When I first started scrapbooking back in 2006 I came across a scrapbooker who really inspired me with her scrapbooking style, it was Ali Edwards. I love taking part in her projects, like her ‘December Daily‘ (a 25 day project leading up to Christmas Day) and her ‘Week in the Life’. The idea behind Ali’s ‘Week in the Life’ project is to document in detail, with words and photos, the daily events of a particular week. (Click on the link above to find out more on her blog).
This years project week ran over our half term holiday a week ago. The last few days I’ve been busy putting my album together ready to share with you for this blog post. It may not have been a typical school week for this mum here, but it was certainly filled with big changes going on in our house and the fun of Halloween.
The items used in my project are; Studio Calico ‘Brighton Pier’ 6×8 handbook album (the album comes with a selection of page protectors, but I chose to use just the types mentioned here), 6×8 Studio Calico page protectors and Simple Stories ‘SN@P’ divided page protectors. Patterned paper by Gossamer Blue ‘List Maker’ (hearts), ‘Screen Saver’ (spots) and ‘Wonderful Life’ (woodgrain). Transparencies by Studio Calico ‘Brighton Pier – Script’ and ‘South of Market’. Flairs by Gossamer Blue and Hey Little Magpie, stamped circles by Echo Park on to Maggie Holmes’ cork. Stickers and embellishments by Gossamer Blue ‘On My Desk’ and ‘Gramercy Road’, Maggie Holmes ‘Open Book’ and Crate Papers ‘Notes & Things’. A date stamp by Shimelle and lots of white cardstock.
OK, are you ready? Here comes the pages!
I like to have a repetitive design throughout an album and this year I designed a simple template in Photoshop Elements for the opening page and each opening daily page which I printed on to white cardstock. I created word strips in PSE too which I trimmed and adhered to the top of all the cardstock pages. This gave me a base on to which to stick my photos. I love the look of divided page protectors and chose this 2×2 inch square protector so that I could fit lots of photos and journaling into each day. I knew before I set out that I wanted see through elements in the form of transparencies.
I used a flair on each day spread and needed something to cover the back which would be seen through the transparency. I saw that the ‘Creative Agenda’ stamp set by Echo Park had circular stamps for each day of the week – perfect! I stamped these in black ink on to some Maggie Holmes cork and punched them out with a 1″ circle punch. Then I simply adhered them on the reverse side of the transparency to cover the back of the flairs.
Finally came the decision about the journaling and I had the bright idea to print my journaling on to cardstock and trim it into strips. I love the effect of the strips on the patterned paper, but I totally underestimated how long it would take me to do it!
So, who else took part in Ali’s Week in the Life this year? I’d love to hear.
[This is my 5th year of participating in this project. You can check out my previous ‘Week in the Life’ projects on my blog Half a Cup of Coffee; 2013 here, 2011 here and 2010 here. My first one was back in 2008, but I didn’t document the final album on my blog for some reason. There wasn’t a WITL project run in 2009 and I decided not to participate in 2012 as it was my first year of doing Project Life.]