first time! Next week, I am moving from Tennessee to Minnesota to begin my new job. Three of the days will be driving & staying with family along the way. It will be fun to document my life during this transition. I’ve got my album, page protectors, & other supplies, which will go with me in the car.

  • 14.
    monica coffman said…

    I was a little on the fence this year about participating as life seems a little chaotic right now and it seems easier when you can document the easy stuff versus the messy stuff. But then I read Paula’s words above and she’s so right. As are your words too, Ali, that there’s something powerful about reflecting the life we are living back to ourselves. So I’m all in as well. Looking forward to it!

    • ….
      Paula said…

      I think part of my “surrealness” is that there comes a point in your life when you realize all of these things at once – that time is not going to last as long as your bucket list, that there is no fairytale ending – health, special needs situations, financial pressures, so many stressors don’t decrease just because you are getting older or because you “pictured” it a certain way. So I am trying to stop asking myself “when will things get better” and remind myself that things are fine as is, there is always good with the bad. Ideal is just a fantasy that is nice to dream about but reality is where the living is.

  • 15.
    suew said…

    As we will be on holiday for almost the entire week it won’t be a normal week at all….only Monday will be at home. I am thinking of having a little spot in each day’s journaling about what I would be doing if I was home. Love your templates Ali and I will be using them to simplify the process.

  • 16.
    Rosalie Vos Tulp said…


    DO you have any recommendations for png / psd files for a daily schedule. I would like to type our schedule out each day before I go to bed. I am envisioning a 2×12 to run beside a large photo or maybe a landscape version.


  • 17.
    Kathy said…

    So excited to be doing it again this year and at the very least if people are on the fence just go ahead and take heaps of photos. There is no pressure to be collating or sharing next week but it is a lot of fun to do it. Just as much or as little as you feel you can manage because I can assure you it is so worth it after it’s done and doing it along with everyone is so much fun and it’s easy.

    If you are unsure of things to photograph that you see every day that seems boring like your set of books on your shelves or your jewellery or your pantry just have a think about if you were able to see a WITL album from when you yourself were 8 or 10 what would be some things you would like to see. The cereals you ate, the tv shows or dvd’s you watched. Your bedroom, your favourite toys, food etc. we take a lot of things for granted around us because we live in a house that may be our forever house so there is no need to rush to photograph things. Also a photo of the front page of the newspaper each day or the price of petrol, bread, who is the president, prime minister etc. here in Australia we are a day ahead of the USA so I start one day earlier still beginning with the 09/09. Have a great week everyone. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  • 18.
    Sarah said…

    I am deciding to make this year’s Week in the Life about Me! There are so few photos of me in my PL album, so I’m gonna have an insert about all what I do and the many “hats” I wear as wife, mother, friends, volunteer, employee, etc. So excited.

  • 19.
    Patchouly said…

    I have loved doing A Day In The Life this year and would really like to do A Week In The Life but will be traveling for work next week – Ali, do you just pick a week and go for it, or do you purposefully schedule it for a somewhat “normal” week?

  • 20.
    Bridget C said…

    SOOO EXCITED TO START!! I’ve wanted to do this project forever, and am ready to tackle it this year! Bring it on :)

  • 21.
    Alicia said…

    Can’t wait!

  • 22.
    Amy said…

    Hi Ali, I just discovered Katrina Kennedy’s podcast and how awesome that the first one I listened to was the one you were on!!! Our family is coming off of a VERY stressful summer where all the plans I had for memory making and documenting were completely derailed. Things are slowing getting back to normal and I am hoping the week in the life project might be just what I need to reconnect with our everyday, finding the gratitude and seeing how can we smooth some things out. I don’t know for sure how far I’ll get but even if I just get one day or a few portions of days I’ll be actively thinking about it. You are such an inspiration to me to document our memories and reflect on our lives in a way that works for me – without ever feeling like it isn’t enough. Thank you!!!

  • 23.
    Sarah @ TM2TS said…

    I think I’ll be attempting this. I’m a digital scrapbooker, and I already do Project 365, but I love the idea of doing more. I started Project Life this year (digital version) but I failed miserably. I did do a Week in the Life last year (in October with another blog) and I loved it! This sort of stuff is more fun and interesting to me :D
    I’m going to blog it, and scrap it!

