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.
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.
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.
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:
- Day In The Life™ 2019 Kit (includes the stamp set - thought this was sold out but looks like we have some available) // Digital version also available here.
- Day In The Life™ 2019 Album Bundle (includes the album, transparent dividers, and page protectors)
- Time Roller Stamp
- Staz On Ink
- Circle Stamp Block
- Chipboard from other kits + products
- Washi Tape
- Pattern 3x4 cards from past kits
- Epson Expression Photo XP 15000 Printer
- 6 Hole Punch
- Gratitude Story Kit™ Chipboard