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Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life was the project that made me finally return to the scrapbooking world back in 2015 – I bought Ali’s kit, documented my week (with Nora as a wee one-year old!), and made a full 6×8 album. It is such a cool book to look back on, so I had every intention of participating every year from then on…but, as always, life happens. In 2016, I had horrid morning sickness and even if I’d had the energy to make something, every day would have been about trying to find childcare for Nora so I could puke and binge-watch True Detective. In 2017, when Lily was just a tiny baby, I started making a very simplified version of WitL, but I never finished printing my pages (I bet they’re still floating around on my old computer though).

Week in the Life 2018

In 2018, however, Ali offered a 3×8 album option – this was perfect for me. It made Week in the Life seem totally doable again. And it was – I documented the week in May, and then finished the album five short months later, heh. So here are some of the pages from this year’s WitL.

(I dropped my album on the floor which is why the corner is a little scuffed up, but luckily the innards survived!)

Week in the Life 2018

Since I don’t have the best track record of actually getting these albums done, I decided to keep this very simple. Each day got one of these spreads with info about the day + general journaling about what happened (using the 3×8 layered templates pack, which is also available in 6×8), and then the rest was mostly photos with some random bits of extra journaling thrown in.

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I did add some full-size photos outside of page protectors for variety.

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

Week in the Life 2018

The biggest challenge with this album? It got fat fast. I started out adding lots of dimensional embellishments but quickly realized that the album was having obesity issues. I ended up switching to stamps and printed digital embellishments instead.

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I love sliding another finished album onto my shelf! And Week in the Life is a particularly effective way to capture the essence of our life in a given year. I picked up an extra 3×8 album in case they won’t be offered next year, because I definitely want to do this again.

Week in the Life 2018

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Through the lens I see life

I’ve struggled to get back into the groove of scrapbooking after Lils was born, but this month as I was making my pages for Ali Edwards’ April releases, I think things finally clicked back into place and I felt inspired again.

Participating in a simplified version of Week in the Life was part of it – every time I start focusing more on our everyday life, I get really excited about being able to look back on these pictures and notes in the future. Another reason, and this will probably sound dumb, is that I had a really vivid nightmare in which I was told I only had a couple of days left to live. Of course I woke up all sweaty and sad and couldn’t for the life of me fall back asleep. I spent the rest of the night thinking about what I want my girls to know if that were ever to happen. First and foremost how much I love them, but also what my feelings are about certain life situations that they might end up in some day. I’ve always just scrapbooked with my future self in mind, because there’s no guarantee that anyone else will be interested in looking through these albums, but if something does happen and I’m not around to talk, my girls will have a chance to sort of peek inside my brain and see how I handled things like depression, infertility, and the ups and downs and stress and joy that come with raising little kids.

Lens

Ali’s Story Kit theme this month is Lens, and it’s one I think I’ll be using for a long time, both for literal interpretations of what I’ve seen through my camera lens (because I have a never-ending backlog of gorgeous hiking adventures I want to document) and for pages like this one, about how I choose to look at life (complete with real-life giant bags under my eyes and unkempt mom hair).

As for Week in the Life, I was just too tired last week to participate fully (because apparently I choose to spend my nights envisioning depressing scenarios instead of sleeping), but I did make a mini version that I adore. It was supposed to be one photo and one story per day, but then I ended up with too many photos I loved and had to change it to two photos and one or two stories a day. Much less time-consuming than a full-on WITL, but I ended up with a really good overview of our everyday life right now along with my thoughts and some cute quotes and stories from Nora.

Week in the Life Tuesday

Week in the Life Wednesday

It’s coming together really quickly since it’s just a matter of adding the date boxes and a transparent white box onto my photos and printing the journaling I had written each day, but since I decided to double my stories, I still have to go through my notes and finish those last bits of journaling before I can share the whole thing.

Easter

Of course scrapbooking shouldn’t be all heavy thoughts, after all, this is a hobby I do for fun, so since part of the April release was Easter-themed, I went all in with a good old-fashioned event page. Because sometimes you’ve just gotta share how cute your kid looked in her dress. Or while devouring a giant chocolate bunny.