Week In The Life | Thoughts On The Process & Daily Sheet PDF

Next week I'll be documenting a week in our lives.

Seven days of photos and words, chronicling the little things and the big things that happen from Monday through Sunday.

There's so many different ways to approach this project. There's no right or wrong. 

  • Maybe you'll follow along with me and focus on the theme of time this year. Check out my design plan and supply list here.
  • Maybe for you this project will be an attempt to catch just one story per day with words or photos.
  • Maybe for you this project will be all on your blog and you won't be creating an album.
  • Maybe you'll go all-out and jot down things as they happen on an hourly basis (even doing this for one day during the week is really cool).

If this is your first time participating in this project I highly recommend you read this post: The Basics Of Documenting A Week In Your Life. I've also got completed examples from a couple years available here: 2008 and 2010.

For me this project is about capturing the rhythms of our days over a period of one week. What time are we waking? What time are we falling into bed? What's special about our family right now? How can I pay close attention to (and honor and celebrate) the things that are happening now which likely won't be the same next year?

This project is simply an opportunity to capture the real, the basic, the rush, the slowness, the crazy, the simple, the ups and the downs of a single week. Don't make it more complicated than it needs to be.

Next week my focus is ONLY on documenting. I won't be putting the album together at all. I'll be using my camera and writing things down and just letting the week evolve. The actual bringing it all together will happen the following week.

Week In The Life Schedule

Here's what's happening next week:

MONDAY | The week begins with a special Week In The Life giveaway from the 2011 sponsors. The comments on the giveaway will be open through Friday with the winners posted on the following Monday.

TUESDAY THROUH SUNDAY | Each day I'll share my photos and words for the day. At the bottom of each post I'll include a link widget for you to link to your own blog or site sharing your photos and words. Seeing others photos and reading their words are such a great way to get inspired and to think about other things you'd like to include in your own project.

WEEK OF AUGUST 1 | I'll be sharing my completed album.

Free Daily Sheets PDF To Help Document Your Week

As I was thinking about how I want to approach my content I remembered that when I first taught this class back in 2005 I included Daily Sheets for people to use to document pieces of their day. I created a new PDF that's geared towards what I'd like to include in my album and am making it available for you to download here.

The simple idea is to print out this PDF and keep it with you throughout the week for a very easy way to write things down. It's possible that not everything you write on here will make it into your album and it's also possible (and likely for me) that I'll be writing even more stories on the back on these sheets.

My hope is that this will give you a starting place.

The PDF includes 14 pages - 2 for each day of the week. The first page features time by hours (all 24 hours are listed) and the second page includes a spots for food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), observations, gratitude, favorite memory, and overheard.

Download the Week In The Life Daily Sheets here (3.1 MB).

I hope you're getting excited! Charge up those camera batteries -

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  1. lee says…
    07/21/2011

    This is such a great tool to keep track of stuff! I really appreciate you sharing this, and am looking forward to taking notes. Very excited to start this project on Monday! =)

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  2. Jennifer says…
    07/21/2011

    So excited for next week! The week will be a little bit odd since it includes the U2 concert I have been waiting 10 months for...the rest of the week should be more normal.

    I posted about some of my favorite scrapbooks including my Week in the Life album from 2007 on my blog - http://threeweasels.com/2011/07/my-name-is-jennifer-and-i-am-a-scrapbooker.html

    Thanks for doing this again!

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    1. Ali says…
      07/21/2011

      We saw U2 in Seattle and it was awesome. Have a great time.

  3. Melanie L. says…
    07/21/2011

    Thanks so much for the PDF sheets! I haven't done your Week In the Life project before. I'm excited about doing it this year! I work in a hospital so we'll see how much I'll be able to take a picture of, but I want to document everything I can. Thanks again!

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  4. Monica Castro says…
    07/21/2011

    Hi Ali
    I loved to participate last year and I'll do this next week again ...thanks for sharing your ideas and talent ...

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  5. glee says…
    07/21/2011

    Really looking forward to this project. and my beloved sister is here for a visit for the first time in many years!!
    Think we could have a Flicker share site for the finished products??
    aloha

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    1. Ali says…
      07/21/2011
  6. mary bartolotta says…
    07/21/2011

    Hi Ali...excited to start documenting next week! I saw in your 2010 album, what looked like some of your sayings on photos...but I looked through designer digitals and couldn't find them...do you know which set you used on them? thanks!

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  7. Sarah says…
    07/22/2011

    Thanks for the PDF. It will make it so much easier to stick to it. So many times I've attempted (unsuccessfully!) to document life, but your ideas and tools to help organise ahead of time will make it much easier to stick to. Looking forward to the challenge.

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  8. Ramie says…
    07/22/2011

    THank you Ali! I am starting a new school program and working this fall (after 8yrs of being home with my kids) and I think this will make a good planner/memory keeper! Thanks so much!

