Hi everyone, Jennie here! I think I didn’t even blink and yet it’s almost time for a new round of Week in the Life again! One of my most favorite projects of the year! It will be a crazy week for sure this year, it couldn’t be more different than last year when it was all six of us in the house, just barely out of full lockdown. This year the week will start with us traveling back from Indonesia where my daughter and her boyfriend are staying at the moment, the next part will be just the two of us and at the end of the week we will be picking up Levi after his stay in Japan. We are also in the midst of selling our house and moving to an apartment (on the 17th floor!), so a lot is going on! Definitely not an ordinary week but I can’t wait to document it!
Because it will be a busy week (or weeks!) I want to set myself up for success so besides informing all of my people that Week in the Life is coming and I will be taking lots of photos I also want to plan my album so I can prepare a lot before the week starts, I will know what photos I would like to include (and how many and the orientation) and so I will know how I would like to tackle my journaling.
For my album this year I will use a mix of physical products, digital products, this year’s layered templates and the digital journal.
In the journal each day starts with a colored page with the day of the week in white on it. I decided to recreate that by making my own transparencies each day in another color and adding the day of the week on top cut out of white vinyl with my silhouette machine. I will include the date with a font that matches the font used in the kit and on the layered templates. On the backside of the transparency I will add the gold foil heart from the physical kit.
All of my photos will be cut in the shape of the photo spots on the layered templates starting with an almost 6x8 photo on the first page. Because I would like to use one color throughout the whole day and to add something interesting to the page I used a stamp set from my stash to stamp a few paint splatters on the background behind the photo. I will do that throughout the album. I will also include a circle with the day of the week (cut out of a journal card) and one of those fun chipboard circle outlines.
On the backside of that first photo I will include one of the layered templates with 4 photo spots. On this page I will have a short recap of the day and I will add one of the plastic pieces.
For the rest of my journaling of the day I am planning to use the pieces from the Week in the Life journal that have the prompts on them. First Ali’s daily sheet to give a glance of what I was doing that day, the –ing words, the gratitudes and feelings and what I want to remember.
I will turn those pieces into a little notebook for each day that will be tucked into a pocket page. I have made this pocket by using the digital transparent dividers: the word art in white on a colored background. The pocket is stitched to the background with my sewing machine.
I backed the pocket with the same background as the front. On this backside I will include a vellum pocket (I used the digital vellum pocket from the Delight Story Kit as a template for this one) with a tag with photos of what was on the menu that day (word art is from the 10x8 Variety Pack). To embellish the page I decided to add the date in one of the (leftover?) circles from the chipboard set.
For the next page I used my sewing machine to turn a page protector with 2 4x6 pockets into a page protector with 2 4x4 inch pockets. I left some space next to the stitching to attach this strip with the day on it, that I created using the word art from the layered templates. I will fill the pockets with more photos and the ‘one word for today’ card cut into the same shape as the photos using the layered templates.
The last page for each day will be a 2x2’s page protector with more photos, some of the vellum die cuts and some ephemera I will collect during the week. I will cut all pieces into the same shape using the layered templates and I will add the vellum heart with the day on it to the outside of the page protector.
I am so happy to have my album all planned out! Before the documenting week will start I can put almost everything into place: I can make the transparencies, the backgrounds with the paint splatters, the pockets, the covers of my little notebooks, my vellum pocket with the tag and my 4x4’s page protector. When the week is over I can just add my photos and focus on my journaling!
I will print a draft version of my little notebook for each day so I can make notes during the week. When the week is over I will add my journaling digitally and print again.
Thank you so much for taking a look at my plans for my 2022 Week in the Life album! I love this project so much so I hope you will find some inspiration or motivation in my plans for this album. I have 12 finished Week in the Life albums and they are for sure some of my biggest treasures because it’s always the same until it isn’t... I have so many moments captured in these albums that were so normal at the time but that aren’t coming back. I am so grateful for this project!
If you would like to see more of my process in Photoshop or get some inspiration using digital kits you can check out my Hybrid All Year Round class!
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