Week In The Life™ 2019 | Album Set Up + Approach

This year I decided to play around a bit in my Week In The Life™ album before the actual documenting week comes around. 

Taking just a bit of time to look through your supplies, think about the stories you might want to tell, and have some general ideas how you might bring it all together is definitely worth your time especially if you are someone who likes working with some structure. I'm a fan of structure with a little flexibility thrown in for good measure. To me this means setting up some things now knowing that I might move things around a bit after I actually have my content. 

If you're still on the fence about this project or participating this year I hope this posts inspires you to dive in with both feet. I'm here to encourage you along the way as we share our stories together. 

With this project I often set up a design formula and then follow that throughout the album to create my foundation. I'm doing that again this year and sharing it with you in advance rather than after I've completed my album. 

This year I'm starting my album with a 6x8 quote page from Hamilton. It's a sentiment that's been on my mind + heart lately and I love how it's used in the musical to reference times of celebration and pain. I find it to be a great reminder of the lens I want to live with in my own life. 

Download the Look Around From Hamilton word art/PDF here.

Rather than showing every single page from my album here in this post I'm going to show you Monday so you can understand the design formula I'm following for all the days. In the walkthrough video below I've included a complete overview of how my album is right now with all the elements in place. 

Let's take a closer look: 

On the back side of the opening page I'm planning to insert a photo and then cut up the 4x6 "this week" card from the WITL Main Kit to add on top of my photo. I'll stamp the dates on the card in the line below "this week."

My design formula for each day begins with a 6x8 Transparent Divider. On top of that I've added a plastic heart and the rubber daily story piece from the WITL Main Kit. The plastic heart is stapled on with a tiny attacher stapler

My content fo each day begins with a 4-pocket 3x4 page protector. Inside the pockets I've added a sentiment/quote card from the WITL Main Kit, a plastic number tag (Main Kit) and a day of the week transparent tag (in the same pocket for now at least), and then on the back side I've added a journaling card from the WITL Main Kit

As I was putting the video together I decided that I would use the journaling cards in the WITL Main Kit as the jumping off point for my storytelling each day. 

Right now I have them arranged in the following order: 

  • Monday = This Week 
  • Tuesday = Observing
  • Wednesday = Working On
  • Thursday = Tough Stuff
  • Friday = Highs & Lows
  • Saturday = Celebrating 
  • Sunday = Giving Thanks 

In past years I've generally approached my journaling via the lens of time (meaning I use times of the day to help me tell the stories of my week) and a more general overview of each day. This year I'm considering using those journaling cards as my story lens for each day. This means on Monday my lens would be "this week" and I'd be looking for and telling stories about what the week ahead looks like. On Tuesday this means that my lens would be "observing" and I'll use that as the lens for my day by asking and answering the question "what am I observing in my life" over the course of the day. 

Make sense?

Remember that you get to choose your own approach for this project. If you want to wing it, wing it! If you want just a little bit of structure, create that for yourself. After doing it for so many years now it's nice to mix it up a bit and I like the idea of focusing on specific story lenses each day. 

Next up in my design formula I'm adding the Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner 3x8 from the WITL Main Kit into a 3x8 Page Protector

That's followed by the full page 6x8 Page Protector. I'm planning to add full page photos there and/or use the 6x8 Layered Template Set. Look for a video tutorial on working with those coming soon. 

To complete each day I'm adding the daily 4x6 card from the WITL Main Kit to the 4-pocket Page Protector. 

And repeat. 

I know this isn't the same way everyone likes to tackle their album but I love the process of breaking it down and seeing how much space I have for my daily photos. This reminds me once again that the point isn't to include every single story from the day and every single photo I might take. The goal for me is to capture life right now and get it into a finished album. Doing this kind of work in advance helps me get closer to that goal. And it was fun: fun to see what I have to work with, fun to think ahead to a project I love, and fun to talk it through on camera. 

ALBUM SET UP + APPROACH VIDEO

I filmed myself talking through and getting some things in my album for 2019. 

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below!

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23 thoughts

  1. Lau_ says…
    04/17/2019

    Love that quote, Ali! Thank you for sharing it!

