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Jo’s Week in the Life

Jo Boland WITL - Opening spread 1

I do love a good project that documents everyday life and this one ‘Week in the Life’ by Ali Edwards is always one I enjoy taking part in and have done since 2008. If you’ve not heard about it then you can click on the link above to Ali’s blog, but basically it’s a week long project of photo taking and note writing documenting in depth one specific week in your life.

[Products for the intro page: Bazzill Basics white textured cardstock, Elle’s Studio Everyday Labels puffy sticker in teal, Illustrated Faith enamel heart, Elle’s Studio number stickers in teal, Freckled Fawn Chalkboard Numbers washi tape and the WITL logo by Ali Edwards.]

Jo Boland WITL - Opening spread 2

I used a Simple Stories 6 x 8 Snap Album (this one doesn’t contain any page protectors), but they can be found here. I used some I had in my stash from previous projects, but I mainly added cardstock and acetate transparencies directly into the album as you can see above.

When making an album I like to have a design formula to follow, I like a cohesive look. Each daily spread has a cut down acetate transparency (these are from my stash, however this pack from Illustrated Faith contains 8 acetate transparencies and would be a good alternative). I rounded the outer corners and added a Hey Little Magpie flair badge to the bottom. The one above can be found here and is part of a pack of six, it can also be bought separately here. On the other side of the transparency I placed a puffy circle sticker to cover up the adhesive back of the badge. I used the Elle’s Studio Everyday Labels puffy stickers in teal and grey throughout my album, they are fantastic and come in pink and black too. You can see one on the top left of the spread as well.

Here’s a few close ups of the daily spreads.

After the transparency comes the opening daily page with a large photo and the day of the week in thicker stickers.

Jo Boland WITL - Daily opener

On the other side are four 3×3″ photos and the page is embellished with washi tape, hearts, a puffy label sticker and the date.

Jo Boland WITL - first spread

In between this and next page is a cut down piece of cardstock with patterned paper on one side and journaling on the other, embellished with more washi tape and stickers. The next page is a page protector holding four 4×4″ photos, a piece of matching transparency and a piece of matching patterned paper. There’s also a couple of embellished white cardstock squares with the letter of the week and the date of the week. On the flip side of these are puffy word stickers and the stamped date. This can be seen in the daily photo spreads below.

Jo Boland WITL - daily spread

And here’s a look at the full album, starting with Monday.

Jo Boland WITL - Monday

[Products used in Monday spread in addition to those already mentioned: Bella Blvd ‘Magnifique’ paper from the Make Your Mark collection, notebook washi tape, large triangles washi tape, Illustrated Faith enamel hearts (pink), Hey Little Magpie flair badge, American Crafts thickers and Heidi Swapp plastic letters from my stash]

Tuesday

Jo Boland WITL - Tuesday

[Products for Tuesday: Dear Lizzy ‘Bright Lights’ paper from the Saturday collection, large rainbow hearts washi tape, Bella Blvd puffy heart stickers (blue) and Hey Little Magpie flair badge.

Wednesday

Jo Boland WITL - Wednesday

[Wednesday products: Maggie Holmes ‘Best Day’ paper from the Gather collection, Maggie Holmes ‘Chasing Dreams’ washi tape, Illustrated Faith yellow enamel hearts, Hey Little Magpie flair badge (also available in the pack linked above).]

Thursday

Jo Boland WITL - Thursday

[Thursday products: Maggie Holmes ‘Keepsake’ paper from the Chasing Dreams collection, Birds on a Wire washi tape, Hey Little Magpie flair badge and Illustrated Faith blue enamel hearts (these look as if they’re not available anymore, but an alternative would be these by Bella Blvd]

Friday

Jo Boland WITL - Friday

[Friday products: Dear Lizzy ‘Diamonds Forever’ paper from the Lovely Day collection, Maggie Holmes ‘Chasing Dreams’ washi tape and Hey Little Magpie flair badge (also comes in the set linked above)]

Saturday

Jo Boland WITL - Saturday

[Saturday products: Maggie Holmes ‘Joyful’ paper from the Gather collection and a foiled Hey Little Magpie flair badge]

Sunday

Jo Boland WITL - Sunday

[Sunday products: Amy Tangerine ‘Out and About’ paper from the Oh Happy Life collection and Bella Blvd red puffy heart stickers]

I’ll be adding a final page to my album which will have a photo of our house and us, where we live, our ages (including the pets) and where we work / go to school.

Jo Boland WITL - Album

I’ve really enjoyed embellishing this album, there’s lots of flair badges (foiled ones) and washi tapes and embellishments in the shop to choose from!

Thanks so much for taking the time to look through my Week in the Life album. Did you take part in the project?

JO

10 Comments

  1. Jackie

    WOW! Jo. this is amazing. Love how each day format is the same, but also how they have ended up looking so different.

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  2. Kendra L Wietstock

    What a great album & a fun project. It will be fun to look at years from now to see what was going on. I started sharing my pages over on my blog this week too. It feels awesome to get it done! Thanks for your inspiration.

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    • Jo Boland

      Thanks Kendra! I’ve yet to finish last years so having decided this was going to be my May project for HLM it made me get it finished. I am really pleased how it came out and very happy to have it done! Jo x

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  3. Julie

    Love your design. I may have to borrow the opening page. I have 2 years in the same album and adding the 3rd soon. Separated page design is lovely.
    Julie

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    • Jo Boland

      Thanks very much and go ahead! I probably could have fitted two years in this album, if I hadn’t have added the flair badges!

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