Week In The Life™ 2018 Countdown

Next Monday (May 7th) will be the start of the 2018 Week In The Life™ project

I'm super excited to embark on this adventure with many of you again this year! If this is your first time, welcome. Last year I wrote a really long post about the Things I've Loved + The Things I've Learned after doing this project so many times - it's totally worth checking out to get you in the documenting mood. 

A couple things to remember as we get closer: 

1. Make this project work for you. There is no rule that your project. There is no rule that you have to take hundreds of photos. There's no rule that you need to use any specific sort of camera. There's no rule that you have to do it similar to the way you did it last year. 

2. I don't usually do a lot of prep work in advance of this project. I do get my page protectors in order (following the same format as last year - you can read about that here) and slip a few things in the pockets and take a look at my products to have those in mind, but I don't do much else other than that to get ready. I am thinking about having a few things outside the page protector this year and am planning to use the timeline pad from the Main Kit to jot things down over the course of the day. My main focus during the week is on taking photos and writing down details. 

3. Value your own story. If you do the same thing everyday, awesome. Document that. If you are super busy, document that. Document whatever your life looks like right now and really own that story. One of the reasons I love doing this project each year is it's often a great time to take stock in how I'm living my life right now. Your story is important even if to no one else but you. 

4. Consider using Daily Sheets. People have been using these for a number of years now to help document the days. They are a great starting point for learning how to write stuff down over the course of the week and then the content can be transferred to your album later. 

5. Review these past posts to get you in the storytelling mood and to the heart of the matter. 

Also check out my 2018 Week In The Life™ Q+A post here

Both physical and digital products to support this project are available here

As always, thank you for being a part of this community and for your willingness to tell the stories of your life through these projects.

Also, in honor of National Scrapbook Day coming up this weekend, the ladies of Crafty Ass Female asked me to be a guest on their podcast, and my episode is now live (6am EST on 4/30)! Amanda, Kristin, and I discuss details about how I got started in the paper crafting industry, the inspiration behind my new Story Planner line, and my Week in the Life™ project. We also share our feelings about social media in their Patreon exclusive ‘After Chatter’ show, where you can sign up to watch a video of us three chat it up! Head to craftyassfemale.com for more information.

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6 thoughts

  1. SewKaren says…
    04/30/2018

    Question on the digital layout pages you have: you note that they are date-specific to this particular WITL time frame. Is the date changeable (using Photoshop)?

    Thanks!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/30/2018

      You can always erase the date and write in a new one :).

  2. CarolineMcD says…
    05/01/2018

    I am so excited to try this project for the first time. My crafting desk has been tidied and cleared, ready to go!

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  3. hnoel says…
    05/02/2018

    Hi, I downloaded and printed the story planner version of the daily sheets and they came out full size. Is that the correct link?

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  4. anniebeagle says…
    05/05/2018

    I'm getting excited! Just ordered the 3x8 album and extra page protectors. I think this size will put some great parameters in place for me. I've mostly done (or started - ha!) 8.5 x 11 albums in the past, and those big pages are a tad daunting. Last year, I inserted a 6x8 section for WITL in my 8x8 weekly album. It worked well, but all I did was a simple photo collage for each day followed by typed journaling (all digital - inserted into full 6x8 page protectors). It was quick to put together, but I'm craving a little more creativity this year. Also, my big camera bit the dust last week, so I'll only be using my iPhone this year. Based on the 3x8 page protectors, I'll try for all vertical photos. Limitations are an indecisive girl's best friend! ;)

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