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Week In The Life™ 2023 | Ali's Album


Welcome to a look at my "almost" complete Week In The Life™ album for 2023. I've got just a couple spaces remaining to fill (you'll see those below) and felt like this is a good time to share the entire thing. This is a big post with a lot of photos and a video so grab your favorite beverage and let's dive in and see how this all came together. 

You can see each of my daily word + photos from the documenting week here

You can see steps I took for repeated embellishments here

You can see my original design plan for this project this year here

A few things to share before we go through each day: 

  • I really wanted to celebrate + elevate the everyday by focusing on photo enlargements and letting the photos sing their own songs.
  • I love the mix of typed + handwritten journaling. Remember that all the typed journaling comes directly from my blog posts during the documenting week. I simply copy + paste what I wrote and add that into my album. Handwritten pieces include some that were done during the week itself and others that I wrote as I was putting the actual album together and some of that writing is more reflective vs. in-the-moment. I love that combo of the two. 
  • This project is a labor of love from the documenting to the printing to the embellishing. Let it take its time in coming together. 
  • Remember that you get to choose the right level of embellishing for you in this season of your life. With this project I tend to do "light" embellishing (compared with a project like December Daily®) and that works for the way I want to tell the story of my week. 
  • I am so, so, so happy that I used my DSLR camera for this week. It re-ignited a love for me and I feel grateful to this project for reminding me how much I love looking through that lens. 
  • I loved diving in to my stash for some sentiment cards and word phrase stickers. 
  • Definitely one of my favorite parts of my project this year was inviting our teens to add their voices via photos texted to me each day. I had set up a page for that during our Prep Day but when it came down to documenting those photos I decided I wanted to do something different and used one of the layered templates from this set. I love how it turned it especially since those were all phone photos. 

What's not done yet? 

  1. Individual family photos that will be cropped into circles for one of the intro pages at the beginning of the album. 
  2. Some of my ephemera pages need more pieces added. I'm simply adding things as I find them in the mail, around the house, etc. 

Feel inspired after checking out this post? This is a project you can do at any time! Pick a week and go for it. It is so worth the time. 

Interested in learning more about the entire process of documenting a week in your life? Check out my Storytelling With Week In The Life™ workshop

Here's the overview video: 

Here is a look at my album via photos: 

This is where I still need to add circle photos of each family member. 

These photo strips are 1.25 inches x 6 inches. 

In yesterday's embellishment post I shared about how I added this photo + words to the back of the highlights page and included "reflective" writing as I looked back on the week as a whole. 

MONDAY

One of the things I did different this year was cut up some 6x8 page protectors to create 3x4 pockets to hold sentiment cards from my stash. As you'll see below I added those to a number of my full page photo enlargements (ones that are inside a page protector). I loved adding in some cards from my stash - you could easily add more writing to the back or use regular journal cards if you had additional writing you wanted to do. 

The page protector pockets are adhered with red line tape

As you'll see below I struggled to fill these in each day. But not to worry, I'm simply adding more from the weeks after the documenting week. It's all related to this current season of life. 

On the back of each of those ephemera pages I added a full page photo with a chipboard label and "loving this life" stamped. 

Here's the template I ended up using for the "from the kids" page. I love being able to see their full photos (vs. in pockets like I was thinking originally) and love the nod to the technology that delivered that content to me. I filled in the additional phone spaces with extra photos from my day or screenshots. 

I went with another layered template - part of the same package as the phone page - to showcase more photos (love the contrast between the small photos here + all the other enlargements). I adjusted this one each day depending on the number of photos I had for the day and, on most days, I added journaling here as well. 

This is the journaling that is all copied + pasted from my blog posts during the documenting week. 

Journaling continued from the page before. 

I added stickers from the Main Kit to some of my 10x4 photos. 

Loved diving in to my stash to add word/phrase stickers to the vellum tags from the kit. 

TUESDAY

And repeat. Love repetition in this project specifically. 

WEDNESDAY

Large chipboard words were a great fit for some of my full page photos. These are from the Mini Kit. 

For Wednesday I had just enough photos for one page of a photo grid so I decided to create a custom page for my journaling with a circle in the center for one of the plastic circles. 

THURSDAY

On Thursday I started the journaling on the 10x4 card and then finished that up on a 4x6 custom journal card (see below). 

Here's where the journaling is continued from the 10x4 card. I added this to the album using a page attacher. 

Sweet little card from Brandi Kincaid's Extravagant Hope

FRIDAY

For Friday I was able to combine a couple rows of photos on the template with journaling below (and continued onto the 10x4 card). 

