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.
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.
Each notebook has a flap and a tall divider on the front.
I used dividers from a Heidi Swapp memory planner for my pocket pages.
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.
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 word stamp sets
-2 decorative stamps
-tags, including watercolor paper
-2 washi tape
-page flags & post-it notes
-large and small alphas
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
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.)