Today I'm sharing the rest of my completed 2020 Week In The Life™ album.
Thanks for your patience as it took me a little longer than usual to get this one done. As you'll see below I'm following the formula that I started with Monday and Tuesday with a few adjustments here and there.
One reminder as you work to finish up your album: own your own story. When you scroll through the photos below I want you to remember that this is my story and yours may look similar or completely different. I wholeheartedly want you to capture and celebrate and document your own life and then bring your words + photos together in a way that makes sense and brings enjoyment to you. What brings me the most joy with this project is emphasizing the words and the photos with some embellishments to support my storytelling.
As I look at what I've brought together here I am missing two shots that I wanted to get and didn't: (1) a photo of all of us together and (2) a photo of outside the house looking in at night. Those two specific photos are on my list to take soon and I'll use them for another project.
Here's my process via video:
Let's dive in:
Loved adding that chipboard tag to my photo and adding the red twine that peeks up out of the top of my album.
I also enjoyed taking the opportunity to use those 4x6 daily cards to write about my reflections of the day with a little perspective (meaning that time had passed from when I did the in-the-moment journaling). They both tell their own kind of story and add to a more complete picture of life right now.
On Monday + Tuesday I had enough ephemera for the 2x2 page protectors but I had less for the rest of the days. I'm totally okay with that and I ended up just adjusting the size of the page protector to accommodate what I did have (meaning I used my trimmer to cut of any extra rows of pockets).
I also think it's completely okay to add to those squares after the fact if you didn't grab enough during the week. There is no rule that it must all be from those seven days.
I only filled in the front of those pockets and am just leaving the back how it is right now.
Writing directly on my photos feel more "loose" than my normal adding of typed text but I went with what felt good while I was working on bringing it all together.
Loved adding the label stickers from the Sticker Book.
I had fun looking for a place each day to repeat stamp using the days of the week stamp set.
Always looking for that space to be able to add more words onto my photos.
I loved the adventure of seeking out ephemera to add into those pockets.
Friday is the day all the kids come back (our transition day). This is the first year that I've done this project when the kids weren't here the majority of the days. I'm glad I did it because it shows what half our time looks like and gave me an opportunity to look at my life through a bit of a different lens.
And, man, I love photos. As I review my pages while I type this up I am so thankful for the opportunity to capture life via the lens of my camera and with a pen in hand.
For some of the 5x7 photos I ended up punching a 1/2 circle from the top of the photos vs. along the outside edge.
I will easily admit that I did some diving into my recycle basket to find pieces of paper to punch out those 2x2 squares.
Definitely had a few more 5x7 photos to add in for this day. More people often means more photos.
Those welcome back hugs. Gah. I want more photos of those.
Following a formula (with a little room for moving things around) helps so much when bringing it all together. By reducing some of the choices we have to make in the process it helps us focus on simply getting it all into place vs. having to come up for a new design for each day.
Here's a look at the travelers notebook I included at the front of my album:
As part of the Week In The Life™ Prep Day I included a printable Travelers Notebook file that includes the inside pages you'll see below. I loved adding this in to my project this time around and will totally consider something like this again for the future (I've done it in December Daily® a few times before as well). What I really love is having them write in their own words about how they feel at this particular point in time.
I used this Washi tape to hold it all together.
I still plan to do a page for myself and one for Aaron (he'd like to keep his private).
Thank you so much for joining me in this project in 2020. It's been a year like no other so far and documenting our lives is one of the ways we can work to make sense of our own story.
Let me know if you have any questions below and I'd love to check out your completed project as well - feel free to link it in the comments below!
- Week In The Life 2020 AE Mini Kit
- Week In The Life Label Stamp Set
- Week In The Life Memories Of Right Now Stamp Set
- Week In The Life Asterisk Chipboard
- Week In The Life Pleather Embellishments
- Week In The Life Plastic Numbers
- Week In The Life Transparency Phrases
- Week In The Life Sticker Book
- Week In The Life Days Of The Week Stamps
- Honeyman Ink
- Page Protectors For 2x2 Squares (5A)
- 2 inch x 2 inch Passport Punch
- 1.5 Inch Circle Punch
- Grafix Clear Plastic Sheets
- Foam Adhesive
- Tiny Attacher
- 6 Hole Punch
- Epson XP 15000 Printer
- Epson PictureMate PM400 Printer (for 5x7 and smaller)
- StazOn Black Ink
- Round Stamp Block
- June Stories By The Month
- POSCA White Paint Pen
- Slick Writer
- White With Black Dot Washi Tape
If you'd like to learn more about my approach to this project check out the 2020 Week In The Life Prep Day online event. It covers a lot of the basics and is a great introduction/refresher to various parts of the project.