  • 24.
    Beth Quiroz said…

    Ali – will you be selling the sentiment tabs you designed for 2010 with the updated 2013 this year?

  • 25.
    Jennifer K said…

    Thinking of doing this for the first time. (honestly, I’m afraid I’ll be a little embarrassed at how little I get done in a day, but that’s where I am right now.) Really wish I had done it at least once in recent years before we moved, so I’d have one from that part of our life, so that tells me I should probably just do it! It’s amazing how many “ordinary, everyday” photos I thought I was taking, only to wish I had photos of a bunch of stuff I never thought to capture.

    • ….
      Joelle said…

      Thank you for these words, Jennifer. I think we always think we can catch a glimpse at this part of life later. I’m thinking later is tomorrow. :) I’m feeling like I need to examine my life a bit at the moment anyway. Maybe doing it with photos will help me view where we are and where I’d like us to move along to…

  • 26.
    Steph said…

    Ok, I admit it…this is my fourth year but I call it “Almost a week in the life” I never seem to make it a full week. I’m totally ok with that. I love the journey of this week and always keep in mind how amazing it would be to have something like this from my Oma or Great Oma. I know in the future my kids will love it. I already do.

  • 27.
    michelle h said…

    I am jumping in and giving this a whirl this time. It sounds so wonderful!!! I am having a problem downloading the life daily pages, though…have tried a few different times and on different days (thought maybe I was just too tired to figure out what I was doing wrong the first evening!! hehehe) but even this morning, it tells me there is a network error and it closes. :( Any other way I can get a copy of those pages…I think they may keep me on track…lol

    • ….
      kara said…

      I had this same problem and the download worked fine when I used firefox instead of explorer.

    • ….
      michelle h said…

      Thanks, Kara!! I use Chrome at work, but still had IE at home…shameful, huh?? I didn’t even think about that being an issue…thank you–issue resolved!! Whoo hoo!! :)

  • 28.
    Stef said…

    I’ve only recently heard about this project, but I am looking forward to joining. It sounds like a wonderful way to concentrate on capturing my current life. And a reason to start blogging again. Go me.

  • 29.
    Brooke said…

    7:35pm on Monday here and I have 70 pics from my day. The first time I have ever participated in WITL. No plans just taking photos and I am so happy to have captured so much more of our everyday today!!

  • 30.
    Jen said…

    This will be my first time participating and I am excited to play along! I did #dayinthelife in April and used your digital templates (first time using them) and it turned out to be a super cute addition to my projectlife album! I ordered the album you suggested and some extra page protectors, I will order the digital templates this week sometime and it is 9:15am on Monday and I have taken 4 photos so far. Have a trip to go to the Gentleman of the Road Tour in St. Augustine this weekend, so it is an interesting week for me to document. Thanks Ali for all of your inspiration!

  • 31.
    MelissaShim said…

    i’m going to be participating for the first time this year. i won’t be making an album but will post photos on IG (melissashim).

  • 32.
    Trish said…

    First time for me too – I’ve lurked and procrastinated long enough!! But this time I AM GOING TO DO THIS. Many many thanks for your inspiration

  • 33.
    karen c said…

    I am doing it next week so I can include Parent Weekend at my son’s college. In the past I’ve done it and he’s been here and a big part of it. But I’m still figuring out this new life with him at college and I just couldn’t wrap my mind around a week in the life with him off stage.

    I’ll enjoy seeing what everyone else does this week! Have fun!!!

  • 34.
    Barbara said…

    I didn’t find this until tonight (Monday) so I’m going to do my WITL next week. This willbe my first time so looking forward to picking up some tips and inspiration from everyone this week x

  • 35.
    rosann said…

    definitely keeping it super simple this year and doing daily blog posts. I may scrapbook some of the photos but I’ll let my blog do most of the work.

  • 36.
    victoria said…

    Are you still using the Epson Picturemate?? If so, do you recommend it? Thanks.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – love it! Use it all the time.

    • ….
      victoria said…

      Thank you!
      I had read that post and was curious after using it for a bit if you still really liked it :)

      I am on the hunt for a new quick printer.

      THANKS for the reply!!

  • 37.
    tracie said…

    My first time participating. Hope I can keep up…

  • 38.
    Alison D. said…

    This year I’m participating in a week in the life but I am a week behind schedule… oops :)
    How will you format your PL layout for this week?

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