A Day In The Life | Documenting Today

Thursday With Anna
From February 2010.

Happy Wednesday!

Here's my goals for today as I document A Day In The Life:

1. Take a bunch of photos. I feel like I've slacked off a lately. Some of my favorite photos have come from the times when I've been consciously documenting our days (such as during Week In The Life). I'm thinking I'll probably do a combination of iPhone and DSLR with the intent to create a "picture story" (via Henri Cartier-Bresson) of my day. I'm hoping to get some good use out of the wireless remote I recently purchased for my bigger camera.

2. Really capture a written look at the basic everyday details (times, places, events) combined with observations, thoughts and gratitudes of life right now.

I'm planning to add my content to my Project Life album. I created an 8.5x11 layered template for photos that I'm going to pair that with the Daily Sheets (no need to re-write or type all that content over again).

No matter what time you come across this post today (or in the days to come), it's not to late to do this on your own. There's never a perfect day for this project. Maybe you do it for half the day or tomorrow or the next day or next week. You don't have to add it to Project Life. Maybe at the end of the day you look back and see five stories you want to tell. Maybe just one. Maybe you'll create a minibook of your day or a single layout. Or maybe you will post on your blog and capture the content with words and photos online.

Whatever you do, it counts.

I'm doing this today because I need to see, via words and photos, where we are (I am) right now. I need to be reminded of all that is good and loving even in the midst of a major life transition. I've learned over the years that these sorts of projects have a way of bringing that all to the surface and it helps me see the areas I may need/want to make adjustments in daily routines.

Click here to download the A Day In The Life freebie.

To help celebrate today, and encourage you along the way, I designed a digital freebie for you. It includes two PNG files (one 4x6 and one 3x4) and two Silhouette Studio files. For more information on working with digital files check out my links for Getting Started With Digital Scrapbooking.

Have fun today. No rules. No stress.

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  1. Day in the Life « Playing House says…

    [...] On Wednesday I took a bazillion pictures and wrote a gazillion notes, documenting a regular day in our lives.  It sounds cumbersome, but it was fun.  You can read more about the day-in-the-life project here. [...]

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  2. Project Life 2012 | Week Six | Ali Edwards says…

    [...] Day In The Life” word art (I cut it with the Silhouette) is a freebie you can download here. Behind it is just the back of an Instax photo from last [...]

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  3. jill says…


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  4. Karen F from New Zealand says…

    Thanks so much Ali for the word art.

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  5. lynne says…

    thanks so much for sharing this!

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  6. Gwenipooh says…

    thank you so much for this great freebie

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  7. Smitha Katti says…

    I just finally finished my layout with all the photos from my 'a day in the life" http://www.smilingcolors.com/2012/03/project-life-2012-a-day-in-the-life/ Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for the free download!

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  8. Debra says…

    So cool! Thank You!

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  9. JulieBee in Iowa says…

    Thank you for your cute word art. I love the picture of you and your daughter reading. It's a great perspective and I love how she is looking at the camera.

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  10. A Day In The Life (Day 1) - Snaps of Our Life | Snaps of Our Life says…

    [...] A Day In The Life (Day 1) by Beth Posted on February 8, 2012 Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet Box WordPress PluginIf you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Ali Edwards’ A Day in The Life [...]

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  11. anna says…

    thank-you! :)

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  12. Re Sales says…

    Thank you sweetie. Love, love this!

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  13. Day In The Life | 2013 Monthly Project | Ali Edwards says…

    [...] Overview + Free Download [...]

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  14. Project Life – week 5 and 6 » Janna Werner | Papiersalat says…

    [...] from the Maggie Holmes collection and cut images with my Silhouette Cameo (a free cut from Ali Edwards, e.g.). Furthermore I used my Big Shot + embossing dies from Sizzix to create texture on some of [...]

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  15. day in the life 2013 | Januar | katrinwenning says…

    [...] Titelbild für die “day in the life”- Einlage habe ich von Ali’s Blog heruntergeladen und mit Photoshop [...]

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  16. pearl says…

    hi ali, thanks for this freebie. will be adding this cut file to my PL album.

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  17. March Reminder: Day in the Life : Aggie Shoots. Aggie Scraps. says…

    [...] Download free Daily Sheets for documenting your day. [...]

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  18. Joy Gissing (groovyvirgochick) says…

    Thanks Ali. I am going to the poor house trying to purchase all your designs whether they be your stamps or your digital products. Love your work.

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  19. Cristina says…

    Which font you used? Thanks

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  20. Project Life: Week 31 | fastlife, slowlife says…

    [...] frame stamp is from the Kelly Purkey August + September kit; a day in the life card is free from Ali Edwards; we were here card is from Paislee Press; quote card free from Elise [...]

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  21. PL 2013 – week 26 | Little Observations of Everyday life says…

    […] Templates: Ladybug Scraps Project: Our Everyday Life Pixels & Co: Free Love Gennifer Bursett:  Love You / Gidget Go for it Word Art: Artful Musings (Scrap Orchard Word Art challenge August 2013) A Vegas Girl at Heart.: On this Day journal card, Life is Beautiful frame, Day of the Week stamps, Love this Photo button, Akizo: Is this Destiny Journal Card Ali Edwards: Day in the Life frame […]

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  22. Maren says…

    Thanks a lot,- its cute!

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  23. A Day in the Life : 2013 | Vegetablog says…

    […] patterned paper into the remaining spots.  Finally, I added a banner title (the text is made from Ali Edwards’ .png image; I used the 4×6 aspect ratio .png on the title page inside the book).  I LOVE how it turned […]

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