SATURDAY

Yep, still need to add stuff here. 

For Saturday and Sunday I had fewer photos and words so I took out the 10x4, 2-pocket page protectors. Make it fit your story. 

SUNDAY

Ah yeah. I can't wait to look back at this one again in the future. I feel like it's a really decent representation of life around here in this season of teenagers. 

Thank you for being a part of this memory keeping community! You've got this! 

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20 thoughts

  1. jlutherdesigns says…
    05/24/2023

    I absolutely love what you did with the stuff the kids sent you. The content pairs perfectly with the phone template!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/25/2023

      Thank you! Me too!

  2. Elizabeth_Heinz says…
    05/24/2023

    Your album is SO inspiring Ali. I LOVE all of the enlarged photos and the way you embellished the vellum tags with word phrase stickers. I tried the 10x8 album for the very first time and I enjoyed working in a larger format. I'll be using many of your ideas for future projects.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/25/2023

      Thanks Elizabeth! Love that you enjoyed the bigger size! I think I might go back to 6x8 for next year just to mix it up again. Love having options depending on how I feel each year.

  3. adawson816 says…
    05/24/2023

    LOVE the album! This feels like one of your most creative WITL albums yet!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/25/2023

      Thanks Amber!

  4. ahiggins83 says…
    05/24/2023

    Love love love this so much! I put all my photos in the album and am set to keep on trucking! This is my 9th year and I'm so thankful to you for this project!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/25/2023

      Awesome! You've got this!

  5. cannycrafter says…
    05/25/2023

    Thanks for sharing this Ali and thank you for suggesting asking the kids for photos, I loved what they sent as adults from their days. I love that you have also used your stash. This year I didn't buy anything new and used the kit you included in the prep day as a jumping off point. I went back to a notebook again this year which I loved although it takes more planning. I started this project in 2009 and have done it in various formats over the years. Thanks for the initial inspiration way back when I came to memory keeping after a stressful time and break from work, it was and is my 'ME' time and helps my mental health. Great to look back on. I have been sharing mine on Instagram.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/25/2023

      Yeah! I love that you are picking + choosing what to use based on the season you are in! I still really want to try the notebook sometime too.

  6. Marjorie30 says…
    05/25/2023

    Hi Ali and Team. Is there any plan to offer 8.5x11 and 9x12 templates for WITL? Maybe even this year as a bonus in the bundle?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/25/2023

      Hi! We don't have plans for that this year!

  7. peggy1958sue says…
    05/25/2023

    Hi Ali!!! Was waiting patiently for your album finish and you never disappoint!! SO AWESOME!! I have a quick question. I am "trying" to print the pdf for the KRAFT 6x8 DOCUMENTING PAGES and for some reason my printer is printing it to an 8 1/2 x 11. I am using Photo Shop & just a regular pdf file to print it out and it just isn't working. Can you tell me what I might be doing wrong? I usually never have problems with printing your downloads. I just don't know what to do anymore to get it to print to the 6 x 8. Hope you can help. THANKS SO MUCH!!! Peggy

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/26/2023

      Hi Peggy - are you clicking on "fit to page" (or some language like that based on your printer) when printing? It should print the correct format 6x8 on your 8.5x11 paper.

    2. peggy1958sue says…
      05/28/2023

      Hi Ali! Thank you for getting back to me on this. I dont remember what i was printing at there, but i SHOULD be using the FIT TO PAGE THEN???!!! I will give it a try. THANK YOU!!!

  8. Joelaw says…
    05/26/2023

    Where are the “loving this” and “this is what happened” stamps from?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/26/2023

      Loving This Life is from this Phrase Stamp Set: https://www.aliedwards.com/shop/phrases-4x6-stamp-set. The other one is from a past WITL stamp phrase set.

  9. haj5440 says…
    05/30/2023

    Are the layered templates Canva friendly?

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  10. simplypearl says…
    05/31/2023

    hey ali, i love love love that anna is playing volleyball. that's one of my fondest memories from high school! miss you! xoxo, pearl

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  11. jdm9 says…
    06/13/2023

    SO much goodness in one album. Love all the words. I try to do my album the same. It seems DD takes up a lot of time doing the crafty parts and WITL takes up most of the time doing the words part!
    Quick question for you. I know you use Remington Noiseless font, but which font do you use for your plus signs? My Mac always changes to Cambria font when I type the plus sign which then looks different on the page and tends to draw your eye to it. I know it’s a simple thing, but one i have been wondering about for awhile now!
    (Also seriously LOVE that pic of Anna and Audrey at sunset!)

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