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Week In The Life™ 2024 | Special Guest Denine Zielinski

Hi friends! It’s Denine here, and I am excited to share my plans for Week In The Life 2024 with you today. This year, I am working in the 6x8 album. First, because I am in a season of life right now where I am not sure if I could fill a 10x8 album. Second, because it is just so darn adorable! I am totally in love with the font + the black and white color scheme, too. 

Let me begin by saying that WITL was not a certainty for me this year. I’ve been feeling a bit unsure about my storytelling lately, and I questioned my ability to pull off such a huge project. This will be my fourth year participating, and my life just looks very different than it did for the first three years. That being said, I eventually came to my senses and knew that WITL was the right thing to do for me. 

In the video below, you can see + hear me talk about this in more detail. I also walk you through my formula for each day as well as a few additional products that I have put to the side for possible use. 

Here’s a look at my Monday pages set up in my album.

Inspired by Ali, I used the Stories of this Week and the Reason Why cards back-to-back as the intro to my album.

Next is a 2x2 divided page protector where I will collect bits of ephemera from the week. This is different from last year where I had a place for ephemera within each day. 

Each day will begin with the Transparency Divider. On top of each of those, I added the Simply Remember 3x4 card (I used the digital kit to print out six more of those). On top of each 3x4 card, I placed the day of the week chipboard banner.

On the backside of the transparency, I also added the Vellum Pocket card. Right after that is the Cardstock Story card. I’m thinking that I may try to stamp + emboss the date on the front of each of these. We’ll see. 

The back of the Story Card will most likely contain my journaling for the day. By this, I mean the journaling that I dictate into my phone each day. I will send it to my computer, clean it up, and print it out. Depending on how long it is (I can be wordy), I may add it directly to this card or create a pocket to hold the printed version. I like the pocket idea because it will allow me to do some stamping of some sort on the pocket itself.

Next up is a 2x2 divided page protector (2 columns) where I will mix some of the plastic banners with the 2x2 Selfie Cards from the Mini Kit and add photos/journaling. If I end up with more pictures than I anticipate, I can always swap this out for a full size 2x2 divided page protector.

After that will be the Half Circle Die Cut insert. I’m thinking a photo on the bottom half of the front + journaling on the backside. Of course, the backside might be a fun place for some stamping, as well.

Inspired by Ali, I used the remainder of the transparencies with the 3x8 cards from the Main Kit. I wanted this page to be shorter than 7 inches, so I adhered the transparency so that the entire page only measures 5.75 inches across. As a tab of sorts, I added one of the Pleather Circles to the edge.

I used the digital version of this card to create my own “checklist” card to go back-to-back with the original 3x8 card. I titled those cards “The Nitty Gritty” created a sort of goal list that I will be able to check off each day. I will either do that with a pen or perhaps a tiny stamp. On the backside of the Pleather Circle, I added a circle from one of the papers in the Daily Quarterly Scrapbook Kit (enlarged to 2.5 inches). 

After that is a 3-pocket page protector where I will use the High/Low journal card to document the weather. I will most likely pair that with an outdoor photo showing the weather.

To end each day, I have a 4-pocket page protector with the 3x4 card from the Main Kit and the Vellum Die Cut Frame from the Mini Kit. Of course, if I need more space for photos or journaling, I can always add more page protectors to accommodate that.

It’s funny how our brains work. It wasn’t until typing this post that I realized my page order is pretty much identical to Ali’s. That was totally subconscious. If you would have asked me what order Ali had her pages in prior to me placing my pages in the album, I would not have been able to tell you to save my life. Crazy, right? My brain knew a great design plan without me even realizing it!

Before I finish our little journey here today, I want to share a process video for how I created my Nitty Gritty card to go back-to-back with the 3x8 card from the Main Kit. I am totally stoked about this little checklist that I created for myself. You can create a checklist of your own with any goals or tasks for each day. You could also document your mood or the weather or even photos that you are planning to take each day for this project!

As always, I am by no means a pro in PSE, but I love to dabble and play. The video below will show you how I modified the digital version of the 3x8 card to make it my own. 

Sketched out, here is a quick look at my plan for each day. You can download a PDF of this plan here if you would like.

