I recently completed my Week in the Life album and wanted to share the finished product here. In case you aren't familiar with this project, it is a project led by Ali Edwards that involves documenting a week in your life in whatever level of detail that works for you. Some people just do a summary of their week in photos and words, others document each day of the week hour by hour.
The purpose of the project is to take time to document your week as a way of examining how you spend your time, or as a reminder of what one week of your year looks like, or to leave it as way for your children and grandchildren to remember you. The beauty of the project is that it can be whatever you want it to be.
I've done this project a few times, but 2013 is the first year that I've completed the entire album. One reason I think I actually got it done this year is because I found a 5 x 7 chipboard album early in the year that I thought would work perfectly for this project, so I had it ready to go when Ali Edwards announced the week for the project.
Here's a look at the pages in my album:
I added an overlay between the cover page and the introduction page (shown here on the left). The intro page shows the year and includes some decorative elements along with a note from me explaining the reason for the album and the dates of the week I documented.
Next comes the documentation for each day, which follows a pattern throughout the week. On the left is a tag with the day of the week stitched on it, and then a short statement about the day and a bulleted list to explain the photos, which are in 2" x 2" square pockets on the right.
I took a fairly casual approach to the album this year, summarizing what happened each day without going into tons of detail (such as including an hour by hour record of what I was doing). As I thought about why I was doing the album I realized that I was doing it because I would love to find an album like this that my grandmother made so I could get an idea of what a typical week was like for her. With that in mind, I took time to explain things that seem obvious right now. For example, I explained that all of the photos were taken with my cell phone and then I included the type and model for reference.
As you may have noticed, I used my handwriting throughout the album rather than typing my journaling. The reason I did that is because even though I don't think I have the best handwriting, I think it makes the project much more personal. Earlier this year I wrote a post about how meaningful handwriting can be - you can read that story here.
I'm so glad that I took the time to document my week, and very happy that I competed the album so I can cross that off my to-do list as 2013 comes to a close.
NOTE: the stitched tags are from this Etsy shop.