Homemade Week in the Life

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About Week in the Life (WITL)

Week in the Life is a project created by Ali Edwards for memory keeping. It’s a snapshot of your life for a week. This year it is August 17th through the 23rd.

I had no intention of playing along this year. Last year was my first go at it. While I enjoyed it, I felt like I was putting lipstick on a pig. We just didn’t do much. I ended up feeling pressure to get out in the world and do stuff to document. Putting the pages together wasn’t satisfying. I didn’t like the photos. I thought “never again!”

There are elements of WITL that I enjoyed, so much in fact, that I incorporated elements of the daily documenting sheet into my regular scrapbook routine. It had a huge impact on how I kept my planner for the last year. I took note of the day to day activities that I thought were worth remembering. I continued with some of the same elements this year. If I was going to do WITL then I needed to do something different.

With that in mind, I looked at my friend Jennifer Wilson’s homemade kit for WITL. She put together an amazing kit using supplies she already had on hand. I thought I would do the same, but first….

How was I going to scrapbook WITL?

Last year I made a series of 9 x 12 Project Life-style spreads. The format was new to me and I had fun, other than the lipstick on a pig part. This year I wanted something smaller and more compact. Since my focus will be on our stories (words), I knew I wanted something to enhance that aspect. I settled on a Traveler’s Notebook for my WITL.

Since there isn’t a store within 200 miles that sells Midori Traveler’s Notebooks, I decided to make my own.

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I made seven small notebooks, one for each day. Each one is a little different but all have white paper for mini layouts, beige paper for mini layouts or notes, lined paper for recording the schedule and stories, and a number of page dividers for photos.

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Each notebook has a flap and a tall divider on the front.

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I used dividers from a Heidi Swapp memory planner for my pocket pages.

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 They are in a variety of configurations, 3 x 3, 2 x 2, and miscellaneous sizes. I want to be able to mix it up.

The Kit

I shopped my stash to make a kit for WITL. I was inspired by soft watercolors and muted patterns noted in the two photos below. I focused on flat elements that would work with the notebook without making it too bulky. These include:

– label stickers

– pattern stickers

-word rubons (days of the week)

-2 doilies

-2 word stamp sets

-2 decorative stamps

-tags, including watercolor paper

-2 washi tape

-enamel dots

-page flags & post-it notes

-large and small alphas

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My goal was to:

-Streamline the process

-keep it simple

-be able to write in the notebook every day in real time

-have the project completed at the end of the week

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This process will help to keep the focus on the content rather than the window dressing. I want to make it meaningful while still having fun. That’s my approach for the year. Are you playing along with WITL? How are you going to do it?

(Note: I made a cover for the notebook but I need to make a new one that accommodates the number of notebooks I’m using. I’ll share that when it’s done.)

8 Responses

  1. Jennifer

    This is so cool… I would have never thought of using the traveler’s notebook size for WITL. I love how the softness of the supplies you chose makes it feel more personal, intimate even.

    • Sheila

      Thanks, Jennifer. That’s the feeling I’m going for!

  2. Gina

    Thank you for sharing. Your plan looks like fun and a great way to document the week in the parameters that work for you. I’m interested to see it when you’re done!

    • Sheila

      Thanks, Gina. I’m hoping it all comes together they way I have planned in my head.

  3. Melissa

    Thats such a creative idea! I used the PL app version last year and I liked how it was both documented and FINISHED at the same time. This sounds like the equivalent for the paper world! Gorgeous colours too.

  4. Michelle Wedertz

    What a great idea to use a travelers notebook! I am using Ali’s kit for the first time and I am excited :).

  5. einfach amarie

    Love your self-made midoris esp with the pocket page