Week In The Life™ 2020 | Wednesday Through Sunday In My Album

Today I'm sharing the rest of my completed 2020  Week In The Life™ album. 

Thanks for your patience as it took me a little longer than usual to get this one done. As you'll see below I'm following the formula that I started with Monday and Tuesday with a few adjustments here and there. 

One reminder as you work to finish up your album: own your own story. When you scroll through the photos below I want you to remember that this is my story and yours may look similar or completely different. I wholeheartedly want you to capture and celebrate and document your own life and then bring your words + photos together in a way that makes sense and brings enjoyment to you. What brings me the most joy with this project is emphasizing the words and the photos with some embellishments to support my storytelling.  

As I look at what I've brought together here I am missing two shots that I wanted to get and didn't: (1) a photo of all of us together and (2) a photo of outside the house looking in at night. Those two specific photos are on my list to take soon and I'll use them for another project. 

Here's my process via video:

Let's dive in: 

One thing I started to add was a few handwritten words directly onto my photos using either a POSCA White Paint Pen or a Slick Writer

Loved adding that chipboard tag to my photo and adding the red twine that peeks up out of the top of my album. 

I also enjoyed taking the opportunity to use those 4x6 daily cards to write about my reflections of the day with a little perspective (meaning that time had passed from when I did the in-the-moment journaling). They both tell their own kind of story and add to a more complete picture of life right now. 

On Monday + Tuesday I had enough ephemera for the 2x2 page protectors but I had less for the rest of the days. I'm totally okay with that and I ended up just adjusting the size of the page protector to accommodate what I did have (meaning I used my trimmer to cut of any extra rows of pockets). 

I also think it's completely okay to add to those squares after the fact if you didn't grab enough during the week. There is no rule that it must all be from those seven days. 

I only filled in the front of those pockets and am just leaving the back how it is right now. 

Writing directly on my photos feel more "loose" than my normal adding of typed text but I went with what felt good while I was working on bringing it all together. 

Loved adding the label stickers from the Sticker Book

I had fun looking for a place each day to repeat stamp using the days of the week stamp set

THURSDAY

Always looking for that space to be able to add more words onto my photos. 

I loved the adventure of seeking out ephemera to add into those pockets. 

FRIDAY

Friday is the day all the kids come back (our transition day). This is the first year that I've done this project when the kids weren't here the majority of the days. I'm glad I did it because it shows what half our time looks like and gave me an opportunity to look at my life through a bit of a different lens. 

And, man, I love photos. As I review my pages while I type this up I am so thankful for the opportunity to capture life via the lens of my camera and with a pen in hand. 

For some of the 5x7 photos I ended up punching a 1/2 circle from the top of the photos vs. along the outside edge. 

I will easily admit that I did some diving into my recycle basket to find pieces of paper to punch out those 2x2 squares.

Definitely had a few more 5x7 photos to add in for this day. More people often means more photos. 

Those welcome back hugs. Gah. I want more photos of those. 

SATURDAY

Following a formula (with a little room for moving things around) helps so much when bringing it all together. By reducing some of the choices we have to make in the process it helps us focus on simply getting it all into place vs. having to come up for a new design for each day. 

SUNDAY

TRAVELERS NOTEBOOK

Here's a look at the travelers notebook I included at the front of my album: 

As part of the Week In The Life™ Prep Day I included a printable Travelers Notebook file that includes the inside pages you'll see below. I loved adding this in to my project this time around and will totally consider something like this again for the future (I've done it in December Daily® a few times before as well). What I really love is having them write in their own words about how they feel at this particular point in time.  

I used this Washi tape to hold it all together. 

I still plan to do a page for myself and one for Aaron (he'd like to keep his private). 

Thank you so much for joining me in this project in 2020. It's been a year like no other so far and documenting our lives is one of the ways we can work to make sense of our own story. 

Let me know if you have any questions below and I'd love to check out your completed project as well - feel free to link it in the comments below!

SUPPLIES

If you'd like to learn more about my approach to this project check out the 2020 Week In The Life Prep Day online event. It covers a lot of the basics and is a great introduction/refresher to various parts of the project. 

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16 thoughts

  1. mrsgengy says…
    06/09/2020

    Love this album! So inspirational. On a side note..if Anna is loving Twilight she will love the new series by Tracy Wolff! First book is CRUSH and as a 50 year old who loved the TWILIGHT Books(read them before my then high schooler did)..I am loving Crush just as much!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      06/09/2020

      Oh cool! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. scrappysuenz says…
    06/09/2020

    Issac's words - my heart!!!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      06/09/2020

      Right? I totally felt the same.

    2. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
      06/10/2020

      His pose was awesome too :)

  3. KarineC says…
    06/09/2020

    Those interviews are so awesome! I love all the answers.

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  4. AnnaMariePea says…
    06/10/2020

    The interviews -- thanks for including them. My 28 year old son's answers were about the same about not liking the quarantine and not being about to get out and socialize. I almost didn't include them in my album because I thought he didn't really think about the answers. Your interviews let me understand that this really is what is weighing on young people's minds and it is so important to include.

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  5. jodimckee says…
    06/10/2020

    Love the album & the traveler's notebook. That peony photo is sooo pretty. Also - HOW is Simon 18???? Love Isaac's pose & answers to the questions. And Anna is looking so grown up!

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  6. annabell123 says…
    06/10/2020

    Those are some great kids you have. I've got to get mine to do this before I finish my album. Their voices are so important.

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  7. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    06/10/2020

    So much good stuff captured!

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  8. mtnmama125 says…
    06/10/2020

    Hi Ali, thanks for sharing your process. It's so helpful! I'm trying to work more efficiently so I can get more pages/albums completed. Watching someone else make decisions reminds me that done is better than perfect, which is what I need to hear in this WITL project!

    Did you note a source for the little tabs you used on the sides of the 2x2 pages? I spend too much time fussing with what to put in the Avery tabs, so these look like a great time-saver! Thx!

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  9. K8ebakers says…
    06/11/2020

    Love it all. Especially the TN notebook + interviews, the days of the week stamping on the 5x7 photos, and the half moon punch out with asterisks idea is SO SO FUN.

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  10. vicki_dalton says…
    06/11/2020

    LOVED ISAAC'S ANSWERS!!!!!

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  11. LynneaVan says…
    06/21/2020

    I always seem to miss the launch of your Week in the life, but I was wanting to know if you think you will be reordering this years week in the life albums? I love the color and I'm not sure if I should just order a different album or if I should hold off.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      06/22/2020

      Hi! We won't be reordering this one again right now but might in the future.

  12. krystyn says…
    09/28/2020

    i "fell" out of scrapbooking late last year and now i'm kicking myself for not doing WITL 2020 as I have done the WITL project for as long as I can remember, its always been my favorite project and even as I cut back on scrapping', I always made sure to do the WITL. I see the mini kit is still available, but is there any chance at getting a regular kit that might be laying around? (I know...probably not)...as boring as the album might be for 2020, seems like a MUST to document life in quarantine.

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