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Day In The Life™ 2019 | November Project Process

Last Saturday I documented my last Day In The Life™ for 2019

I really liked the format this year (two documenting days, one album) and we will be following a similar formula again next year. 

If you are looking to simplify your memory keeping this is a great project to participate in a couple times a year. 

Check out my process video at the end of this post for a full look at how this came together. 

STEP ONE

Document the day. I used my iPhone and Instagram to hold the stories of my day. I knew that I was going to be using this 3x8 album and that I'd have room for around 12 photo/stories based on the plastic dividers that were included with the album bundle. I also knew that my photos would end up being 3x8 so I intentionally took vertical photos that could be cropped to this size. 

I didn't have a specific lens for my documenting this time (sometimes I use a specific word to guide my documenting). This time I basically aimed for one photo per hour to tell the story of the things that were happening over the course of the day. 

One of the things I go out of my way to do with this project is include myself in the photos. I do this by using the timer function on my phone or by asking others in my family to take photos that include me. The way I approach memory keeping is that the stories I tell are from my perspective and I am the main character. My family, friends, etc., are supporting characters in this wonderful, messy story of my life. 

STEP TWO

Print my photos: 

Next up I cropped my photos in Photoshop to 3x8 and printed them using my Epson XP15000 printer (I put two on a 8.5x11 canvas in Photoshop before printing to save paper). 

I added one photo that includes the Day In The Life™ word art for this documenting day. 

Download the Saturday, November 16th word art here.

STEP THREE

Bring it all together: 

At first I envisioned that I was going to use the page protectors that came with the album. I changed my mind and decided to use the transparent dividers (these come with the album too) as the base for both my words and the photos and I adhered both directly to the transparent dividers and removed the page protectors from the album. 

For my journaling I knew I wanted to stamp the date using the number stamp in the kit and at first thought I would just handwrite my words onto the 3x8 journal cards from the kit. As I was working I decided to simply copy and paste my text from Instagram (I shared all my words + photos there on the day of documenting) onto 3x4 canvases in Photoshop. This allowed me to play with colors from the kit as backgrounds and the size of my text - when my stories were shorter I simply enlarged the type size to fill the space. 

I printed those 3x4's on photo paper and adhered them to the 3x8 journal cards and added either washi tape or a small strip of pattern paper to the bottom of the 3x8 card. 

The font used is for my journaling is called Mom's Typewriter

For my last page in the album I printed my photo to the size of the page dividers (approximately 3.75 inches x 8.25 inches) and punched holes using a 6-hole punch. I added a piece of pattern paper from my stash to the back of the photo to finish off the album. 

Here's a look at all the spreads for this day: 

As you'll see below I added a chipboard piece either from the Day In The Life™ kit or from my stash to each of the 3 inch x 4 inch photos. 

Here's a walk through of my process for creating this project: 

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11 thoughts

  1. Eminepala1 says…
    11/22/2019

    Gorgeous, thanks for sharing.

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  2. jamie59 says…
    11/22/2019

    Love this. When you printed your photos for each of the hours, did you print 3x8 or did you have to make it a little longer?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/22/2019

      They are 3x8.

  3. tksbaskets says…
    11/22/2019

    Love this and my 3x8 photos have been shipped and will arrive this weekend. Could you say a bit about how you colored the journaling cards to match your kit colors? I'm thinking you made a 3x4 background and then used the change foreground color and just picked from the digital card? It would be lovely if you could share the psd file. I'm sure I can figure it out but if you have it handy :-)

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  4. my3js says…
    11/22/2019

    Somehow I didn’t put the date in my calendar when it was announced! I had forgotten all about it! I like to do DITL when you do, as it keeps me on track and I can give my family ample notice. 😉 I will need to do one on my own very soon.

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  5. M_iranda says…
    11/22/2019

    Lovely and thanks so much for the word-art! I love it!!!

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  6. adawson816 says…
    11/22/2019

    If you turn your photo paper into landscape mode, you can save even more paper by getting 3 photos on one sheet!

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  7. Jeannew says…
    11/22/2019

    Love your album! Having just finished mine yesterday- I loved hearing you say in the video how sometimes putting it together seems less crafty and you just need to get it done. I kept thinking, why is this stamping taking me so long?! Ha. But I love the completed project!

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  8. CraftyCat says…
    11/24/2019

    Hello Ali, what font is your text for the Word Art download? I did my DITL on Sunday, November 17th and would like to replicate your word art. TY

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/25/2019

      Hi - it's not a font - it's hand-drawn.

  9. CraftyCat says…
    11/25/2019

    Okay, thank you. I love your DITL and next to DD this is one of my favorite projects. Look forward to next year's DITL kit offerings.

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