Week in the Life 2016 // Details

Sharing my first & second page layouts for each day in my Week in the Life album on the blog today. More details to come. Link in profile^^^

For reference, I used kit contents from Ali Edward’s 2015 Week in the Life kit. I typically do not use kits, and I found at first I was struggling a bit with the idea of getting my story to fit into a certain format. I let that go and went back to photos + stories. Once I printed photos, typed out stories and started playing around with it, I found a more comfortable rhythm to using the kit contents as needed, along with some other favorite embellishments. It worked much easier when I stepped back from conformity.

Conformity: I have always sort of been a walk to the beat of my own drum type, but wow, have I ever realized that trying to assemble this mini album. Not even just using someone else’s kit, but I have trouble staying within the confines of my own rules! Some of my variation was strategic, in that sometimes it just made more sense to not follow my own theme. Some of it, admittedly, is I had a better idea as I went along. Which does happen with me often in designing a page, so that makes sense. Then I had to face questions like Do I go back and change what I’ve done? Which I am not really a fan of, so the answer was generally no. I feel like it’s a little art imitating life here, because I’m very fluid about documenting Week in the Life, and I tend to adjust & evolve each time (year) I try it, and even during the week as it goes on. The same thing happened here with assembling the album. I talk a lot about ebbs & flows in my journaling for the week, which seems to be a reoccurring theme for me lately.

Bottom line: I always do what works for me & what feels good right now. And I suggest the same for you. Don’t worry about what it’s supposed to look like by industry standards, or even what you thought it may be in your head!

So the details…

For each day I selected 1 full, 6×8 page photo. I started with the idea for a selfie, as well as black & white. I am in 6 out of 7 days, and 5 out of 7 are b&w. Works for me.

I used a png file from an Ali Edward’s Day of the week digital package purchased from Designer Digitals a few years ago. I’m not sure if it’s still available or not, but check her site where she is selling some of her older designs, under Digital > Classic AE. There’s some great similar designs there too.

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WITL Monday details

In Photoshop Elements I edited the png seven different ways, so that each day would be highlighted in white. I then placed the corresponding day png on the photo and rotated it, placing it in the upper corner.

The white acetate numbers were included in the WITL 2015 kit, I added them in as “day 1, 2, etc”. I stamped the date with a roller stamp onto a journal card then cut the strips out, adding a banner flag to one side. I used the tiny attacher to staple it onto the photo.

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For the 2nd page of each day I included the majority of my journaling, taken from the content of my blog posts, onto one 6×8 page. For Monday I used Canon Photo Matte Paper, just because it was nearby while printing photos, but when I was trying to get it into the page protector it was too flimsy. So I switched to cardstock for the rest of the pages. I use Recollections 110 lb cardstock from Michaels. I used Courier New font for all of my journaling in this album.

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For some of the journaling pages I included mini photos for the more incidental things. It was a way to include a few more photos without having to add page protectors.

I wanted to add a tab to the top of the pages with the day of the week, so I used the wood veneer days of the week from the kit contents. I used these Avery tabs, which were adhered to the back of the journal page.

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I use Tombow Mono Multi-Liquid glue to adhere the wood veneer to the tab. Then on the front part of the tab I added a phrase from the gold font labels that came with the kit. For some of the thinner pieces I used the glue, for thicker ones I just used a tape runner.

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When I came to Wednesday, the word was too long & needed 2 tabs. It’s at that point that I got the idea to cover the tab with the gold star washi tape from the kit. I liked the look and continued it through the rest of the album. If I had multiple wood veneer days, I may have tried redoing Monday & Tuesday, but I called it good & kept moving forward.

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Also my Wednesday wood veneer came like that, missing a bit of the y, but doesn’t bother me.

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As I put together each page, I changed up alignment of the phrases on the tabs. Also, it occurred to me as I went through that I shouldn’t keep them all to the same side of the page in the album. In hindsight, I should’ve gradually inched them across so it laid nicely like filing tabs, but I didn’t think that far ahead!  So I have a few to the left, a couple centered & to the right. I also switched up the upper corner element depending on the contents of the photo so it would be more visible. Again, keeping things similar, but not uniform.

I think there is a part of me that almost likes the disheveled look a bit! Sort of representative of the imperfection of life that I love to embrace. Always moving forward.

Looking forward to sharing the rest soon!