Thank you so much for joining me today on my little Week In The Life journey. I’m really excited for the community documenting week beginning on April 22. I’ve never done any planning for this project in the past, and I am feeling pretty good about diving into the week.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below. I love hearing from you guys! You can also find me on Instagram @denine2 and YouTube @Denine2

Happy storytelling, my friends!

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28 thoughts

  1. jlutherdesigns says…
    04/18/2024

    Your Nitty Gritty goals list is fabulous! I love that it tells a robust story with very few words and in a quick to read way.

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      Thank, Jessica! That means a lot coming from you.

  2. carrieW says…
    04/18/2024

    Love your thoughts on scrapping during a challenging time. 2019 was a tough year, but in retrospect I’m so glad I decided to do WIL. Love the Nitty Gritty card

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      Thank you so much. I am so happy for you that you did WITL during a hard season. It's so easy to just say no to it.

  3. run_pump_scrap says…
    04/18/2024

    Thanks for sharing your current season and your thoughts on documenting when it's hard. I'm also in this "self isolating" season and like you thought about skipping this year, but I love this project more than any other one and I couldn't pass up. I've already decided that I'm not curating perfection - it's all messy and that's my story right now. Appreciate the honesty!

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      Totally! We are embracing the mess. That's a great way to put it!

  4. kellyharper says…
    04/18/2024

    I love your 'nitty gritty' card - a great way to capture whose unqiue moments through your day. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      Thank you + you are very welcome.

  5. stagnaromel says…
    04/18/2024

    Documenting this now may help a future you in a season somewhere down the line! You go girl! YOU are amazing and creative and inspirational and you got this. Love love love to watch your videos.

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      Thank you so much for your super kind word. They mean so much to me.

  6. Starlight2202 says…
    04/19/2024

    Denine! This is so fantastic. I am so happy for you (an me) that you decided to embark on WITL either way. Its really impressive to me how you deal with this hard time of your life. You got this Girl! I love your idea for the checklist, and I shamelessly have to copy that for my album, as soon as the digital stamp set is released. Thank you so much for showing up and providing so many great ideas.
    Sarah

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      Thank you so much + you're welcome. I am glad that you got some inspiration from my little checklist. I'm still a bit anxious about WITL this year, but I am all in for sure! Enjoy!

  7. geordie281 says…
    04/19/2024

    I’m so pleased to hear that you’re committing to WITL this year. You will be glad one day. Hugs.

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      I'm in! We've got this!

  8. juliee says…
    04/19/2024

    Love the checklist idea - might just borrow it. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      Thank you - and enjoy!

  9. hnoel says…
    04/19/2024

    Very nice!

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      Thanks so much!

  10. ahiggins83 says…
    04/19/2024

    Thanks for sharing, Denine!!

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      You are very welcome!

  11. seakin says…
    04/19/2024

    love the nitty gritty card- awesome way to put this together

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      Thanks so much!

  12. Moparop says…
    04/20/2024

    That nitty gritty card is fantastic. Thinking of ways to use this during my week to tell details that might become repetitive if I mentioned it every day.

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    1. denine2 says…
      04/21/2024

      Thank you + yes - perfect for those repetitive details is a great way to say it!

  13. 217Liz says…
    04/21/2024

    Love this! I would also love if you could share your nitty gritty card with us.

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  14. mandyreedyk says…
    04/21/2024

    Denise you spoke EXACTLY how I'm feeling right now. All the same reasons why not to do it this time. I know our situations are completely different but I completely connected to what you were saying. Thank you for speaking out about how you are feeling because it made it ok that I was feeling the same way and that I wasn't alone in it.

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  15. bugracer2 says…
    05/12/2024

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your honesty, creativity, and for sharing your message in such a relatable way. I, too, felt similarly regarding stories in my life (or lack there off), but your encouragement helped me rearrange my thinking and decide to participate in this project.
    Was able to grab the kit, a few extra goodies, and picked week of May 20-26 to complete my WITL. I love all the education and ideas you provide within your videos and know that you must be a wonderful teacher to your students, as I am always learning things from you. Thank you for all that you share with this community, I so enjoy your content.

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  16. feona says…
    05/30/2024

    I loved your tutorial! I am fairly new to PSE and I was able to follow along and create some cards. Thank you so much!

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