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  2. audmac says…
    04/17/2019

    Thanks so much for this! Going to grab my coffee and watch your video😊

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  3. Houston says…
    04/17/2019

    Thank you for the quote Ali! I like the idea of viewing each day through a different lens/ prompt... I'm going to try that, hopefully it will keep me from going a bit crazy trying to tell too many stories!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/17/2019

      I think if it makes it a little more manageable it totally makes sense! Do what works for you!

  4. jamie59 says…
    04/17/2019

    Eeek!!! I don't think I've ever been more excited for a title page. I am so extremely jazzed to see a Hamilton quote. Just saw it in San Francisco and now the soundtrack is running 24/7. I've used a different lens/theme everyday of the week in my previous WitL documentation. I find that it really helps get different perspectives, keeps it from getting monotonous and gets me motivated. It gives me focus for the day and I love that.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/17/2019

      It was so good in San Francisco!!!

  5. themorningdew1 says…
    04/17/2019

    In 2017 I did something similar: around here, listen (which was my OLW), some/most days, Thursday’s are for, go, ing words and thankful for and really enjoyed the change of pace from a time-based approach. I love this list you propose for this year. Thanks for keeping us inspired to tell our stories 🙏🏻⭐️

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  6. klweber2002 says…
    04/17/2019

    I purchased the 2019 witl journal cards and it doesnt have the giving thanks card in it. Love your products and plan on doing it digital and make a photobook.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/17/2019

      Hi! Can you re-download that package? It should be included.

    2. AliEdwards says…
      04/17/2019

      Or do you mean the physical cards from the Main Kit? If you purchased the kit and it's missing the card please reach out to my Customer Service team and they can assist you. https://www.aliedwards.com/conversations/new

    3. klweber2002 says…
      04/17/2019

      I deleted it and redownload it. It's there. Thank you so much!

  7. barefootscrapbooker says…
    04/17/2019

    Great job on the video - I like the panning from the project to you talking!
    Looking forward to another week of documentation! :)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/17/2019

      Thank you!

  8. Moni74 says…
    04/17/2019

    Thanks for this Ali.

    It's given me a great starting point for my album. I've been a little overwhelmed with how to approach it. This post has broken it down and given me a focus. I think I would have had hundred of photos and thought URGH how do I fit it all in??

    The quote! So needed it this week.

    Next time we go to the US we'll have to try and see the show.

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  9. sim1 says…
    04/17/2019

    Thanks Ali. Just loved this process video. Loads of inspiration. I loved watching you in creativity process. Thank you for your generosity.

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  10. Lwills54 says…
    04/18/2019

    Thank you Ali for making this so much easier to get organized and thinking about it. Im excited as I've always not done a lot of planning and it was stressful..life is so full, I'm feeling grateful for all the help along the way. Hoping to be patient enough to work the layered templates also. Yay!!

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  11. Dry1223 says…
    04/18/2019

    Loved your video! I especially liked seeing your expression when an idea just comes to you. This will be my first time doing WITL. I don’t print my pictures at home. Can you suggest where to get a 6x8 or 3x8 prints? Does your home printer give you these sizes?

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    1. PoochPatrol says…
      04/18/2019

      I use the Print to Size app on my phone and size the photo to 6x8 or 3x8 (can fit more than one on a sheet for 3x8) and then use my regular printer to print the photo on an 8.5 x 11 photo paper. Then trim to size.

    2. AliEdwards says…
      04/18/2019

      Check out Persnickety Prints!

  12. dmc1231 says…
    04/18/2019

    "Lucky" is my One Little Word for 2019, and that quote has been my mantra this year. So far, this year has been an especially hard one for our family, and this quote has kept me going. Seeing it here made my heart leap. Thank you. :)

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  13. meldarcy says…
    04/18/2019

    Thanks Ali for all the inspiration!! Just a request, could you please consider doing up packs of page protectors with 7 of each design in the future? It would be so easy when replicating the same formula if we had 7 of the same page protector in each pack. Thanks

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  14. kelsterjean says…
    04/24/2019

    Even though I didn’t get the kit this year, I still love seeing your walk-through videos. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your story ideas for this year! I’ve done something similar in the past, but I’m not sure how I’ll approach it this year yet. So so excited for it though!

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