Week In The Life 2011 | Bringing It All Together (with Video Overview)

week in the life 2011 | completed album

Hello completed Week In The Life album. I'm so happy to put you away on my shelf.

This year I decided to put together a short (13 min) video that walks you through all the pages of my 2011 album. I talk about some of the decisions I ended up making this year, general observations, etc. I'm hoping this will make it a bit more "real" for those of you that like to see a bit more beyond the photos and written words.

Week In The Life 2011 | Completed Album Overview from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Over the last few days I've been working on the 9-pocket divided page protectors that go between the spreads for each day of my week. That means I've been trimming photos, creating small cards, cutting up some pattern paper, etc.

week in the life 2011 | completed album

I cut up the Hambly Little Circles Overlay and added the Ormolu 2-Day Hooray Days of the Week Button Embellishments. On the back I added small circle numbers from BananaFish Studio.

week in the life 2011 | completed album

I also ended up adding in some cards using stamps from my different Technique Tuesday sets. If you've watched the video above already you probably heard me talking about those. You'll also see them in the photos below.


  • One of the things I kept asking myself as I was bringing all the components together is how can I simplify this process? What I realized is that I'd really done most of the work already - the words were documented, the photos were taken and printed - and I really just felt like leaving it at that. You might notice as you watch the video or view the photos below that I decided to just add the Daily Sheets right into the album. For me it was the decision that seemed to make the most sense. I simply added a few more page protectors to the album to accommodate those sheets.

  • I'm pretty sure that next year this will be a completely digital project for me and will be printed in book format. It felt a little bit crazy to me to be cutting out all those smaller photos just to add them to the divided page protector. We'll see. Maybe I'll feel different next year. It's important to me to allow myself to evolve, to allow projects to evolve over time, etc. And like I've said all along, there's no right or wrong way to bring this all together.

  • I collected way less stuff this year than I have in past years. I think that might have something to do with Project Life and how much I already add there each week.

  • I'm glad I did it in the summer, but I think I like it better at other times of the year. Not sure why that is exactly - maybe it's because I long for a different pace in the summer and this just felt like a lot of work. Maybe a summer Week In The Life needs to be modified for the pace of the season...

  • I'm still planning to put together a little video from the times I took it during the week. I'll post that when it's completed.




week in the life 2011 | completed album




week in the life 2011 | completed album
week in the life 2011 | completed album


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week in the life 2011 | completed album




week in the life 2011 | completed album
week in the life 2011 | completed album


And here's a list of all the posts for 2011.




If you'd like to see links from past year's go here.

A really big thank you again for joining me on this journey. Whether this was your first year or fifth, I so appreciate your participation and interest in this project and I hope you enjoyed the process (or are enjoying the process as you continue bringing it all together).

Don't forget about the free Week In The Life Community at Big Picture Classes which will remain open indefinitely. I'll be checking in there on and off and am happy to answer questions over there or here on my blog. There's also a Flickr Group if you'd like to share your work there.


In addition you're invited to share a link to your completed album below. Please remember to link to a specific post on your blog (vs. a general link to your blog) that shares your completed project.

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  1. Kimberly says…

    Ali - I FINALLY finished my first Week in the life project and I am thrilled to have participated. I hesitated, then I didn't take many photos, then, I didn't have time to put it together... however, seeing it completed on my desk makes me very proud and excited to do it again next year. I'm also aching to start my 365 project again! Thank you for continuing to push me to do better, in memory keeping, and in memory making. You are truly amazing.

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  2. cinnibonbon says…

    Stunning. I loved that you showed us on video--this album just comes to life in this format-- it's so inspiring this way!! I've never made one, but now I just have too--what a great week for me to start too. Thank you for the motivation!!!

    I have to ask. How do you video tape this---I mean with your iphone, a standard video recorder or off your camera? This will be more of a daunting task for me, thats why I ask!!! Thanks bunches...totally loved this.

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    1. Ali says…

      I use my camera (canon 5D) for the videos.

  3. Jeanette says…

    Oh my goodness! Super crafty. Makes me want to go back and do scrapbooking. Yours look sooo good and inspiring.

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  4. Nicole says…

    Love the Week in the Life project! Photos of my finished book are here:

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  5. Jamie says…

    I love your album! I watched your video and think i may have been saying album wrong all these years! LOL I always pronounced it Al-Bum not Al-Blum

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    1. Ali says…

      Nope - that would be me saying it wrong not you.

  6. Clare Lloyd says…

    I have just started scrapbooking and found this link from another website. I love the idea of a week in the life. I watched your video and found it really inspiring. I have just completed a december diary and found that hard with so many days. I am now starting project 12 where we focus on 1 month. As I am new I am looking out for ideas and I think the main messgae I have picked up is keep it simple. I have tried to add too many embellishments and got in a fluster. I like the clean look with little details that you have picked out. Thank you for sharing

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  9. Bri says…

    I'm sure you get asked this a lot, but I've searched your site and haven't been able to find the answer. Where did you get the cutting mat in the photos and video above? I love it!

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