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  9. simply autumn » Around Here … says…
    07/22/2011

    [...] that I will do quite a bit of journaling by the hour (as I’ve done in the past) and will use Ali’s Daily Recording Sheets.  I am looking forward to documenting and celebrating our daily, ordinary [...]

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  10. Nina says…
    07/22/2011

    Hi, Ali! Just wanted to say thank you for the free worksheets and all the helpful links! You are always such an inspiration. And you never fail to remind me to document the little things, which, of course, turn out to be the big things later on.

    More power to you!

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  11. kate says…
    07/22/2011

    Thanks for the downloads Ali, What a great project, this is my first time doing WIAL, and really looking forward to the challenge........kate...........Australia

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  12. Stacy B says…
    07/22/2011

    Thanks for the daily sheets, they will certainly help! Printed and in my binder already...

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  13. Beth says…
    07/22/2011

    Not sure if I'm ready to tackle week-in-the-life, but I do day-in-the-life on my blog sometimes. Really, really love these pdf files -- I definitely will use them! Thanks!

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  14. Sue TR (Gearhart !) says…
    07/22/2011

    Hi Ali!
    Thanks for the organizational sheets, they will definitely help keep track of everthing!

    Do you have any thoughts on how to involve hubby and kids? The girls (almost 10) will be at camp all day that week and hubby will be working. Hubby is uber-supportive of all things memory-keeping, as long as it doesn't involve another giving him something to do :-) Would love some camp pix but I don't think they're allowed to bring cameras to camp.

    On the plus side, we close on our new house on Thursday so there will be lots to document!

    Sue

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  15. Michelle says…
    07/22/2011

    Can't wait!

    I'll be on vacation for most of my "Week in the Life" so I think everything will be up on my blog after I come back.

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  16. Libbi M. says…
    07/22/2011

    i am so super excited to be doing this project for the very first time. thank you so much for the free pdf's. i printed them out and i'm ready to go. quick question: i have a full time job as a cashier at costco. i'm going to have someone take a photo of me working but what other things can i document during my 8 hour shift? i'm sure there are other full time workers that might like the comments as well. any suggestions?

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  17. Libbi M. says…
    07/22/2011

    i am so super excited to be doing this project for the very first time. thank you so much for the free pdf's. i printed them out and i'm ready to go. quick question: i have a full time job as a cashier at costco. i'm going to have someone take a photo of me working but what other things can i document during my 8 hour shift? i'm sure there are other full time workers that might like the comments as well. any suggestions? thank you!

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    1. Ali says…
      07/22/2011

      Maybe it's more words than photos from your job? How about photos of the break room, what you eat for lunch, your co-workers, signs, etc.

  18. Mrs. V says…
    07/22/2011

    Ali, Sometime next week can you show us best format to save the layered templates once we complete them in order to show them on our blogs? I just installed my PSE last night and practiced on the Remember This template while following along on your video, but I was not sure the best way to share. The way I shared seemed like it was probably too big of a file because it was not loading onto my blog. I am excited to participate for the first time, and I know that part of the fun is being able to share works in progress.

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    1. Ali says…
      07/22/2011

      Hi! Sure - I like to save two files of my finished digital pages. One is the high resolution for printing and the other is a 72dpi page for sharing online. To keep them separate I do a SAVE AS and save one with the name "_web." It's that one that I then open, flatten, change the image size to 72dpi and usually 500 pixels wide, save as a jpg and then share online.

    2. Mrs. V says…
      07/22/2011

      Thanks Ali. I was able to do that, and I am uploading my page to my blog now.

  19. Sarah Douglas says…
    07/22/2011

    Super excited to do this for the second year. Thank you for the great downloads Ali!

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  20. Mikki McGehee says…
    07/22/2011

    Thank you very much for the PDFs. I am really looking forward to next week.

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  21. Sarah says…
    07/22/2011

    I'm so excited about week in the life. I actually had to start my project a little early....I'm using Evernote to keep track of the events of my day. I'm already used to using Evernote frequently throughout the day. I also appreciate that you said you're only documenting the week during the week and not worrying about actually compiling the album until later. I'm pretty exited about my plan. I'm going to utilize some of the auto-collage features in photoshop to help me get it done faster.

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  22. Jasmine Ford says…
    07/22/2011

    Thank you so much for these Ali, they will be such a huge help in keeping track of the goings on around here! I've been wanting to try to do one of your documentary style projects for awhile and this past Christmas was all set to do the December Daily, but got really sick and then a bit overwhelmed with it all. I think this will be a great starter project for me, shorter time period and then it will give me a better idea of what goes into a project like this! Thanks for all the inspiration!!

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  23. Cynthia H says…
    07/22/2011

    thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the pdf. I was thinking not to do WITL this year because I have a newborn, but this post and the pdf has given me the kick in the pants I need to just jump on board. What better week to capture? Life with a 9 week old will never be like this again so I want to capture it. Thank you for helping me put that in perspective.

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    07/23/2011

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  25. SO excited! « Pastiche says…
    07/23/2011

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