 

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Week in the Life // Day Layout

I finally was able to start printing and assembling my Week in the Life album. As I was going along I kept jotting down thoughts: issues I was coming across, my process, just observations. I will share some of that within these posts about WITL.

First up is a look at my first & second page layouts for each day. I came up with a streamlined design and mostly stuck with that. (more about my issues with uniformity later!)

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Monday WITL 2016

For each day I selected a 6×8 photo, generally a selfie, and mostly b&w, though I diverged from this theme some days. (again, I discovered my issue with keeping it the same!) I decided to put most of my journaling about the day onto one 6×8 layout for the 2nd page of each day. I typed this out in word processing software, much of the content came from my daily posts recorded during WITL. For some of those days, I included smaller photos within that journaling. Some days I had too much text to add anything, and even changed font sizes.

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Tuesday WITL 2016

It took me somewhere around 4 hours just to print the majority of my photos. Given, I am using an old laptop, so it’s a bit slow. Initially I had too many issues with borders. I use several iPhone apps to edit, and usually print right from my phone, but I was not having luck with that. Part of it is my fault for putting journaling too close to the edge of photos.

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Wednesday WITL 2016

Using Dropbox, I would upload the photos from my phone to my PC, then used Photoshop elements to adjust the size or edges a bit to not lose anything on printing. I checked off a box in the printing menu to view a preview before each print so I could inspect how it would come out and  make adjustments where necessary.

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Thursday WITL 2016

In the end, I found the easier way was to adjust the size of my photo to slightly under 6×4, depending on where the text was located, so it would be something like 5.85×3.9. It wasn’t too much of a hassle, and thankfully I only had to do that for maybe a dozen or so photos.

Here are the rest of the first & second page layouts for each day:

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Friday WITL 2016
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Saturday WITL 2016
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Sunday WITL 2016

And this is the stack of 6×4 that either need to be trimmed & put into the rest of the page protectors. I still have a handful of mini or odd size photos to print. I was getting tired of printing and wanted to get to creating before I totally lost the enjoyment of putting this album together!

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WITL photos 2016

I will share a more in-depth look at the design for the first layout for each day next. Then as I complete the entire days I will share that, or may just do another video flip-thru. Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by!

Week in the Life // Progress

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I started getting into documenting Week in the Life 2016.

I’ve taken a few days to think about how I want to document and refer back to examples I’ve liked in the past. I’ve thought about what works and doesn’t work for me. I decided to attempt a more streamlined approach so that the assembly doesn’t take me too long.

I planned on using the 2015 WITL kit from Ali Edward’s. I’ve had the pieces out and sorted the journal cards. I had all the embellishments out again and played around with what I want to do. I really have a hard time with kits. I think kits stifle me a bit? I start to try to fit the photos and stories into the kit and that just does not work for me. So while I hope to use pieces of the kit, I am setting it aside for now and not getting to hung up on it.

I was going through my photos, daily sheets, written notes, blue prints and Day One journaling. I needed a way to bring it all to one place to plan the album. There are way more interesting, colorful and technically savvy ways to do this. For me, it’s graph paper and a pencil. To make it a little fun, I tried out my various new pencils from around the world.

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I started with a list of the photos. This was easy just scrolling through my iPhone. I already had started editing photos, so that was one thing somewhat done.

Then I listed the stories. I took this from my blog posts, daily sheets, and any other iPhone notes or Day One entries I made. I tried to remember to go back and check all the places I use to take notes.

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I left space to add other notes, which could be to remember screenshots, or text chains.

Also where it applied I tried to fill in the senses or list them as they pertain to the day.

Because of the 6×8 size of the album, I think it’s worth mapping it out a bit more than if I was just adding page protectors to my regular larger album. I sketched the page protectors out and added numbers to slots. Then I went back through the photos and numbered them to correlate to where they should go in the layouts.

As I expected, the week starts out with more photos and gradually lightens up. Monday was my most typical, routine day, and the day I took more notes, so I am ok with there being more layouts for that day. As I was going through each day, I was surprised at how many photos and stories I did have documented.

I feel like writing and sketching all of this out is going to save me a lot of time when assembling begins, and prevent printing photos with wrong orientation or size.

Generally, I prefer a go-with-the-flow style of scrapping, but for the 6×8 album I think a little more planning and structure is going to work better.

Next on the list is deciding what digital elements (if any) will go on the photos.

How are you doing with WITL album/layouts?

Do you plan out layouts with notes and sketches or use software? Or do you just make it up as you go along?